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when they were come into the ship, them, Depart in peace, be ye warmthe wind ceased. Then they that ed and filled ; notwithstanding ye were in the ship came and wor- give them not those things which shipped Him, saying, Of a truth are needful to the body; what doth Thou art the Son of God.

it profit? Even so faith, if it hath

not works, is dead, being alone. THURSDAY.

Yea, a man may say, Thou hast Faith necessary; but must be joined |

od faith, and I have works : shew me

"I thy faith without thy works, and I with good works, to give it saving

I will shew thee my faith by my efficacy.

works. Thou believest that there From the Book of the Prophet Ha- is one God; thou doest well : the

bakkuk; from St. Paul's Epis- devils also believe, and tremble. tles to the Hebrews and Gala- But wilt thou know, ( vain man, tians; and from the General | that faith without works is dead ? Epistle of St. James.

| Was not Abraham our father justiIDEHOLD, his soul which is fied by works, when he had offered

D lifted up is not upright in Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest him : but the just shall live by his thou how faith wrought with his faith.

works, and by works was faith 2 Now faith is the substance of made perfect :. And the Scripture things hoped for, the evidence of was fulfilled which saith, Abraham things not seen..... Through believed God, and it was imputed faith we understand that the worlds unto him for righteousness, and he were framed by the word of God, was called the friend of God. Ye so that the things which are seen see then how that by works a man were not made of things which do is justified, and not by faith only. appear. .... By faith Enoch was.... For as the body without the translated that he should not see spirit is dead, so faith without works death ; and was not found, because is dead also. God had translated him : for before his translation he had this testi

SATURDAY. mony, that he pleased God. But

Unity of Faith. without faith it is impossible to please Him ; for he that cometh to

From St. Paul's Epistle to the God must believe that He is, and

Ephesians. that He is a rewarder of them that 15D RETHREN, I beseech you, diligently seek Him.

D that ye walk worthy of the 3 Now we through the Spirit | vocation wherewith ye are called, wait for the hope of righteousness with all lowliness and meekness, by faith. For in Jesus Christ neither with long-suffering, forbearing one circumcision availeth any thing, nor another in love ; endeavouring to uncircumcision ; but faith which keep the unity of the Spirit in the worketh by love.

| bond of peace. There is one body, 4 For what doth it profit, my and one Spirit, even as ye are called brethren, though a man say he hath in one hope of your calling ; one faith, and have not works ? can Lord, one faith, one baptism, one faith save him? If a brother or God and Father of all, who is above sister be naked, and destitute of all, and through all, and in you daily food, and one of you say unto I all. 1 Habak. ii. 4. 2 Heb. xi. 1.

3 Gal. v. 5. 4 St. James ii. 14. 5 Ephes. iv. I.

THURSDAY.

Second Tweek.

the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves

in the love of God, looking for the MONDAY.

mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ Same subject continued.

unto eternal life. From St. Paul's Epistle to the

Ephesians. IDRETHREN, unto every one Baptism, the remembrance and ful

D of us is given grace accord- filment of our profession therein. ing to the measure of the gift of From the Holy Gospel according to Christ. Wherefore He saith, When St. John, and from St. Paul's He ascended up on high, He led

Epistles to Titus and to the captivity captive, and gave gifts Romans. unto men. ..... And He gave 3 JESUS said to Nicodemus, Ve. some, apostles; and some, pro

J rily, verily, I say unto thee, phets; and some, evangelists; and

except a man be born of water and some, pastors and teachers; for the ||

of the Spirit, he cannot enter into perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of

the kingdom of God.

1 4 Brethren, after that the kind. the body of Christ: till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the

ness and love of God our Saviour knowledge of the Son of God, unto

toward man appeared, not by works

of righteousness which we have a perfect man, unto the measure of

done, but according to His mercy the stature of the fulness of Christ.

:| He saved us, by the washing of reThat we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and

i generation, and renewing of the carried about with every wind of

Holy Ghost; which He shed on doctrine, by the sleight of men, and |

us abundantly through Jesus Christ

our Saviour; that being justified by cunning craftiness, whereby they

(His grace, we should be made heirs lie in wait to deceive ; but speaking

| according to the hope of eternal the truth in love, may grow up into Him in all things, which is the

5 What shall we say then ? Shall head, even Christ.

we continue in sin, that grace may

abound? God forbid. How shall TUESDAY.

we, that are dead to sin, live any Same subject continued. | longer therein ? Know ye not,

that so many of us as were baptised From the General Epistle of St.

into Jesus Christ were baptised into

His death? Therefore we are buried DELOVED, remember ye the with Him by baptism into death :

D words which were spoken that like as Christ was raised up before of the apostles of our Lord from the dead by the glory of the Jesus Christ; how that they told Father, even so we also should walk you there should be mockers in the in newness of life. For if we have last time, who should walk after been planted together in the liketheir own ungodly lusts. These beness of His death, we shall be also they who separate themselves, sen- in the likeness of His resurrection : sual, having not the Spirit. But knowing this, that our old man is ye, beloved, building up yourselves crucified with Him, that the body on your most holy faith, praying in of sin might be destroyed, that 1 Ephes. iv. 7. 2 St. Jude 17.

3 St. John iii. 5. 4 Tit. iii. 4.

5 Rom. vi. 1.

life.

Jude.

henceforth we should not serve sin. the flesh, not many mighty, not For he that is dead is freed from many noble, are called : but God sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, hath chosen the foolish things of the we believe that we shall also live world to confound the wise; and with Him: knowing that Christ God hath chosen the weak things being raised from the dead dieth no of the world to confound the things more ; death hath no more domi- which are mighty; and base things nion over Him. For in that He of the world, and things which are died, He died unto sin once ; but in despised, hath God chosen, yea, that He liveth, He liveth unto God. and things which are not, to bring Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to nought things that are: that no to be dead indeed unto sin, but flesh should glory in His presence. alive unto God through Jesus But of Him are ye in Christ Jesus, Christ our Lord. Let not sin who of God is made unto us wisdom, therefore reign in your mortal body, and righteousness, and sanctificathat ye should obey it in the lusts tion, and redemption : that, acthereof.

cording as it is written, He that SATURDAY

glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. Subjection of our reason to the revealed Word.

Third Ideek. From the Book of Proverbs, and

MONDAY. from St. Paul's First and Second | Good works : we shall be judged,

Epistle to the Corinthians. I and rewarded or punished, acIMY son .... let not mercy and cording as they are so, or not.

M truth forsake thee : bind them from the Book of Ecclesiastes ; about thy neck ; write them upon from St. Paul's Second Epistle the table of thy heart : so shalt to the Corinthians ; and from the thou find favour and good under- Revelations of St. John. standing in the sight of God and * COD will bring every work to man. Trust in the Lord with all U judgment, with every secret thine heart; and lean not unto thing, whether it be good, or whethine own understanding. In all ther it be evil. thy ways acknowledge Him, and He 6 For we must all appear before shall direct thy paths. Be not wise the judgment-seat of Christ, that in thine own eyes : fear the Lord, every one may receive the things and depart from evil.

done in his body, according to that ? For the weapons of our warfare he hath done, whether it be good are not carnal, but mighty through or bad. God to the pulling down of strong- 6 And I John saw a great white holds ; casting down imaginations, throne, and Him that sat on it, from and every high thing that exalteth whose face the earth and the heaven itself against the knowledge of God, fled away; and there was found no and bringing into captivity every place for them. And I saw the dead, thought to the obedience of Christ. small and great, stand before God;

3 Because the foolishness of God and the books were opened : and is wiser than men; and the weak- another book was opened, which is ness of God is stronger than men. the book of life: and the dead were For ye see your calling, brethren, judged out of those things which how that not many wise men after were written in the books, accord1 Prov. iii 3. 2 2 Cor x. 4.

3 1 Cor. i. 25. 4 Eccles. xii. 14. 5 2 Cor. v. 10.

6 Rev. xx. 11.

ing to their works. And the seation of the world : for I was an gave up the dead which were in it; hungred, and ye gave Me meat: I and death and hell delivered up the was thirsty, and ye gave Me drink : dead which were in them: and they I was a stranger, and ye took Me were judged every man according in: naked, and ye clothed Me: I to their works. ... And whosoever was sick, and ye visited Me: I was was not found written in the book in prison, and ye came unto Me. of life was cast into the lake of Then shall the righteous answer fire.

Him, saying, Lord, when saw we 1 Jesus said by His angel, Behold, Thee an hungred, and fed Thee? I come quickly; and My reward is or thirsty, and gave Thee drink? with Me, to give every man accord- when saw we Thee a stranger, and ing as his work shall be. I am took Thee in ? or naked, and clothed Alpha and Omega, the beginning Thee? or when saw we Thee sick, and the end, the first and the last. or in prison, and came unto Thee? Blessed are they that do His com- And the King shall answer and say mandments, that they may have unto them, Verily I say unto you, right to the tree of life, and may Inasmuch as ye have done it unto enter in through the gates into the one of the least of these My brecity.

thren, ye have done it unto Me. TUESDAY.

| Then shall He say also unto them Same subject continued.

on the left hand, Depart from me,

ye cursed, into everlasting fire, preFrom the Book of the Prophet pared for the devil and his angels :

Daniel, and from the Holy Gos- for I was an hungred, and ye gave

pel according to St. Matthew. Me no meat: I was thirsty, and ye 2 A ND many of them that sleep in gave Me no drink : I was a stranger,

A the dust of the earth shall and ye took Me not in: naked, and awake, some to everlasting life, and ye clothed Me not: sick, and in some to shame and everlasting con- prison, and ye visited Me not. Then tempt. And they that shall be wise shall they also answer him, saying, shall shine as the brightness of the Lord, when saw we Thee an hun. firmament; and they that turn gred, or athirst, or a stranger, or many to righteousness as the stars naked, or sick, or in prison, and for ever and ever.

did not minister unto Thee? Then 3 At that time Jesus said, When shall He answer them, saying, Vethe Son of Man shall come in His rily I say unto you, Inasmuch as glory, and all the holy angels with ye did it not to one of the least of Him, then shall He sit upon the these, ye did it not to Me. And throne of His glory: and before these shall go away into everlasting Him shall be gathered all nations : punishment: but the righteous into and He shall separate them one life eternal. from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and He

THURSDAY. shall set the sheep on His right

Same subject continued. hand, but the goats on the left. (Parable of the Tares.) Then shall the King say unto them From the Holy Gospel according on His right hand, Come, ye blessed

to St. Matthew. of my Father, inherit the kingdom 4 A T that time Jesus said, The prepared for you from the founda- A kingdom of heaven is likened

1 Rev. xxii. 12. 2 Dan. xii. 2. 3 St. Matt. xxv. 31.
4 St. Matt. xiii, 24.

unto a man which sowed good seed cast them into a furnace of fire : in his field. But while men slept, there shall be wailing and gnashing his enemy came and sowed tares of teeth. Then shall the righteous among the wheat, and went his way. shine forth as the sun in the kingBut when the blade was sprung up, dom of their Father. Who hath and brought forth fruit, then ap- ears to hear, let him hear. peared the tares also. So the servants of the housholder came, and

SATURDAY. said unto him, Sir, didst not thou

"| Preparation for a future life, by sow good seed in thy field ? from

good works, not to be delayed. whence then hath it tares ? He said unto them, An enemy hath done From the Books of Proverbs and this. The servants said unto him, Ecclesiastes; from the Holy GosWilt thou then that we go and ga-| pel according to St. John ; from ther them up? But he said, Nay;

St. Paul's Second Epistle to the lest while ye gather up the tares, ye

Corinthians; and the Second Ge. root up also the wheat with them. neral Epistle of St. Peter. Let both grow together until the 2DOAST not thyself of to-morharvest; and in the time of harvest D row ; for thou knowest not I will say to the reapers, Gather yel what a day may bring forth. together first the tares, and bind! 3 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to them in bundles to burn them : but do, do it with thy might; for there gather the wheat into my barn. is no work, nor device, nor know

| ledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, Explanation of foregoing Parable. whither thou goest. From the Holy Gospel according

| 4Jesus said, I must work the to St. Matthew.

works of Him that sent Me, while

it is day : the night cometh, when 1 MTHEN Jesus sent the multitude

udeno man can work. I away, and wentinto the house; |

5 Behold. n

5 Behold, now is the accepted and His disciples came unto Him, time; behold, now is the day of saying, Declare unto us the parable salvation of the tares of the field. He an-1 6 Wherefore the rather, brethren, swered and said unto them, He that give diligence to make your calling soweth the good seed is the Son of and election sure. ...Be diligent, Man; the field is the world ; the that

e that ye may be found of Him in good seed are the children of the

peace, without spot, and blameless. kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the

Fourth OWeek. enemy that sowed them is the devil ; the harvest is the end of the world ;

MONDAY. and the reapers are the angels. As Same subject continued. therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire: so shall it be in From the Holy Gospel according the end of this world. The Son of

to St. Matthew. Man shall send forth His angels, 7 A T that time Jesus said, Then and they shall gather out of His A shall the kingdom of heaven kingdom all things that offend, and be likened unto ten virgins, which them which do iniquity; and shall I took their lamps, and went forth to

i St. Matt. xiii. 36. 2 Prov. xxvii. 1. 3 Eccles. ix. 10. 4 St. John ix. 4. 5 2 Cor. vi. 2.

6 2 Pet. i. 10, and ii. 14. 7 St. Matt. xxv. l.

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