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Benefit and Advantage to us. And as to Revealed Religion, Reason is the Faculty whereby the Evi. dence and Proof of it is to be tried; the proper Exercise of it in a Christian is to examine and enquire, whether what is proposed and required to be believed is revealed by God; whether it comes with the true Credentials of his Authority, and hath him really for its Author. For our Assent to any Thing as revealed by God, must be grounded upon Evidence that it comes from him. And when by proper Arguments we are convinced of the divine Authority of the Revelation. Reason assists us in discerning the true and genuine Sense of such a Revelation, and helps us to apply general Rules contained in it to all Manner of special Cases whatsoever. And when we are satisfied that a Doctrine is revealed by God, though it is above the Reach of our Comprehension, yet we have the strongest and most cogent Reason in the World to believe it: Because God is infinitely Wise and Omniscient, and therefore cannot be deceived: and being infinitely good, we may be sure he will not deceive us.
Por a sted. O HOLY, blessed, and glorious Trinity, thres fast Faith, Persons and one God, have Mercy upon me a in the Holy
Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given uuto thy Servants Grace, by the Confession of a true Faith to acknowledge the Glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the Power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity: I beseech thee that thou wouldest keep me stedfast in this Faith, and evermore defend me from all Adversities, who livest and reignest, one God, World without End, Amen.
11. It is very meet, right, and my bounden Duty, Praise and that I should at all Times, and in all Places, give Thanks unto thee, O Lord, Almighty, everlasting he Holy God, who art one God, one Lord, not one only Trinity. Person, but three Persons in one Substance'; for that which I believe of the Glory of the Father, the same I believe of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, without any Difference or Inequality. Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the Company of Heaven, I laud and magnify thy glorious Name, evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and Earth are full of thy Glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen.
III. O LORD, I beseech thee to keep thy Church for the and Household continually in thy true Religion ; Preserva. that they who do lean only upon the Hope of thy Church. heavenly Grace, may evermore be defended by thy mighty Power, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
IV. GLORY be to thee, O God the Father, for Praise and making Man after thy own Image, capable of Thanksloving thee, and enjoying thee eternally; for the Holy recovering him from a State of Sin and Misery, Trinity. when he had lost and undone himself.
Glory be to thee, O God the Son, for undertaking the wonderful Work of Man's Redemption; for rescuing him from the Slavery of Sin, and Domipion of the Devil; for, in order to accomplish this Miracle of Goodness, thou didst descend from Heaven, put on the form of a Servant, live a miserable Life, and die a painful and accursed Death.
Glory, be to thee, O God the Holy Ghost, for those miraculous Gifts and Graces thou didst
bestow upon the Apostles; and for those ordinary Gifts, whereby sincere Christians in all Ages are enabled to work out their Salvation; for thy preventing and restraining Grace; for subduing our Understandings and Affections to the Obedience of Faith and Godliness ; for inspiring us with good Thoughts, and kindling pious Desires in our Souls; for assisting us-in all the Methods of procuring eternal Happiness.
Blessing and Honour, Thanksgiving and Praise, more than I can utter, more than I can conceive, be given unto thee, O most adorable Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, by all Angels, all Men, all Creatures, for ever and ever. Amen
CHA P. XXV.
ST. BARNABAS THE APOSTLE.
11. Q. WHAT Festival doth the Church celebrate
Acts iv. 26.
1. That of the Apostle St. Barnabas. Q. What Account is there of his Original: A. That he was born at Cyprus, and descended of the Tribe of Levi, whose Jewish Ancestors, pro
bably, fled thither in the troublesome Times in i Juden, to secure themselves from Violence and
Invasion, His proper Name was Joses, a softer Termination, familiar with the Greeks for Joseph ; given him at his Circumcision in Honour of Joseph, ope of the great Patriarchs of that Nation.
Q. Why was he by the Apostles surnamed Barnas bas, which signifies the Son of Consolation?
A. Some think for his eminent Prophetic Gifts,
and his Dexterity in managing troubled Minds ; Acts xi. 42. for he was a good Man full of Faith, and of the Holy
Ghost. Though if we consider the Occasion of im, posing this Name, it seems to have been an honour
able Acknowledgment of his Charity, in selling his Acts iv. 37. whole Estate for the Relief of the poor Christians, and upon the Account of the Consolation they received thereby.
Q. Where was he educated ?
A. His Parents being rich and pious, he was sent to Jerusalem to be trained up in the Knowledge of the Law; and was committed to the Care of that great Doctor, Gamaliel ; which probably might lay the Foundation of that intimate Friendship which was afterwards contracted between this Apostle and St. Paul.
Q. When was he converted to Christianity ?
Ă. The particular Time is uncertain, though by Euseb. lib. the Ancients he is generally esteemed one of the 1. c. 12, Seventy Disciples chosen by our Saviour. And he gave an early Proof of his Christian Zeal, in selling his Lands for the Support of his Christian Brethren. And though he was of the Tribe of Levi, to whom the Mosaic Law allowed no particular Possessions; yet we may reasonably suppose this Estate was his patrimonial Inheritance at Cyprus, where the Jewish Constitutions did not take place.
Q. What Assistance did St. Barnabas give St. Paul after his Conversion?
A. When the Christians at Jerusalem were not thoroughly satisfied with St. Paul's Change, appre-, hending it might be only a subtle Art to enspare. them, Št. Barnabas introduced him to the Apostles, Acts iv. 37, and declared to them the Manner of his Conversion, and what Evidence he had given of it at Damascus in his bold Disputations with the Jews.
Q. What was his first Employment in the Ser: vice of the Church?
A.' News from Antioch, being brought to the acts xi. 22. Church at Jerusalem, that many in that City had embraced Christianity, St. Barnabas was sent to settle this new Plantation. Upon his arrival, he rejoiced extremely to see what Progress the Gospel had made among them; and not only exhorted them
Ver. 23. with Purpose of Heart to cleave unto the Lord, but by
his Labours added many to the Church; and the
Work growing too great for a single Hand, he V. 25, 26, went to Tarsus, and engaged St. Paul to return with
him to Antioch, where they both laboured together a whole Year in the Establishment of that Church.
Q. When were the Followers of Jesus called Christians ?
A. About this Time at Antioch. They who first embraced the Faith were styled Disciples or Belieders, the Brethren, or Men of the Church, or Callers upon the Name of Christ, or Men of that Way, or by their Enemies, Nazarenes and Galilæans. But Christians was the Name they afterwards gloried in so much, that before the face of their Enemies, they would acknowledge no other Title, though hated, reviled, tormented, and martyred for it.
Q. What Obligation doth that holy Name lay
Acts ix. 26.
upon us !
A. To believe and practise what Christ taught,
to imitate his Example, who was made perfect Heb. xi. 10.through Sufferings, to cleave with Purpose of
Heart to the Lord, and to avoid all Mauner of Evil, which we solemnly renounced when we took upon us that Nanie.
Q. What was the next Piece of Service St. Barnabas did the Church?
A. He, with St. Paul, carried a charitable SupActs xi. 30. ply from the Christians at Antioch, to relieve the
Brethren in Judea, who were reduced to great Necessities, by a severe Famine that afflicted the Provinces of the Roman Empire, and particularly Judea.
Q. How was St. Barnabas called to the Conversion
of the Gentile World? Acts xiii. 2.
A. By the particular Designation of the Holy Ghost, who, by Revelation made to the Prophets and Teachers of the Church of Antioch, when they were engaged in Fasting and Prayer, and other public Exercises of Religion, commanded that he should be set apart with St. Paul to that Purpose.'