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high and heavenly things; as well because it a doth greatly establish and confirm their faith of
from earthly things, upward to the place where Christ is at the right hand of his father, that we, thinking upon and beholding things above and heavenly, and so raised up and of upright mind, contemn these our base things, life, death, riches, poverty, and with lofty and high courage despise all worldly things. Nowell, p. 56. See also Art. V. b.
Grant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that like as we do believe thy only-begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens; so we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth, with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen. Coll. for the Ascension-day.
a Knowing that we be, by this benefit of his resurrection, risen with him by our faith unto life everlasting; being in full surety of our hope, that we shall have our bodies likewise raised again from death, to have them glorified in immortality, and joined to his glorious body; having in the mean while his Holy Spirit within our hearts, as a seal and pledge of our everlasting inheritance-by whose assistance we be replenished with all righteousness, by whose power we shall be able to subdue all our evil affections, rising against the pleasure of God-these things, I say, well considered, let us now, in the rest of our life declare our faith that we have in this most fruitful article, by
heart be also, Matt, vi. 20, 21. Our d What shall we say then to these conversation is in heaven, from things? If God be for us, who can whence also we look for the Sa- be against us? Who shall lay any viour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Phil. thing to the charge of God's elect? iii. 20. We walk by faith, not by It is God that justifieth. Who is sight. 2 Cor. v. 7. Our affliction be that condemneth? It is Christ worketh for us a far more exceed- that died, yea, rather that is risen ing and eternal weight of glory; again, who is even at the right hand while we look not at the things of God, who also maketh interceswhich are seen, but at the things sion for us. Who shall separate us which are not seen; for the things from the love of Christ? I am perwhich are seen are temporal; but suaded that neither death, nor life, the things which are not seen are nor angels, nor principalities, nor eternal. For we know that if our powers, nor things present, nor earthly house of this tabernacle things to come, nor height, nor were dissolved, we have a building depth, nor any other creature, shall of God, an house not made with be able to separate us from the hands, eternal in the heavens. We love of God, which is in Christ are confident, I say, and willing Jesus our Lord. Rom. viii. 31, 33— rather to be absent from the body, 35, 38, 39. The Lord is faithful, and to be present with the Lord. who shall stablish you, and keep 2 Cor. iv. 17, 18. v. 1, 8. Whom you from evil. 2 Thess. iii. 3. He have I in heaven but thee, and which stablisheth us with you in there is none upon earth that I Christ, and hath anointed us, is desire beside thee? Ps. lxxiii. 25. God. 2 Cor. i. 21. Who shall also
eternal salvation, to be enjoyed through Christ;
framing ourselves thereunto, in rising daily from sin to righteousness and holiness of life. If these and such other heavenly virtues ye ensue in the residue of your life, ye shall shew plainly that ye be risen_with Christ, and that ye be the heavenly children of your Father in heaven; from whom, as from the Giver, cometh these graces and gifts. (James i. 5.) Apply yourselves, good friends, to live in Christ, that Christ may still live in you; whose favour and assistance if ye have, then have ye everlasting life already within you; then can nothing hurt you. (John v. 24.) Thus shall we declare that Christ's gifts and graces have their effect in us, and that we have the right belief and knowledge of his holy resurrection : where truly, if we apply our faith to the virtue thereof, and in our life conform us to the example and signification meant thereby, we shall be sure to rise hereafter to everlasting glory, by the goodness and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ: to whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost be all glory, thanksgiving, and praise, in infinita seculorum secula. Amen. Hom. xxvi.
A quick or lively faith is a true trust, and confidence of the mercy of God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and a stedfast hope of all good things to be received at God's hand : and that although we, through infirmity, or temptation of our ghostly enemy, do fall froin him by sin; yet if we return again unto
confirm you unto the end, that ye thing is God, who also hath given may be blameless in the day of our unto us the earnest of the Spirit. Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Cor. i. 8. The 2 Cor. v. 1, 4, 5. Fear not, little work of righteousness shall be flock; for it is your Father's good peace; and the effect of righteous- pleasure to give you the kingdom. ness quietness and assurance for Luke xii. 32. I give unto them ever. Is. xxxii. 17. We desire that eternal life; and they shall never every one of you do shew the same perish, neither shall any pluck diligence to the full assurance of them out of my hand. My Father hope unto the end. Heb. vi. 11. which gave them me is greater Give diligence to make your calling than all; and none is able to pluck and election surc. 2 Pet. i. 10. If them out of my Father's hand. children, then heirs, heirs of God, John X. 28, 29. Henceforth there and joint heirs with Christ; if so is laid up for me a crown of rigbbe that we suffer with him, that teousness, which the Lord the we may be also glorified together. righteous Judge shall give me at Rom. viii. 17. We know that if that day: and not to me only, but our earthly house of this tabernacle unto all them that love his appearwere dissolved, we have a building ing. 2 Tim. iv. 8. Hereby we know of God, an house not made with that we are of the truth, and shall hands, eternal in the heavens. We
hearts before him. that are in this tabernacle do groan, 1 John iii. 19. Wherefore gird up being burdened: not for that we the loins of your mind, be sober, would be unclothed, but clothed and hope to the end for the grace upon, that mortality might be swal- that is to be brought unto you at lowed up of life. Now he that the revelation of Jesus Christ. hath wrought us for the self-same 1 Pet. i. 13. Seeing it is a righ
as because it e doth fervently kindle their love
him by true repentance, that he will forgive and forget our offences for his Son's sake, our Saviour Jesus Christ, and will make us inheritors with him of his everlasting kingdom; and that in the mean time, until that kingdom come, he will be our protector and defender in all perils and dangers, whatsoever do chance: and that though sometimes he doth send us sharp adversity, yet that evermore he will be a loving Father unto us, correcting us for our sins, but not withdrawing his mercy finally from us, if we trust in him, and commit ourselves wholly unto him, hang only upon him, and call upon him, ready to obey and serve him. This is the true, lively, and unfeigned Christian faith. Hom. iv. l.
All those therefore have great cause to be full of joy that be joined to Christ with true faith, stedfast hope, and perfect charity; and not to fear death, nor everlasting damnation. For death cannot deprive them of Jesus Christ, nor can any sin condemn them that are grafted surely in him, which is their only joy, treasure, and life. Let us repent of our sins, amend our lives, trust in his mercy and satisfaction; and death can neither take him from us, nor us from him. Hom. x, 2.
Therefore if we have Christ, then have we with him, and by him, all good things whatsoever we can in our hearts wish or desire; as victory over death, sin, and hell: we have the favour of God, peace with him, holiness, wisdom, justice, power, life, and redemption; we have by him perpetual health, wealth, joy, and bliss everlasting. Hom. ix. 1.
And seeing he hath so greatly loved thee, endeavour thyself to love him again, with all thy heart, with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, that therein thou mayest appear not to be unworthy of his love.
teous thing with God to recom- or Cephas, or the world, or life, or pense- to you who are troubled death, or things present, or things rest with us, when the Lord Jesus to come, all are yours; and ye are shall be revealed from heaven. Christ's, and Christ is God's. 2 Thess. ii. 6, 7. Father, I will 1 Cor. iii. 21–23. Beloved, now that they also, whom thou hast are we the sons of God, and it doth given me, be with me where I am; not yet appear what we shall be: that they may behold my glory, but we know that, when he shall which thou hast given me: for appear, we shall be like him; for we thou lovedst me before the founda- shall see him as he is. 1 John iii. 2. tion of the world. John xvii. 24. e We love him, because he first If by one man's offence death loved us. ] John iv. 19. If any reigned by one; much more they man love God, the same is known which receive abundance of grace of him. 1 Cor. viii. 3. Let us not and of the gift of righteousness love in word, neither in tongue; shall reign in life by one, Jesus but in deed, and in truth. And Christ. Rom. v. 17. Let no man hereby we know that we are of the glory in men : for all things are truth, and shall assure our hearts yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, before him. 1 John iii. 18, 19. We
towards God; so 'for curious and carnal persons, blacking the Spirit of Christ, to have
O Almighty God, who alone canst order the unruly wills and affections of sinful men; Grant unto thy people that they may love the thing which thou commandest, and desire that which thou dost promise; that so among the sundry and manifold changes of the world, our hearts may surely there be fixed, where true joys are to be found, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the fourth Sunday after Easter,
O Lord, who never failest to help and govern them whom thou dost bring up in thy stedfast fear and love; keep us, we beseech thee, under the protection of thy good providence; and make us to have a perpetual fear and love of thy holy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the second Sunday after Trinity.
O God, who hast prepared for them that love thee such good things as pass man's understanding ; pour into our hearts such love toward thee, that we loving thee above all things, may obtain thy promises, which exceed all that we can desire, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the sixth Sunday after
continually before their eyes the sentence of God's predestination, is a most dangerous downfall, whereby the devil doth thrust them i either into
They therefore that have no mind at all neither to read nor yet to hear God's word, there is but small hope of them that they will as much as once set their feet, or take hold upon
the first staff or step of this ladder; but rather will sink deeper and deeper into the bottomless pit of perdition. For if at any time, through the remorse of their conscience, which accuseth them, they feel any inward grief, sorrow, or heaviness for their sins, forasmuch as they want the salve and comfort of God's word, which they do despise, it will be unto them rather a mean to bring them to utter desperation, than otherwise. Hom. xxxii. 2.
“ He is set forth for the fall and rising again of many in Israel.” As Christ Jesus is a fall to the reprobate, which yet "perish through their own default; so is his word, yea the whole book of God, a'cause of damnation unto them through their incredulity. And as he is a rising up to none other than those which are God's children by adoption; so is his word, yea, the
is not haughty, nor mine eyes things; in which are some things lofty: neither do I exercise myself hard to be understood, which they in great matters, or in things too that are unlearned and unstable high for me. Surely I have be- wrest, as they do also the other haved and quieted myself, as a Scriptures, unto their own destruc* child that is weaned of his mother: tion. 2 Pet. iii. 15, 16. God our my soul is even as a weaned child. Saviour will have all men to be Let Israel hope in the Lord from 'saved, and to come unto the knowhenceforth and for
Ps. - ledge of the truth. 1 Tim. ii. 4. ** cxxxi.
Not willing that any should perish; i Thou sàidst, There is no hope: but that all should come to repentNo; 'for I have loved strangers, ance. 2 Pet. jii. 9. Have I any and after them will I go. Jer. ii. ' pleasure at all that the wicked 25. And they said, There is no should die? saith the Lord God: hope; but we will walk every one and not that he should turn from after our own devices, and we will his ways and live ?
-I have no every one do the imagination of his pleasure in the death of him that evil heart. Jer. xviii. 12. Will ye dieth, saith the Lord God; wherecome and stand hefore me in this fore turn yourselves and live. Ezek. house, which is called by my name, xviii. 23, 32. Therefore, 0 thou and say, We are delivered to do alí son of man, speak unto the house these abominations. Jer. vii. 10. of Israel. Thus ye speak, saying, Despisest thou the riches of his If our transgressions and our sins goodness, and forbearance, and long- be upon us, and we pine away in suffering; not knowing that the them, how should we then live? goodness of God leadeth thee to Say unto them, As I live, saith the repentance. "Rom. ii. 5. Account Lord God, I have no pleasure in that the long-suffering of our Lord the death of the wicked; but that is salvation; even as our beloved the wicked turn from his way and brother Paul also, according to the live: turn ye, turn ye from your wisdom given unto him, hath writ. evil ways; for why will ye die, ten unto you: as also in all his O house of Israel! Ezek. xxxiii. epistles, speaking in them of these 10, 11.