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preached, and I therein do rejoice, God. For our gospel came not unto yea,and will rejoice.-Phil.li. 15—18. you in word only, but also in power,
We are the circumcision, which &c. and ye became followers of us, worship God in the Spirit, and re- and of the Lord, having received the joice in Christ Jesus, and have no con- word in much affliction, &c. ye turned fidence in the flesh, &c. What things to God, to serve the living and true were gain to me, those I counted loss God, and to wait for his Son.for Christ: yea doubtless, and I 1 Thess. i. 3–6.9, 10. count all things but loss, for the ex- The word of God, which effectually cellency of the knowledge of Christ worketh also in you that believe: for Jesus, my Lord, &c. that I may know ye, brethren, became followers of the him, and the power of his resurrec- churches of God, which in Judea are tion, being made conformable unto in Christ Jesus : for ye also have bis death, if by any means I might suffered like things of your own counattain unto the resurrection of the trymen.—1 Thess. ii. 13, 14. dead: not as though I had already Ye, brethren, are not in darkness, attained, either were already perfect; that that day should overtake you as but I follow after, &c. but this one a thief: ye are all the children of the thing I do, forgetting those things light, &c.-1 Thess. v. 4, 5. which are bebind, and reaching forth I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who unto those things which are before, I hath enabled me, &c. who was before press toward the mark, &c. Let us, a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and therefore, as many as be perfect, be injurious; but I obtained mercy, &c. thus minded, &c. Our conversation Christ Jesus came into the world to is in heaven, from whence also we save sinners, of whom I am the chief. look for the Saviour, &c.-Phil. iii. - 1 Tim. i. 12, 13. 15. 3,7,8. 10–15. 20.
Let every one that nameth the name I have learned in whatsoever estate of Christ, depart from iniquity.I am, therewith to be content. I 2 Tim. ii. 19. know both how to be abased, and I A peculiar people, zealous of good know how to abound: every where, works.-- Titus ii. 14. Eph. ii. 10. and in all things I am instructed, both He that is entered into his rest, to be full and to be hungry; both to hath ceased from his own works. abound, and suffer need: I can do Heb. iv. 10. all things through Christ who strength. They who believe, desire a better eneth me.-Phil. iv. 11–13. country; that is, an heavenly, &c.
And bringeth forth fruits, as it doth Moses, &c. choosing rather to suffer also in you, since the day ye heard of affliction with the people of God, than it, and knew the grace of Godin truth. to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a -Col. i. 6.
season ; esteeming the reproach of If ye be risen with Christ, seek Christ greater riches than the treathose things which are above, &c. sures of Egypt, &c.—Heb. xi. 16. Set your affections on things above, 24–26. not on things on the earth, &c. See- Follow peace with all men, and ing that ye have put off the old man, holiness, without which, no man shall with his deeds ; and have put on the see the Lord.—Heb. xii. 14. new man, which is renewed in know. We trust we have a good conscience ledge, after the image of him that in all things, willing to live honestly. created him.-Col. iii. 1, 2.9, 10. -Heb. xii. 18.
Remembering without ceasing your , If any man among you seem to be work of faith and labour of love, &c. religious, and bridleth not his tongue, knowing, beloved, your election of but deceiveth his own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure religion, ful in the knowledge of our Lord and undefiled, before God and the Jesus: but he that lacketh these Father, is this, To visit the father- things is blind, and cannot see afar less and widows in their affliction, and off, &c.—2 Pet. i. 449. to keep himself unspotted from the Just Lot, vexed with the filthy conworld.-James i. 26, 27.
versation of the wicked : for that What doth it profit, my brethren, righteous man dwelling among them, though a man say he hath faith, and in seeing and hearing, vexed his have not works, &c. Faith, if it hath righteous soul from day to day with not works, is dead, &c. I will shew their unlawful deeds.—2 Pet. ii. 7,8. thee my faith by my works,&c. Faith, Ps. cxix. 53. 126. 136. 158.-Jer. ix. without works is dead.-James ii. 14. 1, 2. xii. 17. 17, 18. 26.
God is light, &c. If ye say, we have Who is a wise man, and endued fellowship with him, and walkin darkwith knowledge amongst you? Let Dess, we lie, &c. But if we walk in him shew out of a good conversation the light, &c. If we say we have no his works, with meekness of wisdom. sin, we deceive ourselves.--1 John i. But if ye have bitter envying, &c. 5–8. this wisdom descendeth not from Hereby we know that we know him, above, &c. But the wisdom that is if we keep his commandments. He from above, is first pure, then peace- who saith I know him, and keepeth able, gentle, and easy to be intreated; not his commandments, is a liar, and full of mercy, and good fruits, with- the truth is not in him, &c. He that out partiality, and without hypocrisy: abideth in him, ought himself also to and the fruit of righteousness is sown walk even as he walked, &c. He that in peace, &c.-James iii. 13-18. saith he is in the light, and hateth his
Jesus Christ, whom, having not brother, is in darkness even until now: seen, ye love, &c. Seeing you have he that loveth his brother, abideth in purified your souls in obeying the the light, &c. If any man love the truth, unto unfeigned love of the world, the love of the Father is not brethren. -1 Pet. i. 7, 8. 22. Cant. in him, &c. If ye know that he is j. 3, 4.
righteous, ye know (or know ye) that As new-born babes, desire the sin- every one that doth righteousness is cere milk of the word of God, that ye born of God.—1 John ii. 3. 4. 6.9 may grow thereby; if so be ye have 11. 15. 29. tasted, &c. Ye are a chosen genera. We shall see him as he is. And tion, &c. that ye should shew forth every man that hath this hope in him, the praises (or virtues) of him who purifieth himself, even as he is pure, hath called you, &c.—1 Pet.ü.2,3.9. &c. Whosoever abideth in him, sinLuke x. 39. 42. 2 Pet. ii. 18. neth not, &c. He who committeth
The time past of our life may suf- sin (or giveth his labour to sin) is of fice, &c. when we walked in lasci- the devil, &c. Whosoever is born of viousness, &c. wherein they think it God, doth not commit sin, for his strange that you run not with them seed remaineth in him, and he cannot to the same excess of riot.- 1 Pet. iv. sin, because he is born of God. In 3,4.
this the children of God are manifest, Having escaped the corruption that and the children of the devil: whois in the world through lust. Add to soever doth not righteousness, is not your faith virtue, and to virtue know- of God; neither he that loveth not ledge, &c. for if these things be in his brother, &c. we know that we have you, and abound, they make you that passed from death unto life, because ye shall neither be barren nor unfruit. we love the brethren, &c. Whoso
ever hateth his brother, is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath
CHAP, XI. eternal life abiding in him, &c. Whoso hath this world's good, and seeth THE CHILDREN OF GOD THEMhis brother have need, and shuttethSELVES MAY BE OVERTAKEN up his bowels of compassion from him; WITH FAULTS, AND ARE NOT how dwelleth the love of God in him? FREE FROM SINFUL DISPOSITIONS &c. Let us not love in word, neither AND INCLINATIONS IN THIS in tongue; but in deed and in truth. LIFE; AND THEREFORE MAY DEAnd hereby we know that we are of SERVE TO BE CHASTISED OF GOD. the truth; and shall assure our hearts before God, &c. For if our hearts
Sect. 1. In general it is affirmed. condemn us, he is greater, &c. And For there is no man that sinneth not, hereby we know that he abideth in us, –1 Kings viii. 46. by the spirit which he hath given us. How should man be just with God - 1 John iii. 2, 3.5, 6. 8--10. 14, 15. (or before God)? If he will contend 17–19. 24. iv. 12, 13. v. 18. with him, he cannot answer him one
Whoso knoweth God, heareth us : of a thousand, &c. Whom, though I he that is not of God heareth not us. were righteous, yet would I not Hereby we know the Spirit, &c. Love answer: I would make supplication is of God: and every one that loveth, to my judge, &c. If I justify myself, is born of God, and knoweth God,&c. mine own mouth shall condemn me. God is love: he that dwelleth in love, If I say, I am perfect, it shall also dwelleth in God, and God in him, &c. prove me perverse.—Job ix. 1-3. If a man say, I love God, and hateth 15. 20. his brother, he is a liar: for he that Who can understand his errors? loveth not his brother, whom he hath Cleanse thou me from secret faults: seen; how can he love God, whom keep back thy servant also from prehe hath not seen ?-1 John iv. 6, 7. sumptuous sins; let them not have 16. 20. v. 1.
dominion over me.-Ps. xix. 12, 13. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is If thou, Lord, shouldest mark inithe Christ, is born of God; and every quities, O Lord, who shall stand ? one that loveth him, &c. Whatsoever Ps. cxxx. 3. is born of God, overcometh the world: The rod of the wicked shall not and this is the victory that, &c. Who- rest, &c. lest the righteous put forth soever is born of God, sinneth not; their hands unto iniquity.--Ps.cxxy.3. but he that is begotten of God, keep- Who can say, I have made my heart eth himself, and that wicked one clean, I am pure from my sin ?toucheth him not.--1 John v. 1. Prov. xx. 9. 4. 18.
A just man falleth seven times a day, He that abideth in the doctrine of and riseth up again.--Proy.xxiv. 16. Christ, hath both the Father, and the For there is not a just man upon Son.-2 John 9.
earth, that doeth good, and sinneth He that doth good is of God; but not.--Eccles. vii. 20. he that doth evil, hath not seen God. The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, -3 John 1l.
&c. so that ye cannot do the things Those whose names are written in that ye would.-Gal. v. 17. Rom. the book of life, they will not wor- vii. 14, &c. ship Antichrist.- Rev. xiii. 8. xiv. 4. If any man be overtaken in a fault, xvii. 8. xxi. 27.
ye which are spiritual, restore such, &c. considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.--Gal, vi. 1, 2.
I have no man like-minded, &c. for all seek their own, not the things then denied that she had laughed. which are Jesus Christ's.-Phil. ij. Gen. xviii. 12, 13. 15. 20, 21.
Isaac said of his wife also, She is Paul saith, I count not myself to my sister, for fear of the men of the have apprehended: but this one thing, place, lest they should kill him for &c. I press towards the mark, &c. her.-Gen. xxvi. 7. Let us therefore, as many as be per- Just Lot, vexed with the filthy confect, be thus minded.-Phil.jj. 13-15. versation of the wicked: for that
For in many things we offend all : righteous man, &c.-2 Pet. ii. 7,8. if any man offend not in word, the He lingered; the men laid hold same is a perfect man.-James iii. 2. upon his hand, &c. and said, Go,
If we say that we have no sin, we escape for thy life, &c. And Lot said deceive ourselves, and the truth is not unto them, O, not so, my Lord, &c. in us. If we confess our sins, he is I cannot escape to the mountain, lest faithful and just to forgive us our some evil take me and I die: behold sins, &c. If we say that we have not this city is near to flee unto; is it sinned, we make him a liar, and his not a little one, &c. He afterwards word is not in us.- 1 Johni. 8—10. drank wine, and then lay with his two
If any man see his brother sin a sin daughters.-Gen. xix. 16-20. 33-36. not unto death, he shall ask, and he Jacob, when he heard his brother shall give him life for them that sin Esau was coming with four hundred not unto death. There is a sin unto men against him, was greatly afraid death: I do not say that he shall and distressed, &c.-.Gen.xxxii.6.&c. pray for it.—1 John v. 16.
He was sore distressed when one Sect. Il. Particular Instances of the another sent for.-Gen. xlii. 36, &c.
, of his sons was kept by Joseph, and Failings of God's Children recorded. Moses spied an Egyptian smiting Noah was a just man, and perfect in an Hebrew, one of his brethren, &c. his generations. Noah walked with he slew the Egyptian, and hid him in God.-Gen. vi. 9. vii. 1.
the sand.-Exod. ii. 11, 12. Noah drank of the wine, and was Moses was very meek, above all the drunken, and he was uncovered within men upon the face of the earth, &c. his tent.-Gen. ix. 21.
My servant Moses is faithful in all Abraham believed in the Lord, and mine house. Moses my servant is he counted it to him for righteous- dead. And Moses, verily, was faithness, &c. Abraham, my friend. He ful in all his house, as a servant.staggered not through unbelief.— Numb. xii. 3.7. Josh.i. 2.13. Heb. Gen. xv. 6. Isa. xli. 8. Rom. iv. 20. iii. 2. 5.
They will kill me; but they will When God was sending Moses, he save thee alive; say, I pray thee, thou said, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, art my sister, &c. And, when God &c. And the Lord said unto him, had promised him to inherit the land, Who hath made man's mouth ? &c. he said, Lord God, Whereby shall 1 And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray know that I shall inherit it? &c. thee, by the hand thou wilt (or When the promise was made to him shouldest) send. And the anger of of a child, he fell on his face, and the Lord was kindled against Moses, laughed, and said in his heart, Shall &c. Moses returned unto the Lord a child, &c. O, that Ishmael might and said, Wherefore hast thou so live before thee, &c. He said of his evilly intreated this people? Why is wife, She is my sister, again at Gerar, it that thou hast sent me? &c. Moses for fear of being slain.-Gen. xii. 12, was very wroth, &c. Now, ye rebels, 13. xv. 7,8. xvii. 16-18. xx.2. 11. Must we fetch ye water out of this
Sarah laughed at the promise, and rock? &c. I am not able to bear all
this people, &c. If thou deal thus He passed on in the rearward with the with me, kill me I pray thee out of Philistines against Israel, &c. He sent hand, &c. And Moses said, &c. Shall messengers to fetch Uriah's wife; the flocks and the herds be slain for and he lay with her : and to cover it, them, to suffice them ? &c. He be- made Uriah drunk; and then sent to lieved not God, to sanctify him. He Joab, to set Uriah in the hottest batspake unadvisedly with his lips, be- tle, and then retire from him, that he ing provoked in his spirit.- Exod. iv. might be smitten, and die, &c. O my 10– 14. v. 22, 23. Numb. xi. 11, 12. son Absalom! my son! my son, Ab14,15. 21–23. xvi. 15. xx. 10–12. salom! Would God I had died for Ps. cvi. 32, 33. Numb. xxvii. 14. thee! He caused the children of Is
Joshua also erred, and wished they rael to be numbered, &c. ( said in had not come over Jordan.-Josh. my haste, I am cut off from before vii. 7.
thine eyes, &c. I said in my haste, Aaron made a molten calf for Israel, that all men are liars,&c.—1 Sam.xxv. &c. He built an altar before it; and 12–14. xxi. 12, 13. xxvii. 1. xxix. 2. Aaron made proclamation, and said, 2 Sam. xi. 3, 4. 13-15. xviii. 33. To-morrow is a feast to the Lord, &c. xxiv. 1, &c. Ps. xxxi. 22. cxvi. 11. And Moses saw that the people were 1 Sam. xx. 6. 29. naked, for Aaron had made them When God bid Samuel go, he said, naked unto their shame, amongst How can I go? If Saul hear of it, he their enemies.—Exod. xxxii. 1-6. will kill me.-1 Sam. xvi. 1, 2. 25. Numb. xii. 1. 5.9.
And Asa did that which was right When God had told Gideon, Surely in the eyes of the Lord, as did David I will be with thee, and thou shalt his father, &c. Asa's heart was persmite the Midianites as one man: fect with the Lord all his days. he said unto him, &c. Shew me a 1 Kings xv. 11. 14. sign that thou talkest with me, &c. But he removed not the high If thou wilt save Israel by mine hand, places.--1 Kings xv. 14. as thou hast said; behold, I will put Asa took out silver and gold out of a fleece of wool in the floor, &c. Let the treasures of the house of the not thine anger be hot against me, Lord, &c. made a league with the king and I will speak but this once. Let of Syria : and Hanani the seer came me prove, I pray thee, but this once to him, and said, Because thou hast with the fleece, &c.—Judges vi. relied on the king of Syria, and not 16, 17. 36–40. Heb. xi. 32. relied on the Lord thy God, &c. Then
Eli is charged with iniquity, in not Asa was wrath with the seer, and put restraining his sons from violence. him in a prison-house; for he was in 1 Sam. ii. 13.
a rage with him because of this thing. My servant David, who kept my And Asa oppressed (or crushed) some commandments, and who followed me of the people at that time, &c. In his with all his heart, to do that only disease, he sought not to the Lord, which is right in mine eyes, &c.— but to the physicians.—2 Chron. xvi. 1 Kings xi. 32–34.38. Acts xiii. 22. 1-4.7. 10. 12.
David hastily resolved to have Solomon failed very greatlyavenged himself on Nabal, by cutting 1 Kings xi. 1, &c. off him and all his males, &c. And When Elijah the prophet was in David, &c. was sore afraid of Achish, trouble, he said, It is enough: now, the king of Gath: and he changed his O Lord, take away my life; for I am behaviour before them, and feigned no better than my fathers.—1 Kings himself mad in their hands, &c. Da- xix. 4. vid said in his heart, I shall now And Jehoshaphat walked, &c. doperish one day by the hand of Saul, &c. ing that which was right in the eyes of