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ment, when temporal sufferings shall be compensated by eternal jov, and they who were not ashamed of their crucified Saviour before men, shall find that He will not be ashamed of them, before God.
FEB. 9, JUNE 8, Oct. 6. And he said unto them, Verily I say unto you, that there be some of them that stand here which shall not taste of death till they have seen the kingdom of God come with power. ? And after six days Jesus ,
2 As these three Apostles were to taketh with him Peter, and witness his agony, he thus graciously James, and John, and leadeth prepares their minds to bear, in them up into an high moun faith, the sight of that humiliation, tain apart by themselves: by first permitting them to behold
the glories of his transfiguration. and he was transfigured be- we fore them. And his raiment became shining, exceeding white as snow; so as no fuller on earth can white them. And there appeared unto them Elias with Moses: and they were talking with Jesus. And Peter answered and said to Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here; and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias. For he wist not what to say; for they were sore afraid. ? And there was a cloud ? This cloud of glory, like the mysthat overshadowed them: teries of the Gospel, veiled the preand a voice came out of the sence of the mighty Lord. The cloud, saying, This is my be
command—“Hear Him”- proves,
that the Law and the Prophets yield loved Son; hear him. And their authority to Christ. Of the suddenly, when they had Prophets, he is the fulfilment-of looked round about, they saw the Law, the perfection. no man any more, save Jesus only with themselves. And as they came down from the mountain he charged them that they should tell no man what things they had seen, till the Son of man were risen from the dead. 10 The most unlearned Christian 19 And they kept that saying knows, that as Christ rose from the with themselves, questioning dead, so shall we rise. Blessed be one with another what the His rising from the dead should mean. And they asked him, saying, Why say the scribes that Elias must first come? 12 And he answered and told 12 John Baptist was the Elias, them, Elias verily cometh spoken of by Malachi iv. 5. first, and restoreth all things, and how it is written of the Son of man, that he must suffer many things, and be set at nought. But I say unto you, that Elias is indeed come, and they have done unto him whatsoever they listed, as it is written
of him. And when he came to his disciples he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them. And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and, running to him, saluted him. And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them! And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit; and wheresoever he taketh him he teareth him ; and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him 9 Who shall wonder that he was out; and they could not. indignant, when after seeing so many 19 He answereth him and miracles, they yet doubted his power. saith, O faithless generation ! how long shall I be with you! how long shall I suffer you? Bring him unto me. And they brought him unto him : and, when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground and wallowed, foaming. And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said of a child. And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him : but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things 'are possible to him 24 Howoften do we need this prayer, that believeth. 24 And straight- for strengthened faith, in our bour way the father of the child of need, even when we are looking cried out, and said with tears. to God for deliverance. Lord, I believe ; help thou mine unbelief. When Jesus saw that the people came running together he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee come out of him, and enter no more into him. And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him : and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said. He is dead. 27 It is only by the word and spirit
of Christ, that we can be raised, 27 But Jesus took him by the
calm and free, from the agitating hand, and lifted him up; and fears of a worldly course, and a he arose. And when he was troubled mind. come into the house his disciples asked him privately, Why could not we cast him out? 29. And be said unto them, 29 ( what hours of deep and fer This kind can come forth by vent prayer did the Saviour give, to nothing but by prayer and gain help in the great work he had fasting. And they departed undertaken. thence, and passed through Galilee; and he would not that any man should know it. For he taught his disciples, and said unto them, The Son of man is delivered into the hands of men,
and they shall kill him; and, after that he is killed, he shall rise the third day. But they understood not that saying, and were afraid to ask him. And he came to Capernaum : and, being in the house, he asked them, What was it that ye disputed among yourselves by the way? But they held their peace : for by the way they had disputed among themselves who should be the greatest. And he sat down, and called the welve, and saith unto them, If any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. And he took a child, and set him in the midst of them : and, when he had taken him in his arms, he 37 He teaches the necessity of a said unto them, 37 Whosoever child-like readiness in receiving the shall receive one of such mysteries of the Gospel, and obeying children in my name, re- its precepts. ceiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me, receiveth not me, but him that sent me. And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us; and we forbade him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not ; for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part. 41 For whosoever shall give 41 The religion of Christ is a religion you a cup of water to drink of motives.- It is not the extent of in my name, because ye be a kindness, but the motive which long to Christ, verily I say
actuates it, by which it will be judged
of God. unto you, he shall not lose
42 They who to show their conhis reward. 42 And whoso
whoso- tempt of religion, despise its ordiever shall offend one of these nances, its ministers, and its follittle ones that believe in me, lowers-would do well to heed this it is better for him that a warning. millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea. 43 And if thy hand 43 Whatever is wrong in our hearts offend thee, cut it off : it is and conduct, though dear to us as a better for thee to enter life hand, or an eye, must be removed. maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off : it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell-fire: Where their worm dieth not, and the fire 49 As, under the law, every meatis not quenched. 19 For offering was to be seasoned with every one shall be salted with salt, so must we be influenced by the
graces of God's Spirit. That it is. fire, and every sacrifice shall
which must purify us—preserving be salted with salt. 5° Salt us from the corruptions of the world. is good: but if the salt have 60 He reminds his ministers espelost his saltness, wherewith cially, that they are as the salt of the will ye season it ? Have earth.—They are themselves to be salt in yourselves, and have pure, and to save others from the
corruptions of the world around peace one with another.
by the farther side of Jordan ; and the people resort unto him again : and, as he was wont, he taught them again. And the Pharisees came to him, and asked him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife ? tempting him. And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you? And they said, Moses suffered to write a bill of divorcement, and to put her away. 5 And Jesus an- 5 Some search the Scriptures, only swered and said unto them, to find difficulties at which they may For the hardness of your carp and cavil. This is to tempt God heart he wrote you this pre
pre for these Scriptures are his gift. cept. But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. For this 7 Woman owes her present rank in cause shall a man leave his society to the beneficial influence of father and mother, and cleave the Gospel *. to his wife; and they twain shall be one flesh : so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder. And in the house his disciples asked him again of the same matter. And he saith unto them, Whosoever shall put away his wife, and marry another, committeth adultery against her. And if a woman shall put away her husband, and be married to another, she committeth adultery. " And 13 They believed virtue to be in his they brought young children very touch. He deduces a general to him, that he should touch instruction from that belief +.
* Where Christianity is unknown, woman's is a degraded lot. It was left for the Gospel to place her as the intellectual and moral helpmate of man. This forms an added motive for her grateful piety. God himself enjoins upon man a consideration for the welfare and happiness of his wife above even the highest natural duties which had before devolved upon him.(See Acts viii. 16.) + You will recollect that this passage of scripture is introduced into
them : and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the 15 A good mind, the wider be its kingdom of God. 15 Verily range of knowledge, cherishes the I say unto you, Whosoever more humble and childlike simplishall not receive the kingdom city, in receiving the mysteries of the of God as a little child, he kingdom of God. shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them. And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do, that I may inherit eternal life? 18 Our Saviour teaches this person 1$ And Jesus said unto him, that, if he really considered him so Why callest thou me good ? good, he ought at once to acknowthere is none good but one. ledge him as the Lord. Matt. xix. 17. that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth. Then Jesus beholding him, loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest : go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions. And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter 24 Mark the gracious limitation to into the kingdom of God! the danger of riches ! Not the pos“* And the disciples were as session of them, but the trusting in tonished at his words. But them, makes it hard for a rich man Jesus answereth again, and
and to enter into the kingdom of heaven *. saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the 25 This proverbial saying expresses kingdom of God! 25 It is extreme difficulty. easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved ? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With
our baptismal service, as an encouragement to those who are then engaged in the good work of bringing infants to Christ.
* Art thou rich ? give plenteously. Amid other luxuries which your means and station allow, do not forget the highest luxury, of doing good. Deprive not yourself of that!