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THE CHRISTIAN'S FAMILY LIBRARY.

Already published: Vol. I. Luther and the Lutheran ReformATION.

By the Rev. John Scott, M.A.-Vol. I. price 6s. in cloth.

Vol. II. A Memoir of the Rev. EDWARD Payson,

D. D. late of Portland, U. S. Revised and corrected, price 5s. in cloth.

Vol. III. LUTHer and the Lutheran ReFORMATION.

By the Rev. John Scott, M.A.-Vol. II, price 6s. in cloth,

And it is intended to publish

Vol. V. Calvin, and the ReformATION IN Switzer

LAND. By the Rev. John Scott, M. A.-on the 30th of November.

PART I.

MATTHEW I. II.-LUKE I-III, 23–38.

CONTAINING A PERIOD OF THIRTY-ONE YEARS, - FROM

SIX YEARS PREVIOUS TO THE BIRTH OF CHRIST TO TWENTY-SIX YEARS SUBSEQUENT TO HIS BIRTH.

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MARK 1. 1.-LUKE J. 1-4. The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eye witnesses, and ministers of the word : it seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Let us humbly adore the Divine Goodness, that facts of so great importance as these now to be laid before us were not left to the uncertainty of oral tradition, but delivered to the church in writing, by persons who had so many opportunities of learning the truth, and have given such full proof of their integrity in relating it.-Let us be thankful that we have not only one such history, but that several undertook this excellent and necessary work, by whose united testimony the whole is confirmed ; while it is also illustrated by the variety of their narrations, each inserting some considerable circumstance which the rest have omitted. Let us rejoice in that providential care which hath preserved this invaluable treasure through so many succeeding ages, and some of them periods of the grossest darkness and the hottest persecution.

While we study this orderly series of sacred history, let us

be concerned that our faith may be established by it, and our other graces proportionably advanced; maintaining a continual dependence on that blessed Spirit, by whose instruction it was written to lead us into wise and pious reflections

upon it.

To conclude ; from the care which this holy evangelist expresseth for the edification and comfort of his friend Theophilus, let us learn to regard it as one of the most important offices of friendship to labour for the spiritual advantage of each other; by endeavouring not only to awaken and instruct those that are entirely unacquainted or unaffected with divine things, but also, as we have opportunity, to confirm the faith and quicken the zeal of the most established Christians with whom we converse. Happy the men whose tongues and whose pens are employed in so good a work : may they never, in the remotest ages, fail of some excellent Theophilus to welcome and encourage their pious attempts !

SECTION II.

Luke 1. 5—25. There was, in the days of Herod the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years. And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest's office before God in the order of his course, according to the custom of the priest's office, his lot was to burn incense, when he went into the temple of the Lord. And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense. And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord, standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias, for thy prayer is heard ; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. And thou shalt have joy and

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