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St. Paul's thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan, sent
to prevent his being exalted above measure, considered
and explained; with several practical observations drawn
from that subject.
2 Cor. xii. 7, 8, 9.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the
abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a
thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me,
lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing
I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from
me. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for
thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
What that worthiness is, and wherein it consists, which is
required of those that shall be partakers of the future
Rev. iii. 4.
And they shall walk with me in white, for they are worthy.
That the poverty of the first preachers of the gospel was
designed by Providence to convince the world of their
sincerity; and that even persons divinely inspired, and
ministers of God, did not so wholly depend upon divine
inspiration, but that they made use also of the ordinary
help and means, such as reading of books, with study
and meditation on them, for their assistance in the dis-
charge of their office.
2 Tim. iv. 13.
The cloke that I left at Troas with Carpus, when thou
comest, bring with thee, and the books, but especially the
Prescribed forms of prayer in the public worship of God,
practised from the very beginning of Christianity, and
are not only ancient, but useful and necessary upon
1 Tim. ii. 1, 2.
I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers,
intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all
men ; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that
we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness