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of self-denial which are recorded for our instruction, “had respect unto the recompence of the “ reward.” (Heb. xi. 26.)
The reward which is connected with the practice of good works, is a reward of grace, not of debt; for it is through “ Jesus Christ our Lord,” exclusively for His merit's sake, that we expect to receive it. But though good works are not the meritorious cause of salvation, yet are they its necessary appendages, and preparatory to the attainment of eternal life. For sanctification is a pre-requisite to glorification, as corporeal-life and health are to corporeal-enjoyment: and the extrinsecal works which internal sanctification produces are the invariable effects of holiness, and indeed helps to its growth, just as action is at once the evidence of life in the animal frame, and promotive of its health. The degree of holiness attained here will therefore be the measure of happiness enjoyed hereafter. A plenteous sowing will produce a plenteous harvest. The effect follows, however, not in a way of merit, but as a natural adjunct; in like manner as corporeal comfort is consequent on a well-organized body preserved in health by temperance and exercise. Both the cause and effect are the free gifts of God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Let the reader once more inquire before he lays down the volume, whether our collect express the feelings of his soul or not—whether he be made alive unto God whether his soul be solicitous for more abundant holiness, whether he pant for spiritual health and vigour-whether he be earnestly solicitous to perform the functions of spiritual life by plenteously bringing forth the fruit of good works " which are by Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God—whether the reward, glittering in the eye of faith, attract his constant attention and excite his boly ambition. These are questions which every churchman should propose to himself before he joins with the congregation of the faithful in reciting this collect of our church.
THOSE readers who are acquainted with Mr.
Nelson's Companion for the Festivals and Fasts of the Church of England, will frequently observe such a striking resemblance, both in matter and style between the contents of that compilation and of the following sheets, as will naturally demand an explanation. The truth is, that both Mr. Nelson and the author of this volume have derived their historical information chiefly from the same source, viz. Dr. Cave's Primitive Christianity, of which they have made a liberal use. This acknowledgment of obligation to that elaborate work is intended to preclude the necessity of distinct references to its several pages.
ST. ANDREW'S DAY. .
Almighty God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ, and followed him without delay; Grant unto us all, that we being called by thy holy word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil thy holy conmandments, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
HE Apostle St. Andrew, for whose ministry
the church calls on her members to magnify the goodness of God on the thirtieth day of November, assigning to him the precedence in her Calendar because he was first favoured with the knowledge of Christ; was born at Bethsaida, a city of Galilee, on the lake of Gennezareth. He was the son of Jonas, a fisherman of that town, and the brother of Simon Peter.
It will be remembered that Galilee was the chief scene of our Lord's personal ministry; for it is
T noticed by all the evangelists. Nazareth, where
. His parents resided, and where He was educated, was a city of that district. Capernaum, in whose synagogue He first opened His Divine commission, was its metropolis. And Cana, where His first mi-' racle was wrought, also belonged to it. There was His ordinary residence, and throughout all its borders He preached the kingdom of God. From among the inhabitants of Galilee He selected His apostles, who were afterwards contemptuously