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"He receiveth." Were we" without chastise"ment whereof all are partakers, we should be "bastards and not sons.". And as inward affliction is necessary for our profit, that we may "become partakers of His holiness so is temptation also. For as the approach of an earthly enemy drives the straggling soldiers into their garrison, so the assaults of our spiritual enemies add speed to the pace of those who are flying for refuge to the hope set before them in the gospel. How precious is Christ to the tempted soul!" The name of the Lord is a strong tower; "the righteous," in the time of trial, "runneth "into it and is safe." Since our heavenly Father sees it right to permit us to remain in a state of trial, we must not pray to be taken out of it, but to be preserved from the evil,* that we may be enabled by His grace to bear the afflictions He lays on us to His glory and our own advantage; and that, when the enemy cometh in "like a flood," threatening to overwhelm us, "the Spirit of the Lord may lift up a standard "against him."

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We pray for exemption not only from danger, but also from the distressing apprehension of it, even" that we may not fear the power of any "adversaries." For, since their power is great, we should spend our days in anxious dread, had we no assurance of safety from above. Surely those persons who have never trembled at a review of the hostile band, are in a dead stupor, like Jonah, who was asleep in the sides of the ship, when every other heart shook with horror. The believer, who knows by experience their rage, subtilty, and malice, will pray for deliverance from that "fear which hath torment,'

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lest his mind should be so enervated by its baneful influence as to be incapable of fighting "the good fight of faith;" and lest those days. should be employed in groundless apprehensions, which should be filled up in communion with God and in obedience to His will And, as it is only through faith that deliverance from evil and from the fear of it can be experienced, ther soldiers of Christ make it the subject of their earnest request that their faith may be strengthened; that they may be enabled "surely to "trust in God's defence:". It can only be through God's defence, that we are for a moment safe from ruin: and it can only be in proportion to our faith in His protection that we are for a moment exempt from fear. When David went forth against Goliah, had he considered his own weak and unarmed condition, he must have trembled at the prospect of the unequal But faith excluded fear from his bosom. "Thou comest to me" (says the faithful stripling to the vaunting champion of Philistia) "with a sword, and with a spear, and with a "shield; but I come to thee in the name of the "Lord of Hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, "whom thou hast defied." The issue of the combat is well known. "So let all Thine ene"mies perish, O Lord; but let them that love "Him be as the sun when he goeth forth i “his might!"*

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6. Who shall lay any “ thing to the charge of God's elect? It is “ God that justifieth; who is he that con- demneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather ss that is risen again, who is even at the right “ hand of God, who also maketh intercessiou -$5 for us.

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utatur phrasi, qua hoc in loco Moses, Ps. xvii. 8, Zach * ji. 8.” “Vitringæ Commentarius ad Canticum Mosis.

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ESSAY VIII.

On the Third Collect at Morning Service, for.. Grace.

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ARIOUS are the acceptations of the word GRACE in the sacred pages. In its primary and general sense, it signifies the favour of God. This is the perennial fountain, or rather the boundless ocean, from: which every stream of blessedness flows, whether to angels and saints made perfect in heaven, or to sinners on earth. Sometimes the various traits of the Christian, character are intended by this term, such as faith, hope, love, and patience, because these are rivulets flowing from the mercy of God in Christ Jesus. In other places we must thereby understand that ability which God communicates to His believing people for the performance of the several functions of the Divine life. Our life springs from the grace of God, and every act of that spiritual life proceeds from a continued communication of power from Him, so that our works can only be spiritual in their rise, progress, and accomplishment, so far as they are "begun, continued, and ended in "Him." In this latter sense our church uses this important word in the rubric that precedes the third collect at morning service, wherein she teaches us to pray for supplies of grace in the following excellent words

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