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ples glad when they saw the Lord. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: As my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.
And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and faith unto them, * Receive ye the Holy Ghost. Whose soever fins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever fins ye retain, they are retained.
The second Sunday after Easter. sie
both a sacrifice for fin, and also an ensample of godly life; Give us grace that we may always most thankfully receive that his inestimable benefit, and also daily endeavour ourselves to follow the blessed steps of his most holy life, through the fame Jesus Christ qur Lord. Amen.
The Epiftle. 1 S. Pet. 2. 19. 'HIS is thank-worthy, if a man for conscience toward God
endure grief, suffering wrongfully. For what glory is it, if when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently; this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, fleaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps: Who did no fin, neither was guile found in his mouth: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously: & who his own self bare our fins in his
Paraphrase on the Collea for the second Sunday after Eafter. O all powerful God, who gaveft thy only begotten luable benefits of his Redemption with the deepest GraSon to be both an Atonement for our Sins, and an Ex: titude, and continually to imitate his Piety, Patience, amp.e of Holiness ; give us Grace to accept the inva- and Charity, through the fame Jesus Christ our Lord.
• Receive ye the Holy Gboft, &c. Which seems to 1 Leaving us an Example, &c. And where can we be as if he had said, “I hereby give you authority to
I hereby give you authority to find a more perfect one The best of mere Men have " act as my Apostles. Which authority I will shortly had their failings and infirmities: and no one can "..confirm to you by the defcent of the Holy Spirit fafely be followed in all respects without an exception.
upon you: whereby you shall be qualified to declare But in Jesus we behold a pattern of every Virtue ; " the only terms on which Mens Sins shall be pardoned, which the more we contemplate, the more we must ad" by delivering my Precepts and Doctrines to the mire, and the more we imitate, the more we shall pron “ World in Truth."
mote our own happiness.
own body on the trde, that we, being dead to fin, should live unto righteousness; 'by whose stripes ye were healed. For ye were as Meep going astray ; but are now-returned unto the Shepherd, and Bishop of your souls.
+17%.5 'The Gospel. S. John' TO 11: ?? c!! Efus said; | I am the good-shepherd : the good shepherd giveth
his life for the fheep. But he that is an hireling, and not the Thepherd, whose own the sheep are not, Teeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and Heeth; and the wolf catcheth' them, and scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth because he is an hireling, and eareth not for the fheep. P am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine. As the Father knoweth me, even fo know I the Father: Cand I lay down my life for the sheep. * And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherds sliko vinil:
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light of thy truth, to the intent that i they may return into the way of righteoufnessz Grant untblall them that are admitted into the fellowship of Christs religion, that they may eschew those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all fuch things as ate agreeable to the same, through our Lord Jefus ChriftAmen..
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Paraphrafe on the Collect for the bird Sunday, after Eafter CAVA "God of all power, who by the light of thy holy Gospel, that they may hate and avoid all practices Word conducteft those that are in the darkness of Sin, that are contrary to their Christian profesion; and in Ertof, and Superstition, into the Paths of Holinefs, all: Things to walk worthy of their high Calling, Give Grace to all who partake in the Blessings of the through our Lord Jesus Christ...
- Who bis ownself bare our Sins, $, Chrift-borer even their Kings were frequently filed, by a Metaour Sins by, enduring the punishment of them. wit phor, the Shepherds of their people. si nu s 1.6
I am the good Shepberd, &c. This allusion was 5* And other Sheep I have, &c. By these orher Sheep very proper and pertinent with regard to the Jews, was probably iñeant the Gerriles whom our Saviour because the greatest part of the Wealth and improves hereby foreiold Mould embrace the Gospel, and that ment of their Country consisted in Sheep. Nay, the thereby they, with the Jerus should make up Only keeping of Cattle was so much the common employa one viáble Church. ment of the People of the East in those Times, that
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puting Early, beloved, I beseech you, as ftrangers and pilgrims, ab
stain from fleshly lusts, wþich war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles; that whereas they Speak against you as evil-doers, they may, by your good works which they, shall behold, glorify God in the day of vifitation. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lords sake, whether it be to the king, aș fupreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him, for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to filence the ignorance of foolish men: as free, and not ufing your liberty for a cloke of malicioysness; but as the servants of God. : Honour all men. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honour the king.
hoisii The Gospel. Si John 16. 16. Esus said to his disciples, * A little while and ye shall not'fee me; and again, A little while. and ye shall see me, because I
go the Father. Then said some of his disciples among themselves, What is this that he faith unto us, A little while and ye shall not see me; and again, a little while tand ye shall lee me; and, Because I go to the Father? They: faid therefore, What is this that he faith, A little while? we cannot tell what he faith. Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do ye enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while and ye shall not see me; and again, a little while and ye shall see me? Verily, verily I say unto you, that ye shall weep and lament, but the world
1 I befeech you, as Strangers and Prlgrims, abftain, in our Journey to the heavenly Canaan, be much affect. &c. These expresions contain a powerful motive to ed with the sensual objects of this World, Lecause we Temperance and Moderation in the pursuit, and use of know that we must leave them, or they us, very soon; earthly enjoyments. For if we are Strangers upon apd a too great regard for them, will serve only to draw Earth, it implies that this is not our Home. If we; off our Affections irom that blefled and eternal Inheria are Pilgrimu or Travellers, this fignifies that we are tance, which we are going to take pofleffion of. bound for another Country. Therefore as they who are * A litle whole and ye shall not fee ma, &e. That: upon a journey, and at a distance from Home, will not is, I hall haartly die: and tho' in Three Days I fhalt haoxioudy careful about, or fond of the Things" rise again: yet even then I must stay with you but fos that surround them in the way: fo neither should wex " a fhors Time, because I must aseend into Heaven."
Thall rejoice: and ye shall be forrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. A woman when she is in travail, hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. And ye now therefore have forrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, tand your joy no man taketh from you
The fourth Sunday after Easter.
, affections of sinful meņ; Grant unto thy people, that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so among the fundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
. S. James 1. 17. Very good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should be a kind of first-fruits of his creatures. Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath; § for the wrath of man worketh not the righteousness of God. Wherefore lay apart all
Paraphrafe on the Collect for the fourth Sunday, after Easter. O all powerful God, who alone art able to regulate tion of thy promises ; that so amidit the many and the disorderly paffions and desires of Sinners. Give all various stages of this World, our desires may be fixed true Christians Grace to delight in obeying thy Com- upon Joys which are sure and unchangeable through mandments, and earnestly to long after the comple- Jesus Christ. :!
† And your joy no Man takerh from you. This figni- of Fortune, or if Grace. fied that tho Christ should be personally taken from For the wrath of Man, Esc. This passage contains them : yet that through the Holy Spirit, which he a seasonable reproof to all of any persualion, who would fend upon then, they should be filled with a jáy make the warmth of their zeal either a pretence, or a , which not all the power and malice of their Eneinies - real occafion, of gratifying the bitterness of their own could deprive them of
difpofition. - For, be our intentions ever fo fincere, 1 Every good Gift, and every perfe& Gift, &c. From that method of promoting Religion is certainly wrong, this passagę we should learn thankfully to ascribe to God which is carried on by heat and fury, uncharitableneis alone, every advantage we enjoy, whether of Nature, and contention
filthiness, and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to fave your fouls.
The Gospel."'John 16. 5. Esus said unto his disciples, 'Now I go my way to him that fent
me, and none of you asketh me, Whither goeft thou? But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. Nevertheless, I tell you the truth, it is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, * the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And when he is come, the will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin; because they believe not on me: Of righteousness; because I go to my Father, and ye fee me no more: Of judyment; becaufe the prince of this world is judged. I have yet many things to say unto, you, but ye cannot bear them now. Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that fhall he fpeak; and he will shew you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall Thew it unto you, All things that the Father hath, are mine: therefore faid 1, that he shall take of mine, and shall shew it unto you.
The fifth Sunday after Easter.
humble servants, that by thy holy inspiration we may think those things that be good, and by thy merciful guiding may perform the fame, through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
* The Comforter. The Holy Spirit is here called + He will reprove the World of Sin, &c This the Advocate or Comforter, and he did the part of an fignified, that he would consince the World of its Sixy Advocate, in respect of Cbrift and his Gospel, by convinc. in not believingon Chrift, by the wonderful gifts which ing the World of its Sin in rejecting him by confirm- he would bestow on Believers of Chrift's Righteous ing the Apostles Testimony of him by Signs and Won- ness, by demonftrating that he was afcended to God, to dersrand by pleading their caufe before Kings and whom he could not have ascended, if he had been an Rulers. He did the part of a Comforter, by consoling Impostor--and lastly of Christ's power to execate Judge and supporting the Apostles and Believers, in all their ment upon his Enemies, by the dominion which he would troubles; filling their Hearts with joy and gladness. exercise over evil Spixits.