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you, as becometh saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.
Let no man deceive you with vain words : for because of these things the wrath of God
the children of disobedience. Be not ye therefore partakers with them.
Eph. iv. 31, 32 ; v. 1–7.
Ye are not your own; for ye are bought with a price : therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are His. 1 Cor. vi. 19, 20.
Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.
Heb. xii. 14.
Christ died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto Him which died for them.
2 Cor. v. 15.
I beseech you, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Rom. xii. 1.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world ;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Tit. ii. 11-14.
then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things of the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear,
then shall ye also appear with Him in glory. Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth ; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry : for which things' sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: in the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these : anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds; and have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of Him that created him : where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all. Put on, therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye. And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom ; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by Him.
Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against them.
Children, obey your parents in all things : for this is well pleasing unto the Lord.
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God: and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;
Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance : for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong shall receive for the wrong which he hath done : and there is no respect of
And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;
And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;
And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
2 Pet. i. 5-8.
Little children, let no man deceive you : that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as He is righteous.
1 John iii. 7.
The only knowledge which is of any avail to us is that which teaches us our duty, or assists us in the discharge of it. “The fear of the Lord, and to depart from evil,” is the only wisdom which man should aspire after, as his work and business. Our province is virtue and religion, life and manners; the science of improving the temper and making the heart better. Virtue is demonstrably the happiness of man ; it consists in good actions, proceeding from a good principle, temper, or heart. Overt acts are entirely in our power. What remains is that we learn to “ keep our heart ;” to govern and regulate our passions, mind, affections ; so that we be free from the impotencies of fear, envy, malice, covetousness, ambition ; that we may be clear of them, considered as vices seated in the heart, considered as constituting a general wrong temper ; from which general wrong frame of mind all the mis
taken pursuits, and far the greatest part of the unhappiness, of life proceed. He who should find a rule to assist us in this work would deserve infinitely better of mankind than all the improvers of other knowledge put together.
The great, the only necessary, business we have to do in this world is to fit and prepare ourselves to live for ever in the presence of God; “ to finish the work God has given us to do, that we may receive the reward of good and faithful servants, to enter into our Master's rest.
This life, throughout the Scripture, is represented as the time of working; as a race, a warfare, a labouring in the vineyard : the other world as a place of recompense, of rewards and punishments. And if there be such a relation between this world and the next, as between fighting and conquering, and receiving the crown, as between running a race and obtaining a prize, as between the work and the reward, then we must fight and conquer, run our race, and finish our work for this world, if we expect the rewards of the next.
A life of holiness which we live in these bodies is a kind of middle state between earth and heaven ; such a man belongs to both worlds; he is united to this world by his body, which is made of earth, and feels the impression of sensible objects, but his heart and affections are in