The Christmas Postil
The first Part of the Church Postil
APPEARING OF THE GRACE OF GOD
EVIL - UNGODLINESS
EVIL - WORLDLY LUSTS
We should live soberly and righteously and godly in this present world.
Looking for the blessed hope.
And appearing of the glory.
Of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ.
Who gave himself for us.
That he might redeem us.
From all iniquity.
And purify unto himself.
A people for his own possession.
Zealous of good works.
These things speak and exhort.
ARMOR FURNISHED BY THE TEXT
The Story of the Birth
of Jesus; and the Angels' Song
The Birth of Jesus
THE BIRTH OF JESUS CONSIDERED IN IT'S SPIRITUAL MEANING.
The teaching concerning faith.
The spiritual meaning of the doctrine of this Gospel.
The Spiritual Meaning of the Signs, the Angel and the Shepherds.
EXPLANATION OF THE ANGELS' SONG OF PRAISE.
Armor of this Gospel.
Early Christmas Service
GOD'S GRACE RECEIVED MUST BE BESTOWED.
them in mind to be in subjection to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to
be ready unto every good work, to speak evil of no man, not to be contentious,
to be gentle, showing all meekness toward all men. For we also once were
foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in
malice and envy, hateful, hating one another.”
according to his mercy he saved us.”
the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit.”
he poured out upon us richly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour.”
being justified by his grace, we might be made heirs according to the hope of
eternal life. This is a faithful saying.”
ARMOR OF THIS EPISTLE.
Early Christmas Service
The Fruits and Signs of the Power
of the Word of God
THE SPIRITUAL INTERPRETATION OF
CHRISTMAS MORNING SERVICE.
THIRD CHRISTMAS SERMON
DIVINITY OF CHRIST
divers portions (at sundry times) and in divers manners,”
he appointed heir of all things.”
whom also he made the worlds.”
being the effulgence [brightness] of his glory and the very image of his
upholding all things by the word of his power.”
he had by himself made purification of our sins.”
down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; having become by so much better
than the angels, as he hath inherited a more excellent name than they.”
unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I
again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me a Son.”
when he again bringeth in the firstborn into the world he saith, And let all
the angels of God worship him.”
of the angels he saith, Who maketh his angels winds [spirits], and his
ministers a flame of fire.”
of the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; and the scepter
of uprightness is the scepter of thy kingdom. Thou hast loved righteousness,
and hated iniquity; therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of
gladness above thy fellows.”
Thou, Lord, in the beginning didst lay the foundation of the earth, and the
heavens are the works of thy hands; they shall perish; but thou continuest: and
they all shall wax old as doth a garment; and as a mantle shalt thou roll them
up, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not
Principal Christmas Service
Christ's Titles of
Honor; His Coming: His Incarnation; and the Revelation of His Glory
CHRIST'S TITLES OF HONOR AND HIS
I. CHRIST'S FIRST TITLE OF HONOR
AND ATTRIBUTE: HE IS THE WORD.
”In the beginning was the Word.”
”And the Word was with God.”
”And God was the Word.”
”The same was in the beginning with
”All things were made through him.”
”And without him was not anything
made that hath been made.''
II. CHRIST'S SECOND TITLE AND
IN HIM WAS LIFE.
III. CHRIST'S THIRD TITLE OF HONOR
AND ATTRIBUTE: HE WAS THE LIGHT.
A. Christ was the light of men
”And the Life was the Light of
B. Christ was the light that
shineth in the darkness.
”And the light shineth in the darkness
and the darkness apprehended it not.”
C. Christ Was the Light of Which
John Bore Witness
”There came a man, sent from God,
whose name was John.”
”The same came for witness, that he
might bear witness of the Light, that all might believe through him.”
”He was not the Light, but came
that he might bear witness of the Light.”
D. He Was the Light That Lighteth
”There was the true Light, which
lighteth every man, coming into the world.”
II. THE COMING OF CHRIST.
”He was in the world, and the world
was made through ,him, and the world knew him not.”
”He came unto his own, and they that
were his own received him not.”
“But as many as received him, to
them gave he the right to become children of God, even to them that believed on
”Who were born, not of blood, nor
of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
III. CHRIST'S INCARNATION.
”And the Word became flesh, and
dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, glory as of the Only Begotten from the
Father, full of grace and truth.”
IV. THE REVELATION OF CHRIST'S
”Full of Grace and Truth.”
ST. STEPHEN’S DAY
ACTS 6:8-14; 7:54-60
EXAMPLE OF FAITH.
CHURCHES DOES NOT SECURE GOD’S FAVOR
COMMANDMENTS CANNOT BE FULFILLED BY MAN’S WORKS
EXAMPLE OF GODLY ZEAL AND CHRISTIAN LOVE
AUTHORITY OF LAYMEN TO PREACH
OF COMFORT AND ENCOURAGEMENT
ST. STEPHEN’S DAY.
THE TEACHING CONCERNING REASON AND NATURAL LIGHT
THE TEACHING CONCERNING FAITH
your house is left unto you desolate.”
I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is
he that cometh in the name of the Lord”.
DAY OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST
(SIRACH) ECCLESIASTICUS 15:1-8
TO PIETY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS
TO FEAR GOD AND LOVE; RIGHTEOUSNESS
: “He will do good.”
: ”He holds to righteousness.”
: “As a mother shall she meet him.”
: “And receive him as a wife married of a virgin.”
: “With the bread of [life and] understanding shall she feed him.”
: “And give him the water of wisdom to drink.”
: “He shall be stayed upon her.”
: “And shall not be moved.”
: “And shall rely upon her.”
: “And shall not be confounded.”
: “She shall exalt him above his neighbors.”
: “And in the midst of the congregation shall she open his mouth.”
: “And shall fill him with the Spirit of wisdom and understanding.”
: “With a garment of honor shall she clothe him.”
: “He shall find joy and a crown of gladness.”
: “And she shall cause him to inherit an everlasting name.”
DAY OF ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST.
TEACHING OF THIS GOSPEL
THE SECOND TEACHING. EACH SHOULD BE CONTENT IN HIS OWN CALLING.
THE SPIRITUAL OR MYSTERIOUS INTERPRETATION
Sunday after Christmas
The People of Law and of Grace
THE USE AND NECESSITY OF THE LAW.
”So long as the heir is a child, he
differeth nothing from a bond-servant, though he is lord of all.”
”But is under guardians and
stewards until the day appointed of the father.”
”So we also, when we were children,
were held in bondage under the rudiments [elements] of the world.”
”But when the fulness of the time
came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he
might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption
WHAT WE ARE TO BELIEVE CONCERNING
HOW CHRIST WAS UNDER THE LAW.
Christ Redeems Us.
”And because ye are sons
[children]. God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying,
”So that thou art no more a
bondservant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through Christ.”
Sunday after Christmas
I. OF SIMEON.
”And his father and his mother were
marveling at the things which were spoken concerning him.”
The Spiritual Meaning of this
Gospel Concerning Simeon.
“And Simeon Blessed Them.”
The Significance of the Blessing Upon
Christ's Mother and Father.
”And he said unto Mary his mother,
Behold, this child is set for the falling and rising of many in Israel; and for
a sign which is spoken against: yea a sword shall pierce through thine own
soul; that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed”.
II. OF ANNA.
The Second Part Of This Gospel.
”And there was one Anna, a
prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher (she was of a great
age, having lived with a husband seven years from her virginity, and she had
been a widow even unto fourscore and four years), who departed not from the
temple, worshipping with fastings and supplications night and day.”
The Spiritual Meaning of Anna, the
”And coming up at that very hour
she gave thanks unto God, and spoke of him to all them that were looking for
the redemption of Jerusalem.”
III. THE RETURN OF THE PARENTS OF
JESUS TO NAZARETH, AND THE CHILDHOOD OF JESUS.
”And when they had accomplished all
things that were according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee,
to their own city Nazareth.”
”And the child grew, and waxed
strong, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him”.
NEW YEAR’S DAY
LAW AND ITS WORKS.
OFFICE OF THE LAW.
LIBERATES FROM THE LAW
OF THE PAPISTS.
THE TRUE SEED OF ABRAHAM.
CONVERSION OF THE HEATHEN
shine; for thy light is come.”
light is come.”
the glory of Jehovah is risen upon thee.”
behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the peoples; but
Jehovah will arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.”
darkness shall cover the peoples.”
nations shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.”
up thine eyes round about, and see: they all gather themselves together, they
come to thee; thy sons shall come from far, and thy daughters shall be carried
in the arms.”
thou shalt see and be radiant, and thy heart shall thrill and be enlarged;
because the abundance of the sea shall be turned unto thee, the wealth of the
nations shall come unto thee.”
multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; and
they from Sheba shall come: they shall bring gold and frankincense, and shall
proclaim the praises of Jehovah.”
I. THE HISTORY OR LESSON STORY.
Whatever the Scriptures do not
reveal we do not consider an article of faith.
”Where is he that is born King of
the Jews? for we saw his star in the East, and are come to worship him.”
II. THE ATTITUDE OF HEROD TO THE
ARRIVAL OF THE WISE MEN.
”And when Herod the king heard it,
he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him.”
”And gathering together all the
chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ
should be born. And they said unto him, In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is
written through the prophet, and thou Bethlehem, land of Judah, art in no wise
least among the princes of Judah: for out of thee shall come forth a governor,
who shall be shepherd of my people Israel.”
The Prophecy of Micah.
”Then Herod privily called the
Wise-men, and learned of them exactly what time the star appeared. And he sent
them to Bethlehem and said, Go and search out exactly concerning the young
child; and when ye have found him, bring me word, that I also may come and
III HOW THE WISE MEN CONTINUE THEIR
JOURNEY, FIND CHRIST AND WORSHIP HIM.
”And they having heard the king,
went their way; and lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them,
till it came and stood over where the young child was. And when they saw the
star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
”And they came into the house and
saw the young child with Mary his mother; and they fell down and worshipped
him; and opening their treasures they offered unto him gifts of gold and frankincense
Of The Faith Of The Wise Men.
IV. HOW THE WISE MEN BY THE COMMAND
OF GOD RETURNED TO THEIR FATHERLAND.
”And being warned of God in a dream
that they should not return to Herod they departed into their own country
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