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hope. Thanks and praise, O Lord Jesus, for all the instances of thy patience, and condescension, and mercy towards us miserable sinners, whom thou hast hitherto kept from hell, and, we hope, wilt save from it for ever. Let us never forget what thou hast already done for us. We cannot express how amazing thy mercy has been: and oh, how affecting is it to think, that it will yet appear greater. Oh that we were in heaven, that we might give thee thanks and praise in a right manner, with all the rest of thy redeemed.

SECT. LXIX.

Jesus shews the Spiritual Nature of the Kingdom of God. 20. And when he was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God

cometh not with observation: 21. Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, Lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. |

The Pharisees, perhaps, expected a Messiah resembling the princes of this world; but thy person and kingdom were of a very different nature. Yet, though there was no form nor comeliness in thee to a carnal eye, thy divine glory was perceived by those who believed in thee. In like manner, thy kingdom made its way in a silent and peaceable manner, but with a divine energy; so that the gates of hell could not resist it. And at that very time, when it time, when it appeared so inconsiderable to the Pharisees, thy true disciples feit the power and happiness of it in their hearts. Oh, may it be established in our hearts; that blessed kingdom of thine, which is righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost; and we shall be happier than if possessed of all the kingdoms of the world.

22. And he said unto the disciples, the days will come when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it. 23. And they shall say to you, See

here; or, See there: go not after them, nor follow them. 24. For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so

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be upon the house-top, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. 32. Remember Lot's wife. 33. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. 34. I tell you, In that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. 35. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 36. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left. 37. And they an

shall also the Son of man be in his day. 25. But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. 26. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man. 27. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28. Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; 29. But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroy-swered and said unto him, ed them all. 30. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. 31. In that day, he which shall be

Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.

Lord, it is not by the power of men, nor according to their desires, but by thy Spirit alone, that the preaching of the kingdom is made successful. Praise to thee for

all the glorious days of thy power, which have been seen at different times, when it pleased thee to work; and blessed be thy name for the hope of the glorious days yet to come, before the end of the world. We would join with all the members of thy true church every where, in praying for the hastening of these days. Lord, how desirable is the prospect of them! Oh, take to thee thy great power, and reign gloriously over all the earth. How exactly were thy words fulfilled relating to the sudden and amazing spread of thy gospel at the beginning, after thou hadst suffered many things, and been rejected by that generation. Thy coming in the gospel kingdom was like lightning shining from one part of heaven to the other; and thy righteous judgements came upon the impenitent unbelieving Jews, as the flood upon

the old world, and the shower of fire upon Sodom and Gomorrah. Lord, save us from every degree of that unbelief and hardness of heart, which make obstinate sinners despise thy warnings. May we flee from the wrath to come, and take sanctuary under thy wings, where we shall certainly be safe. Thou warnedst thy disciples to flee out of Judea in the days of vengeance, and not to think of returning to it; assuring them, that whosoever should seek to save his life, should lose it; and whosoever should lose his life, should preserve it. Lord, help us to flee out of a natural state for the life of our souls, and not to look back to it, nor think of it any more but with horror. May we remember the dreadful punishment of Lot's wife, who looked back to Sodom. And as to temporal calamities, give us, Lord Jesus, true faith in thee, and we shall not need to be terrified by them for whoever is taken, and whoever is left, it is the will of thy Father, that of all which he hath given thee thou shouldst lose nothing, and thou hast undertaken to keep them. While divine judgments gather about the impenitent like birds of prey about a carcase, all the members of thy body shall be safe by virtue of their union with thee.

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CHAP. XVIII.

SECT. LXX.

The Importunate Widow.

AND he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint: 2. Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: 3. And there was a widow in that city, and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. 4. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor

regard man; 5. Yet, because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. 7. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? 8. I tell you that he will avenge tl.em speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

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We bless thee for speaking a parable to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint. Having such encouragement from thy own mouth, we would pray without ceasing. Lord, give us grace to do it. Oh, thou righteous Judge, avenge us of our adversaries, avenge us of these wicked dispositions, which are the adversaries of thy glory, and of the work of thy grace in our hearts. We have long cried to thee against them; we trust thou wilt now avenge us speedily. And, oh, give us faith in prayer. Notwithstanding the assurance thou hast given, of thy Father's readiness to hear, it seems from thy word, that there will be a time when faith will be very rare, hardly to be found on the earth. It is not of man, but it is thy free gift, O Lord. Oh, bestow it upon us for the sake of thy glory, and for the salvation of these immortal souls and give us to ask it with unwearied importunity; for thou knowest that without it we cannot expect to obtain any other blessing. And give it, Lord, to all who call upon thy name; yea, give it to all, that they may call upon thee, and graciously increase where thou hast implanted it.

SECT. LXXI.

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican.

9. And he spake this pa- | rable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others: 10. Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee, and the other a publican. 11. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself: God, I thank thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican: 12.

I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. 13. And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner. 14. I tell you, This man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

Thou art against those who trust in themselves, that they are righteous, and despise others. Keep us from this abominable temper. Thou knowest, that a conceit

of our own righteousness would be peculiarly hateful in us, because we have been very great sinners: and if thou, O our God, hast plucked us as brands out of the fire, as we would fain hope thou hast done to some of us; yet our provocations, since that time, have been so many and so aggravated, that the force of truth obliges us to confess we are less than the least of all saints; so that we have not even the vain and groundless pretence of the Pharisee, for trusting in ourselves that we are righteous. How intolerable then would every degree of pride or selfconceit be in us! Lord, keep us from it. Keep is also from despising others: let us not despise them as meaner than us, since they equally partake of the human nature, so highly dignified by thy incarnation, and are equally capable of thy divine image, and the enjoyment of thee through eternity. Let us not despise them as guiltier, because, however gross their enormities are, thou only canst judge whether we or they are upon the whole most guilty. Let us not despise them as having fewer talents, because what they want in one kind, they may have in another; and they may make a better improvement of what they have, than we do. Nor as having less grace, because this is what we are not competent judges of. Lord, let us not despise our neighbour in any way; but may we judge and condemn ourselves, as we have good reason to do.

SECT. LXXII.

Jesus blesses little Children. The Rich shall with Difficulty enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

15. And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come uuto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 17. Verily I say unto you, Who

soever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, shall in no wise enter therein. 18. And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 19. And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God. 20. Thou

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