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behold, now is the day of salvation.) Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed; but in all things approving # ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in faftings; by pureness, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report ; as deceivers, and yet true ; as unknown, and yet well k own; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and not killed; as forrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.,
The Gospel. S. Matth. 4. 1.
to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he, faid, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones may be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and faith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down; for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee, and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone: Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
1 Approving ourselves as the Ministers of God, &c. thy the most attentive confideration of all who, either In the remainder of this Epistle St. Paul gives us an have been, or are now to be, fent forth upon the same account, in what manner he, and his fellow labourers Embassy. behaved themselves in the office of the Ministry. And + Then was Jesus led up, &c. The probable reason in their character has left every Minister of Christ a mo- why our Lord was brought to this Trial was, not only del, on which to frame his, own. A proper portion of that the Captain of our Salvation might be made perfect Scripture at the approach of the Ember-Falt, and wore through Sijerings: but likewise that he might prove him.
Again the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them ; and faith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then faith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan; for it is written, Thou shalt worship the, Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
The second Sunday in Lent...
to help ourselves; Keep us both outwardly in our bodies, and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
?! The Epiftle.! 1! Thefl. 4. 1.
, and to please God, lo ye would abound more and more. For ye know wbat commandments
' we gave you by the Lord Jesus. For this is the will of God, even your fan&tification, that ye
should abstain from fornication ; * that every one of you should know how to poffefs his! veffel in fanctification and honour; not in the
Paraphr.fe on the Collea for the second Sunday in Lent. All powerful God, who knowest that we are unable Thoughts and Delires, with which our spiritual"Eneto defend or fapport ourselves; be thou our protetor mies may endeavour to inspire us. And this we beg for in all respects, that our Bodies may be preserved from the fake of Jesus Christ our Lord. all worldly Calamities, and our Souls from all finful Tilf to be the promised Seed that should bruile ile Ser-Christ made use of to repelthe'l emprations of Satan, perts-Head, that as Man-once fell by the wiles of.the by quoting the holy Scriptures, thews us, that it is by Devil, fo Man, in the Person of Christ
, might triumph the Word of God that we may defeat his attempts, and o er this grand Adversary. From this example let us querch all the fiery darts of t e wicked. 1:arn refolutely to refit the Tempta ions of Satan, and | How much does it concern' us to make God oar particularly such as might lead us into ditirult, or pre- Friend, for then arc we sure that greater is he that is for sumption, ambition or avarice; or such as may any us, than they which be againft us. way tend to draw us off from the fervice of God, and That every one of you should know, &c. That is, the allegiance we owe him. The method which that no Man Mould dithonour his Body (which is the
" PRA Y E' R. luft of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles, which know not God; + that no man go beyond, and defraud his brother in any matter, because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you, and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
. S. Matth. 15. 21. JESUS went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and
Sidon: and behold a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts,' and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David, my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.
But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away, for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent, but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me. But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the childrens bread, and to cast it to dogs. And she said, Truth, Lord; yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters table. Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: *be it unto thee even as thou wilt. "And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.
| The third Sunday in Lent.
The Collec7. E beseech thee, Almighty God, look upon the hearty defires of thy humble servants, and stretch forth the right
e Velfel, the Dwelling and Instrument of the Soul) by justified his Conduct in working a Miracle for a HeaLofts of Uncleanness, and such abominable Affections then, but was a sharp rebuke to the Jews for their in. and Practices, as the ignorant Heathen indulged. fidelity.
† That none go beyond, or defraud, &c. That is, that. Be it unto thee, even as thou wilt. The success no one invade anothers right, or transgress the stated which this Canaanitish Woman met with from. Jesus, bounds of such enjoyments, by such Lusts as are either teaches us two Lessons of great importance. First, that injurions to Marriage, or against the use of Nature: God is no respecter of Persons, but always accepts the of a severe vengeance will certainly over tåke all fincere and fervent Prayer of an humble penitent Heart.
Secondly, that it is our Duty to continue in Prayer But he answered here not a Word; He did not feem 'with earneftness, tho' an Answer be long deferrd. to regard her, intending that the greatness of her If If we expect our Prayers to be heard, we must be Faith bould be made to appear: because it not only careful to offer them up with Faith, Sincerity and Fer
hand of thy Majesty, to be our defence against all our enemies, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Epiftle. Ephes. 5. 1,
in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and a facrifice to God for a sweet-smelling fa
But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named amongst you, as becometh faints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, * nor jefting, which are not convenient; but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ, and of God. man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them; For ye were some times darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord : walk as children of light; (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, and righteousness, and truth) proving what is acceptable unto the Lord. And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them : For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret. But all things that are reproved, are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make inanifeft, is light. Wherefore he faith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
The Gospel. S. Luke 11. 14. ESUS was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came
to pass when the devil was gone out, the dumb fpake; and the people wondered. But some of them said, * He casteth out devils
Paraphrase on the Colleat for the third Sunday in Lent. Moit mighty God we intreat thee to hearken to the serve us by thy Power against the affaults of all our fincere Petitions of thy humble Servants, and to pre- Adverfaries, for the sake of Jesus Chrift our Lord. vency. For how shali we hope that God will regard the Characters of the absent or present, or inspires the those Prayers which we pay no attention to ourselves. Mind with lacivious and filthy Ideas. For otherwise,
* Nor Jeft ng. This expression, from the com- Jefting, in its general importance, scenis neither to be pany it is join'd with, plainly fignifies such Jefting, unlawful, nor unbecoming a Christian. as tends to Scurrility and Obscenity, such as injures * He cafletb our Devils, &c. Thus we may observe
through Beelzebub, the chief of the devils. And others tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven. But he knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself, is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house, falleth. If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub. And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? 'therefore shall they be your judges. But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace; but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trufted, and divideth his spoils. He that is not with me, is against me: and he that gathereth not with me, scattereth. *When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he faith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. Then goeth he and taketh to him seven other fpirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in, and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the firft. And it came to pass as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lift up her voice, and said unto him, Bleffed is the womb that bare thee, and the páps which thou hast sucked. But he said, Yea, rather blessed are they that hear the Word of God, and keep it.
R 2 that when the Heart is grown hardened in Iniquity it draw back. will be apt to turn thofe very means, which are made * When the unclean Spirit, &c. This Parable is deuse of for its Reformation, to C intempt and Reproach, figned to teach Men in every Age the dancer of refiftwill shut out Conviction, and impiously blaspheme ing their Convictions, and breaking through their good even God himself, rather than hearken to instruction. Resolutions. The effect being commonly that they
Wretched state indeed! How should this teach us to are rendered much more ha dened and abandoned guard against the first inlets of Vice: for hardly do we than before ; according to the observation of St. Peter, know where we shall be able to stop. When we have If after shey have efcaped the Pollutions of the World once forsaken the course of our Duty; we are no long- ihreugh the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jejus er sure of the protection of Providence, and may pass Chrift, they are entangled therein, and overcome; the to fuch lengths, as it may be hard, very hard to latter end is worse than the beginning, 2 Pet. ii. 20.