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SUM AND SUBSTANCE OF ALL THE BLESSINGS WHICA MINISTERS OF THE GOSPEL SHOULD EARNESTLY DESIRE TO POSSESS.
An Extract from the Rev. Philip David Burk's Collec
tion of Pastoral Divinity.
TRANSLATED FROM THE GERMAN.
May that Spirit, which anointed and attended the Lord Jesus, in the discharge of his office, as our great Prophet, High Priest, and King, anoint, attend, and lead
May his office-blessing (or the blessing attendant on his own sacred ministry) bless and cheer the whole order of Gospel Ministers!
May the wisdom displayed in his ministry, enlighten and guide each of us! (6) May the zeal he shewed in his ministerial office, urge and strengthen us! (c) May his ministerial faith fulness, at once animate and abase us! (d) May his patience in his ministry, establish and settle us! (e) May the authority which attended his teaching, endow us with ministerial authority! (1) May
(a) Isa. lix: 21. Ixi; 1, &c. Luke iv: 18, &c. 2 Cor. v: 18---20. chap vi; 1...10. (b) Isa. lii; 13. (c) Psalm lxix; 9. John ii; 17. rd) Heb. iii; 1, 2, 6. (e) i Peter v; 10. (f) Mat. vii; 29.
the glory which shone from his face in the ministry, reflect itself in our faces! (8)
May the temptations and trials which he suffered in his ministry, render him compassionate towards us in all our ministerial temptations and trials! (h)
May his willingness* in his ministry, make us also willing and ready to serve in ours, both by day and night! (i)
May his being sent by his father, and performing his ministry, give energy to our ministerial functions! (k)
May his fear and trembling, in his official sacrifice of himself, make us fear and tremble in the execution of our ministry! (1)
May his not pleasing himself, preserve us from all self-complacency! (m)
May his meut in the discharge of his office to do the will of his Father, be also our meat in the discharge of our office! (n)
May his consolation in the ministryt be also our consolation in ours! (0)
May his agony in prayer, in his ministry, excite us to pray without ceasing! (n)
May his enduring, in his ministry, the reproach, contradiction, ingratitude, cold neglect, perseeution, and
rg) John i. 14. 2 Cor. iii: 18. (h) Heb. ii; 17, 18; and iv: 15. (i) Mat. xx: 26.--28. (k) John xvii: 18. a) Heb. v: 7. 2 Cor. iv 7. (m) Rom xv: 1.-3. (1) John iv: 34. Psalm xl: 8. Heb. x: 7.
c) John xvii: 6---8. cp) Luke xxii: 44. Eph. vi: 18. 1 Thes. V; 17.
* "Him that cometh unto me, I will in nowise cast out." John vi: 37 + “All that the Father giveth me shall come unto me.” John vi: 37.
hatred of the world, be always before our eyes when we experience the like treatment! (9)
May his behavior in his ministry, his not striving or crying, (r) his crying on some occasions, (8) his lifting up his eyes to his Father in heaven, (t) his lamblike meekness, (u) his powerful look upon Peter, &c (x) regulate and form our behavior in our ministry!
May his tears over Jerusalem, bless our tears in our ministry! (y)
May the grace, peace, and tender compassion, so conspicuous in the performance of his office, be also our grace, peace, and mercy, for our manifestation in the consciences of men! (z)
May his cautious prudence in conducting his ministry, render us also prudent! (a)
May his rejoicing in his ministry, be the pattern and ground of our joy in our ministry! (6)
May his moderation, in the execution of his office, keep us within proper bounds! (c)
May his humility in his ministry, influence our whole walk and conversation! (d) And
may his giving an account of his ministry remain unforgotten by us, and induce us to look forward to the solemn account we also must give of our watchfulness over the interests of immortal souls! (e)
(9) Heb, xii. 3. John xv. 18, 20, 25. Ps. Ixix. 4, 7, 9, 20. Acts V: 41, Cr) Isa. xlii; 2. Mat. xii: 19. (8) John vii: 37. ix: 43, xü:44 (t) John xi: 41. xvii: 1. Cu) Isa. liji: 7. ( x) Luke xxii: 61,
Cy) Luke xix. 41. Ps. cxxvi: 5, 6 Acts xx: 19. 2 Cor. xi: 4. CZ) 2 Cor. iv: 2. (a) Mark xii: 13--- 7: Mat. x; 16: (6) Luke x: 21. Neh. viii; 10 1 Thes ji; 19, 0. (c) Luke xii; 14. John viii; 6, 11. Mark ix; 40 Lnke ix; 55. rd) John xiii; 12.-15. 2 Cor. iv; 5. re) John xvii; 12. Heb. xiii; 17.
THOUGHTS ON RELIGIOUS SOCIETIES;
In Answer to the Question,
What Benefits may be expected from the Establishment
of Religious Societies?
Man is a being formed for society: his nature, his desires, his wants, his enjoyinents, all equally impel him to seek society. Could you communicate to him every blessing in a state of solitude, he would gladly relinquish all for the advantages resulting from society. We see men every where forming themselves into societies for the purposes of trade and commerce, and on many civil occasions, the benefits of such associations are great, and universally acknowledged. What wonderful edifices have been erected, what monuments of gratitude raised, what misery has been relieved, by the union of many in one common cause! And can societies of a religious nature exist, without reciprocal advantages to be derived by all concerned?
All worshipping assemblies come under this desig. nation; but the benefits flowing from them we need not enumerate; we trust we have appreciated them. But our present subject refers more immediately to religious societies for prayer, praise, and religious conversation.
Imagine the condition of a traveller, who is compelled in solitude to walk through an intricate track of country, beset with snares, and infested by robbers; where he is in danger every moment of taking a wrong step; and every wrong step may produce, if not his ruin,
yet a very considerable interruption to his peace, and much retard his progress. What joy must fill his breast at the prospect of being joined by one or two more travelling the same journey! what vast benefits are likely to result from their mutual encouragements, counsels, and cautions! will they not more courageously, more successfully oppose their enemies? and though the road be dangerous, and the snares many, yet the pleasures and benefits flowing from each other's society, will sweeten every bitter, and beguile the otherwise tediousness of their journey.
Here it may be useful to ask, What benefits have been received by other persons in religious societies? These may rationally be expected by us. If we inquire of them, they will, among others, enumerate such as the following:
I. Relief when tempted, afflicted, or fallen; arising, 1. From sympathy; which has a natural tendency to alleviate our trouble, and lighten our burdens. 2. From a consideration that (others being led in the same way with ourselves) we are prone to decide on our experience as singular; but by mutual intercourse with the saints, we find others are tried and exercised as we are. 3. This will be confirming to our mind, as it proves the unity of religion; and will furnish us with a suitable reply to the suggestions of Satan, &c.
II. If the presence of Christ be accounted a bene. fit, this may be expected; because it is promised, “Where two or three are met,” &.c. this must include, 1. Support. 2. Joy. and, 3. Life. "In the light of this King's countenance is life.”
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