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14. Who gave Himself for us, that He might Tedeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
DUTY TO MAGISTRATES.—THE GROUND OF REDEMPTION.
BELIEVERS TO MAINTAIN GOOD WORKS.
What is the apostle's admonition concerning obedience to the civil magistrate ?
1. Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work;
2. To speak evil of no man; to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men.
To what means are we to ascribe our salvation 2 will any righteousness of our own be sufficient for our justification ?
5. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy, He saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost,
6. Which He shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour:
7. That, being justified by his grace, we should be made beirs according to the hope of eternal life.
Are not believers excited to be diligent in maintaining good works?
8. This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God, be careful to maintain good works.
THE EPISTLE OF PAUL TO PHILEMON.
PAUL INTERCEDES FOR ON ESIMO8.*
Read Paul's generous and affectionate application to Philemon, on behalf of his servant Onesimus.
10. I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds,
11. Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me.
12. Whom I have sent again; thou therefore receive him, that is mine own bowels.
* Onesimus was a slave who had run away from his master, probably after having robbed him; but coming to Rome during Paul's imprisonment there, he was through his means converted to Christianity; and, having manifested the genuine fruits of faith, in his anxiety to atone for the injuries he had committed, and to obtain reconciliation with his master, he was furnished by the apostle with this powerful letter of intercession to Philemon for-his pardon.
13. Whom I would bave retained with me, that in thy stead he might have administered unto me in the bonds of the Gospel :
14. But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be, as it were, of necessity, but willingly ;
15. For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldst receive him for ever;
16. Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved ; specially to me, but much more unto thee, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
17. If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
18. If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account.
19. I Paul bave written it with mine own band, I will repay it.
THE EPISTLE TO THE HEBREWS.
GOD REVEALS AIMSELF IN THESE LATTER DAYS BY CREIST.
Read the commencement of Paul's* Epistle to the Hebrews, speaking of the manner in which God has, by different means, revealed Himself to mankind.
1. God, who at sundry times and in divers manners, spake in times past by the fathers uoto the prophets,
2. Hath, in these last days, spoken unto us by bis Son; whom He hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also He made the worlds :
3. Who being the brightness of bis glory, and the express image of his persou, and upholding all things by the word of bis power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high,
4. Being made so much better than the angels, as He hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
Recite his apostrophe to the Deity. 10. Thou, Lord, in the beginning hast laid
There are strong reasons for concluding that the apostle Paul wrote this epistle, though his pame does not appear in it.
the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the works of thine hands :
11. They shall perish; but Thou remainest : and they all shall wax old as doth a garment ;
12. And as a vesture sbalt Thou fold them up, and tbey shall be changed; but Thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
NECESSITY OF OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST.-TRE END OF HIS COMING
Shall we escape condemnation if we slight God's mercy through Christ the Redeemer.?
2. If the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward ;
3. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation!
Read the apostle's statement of the end for which Christ took our nature upon him.
14. Forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself took part of the same, that through death He might destroy him that had the power of death, that is the devil.
15. And deliver them who through fear of death were all their life time subject to bondage.
16. For verilylle took not on Hin the matare of angels, but He took on Him thg stored of Abraham