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Lord, &c. Thou shalt not eat any your souls : for my yoke is easy, and abominable thing.–Deut. xiv. 2, 3. iny 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 trea: shall be lightly esteemed.-1 Sam. sure of the heart, bringeth forth good ii. 30.
things.--Matt. xii. 35. vii. 17, 13. Holiness becometh thine house, O They are to improve their talents. Lord, for ever.-Ps. xciji. 5.
See the Parable.--Matt. xxy. 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.
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
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. -Joha 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, and every 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 jii. 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
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
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 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
followers of me, as I also am oldness of the letter.-Rom. vii. 4. 6. of Christ. -1 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 our-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, &c. but put Walk in the Spirit, and ye
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 we 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.
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
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 ye have spirit of
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.
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. 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 faith unwalk, of whoin 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, baving the promise of the life, &c.-- hold, glorify God in the day of visi1 Tim. iv. 7, 8. i. 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 1 Tim. vi. 11.
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.- - 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 1 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. xii. 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 for- 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 hopest 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 walked.. by your good works which they be- 1 John ü. 1 6.
Every man that hath this hope in O love the Lord, all ye saints, &c. him, purifieth himself, even as he is —Ps. xxxi. 23. pure, &c. He that doth righteous- I love the Lord, because he hath ness, is righteous, even as he is heard my voice.-Ps. cxvi. 1. righteous.- John iï. 3. 7.
Thy name is as ointment poured Beloved, follow not that which is forth; therefore do the virgins love evil, but that which is good : he that thee.-Cant. i. 3. doeth good is of God, but he that If ye find my beloved, &c. tell him doeth evil hath not seen God.- that I am sick of love.-Cant. v. 8. 3 John 11.
Thus saith the Lord, I remember
thee (or for thy sake), the kindness Sect. 11. In Particular ; 1. To love of thy youth, the love of thine esGod, and the Father, and our Lord pousals
, when thou wentest after me Jesus Christ; and, 2. Set our in the wilderness.-Jer. ii. 2. Affections on Thing's above.-Col.
Judah hath profaned the holiness iii. 2.
of the Lord, which he loved (or ought I, The Lord thy God, &c. shewing to love).-Mal. ii. 11. mercy unto thousands of them that He that loveth father or mother, love me.-Exod. xx. 2. 6.
&c. is not worthy of me,
&c.—Matt. The Lord our God, one Lord. And x. 37. Luke xiv. 26. thou shalt love the Lord thy God Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.—Deut. soul, and with all thy mind. This is vi. 4, 5.
the first and great commandment, &c. The Lord thy God, he is God, the On these, &c. hang all the law and faithful God, which keepeth covenant the prophets.—Matt. xxii. 37–40. and mercy
with them that love him.-- Iniquity shall abound; the love of Deut. vii. 9.
many shall wax cold.-Matt. xxiv. 12. And now, Israel, what doth God Her sins, which are many, are forrequire of thee, but, &c. to love him, given, for she loved much. But to and to serve the Lord thy God with whom little is forgiven, the same all thy heart, and with all thy soul ?- loveth little.-Luke vii. 47. Deut. x. 12.
He that loveth me, shall be loved ! Therefore thou shalt love the Lord of my Father ; and I will love him, thy God, &c. If you shall hearken, &c. and will manifest myself to him, &c. to love the Lord your God, and to We will come unto him, and make serve him with all your heart, &c. our abode with him.- John xiv. 21. that I will,&c.—Deut. xi. 1. 13, 14. 22. 23.
The Lord your God proveth you, Peter, &c. lovest thou me more to know whether ye love the Lord than these? He saith unto him, Yea, your God with all your heart, and Lord; thou knowest that I love thee, with all your soul.-Deut. xiii. 3. &c. Again, the second and third
And the Lord thy God will circum- time.—John xxi. 15—17. cise thine heart, and the heart of thy The love of God is shed abroad in seed, to love the Lord thy God with our hearts by the Holy Ghost. all thine heart, and with all thy soul.- Rom. v. 5. Deut. xxx. 6.
If any man love God, the same is Take diligent heed to do the com- known of him.- 1 Cor. viii. 3. mandment, &c. to love the Lord your Though I speak with the tongues of God.—Josh. xxii. 5.
men and of angels, and have not charity, Take good heed therefore unto I am become as sounding brass, or a yourselves (or souls) that ye love the tinkling cymbal. And though I have Lord your God.- Josh. xxiii. 11. the gift of prophecy, and understand