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of their salvation divers ways shaken, diminished, and intermitted; as, by negligence in preserving of it; by falling into some special sing which woundeth the conscience, and grieveth the Spirit; by some sudden or vehement temptation; by God's withdrawing the light of his countenance, and suffering even such as fear him to walk in darkness, and to have no light P: yet are they


Psal. iv. 6. There be many that ness of the flesh and spirit, perfectsay, Who will shew us any good? ing holiness in the fear of God. Lord, lift thou up the light of thy Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore countenance upon us. Ver. 7. Thou now no condemnation to them hast put gladness in my heart, which are in Christ Jesus, who more than in the time that their walk not after the flesh, but after corn and their wine increased. the Spirit. Ver. 12. Therefore Psal. cxix. 32. I will run the way brethren, we are debtors, not to of thy commandments, when thou the flesh, to live after the flesh. shalt enlarge my heart.

1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are we ° 1 John ï. 1. My little children, the sons of God, and it doth not these things write I unto you, that yet appear what we shall be: but ye sin not.

And if any man sin, we know, that when he shall apwe have an advocate with the Fa- pear, we shall be like him; for we ther, Jesus Christ the righteous. shall see him as he is. Ver. 3. And Ver. 2. And he is the propitiation every man that hath this hope in for our sins: and not for ours only, him purifieth himself, even as he is but also for the sins of the whole pure. Psal. cxxx. 4. But there is world. Rom. vi. 1. What shall we forgiveness with thee, that thou say then? shall we continue in sin, mayest be feared. 1 John i. 6. If that grace may abound? Ver. 2. we say that we have fellowship God forbid: how shall we that are with him, and walk in darkness, dead to sin live any longer therein ? we lie, and do not the truth: Ver. Tit. ii. 11. For the grace of God 7. But if we walk in the light, as that bringeth salvation hath ap- he is in the light, we have felpeared to all men ; Ver. 12. Teach- lowship one with another; and ing us, that, denying ungodliness the blood of Jesus Christ his Son and worldly lusts, we should live cleanseth us from all sin. soberly, righteously, and godly, in IV. P Cant. v. 2. I sleep, but this present world." Ver. 14. Who my heart waketh: it is the voice gave himself for us, that he might of my beloved that knocketh, redeem us from all iniquity, and saying, Open to me, my sister, purify unto himself a peculiar my love, my dove, my undefiled: people, zealous of good works. for my head is filled with dew, 2 Cor. vii. 1. Having therefore these and my locks with the drops promises, dearly beloved, let us of the night. Ver. 3. I have put cleanse ourselves from all filthie off my coat; how shall I put

never utterly destitute of that seed of God, and life of faith, that love of Christ and the brethren, that sincerity of heart and conscience of duty, out of which, by the operation of the Spirit, this assurance may in due time be revived !, and


it on? I have washed my feet; diligent search. Ver. 7. Will the how shall I defile them? Ver. 6. Lord cast off for ever? and will I opened to my beloved; but he be favourable no more? Ver. 8. my beloved had withdrawn him- Is his mercy clean gone for ever? self

, and was gone; my soul doth his promise fail for everfailed when he spake: I sought more? Ver. 9. Hath God forgotten him, but I could not find him; I to be gracious ? hath he in anger called him, but he gave me no shut up his tender mercies? Se

Psal. li. 8. Make me to lah. * Ver. 10. And I said, This hear joy and gladness: that the is my infirmity: but I will rebones which thou hast broken member the years of the right may rejoice. Ver. 12. Restore un- hand of the most High. Mat. to me the joy of thy salvation: xxvi. 69. Now Peter sat without and uphold me with thy free in the palace; and a damsel came Spirit. Ver. 11. Deliver me from unto him, saying, Thou also wast blood-guiltiness, O God, thou with Jesus of Galilee. Ver. 70. But God of my salvation : and my he denied before them all, saytongue shall sing aloud of thy ing, I know not what thou sayest. righteousness. Eph. iv. 30. And Ver. 71. And when he was gone out grieve not the Holy Spirit of into the porch, another maid saw God, whereby ye are sealed unto him, and said unto them that the day of redemption. Ver. 31. were there, This fellow was also Let all bitterness, and wrath, and with Jesus of Nazareth. Ver. 72. anger, and clamour, and evil And again he denied with an speaking, be put away from you, oath, I do not_know the man. with all malice. Psal. lxxvii. 1. Psal. xxxi. 22. For I said in my I cried unto God with my voice, haste, I am cut off from before even unto God with my voice; thine eyes : nevertheless thou and he gave ear unto me. Ver. 2. heardest the voice of my suppliIn the day of my trouble I sought cations, when I cried unto thee. the Lord; my sore ran in the [Psal. Ixxxviii. throughout.] Isa. l. night, and ceased not: my soul 10. Who is among you that fearrefused to be comforted. Ver. 3. eth the Lord, that obeyeth the I remembered God, and was voice of his servant, that walketh troubled : I complained, and my in darkness, and hath no light? spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. let him trust in the name of the Ver. 4. Thou holdest mine eyes Lord, and stay upon his God. waking: I am so troubled that 91 John üi. 9. Whosoever is I cannot speak. Ver. 5. I have born of God doth not commit considered the days of old, the sin: for his seed remaineth in years of ancient times. Ver. 6. I him: and he cannot sin, because call to remembrance my song in he is born of God. Luke xxii. the night: I commune with mine 32. But I have prayed for thee, own heart, and my spirit made that thy faith fail not; and when



by the which, in the mean time, they are supported from utter despair

CHAP. XIX. Of the Law of God. GOD gave to Adam a law, as a covenant of works, by

which he bound him, and all his posterity, to personal, entire, exact, and perpetual obedience; promised life upon the fulfilling, and threatened death upon the breach of it; and endued him with power and ability to keep it a.

II. This

thou art converted, strengthen thy hid my face from thee for a mobrethren. Job xiii. 15. Though ment; but with everlasting kindhe slay me, yet will I trust in ness will I have mercy on thee, him ; but I will maintain mine saith the Lord, thy Redeemer. own ways before him. Psal. Ver. 9. For this is as the waters of Ixxiii. 15. If I say, I will speak Noah unto me: for as I have thus : behold, I should offend sworn that the waters of Noah against the generation of thy chile should no more go over the earth; dren. Psal. li. 8, 12. [See letter p so have I sworn that I would not immediately before.] Isa.1.10. [See be wroth with thee, nor rebuke letter P immediately foregoing:] thee. Ver. 10. For the mountains

I Micah vii. 7. Therefore I will shall depart, and the hills be relook unto the Lord: I will wait moved; but my kindness shall not for the God of my salvation: my depart from thee, neither shall God will hear me. Ver. 8. Rejoice the covenant of my peace be renot against me, O mine enemy: moved, saith the Lord that hath when I fall, I shall arise; when mercy on thee. Psal. xxii. 1. My I sit in darkness, the Lord shall God, my God, why hast thou be a light unto me. Ver. 9. I will forsaken me? why art thou so bear the indignation of the Lord, far from helping me, and from because I have simed against him, the words of my roaring? [Psal. until he plead my cause, and exe- lxxxviii. throughout.] cute judgment for me: he will I. a Gen. i. 26. And God said, bring me forth to the light, and Let us make man in our image, I shall behold his righteousness. after our likeness: and let them Jer. xxxii. 40. And I will make an have dominion over the fish of the everlasting covenant with them, sea, and over the fowl of the air, that I will not turn away from and over the cattle, and over all them to do them good; but I the earth, and over every creepwill put my fear in their liearts, ing thing that creepeth upon the that they shall not depart from earth. Ver. 27. So God created

Isa. liv. 7. For a small mo- man in his own image, in the ment have I forsaken thee; but image of God created he him: with great mercies will I gather male and female created he them. thee: Ver. 8. In a little wrath I With Gen. ii. 17. But of the tree



II. This law, after his fall, continued to be a perfect rule of righteousness; and, as such, was delivered by God upon mount Sinai in ten commandments, and written in two tables,


of the knowledge of good and evil, liberty, and continueth therein, he thou shalt not eat of it: for in being not a forgetful hearer, but the day that thou eatest thereof a doer of the work, this man shall thou shalt surely die. Rom. ii. 14. be blessed in his deed. James ii. 8. For when the Gentiles, which If ye fulfil the royal law accordhave not the law, do by nature ing to the scripture, Thou shalt the things contained in the law, love thy neighbour as thyself, ye these having not the law, are do well. Ver. 10. For whosoever a law unto themselves : Ver. 15. shall keep the whole law, and yet Which shew the work of the law offend in one point, he is guilty of written in their hearts, their con- all. Ver. 11. For he that said, Do science also bearing witness, and not commit adultery; said also, their thoughts the mean while Do not kill. Now, if thou comaccusing or else excusing one ano- mit no adultery, yet if thou kill, ther. Rom. x. 5. For Moses de- thou art become a transgressor of scribeth the righteousness which is the law. Ver. 12. So speak ye, and of the law, That the man which so do, as they that shall be judge doeth those things shall live by ed by the law of liberty. Rom. them. Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as xiii. s. Owe no man any thing, by one man sin entered into the but to love one another: for he world, and death by sin: and so that loveth another hath fulfilled death passed upon all men, for the law. Ver. 9. For this, Thou that all have sinned. Ver. 19. For shalt not commit adultery, Thou as by one man's disobedience shalt not kill, Thou shalt not many were made sinners; so by steal, Thou shalt not bear false the obedience of one shall many be witness, Thou shalt not covet ; made righteous. Gal. iii. 10. For and if there be any other comas many as are of the works of the mandment, it is briefly comprelaw are under the curse: for it is hended in this saying, namely, written, Cursed is every one that Thou shalt love thy neighbour continueth not in all things which as thyself. Deut. v. 32. Ye shall are written in the book of the law observe to do therefore as the to do them. Ver. 12. And the law Lord your God hath commandis not of faith : but the man that ed you : ye shall not turn aside doeth them shall live in them. to the right hand or to the left. Eccl. vii. 29. Lo, this only have I Deut. x. 4. And he wrote on the found, that God th made man tables, according to the first writupright; but they have sought ing, the ten commandments, out many inventions. Job xxviii

. which the Lord spake unto you 28. And unto man he said, Be- in the mount, out of the midst hold, the fear of the Lord, that of the fire, in the day of the asis wisdom; and to depart from sembly: and the Lord gave them evil is understanding.

Exod. xxxiv. 1. And II. b James i. 25. But whoso the Lord said unto Moses, Hew looketh into the perfect law of thee two tables of stone like unto


unto me.

the first four commandments containing our duty towards God, and the other six our duty to mano.

III. Besides this law, commonly called Moral, God was pleased to give to the people of Israel, as a church under age, ceremonial laws, containing several typical ordinances ; partly of worship, prefiguring Christ, his graces, actions, sufferings, and benefitsd; and partly holding forth divers instructions of moral duties. All which ceremonial laws are now abrogated under the new testamente.

IV. To them also, as a body politick, he gave sundry judicial laws, which expired together with the state of that



the first: and I will write upon fore the old leaven, that ye may these tables the words that were be a new lump, as ye are unin the first tables, which thou leavened: for even Christ brakest.


is sacrificed for us. c Mat. xxii. 37. Jesus said unto 2 Cor. vi. 17. Wherefore come him, Thou shalt love the Lord out from among them, and be thy God with all thy heart, and ye separate, saith the Lord, and with all thy soul, and with all thy touch not the unclean thing; and mind. Ver. 38. This is the first I will receive you. Jude, ver. 23. and great commandment. Ver. 39. And others save with fear, pullAnd the second is like unto it, ing them out of the fire ; hating Thou shalt love thy neighbour as even the garment spotted by the thyself. Ver. 40. On these two flesh. commandments hang all the law f Col. ii. 14. Blotting out the and the prophets.

hand-writing of ordinances that III. a (Heb. Chapter ix.] Heb. was against us, which was conx. 1. For the law having a shadow trary to us, and took it out of the of good things to come, and not way, nailing it to his cross. Ver. 16. the very image of the things, can Let no man therefore judge you never with those sacrifices, which in meat, or in drink, or in respect they offered year by year conti- of an holy-day, or of the new nually, make the comers thereunto moon, or of the sabbath-days: perfect. Gal. iv. 1. Now I say, Ver. 17. Which are a shadow of that the heir, as long as he is a things to come; but the body is child, differeth nothing from a ser- of Christ. Dan. ix. 27. And he vant, though he be lord of all; Ver. shall confirm the covenant with 2. But is under tutors and gover- many for one week : and in the nors, until the time appointed of midst of the week he shall cause the father. Ver. 3. Even so we, the sacrifice and the oblation to when we were children, were in cease; and for the overspreading bondage under the elements of the of abominations he shall make it world. Col. ii. 17. Which are a desolate, even until the consumshadow of things to come; but the mation, and that determined, body is of Christ.

shall be poured upon the desoe 1 Cor. v. 7. Purge out there- late. Eph. ii. 15. Having abo

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