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Second Sunday After Epiphany.

Second Sunday After Epiphany.

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BY REGINALD HEBER, M.A.

St. John, xv. 5. Without Me ye can do nothing.

These words were addressed by our Lord to
His Apostles as a reason for their patient con-
tinuance in His Church, and in the profession
of a faith in Him which He had represented
under the similitude of a vine and its branches.
BY REGINALD HEBER, M.A.

St. John, xv. 5. Without Me ye can do nothing.

These words were addressed by our Lord to
His Apostles as a reason for their patient con-
tinuance in His Church, and in the profession
of a faith in Him which He had represented
under the similitude of a vine and its branches.

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SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. BY REGINALD HEBER, M.A.St. John, xv. 5. Without Me ye can do nothing. These words were addressed by our Lord to His Apostles as a reason for their patient con-tinuance in His Church, and in the profession of a faith in Him which He had represented under the similitude of a vine and its branches. " As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine ; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me. I am the vine, ye are the branches : he that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit ; for without Me ye can do nothing. M As if He had said, " Without that continual grace and spiritual assistance of the Holy Ghost, which I shall give to my faithful disciples, (as constantly, though as invisibly, as the tree yields sap to the nourish-ment of the branch which grows on it,) ye cannot bring forth the fruits of holiness and everlasting life ; ye cannot make yourselves good ; ye cannot convert, and change yourselves j
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78 SERMON VII. ye cannot, by your own strength, continue in a course of faith and Christian obedience." It is the truth and certainty of this declaration which it will be my business in the present sermon to establish ; and this may be best effected, by explaining, first, the necessity which we are under of receiving some such help from God, in order to enable us to* serve and please Him : secondly, by bringing forward the testimony of many parts of Scripture to the reality of this gracious and needful assistance : and thirdly, [which may take away those objec-tions which the pride and wisdom of the world have urged against the doctrine in question,] to explain the manner in which, from our own ex-perience and from the word of God, we may conceive such assistance to influence our hearts and understanding.
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And, first, the necessity of such a help as this may be plainly perceived by all who consider the weakness and corruption of man's nature, the power of evil habits, the inconstancy of human resolution, and the malice and activity of those spiritual enemies who tempt us to sin and ruin. That the nature of man is in itself inclined to evil, is a truth, which the wisest and best of the heathen themselves have had suffi-cient light to acknowledge and deplore ; and many of them had still retained some faint memory of that unhappy transgression of our SECOND SUNDAY AFTER EPIPHANY. 79 earliest parents ; by which sin entered into the world, and death by sin ; and whence corruption and weakness are derived to the whole race and posterity of Adam ; inasmuch as whatsoever is born of the flesh is flesh, and liable to corruption. Nor, indeed, can we fail to perceive, by our
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