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most gloriouts Trinity, as being the joint Authors of our Salvation. To acknowledge the transcendant Love of God, towards us, in giving his only begotten Son, by an eternal Generation, to die for us Sinners; and the wonderful Condescension of our dear Redeemer, the Merits of whose Sufferings were enhanced by the Dignity and Excellence of his Person. Never to grieve that eternal Spirit, by whose gracious Influences we are made Partakers of everlasting Salvation.'
Q. If we are bound to believe such Doctrines of Christianity as we cannot comprehend, is there any Use of Reason in Religion ?
A. Yes, certainly: for nothing can be a greater Reflection upon Religion than to say it is unreasonable, that it contradicts that natural Light which God hath fixed in our Minds, and that it declines a fair and impartial Trial, and will not bear the Test of a thorough Examination. Therefore the ancient Fathers, the great Pillars of our Faith, in all their Apologies for the Christian Religion against Jews and Gentiles, endeavour to convince the World by all rational Ways, both of the Truth and Reasonableness of the Christian Religion; and though the Apostles were divinely inspired, yet the Bereans are commended for enquiring into the Reasons of believing that Doctrine which they taught; and where Infidelity in Scripture is charged as a Crime, it is where sufficient Reason and Evidence was offered for Conviction.
Q. What then is the Use of Reason in Religion?
A. It discovers to us the Principles of Natural Religion, and justifies the Wisdom and Prudence of acting according to them. It shews the Conveni. ency of Things to our Natures, and the Tendency of them to our Happiness and Interest; and as we are thereby convinced, that Piety towards God, that Justice, Gratitude, and Mercy towards Men, are agreeable to our Natures, so Reason discovers to us that these Duties are good, because they bring Benefit and Advantage to us. And as to Revealed Religion, Reason is the Faculty whereby the Evi. dence and Proof of it is to be tried; the proper Exercise of it in a Christian is to examine and enquire, whether what is proposed and required to be believed is revealed by God;. whether it comes with the true Credentials of his Authority, and hath him really for its Author. For our Assent to any Thing as revealed by God, must be grounded upon Evidence that it comes from him. And when by proper Arguments we are convinced of the divine Authority of the Revelation. Reason assists us in discerning the true and genuine Sense of such a Revelation, and helps us to apply general Rules contained in it to all Manner of special Cases whatsoever. And when we are satisfied that a Doctrine is revealed by God, though it is above the Reach of our Comprehension, yet we have the strongest and most cogent Reason in the World to believe it. Because God is infinitely Wise and Omniscient, and therefore cannot be deceived: and being infinitely good, we may be sure he will not deceive us.
For a sted. O HOLY, blessed, and glorious Trinity, threr fastheitblo Persons and one God, have Mercy upon me a Trinity. 'miserable Sinner.
Almighty and everlasting God, who hast given uuto thy Servants Grace, by the Confession of a true Faith to acknowledge the Glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the Power of the Divine Majesty to worship the Unity : I beseech thee that thou wouldest keep me stedfast in this Faith, and evermore defend me from all Adversities, who livest and reignest, one God, World without End, Amen.
IT is very meet, right, and my bounden Duty, Praise and that I should at all Times, and in all Places, give Thanks
giving to Thanks unto thee, O Lord, Almighty, everlastingihe Holy God, who art one God, one Lord, not one only Trinity. Person, but three Persons in one Substance; for that which I believe of the Glory of the Father, the same I believe of the Son and of the Holy Ghost, without any Difference or Inequality. Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the Company of Heaven, I laud and magnify thy glorious Name, evermore praising thee, and saying, Holy, Holy, Holy, Lord God of Hosts, Heaven and Earth are full of thy Glory, Glory be to thee, O Lord most High. Amen.
III. O LORD, I beseech thee to keep thy Church For the and Household continually in thy true Religion ; Preserva
''tion of the that they who do lean only upon the Hope of thy Church." heavenly Grace, may evermore be defended by thy mighty Power, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
G LORY be to thee, o God the Father, for praise and making Man after thy own Image, capable of Thanks
giving to loving thee, and enjoying thee eternally; for the Holy recovering him from a State of Sin and Misery, Trinity. when he had lost and undone himself. . . *
Glory be to thee, O God the Son, for undertaking the wonderful Work of Man's Redemption; for rescuing him from the Slavery of Sin, and Dominion of the Devil; for, in order to accomplish this Miracle of Goodness; thou didst descend from Heaven, put on the Form of a Servant, live a miserable Life, and die a painful and accursed Death.
Glory be to thee, () God the Holy Ghost, for those miraculous Gifts and Graces thou didst
..bestow upon the Apostles; and for those ordinary
Gifts, whereby sincere Christianis in all Ages are, enabled to work out their Salvation ;- for thy preventing and restraining Grace; for subduing our Understandings and Affections to the Obedience of Faith and Godliness ; for inspiring us with good Thoughts, aud kindling pious Desires intourse Souls; for assisting us in all the Methods of procuring eternal Happiness.
: ' Blessing and Honour, Thanksgiving and Praise, more than I can utter, more than I can conceive, be given unto thee, O most adorable Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, by all Angels, all Men, all Creatures, for ever and ever. Amen. Du
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2011 Date CHAP. XXV.014 v1189 IS. 9254 ...ST. BARNABAS THE APOSTLE. ,
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Q. What Account is there of his Originals
of the Tribe of Levi, whose Jewish Ancestors, pro.
bably, fled thither in the troublesome Times in: " Juudea, to secure themselves from: Violence and
Invasion, His proper Name was Joses, a softer, Termination, familiar with the Greeks for Joseph given him at his Circumcision in Honour of Joseph, ope of the great Patriarchs of that Nation.'
Q. Why was he by the Apostles surnamed Barnaus ... bas, which signifies the Son of Consolation ,
i A. Some think for his eminent Prophetic Gifts,
and his Dexterity in managing troubled Minds, Acts xi. 42. for he was a good Man full of Faith, and of the Holy
Ghost. Though if we consider the Occasion of im. posing this Name, it seems to have been an honour
able Acknowledgment of his Charity, in selling his Acts iv. 37. whole Estate for the Relief of the poor Christians, and upon the Account of the Consolation they received thereby. ri.,
apparar Q. Where was he educated ? M artinin
A. His Parents being rich and pious, he was sent to Jerusalem to be trained 'up in the Knowledge of the Law; and was committed to the Care of that great Doctor, Gamaliel; which probably might lay the Foundation of that intimate Friendship which was afterwards contracted between this Apostle and St. Paul,
Q. When was he converted to Christianity?
A. The particular Time is uncertain, though by Euseb. lib. the Ancients he is generally esteemed one of the 1. c. 12. Seventy Disciples chosen by our Saviour. And he gave an early Proof of his Christian Zeal, in selling his Lands for the Support of his Christian Brethren. And though he was of the Tribe of Levi, to whom the Mosaic Law allowed no particular Possessions; yet we may reasonably suppose this Estate was his patrimonial Inheritance at Cyprys, where the Jewish Constitutions did not take place. . ,
Q. What Assistance did St. Barnabas gide St. Paul after his Conversion ? · Sovi,
· A. When the Christians at Jerusalem were not in, thoroughly satisfied with St. Paul's Change, appre hending it might be only a subtle Art to ensnare. them, St. Barnabas introduced him to the Apostles, Acts iv. 34, and declared to them the Manner of his Conver-I sion, and what Evidence he had given of it at Da mascus in his bold Disputations with the Jews.r
Q. What was his first Employment in the Ser vice of the Church?. ; .
A. News from Antioch, being brought to the acts xi. 22. Church at Jerusalem, that many in that City had embraced Christianity, St. Barnabas was sent to settle this new Plantation. Upon his arrival, he rejoiced extremely to see what Progress the Gospel had made among them; and not only exhorted them
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