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There for sinners thou art pleading; 24 " Father, I will that they
There thou dost our place prepare; Ever for us interceding,
also, whom thou hast given me, Till in glory we appear.
be with me where I am ; that Worship, honour, power, and blessing,
they may behold my glory, Thou art worthy to receive;
which thou hast given me: 'for Loudest praises, without ceasing,
thou lovedst me before the founMeet it is for us to give : Help, ye bright angelic spirits ;
dation of the world. Bring your sweetest, noblest lays ;
25 O righteous Father, the Help to sing our Saviour's merits, Help to chaunt Immanuel's praise.
world hath not known thee : but I have known thee, and
these have known that thou CCLXX. .
hast sent me.
26" And I have declared unCHAP. XVII. 20-26. to them thy name, and will
declare it: that the love' whereChrist prayeth to his Father to glorify with thou hast loved me may be his Apostles, and all other believers, with him in heaven.
in them, and I in them.
I ver. 11, 22, 23. ch. x. 16. Rom. xii.5. Gal. iii. 28. 20 Neither pray I for these
m ch, x. 38; & xiv. 11.-nch. xiv. 20. 1 John i. 3; &
ii. 24.- Col. iii, 14.-pch. xii. 26; & xiv. 3. 1 Thes. alone, but for them also which iv. 17. ver. 5.- ch. xv.21 ; & xvi. 3.-sch. vii, 29;
& viii, 55 ; & x. 15.-t ver. 8. ch. xvi. 27. ver. 6. shall believe on me through ch, xv. 15,-ch, xv. 9. their word;
READER.—That they all may be one ; 21 'That they all may be as thou, Father, art in me, and I in one; as ” thou, Father, art in thee, that they may be one in us : that me, and I in thee, that they also the world may believe that thou hast may be one in us : that the sent me.-In all the main principles
of religion, there is an universal and world may believe that thou
unanimous consent of all Christians, hast sent me.
and these are they that constitute a 22 And the glory which thou Church. Those that agree in these, gavest me I have given them; Christ is pleased to admit, for matter " that they may be one, even as of doctrine, as members of that we are one:
body, whereof he is the head : and 23 I in them, and thou in if they admit not of each other as me, that they may be made such, the fault is in the uncharita
bleness of the refusers, no less than perfect in one; and that the
in the error of the refused. And if world may know that thou hast
any vain and loose stragglers will sent me, and hast loved them, needs sever themselves, and wilfully as thou hast loved me.
choose to go ways of their own, let
them know, that the union of Christ's under his hand in the churches of Church shall consist entire without Corinth, Galatia, Ephesus, Colosse, them; this great ocean will be one Philippi, and Thessalonica ! these he collection of waters, when these labours to root out with much zeal, drops are lost in the dust. In the with no bitterness, so opposing the mean time, it highly concerns all errors, as not alienating his affection that wish well to the sacred name from the churches. These, these of Christ, to labour “ to keep the must be our precedents ; pursuing unity of the Spirit in the bond of that charge of the prime Apostle ; peace.” Eph. iv. 3.-Hall.
"Finally, be ye all of one mind, hayIn case there happen to be ing compassion one of another, love differences of opinion, concerning as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous.” points not essential, not necessary 1 Pet. iii. 8.--HALL. to salvation; this diversity may This resemblance is often used in not breed an alienation of affection. Scripture, and holds excellently well, That charity, which can cover a mul- but is little learned. Our temper titude of sins, may much more cover and carriage correspond not to it. many small dissensions of judgment. Who is there almost that finds it, We cannot hope to be all, and at all the Spirit of Christ in them, knitting times, equally enlightened. At how them to him as the common head, many and great weaknesses of judg- and one to another, as one in him, ment did it please our merciful each busy to advance him, and to seek Saviour to connive in his domestic his glory, and to promote the good of disciples ! they, that had so long sat one another ? but alas ! rather each at the sacred feet of him that spake for self, accursed self, as of an inas never man spake, were yet to seek dependent divided substance; yea, of those Scriptures, wbich had so worse, hating and tearing one another; clearly foretold his resurrection, John a monstrous sight, as if one limb of xx. 9; and, after that, were at a fault the same body should be pulling anfor the manner of his kingdom, Acts other to pieces. It signifies little to i. 6; yet he that breaks not the tell men what mutual tenderness is in bruised reed, nor quenches the smok- nature; for a thorn in the foot the ing flax, falls not harshly upon them back bows, the head stoops, the eyes for so foul an error and ignorance, look, the hands feel, and seek it and but entertains them with all loving pull it out. Christians are still so respect, not as followers only, but as rigid, so unchristian to each other, friends, John xv. 15. And his great they drive one another with the thorn Apostle, after he had spent himself sticking in, forcing their brethren to in his unwearied endeavours upon ways against the persuasions of their God's Church, and had sown the consciences.-LEIGHTON. seeds of wholesome and saving doc And the glory which thou gavest me, trine everywhere, what rank noisome I have given them.--How little do weeds of erroneous opinions rose up those men know, who are ambitious of
glory, what it really is, and how to be the work which thou gavest me to attained ? Nay, they eagerly catch at do.” (3.) The application of this the empty shadow of it, while they union, and its performance in them by avoid and turn their backs upon that their “faith,” their “believing," and glory which is real, substantial, and “keeping his word,” v. 6, 8, and in everlasting. The happiness of good several of the subsequent verses. And men, in the life to come, is not only then, lastly, (4.) the consummation of infinitely above all our expressions, this union, “I will that they whom but even beyond our most enlarged thou hast given me be with me where thoughts. By comparing, however, I am.” There meet the first donation great things with small, we attain and the last.-Leighton. some faint notion of these exalted and The soul that is in Christ, when invisible blessings, from the earthly other things are pulled away, he feels and visible enjoyments of this world. little or nothing, he cleaves to Christ, In this respect, even the Holy Scrip- and these separations pain him not. tures descend to the weakness of our Yea, when that great separatist, Death, capacities, and, as the Hebrews express comes, that breaks all other unions, it, “the law of God speaks the lan-even that of the soul and body, yet so guage of the children of men.” They far is it from separating the believer's speak of this celestial life, under the soul from its beloved Lord Jesus, that, representation of an heritage, of riches, on the contrary, it carries it into the of a kingdom, and a crown, but with nearest union with him, and fullest uncommon epithets, and such as are enjoyment of him for ever.-LEIGHby no means applicable to any earthly TON. glory, or opulence, however great. It Doubt not then, O my soul, but is an inheritance, but one that is un- thou shalt once see, besides the face corrupted, undefiled, and that fadeth of thy God, whose glory fills heaven not away: a kingdom, but one that and earth, the blessed spirits of the can never be shaken, much less ruined. ancient Patriarch and prophets; the -LEIGHTON.
Holy Apostles and Evangelists ; the Father, I will that they also whom glorious Martyrs and Confessors ; thou hast given me be with me where those eminent saints, whose holiness I am; that they may behold my glory, thou wert wont to magnify; and, which thou hast given me. The four amongst them, those in whom nature steps of the union which subsists be- and grace have especially interested tween believers and Christ are all thee : thou shalt see them, and enjoy distinctly expressed in this prayer of their joy, and they thine. How often our Lord.
Here we have, (1.) God's have I measured a long and foul purpose that the Son should give journey to see some good friend; and “eternal life to those whom he hath digested the tediousness of the way, given him,” v. 2. (2.) The Son's with the expectation of a kind enterundertaking and accomplishing their tainment, and the thought of that redemption, in v. 4, "I have finished complacency which I should take in
so dear a presence ! and yet, perhaps, trayed him, knew the place : when I have arrived, I have found the for Jesus ofttimes resorted house disordered, one sick, another thither with his disciples. disquieted, myself indisposed : with
3 Judas then, having rewhat cheerful resolution should I undertake this my last voyage, where I
ceived a band of men and offishall meet my best friends, and find cers from the chief priests and them perfectly happy, and myself with Pharisees, cometh thither with them !-HALL.
lanterns and torches and weaHYMN.
4 Jesus therefore, knowing Join'd in one Spirit to our Head, Where he appoints we go;
all things that should come And still in Jesu's footsteps tread,
upon him, went forth, and said And spread his praise below.
unto them, Whom seek ye? Oh, may we ever walk in him,
5 They answered him, Jesus And nothing know beside ; Nothing desire, nothing esteem,
of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto But Jesus crucified.
them, I am he. And Judas Nor joy, nor grief, nor time, nor place, also, which betrayed him, stood
Nor life, nor death, can part Those who, enjoying Jesu’s grace,
with them. In him are one in heart.
6 As soon then as he had Soon will he wipe off ev'ry tear
said unto them, I am he, they On Canaan's blissful shore ;
went backward, and fell to the Where all who friends in Jesus are, Shall meet to part no more.
ground. Wesley. 7 Then asked he them again,
Whom seek ye? And they
said, Jesus of Nazareth. & CCLXXI.
8 Jesus answered, I have told CHAP. XVIII. 1-11.
you that I am he: if therefore
ye seek me, let these go their Judas betrayeth Jesus. The officers way: fall to the ground. Peter smiteth off
9 That the saying might be Malchus' ear.
fulfilled, which he spake, Of WHEN Jesus had spoken these them which thou gavest me words, he went forth with his have I lost none. disciples over the brook Ce 10 Then Simon Peter havdron, where was a garden, into ing a sword drew it, and smote the which he entered, and his the high priest's servant, and disciples.
cut off his right ear. The ser2 And Judas also, which be- vant's name was Malchus.
a Mat. xxvi. 36. Mark xiv, 32. Luke xxii. 39.-02 Sam. xv. 23.-c Luke xxi. 37; & xxii. 39.-d Mat. xxvi. 47. Mark xiv. 43. Luke xxii. 47. Acts i. 16.-e ch. xvii. 12.-f Mat. xxvi. 51. Mark xiv. 47. Luke xxii, 49, 50. & Mat, xx. 22; & xxvi. 39, 42.
11 Then said Jesus unto Pe- that other disciple, which was ter, Put up thy sword into the known unto the high priest, sheath : " the cup which my and spake unto her that kept Father hath given me, shall I the door, and brought in Peter. not drink it ?
17 Then saith the damsel that kept the door unto Peter, Art not thou also one of this
man's disciples ? He saith, I See Matthew XXVI. 47–56. am not. § LXXXV.
18 And the servants and officers stood there, who had
made a fire of coals; for it was NCCLXXII.
cold : and they warmed them.
selves : and Peter stood with CHAP. XVIII. 12-27. them, and warmed himself.
19 | The high priest then Jesus is taken, and led unto Annas and asked Jesus of his disciples, Caiaphas. Peter's denial. Jesus eramined and of his doctrine. before Caiaphas.
20 Jesus answered him, “I 12 Then the band and the spake openly to the world; I captain and officers of the Jews ever taught in the synagogue, took Jesus, and bound him, and in the temple, whither the
13 And · led him away to Jews always resort ; and in Annas first; for he was father secret have I said nothing. in law to Caiaphas, which was 21 Why askest thou me? the high priest that same year.' ask them which heard me, what
14 Now Caiaphas was he I have said unto them : behold, which gave counsel to the Jews, they know what I said. that it was expedient that one 22 And when he had thus man should die for the people. spoken, one of the officers which
15 I 'And Simon Peter fol- stood by struck Jesus' with lowed Jesus, and so did an- the palm of his hand, saying, other disciple : that disciple was Answerest thou the high priest known unto the high priest, so ? and went in with Jesus into 23 Jesus answered him, If the palace of the high priest. I have spoken evil, bear wit
16 But Peter stood at the ness of the evil: but if well, door without. Then went out why smitest thou me?