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For as the body without the spirit is dead; so faith without works is dead also
Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith I know Him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him?.
Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name, and in thy Name have cast out devils, and in Thy Name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity.
But if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments 4.
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world 5.
I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called .
As He Which hath called you is holy; so be ye holy in all manner of conversation'.
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord 8.
For we must all appear before the judgment-seat of Christ, that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bado
And when the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory 10.
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
1 Jam. ii. 26.
1 John ii. 3, 4.
3 Matt. vii. 22, 23.
Eph. iv. 1.
world. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat ; thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in; naked, and
ye sick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto Mel.
Verily, I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto me?.
God me merciful to me a sinner.
Profession of our sincere purpose to live answerably
to our baptismal vow.
O HOLY and Eternal Lord God, Who keepest covenant and mercy for them that love Thee, and obey Thy commandments; I heartily thank Thy Divine Majesty for admitting me by baptism into that covenant of grace, which entitles me, through Thy mercy in Christ Jesus, our Lord, to such glorious privileges : and I solemnly purpose, with Thy grace and assistance, to perform the vows then made in my behalf; and which I have so often renewed, and ratified with mine own mouth at Thy holy table.
I seriously resolve, to the utmost of the power Thou givest me, to avoid all sin, and to resist all the temptations of the devil, the world, and the flesh: I do unfeignedly believe, and will by Thy help continue in the belief of all the articles of the Christian faith: and I stedfastly purpose, through the help of Thy grace, to keep Thy holy will and commandments in all sincerity, and godly simplicity of heart; and to walk in the same all the days of my life.
i Matt. xxv. 34, 35, 36.
2 Ibid. ver. 40.
Prayer for grace to fulfil the solemn promises we
made at our baptism.
O MOST gracious God, Who workest in us both to will and to do of Thy good pleasure, vouchsafe to me, I beseech Thee, such a measure of Thy grace, as may enable me to fulfil these holy purposes, and to walk worthy of that blessed state whereunto Thou hast called me.
Grant that I, being regenerate and made Thy child by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by Thy Holy Spirit, and may give all diligence to eschew those things that are contrary to my profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same.
Grant me perfectly to know Thy Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life; that being established in the truth of Thy holy gospel, I may give up myself obediently to follow Thy holy commandments, and stedfastly walk in the way that leadeth to eternal life.
Grant that I may lean only upon the hope of Thy heavenly grace; and being evermore defended by Thy mighty power, may successfully withstand the temptations of the world, the flesh, and the devil, and with a pure heart and mind may follow Thee, the only God; and plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works may of Thee be plenteously rewarded.
Grant that I may diligently follow the example of my Saviour Christ, and be made like unto Him; that as He died and rose again for me, so I may
die unto sin, and rise again unto righteousness; and that continually mortifying all my evil and corrupt affections, as I have been made partaker of the death of Thy Son, so I may also be partaker of His resurrection, and finally be an inheritor of Thine everlasting kingdom, through the Same Thy Son Jesus Christ, Who with Thee, and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth one God, world without end.
Now the very God of peace sanctify me wholly : And I pray God, my whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
The practice of Christian holiness enforced from a consideration of the infinite excellency and perfections of God; and of the virtues we are obliged to exercise in relation thereto:
1.-in that God is the maker and preserver, and the
supreme governor and disposer of all things. O LORD my God, Thou art very great: Thou art clothed with honour and majesty'.
Thou, even Thou art Lord alone : Thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens with all their host, the earth and all things that are therein, the seas and all that is therein ; and Thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth Thee”.
Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty. For all that is in the heaven and in the earth is Thine: Thine is the kingdom, O Lord; and Thou art exalted as head above all ?.
God the Lord is He That created the heavens, and stretched them out; He That spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He That giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein.
O Lord, Thou art our Father: we are the clay, and Thou art our potter, and we are all the work of Thy hand".
1 Psalm ciy. 1. 2 Neh. ix. 6.
4 Isaiah xlii. 5.
3 ] Chron. xxix. ll. 5 Ibid. Ixiy. 8.
In whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind'.
The Lord killeth, and maketh alive; He bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich; He bringeth low, and lifteth up.
He changeth the times and the seasons; He removeth kings, and setteth up kings; He giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge unto them that know understanding 3.
Both riches and honour come of Thee, and Thou reignest over all; and in Thy hand is power and might; and in Thy hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all 4.
Practical inferences from the foregoing. Now therefore, our God, we thank Thee, and praise Thy glorious Name
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power; for Thou hast created all things, and for Thy pleasure they are, and were created 6.
The Lord is high above all nations, and His glory above the heavens. Who is like unto the Lord our God, Who dwelleth on high, Who humbleth Himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth?.
Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help ; whose hope is in the Lord his God, Which made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is; Which keepeth His truth for ever
Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land ; and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord ; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Commit thy way unto the Lord: trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass'. 1 Job xii. 10.
2 1 Sam. ii. 6, 7. 3 Dan. ii. 21.
? Psalm cxiii. 4, 5, 6. 8 Ibid, cxlvi. 5, 6. 9 Ibid. xxxvii. 3-5.