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works, to faith and calling upon God; where
e Hitherto we have heard what we are of ourselves ; very sinful, wretched, and damnable. Again, we have heard how that of ourselves, and by ourselves, we are not able either to think a good thought, or work a good deed, so that we can find in ourselves no hope of salvation, but rather whatsoever maketh unto our destruction. Hom, ii, 2.
It is the Holy Ghost, and no other thing that doth quicken the minds of men; stirring up good and godly motions in their hearts, which are agreeable to the will and commandment of God; such as otherwise of their úwn crooked and perverse nature they should never have. Hom. xxviii. 1.
Almighty God, who seest that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves, &c. Coll. for the second Sunday in Lent.
Grant to us, Lord, we beseech thee, the Spirit to think and do always such things as be rightful; that we, who cannot do any thing that is good without thee, may by thee be enabled to live according to thy will, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the ninth Sunday after Trinity.
d The first coming unto God is through faith. Hom. iv. 1. The spring head of justification is the mercy of God,
which is conveyed to us by Christ, and is offered to us by the Gospel, and received of us by faith as with a hand. Nowell, p.
Q. Dost thou think that this faith is a quality of nature, or the gift of God? A. Faith is the gift of God, and a singular and excellent gift. For both our wits are too gross and dull to conceive and understand the wisdom of God, whose fountains are opened by faith, and our hearts are more apt either to dis
- Not by works of righteousness righteousness. Wherefore ? because which we have done, but accord- they sought it not by faith, but as ing to his mercy he saved us, by it were by the works of the law. the washing of regeneration and Rom. ix. 31, 32. renewing of the Holy Ghost. Tit.
d A man
can receive nothing, iii. 5. Except a man be born of except it be given him from heawater and of the Spirit, he cannot ven. John iii. 27. How then shall enter into the kingdom of God. they call on him in whom they John iii. 5. For many, I say unto have not believed ? and how shall you, will seek to enter in, and they believe in him of whom they shall not be able. Luke xiii. 24. It have not heard ? and how shall is not of him that willeth, nor of they hear without a preacher? and him that runneth, but of God that how shall they preach, except they sheweth mercy. Rom. ix. 16. Who be sent? Rom. x. 14, 15.
The maketh thee to differ from another? grace of God that bringeth salvaand what hast thou that thou didst tion hath appeared to all men. not receive? 1 Cor. iv. 7. If by Tit. ii. 11. If our Gospel be hid, grace then it is no more of works. it is bid to them that are lost; in Rom. xi, 6. Israel, which followed whom the God of this world hath after the law of righteousness, blinded the minds of them that behath not attained to the law of lieve not, lest the ligbt of the glo
fore we have no power to do good works, plea
trust, or to wrongful and corrupt trust in ourselves, or in other creatures, than to true trust in God. But God instructing us with his word and lightening our minds with his Holy Spirit, maketh us apt to learn those things that otherwise would be far from entering into the dull capacity of our wits; and sealing the promises of salvation on our souls, he so informeth us that we are most surely persuaded of the truth of them. These things the apostles understanding, do pray to the Lord to increase their faith. Nowell, p. 76.
By faith given us of God we embrace the promise of God's mercy, and of the remission of our sins. Hom. iii. 3.
True and lively faith in the merits of Jesus Christ is not ours, but by God's working in us. Hom. iii. 1.
• Such was the frailty of mankind after his fall, such was his weakness and imbecility; that he could not walk uprightly in God's commandments, though he would never so fain, but daily and hourly fell from his bounden duty, offending the Lord his God divers ways, to the great increase of his condemnation. Hom. xxv. 2.
rious gospel of Christ, who is the work of God, that ye believe on image of God, should sbine unto him whom he hath sent. John vi. them. God who commanded the 29. Blessed art thou, Simon Barlight to shine out of darkness, hath jona; for flesh and blood hath not shined in our hearts, to give the revealed it unto thee, but my Falight of the knowledge of the glory ther which is in heaven. Matt. xvi. of God in the face of Jesus Christ. 17. It is given unto you to know 2 Cor. iv. 3, 4, 6. I am the way, the mysteries of the kingdom of and the truth, and the life: no man heaven, but to them it is not cometh unto the Father but by me. given. For whosoever hath, to him John xiv. 6. Every good gift and shall be given, and he shall have every perfect gift is from above, more abundance. Matt. xiii. 11, 12. and cometh down from the Father Unto you it is given in the behalf of lights. Of his own will begat of Christ, not only to believe on he us with the word of truth. him, but also to suffer for his sake. James i. 17, 18. Who then is Paul, Phil. i. 29. God, who is rich in and who is Apollos, but ministers mercy, for his great love wherewith by whom ye believed, even as he loved us, even when we were God gave to every man. I have dead in sins, hath quickened us toplanted, Apollos watered, but God gether with Christ. gave the increase. 1 Cor. iii. 5, 6. are ye saved through faith; and Then opened he their understand that not of yourselves : it is the gift ing, that they might understand of God. Eph. ii. 4, 5, 8. It is of the scriptures. Luke xxiv. 45. faith that it might be by grace. And the band of the Lord was Rom. iv. 16. Through the faith of with them: and a great number the operation of God. Col. ii. 12. believed and turned unto the Lord. e Can the Ethiopian change his Acts xi. 21. Whosoever believeth skin, or the leopard his spots ? then that Jesus is the Christ is born of may ye also do good that are acGod. 1 John v. 1. We are labour- customed to do evil. Jer. xiii. 23. ers together with God: ye are They that are in the flesh cannot God's husbandry, ye are God's please God. Rom. viii. 8. O Lord, building. 1 Cor. iii. 9. This is the I know that the way of man is not
For by grace
sant and acceptable to God, without the grace
Of ourselves we be crab-trees, that can bring forth no apples. We be of ourselves of such earth, as can but bring forth weeds. Our fruits be declared in the fifth chapter to the Galatians. We have neither faith, charity, hope, patience, chastity, nor any thing else that good is, but of God; and therefore these virtues be called there, “ the fruits of the Holy Ghost," and not the fruits of man.
Hom. ii. 2. O God, the strength of all them that put their trust in thee, mercifully accept our prayers; and because, through the weakness of our mortal nature, we can do no good thing without thee, grant us the help of thy grace, that in keeping of thy commandments, we may please thee both in will and deed, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Col. for the first Sunday after Trinity.
' AŬ good things come down unto us from above, from the Father of light. Jesus Christ, his Son and our Saviour, is the mean by whom we receive his liberal goodness. In the power and virtue of the Holy Ghost we be made meet and able to receive his gifts and graces.
Hom. xxix. 1. In the power and virtue of the Holy Ghost, resteth all wisdom and all ability to know God and to please him. In his power shall we have sufficient ability to know our duty to God; in him shall we be conforted and encouraged to walk in our duty; in him shall we be meet vessels to receive the grace of Almighty God: for it is he that purgeth and purifieth the mind by his secret working He only is present every where by his invisible power and containeth all things in his dominion. He lighteneth the heart to conceive worthy thoughts to Almighty God. He only ministereth spiritual strength to the powers of our soul and body. To hold the way, which God hath prepared for us to walk rightly in our journey, we must acknowlege that it is in the power of his Spirit, which helpeth our infirmity. If any gift we have wherewith we may work to the glory of God, and profit of our neighbour; all is wrought by his own and self-same Spirit. If any wisdom we have it is
in himself: it is not in man that No man can come unto me, except walketh to direct his steps. Jer. x. the Father which hath sent me 23. Without me ye can do nothing. draw him-except it were given John xv. 5. They that are after unto him of my Father. John vi. 44, the flesh do mind the things of the 65. The Lord hath appeared of Hesh. To be carnally-minded is old unto me, saying, Yea, I have death. Rom. viii. 5, 6. Without loved thee with an everlasting love: faith it is impossible to please him. therefore with loving kindness Heb. xi. 6.
have I drawn thee. Jer. xxxi. 3. f To as there is but one God, I drew them with cords of a man, the Father, of whom are all things, with bands of love. Hosea xi. 4. and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Not by might, nor by power, but Christ, by whom are all things, by my Spirit, saith the Lord of and we by him. 1 Cor. viii. 6. hosts. Zech. iv. 6. From me is
of God by Christ preventing us, Sthat we may
not of ourselves; we cannot glory therein, as begun of ourselves; but we ought to glory in God, from whom it came to us. Horn. xxix. 3.
O God, from whom all holy desires, all good counsels, and all just works do proceed. Second Coll. for Evening Service.
My good child, know this, thou art not able to do these things of thyself, nor to walk in the commandments of God, and to serve him, without his special grace, which thou must learn at all times to call for by diligent prayer. Catechism.
O God, our refuge and strength, who art the author of all godliness. Twenty-third Sunday after Trinity.
up, we beseech thee, O Lord, the wills of thy faithful people; that they plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works, may of thee be plenteously rewarded, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. Coll. for the twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity:
For it is the Holy Ghost, and no other thing, that doth quicken the minds of men; stirring up good and godly motions in their hearts, which are agreeable to the will and commandment of God; such as otherwise of their own crooked and perverse nature they should never have.—As for the works of the Spirit, the fruits of faith, charitable and godly motions, if he have any at all in him, they proceed only of the Holy Ghost; who is the only worker of our sanctification, and maketh us new men in Christ Jesus.-Such is the power of the Holy Ghost to regenerate men, and as it were to bring them forth anew, so that they shall be nothing like the men that they were before. Neither doth he think it sufficient inwardly to work the spiritual and new birth of man, unless he do also dwell and abide in him. Hom. xxviii. 1.
thy fruit found. Hosea xiv. 8. The Lord thy God will circumcise Ye are dead, and your life is hid thine heart, and the heart of thy with Christ in God. Col. iii. 3. For seed, to love the Lord thy God it is God which worketh in you, with all thine heart, and with all both to will and to do of his good thy soul, that thou mayest live. pleasure. Phil. ii. 13. We are his Deut. xxx. 6. And I will give workmanship, created in Christ them one heart, and I will put a Jesus unto good works, which God new spirit within you; and I will hath before ordained that we should take the stony heart out of their walk in them. Eph. ii. 10. This flesh, and will give them a heart of people have I formed for myself. flesh. That they may walk in my Isa. xliii. 21. In Christ Jesus nei- statutes, &c. Ezra xi. 19, 20. xxxvi. ther circumcision availeth ay 25—29. I. will put my law in their thing nor uncircumcision, but inward parts, and write it in their new creature. Gal. vi. 15. And hearts; and will be their God, and that ye put on the new man, which they shall be my people. And I after God is created in righteousness will give them one heart, and true holiness. Eph. iv. 24. way, that they may fear me for
• Thy people shall be willing in ever, for the good of them, and of the day of thy power. Ps..cx. 4. , their cbildren after them: and I
have a good will, and "working with us when we have that good will.
you trust that you are inwardly moved by the Holy Ghost to take upon you this office and administration, to serve God for the promoting of his glory, and the edifying of his people ? Ordination Service.
Ye cannot have a mind and will thereto of yourselves; for that will and ability is given of God alone, therefore ye ought, and have need, to pray earnestly for his Holy Spirit. Ordination Service.
"Let us throughout our whole lives confess all good things to come from God, of what name or nature soever they be, not of corruptible things only, but much more of all spiritual graces behoveable for our soul, without whose goodness no man is called to faith, or staid therein. Hom. xxix. 2.
St. Paul confesseth faith plainly to be God's gift, saying, . “ Faith is the gift of God.” Eph. ii. 8. And again St. Peter saith, “ It is of God's power that ye be kept through faith to salvation.”. 1 Pet. i. 5. It is of the goodness of God that we falter not in our hope unto him. It is verily God's work in us, the charity wherewith we love our brethren. If after our fall we repent, it is by him that we repent, which reacheth forth his merciful hand to raise us up. If we have any will to rise, it is. he that preventeth our will, and disposeth us thereto. If after contrition we feel our consciences at peace with God through
will make an everlasting covenant it more abundantly. John X. 10. with them, that I will not turn As sin hath reigned unto death, away from them to do them good; even so might grace reign through but I will put my fear in their righteousness unto eternal life, hearts, that they shall not depart through Jesus Christ. Rom. v. from me. Jer. xxxi. 33. xxxii. 39, 40. 21. By whom we have access by The law of the Spirit of life in faith into this grace wherein we Christ Jesus hath made me free stand. Where sin abounded, grace from the law of sin and death. did much more abound. Rom. v. 2, Rom. viii. 2. Who gave himself 20. Lord, thou wilt ordain peace for us, that he might redeem us for us: for thou also hast wrought from an iniquity, and purify unto all our works in us. Isa. xxvi. 12. himself a peculiar people zealous He that doeth truth cometh to the of good works. Tit, ii. 14. The light, that his deeds may be made last Adam was made a quickening manifest, that they are wrought in Spirit. 2 Cor. xv, 45. Create in God. John iii. 21. Not that we are me a clean heart, O God, and re- sufficient to think any thing as of new a right spirit within me. Ps. ourselves, but our sufficiency is of li. 10. It is the Spirit that quick- God. 2 Cor. iii. 5. And he said eneth. John vi. 63. The Spirit unto me, My grace is sufficient for giveth life, 2 Cor. iii. 6. The thee: for my strength is made manifestation of the Spirit is given perfect in weakness. Most gladly to every man to profit withal. therefore will I rather glory in my 1 Cor. xii. 7.
infirmities, that the power of come that they might Christ may rest upon me. 2 Cor. have life, and that they might have xii. 9. Looking unto Jesus, the