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Ch. 14. The Parable of St. Luke. thegreat Supper. C11.14' a r. So that fervantcame and fhew- ed his lord thefe things. Then the mailer of the houfe being an- gry, laid to his fervant, Go out quickly into the ftreets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the 'poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. 22. And the fervant laid, Lord it is done as thou haft commanded, and yet there is room. 21, 22. God was angry with the Jews, and fent his Minders to call the Gentiles whom the Jews defpifed as prophanc. 23. And the Lord Paid unto the fervant, Go out into the high-ways, and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my houfe may be fil- led. 23. Go to the moft barbarous remote Na- tions, and call them into the Church, and be importunate wish them, and take no denial, that my Church may be Catholick and enlar- ged. 24. For I fay unto you, that none of thofe men which were bidden, shall tafte of mÿ (upper. 24. Thofe refuting Jews, that were first cited , (hall not come into the Church of Chrift. 25. And there went great multi-' tudes with him : and he turned, and faid unto them. 26. If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and lifters, yea, and his own life alto, he cannot be my difciple. 25, 26. If he love them not leis than my Kingdom, and cannot for it forlike them ; as men do a hated thing. Note; This difobligeth none from natural af- feaion and duty; but Chrift tnult be prefer. red. 27. And whofoever cloth not bear his crofs, and come after me, cannot be my difciple. 27. He that cannot Puffer for me, and for Salvation, but lets more by his life, can be no true Difcipleof mine. 28. For which of you intending to build a towre, fitteth not down firfl , and counteth the coil, who- they he have fufficient to finifh it ? 29, Left haply after he bath laid the M 3 four-Ida- when thou' makeft a feaft, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind : 14. And thou fhalt be bid- fed ; for they cannot recompenfe thee ; for thou fhalt be recompenfed at the refurreaion of the juft. 12, 13, 54. It is good in its feafon to make Feafsof .Amity, and to rejoycewith Friends; but to avoid Prodigality, let thy molt ufual feafting be Feafts of Charity ; And in them it is thePoor that thou molt feaft, and from God that thou mutt expels thy reward. Note; Some hence infer, that there is no re- ward till the Refurre&ion : But in Scripture the Refurredion is oft taken for the Lfé fter this. even hefure the Refurreelion of the Body, Note; Chrift eft forbids things in abfolute words, when he meaneth but comparatively : So here, feaft not rich Friends, that is, not fo much as the Poor. 1 g. And when one of them that fat at meat with him, heard thefe things, he Paid unto him, Bleffed is he that Ihall eat bread in the king- dom of God. Is. They will be happy, that Mall live to fee, and rejoyce in thc: kingdom of the Meiliah when hecomerla. 16. Then faid he unto him, A certainman made a great fupper and bade many r 7. And fent his fee- yam at (upper -tame to fay to them that were bidden , Come, for all things arenow ready. '6, r7. Nate ; God fent his Son and the Got - pel to yaws, and invited them into the King- dom of the Mefï'iah ; and bade his Minifters tell them that Chrift was come, and all is rea- dy on his part. He isa fufficient Saviour, and none fhall perish for want of the performance of his part (antecedent.) 18. And they all with one confent began to make excufe. The firft fail unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I muff needs go and fee it : I praythee have me éxcufed. 19.. And another Paid, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them : I pray thee have me excufed. 20. And another laid, I have mar- tied a wife, and therefore I cannot come. - is, 09, 20. All loomed to them fufxcient Reafons. And fo you yews, that wifh for the Kingdom of God, prefer your worldly frte- reft ; and for that, refuis it when it is come, And Co do all ungodly men indeed.)