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On the Epistle for the tenth Sunday after Trinity.
DIS C. XXXI.
On the Epistle for the twelfth Sunday after Trinity.
On the Epistle for the thirteenth Sunday after Trinity.
DI Ś C. XXXVII.
On the Gospel for the fifteenth Sunday after Trinity.
On the Gospel for the eighteenth Sunday after Trinity.
On the Gospel for the nineteenth Sunday after-Trinity.
On the Gospel for the twentieth Sunday after Trinity.
435 DIS C. LIII. On the Gospel for the twenty first Sunday after Trinity. St. John-4. 46, to the end. There was a certain Nobleman, whose Son was fick at Capernaum, &c.
443 DISC. LIV. On the Epistle for the twenty second Sunday after Trinity. Phil. 1.3-I. I thank my God upon every Remembrance of you, always, in every Prayer of mine for you all, &c.
452 DIS Č. LV. On the Gospel for the twenty second Sanday after Trinity. St. Mat. 18. zi, to the end. Peter said unto Jesus, Lord, hone oft Shall my Brother
sin against me, and I forgive him ? &c. 460
DIS C. LVI. On the Epistle for the twenty third Sanday after Trinity. Phil. 3. 17, to the end. Brethren, be Followers together of me, and mark them who walk fogas ye brve us for Ensample, &c. 468
DI S Č. LVII. On the Gospel for the twenty third Sunday after Trinity. St. Mat. 22. 15-23. Then went the Pharisees, and took Counsel how they might int angle him in his Talk, &c. 476
DISC. LVIII. On the Epistle for the twenty fourth Sunday after Trinity. Col. 1. 3-13. We give Thanks to God, and the Father of our Lord Jesus Chrif, &c.
484 DISC. LIX. On the Gospel for the twenty fourth Sunday after Trinity. St. Mat. 9. 18. -27. While Jesus Spake these things wito John's Disciples, bebold, there came a certain Ruler, &c.
492 DIS C. LX. On the Epistle for the twenty fifth Sunday after Trinity. Jer, 23:59. Behold the Days come, saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, &c.
499 DISC. LXI. On the Gospel for the twenty fifth Sunday after Trinity. St. John 6.5- 15. Jesus went over the Sea of Galilec, which is the Sea of Tiberias, &c.
PRACTICAL DISCOURSES upon
the Collects, Epistles, and Gospels, to be used throughout the Year.
The SECOND PART.
The Epistle for Ascension-Day.
Aats i. 1-12. The former Treatise have I made, 0 Theophilus, çf
all that Jesus began to do and to teach, until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given Commandment to his Apostles, whom he had chosen ; to whom also he fbew'd himself alive, &c.
HE Collect for this Day calls to mind our Bea
lief in the Son of God's ascending into the T Heavens, and from thence directs us to pray,
that we may in Heart and Mind thither ascend,
and with him continually dwell, who liveth and reigneth there world without end.
Of the Time and Manner of this great action and Exaltation of our Blessed Saviour, we have fome Account in the • Vol. IV. Part 23
Epistle for this Day; which begins thus : The former Treatise have I made, 0 Theophilus, &c. Where by the former Treatise is generally understood the Gospel according to St. Luke and 'tis so calld, in respect to this latter, of the Acts of the Apostles: for which reason, St. Luke is suppos'd to be the Author of both. In both which, he dedicates or directs his Discourse to the excellent Theophilus ; which is not thought to be the proper Name of any particular Person, but a general Title belonging to every true Lover of God, for so the word signifies : and to all such he seems to address himself in both. In the former Treatise or Gospel, St. Luke gave an account of all that Jesus began to do and to teach, until the day that he was taken up; that is, from the day of his Birth to the time of his Ascension into Heaven, In this latter he gives a Relation of the Acts of the holy Apostles ; After that Christ thro the Holy Ghost had given Commandment to those whom he had chosen. And
The first thing he relates of them, was Christ's confirming their in the Belief of his Resurrection, by his particular Appearance to them; in the third Verse : To whom he Mem'd himself alive after his Passion, by many infallible Proofs ; as shewing them his Hands and Feet, with the Print of the Nails that fasten’d them to the Cross, letting them thrust their Hands into the Wound made in his Side by the Soldiers Spear; eating and drinking, and talking freely with them after he rose from the dead; and by many other palpable Evidences convincing them that it was he himself, in the fame Body in which he lived and died. This great Care he took for their Satisfaction, condescending to all they defir’d to that end, because they were to preach and publish him to the World, and become the Witneffes of his Resurrection to all people. And the better to confirm them in the Truth of these things, he would not presently leave the World after he was risen, but ftaid and convers’d with them upon Earth, for the space' of forty Days. Had he gone away sooner, he might have left the World in great Doubts about the Reality of his Resurrection, they might have concluded him to be only fome Ghost or Spectre, that appear'd for a while, and then vanish'd away. And therefort to remove all Scruples. in so weighty a matter, upon which all the Faith and Hopes of Chriftians depend, he continu'd forty Days with them before he went from them, 10 give them all possible Assurance in that great Point; s using which time he was daily seen and heard of them,