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spired penman could have drawn up so beautiful and scriptural a collection of petitions as our Collects. He takes the Church at once to the throne of grace, and supplicates for God's help and power to cast away the works of darkness and put upon us the armour of light, to lay aside every weight, every evil, ungodly thought, or intent, and walk in the light, as Christ is in the light, armed with the same mind, knowing without him we can do nothing, and that this mortal life being so uncertain, so beset with everything at variance with true godliness, that we must follow Him in great humility, and learn of Him, who was meek and lowly in heart.
He came to visit us in great humility as the great pattern of his followers, to give them knowledge and understanding in things concerning himself, and their own salvation. That in the last day, when He will reward every man according to his works, we may rise to the life immortal through Him. To that life which He purchased by his precious death; when this corruptible shall put on incorruption, and this mortal shall put on immortality ; to that perfect beautiful
image of himself, being his children, and the children of the resurrection.
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT.
BLESSED Lord, who hast caused all holy Scripture to be written for our learning; grant that we may in such wise hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that by patience, and comfort of thy holy Word, we may embrace, and ever hold fast the blessed hope of evera lasting life, which thou hast given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
In this second petition, the expression, "Blessed Lord,” is very beautiful; like every word in the Collects, it conveys various meanings, and if considered with attention, elevates the mind, and naturally endues it with a heavenly impression. The words, blessed Lord, is an acknowledgment of everything that consoles and comforts, whether we look to our Lord as Creator or Redeemer. Every blessing that comes to us, in the natural course of Providence, supplying us with the comforts and necessaries of life, reminds us of God's
goodness and faithfulness as the Creator, sending rain on the just and the unjust, and causing the sun to shine on the evil and on the good. All the variety of benefits, and helps, and privileges, concerning the salvation of the soul, should bring to our remembrance the great price at which our redemption was purchased. The depth of misery and wretchedness from which a Christian escapes, as soon as he repents and believes in his Redeemer. Rightly to value Jesus Christ, we ought frequently to remember, where did his word of truth first find us, and if He had not called us out of darkness to himself, the light of the world, the soul would assuredly have perished. And ponder well what it is to perish! The word perish sounds, to some ears, nothing more than a mere extinction of life, the annihilation of the soul; but the soul never dies, and if it is not with the Saviour in his Father's kingdom, where there are many mansions, it will be for everlasting in a place of torment, and where the worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. This is meant, when we talk of a soul being lost, or, to perish. Surely then, to be saved from this, through the atonement and sacrifice of Jesus