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Practice of Piety 73 - A Divine Colloquy Between the Soul and Her Savior

By Lewis Bayly


      A Divine Colloquy between the Soul and her Saviour upon the effectual Merits of his dolorous Passion.

      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou wash thy disciples' feet?
      Christ. To teach thee how thou shouldst prepare thyself to come to my supper.
      Soul. Lord, why shouldst thou wash them thyself? (John xiii. 4.)
      Christ. To teach thee humility, if thou wilt be my disciple.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou before thy death institute thy last supper? (Luke xxii. 19, 20.)
      Christ. That thou mightst the better remember my death, and be assured that all the merits thereof are thine.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou go to such a place where Judas knew to find thee? (John xviii. 2.)
      Christ. That thou mightst know that I went as willingly to suffer for thy sin, as ever thou wentest to any place to commit a sin.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou begin thy passion in a garden? (John xviii. 1.)
      Christ. Because that in a garden thy sin took first beginning (Gen. iii. 3.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore did thy three select disciples fall so fast asleep, when thou didst begin to fall into thy agony? (Matt. xxvi. 40.)
      Christ. To shew that I alone wrought the work of thy redemption (Isa. lxiii. 5.)
      Soul. Lord, why were there so many plots and snares laid for thee? (Matt. xxvi. 4.)
      Christ. That I might make thee to escape all snares of thy ghostly hunter (Psalm 134:7Psal cxxiv. 7.)
      Soul. Lord, why shouldst thou suffer Judas, betraying thee, to kiss thee? (Matt. xxvi. 49.)
      Christ. That by enduring the words of dissembling lips, I might there begin to expiate sin, where Satan first brought it into the world (Gen. iii. 4, 5.)
      Soul. Lord, why wouldst thou be sold for thirty-pieces of silver? (Matt. xxvii. 3.)
      Christ. That I might free thee from perpetual bondage.
      Soul. Lord, why didst thou pray with such strong crying and tears? (Matt. xxvi. 39; Heb. v. 7.)
      Christ. That I might quench the fury of God's justice, which was so fiercely kindled against thee.
      Soul. Lord, why wast thou so afraid, and cast into such an agony? (Mark xiv. 33.)
      Christ. That suffering the wrath due to thy sins, thou mightst be more secure in thy death, and find more comfort in thy crosses.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou pray so oft and so earnestly that the cup might pass from thee? (Matt. xxvi. 39, 42, 44.)
      Christ. That thou mightst perceive the horror of that curse and wrath, which being due to thy sins, I was then to drink and endure for thee (Gal. iii. 13.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou, after thy wish, submit thy will to the will of thy Father? (Luke xxii. 42.)
      Christ. To teach thee what thou shouldst do in all thy afflictions; and how willingly thou shouldst yield to bear with patience that cross, which thou seest to come from the just hand of thy heavenly Father.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou sweat such drops of blood? (Luke xxii. 44.)
      Christ. That I might cleanse thee from thy stains and bloody spots.
      Soul. Lord, why shouldst thou be taken when thou mightst have escaped thine enemies? (Luke xxii. 54.)
      Christ. That thy spiritual enemies should not take thee, and cast thee into the prison of utter darkness (Matt. v. 25; xxii. 13.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be forsaken of all thy disciples? (Matt. xxvi. 56.)
      Christ. That I might reconcile thee unto God, of whom thou wast forsaken for thy sins.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou stand to be apprehended alone? (John xviii. 8.)
      Christ. To shew thee that my love of thy salvation was more than the love of all my disciples.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore was the young man caught by the soldiers, and unstript of his linen, who came out of his bed, hearing the stir at thy apprehension and leading to the high priest? (Mark xiv. 51, 52.)
      Christ. To shew their outrage in apprehending me, and my power in preserving out of their outrageous hands, all my disciples, who otherwise had been worse handled by them than was that young man.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be bound? (Matt. xxvii. 2.)
      Christ. That I might loose the cords of thine iniquities.
      Soul. Lord, why wast thou denied of Peter? (Luke xxii. 57, 58, 60.)
      Christ. That I might confess thee before my Father, and thou mightst learn, that there is no trust in man, and that salvation proceeds of my mere mercy.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou bring Peter to repentance by the crowing of a cock? (Matt. xxvi. 74, 75.)
      Christ. That none should despise the means which God hath appointed for their conversion, though they seem never so mean.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou at the cock-crowing turn and look upon Peter? (Luke xxii. 61.)
      Christ. Because thou mightst know, that without the help of my grace, no means can turn a sinner unto God, when he is once fallen from him.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wast thou covered with a purple robe? (John xix. 5.)
      Christ. That thou mightst perceive that it was I that did away thy scarlet sins (Isa. i. 18.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be crowned with thorns? (Matt. xxvii. 29.)
      Christ. That by wearing thorns, the first fruits of the curse, it might appear, that it is I which take away the sins and curse of the world, and crown thee with the crown of life and glory (1 Pet. v. 4; Rev. ii. 10.)
      Soul. Lord, why was a reed put into thy hand? (Matt. xxvii. 29.)
      Christ. That it might appear that I came not to break the bruised reed (Matt. xii. 20.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wast thou mocked of the Jews? (Matt. xxvii. 29.)
      Christ. That thou mightst insult over devils, who otherwise would have mocked thee, as the Philistines did Sampson (Judg. xvi. 25.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou have thy blessed face defiled with spittle? (Matt. xxvii. 30.)
      Christ. That I might cleanse thy face from the shame of sin.
      Soul. Wherefore, Lord, were thy eyes hood-winked with a veil? (Mark xiv. 65.)
      Christ. That thy spiritual blindness being removed, thou mightst behold the face of my Father in heaven.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore did they buffet thee with fists, and heat thee with staves? (Matt. xxvi. 67; Matt. xxvii. 30.)
      Christ. That thou mightst be freed from the strokes and tearings of infernal fiends.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be reviled? (Matt. xxvii. 39.)
      Christ. That God might speak peace unto thee by his word and Spirit.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore was thy face disfigured with blows and blood? (John xix. 3; Isa. 1. 6.)
      Christ. That thy face might shine glorious as the angels in heaven (Matt. xiii. 43.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be so cruelly scourged? (John xix. 1.)
      Christ. That thou mightst be freed from the sting of conscience, and whips of everlasting torments.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be arraigned at Pilate's bar? (Mark xv. 1.)
      Christ. That thou mightst at the last day be acquitted before my judgment-seat.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be falsely accused? (Luke xxiii. 2.)
      Christ, That thou shouldst not be justly condemned.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be turned over to be condemned by a strange judge? (Matt. xxvii. 2.)
      Christ. That thou being redeemed from the captivity of a hellish tyrant, mightst be restored to God, whose own thou art by right.
      Soul. Wherefore, O Christ, didst thou acknowledge that Pilate had power over thee from above? (John xix. 11.)
      Christ. That antichrist, under pretence of being my vicar, should not exalt himself above all principalities and powers (Tit. iii. 1; Rom. xiii. 1; 1 Pet. ii. 13, 14.)
      Soul. Lord, why wouldst thou suffer thy passion under Pontius Pilate, being a Roman president to Caesar of Rome? (Luke xxiii. 1, 2; John xix. 13, &c.)
      Christ. To shew, that the Csarian and Pontifician polity of Rome should chiefly persecute my church, and crucify me in my members (note well Rev. xi. 8, and Rev. xvii. 5, 6; John xix. 16.)
      Soul. But why, Lord, wouldst thou be condemned? (Luke xxiii. 24; Rom. viii. 3.)
      Christ. That the law being condemned in me, thou mightst not be condemned by it.
      Soul. But why wast thou condemned, seeing nothing could be proved against thee? (Matt. xxvii. 24; John xix. 6.)
      Christ. That thou mightst know, that it was not for my faults, but for thine that I suffered.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wast thou led to suffer out of the city? (Matt. xxvii. 33; Heb. xiii. 12.)
      Christ. That I might bring thee to rest in the heavenly city.
      Soul. Lord, why did the Jews compel Simon of Cyrene, coming out of the field, to carry thy cross? (Luke xxiii. 26; Matt. xxvii. 32.)
      Christ. To shew the weakness whereunto the burden of thy sins brought me, and what must be every Christian's case which goeth out of the field of this world toward the heavenly Jerusalem.
      Soul. Lord why wast thou stripped of thy garments? (John xix. 23.)
      Christ. That thou mightst see how I forsook all to redeem thee.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be lifted upon the cross? (John xii. 32.)
      Christ. That I might lift thee up with me to heaven.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou hang upon a cursed tree? (Gal. iii. 13.)
      Christ. That I might satisfy for thy sin committed in eating the forbidden fruit of a tree (Gen. ii. 17.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou hang between two thieves? (Luke xxiii. 33.)
      Christ. That thou mightst have place in the midst of heavenly angels.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore were thy hands and feet nailed to the cross? (Psal. xxii. 16; John xx. 25.)
      Christ. To enlarge thy hands to do the works of righteousness, and to set thy feet at liberty to walk in the ways of peace.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore did they crucify thee in Golgotha, the place of dead mens' sculls? (Matt. xxvii. 33.)
      Christ To assure thee that my death is life unto the dead.
      Soul. Lord, why did not the soldiers divide thy seamless coat? (John xix. 24.)
      Christ. To shew that my church is one, without rent or schism.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou taste vinegar and gall? (Matt. xxvii. 34.)
      Christ. That thou mightst eat the bread of angels, and drink the water of life.
      Soul. Lord, why saidst thou upon the cross, "It is finished?" (John xix. 30.)
      Christ. That thou mightst know that by my death the law was fulfilled, and thy redemption effected (Rom. x. 4; 2 Cor. iii. 13.)
      Soul. Lord, why didst thou cry out upon the cross, "My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?" (Mark xv. 34.)
      Christ. Lest thou, being forsaken of God, shouldst have been driven to cry in the pains of hell, wo and alas! for evermore.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore was there such a general darkness when thou didst suffer and cry out upon the cross? (Matt. xxvii. 45.)
      Christ. That thou mightst see an image of those hellish pains which I suffered to deliver thee from the endless pains of hell, and everlasting chains of darkness (2 Pet. ii. 4; Jude v. 6.)
      Soul. Lord, why wouldst thou have thy arms nailed abroad?
      Christ. That I might embrace thee more lovingly in the everlasting arms of mercy (Mark. x. 16; Col. ii. 14; Deut. xxxiii. 27.)
      Soul. Lord, why did the thief, that never wrought good before, obtain paradise upon so short repentance? (Luke xxiii. 43.)
      Christ. That thou mayst see the power of my death to forgive them that repent, that no sinner needs despair.
      Soul. Lord, why did not the other thief which hanged as near thee obtain the like mercy? (Luke xxiii. 39.)
      Christ. Because I leave whom I will, to harden themselves in themselves, to destruction, that all should fear, and none presume (Rom. ix. 18.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou cry with such a loud and strong voice in yielding up the ghost? (Matt. xxvii. 50.
      Christ. That it might appear that no man took my life from me, but that I laid it down of myself (John x. 18.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou commend thy soul into thy Father's hands? (Luke xxiii. 46.)
      Christ. To teach thee what thou shouldst do, being to depart this life.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore was the veil of the temple rent in twain at thy death? (Matt. xxvii. 51.)
      Christ. To shew that the Levitical law should be no longer a partition-wall between Jews and Gentiles, and that the way to heaven is now open to all believers (Eph. ii. 14; Heb. x. 19, 20.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore did the earth quake and the stones cleave at thy death? (Matt. xxvii. 51.)
      Christ. For horror to bear her Lord dying, and to upbraid the cruel hardness of sinners' hearts.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore did not the soldiers break thy legs, as they did those of the thieves who hanged at thy right and left hand? (Exod. xii. 46; John xix. 33.)
      Christ. That thou mightst know that they had not power to do any more unto me than the scripture had foretold that they should do, and I should suffer to save thee.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore was thy side opened with a spear?
      Christ. That thou mightst have a way to come nearer my heart.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore ran there out of thy precious side blood and water?
      Christ. To assure thee that I was slain indeed, seeing my heart-blood gushed out, and the water which compassed ray heart flowed forth after it, which once spilt, must needs die.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore ran the blood first by itself, and the water afterwards by itself, out of thy blessed wound? (1 John v. 6.)
      Christ. To assure thee of two things:-First, That by my blood-shedding justification and sanctification were effected to save thee. Secondly, That my Spirit, by the conscionable use of the water in baptism, and blood in the eucharist, will effect in thee righteousness and holiness, by which thou shalt glorify me.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore did the graves open at thy death? (Matt. xxvii. 52.)
      Christ. To signify that death, by my death, had now received his death's wound, and was overcome.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be buried? (Matt. xxvii. 60.)
      Christ. That thy sins might never rise up to judgment against thee.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wouldst thou be buried by two such honourable senators as Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea? (Matt. xxvii. 57; John xix. 39, 40.)
      Christ. That the truth of my death, the cause of thy life, might more evidently appear unto all.
      Soul. Lord, wherefore wast thou buried in a new sepulchre, wherein was never man laid? (John xix. 41; Matt. xxvii. 60.)
      Christ. That it might appear that I, and not another, arose; and that by my own power, and not by another's virtue, like him who revived at the touching of Elisha's bones (2 Kings xiii. 21.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore didst thou raise up thy body again? (Matt. xxviii. 6.)
      Christ. That thou mayst be assured that thy sins are discharged, and that thou art justified (Rom. iv. 25.)
      Soul. Lord, wherefore did so many bodies of thy saints, which slept, arise at thy resurrection? (Matt. xxvii. 52, 53; Acts xvii. 31.)
      Christ. To give thee assurance, that all the saints shall arise, by virtue of my resurrection, at the last day.
      Soul. Lord, what shall I render unto thee for all these benefits? (Psal. cxvi. 12.)
      Christ. Love thy Creator, and become a new creature (Gal. vi. 15.)

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See Also:
   Practice of Piety 1 - Directing a Christian How to Walk, that He May Please God.
   Practice of Piety 2 - A Plain Description of the Essence and Attributes of God
   Practice of Piety 3 - Meditations of the Misery of a Man Not Reconciled to God in Christ.
   Practice of Piety 4 - Meditations of the Miseries of Man from Infancy to Old Age.
   Practice of Piety 5 - Meditations of the Misery of the Soul in this Life.
   Practice of Piety 6 - Meditations of the Misery of the Body and Soul in Death.
   Practice of Piety 7 - Meditations of the Misery of a Man after Death.
   Practice of Piety 8 - Blessedness of the Regenerate
   Practice of Piety 9 - Meditations of the blessed state of a Regenerate Man in his Death.
   Practice of Piety 10 - Meditations of the blessed state of the Regenerate Man after Death.
   Practice of Piety 11 - Meditations of the blessed state of a Regenerate Man in Heaven.
   Practice of Piety 12 - Of the Prerogatives which the Elect shall enjoy in Heaven.
   Practice of Piety 13 - Of the Effects of those Prerogatives.
   Practice of Piety 14 - Meditations directing a Christian how to apply to himself.
   Practice of Piety 15 - Meditations on the Hindrances which Keep a Sinner from Piety.
   Practice of Piety 16 - How a Private Man Must Begin the Morning with Piety.
   Practice of Piety 17 - Meditations for the Morning.
   Practice of Piety 18 - Brief Directions How to Read the Holy Scriptures Once A Year
   Practice of Piety 19 - A Prayer for the Morning.
   Practice of Piety 20 - Meditations to stir us up to Morning Prayer.
   Practice of Piety 21 - Another short Morning Prayer.
   Practice of Piety 22 - Farther Meditations to stir up to Prayer in the Morning.
   Practice of Piety 23 - A brief Prayer for the Morning.
   Practice of Piety 24 - Meditations Directing a Christian How To Walk All the Day with God
   Practice of Piety 25 - Secondly, for thy Words.
   Practice of Piety 26 - Thirdly, for thy Actions.
   Practice of Piety 27 - Meditations for the Evening.
   Practice of Piety 28 - A Prayer for the Evening.
   Practice of Piety 29 - Another shorter Evening Prayer.
   Practice of Piety 30 - Meditations for Household Piety.
   Practice of Piety 31 - Morning Prayer for a Family.
   Practice of Piety 32 - The Practice of Piety at Meals, and the Manner of Eating.
   Practice of Piety 33 - Grace before Meat.
   Practice of Piety 34 - The Practice of Piety at Evening.
   Practice of Piety 35 - Evening Prayer for a Family.
   Practice of Piety 36 - Meditations of the True Manner of Practising Piety on the Sabbath-Day.
   Practice of Piety 37 - Ten Reasons demonstrating the Commandment of the Sabbath to be moral.
   Practice of Piety 38 - The True Manner of Keeping Holy the Lord's Day.
   Practice of Piety 39 - A Morning Prayer for the Sabbath-day.
   Practice of Piety 40 - Duties in the Holy Assembly.
   Practice of Piety 41 - A private Evening Prayer for the Lord's day.
   Practice of Piety 42 - Of the Practice of Piety in Fasting.
   Practice of Piety 43 - Of the Public Fast.
   Practice of Piety 44 - Of the Practice of Piety in Holy Feasting.
   Practice of Piety 45 - Of Preparation.
   Practice of Piety 46 - Of the Worthiness of the Sacrament.
   Practice of Piety 47 - Of the first End of the Lord's Supper.
   Practice of Piety 48 - Of the second End of the Lord's Supper.
   Practice of Piety 49 - Of the third End of the Lord's Supper.
   Practice of Piety 50 - Of the fourth End of the Lord's Supper.
   Practice of Piety 51 - The fifth End of the Lord's Supper.
   Practice of Piety 52 - The sixth End of the Lord's Supper.
   Practice of Piety 53 - Of the seventh End of the Lord's Supper.
   Practice of Piety 54 - A Confession of Sins before the receiving of the Holy Communion.
   Practice of Piety 55 - Of the Means whereby thou mayest become a worthy Receiver.
   Practice of Piety 56 - Of the Second sort of Duties which a worthy Communicant is to perform
   Practice of Piety 57 - A sweet Soliloquy to be said between the Consecration and Sacrament.
   Practice of Piety 58 - Duties After Communion.
   Practice of Piety 59 - The Practice of Piety in Glorifying God in the Time of Sickness or Death
   Practice of Piety 60 - A Prayer when one begins to be sick.
   Practice of Piety 61 - A Prayer before taking of Medicine.
   Practice of Piety 62 - Meditations for the Sick.
   Practice of Piety 63 - Meditations for One That Is Like to Die.
   Practice of Piety 64 - A Prayer to Be Said of One That Is Like to Die.
   Practice of Piety 65 - Meditations against Despair, or doubting of God's Mercy.
   Practice of Piety 66 - An Admonition to them who come to visit the Sick.
   Practice of Piety 67 - A Prayer to be said for the Sick by them who visit him.
   Practice of Piety 68 - Consolations Against Impatience in Sickness.
   Practice of Piety 69 - Consolations Against the Fear of Death
   Practice of Piety 70 - Seven Sanctified Thoughts and Mournful Sighs of a Sick Man Ready to Die.
   Practice of Piety 71 - Of the Comfortable Assurance of God's Forgiveness of Sins.
   Practice of Piety 72 - Meditations of Martyrdom.
   Practice of Piety 73 - A Divine Colloquy Between the Soul and Her Savior
   Practice of Piety 74 - The Soul's Soliloquy, ravished in contemplation of the Passion of our Lord.

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