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My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand.
St. JOHN xvii. 13-24.
And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have My joy fulfilled in themselves.
I have given them Thy word ; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil.
They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
Sanctify them through Thy truth : Thy word is truth.
As Thou hast sent Me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.
And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me through their word;
That they all may be one; as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.
And the glory which Thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as We are One :
I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that Thou hast sent Me, and hast loved them, as Thou hast loved Me.
Father, I will that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am ; that they may behold My glory, which Thou hast given Me: for Thou lovedst Me before the foundation of the world.
Acts ii. 41-47.
Then they that gladly received his word were baptized : and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of Bread, and in prayers.
And fear came upon every soul : and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.
And all that believed were together, and had all things common;
And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.
And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking Bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,
Praising God, and having favour with all the people.
And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
The Cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the Blood of Christ ? The Bread which we break, is it not the communion of the Body of Christ ?
For we being many are one Bread, and one Body : for we are all partakers of that one Bread.
i CORINTHIANS xi. 23-29. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which He was betrayed took bread :
And when He had given thanks, He brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is My Body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of Me.
After the same manner also He took the Cup, when He had supped, saying, This Cup is the New Testament in My Blood : this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of Me.
For as often as ye eat this Bread, and drink this Cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till He
Wherefore whosoever shall eat this Bread, and drink this Cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the Body and Blood of the Lord.
But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that Bread, and drink of that Cup.
For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's Body.
QUESTIONS FOR SELF-EXAMINATION
BEFORE RECEIVING THE
"Search me, O God, and know my heart : try me, and know my thoughts : and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”PSALM CXxxix, 23, 24.
1. Do I endeavour in daily life to remember that the vows of Christ are upon me, and that I am His soldier and servant ?
2. Do I live as though I really believed that He will come to be my Judge ?
3. Do I daily read some portion of Holy Scripture, and am I earnest in my private prayers ?
4. Am I diligent in the frequent use of the means of grace, and willing, if need be, to make some sacrifice in order to attend the appointed services of the Church?
5. Do I come regularly to the Holy Communion, and as often as I possibly can, that I may receive some special gift of grace and strength ?
6. Do I try and do good to others in a quiet, earnest, and unobtrusive way?