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From the Scriptures. xiv. 13, 14. xv. 16. xvi. 23.

** I bow my knees unto the Father of our lord Jesus Christ, of Whom the whole samily in heaven and earth is named." Eph. iii. 14,

"Giving thanks always, for all things unto God, even the Father, in the name of our lord Jesus Christ." Eph. v. 20. See also ch. ii. 18. Rom. xv. 6. Col. i. 3, 12. ch. Hi. 17. James iii. 9. 1 Pet. i. 17*.

From the Com, Prayer, &c. and hearty thanks to God the Father, the son and the holy ghost, for the redemption of the world, &c." Communion service.

"It is very meet, right, and our bbunden duty, that we should, at all times and in all places, give thanks unto thee, O Lord! almighty and everlasting God, who art one God, one lord; not one only person, but three persons, in one substance. For that which we believe of the glory of

* It is said, Heb. i. 6. "when he bringeth in the "first begotten into the world, he saith, and let alj "the angels of God worship him:" and we read of particular persons worshipping our lord. But it is well known that by the term ivor/hip is not always meant religious adoration. It is frequently used to describe those marks of respect which are paid to great, characters. Some of the persons who are said to have worshipped Jesus, (Matt. viii. and ix. 18.) were jews. Now the jews paid religious worship to God only. From the Scriptures. From the Com. Prayer, Isfc.

"At that time Jesus father, the fame* we be

answered and said, I thank lieve of the son, and of

thee, O Father, lord the holy ghost, without

of heaven and earth, be- any difference or inequa

cause Thou hast hid these lity." Upon the feast of

things from the wise and trinity.

Indeed I should imagine that sew trinitarians themselves will assert that at the period when the leper or the ruler worshipped (or made obeisance to) Jesus, the doctrine of his deity was publicly taught. Consequently that worship had nothing in it of a religious nature.

It is faid, i Chron. xxix. 20. *• All the congrega"tion worshipped the lord and the king:" and in Daniel ii. 46. " that Nebuchadnezzar sell upon his face "and worshipped Daniel, and commanded that they ** should offer an oblation (or present) and sweet odours "unto him," as a mark of respect, agreeable to the eastern method of doing persons honour. Jesus also, speaks os a servant who sell down before his master, and <worJhipped\am. Matt. xviii. 26. When therefore we read that the leper 'worshipped Jesus—that his disciples, upon his ascension, worshipped him, &c. it is reasonable to understand it as meaning nothing more, than that they did him homage, as a great character, or as a divine prophet. You will be consirmed in this, upon sinding that all their religious addresses were directed to the one God, the Father of Jesus.

» If ye loved me, said the lord Jesus to his disciples, ye would rejoice, because I faid, I go unto the Father: for my Father is Greater than I. John xiv. 28.

From the Scriptures. prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes: even so Father, for so it seemed good in Thy sight." Matt. x'i. 25,

26. Luke x. 2r.

"And he—sell on his face and prayed, saying,

0 My Father, if it be possible let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as /will but as Thou wilt." Matt. xxvi. 39. See Mark xiv. 36. Luke xxii. 42. xxiii. 34. 46.

"And Jesus lift up his eyes and said, Father I thank thee that Thou hast heard,me." John xi. 41.

"Now is my soul troubled, and what shall

1 say, Father save me from this hour? but for this cause came I unto this hour. Father, glorisy shy name." John xii.

27, 28.

From the Com. Prayer,&c.

"Religious worship is to be given to God the sather, the son, and the holy ghost; and to him alone." 7he Assembly's cons es. es faith, ch. 21.

"The second part of prayer is adoration, and it contains (1.) A mention of his nature as God; and this includes his most original properties and persections: his unity of essence, that there is no other God besides him: his inconceivable subsistance in three persons, the sather, the son, and the holy spirit; which mystery of the trinity is a most proper object of our adoration and wonder since it so much surpasses our understanding."—— IPatts's Guide to prayer, p. 6.

"We must give honour to three persons in From the Scriptures.

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"Holy Father, keep, through thine own name, those whom Thou hast given me." John xvii. II. See also John xvii.

1, 3,5, *3, 2h 25. and Acts iv. 24, &c.

"Blessed be God, even the Father of our lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort, who comforteth us in all our tribulation." 2 Cor. i. 3. See also Eph. i.

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« Blessed be the God

and Father of our lord Jesus Christ, who, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." 1 Peter i. 3*

From the Com. Prayerfsc. the godhead distinctly: to the Father, the son, and the holy ghost." Henry's Method of prayer.

"Thou art the king of glory, O Christ. Thou art the everlasting son os the Father." "We therefore pray thee to help thy servants, whom thou hast redeemed with thy precious blood.— Make them to be numbered with thy saints in glory everlasting." Ti Deunu

« O God the son, redeemer of the world, have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

"O God the holy ghost, proceeding from the sather and the son, have mercy upon us miserable sinners.

* We read, Acts vii. 59. that "they stoned Stephen calling (upon God'is not in the original) and saying< Lord Jesus receive " my spirit," or breath os life, »S From the Scriptures.

"According to the will of God, the FaTher, to whom be glory for ever and ever." Gal.

i- 4, 5

"Now unto God, even our Father, be glory for ever and ever." Phil. iv. io.

"Now unto the king eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory for ever and ever." I Tim. i. 17. See also Matt. vi. 13. Luke ii. 14. Rom.

From the Com. Prayer, &c.

« O holy, blessed, and glorious trinity, three persons and one God, have mercy upon us miserab sinners.

'" Whom thou hast redeemed with thy most precious blood. By the mystery of thy holy incarnation; by thy holy nativity and circumcision ; by thy baptism, sasting and temptation ; by thy agony and bloody sweat; by thy cross and passion; by thy precious death and burial;

if he had said, " accept this sacrifice os my lise which "1 lay down for thy sake." Stephen had just seen the heavens opened, and the son of man standing at the right hand of God. The impression made by so grand a spectacle would not quickly wear off. Is it wonderful then that he should address that son of man? When we are in similar circumstances, it is to be presumed that we may do the same. Paul says to Timothy, I Tim. i. 12. "I thank Jesus Christ our lord." -But we may express our thanksulness towards any absent friend and benesactor, without directly addressing, much more without worshipping, that friend. B2

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