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judge angels : how much more things body; the fulness of him that filleth which pertain to this life ?-1 Cor. vi. all in all.-Eph. i. 3. 5. 18. 22, 23. 2, 3.

God, who is rich in mercy, and The unbelieving husband is sanc- hath made us to sit together in heatified by the wife, and the unbelieving venly places in Christ Jesus, &c. wife is sanctified by the husband ; We are no more strangers, &c. but else were your children unclean, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and now are they holy, &c. He that is of the household of God, &c. You called in the Lord, being a servant, are builded together for an habitation he is the Lord's freeman.—1 Cor. vii. of God, through the Spirit.—Eph. ii. 14. 22.

4. 6. 13. 19. 22. If any man love God, the same is For to me to live, is Christ; and known of him.-Cor. viii. 3. to die, is gain.-Phil. i. 21.

To the glory of God by us.- The peace of God, which passeth 2 Cor. i. 20.

all understanding, shall keep your Ye are the temple of the living hearts and minds, through Christ God; as God hath said, I will dwell Jesus, &c. The God of peace shall in them, and walk in them ; and I be with you.—Phil. iv. 7. 9. will be their God, and they shall be Giving thanks to the Father, which my people ; and I will be a Father hạth made us meet to be partakers unto you, and ye shall be my sons of the inheritance of the saints in and daughters, saith the Lord Al- light: who hath delivered us from mighty.—2 Cor, vi. 16. 18. 1 Cor. the power of darkness, and hath vi. 19.

translated us into the kingdom of his The Apostle Paul was caught up dear Son, &c. The mystery which into the third heaven, &c. into para- had been hid from ages, &c. but now dise, and heard unspeakable words, is made manifest to his saints ; to which it is not lawful (or possible) whom God would make known what for a man to utter.—2 Cor. xii. 244. is the riches of the glory of this

Christ gave himself, &c. that he mystery, &c.—Col. i. 12, 13. 26, 27. might deliver us from this present Your life is hid with Christ in God, evil world.—Gal. i. 3, 4.

&c. The elect of God, holy and beYe are all the children of God, &c. loved.—Col. iii. 3. 12. And if Christ's, then Abraham's seed, That

ye would walk worthy of God, and heirs, according to the promise. — who hath called you unto his kingGal. iii. 26. 29. iv. 28.

dom and glory.—1 Thess. ii. 12. And because ye are sons, God hath God hath not appointed us to sent forth the Spirit of his Son into wrath, but to obtain salvation by our your hearts, crying, Abba, Father, &c. Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us ; And if a son, then an heir of God, that whether we wake or sleep, we through Christ.-Gal. iv. 6, 7 should live together with him.

Brethren, ye have been called unto 1 Thess. v. 9, 10. liberty; only use not liberty for an Brethren, beloved of the Lord, &c. occasion to the flesh, &c. If

ye be He called you by our gospel, to the led by the Spirit, ye are not under obtaining of the glory of our Lord the law.-Gal. y. 13. 18.

Jesus Christ, &c. Now our Lord Je1. Blessed be God, who hath blessed sus Christ himself, and God, even our us with all spiritual blessings in Father, which hath loved us, and given heavenly things, &c. Having pre- us everlasting consolation, and good destinated us unto the adoption of hope through grace.—2 Thess. ii. 13, children, &c. What is the riches of 14. 16. the glory of his inheritance in the Godliness is profitable unto all saints, &c. The church, which is his things; having the promise of the life that now is, and of that which is A crown of life, which the Lord to come, &c. We trust in the living hath promised to them that love him. God, who is the Saviour of all men, -James i. 12. especially of those who believe. Hath not God chosen the poor of 1 Tim. iv. 8. 10.

this world rich in faith, and heirs of Godliness, with contentment, is the kingdom, which he hath promised great gain.-1 Tim. vi. 6.

to them who love him ?-James ii. 5. Unto the pure all things are pure.

The effectual fervent prayer of a Titus i. 15.

righteous man availeth much. Elias Being justified, &c. We should was a man subject to like passions as be made heirs according to the hope we are ; and he prayed earnestly that of eternal life.—Titus iii. 7.

it might not rain, and it rained not, The angels, &c. are they not all &c. And he prayed again, and the ministering spirits, sent forth to heavens gave rain, and the earth minister for them who shall be heirs brought forth her fruit.— James v. of salvation ?-Heb. i. 13, 14. Matt. 16–18. xviii. 10.

Blessed be God, &c. who, &c. hath There remaineth therefore a rest begotten us again to a lively hope, (or keeping of a sabbath) to the peo- by the resurrection of Jesus, &c.ple of God, &c.—Heb. iv. 9. vi. 19. 1 Pet.i.3.

God is not unrighteous, to forget Ye also as lively stones are built up your

work and labour of love which a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, ye have shewed towards his name, &c. to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptWherein God, willing more abun- able to God by Jesus Christ, &c. Ye dantly to shew unto the heirs of pro- are achosen generation, a royal priestmise the immutability of his counsel, hood, a holy nation, a peculiar (or a confirmed it by an oath, that by two purchased) people, that ye should immutable things, in which it was shew forth the praises (or virtues), impossible for God to lie, we might &c.—1 Pet. ii. 5.9. Rom. i. 6. Rev. have strong consolation, who have fled v. 10. for refuge, to lay hold upon the hope Ye are thereunto called, that ye set before us.--Heb. vi. 10. 17, 18. should inherit a blessing, &c. The

The excellency of the new cove- eyes of the Lordare over the righteous, nant, and the saints privileges under and his ears are open unto their it.—Heb. viii. 7-11. x. 16—19.

prayers.—1 Pet. iii. 9. 12. Others had trial of cruel mockings Casting all your care upon him, for and scourgings, &c. of whom the he careth for you.—1 Pet. v. 7. world was not worthy. - Heb. xi. According as his divine power hath 36–38.

given us all things that pertain to life Ye are come unto Mount Sion, and and godliness, &c. whereby are given unto the city of the living God, the unto us exceeding great and precious heavenly Jerusalem; and to an innu- promises, that by these you might be merable company of angels, to the partakers of the divine nature, &c. general assembly and church of the So an entrance shall be ministered firstborn, which are written (or en- unto you abundantly into the everrolled) in heaven ; and to God, the lasting kingdom of our Lord and Sajudge of all ; and to the spirits of viour Jesus Christ.—2 Pet. i. 3, 4. 11. just men made perfect; and to Jesus, The Lord knoweth how to deliver &c. and to the blood of sprinkling, the godly out of temptations.--2 Pet. that speaketh, &c.—Heb. xii. 22–24. ii. 9.

Be content, &c. for he hath said, I Truly our fellowship is with the will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. So that, &c.—Heb. xiii. 5, 6.

- Johni. 3. 1 Cor. i. 9.

AND

TOGETHER WITH THE MANIFESTA

TION THEREOF.

We have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ, the righteous, &c.

CHAP. XIII. He that doth the will of God, abideth for ever, &c. Ye have an unction from THE UNION AND RELATION BETWEEN the Holy One, and ye know all things.

CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH ; - John ii. 1. 17. 20.

THEIR MUTUAL LOVE AND ESTEEM, Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,

that we should be called the sons of God, I will declare thy name unto my &c. Beloved, now are we the sons of brethren, &c.--Ps. xxii

. 22. God; and it doth not yet appear

Let him kiss me with the kisses of what we shall be, &c. Whatsoever his mouth : for thy love is better we ask we receive of him, because we than wine, &c. Thy name is as ointkeep his commandments, and do those ment poured forth, therefore do the things that are pleasing in his sight. virgins love thee. Tell me, 0 thou, -1 John iii. 1, 2. 22.

whom my soul loveth, where thou Ye are of God, &c. greater is he feedest, &c. For why should I be as that is in you, than he that is in the one that turneth aside by the flocks world.-1 John iv. 4.

of thy companions? If thou know I have written these things to you not, O thou fairest among women, that believe, that ye may know that go, &c. A bundle of myrrh is my beye have eternal life, &c. This is the loved unto me; he shall lie all night confidence that we bave in him, that between my breasts, &c. Behold thou if we ask any thing according to his art fair, my love, &c.-Cant. i. 2, 3.7, will, he heareth us, &c. We know that 8.13. 15, 16. we are of God.-1 John v. 13, 14. 19. As the lily among thorns, so is my

The revelation of Jesus Christ, love among the daughters: as the which God gave unto him, to shew apple tree among the trees of the unto his servants things which must wood, so is my beloved among the shortly come to pass, &c. He hath sons. I sat down (or delighted and made us kings, &c.-Rev. i. 1. 6. sat down) under his shadow with

Hurt not the earth, till we have great delight, and his fruit was sweet, sealed the servants of God in their &c. I am sick of love. His left hand foreheads.-Rev. vii. 2,3.

is under my head, and his right hand And it was commanded them that doth embrace me, &c. O my love, let they should not hurt, &c. but only me see thy countenance, let me hear those men which have not the seal of thy voice : for sweet is thy voice, God in their foreheads. -Rev. ix. 4. and thy countenance is comely

All shall worship the beast, whose Cant. ii. 2–6. 14. names are not written in the book of By night on my bed I sought him life. -Rey. xiii. 8. xvii. 8.

whom my soul loveth ; I sought him, The Lamb shall overcome them, &c. but I found him not. I will rise now, and they that are with him, are called, and go about the city, I will seek him and chosen, and faithful.-Rev. xvii. whom my soul loveth, &c. Saw ye 14. xx. 8,9.

him whom my soul loveth ? I found And I saw them that had gotten the him, &c. I held him, and would not victory over the beast, and over his let him go.—Cant. iii. 1—4. image, and over his mark, &c. Having Thou art all fair, my love ; there the harps of God; and they sing the is no spot in thee; come with me, song of Moses, &c.-Rey.xv. 2-4. XX. 4. &c. Thou hast ravished (or taken

Blessed are they that do, &c. they away) my heart, my sister, my spouse : have right to the tree of life.- Rev. thou hast ravished my heart with one xxii. 14.

of thine eyes, &c. How fair is thy love, my sister, my spouse! How . Ye call me Master and Lord, and much better is thy love than wine! ye say well: for so I am.-Johnxiii. 13. &c. A garden inclosed is my sister, Let not your hearts be troubled, &c. Let my beloved come into his &c. I will come again, and receive garden, &c.-Cant. iv. 7-10.12. 16.

you unto myself; that where I am, It is the voice of my beloved that there ye may be also, &c. I will not knocketh, saying, Open to me, my leave you comfortless,&c. Ye see me; sister, my love, my dove, my unde- because I live, ye shall live also, &c. filed, &c. I opened to my beloved, You in me, and I in you, &c. I will but my beloved had withdrawn him- love him, and manifest myself to him, self, and was gone, my soul failed &c. Peace I leave with you: let not when he spake : I sought him, but I your hearts be troubled. - John xiv. could not find him: I called him, i. 3. 18-21.23. 27. 1* Jolin 3. 24. but he gave me no answer, &c. Tell I am the vine, ye are the branches, him that I am sick of love, &c. My &c. As the Father hath loved me, beloved is, &c. He is altogether so have I loved you : continue ye in lovely.Cant. v. 2. 6. 8. 10. 16. my love. These things have I spoken

I am my beloved's, and my beloved unto you, that my joy might remain is mine, &c. Thou art beautiful, o in you, and that your joy might be my love, &c. my dove, my undefiled, full. I have loved you; greater love &c. Who is she that looketh forth as hath no man than this, that a man lay the morning, fair as the moon, clear down his life for his friends. Ye are as the sun ?-Cant. vi. 3,4. 9, 10. ii. 16. my friends, &c.—Johnxv. 5.9. 11-14.

I am my beloved's, and his desire Lúke xii. 4. is towards me.-Cant. vii. 10.

These things have I spoken, that Set me as a seal upon thine heart, ye should not be offended, &c. I will as a seal upon thine arm ; for love is see you again, and your heart shall strong as death.—Cant. viii. 6. rejoice, and your joy no man taketh

Behold I, and the children whom from you. The Father himself loveth the Lord hath given me.—Isa. viii. 18. you, &c.-John xvi. 1. 22. 27. Heb. ii. 13.

Christ prays for his Church at large. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto John xvii. one of the least of these

my brethren, Go to my brethren, and say unto ye have done it unto me, &c. When them, I ascend unto my Father, and saw we thee an hungered, &c. and did your Father; and to my God, and not minister? &c. Inasmuch as ye did your God.-John xx. 17. it not to one of the least of these, ye Jesus saith, Feed my lambs, feed did it not to me.—Matt. xxv. 40. 44, my sheep.-- John xxi. 15–17. 45. Mark ix. 41, 42.

When Saul persecuted the Church, Go tell my brethren, that they go Christ said unto him, Why persecutest into Galilee, and there shall they see thou me ? &c. I am Jesus whom thou me.—Matt. xxviii. 10. Mark iii. 35. persecutest.—Acts ix. 4,5. Rom. viii, 29.

Ye are become dead to the law, that He that eateth my flesh, and ye should be married to another, even drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, to him who is raised from the dead. and I in him.-John vi. 56.

-Rom. vii. 4. xiv. 9. I am the good shepherd : the good Thou bearest not the root, but the shepherd giveth his life for the sheep, root thee.-Rom. xi. 17. &c. I, &c. know my sheep, and am Ye are Christ's.- 1 Cor. iii. 23. known of mine.-John x. 11. 14. Know you not that your

bodies are I am glad for your sakes that I was the members of Christ, &c. He that not there, to the intent ye may be- is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. lieve.- John xi. 15.

- Cor. vi. 15. 17.

CIALLY SUCH AS WOULD EXCEL.

i. When yesinsoagainst 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. ii. 19. John xiv. 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 thing's 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. ii. 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

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