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vered the keys to his church, he said, “ Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven,” Matt. xviii. 18. And he said unto Peter separately, who was therein a type of the one holy Church,“ Whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven,” Matt. xvi. 19.
The resurrection of the body. I believe that there will be a resurrection of the dead: in which this same Holy Ghost will raise up all flesh: that is, all men according to the body and flesh, both godly and ungodly: and so, that the same flesh which died, was buried, putrified, and consumed in various ways, shall return to life and live again.
And the life everlasting. I believe that, after that resurrection, there will be an eternal life of the righteous, and an eternal death of the wicked.-And, I hold no doubt, that all those things which I have recounted will take place through the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. And therefore there is added, Amen: that is, these things are certain, and will surely thus come to pass.
There was no need that my Expositions and Sermons should be every-where spread abroad throughout the whole world, as there were so many books in our hands, that were so useful and proper to be set before the people. But I know not by what permission of God it is that it has fallen to my lot, that my words should be every way caught hold of and handed about; by some through friendship, and by others through enmity. Wherefore a certain coincidence of circumstances induced me to publish abroad also this my little ComMENTARY on the Lord's PRAYER; which before was put into the hands of a few friends only, who were good men. And this I now do, that I might the more fully make known my sentiments, and, if possible, serve those also who are my rivals : for it was always my maxim to profit all, and injure no one.
When the disciples of Christ asked him that he would teach them how to pray; he said, Matt. vi. 7-9, “When ye pray, use not vain repetitions as the heathen do : for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your heavenly Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye,
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy
From these words of Christ, we learn both the words and the manner: that is, how we ought to pray and what we ought to pray for.