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by God's mercy, they attain to everlasting felicity.
which is the light of the world, in whom all our hope and wealth is set and settled, shining with immortal glory, shall shew himself openly to all men. Nowell, p. 58.
God hath delivered all men that be his, by his Son Jesus Christ, from the spiritual thraldom of sin and the tyranny of the devil, wherein else they had lain pressed and oppressed. This kind of deliverance pertaineth indifferently to all men which put their trust in God their deliverer, and, to their power, obey his laws. Nowell, p. 10.
All they which behold Christ crucified with a true and lively faith, shall undoubtedly be delivered from the grievous wounds of the soul, be they never so deadly or many in number. Hom.
* O God, who declarest thy almighty power most chiefly in shewing mercy and pity; Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the eleventh Sunday after Trinity.
Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy: and because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.
Yo God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; increase and multiply upon
x With great mercies will I ga- house of Onesiphorus. The Lord ther thee. With everlasting kind- grant unto him, that he may find ness will
have mercy on thee, mercy of the Lord in that day. saith the Lord thy Redeemer. Is. 2 Tim. i. 16, 18. Jude-to them liv. 7, 8. I will make an everlast- that are sanctified by God the Fa. ing covenant with you, even tbe ther, and preserved in Jesus Christ. sure mercies of David. Is. lv. 3. Jude 1. My sheep hear my voice, The mercy of the Lord is from and I know them, and they follow everlasting to everlasting upon me: and I give unto them eternal them that fear bim. Ps. ciii. 17. It life; and they shall never perish, is of the Lord's mercies that we are neither shall any man pluck them not consumed, because his compas- out of my hand. John X. 27, 28. sions fail not. They are new every y They which are called receive morning : great is thy faithfulness. the promise of eternal inheritance. Lam. iii. 22, 23. For I am the Lord, Heb. ix. 15. And this is the FaI change not; therefore ye sons of ther's will which hath sent me, that Jacob are not consumed. Mal. iii. 6. of all which he hath given me I So then it is not of him that willeth, should lose nothing, but should nor of him that runneth, but of God raise it up again at the last day. that sheweth mercy. Rom. ix. 16. And this is the will of him that sent The Lord give mercy unto the me, that every one which seeth the
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us thy mercy, that thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal : grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the fourth Sunday after Trinity.
Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the seventh Sunday after Trinity.
Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Anien. Communion Service.
Son, and believeth on him, may 1 Pet. i. 4, 5. The Lord knoweth have everlasting life; and I will the days of the upright, and their raise him up at the last day. John inberitance shall be for ever. Ps. vi. 39, 40. Wherefore he is able also xxxvii. 18. Thou wilt shew me the to save them to the uttermost that path of life: in thy presence is fulcome unto God by him, seeing he ness of joy; at thy right hand there ever liveth to make intercession for are pleasures for evermore. Ps. xvi. them. Heb. vii. 25. Much more 11. The God of all grace bath being reconciled, we shall be saved called us unto his eternal glory. by his life. Rom. v. 10. Verily, 1 Pet. v. 10. He called you by our verily, I say unto you, He that be- Gospel to the obtaining of the glory lieveth on me hath everlasting life. of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thess. John vi. 47. And shall not come ii. 14. And whom he justified, them into condemnation; but is passed he also glorified. Rom. viii. 30. A from death unto life. Ver. 24. Even partaker of the glory that shall be so might grace reign through righ- revealed. 1 Pet. v. 1. I reckon that teousness unto eteroal life. Rom. v. the sufferings of this present time 21. The gift of God is eternal life, are not worthy to be compared through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. with the glory which shall be revi. 23. This is the record, that God vealed in us. Rom. viii. 18. Our hath given to us eternal life. 1 John light affliction worketh for us a far v.11. My salvation shall be for ever, more exceeding and eternal weight and my righteousness shall not be of glory. 2 Cor. iv. 17. Father, I abolished. Is. li. 6. Israel shall be will that they also, whom thou hast saved in the Lord with an ever- given me, be with me where I am; lasting salvation : ye shall not be that they may behold my glory, ashamed nor confounded world which thou hast given me: for thou without end. Is. xlv. 17. In whom lovedst me before the foundation of also we have obtained an inherit- the world. John xvii. 24. Holy ance, being predestinated according Father, keep through thine own to the purpose of him, who worketh name those whom thou hast given all things after the counsel of his me. John xvii. 11. I will make an own will. Eph. i. 11. An inherit- everlasting covenant with them, that ance reserved in heaven for you, I will not turn away from them to who are kept by the power of God them od; but I will put my through faith unto salvation, ready fear in their hearts, that they shall to be revealed in the last time. not depart from me. Jer. xxxii. 40.
nation”, and our election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to
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My grace is sufficient for thee. strength of my life; of whom shall 2 Cor. xii. 9. The Lord will per- I be afraid ? Ps. xxvii. 1. Know that fect that which concerneth me: the Lord hath set apart him that is thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for godly for himself: the Lord will ever: forsake not the works of hear when I call unto him. Ps.iv. 3. thine own hands. Ps. cxxxviii. 8. Behold, God is my salvation; I will Being confident of this very thing, trust and not be afraid : for the that he which hath begun a good Lord Jehovah is my strength and work in you will perform it until my song; he also is become my the day of Jesus Christ. Phil. i. 6. salvation. Therefore with joy shall The path of the just is as the shin- ye draw water out of the wells of ing light, that shineth more and salvation. Is. xii. 2,3. God, willing more unto the perfect day. Prov. iv. more abundantly to shew unto the 18. He preserveth the way of his heirs of promise the immutability saints. Prov. ii. 8. He will keep of his counsel, confirmed it by an the feet of his saints. 1 Sam. ii. 9. oath : that by two immutable things, Their righteousness is of me, saith in which it was impossible for God the Lord. Is. liv. 17. Whatsoever to lie, we might have a strong conis born of God overcometh the solation, who have fled for refuge world. 1 John v. 4. The righteous to lay hold upon the hope set before shall hold on his way, and he that us: which hope we have as an anhath clean hands shall be stronger chor of the soul, both sure and and stronger. Job xvii.9. The steps stedfast, and which entereth into of a good man are ordered by the that within the veil. Heb. vi. 17Lord : and he delighteth in his way. 19. Kept by the power of God Though he fall, he shall not be ut- through faith unto salvation. terly cast down: for the Lord up- Wherein ye greatly rejoice. 1 Pet. holdeth him with his hand. Depart i. 5, 6. For to me to live is Christ, from evil, and do good; and dwell and to die is gain. Phil. i. 21. Happy for evermore. Ps. xxxvii. 23, 24, 27. art thou, O Israel; who is like unto I am continually with thee: thou thee, O people, saved by the Lord, hast holden me by my right hand. the shield of thy help, and who is Thou shalt guide me with thy the sword of thy excellency? Deut. counsel, and afterward receive me xxxiii. 29. We joy in God, through to glory. Ps. Ixxiii. 23, 24. Then our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we shall the King say unto them on have now received the atonement. his right hand, Come, ye blessed of Rom. v. 11. In whom believing, ye my Father, inherit the kingdom rejoice with joy unspeakable and prepared for you from the founda- full of glory: receiving the end of tion of the world. Matt. xxv. 34. your faith, even the salvation of Now unto him that is able to keep your souls. 1 Pet. i. 8, 9. Rejoice, you from falling, and to present because your names are written in you faultless before the presence heaven. Luke x. 20. That their of his glory, with exceeding joy, hearts might be comforted, being to the only wise God our Saviour, knit together in love, and unto all be glory and majesty, dominion and riches of the full assurance of unpower, both now and ever. Amen. derstanding, to the acknowledgJude 24, 25.
ment of the mystery of God, and of 2 What shall we say then to these the Father, and of Christ. Col. ii. 2. things: If God be for us, who shall Blessed be the God and Father of be against us ? Rom. viii. 31. The our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath Lord is my light, and my salvation; blessed us with all spiritual blesswhom shall I fear? the Lord is the ings in heavenly places in Christ :
godly persons, . and such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ,
a In them that through faith are of one body with Christ, crooked affections and corrupt desires, which we call the lusts of the flesh, are, as it were crucified with him, and die, so as they have no more dominion in our souls. Nowell, p.
48. Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified; Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for all estates of men in thy holy Church; that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve thee, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Almighty God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man; Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit; that our hearts and all our members being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the Circumcision of Christ.
according as he hath chosen us in even as he is pure. 1 John iii. 3. him, &c. Eph. i. 2. Now our Lord Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ himself, and God, even and make not provision for the flesh, our Father, which hath loved us, and to fulfil the lusts thereof. Rom.xii. given us everlasting consolation and 14. The flesh lusteth against the good hope through grace, comfort Spirit, and the Spirit against the your hearts, and stablish you in flesh; and these are contrary the every good word and work. 2 Thess. one to the other, Gal. v. 17. Morii. 16, 17. Now the God of hope tify your members which are upon fill you with all joy and peace in the earth. Col. iii. 5. That Christ believing, that ye may abound in may dwell in your hearts by faith. hope, through the power of the Eph. iii. 17. The water that I shall Holy Ghost. Rom. xv. 13.
give him shall be in him a well of a Prove your own selves. Know water springing up into everlasting ye not your own selves, how that life. John iv. 14. Who shall change Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be our vile body, that it may be fareprobates ? 2 Cor. xiii. 5. Christ shioned like unto his glorious body, in you the hope of glory. Christ according to the working whereby formed in you. Col.i. 27. Gal.iv.19. he is able even to subdue all things If any man have not the Spirit of unto himself. Phil. iii. 21. Now he Christ, he is none of his. And if which stablisheth us with you in Christ be in you, the body is dead Christ, and hath anointed us, is because of sin, but the spirit is life God; who hath also sealed us, and because of righteousness. Rom. vii. given the earnest of the Spirit in 9, 10. According to his working, our hearts. 2 Cor. i. 21, 22. Grieve which worketh in me mightily. Col. not the Holy Spirit, whereby ye are i. 29. I am crucified with Christ: sealed unto the day of redemption. nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Eph. iv. 30. As many as are led Christ liveth in me: and the life by the Spirit of God, they are the which I now live in the flesh, I live sons of God. The Spirit itself bearby the faith of the Son of God, who eth witness with our spirit, that we loved me, and gave himself for me, are the children of God. Rom. viii. Gal. ii. 20. Every man that hath 14, 15. this hope in him purifieth himself
mortifying the works of the flesh, and their earthly members, and drawing up their mind to
• The mortifying of the old man is unfeigned and sincere acknowledging and confession of sin, and these with a shame and sorrow of mind, with the feeling whereof a person is sore grieved for that he hath swerved from righteousness, and not been obedient to the will of God. For every man ought, in remembering the sins of his life past, wholly to mislike himself, to be angry with himself, and to be a severe judge of his own faults, and to give sentence and to pronounce judgment of himself, to the intent he abide not the grievous judgment of God in his wrath. This sorrow some have called contrition, whereunto are joined in nearness and nature an earnest hatred of sin, and a love and desire of righteousness lost. Nowell, p. 70.
The renewing of the Spirit or quickening of the new man is when faith cometh, and refresheth and lifteth up the mind so troubled, assuageth sorrow, and comforteth the person, and doth revoke and raise him up again from desperation, to hope of obtaining pardon of God through Christ, and from the gate of death, yea, from hell itself, unto life. Nowell, p. 56.
He sendeth down his Holy Spirit into our hearts, as a most sure pledge of his good-will, by which Spirit he bringeth us out of darkness and mist into open light; he giveth sight to the blindness of our minds; he chaseth sorrow out of our hearts, and healeth the wounds thereof; and with the divine motion of his Spirit he causeth that looking up to heaven, we raise up our minds and hearts frem the ground, from corrupt affections and
b Every man that striveth for the • The way of life is above to the mastery is temperate in all things. wise, that he may depart from hell Now they do it to obtain a corrup- beneath. Prov. xv. 24. Hath raised tible crown; but we an incorrup- us up together, and made us sit totible. 1 Cor. ix. 25. I keep under gether in heavenly places in Christ my body, and bring it into subjec- Jesus. Eph. ii. 6. If ye then be tion; lest that by any means, when risen with Christ, seek those things I have preached to others, I myself which are above, where Christ sit. should be a cast-away. 1 Cor. ix. teth at the right hand of God. Set 27. They that are Christ's have your affections on things above, not crucified the flesh with the affec- on things on the earth. Col. iri. 1, 2. tions and lusts. Gal. v. 24. Teach- For to be carnally minded is death, ing us that denying ungodliness but to be spiritually minded is life and worldly lusts, we should live and peace. Rom. viii. 6. Fear not, soberly, righteously, and godly, in little flock; for it is your father's this present world. Tit. ii. 12. If good pleasure to give you the kingye through the Spirit do mortify dom. "Sell that ye have, and give the deeds of the body, ye shall live. alms; provide yourselves bags Rom. viii. 12. It is a faithful say- which wax not old, a treasure in ing: for if we be dead with him, the heavens, that faileth not. Luke we shall also live with him: if we xii. 32, 33. Lay up for yourselves suffer with him, we shall also reign treasures in heaven -For where with him. 2 Tim.ii. 11,12. Rom. vi. 8. your treasure is, there will your