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our Lord Jesus Christ.* But he shall also come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe.
Thou, O Lord, wilt then separate the righteous from the wicked: for in that day the Son of Man will send forth his angels to gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them that do iniquity, and to gather together his elect from the four winds of heaven;t-and then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
And now, O Lord, we look, according to thy promise, for new heavens and a new earth,—when Christ shall have delivered up the kingdom to the Father, and God shall be all, and in all.-Halleluiah! for the Lord God Omnipotent reigneth.
Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly; and may we so live, that, at thy second coming to judge the world, we may be enabled to say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Amen.
+ Matt. xiii. 44.
* 2 Thess. i. 7, 8. 10.
Matt. xxiv. 31.
§ Matt. xxiii. 39.
FOR THE PROMISE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.
THE wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad, and the desert shall rejoice and blossom like
It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it,—the excellency of Carmel and Sharon. For in those days, O Lord God, thou hast promised to pour out thy Spirit upon all flesh.*
In the beginning, thou movedst upon the face of the waters, and didst make all things very good it -and thou hast also promised to blow with thy spirit over the heart of man, that it may bring forth fruit unto everlasting life.
Blessed be thy name, that in the day appointed
* Acts ii. 17.
+ Gen. i. 2. 31.
by thy wisdom thou didst signify this thy gracious purpose, by descending as a mighty rushing wind which filled all the house where the servants of thy Son were assembled ;*—and blessed be thy name also, that thou still sendest forth thy quickening Spirit, and art daily renewing the face of the earth.t
We thank thee, O Father, that when our Redeemer ascended to thy right hand, he promised the Comforter to lead his followers into all truth, to take of his, and to show it unto them. I
Blessed be God for the signs and wonders, and divers miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost, with which thou didst bear witness to the great salvation. And blessed be God for the assurance, that as earthly parents, though evil, know how to give good gifts to their children, our heavenly Father will give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him, ||that Holy Spirit which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession. I
* Acts ii. 2.
+ Psalm civ. 30.
# John xvi. 7.
Isaiah liv. 10.
$ Heb. ii. 14.
|| John xi. 13.
Blessed God, grant us all this good gift,—that in all things we may do thy will, and be well-pleasing in thy sight, for Christ's sake. Amen. .
FOR THE HOLY SCRIPTURES.
WE bless thee, O our God, that unto us thou hast given the word of reconciliation,*-and that though no man hath seen God at any time, thou hast yet spoken unto us by a voice from heaven, -and hast declared unto us all things that pertain to life and salvation.
The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple: the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart : the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes: the fear of the Lord is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine
* 2 Cor. v. 19.
+ John v. 18.