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stronger than he ? All things sharers of heathen sacrifices, and are lawful for me, but all partakers of the one great Christian things are not expedient: all sacrifice.” things are lawful for me, but

24 The apostle was studying the all things edify not. 24 Let good of others * no man seek his own, but every man another's wealth. Whatsoever is sold in the shambles, that eat, asking no question for conscience sake : for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof. If any of them that believe not bid you to a feast, and ye be disposed to go; whatsoever is set before you, eat, asking no question for con- 28 In matters of indifference, ab science sake. But if any stain or not, as duty seems to direet man say unto you, This is you ; and as you avoid wounding the offered in sacrifice unto idols, conscience of some weaker brother. eat not for his sake that showed it, and for conscience sake : for the earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof : conscience, I say, not thine own, but of the other : for why is my liberty judged of another man's conscience ? For if I by grace be a partaker, why am I evil spoken of for that for which I give thanks ? Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. Give none offence, neither to the Jews, nor to the Gentiles, nor to the church of God: even as I please all men in all things, not seeking mine own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

What so amiable as self-denial, in matters which involve no principle of rectitude ; but which, done or left undone, as it may happen, would give pain or gratification to others? Our truest comfort and highest advantages are derived from promoting the happiness and good of others.

CHAPTER XI.

JAN. 30, May 28, SEPT. 26. Be ye followers of me, even 1 Precept may instruct-example as I also am of Christ, Now animates. I praise you, brethren, that ye remember me in all things, and keep the ordinance, as I de

3 The apostle points out certain livered them to you. But proprieties in public worship, the I would have you know, that

observance of which was necessary the head of every man is

to edification—the neglect, produe

tive of shame. Christ; and the head of the

* The veil, which covered the head, woman is the man; and the was the proper covering for women; head of Christ is God. *Every therefore dishonouring a man if he man praying or prophesying,

wore it.
Refer to note ver. 15 of the former chapter.

having his head covered, dishonoureth his head. But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head : for that is even all one as if she were shaven. For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn : but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered. For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man. Neither was the man created for the woman ; but

10 The woman should wear the the woman for the man. 1o For

veil, which betokens the power of this cause ought the woman her husband-a power to which she to have power on her head was by divine authority subjected, because of the angels. Ne

because she fell by the temptation of

the wicked angel *. vertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord. For as the woman is of the man, even so is the man also by the woman ; but all things of God. Judge in yourselves : is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered ? Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her : for her hair is given her for a covering. But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God. Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you ; and I 19 This evil was permitted, as other partly believe it." For there evils, to be the trial of good and must be also heresies among

holy men. you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. 20 When ye come

20 The Corinthians turned the sotogether therefore into one lemn spiritual feast of the Lord's place, this is not to eat the Supper into a carnal feast-eating Lord's supper.

and drinking, till they were drunken. ing every one taketh before other his own supper : and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise

For in eat

23 In how beautiful a contrast does you not. 23 For I have re- St. Paul depict the calm and digni

* See Gen. iii. 16.

ceived of the Lord that which fied manner which marked the first also I delivered unto you,

institution of that holy ordinance. That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread : and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat : this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also

25 Do you neglect the holy sacra

ment! Where then is your love, he took the cup, when he had your gratitude, your devotedness to supped, saying, This cup is the Friend who died in your stead, the new testament in my and who asks this token of your reblood : this do ye, as oft as

membrance of Him - Is your heart

dead to gratitude ? ye drink it, in remembrance

For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death 27 You cannot wonder that rud an till he come. 27 Wherefore unworthy communicant heaped sin whosoever shall eat this bread, upon sin—defying his God ! and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body, For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

31 Our Church prepares us fe would judge ourselves, we worthily communicating, in the true should not be judged. But spirit of this counsel *. when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my

of me.

31 For if we

• We can hardly imagine any thing more reverent, more solemn, more affecting, than the scene presented by a congregation of communicants in our Church. The holy calm which marks the hour; the beautiful service prepared for it; the devout bearing of the worshippers ; the union, in love and charity, of friends and neighbours-rich and poor, great and lowly, learned and unlearned-all met together before Him who is the Maker of them all ; each one confessing his sins before the same God and Father, imploring pardon from the same merciful Redeemer, looking for consolation to the same holy Comforter; trusting for salvation to Him alone, of whose body and blood spiritually they partake, “ to the strengthening and refreshing of their souls, as their bodies by the bread and wine”—Christians so assembled, and actuated by such a spirit, surely, though they justly confess themselves unworthy in God's sight, need not fear the charge of that unworthiness which St. Paul here fixes upon the profane Corinthians, and against which he so strongly denounces condemnation. This chapter therefore is not to deter you from attending the holy sacrament. Remember our Lord's special command— Do this.” Then, read, and with prayer meditate upon, the invitation given in our Communion service ; and prepare yourself accordingly. (See the Address to Communicants, “ Ye that do truly and earnestly repent," &e.)

brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come.

CHAPTER XII.

JAN. 31, May 29, SEPT. 27.

MONDAY IN WHITSUN-WEEK, morning. I Now concerning spiritual 1 To the early Church were given gifts, brethren, I would not special spiritual gifts.

2 Wert thou once in sin, and now have you ignorant. 2 Ye

art thou a Christian indeed ? rememknow that ye were Gentiles, ber thy past misery ; so shalt thou carried away unto these dumb feel more gratefully thy present joy. idols, even as ye were led. Wherefore I give you to understand, that no man speaking by the Spirit of God calleth Jesus accursed: and that no man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. ? But the manifestation of the

7 To each of us is given spiritual Spirit is given to every man strength according to our need. “As to profit withal. * For to one thy days, 80 shall be thy strength.” is given by the Spirit the 8 Wisdom to teach, knowledge to word of wisdom; to another comprehend. the word of knowledge by the • Faith to receive healing, both of

soul and body. same Spirit ; ' to another faith by the same Spirit; to another the gifts of healing hy the same Spirit ; 10 to another

10 Prophecy, to foresee trials and the working of miracles ; to

supports ; a discerning mind, to disanother prophecy; to another tinguish between the operations of discerning of spirits ; to the Spirit of God, and the workings another divers kinds of of evil spirits, or the vainer imagi

nations of men ; the gift of tongues, tongues; to another the in

to address foreigners; and the interterpretation of tongues :

tongues : pretation of tongues, to understand 11 but all these worketh that them. one and the selfsame Spirit,

11 But to God alone be glory for

these his gifts. dividing to every man severally as he will. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free ; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. is If the foot shall say, Be- 15 How instructive is this illustracause I am not the hand, I tion of the duty of contentedness in am not of the body; is it

our several stations ! therefore not of the body? And if the ear shall say, Because I am not the eye, I am not of the body ; is it therefore not of the body? If the whole body were an eye, where were the hearing ? If the whole were hearing, where were the smelling? 18 But now hath God set the

18 The different members of society, members every one of them high and low, rich and poor, like the in the body, as it hath pleas- different members of the body, are ed him. And if they were

appointed to their several offices by all one member, where were

the providence of God. the body? But now are they many members, yet but one body.

21 And the eye can- 21 The wise and the unwise, the not say unto the hand, I

great and the lowly, depend mohave no need of thee : nor

tually the one upon the other für again the head to the feet, I their well-doing. The former there have no need of you. Nay, fore must put away vain pride, the

latter, vain discontent. much more those members of the body, which seem to be more feeble, are necessary: and those members of the body, which we think to be less honourable, upon these we bestow more abundant honour ; and our uncomely parts have more abundant comeliness. For our comely parts have no need : but God hath tempered the body together, having given more abundant honour to that part which lacked: that there should be no schism in the body ; but that the members should have the same

26 How true is this in all societiescare one for another. And

in a nation, in a church, in a family. whether one member suffer, all the members suffer with it; or one member be honoured, all the members rejoice with it. Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in par- 28 Let not then any envy the apoticular. 28 And God hath set stles, or be jealous of their authority. some in the church, first That authority is of God! who shall apostles, secondarily pro

dare impugn it ? phets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Are all apostles ? are all prophets ? are all teachers ? are all workers of miracles? have all the gifts of healing ? do all speak with tongues? do all interpret ? 31 Each individual should rather

But covet earnestly the best strive to attain for himself the one gifts: and yet shew I unto thing needful-salvation for his soul. you a more excellent way.

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