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CHAP. 10. Where all are stirred up to put themselves upon the
trial, whether sincere or not; three arguments used
true in heart, or sincerc, to wear this belt close girt
drooping doubting souls, who neither are condemned
why sincerity is set out by the soldier's belt; viz.
And having on the breast-plate of righteousness.
CHAP. 1. Contains the explication of the words....
mour with the first; righteousness with truth....... 213
that the Christian's especial care should be to keep
point, taken from God's design as to this..... 216
breast-plate of righteousness, and maintain the power
of holiness, taken from Satan's great design against it. 225
CHAP. 6. Contains the first instance wherein the Christian is to
express the power of holiness, and that is in his be-
appear in the Christian's life, i. e. the duties of God's
appear, and that is in the Christian's worldly employ-
that desire to maintain the power of a holy righteous
feated, which he useth to make the Christian throw
would cheat the Christian of his breast-plate, pre-
senting it as prejudicial to his worldly profits... 294
disarm the Christian of his breast-plate; and that is
VERSE 15. And your feet shod with the preparation of
the Gospel of Peace.
CHAP. 1. Wherein the glad news that the Gospel brings is de-
clared from five particulars, requisite to fill up the
news finds in the world; with two or three sad
this joyous message.
cular peace of reconciliation, where it is proved there
is a quarrel betwixt God and man, as also that tho
unreconciled state, how they may be at peace with
from the Gospel, and only the Gospel, with a double
gether in true peace, and how the Gospel doth it. :. 417
that is among saints, and which is among the wicked;
and unity among saints in this life. 424
pared for all sufferings, with one reason of the point. 445
for sufferings, i.e. he that hath the Gospel's peace in
In Complete Armour.
EPHESIANS, vs. 11.
Stand therefore and
The Apostle bad laid down in general, verse 13, what armour the Christian soldier must use: “ Armour of God.” Now lest any should stamp divinity upon what is huinan, and make bold to set God's name on their counterfeit ware, calling that armour of God which comes out of their private forge, as Papists and many carpal Protestants also do, who invent weapons to fight the devil with that never came into God's heart to appoint; he therefore comes more particularly to shew what this whole armour of God is, describing it piece by piece, which together make up the complete suit, and every way furpisheth the Christian to take the field against this bis enemy. We shall handle them in that order we find them here laid by the Apostle. Only something would briefly be first said to the posture given us in charge, as that which we are to observe in the use of every piece, and therefore prefixed to all, because it hath influence upon all. The posture lies in these words : “Stand therefore,.
' This word “stand” is the same with the last in the ing verse; but neither in the same mood, nor sense: there put for victory and triumph when the war is done, here for the Christian's posture in the fight, and in order to it. It
is a military expression, a word of command that captains use upon different occasions to their soldiers, and so imports several duties that are required at the Christian's hands.
WHEREIN IS BRIEFLY SHEWED THE NECESSITY OF RE
SISTING SATAN'S TEMPTATIONS, WITH THE DANGER OF YIELDING TO THEM.
FIRST, to stand, is opposed to a cowardly flight from, or treacherous yielding to the enemy. When a captain sees his men begin to shrink, and perceives some disposition in them to flee or yield, then he bids “ stand,” that is, stand manfully to it, and make good your ground against the enemy, by a valiant receiving his charge, and repelling his force. The word taken thus, points at a suitable duty incumbent on the Christian, which take in this.note.
Satan in his temptations is stoutly to be resisted, not in any wise yielded unto.
Reas. 1. T'he command is express for it: "whom resist, steadfast in the faith,” 1 Pet. 9. v. Set yourselves in battle against him, as the word imports, fight him whenever he comes. Soldiers must keep close to their commission, whatever comes on it. When Joab sent Uriah to stand in the fore-front of the battle, in the face of death itself, he could not but see his danger, yet he disputes not the matter with his general; obey he must, though he loses his life upon the place. Cowardice and disobedience to the leader's command are counted among the Turks the most damning sins; and shall they be thought peccadilos, little ones, by us that have Christ for our captain to serve, and sin and the devil for enemies to fight? To resist some temptations may cost us dear: " Ye have not