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it be of God, or whether I speak of Christ, which passeth knowledge,&c. myself.-John vii. 17.
—Eph. iii. 14. 19. Then spake Jesus again unto them, If in any thing ye be otherwise saying, I am the light of the world: minded, God shall reveal even this he that followeth me, shall not walk unto you.-Phil, iii. 15. in darkness, but shall have the light The mystery which hath been hid of life, &c. If ye continue in my from ages, but now is made manifest word, then are ye my disciples in- to his saints; to whom God would deed, and ye shall know the truth.- make known what is the riches of the John viii. 12. 31, 32.
glory of this mystery among the Gen· Jesus said, For judgment I am tiles, which is Christ.--Col. i. 26, 27. come into this world; that they Eph. iii. 4,5. which see not, might see; and that Consider what I say, and the Lord they which see, might be made blind. give thee understanding in all things. -John ix. 39.
- 2 Tim. ii. 7. I am come a light into the world. If any of you lack wisdom, let him that whosoever believeth on me, ask it of God, that giveth to all men should not abide in darkness.—John liberally, and upbraideth not, and it xii. 46.
shall be given him.-James i. 5. I have called you friends ; for all We know that the Son of God is things that I have heard of my Father, come, and hath given us an underI have made known unto you.-John standing, that we may know him that xv. 15.
is true.- 1 John v. 20. This is life eternal. That they might know thee the only true God,
Sect. III. To give Faith, or Ability and Jesus Christ whom thou hast
to believe. sent. I have manifested thy name BLESSED art thou, Simon Bar-jona, unto the men which thou gavest me for flesh and blood hath not revealed out of the world.—John xvii. 3. 6. it unto thee, but my Father, &c.—
God, who commanded the light to Matt. xvi. 17. shine out of darkness, hath shined in Lord, I believe; help thou mine our hearts, to give the light of the unbelief.-Mark ix. 24. knowledge of the glory of God, in Them that believe on his name; the face of Jesus Christ. But we which were born not of blood nor of have this treasure in earthen vessels, the will of the flesh, &c. but of God. that the excellency of the power may - John i. 12, 13. be of God, and not of us.--2 Cor. iv. All that the Father giveth me, shall 6, 7.
come to me, &c. No man can come But when it pleased God, &c. to to me, except the Father which hath reveal his Son in me, &c.Gal. i. sent me, draw him, &c.—John vi. 15, 16.
37. 44. 65. Having made known unto us the Other sheep I have, &c. them also mystery of his will, according unto I must bring, and they shall hear my his good pleasure, &c. Making men- voice.—John x. 16. tion of you in my prayers. That the Christ condescended to help God of our Lord Jesus Christ, may Thomas's faith by shewing himself to give unto you the spirit of wisdom him.-John xx. 25. 27. and revelation in the knowledge of Then hath God also to the Genhim : the eyes of your understanding tiles granted repentance unto life. being enlightened, that ye may know Now they which were scattered what is the hope of his calling, &c.- abroad preached the gospel, and the Eph. i. 3. 16_-19. iii. 18, 19. hand of the Lord was with them :
That ye may know the love of and a great number believed, and
turned unto the Lord. ---Acts xi. Through the faith of the operation 18-21.
of God, &c.-Col.j. 12. When Paul preached, &c. a certain We pray, &c. that our God would, woman named Lydia, heard: whose &c. fulfil the work of faith with heart the Lord opened, that she at- power.—2 Thess. i. 11. tended unto the things which were Looking unto Jesus the author (or spoken of Paul: and when she was beginner), and finisher of our faith.baptized, &c.-Acts xvi. 13-15. Heb. xii. 2.
I say to every man, &c, not to Every good gift, &c. cometh down think of himself more highly than he from the Father of lights, &c. of his ought to think; but to think soberly, own will begat he us, with the word according as God hath dealt to every of truth.--James i. 17, 18. man the measure of faith, &c. Let To them that have obtained like us prophesy according to the pro- precious faith with us.--2 Pet. i. 1. portion of faith.-Rom. xii. 3. 6. Whosoever believeth that Jesus is
Now the God of hope fill you with the Christ, is born of God, &c. Whoall joy and peace in believing, that soever is born of God, overcometh ye may abound in hope through the the world: and this is the victory power of the Holy Ghost, &c. I which overcometh the world, even will not dare to speak of any of those our faith.--1 John v. 1. 4. things which Christ hath not wrought by me. to make the Gentiles ehe. Sect. iv. To make us fruitful, enable dient by word and deed. Rom. xv. us to subdue Sin, and profit in 13. 18.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, Then rose up the chief of the fathers, -1 Cor. i. 30.
&c. whose spirit God hath raised, to My preaching was not with enticing go up to build the house of the words of man's wisdom, &c. that Lord, which is in Jerusalem.- Ezra your faith should not stand in the i. 5. wisdom of men, but in the power of Blessed is the man that walketh God.-1 Cor. ii. 4, 5.
not in the counsel of the ungodly, &c. I have planted, &c. but God gave he shall be like a tree planted by the the increase, &c. God that giveth rivers of water, that bringeth forth the increase.—1 Cor. iii. 6, 7. his fruit in his season: his leaf also
We, having the same spirit of faith, shall not wither, &c.--Ps. i. 1-3. &c. we also believe, and therefore Thou wilt prepare their heart, and speak.--2 Cor. iv. 13.
thou wilt cause thine ear to hear. That ye may know, &c. what is Ps. x. 17. the exceeding greatness of his power Wait on the Lord, &c. and he shall to us-ward who believe, according strengthen thine heart.-Ps. xxvii. 14. to the working of his mighty power, I will go in the strength of the which he wrought in Christ, when Lord God.-Ps. Ixxi. 16. he raised him from the dead. -Eph. i. Quicken us, and we will call upon 18-20.
. thy name.-Ps. 1xxx. 18. Ye are saved through faith: and Blessed is the man whose strength that not of yourselves, it is the gift is in thee, &c. The Lord will give of God.-Eph. ii. 8.
grace.-Ps. Ixxxiv. 5. 11. That he would grant, &c. that The righteous shall flourish like the Christ may dwell in your hearts by palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar faith.- Eph. iii. 16, 17.
in Lebanon. Those that be planted Unto you it is given in the behalf in the house of the Lord, shall flourish of Christ, not only to believe on him, in the courts of our God. They shall &c.-Phil. i. 29.
still bring forth fruit in old age ; they shall be fat (or green), and the Lord, and whose hope the Lord flourishing.-Ps. xcii. 12–14. is : for he shall be as a tree planted
Thy people shall be willing in the by the waters, and which spreadeth day of thy power.-Ps. cx. 3. out her roots by the river, and shall
I will run the way of thy com- not see when heat cometh: but her mandments, when thou shalt enlarge leaf shall be green, and shall not be my heart, &c. Make me to go in careful in the year of drought (or rethe path of thy commandments, &c. straint), neither shall cease from Incline my heart unto thy testimonies. yielding fruit.-Jer. xvii. 7, 8. -Ps, cxix. 32. 35, 36.
I will be as the dew to Israel; he The preparations of the heart, and shall grow (or blossoin) as a lily, and answer of the tongue, is from the cast forth his roots as Lebanon, &c. Lord.-Prov. xvi, 1.
I am like a green fir-tree, and from Man's goings are of the Lord.— me is thy fruit found.-Hosea xiv. Prov. xx. 24.
5, 6. 8. Draw me, we will run after thee. Who is a God like unto thee? &c. -Cant. i. 4.
He will subdue your iniquities.Awake, O north wind, and come Micah vii. 18, 19. thou south blow upon my garden, The Lord stirred up the spirit of that the spices thereof may fow out, Zerubbabel, &c. and the spirit of all &c.-Cant. iv, 16.
the remnant of the people: and they See the effect of Christ's voice and came and did work in the house of importunity with his spouse.-Cant. v. the Lord.—Hag. i. 14.
Lord, &c. thou also hast wrought I will pour out upon the house of all our works in us (or for us), &c. by David, &c. the spirit of supplications. thee only will we make mention of —Zech. xii. 10. thy name.- Isa. xxvi. 12, 13.
But unto you that fear my name, A vineyard of red wine: I the shall the Sun of righteousness arise Lord will water it every moment.— with healing in his wings: and ye Isa. xxvii. 2, 3.
shall go forth, and grow up as calves Your God will come, &c. and save of the stall.-Mal. iv. 2. you. Then shall the lame man leap Jesus said unto her, If thou knewas an hart, and the tongue of the est, &c. who it is that said unto thee, dumb sing.–Isa. xxxv. 4. 6. Give me to drink, thou wouldest have
The everlasting God, the Lord, &c. asked of him, and he would have He giveth power to the faint, and to given thee living water, &c. The them that have no mighthe increaseth water that I shall give him shall be strength, &c. but they that wait upon in him a well of water, springing up the Lord shall renew their strength: into everlasting life.—Johniv. 10.14. they shall mount up with wings as He that believeth on me (as the eagles: they shall run, and not be scripture hath said), out of his belly weary: and they shall walk, and not shall flow rivers of living water. be faint.—Isa. xl. 28–31.
John vii. 38. I will pour water upon him that is I am come that they might have thirsty, &c. I will pour out my life, and that they might have it more Spirit, &c. and they shall spring up abundantly.-John X. 10. among the grass, as willows by the I am the true vine, and my Father water courses.- Isa. xliv. 3, 4. is the husbandman. Abide in me,
I am the Lord thy Redeemer, which and I in you: as the branch cannot teacheth thee to profit: which leadeth bear fruit of itself, except it abide in thee by the way that thou shouldest the vine: no more can ye, except ye go.— Isa. xlviii. 17.
abide in me. I am the vine, ye are Blessed is the man that trusteth in the branches : he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth and in the power of his might, &c. much fruit: for without (or severed Put on the whole armour of God, from) me, ye can do nothing.-John that, &c.-Eph. vi. 10, &c. xv. 1.4,5.
I know how to be abased, &c. I Sin shall not have dominion over can do all things through Christ, you: for ye are not under the law, which strengtheneth me.-Phil. iv. but under grace.-Rom. vi. 14. 12, 13.
Having then gifts differing accord- We, &c. do not cease to pray for ing to the grace that is given to us. you, &c. that ye might walk worthy -Rom. xii. 6.
of the Lord unto all pleasing, being I have planted, Apollos watered, fruitful in every good work, &c. but God gave the increase: so then, strengthened with all might, accordneither is he that planteth any thing, ing to his glorious power, &c. And neither he that watereth, but God he is the head of the body, the church, that giveth the increase, &c. we are &c. for it pleased the Father that in labourers together with God: ye are him should all fulness dwell.-Col.i. God's husbandry, ye are God's build. 9–11. 18, 19. ing.-1 Cor. iii. 5—7.9.
The head from which all the body, Not that we are sufficient of our- &c. having nourishment, &c. increasselves, &c. but our sufficiency is of eth with the increase of God.-Col. God.—2 Cor. iji. 5.
ii. 19. The weapons of our warfare are Ye received it as the word of God, not carnal, but mighty through God, which effectually worketh also in you to the pulling down of strong holds : that believe: for ye, brethren, becasting down imaginations, and every came followers of the churches, &c. high thing that exalteth itself against - 1 Thess. ii. 13, 14. the knowledge of God: and bringing Now our Lord Jesus Christ, &c. into captivity every thought to the establish you in every good word and obedience of Christ.—2 Cor. x. 4, 5. work.--2 Thess. ii. 16, 17. xij. 9, 10.
Now the God of peace, &c. make I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth you perfect in every good work to do in me; and the life which I now bis will, working (or doing) in you live in the flesh, I live by the faith of that which is well pleasing in his the Son of God.-Gal. ii. 20. sight.--Heb. xiii. 20, 21.
For this cause I bow my knees to God giveth more grace to the the Father, &c. that he would grant humble.— James iv. 6. you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might "
. Sect. v. To give Power to persevere by his Spirit in the inner man, that
in Faith and Obedience, through Christ may dwell in your hearts by
Straits and Temptations, to eternal faith, &c. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all The Lord thy God, he will go over that we ask or think, according to the before thee, &c. Be strong, and of power that worketh in us.-Eph. iii. a good courage: fear not, nor be 14. 16, 17.20.
afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, But, &c. may grow up into Him he it is that doth go with thee: he in all things who is the head, even will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.Christ: from whom the whole body, Deut. xxxi. 3. 6. 8. Heb. xii. 5,6. fitly joined together, &c. according Wait on the Lord: be of good to the effectual working in the mea-' courage, and he shall strengthen thy sure of every part, maketh increase heart.--Ps. xxvii. 14. of the body, &c.-Eph. iv. 15, 16. The steps of a good man are Brethren, be strong in the Lord, ordered (or established) by the Lord,
&c. Though he fall, he shall not be power to the faint, and to them that utterly cast down, for the Lord up- have no might he increaseth strength: holdeth him with his hand.-Ps. even the youths shall faint, &c. but xxxvii. 23, 24. 1 Sam. ii. 9. Ps. they that wait upon the Lord shall
renew (or change) their strength; Renew a right (or constant) spirit they shall mount up with wings, as within me, &c. uphold me with thy eagles; they shall run, and not be free spirit.-Ps.li. 10.12.
weary; and they shall walk, and Cast thy burden upon the Lord, faint.—Isa. xl. 28-31. and he shall sustain thee: he shall I will bring the blind by a way never suffer the righteous to be moved. that they knew not, &c. These things Ps. lv. 22.
will I do unto them, and not forsake Thou shalt guide me with thy coun- them.- Isa. xlii. 16. sel, and afterward receive me to glory. Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, --Ps. Ixxiii. 24.
&c. When thou passest through the Those that be planted in the house waters, I will be with thee, and of the Lord, shall flourish in the through the rivers, they shall not courts of our God: they shall still overflow thee: when thou walkest bring forth fruit in old age; they through the fire, thou shalt not be shall be fat, &c.-Ps. xcii. 13, 14. burned; for I am the Lord thy God.
Hold thou me up, and I shall be — Isa. xliii. 143. safe; and I will, &c.-Ps. cxix. 117. The Lord God hath given me the
The Lord upholdeth all that fall, tongue of the learned, that I should and raiseth up all that be bowed know how to speak a word in season, down.-Ps. cxlv, 14.
to him that is weary.- Isa. I. 4. Be not afraid, &c. for the Lord Thus saith the high and lofty One, shall be thy confidence, and shall &c. I dwell in the high and holy keep thy foot from being taken.- place : with him also that is of a Prov. üi. 25, 26.
contrite and humble spirit, to revive When thou goest, thy steps shall the heart of the humble, and to renot be straitened, and when thou run- vive the heart of the contrite ones : nest, thou shalt not stumble.—Prov. for I will not contend for ever, neiiv. 12.
ther will I be always wroth; for the Who is this that cometh up from spirit should fail before me, and the the wilderness, leaning upon her be- souls which I have made.- Isa, lvii. loved ? &c.—Cant. viii. 5.
15, 16. Thou wilt keep him in perfect I will make an everlasting covepeace, whose mind is stayed on thee. nant with them, that I will not turn -Isa. xxvi. 3.
away from them to do them good: A vineyard of red wine; I the but I will put my fear in their hearts, Lord do keep it: I will water it that they shall not depart from me.--every moment, I will keep it might Jer. xxxii. 40. and day.--Isa. xxvii. 2, 3.
Rejoice not against me, O mine And thine ears shall hear a word enemy; when I fall, I shall rise : behind thee, saying, This is the way, when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall walk ye in it: when ye turn to the be a light unto me.—Micah vii. 8. right hand, and when ye turn to the Ye shall be brought before goverleft. Isa. xxx. 21.
nors, and before kings, for my sake, And a man shall be as an hiding- &c. take no thought how, or what place from the wind, and a covert you shall speak: for it shall be given from the tempest, &c.- Isa. xxxii. 2. you in that same hour what ye shall
The everlasting God, &c. fainteth speak.-Matt. x. 18-20. Luke xxi. 15. not, neither is weary, &c. He giveth Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath