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? When yesin soagainst the brethren, together, increaseth with the increase ye sin against Christ.—1 Cor. viii. 12. of God. - Col. ii. 19.

The head of every man is Christ. Both he that sanctifieth, and they 1 Cor. xi. 3.

who are sanctified, are all of one; All the members of that one body for which cause he is not ashamed to being many, are one body; so also is call them brethren: saying, I will deChrist. For by one Spirit are we all clare thy name, &c.--Heb. ii. 11, 12. baptized in one body-1 Cor. xii. 12, Christ as a son over his own house; 13. Gal. iii. 28.

whose house are we, if we hold fast, The love of Christ constraineth us. &c.-Heb. iii. 6. -2 Cor. v. 14.

Jesus Christ, whom having not I have espoused you to one hus- seen ye love, &c.—1 Pet. i. 7,8. band, that I may present you a chaste Unto you

which believe, he is previrgin to Christ. — 2 Cor. xi. 2. cious, &c.—1 Pet. ii. 7.

Gave him to be the head over all Jesus Christ, that loved us, and things to the church, which is his washed us, &c.—Rev. i. 5. body; the fulness of him that filleth If any man hear my voice, &c. I all in all.-Eph. i. 22, 23. Col. i. 18. will come in to him, and sup with

To know the love of Christ which him, and he with me.-Rev. iii. 20. passeth knowledge.--Eph. iii. 19. John xiy. 21. 23.

Grow up into him in all things, which is the head, Christ, from whom

CHAP. XIV. the whole body fitly joined together and compacted, &c.—Eph. iv. 15, 16. OF THE DUTY OF BELIEVERS; ESPE

Christ hath loved us, and given himself for us an offering, &c. Christ Sect. 1. Towards God, in the General. is the head of the church, and the Saviour of the body, &c. Christ loved To live to God, not to themselves : to the church, and gave himself for it, be holy, fruitful, walking in the that he might sanctify and cleanse it,

light, in an honest, heavenly, and &c. that he might present it to him

spiritual conversation, worthy of self a glorious church, not having

their high calling ; to glorify God, spot or wrinkle, &c. No man 'ever

and mind the things above. hated his own flesh, but nourisheth FEAR God, and keep his commandand cherisheth it, even as the Lord ments, for this is the whole duty of the church : for we are members of man.-Eccles. xii, 13, 14. his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. Enoch walked with God.-Gen. v. -Eph. v. 2.23. 25–27.29,30. 22. 24.

I am in a strait betwixt two, having Noah walked with God. Gen. vi.9. a desire to depart, and to be with And the Lord said unto Noah, Christ, which is far better.-Phil. Come thou, &c. For thee have I seen i. 23.

righteous before me in this generaWhat things were gain to me, those tion, &c. And Noah did according I counted loss for Christ; yea, doubt- unto all that the Lord had commanded less, I count all things but loss for him.-Gen. vii. 1. 5. the excellency of the knowledge of I am the Lord

your God : ye shall Christ Jesus my Lord; for whom I therefore sanctify yourselves, and ye have suffered the loss of all things, shall be holy, for I am holy-Lev. and do count them but dung, that I xi. 44, 45. xix. 2. may win Christ.-Phil. iii. 7, 8. Seek not after your own heart, &c.

Not holding the head, from which but be ye holy unto your God, &c. all the body by joints and bands hav- Numb. xv. 39, 40. ing nourishment ministered, and knit Thou art an holy people unto the

Lord, &c. Thou shalt not eat any your souls : for my yoke is easy, and abominable thing.-Deut. xiv. 2, 3. my burden is light.-Matt. xi. 29,30.

Those that honour me, I will i Pet. ii. 21-23. honour ; and they that despise me, A good man out of the good treashall be lightly esteemed.-- Sam. sure of the heart, bringeth forth good ži. 30.

things.-Matt. xii. 35. vii, 17, 18. Holiness becometh thine house, 0 They are to improve their talents. Lord, for ever.-Ps. xciii. 5.

See the Parable.-Matt. xxv. 14, &c. In all thy ways acknowledge him, Behold, these three years I come and he shall direct thy paths. -Prov. seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find iii. 6.

none; cut it down, why cumbereth Behold, all souls are mine ; as the it the ground ? &c. Strive to enter soul of the father, so also the soul of in at the strait gate.-Luke xiii. 7, 24. the son is mine : the soul that sin When ye shall have done all those neth, it shall die. Ezek. xviii. 4. things which are commanded you,

Israel is an empty vine, he bringeth say, We are unprofitable servants, we forth fruit unto himself. Hosea x. 1. have done that which was our duty

He hath shewed thee, O man, what to do.-Luke xvii. 10. is good, &c. but to do justly, love Walk while ye have the light, lest mercy, and to walk humbly with thy darkness come upon you. -John God.—Micah vi. 8.

xii. 35. Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell Ye call me Master and Lord ; and in your ceiled houses, and this house ye say well : for so I am.-- John lie waste ? &c. Ye have sown much, xiii. 13. and bring in little, &c. Why? saith Every branch in me that beareth the Lord of hosts. Because of mine not fruit, he taketh

away ; house that is waste ; and ye run branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth, every man unto his own house, there- it, that it may bring forth more fruit, fore, &c.-Hag: i. 4. 6. 9, 10. &c. Herein is my Father glorified,

If I be a father, where is mine that ye bear much fruit, &c. I have honour? If I be a master, where is chosen you, and ordained you, that my fear? saith the Lord.—Mal. i. 6. you should go and bring forth fruit,

Bring forth therefore fruits meet and that your fruit should remain.for repentance, &c. The axe is laid John xv. 2. 8. 16. unto the root of the trees, therefore In every nation, he that feareth every tree which bringeth not forth God, and worketh righteousness, is good fruit is hewn down, and cast accepted with him.-Acts x. 35. into the fire.—Matt. iii. 8. 10. Luke Herein do I exercise myself, to have. iii. 8. Matt. v. 29.

always a conscience void of offence, Let your light so shine before men, toward God, and toward men.--Acts: that they may see your good works, xxiv. 16. and glorify your Father which is in I have shewed, that they should heaven.—Matt. v. 16. 1 Sam. ii. 30. repent, and do works meet for repentJohn xv. 8.

ance.--Acts xxvi. 20.. Lay up for yourselves treasures in We also should walk in newness of heaven, &c. For where your treasure life, &c. Yield yourselves unto God, is, there will your heart be also, &c. as those that are alive from the dead, Seek

ye first the kingdom of God, &c. and your members as instruments of —Matt. vi. 20, 21. 33. Luke xii. righteousness unto God. Know ye 33, 34. John vi. 27.

not, that to whom ye yield yourselves Take my yoke upon you, and learn servants to obey, his servants ye are of me, for I am meek and lowly in to whom ye obey : whether of sin heart ; and ye shall find rest unto unto death, or of obedience unto

and every


righteousness ? &c.-Rom. vi. 4. 13. spirit, which are God's.-- 1 Cor. vi. 13. 16. 19.

15. 19, 20. iii. 16, 17. Ye are also become dead to the law, Whether therefore ye eat or drink, &c. that we should bring forth fruit or whatsoever ye do, do all to the unto God, &c. That we should serve glory of God.-i Cor. x. 31. in newness of spirit, and not in the Be

ye followers of me, as I also am oldness of the letter.-Rom. vii. 4. 6. of Christ. I Cor. xi, 1.

We are debtors, not to the flesh, Be ye stedfast, &c. always aboundto live after the flesh; for if ye live ing in the work of the Lord, forasafter the flesh, ye shall die ; but if much as ye know that your labour is ye through the Spirit do mortify the not in vain in the Lord.-1 Cor. xv.58. deeds of the body, ye shall live. Wherefore we endeavour (or laRom. viii. 12, 13.

bour) that whether present, or absent, I beseech you, brethren, by the we may be accepted of him. The mercies of God, that ye present your love of Christ constraineth us, bebodies a living sacrifice, holy, ac cause we thus judge, that if one died ceptable unto God, your reasonable for all, then were all dead, &c. That service ; and be not conformed to they which live, should not hencethis world, but be ye transformed by forth live unto themselves, but unto the renewing of your mind, that ye him which died for them.-2 Cor. may prove what is that good, and v. 9. 14, 15. acceptable will of God, &c. Provide Having therefore these promises things honest in the sight of all men. (dearly beloved) let us cleanse oura -Rom. xii. 1, 2. 17. Eph. v. 10. selves from all filthiness of the flesh

It is high time to awake out of and spirit, perfecting holiness in the sleep, &c. The night is far spent, the fear of God.—2 Cor. vii. 1. day is at hand: let us therefore cast Providing for honest things, not off the works of darkness, and let us only in the sight of the Lord, but also put on the armour of light. Let us in the sight of men.—2 Cor. viii. 21. walk honestly as in the day, not in 1 Tim. ii. 2. Heb. xiii. 18. rioting and drunkenness, &e. but put Walk in the Spirit, and


shall ye on the Lord Jesus Christ ; and not fulfil (or fulfil not) the lust of make not provision for the flesh, to the flesh.

Gal. v. 16, 17. fulfil the lusts thereof.Rom. xiii. Be not deceived, God is not 11-14.

mocked : for whatsoever a man None of us liveth to himself, and soweth, that shall he also reap. For no man dieth to himself: for whether he that soweth to the flesh, shall of we live, we live unto the Lord, &c. the flesh reap corruption : but he that Whether live therefore, or die, we soweth to the Spirit, shall of the are the Lord's. Righteousness and Spirit reap life, &c. For in Christ peace, &c. For he that in these things Jesus neither circumcision availeth serveth Christ, is acceptable to God, any thing, &c. but a new creature. and approved of men.-Rom. xiv. 7-9. Gal. vi. 7, 8. 15. v. 16. 17, 18. xi. 36. 1 Pet. iv. 2. 6.

According as he hath chosen us in I would have you wise unto that him, &c. that we should be holy, and which is good, and simple concerning without blame before him in love. evil.Rom. xvi. 19.1

Eph. i. 4. The body is not for fornication, Created, &c. unto good works, but for the Lord, &c. Your bodies which God hath before ordained, that are the members of Christ, &c. And we should walk in them.-Eph. ii. 10. ye are not your own; for ye are Titus ii. 14. bought with a price : therefore glo I therefore beseech you, that ye rify God in your body, and in your walk worthy of the vocation where


mind :

with ye are called. This I say there- earthly things : for our conversation fore, and testify in the Lord, that ye is in heaven. Phil. iii. 17-20. henceforth walk not as other Gentiles I Cor. xi. 1. walk, in the vanity of their mind, &c. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things But ye have not so learned Christ, are true, whatsoever things are honest, &c. That ye put off concerning the whatsoever things are lovely, whatformer conversation, the old man, soever things are of good report ; if which is corrupt according to the de- there be any praise, think on these ceitful lust; and be renewed in the things. Those things which ye have spirit of your

and that ye put both learned, and received, and heard, on the new man, which, after God, is and seen in me, do, &c.—Phil. iv. created in righteousness, and true 8, 9. holiness.-Eph. iv. 1. 17.20.22-24. That ye might walk worthy of the Col. iii. 9, 10.

Lord, unto all pleasing, being fruitful Be ye therefore followers of God, in every good work. Col. i. 10. as dear children, &c. Ye were some- 2 Thess. i. 11. times darkness, but now are ye light If ye then be risen with Christ, in the Lord : walk as children of the seek those things which are above, light, &c. Have no fellowship with &c. Set your affection on things the unfruitful works of darkness, but above, not on things on the earth, &c. rather reprove them, &c. See then Mortify therefore your members which that ye walk circumspectly, not as are upon the earth, fornication, &c.— fools, but as wise, redeeming the time. Col. iii

. 1, 2. 5. -Eph. v. 1. 8. 11. 15, 16.

Walk in wisdom toward them who That ye may approve things that are without, redeeming the time, &c. are excellent (or try things which That ye may stand perfect, and comdiffer), that ye may be sincere, and plete, in all the will of God, &c.without offence, till the day of Christ, Col. iv. 5. 12. &c. Being filled with the fruits of That ye would walk worthy of righteousness, which are by Jesus God, who hath called you unto his Christ, unto the glory and praise of kingdom.—1 Thess. ii. 12. God, &c. According to my earnest We exhort you, by the Lord Jesus, expectation, &c. Christ shall be mag- that as ye have received of us how ye nified in my body, whether it be by ought to walk, and to please God; life or by death, &c. Let your con 80 ye would abound more and more, versation be as it becometh the gospel &c. For this is the will of God, your of Christ.Phil. i. 10, 11. 20.27. sanctification, &c. That every one

Work out your own salvation with of you should know how to possess fear and trembling, &c. That ye may his vessel in sanctification and honour, be blameless and harmless, the sons &c. For God hath not called us unto of God without rebuke, in the midst uncleanness, but unto holiness. of a crooked and perverse nation, 1 Thess. iv. 1. 3, 4. 7. among whom ye shine (or shine ye) Now the very God of peace sancas lights in the world, &c. All seek tify you wholly, and I pray God your their own things, not the things whole spirit, and soul, and body be which are Jesus Christ's.-Phil. ii. 12. preserved blameless, unto the coming 15. 21.

of our Lord.—1 Thess. v. 23. Brethren, be ye followers of me, The end of the commandment is and mark them which walk so, as ye charity out of a pure heart, and of a baye us for an example : for many good conscience, and of faith inwalk, of whom I have told you, &c. feigned.—1 Tim. i. 5. even weeping, they are the enemies Exercise thyself to godliness, &c. of the cross of Christ, &c. who mind Godliness is profitable to all things,

having the promise of the life, &c.- hold, glorify God in the day of visiI Tim. iv. 7, 8. ii. 2. vi. 6.

tation, &c. So is the will of God, Thou, O man of God, &c. follow that with well-doing ye may, &c. after righteousness, godliness, &c. We being dead to sin, should live I Tim. vi. ll.

unto righteousness.—1 Pet. ii. 9. 11, Flee also youthful lusts : but fol- 12. 15. 24. 1 Tim. v. 14. Titus ii. 5. low righteousness, &c.—2 Tim. ii. 22. Let him eschew evil, and do good, For the grace of God that bringeth &c. Who is he that will harm you,

if salvation hath appeared, &c. teaching ye be followers of that which is good? us, that denying ungodliness and &c. Sanctify the Lord God in your worldly lusts, we should live soberly, hearts, and be always ready to give righteously, and godly in this present an answer to every man that asketh world.—Titus ii. 11,' 12.

you a reason of the hope that is in Put them in mind, &c. to be ready you, with meekness and fear; having to every good work, &c. A faithful a good conscience ; that whereas they saying, and these things I will that speak evil of you, as of evil doers, thou affirm constantly, that they they may be ashamed that falsely acwhich have believed in God, might cuse your good conversation in Christ. be careful to maintain good works. - 1 Pet. iii. 11. 13. 15, 16. Titus iii. 1.8.

The time past of our life may Let us lay aside every weight, and suffice us to have wrought the will of the sin which doth so easily beset us, the Gentiles, &c. If any man miand let us run with patience the race nister, &c. that God in all things may that is set before us, &c. Follow be glorified through Jesus Christ. peace, and holiness, without which i Pet, iv. 3. 11. no man shall see the Lord.—Heb, xii.

Giving all diligence, add to your 1. 14.

faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, Remember them which have the and to knowledge temperance, &c. rule over you, &c. whose faith follow, godliness, &c. If these things be in considering the end of their conver- you, and abound, they make you

that sation..Heb. xiii. 7.

you shall not be unfruitful, &c. Give Who is a wise man ? &c. Let him diligence to make your calling and shew out of a good conversation his election sure.--2 Pet. i. 5—8. 10. works with meekness of wisdom. Seeing that all these things shall James iii. 13.

be dissolved, what manner of persons Draw nigh to God, and he will ought ye to be in all holy conversadraw nigh to you.-James iv. 8. tion and godliness ? &c. Wherefore,

As obedient children, not fashion- beloved, seeing ye look for such ing yourselves according to the fore things, be diligent, that ye may be mer lusts, in your ignorance : but as found of him in peace, without spot, he which hath called you is holy, so and blameless.--2 Pet. iii. 11. 14. be ye holy in all manner of conver God is light, &c. If we say that sation ; because it is written, Be ye we have fellowship with him, and holy, for I am holy.—1 Pet. i. 14, 15. walk in darkness, we lie, and do not

Ye are a chosen generation, &c. the truth ; but if we walk in the that ye should shew forth the praises light, as he is in the light, &c.of him who hath called you, &c. 1 John i. 5—7. Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war These things write I unto you, against the soul, having your conver- that ye sin not. And if any man sin, sation honest among the Gentiles, we have an advocate, &c. He that that whereas (or wherein) they speak saith, he abideth in him, ought himagainst you as evil-doers, they may self also to walk even as he your good works which they be- 1 John ii. 1. 6.

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