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And numes.--Above it stood the seraphims : each one had six wings ; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.- Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come.- For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers : all things were created by him, and for him.- Who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels, and author. ities, and powers being made subject unto him. Is. 6. 2. Eph. 1. 20, 21. Col. 1. 16.1 Pet. 3. 22. • They are elect--I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things, without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. 1 Tim. 5. 21.
Holy—The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation ; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the LAMB. Rev. 14. 10.
Spirits,--And of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flame of fire. Heb. 1. 7. * Excelling in strength,--Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. Ps. 103. 20.
In wisdom-To fetch about this form of speech hath thy servant Joab done this thing: and my Lord is wise, according to the wisdom of an angel of God, to know all things that are in the earth. 2 Sam. 14. 20.
And in utterance.—Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal. 1 Cor. 13. 1.
They contemplate Gospel mysteries,-Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven ; which things the angels desire to look into.- To the intent that'now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God. 1 Pet. 1. 12. Eph. 3. 10.
Reveal God's will,- And he said unto me, O Daniel, a man greatly beloved, understand the words that I speak unto thee, and stand upright: for unto thee am I now sent. And when
he had spoken this word unto me, 1 stood trembling - Then said I, O my Lord, what are these? And the angel that talked with me said unto me, I will shew thee what these be. Dan. 10. 11. Zech. 1. 9.
And rejoice at the conversion of sinners. Likewise, I say, unto you, There is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth. Luke 15. 10.
They minister to saints,-Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation ? Heb. 1. 14.
And inflict judgments on the wicked.He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them. Ps. 78. 49.
They ministered to Jesus on earth,—Then the devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him. Mat. 4. 11.
And will attend him in the Judgment.-And to you, who are troubled, rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels. 2 Thes. 1. 7.
They worship the Father,-And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts : the whole earth is full of his glory. Is. 6.3.
And the Son.-And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him.- And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels round about the throne, and the beasts, and the elders : and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands ; Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the LAMB that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing, Heb. 1. 6. Rev. 5. 11, 12.
NOTE Q. THE LORD'S PRAYER ILLUSTRATED. QUR FATHER, Doubtless thou art our Father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our Father, our Redeemer; thy name is from everlasting. Is. 63. 16.
By right of creation,Have we not all one Father ? hath not one God created us? why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers? Mal. 2. 10.
By bountiful prorision,-Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. Ps. 145. 16.
By gracious adoption... Having predestinated us unto the
adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. Eph. 1.5.
WHO ART IN HEAVEN, Hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and do according to all that the stranger calleth to thee for : that all people of the earth may know thy name, to fear thee, as do thy people Israel ; and that they may know that this house which I have builded is called by thy name. 1 Kings 8. 43.
The throne of thy glory,—Thus saith the Lord, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: where is the house that ye built unto me? and where is the place of my rest ? Is. 66. 1.
The portion of thy children,-To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you. 1 Pet. 1. 4.
The temple of thy angels.-In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple. Is. 6. 1.
HALLOWED BE THY NAME. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake. Ps. 115. 1.
By the thoughts of our hearts.-Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth : unite my heart to fear thy name. Ps. 86. 11.
By the words.of our lips--O Lord, open thou my lips, and my. mouth shall shew forth thy praise. Ps. 51. 15.
By the works of our hands.--Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. 1 Cor 10. 31.
THY KINGDOM COME. The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies. Ps. 110. 2.
of providence to defend us,-Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings. Ps. 17. 8.
Of grace to refine us,-And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly ; and I pray God your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. i Thes. 5. 23.
Of glory to crown us.—When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Col. 3. 4.
THY WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN. And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be done. Acts 21. 14.
Towards us without resistance,- And Samuel told him every whit, and hid nothing from him. And he said, It is the Lord: let him do what seemeth him good. 1 Sam. 3. 18.
By us without compulsion,-Incline my heart unto thy testimonies, and not to covetousness. Ps. 119. 36.
Universally without exception.—And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. Luke 1. 6.
Eternally without declension. I will never forget thy precepts: for with them thou hast quickened me. I have inclined mine heart to perform thy statutes always, even unto the end. Ps. 119. 93, 112.
GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD. Of necessily, for our bodies -Remove far from me vanity and lies ; give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me. Prov. 30. 8.
Of eternal life, for our souls. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world. Then said they unto him, Lord, evermore give us this bread. And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life : he that cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me, shall never thirst. John 6. 33–35.
AND FORGIVE US OUR TRESPASSES, For thy name's sake, O Lord, pardon mine iniquity; for it is great. Ps. 25. 11.
Against the commands of thy law,—Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law; for sin is the transgression of the law. 1 John 3. 4.
Against the grace of thy Gospel.—Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief. 1 Tim. 1. 13.
As WE FORGIVE THEM THAT TRESPASS AGAINST US.. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Mat. 6. 15.
By defaming our characlers, -Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Mat. 5. 11.
By embeesling our property, -If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee aught, put that on mine account. Philem. 18.
By abusing our persons.-And he kneeled down and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep. Acts 7. 60.
AND LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION, BUT DELIVER US FROM EVIL.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation : the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak. Mat. 26. 41.
Of overwhelming affliction,Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord. Ps. 130. 1.
Of worldly enticements, Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 1 John 2. 15.
Of Satan's devices,—Moreover, he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil. 1 Tim. 3. 7.
Of error's seduction,-For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Tim. 6. 10.
Of sinful affections.-For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections. For even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. Rom. 1. 26.
FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM, AND THE POWER, AND THE GLORY, FOR EVER.
To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen. Jude 25.
Thy kingdom governs all,—The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over all. Ps. 103. 19.
Thy power subdues all, Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Phil. 3. 21.
Thy glory is above all.-Let them praise the name of the Lord: for his name alone is excellent ; his glory is above the earth and heaven. Ps. 148. 13.
AMEN. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Eph. 1. 11.
As it is in thy purposes, -For the Lord of hosts hath purposed, and who shall disannul it? and his hand is stretched out, and who shall turn it back? Is. 14. 27.
So it is in thy promises,-For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 2 Cor. 1. 20.
So be it in our prayers, He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly: Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Rev. 22. 20.
So it shall be to thy praise. And the four and twenty elders and the four beasts fell down and worshipped God that sat on the throne, saying, Amen; Alleluia. Rev. 19. 4.
FANCH. FROM BERNARD'S THESAURUS.
NOTE R. The certainty that promised blessings will be received, quickens real Christians to pray for them.
In the first year of Darius the son of Ahasuerus, of the seed