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USE. That you may pray this constantly and fera vently ; Consider,
1. We are all prone to Sin, Fer. xvii. 9. 2. None but God can keep you from it.
3. He hath promisd you to do it, Ezek. XXXVI. 26, 29.
4. But He expects that you pray for it, ifa. Xxxvii. 15,21.
5. If this be granted, you are happy.
S. MATT. vi. 13. For thine is the Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory, for ever. Amen.
THIS is call’d the Doxology, i. e. Giving T
Glory to GOD, and is the Reason or Foundation of our offering up these foregoing Petitions to God; For, or because,
I. Thine is the Kingdom; which includes His Sovereignty over all Things, Psal. Ixxxiii. 18.
1. As Creator, Rev. iv. 11.
3. As Disposer of all Things, S. Matt. x. 29, 30. Prov. xvi. 33.
II. The Power ; whereby we confess,
1. That Property whereby he can do what he will, S.Luk. i.37. Pfal.cxv. 3. and cxxxv. 6. Dicitur enim Omnipotens faciendo quod vult, non patiendo quod non vult. August. Deo nihil est impossibile, nisi quod non vult. Tertull.
2. With Means, or without, Gen. i.
. 9. and cxlviii.s. From whence it follows, that His Power is in. fnite,
1. In itself.
2. As to the Creatures, S. Matt. iii. 9. And that Nothing is impossible for God to do, but,
1. Such Things as are contrary to His Nature, 2 Tim. ii, 13
Quid ergò ei impoffibile ? non quod virtuti arduum, sed quod nature ejus contrarium. S. Ambros.
2. Or imply a Contradiction.
3. Or argue Weakness and Infirmity, Habak. i. 13. Tit. i. 2. Hebr. vi. 18.
Mentiri autem, non virtutis, fed infirmitatis eft. S. Ambrof.
III. The Glory; that is, the Honour due anto His Name; by which,
1. We acknowledge Him glorious in His own Nature, Exod. xxxiv. 6.
2. Ascribe the Glory of all Things to Him, Rev. vii, 12.
3. Confess Him to be the ultimate End of all our Prayers and Actions, 1 Cor. x. 31.
And this Kingdom, Power and Glory, we appropriate unto God, saying, Thine is the, &c.
Because none but He hath them.
Wherefore as They are due and belong to God
1. From Everlasting, Psal. xc. 2,
2. To Everlasting, Exod. iii. 14. Amen ; which fignifies,
1. The Truth of what is said, S. Luk. ix. 27. S. Matt. xvi. 28. S. Mar. ix. I.
2. Our Allent, ! Cor. xiv. 16. Deut. xxvii. 26.
3. Our Desire of what we have asked, Rev. xxii. 20. gévosto, LXX. i Chron. xvi. 36.
IV. And this Clause or Doxology is added to
1. To confirm our Faith, that we shall receive what we have desired, seeing He, to whom we
1. A King, and so possesses all Things.
3. Will have the Glory, Jer. xiv. 7. 2. To fhew that our Hope of obtaining, is to be only in God.
3. To shew that we should always add Praises to Prayers, i Chron. xxix. 11, 12, 13.
To possess our Hearts with an Holy Fear and Reverence of God.
5. To shew that God's Glory should be the End of all Petitions as well as Actions.
1. Wherefore fay this Prayer. 2. Say it constantly. 3. Say it with Fervency and Understanding:
S. MATT. vi. 33: But seek ye first the Kingdom of God
and His Righteousness, and all these Things shall be added unto you.
HE Kingdom of God and His Righteousness, must be sought in the forft
Joy in the Holy Ghost.
1. Of Sin.
2. Of Misery
H. What are we to understand by. Righteousness?
It is the Righteousness of his Gospel, whereby we are entitled to both these Kingdoms. For thereby,
1. Our Sins are mortify'd, Rom. vi. 14. 2. The contrary Graces are implanted. From 'whence it is, that,
3. Our Sins are pardon'd, Psal. xxxii. 1. 4. And our Persons justify'd, Rom. v. I.