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* by God's mercy, they attain to everlasting felicity.

which is the light of the world, in whom all our hope and wealth is set and settled, shining with immortal glory, shall shew himself openly to all men. Nowell, p. 58.

God hath delivered all men that be his, by his Son Jesus Christ, from the spiritual thraldom of sin and the tyranny of the devil, wherein else they had lain pressed and oppressed. This kind of deliverance pertaineth indifferently to all men which put their trust in God their deliverer, and, to their power, obey his laws. Nowell, p. 10.

All they which behold Christ crucified with a true and lively faith, shall undoubtedly be delivered from the grievous wounds of the soul, be they never so deadly or many in number. xxv. 2.


* O God, who declarest thy almighty power most chiefly in shewing mercy and pity; Mercifully grant unto us such a measure of thy grace, that we running the way of thy commandments, may obtain thy gracious promises, and be made partakers of thy heavenly treasure, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the eleventh Sunday after Trinity.

Keep, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy Church with thy perpetual mercy and because the frailty of man without thee cannot but fall, keep us ever by thy help from all things hurtful, and lead us to all things profitable to our salvation, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.

O God, the protector of all that trust in thee, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy; increase and multiply upon

With great mercies will I gather thee. With everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer. Is. liv. 7, 8. I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Is. lv. 3. The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him. Ps. ciii. 17. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning great is thy faithfulness. Lam. iii. 22, 23. For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. Mal. iii. 6. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. Rom. ix. 16. The Lord give mercy unto the

house of Onesiphorus. The Lord grant unto him, that he may find mercy of the Lord in that day. 2 Tim. i. 16, 18. Jude-to them that are sanctified by God the Fa ther, and preserved in Jesus Christ. Jude 1. My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me and I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John x. 27, 28.

y They which are called receive the promise of eternal inheritance. Heb. ix. 15. And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the

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us thy mercy, that thou being our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we finally lose not the things eternal: grant this, O heavenly Father, for Jesus Christ's sake our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the fourth Sunday after Trinity.

Lord of all power and might, who art the author and giver of all good things; Graft in our hearts the love of thy Name, increase in us true religion, nourish us with all goodness, and of thy great mercy keep us in the same, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the seventh Sunday after Trinity.

Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting salvation; that among all the changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Communion Service.

Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day. John vi. 39, 40. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb. vii. 25. Much more being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. Rom. v. 10. Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me hath everlasting life. John vi. 47. And shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. Ver. 24. Even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life. Rom. v. 21. The gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Rom. vi. 23. This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life. 1 John v.11. My salvation shall be for ever, and my righteousness shall not be abolished. Is. li. 6. Israel shall be saved in the Lord with an everlasting salvation: ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end. Is. xlv. 17. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him, who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Eph. i. 11. An inheritance reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time.

1 Pet. i. 4, 5. The Lord knoweth the days of the upright, and their inheritance shall be for ever. Ps. xxxvii. 18. Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore. Ps. xvi. 11. The God of all grace hath called us unto his eternal glory. 1 Pet. v. 10. He called you by our Gospel to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thess. ii. 14. And whom he justified, them he also glorified. Rom. viii. 30. A partaker of the glory that shall be revealed. 1 Pet. v. 1. I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Rom. viii. 18. Our light affliction worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Cor. iv. 17. 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. John xvii. 24. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me. John xvii. 11. I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. Jer. xxxii. 40.

nation, and our election in Christ, is full of sweet, pleasant, and unspeakable comfort to

See reference a above.

My grace is sufficient for thee. 2 Cor. xii. 9. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands. Ps. cxxxviii. 8. Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ. Phil. i. 6. The path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. Prov. iv. 18. He preserveth the way of his saints. Prov. ii. 8. He will keep the feet of his saints. 1 Sam. ii. 9. Their righteousness is of me, saith the Lord. Is. liv. 17. Whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world. 1 John v. 4. The righteous shall hold on his way, and he that hath clean hands shall be stronger and stronger. Job xvii. 9. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord : and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore. Ps. xxxvii. 23, 24, 27. I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. Ps. lxxiii. 23, 24. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matt. xxv. 34. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory, with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 24, 25.

* What shall we say then to these things: If God be for us, who shall be against us? Rom. viii. 31. The Lord is my light, and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the

strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? Ps. xxvii. 1. Know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. Ps. iv. 3. Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid for the Lord Jehovah is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation. Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation. Is. xii. 2, 3. God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath : that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil. Heb. vi. 1719. Kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation. Wherein ye greatly rejoice. 1 Pet. i. 5, 6. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Phil. i. 21. Happy art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people, saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency? Deut. xxxiii. 29. We joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. Rom. v. 11. In whom believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Pet. i. 8, 9. Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven. Luke x. 20. That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ. Col. ii. 2. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:


godly persons, Iand such as feel in themselves the working of the Spirit of Christ,

a In them that through faith are of one body with Christ, crooked affections and corrupt desires, which we call the lusts of the flesh, are, as it were crucified with him, and die, so as they have no more dominion in our souls. Nowell, p. 48.

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified; Receive our supplications and prayers, which we offer before thee for all estates of men in thy holy Church; that every member of the same, in his vocation and ministry, may truly and godly serve thee, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

Almighty God, who madest thy blessed Son to be circumcised, and obedient to the law for man; Grant us the true circumcision of the Spirit; that our hearts and all our members being mortified from all worldly and carnal lusts, we may in all things obey thy blessed will, through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the Circumcision of Christ.

according as he hath chosen us in him, &c. Eph. i. 2. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and stablish you in every good word and work. 2 Thess. ii. 16, 17. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Rom. xv. 13.

a Prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates? 2 Cor. xiii. 5. Christ in you the hope of glory. Christ formed in you. Col. i. 27. Gal.iv. 19. If any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. And if Christ be in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the spirit is life because of righteousness. Rom. vii. 9, 10. According to his working, which worketh in me mightily. Col. i. 29. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Gal. ii. 20. Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself

even as he is pure. 1 John iii. 3. Put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof. Rom.xiii. 14. The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other. Gal. v. 17. Mortify your members which are upon the earth. Col. iii. 5. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith. Eph. iii. 17. The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life. John iv. 14. Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Phil. iii. 21. Now he which stablisheth us with you in Christ, and hath anointed us, is God; who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Cor. i. 21, 22. Grieve not the Holy Spirit, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. Eph. iv. 30. As many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Rom. viii. 14, 15.


mortifying the works of the flesh, and their earthly members, and drawing up their mind to

b The mortifying of the old man is unfeigned and sincere acknowledging and confession of sin, and these with a shame and sorrow of mind, with the feeling whereof a person is sore grieved for that he hath swerved from righteousness, and not been obedient to the will of God. For every man ought, in remembering the sins of his life past, wholly to mislike himself, to be angry with himself, and to be a severe judge of his own faults, and to give sentence and to pronounce judgment of himself, to the intent he abide not the grievous judgment of God in his wrath. This sorrow some have called contrition, whereunto are joined in nearness and nature an earnest hatred of sin, and a love and desire of righteousness lost. Nowell, p. 70.

The renewing of the Spirit or quickening of the new man is when faith cometh, and refresheth and lifteth up the mind so troubled, assuageth sorrow, and comforteth the person, and doth revoke and raise him up again from desperation, to hope of obtaining pardon of God through Christ, and from the gate of death, yea, from hell itself, unto life. Nowell, p. 56.

He sendeth down his Holy Spirit into our hearts, as a most sure pledge of his good-will, by which Spirit he bringeth us out of darkness and mist into open light; he giveth sight to the blindness of our minds; he chaseth sorrow out of our hearts, and healeth the wounds thereof; and with the divine motion of his Spirit he causeth that looking up to heaven, we raise up our minds and hearts frem the ground, from corrupt affections and

b Every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. 1 Cor. ix. 25. I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection; lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a cast-away. 1 Cor. ix. 27. They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Gal. v. 24. Teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Tit. ii. 12. If ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. Rom. viii. 12. It is a faithful saying: for if we be dead with him, we shall also live with him: if we suffer with him, we shall also reign with him. 2 Tim.ii. 11, 12. Rom. vi.8.

The way of life is above to the wise, that he may depart from hell beneath. Prov. xv. 24. Hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. Eph. ii. 6. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth. Col. iii. 1, 2. For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Rom. viii. 6. Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens, that faileth not. Luke xii. 32, 33. Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven-For where your treasure is, there will your

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