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word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity'.

Ye are the salt of the earth : but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted ? it is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father Which is in Heaven P.

Behold thou makest thy boast of God, And knowest His will, and approvest the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law ; And art confident that thou thy self art a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, An instructor of the foolish, a 'teacher of babes, which hast the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. Thou therefore which teachest another, teachest thou not thyself? thou that preachest a man should not steal, dost thou steal ? Thou that sayest a man should not commit adultery, dost thou commit adultery? thou that abhorrest idols, dost thou commit sacrilege ?? • 1 Tim. iv. 12. Matt. v. 13-16. Rom. ii. 17-22. Can the blind lead the blind ? shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master. And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, brother, let me pull out the mote that is thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye'.

The considerations proper to excite and dispose us to a conscientious attendance on the duties of the Ministry are lid will acht Jone

1. the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, the great Shepherd and Bishop of our souls.

Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness, and every disease among the people. But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they

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fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd. Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous; but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest".

And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples. And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto His disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners? But when Jesus heard that, He said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick. But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice : for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance'.

That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold My Servant, whom I have chosen; My Beloved, in whom My soul is well pleased : I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall He not break,

* Matt. ix. 35-38.

' Ibid. ver. 10–13.

and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment unto victory".

For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost'.

I am the good Shepherd : the good Shepherd giveth His life for the sheep *.

I am the good Shepherd, and know My sheep, and am known of Mine. As the Father knoweth Me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down My life for the sheep'.

Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. Ye are My friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth : but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of My Father, I have made known unto you. Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain; that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in My name, He may give it you. These things I command you, that ye love one another. If the world hate you, ye know that it hated Me before it hated you.

" Matt. xii. 17-20.
* John X. 11.

"Matt. xvii. 11.
Y Ibid. ver. 14, 15.

If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. Remember the word that I said unto you, The servant is not greater than his Lord: if they have persecuted Me, they will also persécute you: if they have kept My saying, they will keep yours also”. · These words spake Jesus, and lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Theea.

I have glorified Thee on the earth; I have finished the work which Thou gavest Me to do b. . . I have manifested Thy name unto the men which Thou gavest Me out of the world: Thine they were, and Thou gavest them Me; and they have kept Thy word '.' . .'

For I have given unto them the words which Thou gavest Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came out from Thee, and they have believed that Thou didst send Med...

And now I am no more in the world; but these are in the world, and I come to Thee.

? John xv. 13–20. a John xvii. 1. b Ibid. ver. 4.

© Ibid. ver. 6. a Ibid. ver. 8.

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