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to return their Thanks. The Legal Sacrifices, S ERM, as I have already said, are now abolished;

III. they are supplied by that one Commemorative Sacrifice in the Holy Eucharist, which the Church by the Rubrick exhorts the Woman to partake of, and by the Offering The ought. to make of herself, a holy and living Sacrifice to God. But Offerings to the Minister are still required ; not under the Notion of a Fee or Reward, but as something paid as an Acknowledgment to God, and offered to them who still are to live upon God's Revenue, And therefore as under the Law, even those that were poor, brought a Dove, or a Pigeon, but they of greater Substance a Lamb: So now though the

poorer

Sort
may

well content
themselves with paying those Duties from
which none are, and (if they rightly under-
stood it) none would be excused; yet it is be-
coming, when Persons of superior Condition
and Rank, still offer a Lamb, i. e. besides,
what Law and Custom makes necessary,
something flowing from their own Free-Will.
For since, according to one of the Psalms ap-
plied for the Service, you have no Reward to
give unto the Lord, for all the Benefits he bath
done unto you, the least you can do, is to receive
tbe Cup of Salvation, to call upon his Name,

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S ERM.and cheerfully to pay your Vows, (by wbich,
III. material Vows and Offerings are meant) thefe

Should you pay in the Courts of his own House,
even in the Presence of all his People.

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SERMON IV.

The ISRAELITE without Guile.

JOHN i. 47

- Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no Guile.

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HIS Day is dedicated by the Western Church to the Memory and

Honour of the Apostle St Bartholomew. Of whom, it is remarkable, that we find nothing recorded in the whole New Teltament, except that his Name is four Times mentioned, and that only in Course, in the general Catalogue of all the Apostles, Matt. X. 3. Mark iii. 18. Luke vi. 14. Asts i. 13.

This has induced many to believe, that he lies concealed under some other Name, and that Nathanael (of whom my Text is spoken) must be the same with St Bartholomew, whom we this Day commemorate.

What makes this seem more than probable, is, that St John, in reckoning up the Disciples,

to 2.

SERM. to whom our Saviour appeared at the Sea of
IV. Tiberias, names Nathanael for one, John xxi.

For they who were together were Simon
Peter, and Thomas called Didynus, and Na-
thanael of Cana in Galilee, and the Sons of
Zebedee, and two other of his Disciples. Now
it seems very plain, that by his Disciples in
this Place, the Evangelist meant no other but
Apostles : For he tells us ver. 14, that this
was the third Time, that Jesus sewed himself
to bis Disciples, after that he was risen from
the Dead; And it is manifest, that the two
former Appearances, (though both said to have
been made to his Disciples) were made to
none but Apostles only, ch. xx. 19-26. And
therefore the Word Disciples, must in all Rea-
fon be restrained to fignify Apostles, as well in
the third Appearance, as in the two former.
And indeed, I find that Apostle, is a Word,
which St John does not any where use of the
Twelve ; but calls them always Disciples. And
it is certain, that the four Persons which he
names in this place, besides Nathanael, were
all of the Twelve: viz. Simon Peter, and
Thomas called Didymus, and the Sons of Zebe-
dee, i. e. James and John. We need not then,
I think, scruple to affirm, that Nathanael was
one of the twelve Apostles,

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And if of the Twelve; it will soon appear, S ERM.' that he must be the same with Bartholomew. IV. For first it is remarkable, that as no other Evangelist (except St John) makes mention of Nathanael; so neither does St John, who mentions him, ever once make mention of Bartholomew. Again it is observable, that in three out of four of the Catalogues of the Apostles given by the Evangelists, Philip and Bartholomew are coupled together; Matt. x. 3. Mark iii. 18. Luke vi. 14. very fit Companions, supposing Bartholomew was the same with Nathanael, of whom, we may infer from the Context, Philip was an old and an intimate Acquaintance, and the first Instrument of bringing him to Jesus,

Nathanael and Bartholomew then, is very plainly the same. Man, only mentioned by different Names: St John calling him by his personal or proper Name, the other Evangelists by the Name of his Family. So that putting both his Names together, he may properly be called Nathanael Bartholomew ; i. e. Nathanael the Son of Tholomew or Tolmai. For that Bar (the first Syllable in Bartholomew) signifies a Son, is evident from blind Bartimeus's being interpreted the Son of Timeus, Mark x. 46. and from Peter's being

called

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