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Q. How is the Denial of our innocent Appetites instrumental in mortifying our finful Desires and difobedient Astions?
A. Because if we gratify them in all Things, where we lorwfully may, they will by long Use and Indulgence acquire a great Power and Em-, pire over us, and it will be a difficult Talk to deny them any thing; for our Appetites make no Difference between an inocent and sinful En-, joyment, they are only moved by Pleasure ; so that if we will be sure to conquer and subdue them in all Instances that are sinfill, we must take Care they grow not strong upon us in any Instances whatsoever.
Q. Wherein appears the Reasonableness of this Duty of Self-denial in the frietest Sonce?
A. Because that as God hath promised to assist and support us by his Holy Spirit in the Difcharge of this difficult Duty ; lo he hath been graciously pleased to assure us that he will reward the Practice of it with greater Degrees of Eternal Happiness; and nothing can be more reasonable then to part with Things of small Value for Things infinitely greater and more considerable. And we are sure that the Suffer-Rom. 8. ings of this present Time are not wort!ry to be com- 18. pared with the Glory that fell be revealed. We are his Creatures, and the Purchase of our Saviour's Blood; therefore no Consideration what. soever should stand in Competition with the serving him. Besides, the blelied Jejus, who requires it from us, hath given us the greatest Example of Self-denial that ever' was, and that in Pity and Kindness to us, and wholly for our Benefit and Advantage.
The PRA Y E R S.
I. For the Almighty God, whom truly to know is Imitation of Saints.
everlasting Life ; grant me perfectly to know thy Son Jesus Chris to be the way, the Truth, and the Life ; that, following the Steps of thy holy Apostles, St. Pbilip and St. James, I may stedfastly walk in the Way that leadeth to eternal Life, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
II. For the Improve. YRacious God, teach me readily to obey thy
heavenly Call; carefully to attend to all ment of the Suggestions of thy blessed Spirit ; entirely Grace.
to give my Affent to all those Truths which have been attefted by Miracles, and carry in their Nature an Evidence that they come from above. And when thou hast thus illuminated my Understanding with a Ray of heavenly Light, rectify my crooked and perverse Will, by the Practice of thy holy Precepts, and excite all my Affections to a constant Observation of them. Make me zealous to propagate this sure Way to true Happiness, to all those who sit in the Darkness of Error, or in the Slavery of Sin. Raise up a primitive Spirit of Zeal and Fervour to convert Souls, among those who wait at thy Altar; engage the Minds of the Great and Powerful to countenance all such pious Undertakings, and let every Christian in his Place and Station contribute to fo good a Work ; that the whole world may be enlightened with
the Knowledge and Love of God, through Jesus
amples of thy Saints, that our Duty may the Exam-
CHA P. XX.
fus Christ. A Moveable Feast.
W WA Dreftival doth the Churcb celebrate
A. Our blessed Saviour's ascending into Heaven in his human Nature, and his sitting at the right Hand of God.
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Q. When did our Saviour afcend into Hea
Acts 1. 3:
A. Forty Days after his Resurrection ; during which Time he confirmed the Truth of his Resurrection by appearing several Times to his Difcipleș, discoursing with them, and speaking of the Things concerning the Kingdom of God.
Q. How was the Ascension performed.? Ver.9,10. A. While Jesus was blesing his Disciples, he
was taken up in a bright Cloud, they all stedfastly looking after himn till he was entirely gone out of Sight.
Q. What Testimony did the Angels bear at bis Afcenfion?
A. While the Apostles were looking after our Saviour, two of them appeared to them, assur
ing them, that as Jesus was taken from them Ver. ii. into Heaven, so he should in as glorious a Man:
ner return again to judge the World.
4. Yes, in order to the Confirmation of the Certainty and Reality of it. For though this was not necessary in his Resurrection, because whatever was a Proof of his Life after Death, was a Demonstration of his Resurrection; yet the Apostles not being to see him when in Heaven, it was necessary they should be Eye-witnesses of his Act of Ascending, that so they might be able to bear their Testimony of it.
Q. What farther Proof bad the Apostles of our Seviour's Ascension ?
A. Before they saw our Saviour ascend, he 28, 29. had told them whither he was going, and what
Power and Dignity would be conferred upon him, and, as an Evidence of this his Exaltation
to the right Hand of God, had promised to send down the Holy Ghost upon them in a sensible Man- John 15.
26. ner; so that they, afterwards receiving the wonderful Effects of his being there, had abundant Evidence of his Exaltation in Heaven.
Q. How was Christ's Ascension typically represented under the Law ?
A. By the High Priest's being appointed once every Year to enter into the Holy of Holies ; which shewed that the High Priest of the good Heb. 9. Things to come, by a greater and more perfečt Ta-11, 12. bernacle, not made with Hands, was to enter into the Holy Place, having obtained eternal Redemption for us; all the Jews believing that the Tabernacle did fignify this world, and the Holy of Holies the highest Heavens. Wherefore as the High Priest did pass through the rest of the Tabernacle, and with the Blood of the Sacrifice enter into the Holy of Holies; so was the Mefias to offer up himself a Sacrifice, to pass through all the Courts of this world, and with his Blood to enter into the highest Heavens, the most glorious Seat of the Majesty of God.
Q. How was Christ's Ascension prophetically declared ?
A. By the Royal Prophet David. Thou hast Pfal. 68. ascended up on high, thou haft led Captivity cap- 18. tive, thou hast received Gifts for Men. Which Words, though spoken immediately of David himself ascending in Triumph up the Hill whereon the Temple itood, the Mount Siox, after his Conquest over the Philistines; yet they had also a prophetical Relation to our bleffed Saviour's Ascension into Heaven; the Phrafe in high, in the Language of Devid, fignifying Heaven, is most properiy applied to our Conqueror the