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from Jerusalem unto Antioch. say unto him, “ We are able.” 18. And there stood up one of them, And he saith unto them, “ Ye 23.

named Agabus, and signified by “ shall drink indeed of my cup, the Spirit that there should be “ and be baptized with the bapgreat dearth throughout all the “ tism that I am baptized with; world : which came to pass in “ but to sit on my right hand, the days of Claudius Cesar. “ and on my left, is not mine to Then the disciples, every man “ give, but it shall be given to according to his ability, deter " them for whom it is prepared mined to send relief unto the “ of my Father.” And when 24. brethren which dwelt in Judea : the ten heard it, they were moved which also they did, and sent it with indignation against the two to the elders by the hands of Bar brethren. But Jesus called them 25. nabas and Saul. Now about that unto him, and said, “ Ye know ) time, Herod the king stretched 6 that the princes of the Gentiles

forth his hands, to vex certain of « exercise dominion over them, 12. the Church. And he killed James rs and they that are great exer

the brother of John with the 6 cise authority upon them. But 26. 3. sword. And because he saw it “ it shall not be so among you :

pleased the Jews, he proceeded “ but whosoever will be great further to take Peter also.

among you, let him be your

6 minister ; and whosoever will 27. The Gospel. Matt. xx. 20.

6 be chief among you, let him Then came to him the mother “ be your servant : even as the 28. of Zebedee's children with her 66 Son of man came not to be sons (u), worshipping him, and 6 ministered (z) unto, but to

desiring a certain thing of him. “ minister, and to give his life a 11. And he said unto her, “What

“ ransom (a) for many (b).” " wilt thou ?” She saith unto him, “ Grant that these my two

Tenth Sunday after Trinity. "ssons may sit, the one on thy "right hand, and the other on

The Collect. 22." the left, in thy kingdom.” But Let thy merciful ears, O Lord,

Jesus answered and said, “ Ye be open to the prayers of thy “know not what ye ask. Are ye || humble servants; and that they " able to drink (x) of the cup may obtain their petitions, make " that I shall drink of, and to be ll them to ask such things as shall " baptized with the baptism that please thee, through Jesus Christ "I am baptized with ?” They our Lord. Amen.

On (v) “ Her sons,” i.e. James, who was 1 killed by Herod (Acts xii. 2.) and St. 1 John the Evangelist. 112. (x) "To drink,” &c. i.e. to bear, &c.

every thing I bear. 125. () “ Ye know,” &c. The same sens timent, and in nearly the same words oc

curs Luke xxi. 25. post 196. 1:20. (z) “ Not to be ministered unto," &c.

i.e. not to live in worldly pomp, &c. but
to serve and benefit mankind ; not to re-
ceive homage, but to do good.

(a) “ A ransom,” &c. See ante 47. v.28. note on Matt. i. 21.

(6) “ For many.” He does not say v. 28. generally for all mankind : but for many, that is the real Christians. So ante, Mark xiv. 24. p. 101.

188 I Cor. xii.
Tenth Sunday after Trinity.

Cor. xii.
The Epistle. i Cor. xii. 1. (c) ll is given to every man to profit
CONCERNING spiritual gifts (d), withal (k). For to one is given, 8.

brethren, I would not have you by the Spirit, the word of wis2. ignorant. Ye know that ye were dom ; to another the word of

Gentiles (e), carried away unto knowledge, by the same Spirit ;

these dumb idols, even as ye were to another faith, by the same g. 3. led. Wherefore I give you to Spirit; to another the gifts of

understand that no man (f) speak healing, by the same Spirit ; to 10. ing by the Spirit of God calleth another working of miracles ; to Jesus accursed (8); and that no another prophecy ; to another man can say that Jesus is the discerning of spirits ; to another

Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. divers kinds of tongues ; to 4. Now there are diversities (b) of another the interpretation of 5. gifts, but the same Spirit. And tongues : But all these worketh 11.

there are differences of admi that one and the self-same Spirit,

nistrations, but the same Lord. dividing (1) to every man seve6. And there are diversities of ope rally as he will.

rations; but it is the same God 7. which worketh all in all. But I The Gospel. Luke xix. 41.

the manifestation (i) of the Spirit And when he was come near,


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(c) The obje&t of this part of St. Paul's epistle, was to remind the Corinthian converts that the extraordinary powers then conferred were far beyond any thing they had before witnessed, to satisfy them that no powers had God's co-operation but those which tended to advance Christianity, to apprize them that those powers came from God, and that they were all given to advance the true religion.

(d) “ Spiritual gifts," i. e. the extra. ordinary powers conferred upon the first preachers and converts, such as healing, speaking languages, &c.

(c) “ Were Gentiles,” &c. When nei. ther you, nor any of your teachers, &c. had any thing of the kind, so that you may be satisfied these are new, appropriated to the religion of Christ, not acquired by man, but given by God.

(s)“ No man," &c. This is the test of each man's powers: if his object is purely to advance Christ's religion, they proceed from God, and God is with him: but if this is not his object, still more, if he disregards or speaks reproachfully of Christ, bis powers, whatever they may be, are not of God.

(8) “ Calleth Jesus accursed,” that is, in any respect disparages him, does not speak by the Spirit of God, nor has any influence from it; but he who " says

“ Jesus is the Lord,” boldly professes that faith, and acts solely with a view to advance it, the powers he exercises may safely be considered as given by the Holy Spirit.

(b) “Diversities," &c. i.e. how much 2.4 soever the powers in different persons may vary, yet they all proceed from the same high original, viz. God.

(i) « The manifestation of the Spirit,” 5.7. i, e. these extraordinary powers.

(k) “ To profit withal.” Not to be 0.7 displayed for ostentation, not to aggrandize the persons on whom they are con ferred, but to advance that which is God's cause, the religion of Christ. In the pa. rable of the talents, Matt. xxv. 14. and Luke xix. 12. our Saviour inculcates it as a duty upon every one, to employ in such a way as may be satisfactory to God whatever is entrusted to his care : and would it not be well for every man to consider how far, in the use he makes of his abilities, his wealth. &c. he satisfies this duty ?

(1) “ Dividing," &c. Some persons occasionally valued themselves upon the spiritual powers conferred on themselves or their immediate teachers, when they were of a superior nature : and this condua St. Paul censures, by reminding them that all the gifts are conferred, and that

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he beheld the city, and wept over “ in thee; and they shall not 142. it, saying, “ If (m) thou hadst | " leave in thee one stone(Dupon

“ known, even thou, at least in as another ; because thou knew“ this thy day (n), the things " est not the time of thy visita“ which belong unto thy peace ! « tion.” And he went into the 45. “ but now they are hid from thine temple, and began to cast out “ eyes. For the days shall come them that sold therein, and them “ upon thee, that thine enemies that bought ; saying unto them, “ shall cast a trench about thee, " It is written, My house is the 46. " and compass (0) thee round, “ house of prayer : but ye have " and keep thee in on every side, “ made it a den of thieves." " and shall lay thee even with the And he taught (9) daily in the 47. " ground, and thy children with temple.

too at the mere will of the Holy Spirit. See ante 54. note on Rom. xii. 3, 4.

(72) “ If,” &c. A mode of expressing an earnest wish. “O that thou " hadst.” When Moses made his anxious prayer to God to forgive the Israelites for their sin in making the golden calf, bis expression was, “ Yet now, if thou will, forgive their sin ; and if not, blot " me, I pray thee, out of thy book.” Exod. xxxii. 31. . (n) “ Thy day," i.e. the time of thy trial or visitation. In Ps. cxxxvii. 7. the time when Jerusalem was taken by the Babylonians is called “the day of Jerusa

"lem." See ante 29. note on Lukexxi, 25. 14 (6) “ Compass," &c. This was lite

rally fulfilled : Titus surrounded the city with a wall 39 furlongs in length, and strengthened it with 13 forts, so that no persons could escape from the city, nor could any provision be carried in. The Christians had had the opportunity of Escaping before, and had done so. See

ante 70. note on Matt. xxiv. 31. *44 ()* One stone,” &c. This, though

a figurative expression, was literally ful. filled, Matt. xxiv. 2. The Jewish writer, Josephus, has given a full account of the destruction of Jerusalem, according to which every thing foretold by our Saviour in Matthew xxiv. – Mark xiii. and Luke xix. and xxi. was fully verified, and each of these gospels was promulgated many years before the event. The exact completion of our Saviour's predictions was a strong proof of the truth of his religion, calculated to confirm the faith of those who had embraced it, and to bring over those who were examining its pretensions ; and as these

predictions were reduced into writing, and publicly circulated some years before the event which completed them occurred, it could not be objected to them, as it might had they rested in memory only, that after the events happened they were made to correspond with them

(9) “ Taught," &c. ante 27. note v.47. on Matt. xxi. 13. This fulfilled the prophecies in Hagg. ii. 7.9 and Mal. iii. 1. The word of the Lord came to Haggai, to encourage the people to go on with building the second temple, which, as is there stated, was as nothing in comparison of the first, and tells them " the desire of all nations” (i. e., the Messiah) « shall come, and I will fill this “ house with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts : the glory of this latter house “ shall be greater than the former, saith “ the Lord of Hosts. This temple was utterly destroyed within forty years after our Saviour's crucifixion; it was in all points of grandeur, magnifi. cence, &c. greatly inferior to the former, and it was in this respect only that it surpassed the other, that our Saviour was present in it, taught in it, &c. The prophecy in Mal. iii. 1. is, “ The Lord,

whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to “ his temple, even the Messenger of the

covenant, whom ye delight in.” The expressions applied in the ancient prophecies to the Messiah deserve observation, because they import that some deliverer was anxiously looked for. Haggai here calls him “ the desire of all “ nations ;” Malachi “ the Lord whom “ ye seek,” “ the Messenger of the Co“ venant, whom ye delight in.”

Eleventh Sunday after Trinity. | fallen asleep. After that, he was

seen of James; then of all the The Collect.

Apostles. And last of all he was O God, who declarest thy Al

seen of me also, as of one born mighty power most chiefly in

out of due time. For I am the shewing mercy and pity ; Merci

least of the Apostles, that am not fully grant unto us such a measure

meet to be called an Apostle, beof thy grace, that we running

cause I persecuted the church of the way of thy commandments,

God. But by the grace of God may obtain thy gracious promises,

I am what I am: and his grace and be made partakers of thy

which was bestowed upon me heavenly treasure, through Jesus

was not in vain ; but I laboured Christ our Lord. Amen.

more abundantly than they all :

yet not I (u), but the grace of The Epistle. Cor. xv. I.

God which was with me. ThereBRETHREN, I declare unto you fore whether it were I or they, the Gospel which I preached unto

so we preach, and so ye believed. you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand: by which The Gospel. Luke xviii. 9. (x) also ye are saved, if ye keep in Jesus spake this parable unto memory what I preached unto certain which trusted in them.

you, unless ye have believed in selves that they were righteous, · vain. For I delivered unto you and despised others : “ Two men

first of all that which I also re " went up into the temple to ceived, how that Christ died for 6 pray ; the one a Pharisee, and

our sins according to the Scrip " the other a publican. The 4. tures (r); and that he was bu « Pharisee stood and prayed thus

ried, and that he rose again the “ with himself: God, Í thank

third day according to the Scrip " thee that I am not as other 5. tures (s) : and that he was seen of “ men are (y), extortioners, un

Cephas (t), then of the twelye: 66 just, adulterers, or even as this 6. after that, he was seen of above 66 publican : I fast twice in the

five hundred brethren at once; 6 week, I give tithes of all that of whom the greater part remain “ I possess." " And the pubunto this present, but some are “ lican, standing afar off, would

v. 3.


(r) “ According to the scriptures.” other appearance to St. Peter in Galilee, Ante 106. note on Mark xv. 28. and ante at the sea of Tiberias, is detailed in John 134. note on Luke xxiv. 46.



xxi. I to 25. (s)“ According to the Scriptures.” (u) “ Not I,” &c. throwing the See ante 128. note on John xx. 9.

merit, from himself, upon God's gracious (O) “ Cephas," i. e. St. Peter. Our interposition. Lord gave him the name of Cephas when (x) See ante 129. note on Acts 8.43. first he saw him. See John i. 42. One and ante 171. note on Luke vi. 37 appearance to St. Peter, the day of the (y) “ As other men are." This was resurrection, is mentioned, Luke xxiv. 34. referring to a false standard. The true “ They found the eleven gathered toge test is, not whether we are better than " ther, and them that were with them, others, but whether we are as good as “ saying, the Lord is risen indeed, and God has required us to be; whether we “ hath appeared to Simon.” And an- || have acted up to God's commands : If we

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