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Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your ceiled houses, and this house lie waste? &c. Ye have sown much, and bring in little, &c. Why? saith the Lord of hosts. Because of mine house that is waste; and ye run every man unto his own house, therefore, &c.-Hag. i. 4. 6. 9, 10.
If I be a father, where is mine honour? If I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord.-Mal. i. 6. Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance, &c. The axe is laid unto the root of the trees, therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.-Matt. iii. 8. 10. Luke jii. 8. Matt. v. 29.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.-Matt. v. 16. 1 Sam. ii. 30. John xv. 8.
Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, &c. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also, &c. Seek ye first the kingdom of God, &c. -Matt. vi. 20, 21. 33. Luke xii. 33, 34. John vi. 27.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me, for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto
your souls: for my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.-Matt. xi. 29, 30. 1 Pet. ii. 21—23.
A good man out of the good treas sure of the heart, bringeth forth good things.-Matt. xii. 35. vii. 17, 18.
They are to improve their talents. See the Parable.-Matt. xxv. 14, &c. Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none ; cut it down, why cumbereth it the ground? &c. Strive to enter in at the strait gate.-Luke xiii. 7, 24.
When ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants, we have done that which was our duty to do.-Luke xvii. 10.
Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you. -John
Ye call me Master and Lord; and ye say well for so I am.-John xiii. 13.
Every branch in me that beareth not fruit, he taketh away; and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit, &c. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit, &c. I have chosen you, and ordained you, that you should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain.John xv. 2. 8. 16.
In every nation, he that feareth God, and worketh righteousness, is accepted with him.-Acts x. 35.
Herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void of offence, toward God, and toward men.-Acts xxiv. 16.
I have shewed, that they should repent, and do works meet for repentance.-Acts xxvi. 20.
We also should walk in newness of life, &c. Yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey: whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto
righteousness? &c.-Rom. vi. 4. 13.
Ye are also become dead to the law, &c. that we should bring forth fruit unto God, &c. That we should serve in newness of spirit, and not in the oldness of the letter.-Rom. vii. 4. 6.
We are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh; for if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die; but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.Rom. viii. 12, 13.
I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, your reasonable service; and be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable will of God, &c. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. -Rom. xii. 1, 2. 17. Eph. v. 10.
It is high time to awake out of sleep, &c. The night is far spent, the day is at hand let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light. Let us walk honestly as in the day, not in rioting and drunkenness, &c. but put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ; and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.-Rom. xiii. 11-14.
None of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself: for whether we live, we live unto the Lord, &c. Whether we live therefore, or die, we are the Lord's. Righteousness and peace, &c. For he that in these things serveth Christ, is acceptable to God, and approved of men.-Rom.xiv. 7-9. 17, 18. xi. 36. 1 Pet. iv. 2. 6.
I would have you wise unto that which is good, and simple concerning evil.—Rom. xvi. 19.
The body is not for fornication, but for the Lord, &c. Your bodies are the members of Christ, &c. And ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your
Be ye followers of me, as I also am of Christ.-1 Cor. xi. 1.
Be ye stedfast, &c. always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.-1 Cor. xv.58.
Wherefore we endeavour (or labour) that whether present, or absent, we may be accepted of him. The love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead, &c. That they which live, should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them.-2 Cor. v. 9. 14, 15.
Having therefore these promises (dearly beloved) let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.-2 Cor. vii. 1.
Providing for honest things, not only in the sight of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.-2 Cor. viii. 21. 1 Tim. ii. 2. Heb. xiii. 18.
Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil (or fulfil not) the lust of the flesh.-Gal. v. 16, 17.
Be not deceived, God is not mocked : for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to the flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption: but he that soweth to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life, &c. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth any thing, &c. but a new creature.Gal. vi. 7, 8. 15. v. 16.
According as he hath chosen us in him, &c. that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love.Eph. i. 4.
Created, &c. unto good works, which God hath before ordained, that we should walk in them.-Eph. ii. 10. Titus ii. 14.
I therefore beseech you, that ye walk worthy of the vocation where
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 1 Cor. xi. 1. walk, in the vanity of their mind, &c. Finally, brethren, whatsoever things But ye have not so learned Christ, are true, whatsoeverthings 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 have spirit of your mind : 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.
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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. y. 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 have us for an example: for many good conscience, and of faithunwalk, 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,
hold, glorify God in the day of visitation, &c. So is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may, &c. We being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness.-1 Pet. ii. 9. 11, 12. 15. 24. 1 Tim. v. 14. Titus ii. 5.
Let him eschew evil, and do good, &c. Who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? &c. Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and be always ready to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear; having a good conscience; that whereas they speak evil of you, as of evil doers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in Christ.
baving the promise of the life, &c. 1 Tim. iv. 7, 8. ii. 2. vi. 6.
Thou, O man of God, &c. follow after righteousness, godliness, &c. 1 Tim. vi. 11.
Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, &c.-2 Tim. ii. 22.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared, &c. teaching us, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world.-Titus ii. 11, 12.
Put them in mind, &c. to be ready to every good work, &c. A faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God, might be careful to maintain good works. Titus iii. 1. 8.
Let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, &c. Follow peace, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.-Heb. xii. 1. 14.
Remember them which have the rule over you, &c. whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.-Heb. xiii. 7.
Who is a wise man? &c. Let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.― James iii. 13.
Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.-James iv. 8..
As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts, in your ignorance: but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy, for I am holy.-1 Pet. i. 14, 15.
Ye are a chosen generation, &c. that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you, &c. Abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul, having your conversation honest among the Gentiles, that whereas (or wherein) they speak against you as evil-doers, they may by your good works which they be
1 Pet. iii. 11. 13. 15, 16.
The time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, &c. If any man minister, &c. that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ.1 Pet. iv. 3. 11.
Giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, and to virtue knowledge, and to knowledge temperance, &c. godliness, &c. If these things be in you, and abound, they make you that shall not be unfruitful, &c. Give diligence to make your calling and election sure.-2 Pet. i. 5-8. 10.
Seeing that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness? &c. Wherefore, beloved, seeing ye look for such things, be diligent, that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless.-2 Pet. iii. 11. 14.
God is light, &c. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth; but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, &c.— 1 John i. 5-7.
These things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate, &c. He that saith, he abideth in him, ought himself also to walk even as he walked.-1 John ii. 1 6.
O love the Lord, all ye saints, &c. -Ps. xxxi. 23.
Every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure, &c. He that doth righteousness, is righteous, even as he is righteous. John iii. 3. 7.
Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good: he that doeth good is of God, but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.—, 3 John 11.
SECT. II. In Particular; 1. To love God, and the Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ; and, 2. Set our Affections on Things above.-Col.
I, THE Lord thy God, &c. shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me.-Exod. xx. 2. 6.
The Lord our God, one Lord. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.-Deut. vi. 4, 5.
The Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him.Deut. vii. 9.
And now, Israel, what doth God require of thee, but, &c. to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul? Deut. x. 12.
Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, &c. If you shall hearken, &c. to love the Lord your God, and to serve him with all your heart, &c. that I will, &c.-Deut. xi. 1. 13, 14.22.
The Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul.-Deut. xiii. 3.
And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.Deut. xxx. 6.
Take diligent heed to do the commandment, &c. to love the Lord your God.-Josh. xxii. 5.
Take good heed therefore unto yourselves (or souls) that ye love the Lord your God.-Josh. xxiii. 11.
I love the Lord, because he hath heard my voice.-Ps. cxvi. 1.
Thy name is as ointment poured forth; therefore do the virgins love thee.-Cant. i. 3. If ye find my beloved, &c. tell him that I am sick of love.-Cant. v. 8. Thus saith the Lord, I remember thee (or for thy sake), the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness.-Jer. ii. 2.
Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord, which he loved (or ought to love).-Mal. ii. 11.
He that loveth father or mother, &c. is not worthy of me, &c.-Matt. x. 37. Luke xiv. 26.
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment, &c. On these, &c. hang all the law and the prophets.-Matt. xxii. 37–40.
Iniquity shall abound; the love of many shall wax cold.-Matt. xxiv. 12.