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away, and they are cast forth, and are withered; and they are gathered, and cast into the fire and burned. Lord, save us from being in this number. There are others who are vitally joined to thee, who abide in thee, and have thee abiding in them. These bear fruit; and thy Father purgeth them that they may bring forth more fruit. Their fruitfulness is not of themselves at all. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can they, except they abide in thee. Abiding in thee, and thou in them, they bring forth much fruit but without thee they can do nothing.

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How happy are such persons! Thou hast said, they shall ask what they will, and it shall be done unto them. And they are instruments in glorifying thy Father; and shew themselves to be thy true disciples.

O make us such. We are by nature branches of a barren useless tree, fit for nothing but the fire. Father of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, ingraft us in the true vine by faith and love, and purge us by thy cleansing word. Give us that living union with thy Son, by thy holy Spirit, that we may abide in him, and he in us. We cannot bear any fruit of ourselves; all must be derived from him. O make us to receive out of his fulness, grace for grace: for, severed from him, we can do nothing.

Cause us, Lord Jesus, to abide in thee by the continual exercise of faith and love: and do thou abide in us by thy Holy Spirit: and let thy words abide in us. And give us firmly to believe that while this is the case, we shall ask what we will, and it shall be done to us. O make us to bear much fruit, that thy Father may be glorified, and that we may be thy disciples indeed.

9. As the Father hath loveth | shall abide in my love; even me, so have I loved you: con- as I have kept my Father's tinue ye in my love. 10. If commandments, and abide in ye keep my commandments, ye his love.

O marvellous condescension! Thou hast loved us with an eternal, unchangeable love, with a love that pass

eth knowledge. O may we continue and abide in thy love; being firmly persuaded of thy love to us, and full of love to thee, and having those dispositions of mind in which thou delightest. And that it may be thus with us, Lord give us grace to keep thy commandments, particularly that great and peculiar commandment, of loving one another, as thou hast loved us. Thou keptst thy Father's commandments, and didst abide in thy love to him, and in his love to thee. O may we keep thy commandments, and abide in thy love.

11. These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy

might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

This heavenly discourse to thy disciples before thy death, was spoken, that " thy joy might remain in "them, and that their joy might be full." And thus in thy intercessory prayer it is said, "These things I

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speak in the world, that they might have my joy ful"filled in themselves." Be pleased to show us the meaning of these gracious words. It is evident, thou wouldst have thy people to rejoice with a full joy. O deliver us from every thing that hinders this joy, and fill our hearts with it, and we shall pity instead of envying the false joys of the carnal and profane. It is also certain, that thy Saints have a joy of the same nature with that which dwells in thy own blessed mind; and joy in God, and in the salvation of souls: and that thou hast a complacency and joy in them. Lord, give us that divine joy in thy Father, and in thee, and in the blessed Spirit: and in the prosperity of thy kingdom. And keep us and all thy people from every thing that lessens thy joy and delight in us.

12. This is my command- | Henceforth I call you not serment, That ye love one ano- vants; for the servant knowther, as I have loved you. 13. eth not what his lord doeth: Greater love hath no man than but I have called you friends; this, that a man lay down his for all things that I have heard life for his friends. 14. Ye of my Father I have made are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. 15.

known unto you. 16. Ye have not chosen me, but I have

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chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father

in my name, he may give it you. 17. These things I command you, that ye love another.

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This is thy commandment; that we should love one another as thou hast loved us. Greater love than this hath no man, that a man should lay down his life for. his friends. We are thy friends, thou hast said, if we do whatsoever thou commandest us. Thou callest us no more servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth but thou hast called us friends; for all things that thou hast heard of thy Father, thou hast made known to us. We have not chosen thee, but thou hast chosen us, and ordained us, that we should go and bring forth fruit, and that our fruit should remain; that whatsoever we shall ask of the Father in thy name, he may give it us. And these things thou commandest us, that we love one another.

O gracious condescending God! who is like unto thee! And dost thou indeed call such unworthy creatures as we are thy friends? Lord, help us to behave in some degree answerably to this high relation. We know to whom to unbosom ourselves: surely there is no friendship on earth so intimate, so sincere, so cordial, as thine. And shall we be unfaithful to such a friend? Forbid it, Lord. Let us have no will, no interests, no affections, different from thine.

18. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you. 19. If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world 20. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also per

hateth you.

secute you; if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. 21. But all these things will they do unto you for my | name's sake, because they know not him that sent me. 22. If I had not come and spoken unto them, they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin. 23. He

that hateth me hateth my Father also. 24. If I had not done among them the works

which none other man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen and hated both me and my Father. 25. But this cometh to pass, that

the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. (Ps. xxxv. 19.)

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Why should thy disciples be surprised if the world hate them, when they know that it hated thee before it hated thein? And when thou hast told them, "If ye "were of the world, the world would love his own; but "because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen "you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. May we ever remember thy words: "The servant is "not greater than the Lord. If they have persecuted me, they will also persecute you: if they have kept my saying, they will keep yours also. But all these things will they do unto you for my name's sake, because they know not him that sent me.

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O how dreadful was the guilt of those, who, after seeing and hearing thee, and seeing thy divine works, hated thee! If thou hadst not come and spoken to them, they had not had sin; but now they had no cloke for their sin. If thou hadst not done among them the works which none other man did, they had not had sin; but now had they both seen and hated both thee and thy Father. And that word was fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause." Lord, keep all who enjoy the light of thy gospel from such guilt.

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26. But when the Comfor- | shall testify of me: 27. And ter is come, whom I will send ye also shall bear witness, beunto you from the Father, even cause ye have been with me the Spirit of truth, which pro- from the beginning. ceedeth from the Father, he

Blessed be thy name: though thou art often rejected by sinful dust, the Comforter, whom thou hast sent from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he hath testified of thee, and still testifies. And as thy apostles, who had been with thee from the beginning, were thy witnesses in their generaVOL. I.

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SECT. XXXII.

Conclusion of Jesus Christ's consolatory Address to his Disciples.

CHAP. XVI.

THESE things have I spoken unto you, that ye should not be offended. 2. They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 3. And these things will they do

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unto you, because they have not
known the Father nor me.
But these things have I told
you, that, when the time shall
come, ye may remember that I
told you of them. And these
things I said not unto you at
the beginning, because I was
with you.

Let us not be offended when we see men who have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge, excommunicating thy true disciples, and even thinking that in killing them they do God service. Thus thy apostles were treated; and they were forewarned of such treatment by thee, when thou saidst, "These things will they "do unto you, because they have not known the Father 66 nor me. But these things have I told you, that when "the time shall come, ye may remember that I told you " of them." Let us not stumble when we see thy words verified in similar instances.

5. But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither goest thou? 6. But because I have said these things unto you, sorrow hath filled your heart. 7.

Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.

We adore thy pity and condescension in supporting thy poor weak disciples while thou wast with them, and in encouraging them when thou wast going away. It was not thy will that their hearts should be filled with sorrow at thy departure; but rather that they should inquire whither thou wast going, and rejoice in the fruits of thy ascension, particularly the promise of thy Spirit

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