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themselves the words of St. Paul: "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal." Surely these are thoughts well suited to this day, wherein we commemorate the holy apostle, so early called, not alone to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, but also to suffer for Him; to drink of His cup (of suffering), to be baptized with His baptism (of blood). He, by God's grace, obeyed that first call to be a disciple," leaving his father, and all that he had, without delay, he was obedient to the calling of Jesus Christ, and followed Him;" and so God counted him worthy of that second call, to be a martyr for Christ, and gave him strength and grace to obey, and to follow that call also, and so, the first of the apostolic company, to enter into his rest and receive his crown. May we learn from him, and, after our measure, follow his pattern. May we, as becomes Christian persons, "forsake all worldly and carnal affec
tions, and be evermore ready to follow" God, and to keep and to do "His holy commandments." This is our plain duty, this it is unto which we are called by our Christian profession. And if, by God's grace, we be careful and watchful to do this, in the daily duties and daily trials of life; if we make duty, and conscience, and the will of God, our rule of life,-not ease, or comfort, or riches, or any interest or affection even of this life, then we may trust that God will yet further help us onwards in our path; that we may still go from strength to strength, from lesser to greater duties; from lesser to greater self-denials, until we be fitted, if God so will, even to suffer for God, and for His truth; and, like the blessed apostle, to drink of Jesus Christ's cup, and to be baptized with His baptism. But this is a height of grace not to be attained at once, but, if at all, by slow degrees; by lowly, and humble, and dutiful obedience to God's calls, in lesser matters; by such self-denials as He puts into our hearts to use, in the details of daily life; by taking up and bearing our cross, and by crucifying the flesh with its affections and lusts. Such is the Christian course, in its earlier stages, -such is God's earlier call to us; and blessed indeed are we, if we so listen to and obey that
earlier call, as to be counted worthy at the last of that higher call, to leave all, if so be, and to suffer all, for Christ's sake; even as the holy apostle of this day was called, at the first to be a disciple, then to be an apostle, and at the last to be a martyr for Christ.
JOHN HENRY PARKER, OXFORD AND LONDON.
Sermons for the Christian Seasons.
MISSIONS OF THE APOSTOLIC CHURCH.
Ps. xix. 4. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.
THESE words of David (wherein he would seem to speak, in the first place, of the witness which the whole creation, the works of God, bear to their Creator: "The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth His handywork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world”) are by St. Paul, in his Epistle to the Romans, ch. x., applied to the preaching of the gospel by the apostles; and therefore was this Psalm, the xixth, from early times, set apart for the festivaldays of the holy apostles; even as the early fathers of the Church, who had learnt in all
things to trace Christ and His Church, were used to expound it of their preaching, and of their witness to the gospel. And thus the words of the text may preface what I have to say concerning the life and labours of St. Bartholomew.
Now that St. Bartholomew was of the number of the twelve, was one of " the glorious company of the apostles," we have the express witness of holy Scripture; and that, (as one of the twelve,) he "continued" with our Lord “in His temptations; waited on His ministry; heard His discourses; saw His miracles; was a witness to His resurrection and ascension; received His commission to preach His gospel, to baptize in His name, to consecrate and offer up the holy Eucharist, to absolve, to confirm, to ordain; we have the express witness of holy Scripture, that St. Bartholomew had, and exercised, all these. But it is not so certain that we have in holy Scripture express and separate mention of St. Bartholomew; although, on a comparison of passages, it would seem in the highest degree probable; and, as such, has been received by nearly all Christian writers.
It has been generally believed that St. Bartholomew is the same as Nathaniel, of whom we read in the first chapter of St. John's Gospel;