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should have appeared so inconsistent and self-contradictory to those to whom it first came, as christians of later ages have made it. The terms in which it was delivered to them were, no doubt, perfectly intelligible, although less so to us who live in times and places so very remote. It is our business, therefore, to go beyond the mere letter, and to use every help we can obtain for understanding its true import, particularly by encouraging every well-conducied attempt towards furnishing an accurate translation of it into our own tongue, allowing no more than its due proportion of merit to that commonly received. Our labour will not be without its reward. We shall see that “God is light, and that in him there is no darkness at all.” Our faith will be immoveably established, and our joy will proportionably and greatly abound. Amen.
THE NEW TESTAMENT, ,
COMPARED WITH THAT
COMMANDED BY MEN.
Directions relative to the object of worship, with
specimens of prayers, of devout wishes, &c.
Found in the Christian Scrip. Found in the Book of Common tures.
Prayer, and in the writings of Presbyterians, &c.
« Thou, when thou prayest,
" The Catholic faith is this, pray to thy FATHER, who is in that we worship one God in trisecret, and thy FATHER, who nity, and trinity in unity.” seeth in secret, shall reward
Athanasian creed. thee openly. After this manner, therefore, pray ye; Our Fa. THER, who art in heaven.” Matt. vi. 6, 9; Luke xi. 2.
« Jesus saith-the hour com “ Then likewise the minister eth, and now is, when the true sliall say, Glory be to the Father, worshippers shall worship the and to the Son, and to the Holy FATHER in spirit and in truth, Ghost; answer, As it was in the for the FATHER seeketh such to beginning, is now, and ever shall worship Him." John iv. 23. be, world without end *.”
• In the reign of Constantius, Flavianus of Antioch introduced the custom of ascribing glory to the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit; and in the latter part of the fourth century, Pope Damasus is said to have decreed that it should be said or sung at the end of the psalms.
From the Scriptures. From the Common Prayer, &c.
“ To God the Father, God the
Watts' Dorology" I bow my knees unto the “ Above all things, ye must FATHER of our Lord Jesus give most humble and hearty Christ, of whom the whole fami. thanks to God the Father, the ly in heaven and earth is nam. Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the ed.” Eph. iii. 14, 15.
redemption of the world,” &c.
Communion service. « Giving thanks always, for “ It is very meet, right, and all things unto God, and the FA our bounden duty, that we should THER, in the name of our Lord at all times, and in all places, Jesus Christ.” Eph. v. 20. see also give thanks unto thee, O Lord ! ch. ii. 18; Rom. xv. 6; Col. i. 3, almighty and everlasting God,
iii. 17 ; James iii. 9; 1 Pet. i. who art one God, one Lord! not 17*.
one only person, but three per
• It is said, Heb. i. 6. “ When he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, and let all the angels of God worship him :" and we read of particular persons worshipping our Lord. But it is well known that by the term worship is not always meant religious adoration. It is frequently used to describe those marks of respect which are paid to great characters. Some of the persons who are said to have worshipped Jesus were Jews. (Matt. viii. 2. ix. 18). Now the Jews paid religious worship to God only. Indeed, it is not asserted by the generality of those, who believe that Jesus Christ is God, that, at the period when the ruler worshipped or made obeisance to him, the doctrine of his deity was publicly taught. Consequently, that worship had nothing in it of a religious nature.
It is said, 1 Chron. xxix. 20. “ All the congregation worshipped the LORD and the king :" and in Dan. ii. 46. “ That Nebuchadnezzar fell upon his face and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they should offer an oblation or present, and sweet odours unto him," as a mark of respect, agreeably to the eastern method of doing persons honour. Jesus, also, speaks of a servant who fell down before his master, and worshipped him. Matt. xviii. 26. When, therefore, we read that the leper worshipped Jesus --that his disciples, upon his ascension, worshipped him, &c., it is reason
From the Scriptures. From the Common Prayer, &c.
6 If ye loved me, ye would re 8ons, in one substance. For that joice, because I said, I go unto which we believe of the glory of the Father: for my Pather is the Father, the same we believe GREATER than I.” Joha xiv. of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, 28.
without any difference or inequality."
Upon the feast of trinity. « At that time Jesus answered “ Religious worship is to be and said, I thank thee, O FA- given to God the Father, the Son, THER, Lord of heaven and earth, and the Holy Ghost; and to him because THOU hast hid these alone." things from the wise and prudent, The Assembly's Confession of and hast revealed them unto Faith, ch. 21. babes; even so, FATHER, for so it seemed good in the sight.” Matt. xi. 25, 26; Luke x. 21.
“ And he-fell on his face, and 66 The second part of prayer is prayed, saying, O MY FATHER, adoration, and it contains, (1) A if it be possible, let this cup pass mention of his nature as God ; from me; nevertheless, not as I and this includes his most original will, but as Thou wilt.” Matt. properties and perfections : his xxvi. 39; see also verse 42; unity of essence, that there is no Mark xiv. 36; Luke xxii. 42; other God besides him: his inxxiii. 34, 46; Heb. v. 7.
conceivable subsistence in three “ And Jesus lift up his eyes persons, the Father, the Son, and and said, FATHER, I thank thee the Holy Spirit; which mystery that thou hast heard me.” John of the trinity is a most proper xi. 41.
object of our adoration and won“ Now is my soul troubled, and der, since it so much surpasses what shall I say, rather, save our understanding." me from this hour? but for this Watts' Guide to Prayer, p. 6.
able to understand the term as meaning nothing more, than that they did him homage as a great character, or as a divine prophet. All their reli. gious addresses were directed to the one God, the Father of Jesus. In Luke xiv. 10. are these words : “ then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat.”
Worshipful, and right worshipful, are expressions well known amongst us, as applied to men.
Prom the Scriptures. From the Common Prayer, &c. cause came I unto this hour. FATHER, glorify thy name.” John xii. 27, 28.
“ Holy FATHER, keep through " We must give honour to thine own name, those whom the three persons in the godhead Thou hast given me.” John xvii. distinctly : to the Father, the 11; see also, verses 1, 3, 5, 21, Son, and the Holy Ghost.” 24, and 25; Acts iv. 24, &c. Henry's Method of Prayer.
« Blessed be God, even the « Thou art the King of Glory, FATHER of our Lord Jesus Christ, O Christ. Thou art the everthe FATHER of mercies, and the lasting Son of the Father. We GOD of all comfort, who comfort. therefore pray thee to help thy eth us in all our tribulation.” servants, whom thou hast re2 Cor. i. 3; see also Eph. i. 3. deemed with thy most precious
“ Blessed be the God and ra. blood. TNER of our Lord Jesus Christ, “ Make them to be numbered who, according to his abundant with thy saints in glory everlastmercy, hath begotten us again ing."
Te Deum. unto a lively hope, by the resur. “ O God the Son, Redeemer of rection of Jesus Christ from the the world, have mercy upon us dead.” 1 Pet. i. 3*.
miserable sinners." “ According to the will of GOD “O God the Holy Ghost, proand our ratuER, to whom be ceeding from the Father and the glory, for ever and ever.” Gal. Son, have mercy upon as miseri. 4, 5.
* We read, Acts vii. 59, that “ they stoned Stephen, calling (upon God is not in the original) and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit, or breath of life :” as if he had said, accept this sacrifice of my life, which I lay down for thy sake.' Stephen had just “ seen the heavens opened, and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God.” The impression made by so grand a spectacle would not quickly wear off. Is it wonderful then, that he should address this Son of Man? Seeing Jesus in heaven, and knowing his power with God, John xi. 22, was as good a reason for Ste. phen to call for and desire his help, as it was for his disciples, who saw his power on earth, to entreat him to help them in a storm. Matt. vii. 24-27