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A. A doxology, or conclusion: for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

2. Q. What do you mean by a doxology?

A. A form of giving glory, and praise, and honour to God. Tim. i. 17. Now unto the King elernal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen. Rev. v. 12. Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. vii. 12. Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God, for ever and ever. Amen.

PROOF SUBJOINED.-1 Chron. xxix. 11. Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O Lord, and thou art exalted as head above all.

3. Q. Why was this doxology here added by our Saviour ?

A. To shew us that all the religious service we pay to God, whether we pray, confess, give thanks, or whatever we do, we ought to design it all to his glory. It was also added to keep up in our minds a due sense of the reason we have both to pray to God for all the things we have before considered ;

and to expect a suitable return of them at his hands.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-1 Cor. x. 31. Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Col. iii. 17. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him. 1 Pet. iv. 11. If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God: if any man minister, let him do it as of the

ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion, for ever and ever. Psalm xcvi. 7, 8, 9, 10. Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people, give unto the Lord glory and strength. Give unto the Lord the honour due unto his name: bring an offering, and come into his courts; 0 worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness : fear before him all the earth.

4. Q. How does this doxology shew that we ought to ask these things of God?

A. Very plainly: for because God is the King of all the world, therefore he ought to be applied to by all his creatures. Because his is the power; he is able both to hear and to answer our requests; therefore of him it is most fit to desire whatsoever we stand in need of. Because his is the glory of all our religious invocation; ('tis a worship that peculiarly belongs to God, as distinguished from the creature,) therefore to him only ought we to make our prayers, and not to any other.

PROOFS SUBJOINED. Psalm xxii. 28. For the kingdom is the Lord's, and he is the governor among the nations. 2 Chron. xx. 6. And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the Lord, before the new court. And said, O Lord God of vur Fathers, art not thou God in heaven ? Anil rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? And in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?

5. Q. How does this dowology encourage us to hope that we shall receire what we ask of God? A. Because we do hereby profess to believe that

ort, what we desire; and the things we ask are so much for his own glory, as well as our advantage, that we ought not to doubt but that we shall receive them from him.

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6. Q. After what manner do we acknowledge these excellences to be in God?

A. In a supereminent manner beyond what they are, or can be, in any one besides. Others may have authority, but as derived from him who only is the supreme King over all the earth: others may have power, but God only is Almighty. Others may have glory, a majesty suitable to their station and character in the world ; but to God only belongs the excellency of divine honour and worship. To him only is prayer and religious invocation to be made: he only is either capable of it, or can pretend any right to it.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Psalm xcvi. 7,8,9. As above. Dap. ii. 37, 47. Thou, O king', art a king of kings: for the God of heaven hath given thee a kingdom, power, and strength, and glory. The king answered unto Daniel, and said, Of a truth it is that your

God is a God of gods, and a Lord of kings. iv. 3, 34. How great are his signs, and how mighty are his wonders! his kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion is from generalion to generation. And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the Most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation. 1 Tim. i. 17. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever.

7. Q. Why do you to this doxology add for ever and erer?

A. To shew that these divine perfections and preroyatires did always belong to God, and will always continue to belong in this singular manner to him.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Phil, iv. 20. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. I Tim. vi. 17. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. 2 Tim. iv. 18. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Pet. iv. 11. That God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion, for ever and ever. Amen.

8. Q. What does amen import?

A. It is a word of wish and approbation; and denotes our assent to that to which it is subjoined, with an earnest desire of its accomplishment. So that putting its several sigoifications together, it is as much as if we should say, God of his goodness grant what I have here prayed for; and so I trust he will do of his mercy towards me through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Numb, v. 22. And this water that causeth the curse shall go into thy bowels, lo make thy belly to swell, and thy thigh to rot: and the woman shall say, Amen, amen.

1 Kings, i. 36. And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, answered the king, and said, Amen. Jer. xxviii. 6. Even the prophet Jeremiah said Amen: the Lord do so; the Lord perform thy

words which thou hast prophesied, to bring again the vessels of the Lord's house, and all that is carried away captive from Babylon into this place. i Cor. xiv. 16. Else when thou shalt bless with the Spirit, how shall he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at the giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest. 2 Cor. i. 20. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

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