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in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom
and great dangers, that by reason of the frailty of our nature we cannot always stand upright; Grant to us fuch strength and protection, as may support us in all dangers, and carry us through all temptations, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen,
The Epistle. Rom. 13. 1. 十 +
ET every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for there
is no power but of God: the powers that be, are ordained of God: Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, refifteth the ordinance of God: 'and they that refift, shall receive to themselves damnation: For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the fame: for he is the minifter of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain : sfor he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon: him that doeth, evil, Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience fake. For, for this caufe pay Si Paraphrase on the Collect for the fourth Sunday after the Epiphany.
tís, we beseech thee, suchỉ help and defence as may effelves, through our natural Weakness, to resift the fectually uphold and preserve us against the affaults of many powerful Temptations that surround us ; give all our Enemies, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
O God who knowest how. unable we are of our
I A proper knowledge of ourselves will always na- nors, St. Paul aliures them that they were so far froin turally lead us to seek the support and protection of being loosed in this respect, that, on the
contrary, their Providence.
Religion laid upon them, a fill Itronger obligation ;; + Let every Soul be subject
, &c. To prevent the than ever to obey, even their Heathen Rulers : because Jewish or Gentile Converts to Christianity from sup- they were Ministers appointed by God for the welfare posing that by their profession of the Gospel they were of Society; and that therefore they ought to be subject jeleased from their obedience to their earthly Gover- to them not only for fear of incurring, the punilinents
you tribute also; for they are Gods ministers, attending continually upon this very thing. Render therefore to all their dues; tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear 10 whom fear, honour to whom honour.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 8. 23.
him. And behold, there arose a great tempeit in the fea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was alleep. $ And his disciples came to him, and awoke him saying, Lord, fave us, we perish. And he faith unto them, Why are ye fearful, Oye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him? And when he was come to the other side, into the country of the Gergesenes, * there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way. And behold, they cried out, saying, What have we to do with thee, Jesus thou Sonof God? Art thou come hither to torment us before the time? And there was a good way
off from them an herd of many swine feeding. So the devils besought him, saying, If thou cast us out, fuffer us to go away into
of the Law, but likewise out of Conscience towards God: God of Jacob is our Refuge ; who fillerb the Raging of and that for the same reason they ought also to shew the Sea, and the Noise of his Waves, and the madness of obedience and reverence to them in all Things, where the People. their command were not contrary to the divine Will.
* There met
him two poflefed with Devils. St. If subjection to Governors was so strongly infifted upon Mark and Luke mention only one demoniac, proander the Reign of a Nero, and in Time of Perfecu- bably because he whom they speak of, was a great deal tion, then how much more is it incumbent upon us more furious than the other : for he had been often whole Religion is fupported and defended by the civil bound with Fetters and Chains, but had as often broGovernment !
ken them ; so that no Man durft further attempt to And bis Difcipks came to him, &c. From the restrain him. He too was perhaps a Person of more example of these Disciples we may learn where to seek note than the other for his birth, or parts, or intereit for succour in all our distresses; fince thoʻthe forrows of in the Country, and his Cure made more noise, and Death encompuls us, and the overflowings of Ungodlines for that reason was mentioned by Mark and Luke, while make us afraid, yet the Lord of Hofts is with 145, the they omitted the Cure of the other.
the herd of swine. And he said unto them, Go. And when they were come out, they went into the herd of swine; and behold, the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place, into the sea, and perished in the waters. And they that kept them fled, and went their ways into the city, and told every thing, and what was befallen to the possessed of the devils. “And behold, the whole city came out to meet Jesus : and when they saw him, they besought him that he would depart out of their coasts.
The fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
continually in thy true religion, that they, who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace, may evermore be defended by thy mighty power, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, Amen.
The Epistle. Col. 3. 12.
bowels, of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, long-suffering, for bearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any ; even as Chrift forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on * charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in
Paraphrafe on the Collea for the fifth Sunday after the Epiphany. O Lord, preserve, we beseech thee, thy Church, the and fupport, may always be safe from Calamittes Houshold of God, in the profeffion of a true Faith ; that through the Merits of Christ Jesus. they, who depend only upon thy powerful protection
And when they were come out, &c. Jefus permitted a right Faith. For as are our Principles, such will be the Devils to enter into the Swine, probably, not
our Practice, only to few the reality of the pofíeffion, but also how
* Charity, which is the Bond of Perfe&tness, i. e. If great the power and malice of evil Spirits are, if they the principle of our actions be the Love of Mankind, are not restrained: and at the fame Time to punish founded upon the Love of God and his Love to us, it the Gadarenes for keeping Swine, which were a fnare will make us perfect in all manner of good Works. to the Jews; and to try whether they would be more For no one loveth Mankind as he oughe
who doth not affected with the loss of their Cattle, than with thie reco. love God, and he who truly loveth God will love his Viry of the Men, and his heavenly Doctrine.
Fellow-Creatures also.-And he who is a Lover of Man
kind will be fo far from injuring them, that he will be # That we may, offer up an acceptable Service to disposed on all occasions tu do them every act of kindGod through fuíus Christ it is neceffary, that we have ness and beneficence in his power,
one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. + And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God, and the Father by him.
. S. Matth. 13. 24. HE kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which low
ed good feed in his field. But while men flept, his enemy came and lowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the housholder came, and said unto him, Sir, didft not thou fow good seed in thy field ? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? #But he said, Nay; left while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest; and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
The fixth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect. God, whose blessed Son was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the fons of God,
† And whatsoever ye da in word or deed, &c. In att Men being utterly rooted out of the World, inày 'be, our Words and Actions, whether of folemn worship or partly because it could hardly be effected without the others, we must address ourselves to God, and hope for Righteous being sufferers also-partly because they are his acceptance by Jesus Christ; for he is the only Per- a means of trial to the Righteous and partly also that fon, through whom all Mercies are derived to us, for 'by his goodness, forbearance and long fuffering towards which we pray to, or praise God.
the wicked he may lead them to Repentance. The Kingdom of Heaven, fignifies the fate of ☆ It is evident from this Collect that one great end of the Gospel, the Sower is Christ, the Field is the World, Chrift's coming into the World, was to purify unto himas our Saviour interprets it at the 37th and following self a peculiar People, zealous of good Works; and Verses of this Chapter, the Enemy is the Devil, and the that it is absolutely neceffary for us to resemble him in Tares, the Children of the Wicked one.
Holinefs here, that we may be like him in Happinc But be faid, Kay; &c. The reason why God hereafter, disallows of the Tares being gatherd up, that is, ofwicked
and heirs of eternal life; Grant us, we beseech thee, that having this hope, we may purify ourselves, even as he is pure; that when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may bę made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth ever one God, world without end. Amen.
The Epiftle. 1 S. John 3. I. Ehold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon
us, that we should be called the fons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know, that when he shall appear, shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. And every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeth fin, transgresseth also the law : for sin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no fin. + Whosoever abideth in him, finneth not: whosoever finneth, hath not seen him, neither known him. Little children, let no man deceive you; he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth fin is of the devil : for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the son of God was manifested that he might destroy the works of the devil.
The Gospel. S. Matth. 24. 23.
Paraphrase on the Colleet for the fixth Sunday after the Epiphany. O God, whose Son Jesus Chrift came into the World, Holiness of Life; that when he shall make his second to overcome Satan, by defroying his wicked Works, . appearance in Glory to judge the quick and dead, we
for us the glorious Privileges of the Sons may be made like him in Happiness and Immortality of God and Heirs of Salvation ; teach us, therefore, in Heaven, where he reigneth with thee O Father and who have this Hope to become like that Saviour here in thee Holy Ghost, one God thro' all Eternity.
* We shall be like him, for wesball see him, &c Thatry which he had with the Father, before the World is, we shall be like Chrift, for he shall change our vile Body into the likeness of his glorious Body; and + Whosoever abideth in bim finneth not. That is, who we pall jee bin as be is : not in the lowly Condi- soever is a "cal Christian doth not allow himself in the fion in which he appeared upon Earth, but in the Glo- practice of any known Sin.
and to procure