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he saw it, and was glad.-John viii. receive the promise, &c. The just 56.—Luke ii. 28, 29,
shall live by faith.-Heb. x. 35–38. We cannot but speak the things By faith Noah, being warned of God which we have seen and heard. of things not seen as yet, moved with Acts iv. 20.
fear, prepared an ark, &c. By faith When the Eunuch had believed, he Abraham, when he was called to go, went on his way rejoicing.–Acts viii. &c, obeyed; and he went out, not 38, 39.
knowing whither he went, &c. ConPurifying their hearts by faith.-- fessed that they were strangers, &c. Acts xv. 9.
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, If we hope for that we see not, offered up Isaac,&c. his only begotten then do we with patience wait for it. son, of whom it was said, &c. By -Rom. viii. 25.
faith Moses refused to be called the Rejoicing in hope.-Rom. xii. 12. son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing
The God of hope fill you with all rather to suffer affliction with the joy and peace in believing.--Rom. people of God, than to enjoy the pleaxy. 13.
sures of sin for a season: esteeming We having the same spirit of faith; the reproach of Christ greater riches according as it is written, I believed, than the treasures in Egypt: for, &c. and therefore have I spoken: we also —Heb. xi. 7, 8. 13. 17, 18. 24–26. believe, and therefore speak.--2 Cor. What doth it profit, my brethren, iv, 13. Ps. cxvi. 10.
though a man say he hath faith, and We are confident, I say, and willing have not works : can faith save him? rather to be absent from the body, Faith, if it hath not good works, is and to be present with the Lord, &c. dead, being alone, or by itself. Yea, Knowing therefore the terror of the a man may say, Thou hast faith, and Lord, we persuade men to believe. I have works; shew me thy faith 2 Cor. v. 8. 11.
without thy works, and I will shew Examine yourselves whether ye be thee my faith by my works. Thou in the faith : prove your own selves : believest that there is one God, &c. know ye not your own selves, how but wilt thou know, O vain man, that that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye faith without works is dead? Was be reprobates ?-2 Cor. xiii. 5. not Abraham our fatber justified by
In Jesus Christ neither circumcision works, when he had offered Isaac his availeth any thing, nor uncircum- son upon the altar? Seest thou how cision; but faith, which worketh by faith wrought with his works ? and by love.-Gal. v. 6.
works was faith made perfect, &c. In whom also after that ye believed, Faith without works is dead.-James ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit ii. 14. 17–22. 26. . of promise.-Eph. i. 13.
Jesus Christ,whom having not seen, Wegive thanks to God, remember- ye love; in whom, though now ye see ing without ceasing your work of faith, him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with &c. patience of hope.—1 Thess.i.2,3. joy unspeakable and full of glory.
We which have believed do enter 1 Pet. i. 7, 8. into rest.—Heb. iv. 3. 10.
Unto you therefore which believe, We might have strong consolation, he is precious (or an honour).who have fled for refuge to lay hold 1 Pet. ii. 7. upon the hope set before us : which We know that when he shall apis the anchor of the soul, sure and pear, we shall be like him, for we shall stedfast, entering into that within the see him as he is. And every man veil, &c.—Heb. vi. 18, 19.
that hath this hope in him, purifieth Ye have need of patience, that after himself, as he is pure. - 1 John ye have done the will of God, ye might iii. 2, 3.
· thou believest not my words, which Sect. v. The Dangerous State and shall be fulfilled, &c.—Luke i. 20. Issue of Unbelief.
The Son of man when he cometh, The old world, though informed of shall he find faith on the earth? the flood by Noah, yet, because of un- Luke xviii. 8. belief, was destroyed by it.—Gen. But those mine enemies, which vi. 7.
would not that I should reign over When Lot had told his sons-in-law, them, bring hither, and slay them that God would destroy the city, and before me.—Luke xix. 27. John v. had advised them to get out, they be- 40. 43. lieved him not; and were destroyed Hethat believeth not, is condemned in the overthrow.-Gen. xix. 12–14. already: because he hath not believed 25. Exod. ix. 19. 21. 25.
in the name of the only begotten Son How long will it be ere they believe of God, &c. He that believeth not me? I will smite them.-Numb. xiv. the Son, shall not see life; but the 11, 12.
wrath of God abideth on him.-John I will hide my face, &c. for they iii. 18. 36. are children in whom is no faith.- . Verily, verily, I say unto you, exDeut. xxxii. 20.
cept ye eat the flesh of the Son of The lord, in Samaria, because he man, and drink his blood, ye have no believed not the word of God con- life in you.-—John vi. 53. cerning relief of provision then in the I said therefore unto you, that ye sore famine as God had spoken, was shall die in your sins; for if ye bethreatened, that he should not eat lieve not that I am he, ye shall die in thereof; and accordingly was trod to your sins.-John viii. 24. death; and saw it, but did not eat.— Ye believe not, because ye are not 2 Kings vii. 1, 2. 17–20.
of my sheep; as I said unto you, My A fire was kindled against Jacob; sheep hear my voice, &c.—John x. and anger also came up against Israel, 26, 27. v. 38. because they believed not in God, If any man hear my words, and and trusted not in his salvation.-Ps. believe not, &c. He that rejectIxxviii. 21, 22.
eth me, and receiveth not my words, Woe unto thee, &c. for if the hath one that judgeth him ; the word mighty works, &c. had been done in that I have spoken, the same shall Tyre, &c, they would have repented, judge him in the last day.—John xii. &c.—Matt. xi. 21. 23.
47, 48. He did not many mighty works If a man abide not in me, he is there, because of their unbelief.- cast forth as a branch, and is witherMatt. xiii. 58.
ed; and men gather them and cast Peter began to sink through unbe- them into the fire, and they are burn. lief. Jesus said unto him, Othou of lit- ed.-John xv. 6. tle faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? He will reprove the world of sin, —Matt.xiv.29-31. Luke xxii. 31–34. &c. Of sin, because they believe not
He appeared unto the eleven, and on me.--John xvi. 8, 9. upbraided them with their unbelief Beware therefore, lest that come and hardness of heart; because they upon you, &c. Behold, ye despisers, believed not them who had seen him and wonder, and perish: for I work after he was risen, &c. But he that a work in your days, a work which believeth not shall be damned.-Mark ye shall in no wise believe, though a xvi. 14. 16. .
man declare it unto you.—Acts xiii. Thou shalt be dumb, and not able 40, 41. to speak, until the day that these How shall they call on him, whom things shall be performed: because they have not believed ?-Rom. x.14.
Well, because of unbelief they were 18, 19. Numb. xiv, 21-23. Ps. broken off; and thou standest by cvi. 24–26. faith, &c. God spared not the natu- The word preached did not profit ral branches, &c.—Rom. xi. 20, 21. them; not being mixed with faith (or
He that doubteth, is damned if he because they were not united by faith eat, because he eateth not of faith: to it) in them that heard it. They to for whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. whom it was first preached (or, the -Rom. xiv. 23.
gospel was first preached) entered The Lord Jesus shall be revealed not in, because of unbelief.—Heb. from heaven, taking vengeance on iv. 2. 6. them, &c. that obey not the gospel of If we sin, &c. there remaineth no our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be more sacrifice, &c. but a certain fearpunished with everlasting destruction, ful looking for of judgment and fiery &c.—2 Thess. i. 7,8... indignation, &c. The just shall live
Antichrist shall prevail upon such by faith: but if any man draw back, who shall perish; because they re- my soul shall have no pleasure in him. ceived not the love of the truth (or But we are not of them that drawback the truth in the love thereof) that unto perdition, but of them that bethey might be saved. And for this lieve unto the saving of the soul.cause God shall send them strong de- Heb. x. 26-29. 38, 39. lusion, that they should believe a lie; Without faith it is impossible to that they all might be damned who please God: for he, &c.—Heb. xi. 6. believed not the truth, but had plea- See that ye refuse not him that sure in uprighteousness.—2 Thess.ii. speaketh. For if they escaped not, 8-12.
who refused him that spake on earth; Holding faith, &c. which some hav- much more shall not we escape, if we ing put away, concerning faith have turn away from him that speaketh made shipwreck; of whom is Hyme- from heaven.--Heb. xii. 25. Deus and Alexander, whom I have de- Let him ask in faith, &c. for he livered unto Satan, that being chas- that wavereth is like, &c. Let not tised, they may learn not to blas- that man think he shall receive, &c. pheme. - 1 Tim. i. 19, 20.
-James i. 5–7. Unto them that are defiled and un- Unto you which believe, he is very believing, is nothing pure, but even precious; but unto them which be their mind and conscience is defiled. disobedient, the stone which the -Titus i. 15.
builders disallowed, the same is made If the word spoken by angels was the head of the corner; and a stone stedfast, and every transgression and of stumbling, and a rock of offence to disobedience received a just recom- them which stumble at the word, bepense of reward : how shall we es- ing disobedient; whereunto also they cape, if we neglect so great salvation. were appointed.—1 Pet. ii. 7, 8. which at the first began to be spoken What shall the end be of them that by the Lord ? &c.--Heb. ii. 2, 3. obey not the gospel of God?-1 Pet.
'I sware in my wrath, they shall iv. 17, 18. pot (or if they shall) enter into my He that believeth not God, hath rest. Take heed, brethren, lest there made him a liar, because he believeth be in any of you an evil heart of un- not the record that God gave of his belief, in departing from the living Son; and this is the record, That God. And to whom sware he, that God hath given to us eternal life, and they should not enter into his rest, this life is in his Son, &c. He that but to them that believed not ? So hath not the Son, hath not life. we see, that they could not enter in, 1 John v. 10-12 because of unbelief, -Heb.jïi. 11, 12. The fearful and unbelieving, &c. shall have their part in the lake which If a man think himself to be someburneth with fire and brimstone, thing, when he is nothing, he dewhich is the second death.-Rev.xxi.8. ceiveth himself.-Gal. vi. 3. 7.
He that despised Moses' law, died Doth a fountain send forth at the without mercy, &c. Of how much same place sweet water and bitter? sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear he be thought worthy, who hath olive-berries? either a vine, figs? So trodden under foot the Son of God?- can no fountain both yield salt-water Heb. x. 28, 29.
and fresh. Who is a wise man, and
endued with knowledge amongst you? CHAP. X.
let him shew out of a good conversaTHE CHARACTER OF SAINTS, GOOD
tion, his works with meekness and
wisdom. But if ye have bitter envy. MEN, AND BELIEVERS, APPEARING IN WORD AND DEED.
ing, &c. this wisdom descendeth not
from above, but is earthly, sensual, Secr. 1. That such may be known devilish.-James iii. 11-14.
from others by their Fruits. We Be ready always to give an answer should try.
to every man that 'asketh you a reaSearch me, O God, and know my son of the hope that is in you, with heart: try me, and know my thoughts. meekness and fear.- 1 Pet. iii. 15. -Ps. cxxxix. 23, 24.
Let every man prove his own work, Let us search and try our ways, and then shall he have rejoicing in and turn again unto the Lord.-Lam. himself alone, &c.-Gal. vi. 4. iii. 40.
Ye shall know them by their fruits: Sect. II. Of the particular Fruits do men gather grapes of thorns ? &c. of the Spirit which are indispensa-Matt. vii. 16, &c.
bly necessary to real Saints. The tree is known by his fruit. O A GOOD man out of the good treasure generation of vipers, how can ye, be- of his heart bringeth forth that which ing evil, speak good things! for out is good, &c.—Luke vi. 45. of the abundance of the heart the And Enoch walked with God, &c. mouth speaketh. A good man, out three hundred years, &c. and Enoch of the good treasure of his heart, walked with God, and was not, &c. bringeth forth good things: and an (or, walked according to God conevil man, out of the evil treasure, tinually).—Gen. v. 27. 24. bringeth forth evil things.—Matt. xii. Noah was a just man, and perfect 33-35. Johnii. 6. Lukevi. 43–45. in his generations; and Noah walked
Yecannot serve God and mammon, with God.-Gen. vi. 9. &c. That which is highly esteemed And the Lord said unto Noah, among men, is abomination, &c. Come, &c. for thee have I seen righLuke xvi. 13. 15.
teous before me in this generation, Some have not the knowledge of &c. And Noah did according unto God, I speak this to your shame.- all that God commanded him.-Gen. 1 Cor. xv. 34.
vii. 1.5. Examine yourselves whether ye be Abraham went into a strange place in the faith: prove your own selves: out of his own country, when God know- ye not your own selves, how bid him.-Gen. xii. 1-4. that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye And Abraham said unto Lot, Let be reprobates?_2 Cor. xiii. 5. Gal. there be no strife, I pray thee, bevi. 4. Ps. iv. 4.
tween me and thee, for we be breNow if any man have not the Spirit thren. Is not the whole land before of Christ, he is none of his.-Rom. thee? If thou wilt take the left hand, viii, 9.
then I will go to the right; or if thou
depart to the right hand, then I will nation, and mightier than they. And go to the left.-Gen. xii. 8, 9. Moses said unto the Lord, Then the
And the angel of the Lord said, Egyptians shall hear it (for thou Abraham, &c. for now I know that broughtest up this people in thy might thou fearest God, seeing thou hast from among them), and they will tell not withheld thy son, thine only be- it to the inhabitants of this land; for gotten son from me.-Gen. xxii. 11, they have heard, that thou, Lord, art 12. xviii. 19.
among this people, &c. Now, if thou The saints are grieved at the wick- shalt kill all this people as one man, edness of men.-Gen. xxxiv. 7. Neh. then the nations which have heard xiii. 8. Jer. ix. 1, 2. xiii. 17. the fame of thee, will speak, saying,
When Joseph's mistress tempted Because the Lord was not able to him to sin, he said, How then can I bring this people into the land which do this great wickedness, and sin he sware unto them, therefore he against God ?-Gen. xxxix. 9. hath slain them in the wilderness,
When Pharaoh said unto Joseph, &c.-Numb. xiv. 12, &c. Deut. ix. I have heard say of thee, thou canst 26–28. understand a dream to interpret it: When God had told Moses that he Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, must die, Moses prays for Israel : It is not in me, God shall give Pha- Let the Lord, the God of the spirits raoh an answer of peace.--Gen. xli. of all flesh, set a man over the con15, 16. xl. 8.
gregation, which may go out before The midwives feared God, and them, &c. that the congregation of obeyed not the king's command to the Lord be not as sheep which have kill the male children.- Exod. i. no shepherd, &c. And he appointed 16, 17.
Joshua.-Numb. xxvü. 12–18. And the Lord said unto Moses, I He exhorts Israel at large to cleave have seen this people, &c. Now let to the Lord, when he was to die. me alone, that my wrath may wax Deut. iv. 22, &c. hot against them, and I will make of When Israel fell before Ai, &c. thee a great nation. And Moses be- Joshua said, O Lord, what shall I sought the Lord, saying, Wherefore say when Israel turneth their backs should the Egyptians say, For mis- before their enemies? For the Ca. chief did he bring them out, to slay naanites and all the inhabitants of them in the mountains, &c. Remem- the land shall hear, &c. and what wilt ber Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy thou do unto thy great name?-Joshua servants, to whom thou swarest by vii. 4–6.8, 9. Joel ii. 17. thine own self, &c. Now if thou Choose, &c. whom you will serve, wilt forgive their sins: and if not, I &c. But as for me and my house, pray thee blot me out of thy book we will serve the Lord.-Joshua which thou hast written.- Exod. xxiv. 15. xxxii. 9-13. 32.
Eli, when he heard the ark of the When Moses was told that Eldad Lord was taken, fell backward and and Medad did prophesy in the camp, died : and his daughter-in-law cried and his servant had said to him, My out, the glory is departed from Islord Moses forbid them; Moses said rael, because the ark of God was unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? taken. Yet she was not so much Would God that all the Lord's people concerned at the news of her huswere prophets, and that the Lord band's death, and herself being near would put his Spirit upon them.- death at the same time.-1 Sam. iv. Numb. xi. 26-29.
7--22. God said unto Moses, I will smite David's heart smote him, because them, &c. and make of thee a greater he cutoff Saul's skirt.-1 Sam.xxiv. 5.