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begotten, and therefore Christ said that we must be born again of water and the Spirit. Also by his heavenly breathing on us, God the Father doth adopt us his children, and therefore he is worthily called the Spirit of adoption. Nowell, p. 63.
God hath freely through Christ made and adopted us his children. The name of children by right of adoption is freely imparted to us through Christ. Nowell, p. 44.
Christ hath set himself for an exemplar for us to follow, to frame our life according thereunto. Where Christ died for sin and was buried, he but once suffered the same. Where he once rose again and ascended into heaven, he but once rose again, and but once ascended; he now dieth no more, but enjoyeth eternal life, and reigneth in most high and everlasting glory. So if we be once dead and buried to sin, how shall we hereafter live in the same ? If we be risen again with Christ, if by assured faith and stedfast hope we be conversant with him in heaven, then ought we from henceforth to bend all our cares and thoughts upon heavenly, divine, and eternal things, not earthly, worldly, and transitory. And as we have heretofore borne the image of the earthly man, we ought from henceforth to put on the image of the heavenly man, quietly and patiently bearing, after his example, all sorrows and wrongs, and following and expressing his other divine virtues so far as mortal man be able. And whereas Christ our Lord never ceaseth to do us good, continually to intreat for and to crave his Father's mercy for us, to give us his holy Spirit, and wonderfully and continually to
then heirs: heirs of God, and joint- thou in me, that they may be made heirs with Christ; if so be that we perfect in one; and that the world suffer with him, that we may be may know that thou hast sent me, also glorified together. Rom. viii. and hast loved them, as thou hast 14-17. It shall come to pass, that loved me. I have declared unto in the place where it was said them thy name, and will declare it; unto them, Ye are not my people, that the love wherewith thou hast there it shall be said unto them, Ye loved me may be in them, and I in are the sons of the living God. them. John xvii. 16, 19, 22, 23, 26. Hos. i. 10.
It pleased God, who separated me • Whom he did foreknow, he from my mother's womb, and called also did predestinate to be con- me by his grace, to reveal his Son formed to the image of his Son, in me. Gal. i. 15, 16. Yea doubtthat he might be the first-born less, and I count all things but loss among many brethren. Rom. viii. for the excellency of the know29. They are not of the world, ledge of Christ Jesus my Lord : for even as I am not of the world.- whom I have suffered the loss of For their sakes I sanctify myself, all things, and do count them but that they also might be sanctified dung, that I may win Christ, and through the truth. And the glory be found in him:- that I may which thou hast given me I have know him, and the power of his given them; that they may be one, resurrection, and the fellowship of even as we are one: I in them, and his sufferings, being made con
of his only-begotten Son Jesus Christ :
garnish his church with most liberal gifts ; it is meet that we in like manner, with our whole endeavour, should help our neighbour, and that we be bound to all men in most straight bonds of love, concord, and most near friendship, so much as shall lie in us, and so to be wholly framed after the manners of Christ as our only exemplar. Nowell, p. 59,
And there should be no greater comfort to Christian persons, than to be made like unto Christ, by suffering patiently adversities, troubles, and sicknesses. For he himself went not up to joy, but first he suffered pain; he entered not into his glory before he was crucified. So truly our way to eternal joy is to suffer here with Christ; and our door to enter into eternal life is gladly to die with Christ; that we may rise again from death, and dwell with him in everlasting life. Visitation of the Sick.
Almighty God, who hast given thine only Son to be unto us both a sacrifice for sin, 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 same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the second Sunday after Easter.
formable unto his death; if by any dead indeed unto sin, but alive means I might attain unto the re- unto God, through Jesus Christ our surrection of the dead. Phil. iii. Lord. Rom. vi. 3-11. Col, ii. 108–11. So many of us as 13. If any man be in Christ, he is a baptized into Jesus Christ were new creature: old things are passbaptized into his death. Therefore ed away; behold all things are we are buried with him by bap- become new. 2 Cor. v. 17. As tism into death : that like as Christ many of you as have been baptized was raised up from the dead by into Christ, have put on Christ. the glory of the Father, even so Gal. iii. 27. He that saith he we also should walk in newness of abideth in him, ought himself also life. If we have been planted to- so to walk even as he walked. gether in the likeness of his death, 1 John ii. 6. If we walk in the we shall be also in the likeness of light, as he is in the light, we have his resurrection : knowing this that fellowship one with another, and our old man is crucified with him, the blood of Jesus Christ his Son that the body of sin might be de- cleanseth us from all sin. 1 John i. stroyed, that henceforth we should 7. Righteousness shall go before not serve sin. For he that is dead him, and shall set us in the way of is freed from sin. Now if we be his steps. Ps. Ixxxv. 13. Hereunto dead with Christ we believe that were ye called : because Christ
shall also live with him: also suffered for us, leaving us an knowing that Christ being raised example, that ye should follow his from the dead, dieth no more; steps. 1 Pet. ii. 21. Let this mind death hath no more dominion over be in you wbich was also in Christ him. For in that he died, he died Jesus. Phil. ii. 5. Forasmuch as unto sin once; but in that he liv. Christ hath suffered for us in the eth, he liveth unto God. Likewise flesh, arm yourselves likewise with reckon ye also yourselves to be the same mind: for he that hath
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Grant, O Lord, that as we are baptized into the death of thy blessed Son our Saviour Jesus Christ ; so by continual mortifying our corrupt affections, we may be buried with him; and that through the grave and gate of death we may pass to our joyful resurrection, for his merits, who died and was buried, and rose again for us, thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for Easter Even.
O God, whose blessed Son' was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil, and make us the sons of God, and heirs of eternal life; Grant us, we beseech thee, that having this hope, we may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear again with power and great glory, we may be made like unto him in his eternal and glorious kingdom, where with thee, O Father, and thee, O Holy Ghost, he liveth and reigneth, ever one God, world without end. Amen. Coll. for the sixth Sunday after the Epiphany.
u God of his mercy and special favour towards them, whom he hath appointed to everlasting salvation, bath so offered his grace especially, and they have so received it fruitfully, that al
suffered in the flesh hath ceased image of the heavenly. 1 Cor. xv. from sin ; that he no longer should 49. We all, with open face belive the rest of his time in the flesh holding as in a glass the glory of to the lusts of men, but to the will the Lord, are changed into the of God. 1 Pet, iv. 1, 2. Always same image from glory to glory, bearing about in the body the even as by the Spirit of the Lord. dying of the Lord Jesus, that the 2 Cor. iii, 18. Beloved, now are life also of Jesus might be made we the sons of God, and it doth manifest in our body. 2 Cor. iv. 10. not yet appear what we shall be ; Be ye therefore followers of God, but we know that when he shall as dear children; and walk in love, appear, we shall be like him, for we as Christ also hath loved us, and shall see him as he is. 1 John iii. 2. hath given himself for us an offer. As for me, I will behold thy face ing and a sacrifice to God for a in righteousness; I shall be satis. sweet-smelling savour. Eph. v. 1, fied when I awake with thy like2. Take my yoke upon you, and ness. Ps. xvii. 15. learn of me; for I am meek and u The Lord knoweth the way lowly in heart: and ye shall find of the righteous. Ps. i. 6. He rest unto your souls. Matt. xi. 29. hath chosen us in him that we A new commandment I give unto should be holy and without blame you, that ye love one another; as before him in love. Eph. i. 4. Ye I have loved you, that ye love one have not chosen me, but I have another. By this shall all men chosen you, and ordained you, that know that ye are my disciples, if ye should go, and bring forth fruit, ye have love one to another. John and that your fruit should remain. xiii. 34. Put on therefore, as the John xv. 16. Purify unto himself elect of God, holy and beloved, a peculiar people zealous of good bowels of mercies, kindness, hum- works. Tit. ii. 14. We are his bleness of mind, meekness, long- workmanship, created in Christ Jesuffering ;-even as Christ forgave sus unto good works, which God you, so also do ye. Col. iii. 12. hath before ordained that we should As we have borne the image of the walk in them. Eph. ii. 10. That earthy, we shall also bear the the man of God may be perfect,
in good works,
though, by reason of their sinful living outwardly, they seemed before to have been the children of wrath and perdition ; yet now, the Spirit of God mightily working in them, unto obedience to God's will and commandments, they declare by their outward deeds and life, in the shewing of mercy and charitywhich cannot come but of the Spirit of God, and his especial grace—that they are the undoubted children of God, appointed to everlasting life. And so, as by their wickedness and ungodly living they shewed themselves, according to the judgment of men, which follow the outward appearance, to be reprobates and cast-aways; so now, by their obedience unto God's holy will, and by their mercifulness and tender pity-wherein they shew themselves to be like unto God, who is the fountain and spring of all mercy—they declare openly and manifestly unto the sight of men, that they are the sons of God, and elect of him unto salvation. Hom. xxiii. 2.
By faith we receive Christ such as he delivereth himself unto us. But he doth not only set us at liberty from sins and death, and make us at one with God, but also with the divine inspiration and virtue of the Holy Ghost doth regenerate and newly form us, to the endeavour of innocency and holiness, which we call newness of life.- -Good works do stand upon faith as upon their root. It doth most vehemently stir us up to the endeavour of a good life; yea, and so far, that he is not truly faithful that doth not also to his power shun vices and embrace virtues, so living always as one that looketh to give an account. Nowell,
p. 73, 74.
throughly furnished unto every the Lord onto all pleasing, being good work. 2 Tim. iii. 17. This is fruitful in every good work. Col. i, a faithful saying, and these things 10. This woman was full of good (see ver. 4—7.) I will, that thou works, and almsdeeds, which she affirm constantly (va, in order) did. Acts ix. 36. Let your light so that they which have believed in shine before men, that they may see God might be careful to maintain your good works, and glorify your good works. Tit. iii. 8. Adorn the Father which is in heaven. Matt. v. doctrine of God our Saviour in all 16. Charge them that are rich in things. Tit. ii. 10. Teaching us this world—that they do good, that that, denying ungodliness and they be rich in good works, ready worldly Justs, we should live so- to distribute, willing to communiberly, righteously, and godly, in cate. 1 Tim. vi. 10. Giving all this present world. Tit. ii. 12. That diligence, add to your faith virtue; ye would walk worthy of God, who and to virtue knowledge; and to hath called you unto his kingdom knowledge temperance; and to temand glory. i Thess. ii. 12. Walk perance patience; and to patience worthy of the vocation wherewith godliness; and to godliness broye are called. Eph.iv.l. Let your therly kindness; and to brotherly conversation be as it becometh the kindness charity. 2 Pet. i. 5-7. Gospel of Christ. Phil. i. 27. Our Finally, brethren,whatsoever things conversation is in heaven. Phil. iii. are true, whatsoever things are ho20. That ye might walk worthy of nest, whatsoever things are just,
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And reason it is that we being redeemed with the blood of Christ the Son of God, and having beside received innumerable and infinite benefits of God, should live and wholly frame ourselves after the will and appointment of our Redeemer, and so shew ourselves mindful and thankful to the Author of our salvation, and by our example procure and win other unto him. Nowell, p. 76.
Almighty and merciful God, of whose only gift it cometh that thy faithful people do unto thee true and laudable service; Grant, we beseech thee, that we may so faithfully serve thee in this life, that we fail not finally to attain thy heavenly promises, through the merits of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.
Merciful Lord, we beseech thee to cast thy bright beams of light upon thy Church; that it being enlightened by the doctrine of thy blessed Apostle and Evangelist Saint John, may so walk in the light of thy truth, that it may at length attain to the light of everlasting life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for St. John the Evangelist's Day.
O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord; Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed Saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those unspeakable joys, which thou hast prepared for them that unfeignedly love thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for All Saints' Day.
And, as while God reigneth by his Spirit in us, men have a certain community with God in this world, so we pray and wish that he will also by Christ communicate with us in heaven the joy of the most blessed kingdom, and the glory that in everlasting ages of worlds shall never be changed, that we may be not only children but also heirs of our heavenly Father; which desire also we verily nothing distrust or doubt, that our heavenly Father will one day grant us to enjoy. Nowell, p. 90.
He rose from death, and we also are risen again with him, being so made partakers of his resurrection and life, that from henceforth death hath no more dominion over us. For in us is the same Spirit which raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Beside that, since the ascension, we have most abundantly received the gifts of the holy Ghost, he hath also lifted and carried us up into heaven with him, that we might, as it were with our head, take possession thereof. These things indeed are not yet seen; but then shall they be brought abroad into light, when Christ
wh ver things are pure, what- praise, think on these things. hil. soever things are lovely, whatsoever iv. 8. things are of good report; if there
w In due season we shall reap, if be any virtue, and if there be any we faint not. Gal. vi. 9.