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- Do all things without murmurings tance from dead works, &c. We deor disputings, that ye may be blame- sire that every one of you do shew less, and harmless (or sincere), and the same diligence, to the full assurwithout rebuke, &c. All seek their ance of hope unto the end: that ye own things, not the things which are be not slothful, but followers of them, Jesus Christ's.-Phil. ii. 14, 15. 21. who through faith and patience in
If by any means I might attain herit the promises. Heb. vi. l. unto the resurrection of the dead; 11, 12. not as though I had already attained, Make strait (or even) paths for either were already perfect: but I your feet, lest that which is lame be follow after, if that I may apprehend, turned out of the way.-Heb. xii. 13. &c. This one thing I do, forgetting The wisdom which is from above those things which are behind, and is pure, &c. without partiality, and reaching forth unto those things without hypocrisy, &c.—James iii. 17. which are before; I press towards Know ye not, that the friendship the mark, &c.—Phil. iii. 11-14. of the world is enmity with God : 2 Cor. vii. 1. 2 Thess. i. 3. whosoever therefore will be a friend
Epaphras, &c. always labouring of the world, is the enemy of God. (or striving) fervently for you in Draw nigh to God, and he will draw prayers, that ye may stand perfect nigh to you, &c. Purify your hearts, and complete in all the will of God; ye double minded.-James iv. 4. 8. for I bear him record that he hath a Seeing you have purified your souls great zeal for you.—Col. iv. 12, 13. in obeying, &c. unto unfeigned love
They received not the love of the of the brethren. See that ye love truth, that they might be saved. - one another with a pure heart, fer2 Thess. ii. 10.
vently.—1 Pet. i. 22. I charge you before God, &c. that Wherefore laying aside, &c. all you observe these things without guile and hypocrisies; neither was guile preferring (or prejudice) one before found in Christ's mouth.-1 Pet. another, doing nothing by partiality. ii. 1. 22. Tim. v. 21.
Whose adorning, let it not be that No man that warreth entangleth outward, &c. but the hidden man of himself with the affairs of this life, the heart.—1 Pet. iii. 3, 4. that he may please him who hath Giving all diligence, add to your chosen him to be a soldier. - faith virtue, &c. wherefore the rather, 2 Tim. ii. 4.
brethren, give diligence to make your In all things shewing thyself a pat- calling and election sure: for if ye do tern: &c. in doctrine, shewing uncor- these things ye shall never fall, &c. ruptness, gravity, sincerity, &c. who —2 Pet. i. 5-10. gave himself for us, that he might, Seeing that ye look for such things, &c. purify unto himself a peculiar be diligent, that ye may be found of people zealous of good works.-Titus him in peace, without spot and blameii. 7. 14.
less, &c. but grow in grace, and in We ought to give the more earnest the knowledge of our Lord Jesus, &c. heed to the things which we have - 2 Pet. iii. 14. 18. heard, lest at any time we should If we say we have fellowship with let them slip (or they slide from us) him, and walk in darkness, we lie, -Heb. ü. i.
and do not the truth.-1 John i. 6. . All things are naked and open unto Let us not love in word, &c. but the eyes of him with whoin we have in deed and in truth, &c. If our heart to do.-Heb. iv. 13. Luke xii. 1, 2. condemn us, God is greater, &c.
Let us go on unto perfection, not 1 John iii. 18-21. laying again the foundation of repen. I rejoiced greatly that I found of thy children sincerely walking in appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ. truth.—2 John 4.
1 Tim. vi. 14. The brethren by their testimony Enoch walked with God, and he did commend thy sincerity as thou was not ; for God took him.walkest sincerely, &c. I have no Gen. v. 24. greater joy, than to hear my children Your eyes have seen, &c. But ye walk in truth. Beloved, thou doest that did cleave unto the Lord your faithfully whatsoever thou doest to God, are alive every one of you this the brethren and to strangers.-- day.-Deut. iy. 3,4. 3 John 3--5.
Jeshurun waxed fat and kicked : But ye, beloved, building up your- then he forsook God which made him, selves on your most holy faith, &c.— and lightly esteemed the Rock of his Jude 20.
salvation, &c. Of the Rock that begat Be thou faithful unto death, and I thee thou art unmindful, and hast will give thee a crown of life.-Rev. forgotten God that formed thee; and ii. 10.
when the Lord saw it, he abhorred Thou hast a name that thou livest, them.-Deut. xxxii. 15. 18, 19. Ps. and art dead; be watchful, and lxxviii. 56–59. Jer. vi. 28. 30. strengthen the things which remain: Cleave unto the Lord your God, as I bave not found thy works perfect ye have done unto this day.-Josh. before God, &c. Thou hast a few xxiii. 8. Deut. x. 20. xxx. 20. names even in Sardis, which have not Choose you whom ye will serve, defiled their garments, &c. I know &c. but as for me and my house, we thy works, that thou art neither cold will serve the Lord.--Josh, xxiv. 15. por hot; I would thou wert cold or Israel departed from God after hot; so then, because thou art luke- Joshua and all that generation were warm, and neither cold nor bot, I will dead.-Judges ii. 8, &c. spue thee out of my mouth; because Seek the Lord and his strength; thou sayest I am rich, &c. and know- seek his face continually.--1 Chron. est not that thou art wretched, &c. xvi. 11. As many as I love, I rebuke, &c. be Thou Solomon, my son, know thou zealous therefore, &c.Rev, iii. 1- the God of thy father, &c. If thou 4. 15–17. 19.
seek him he will be found of thee; These are they which were not de- but if thou forsake him he will cast filed with women, for they are virgins; thee off for ever.- Chron. xxviii. 9. these are they which follow the Lamb Hear ye me, Asa, and all Judah, whithersoever he goeth.–Rev. xiv. 4. and Benjamin ; the Lord is with you, . Let every man prove his own work, while ye be with him; and if ye seek &c. for every man shall bear his own him, he will be found of you; but if burden, &c. Be not deceived, God ye forsake him, he will forsake you. is not mocked; for whatsoever a man -2 Chron. xv. 2. boweth, that shall he also reap, &c. Ye cannot prosper; because ye ,-Gal. vi. 3-5. 7.
have forsaken the Lord, he hath for
saken you.-2 Chron. xxiv. 20. xxvi. 5. Secr.xvi. To stick fast to God, and not The righteous also shall hold on
to depart from him: to abide in the his way.--Job xvii. 9. faith and practice of his Will, and I have kept the ways of the Lord : persevere to the end. The Reasons. and have not wickedly departed from
, my God, &c. I did not put away his I. To persevere and abide with God
rod statutes from me.--Ps. xviii, 21, 22. in Faith and Practice. Job xxiii. 11, 12. 2 Sam. xxii. 22, That thou keep this commandment 23. Ps. xxvi. 3. 2 Kings xviii, 6. .without spot, unrebukable, until the Wait' on the Lord and keep hiş
way, and he shall exalt thee.-Ps. This people have I formed for myxxxvii. 34.
self, &c. but thou hast not called All this is come upon us, yet have upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast we not forgotten thee, &c. Our heart been weary of me, O Israel : thou is not turned back, neither have our hast not brought me, &c.-Isa. xliii. steps declined from thy way: though 21-23. thou hast sore broken us, &c. If we. He feedeth upon ashes; and a dehave forgotten the name of our God, ceived heart hath turned him aside, or stretched out our hands to a strange that he cannot deliver his soul; nor god: shall not God search it out - say, Is there not a lie in my right Ps. xliv. 17-21. cxix. 157.
hand ?-Isa. xliv. 20. He will speak peace unto his peo- - I remember thee, the kindness of ple; but let them not turn again to thy youth, &c. when thou wentest folly.-Ps. lxxxv. 8.
after me in the wilderness, &c. Thus . Then believed they his words : saith the Lord, What iniquity have they sang his praise: they soon forgat your fathers found in me, that they his works: they waited not for his are gone far from me, and have walked counsel, &c. they forgat God their after vanity, and are become vain ? Saviour, which had done great things. &c. Pass over the isles, &c. Hath a -Ps. evi, 12, 13. 21. lxxviii. 10, 11. nation changed their gods ? &c. But 37. 41.56–59.
my people have changed their glory, As for such as turn aside unto &c. Be astonished, 0 ye heavens, &c. their crooked ways, the Lord shall for my people have committed two lead them forth with the workers of evils : they have forsaken me, the iniquity.--Ps. cxxv. 5.
fountain of living waters; hewed My son, forget not my law.- them out cisterns, broken cisterns, Prov. iii. 1.
that can hold no water, &c. Hast thou The backslider in heart shall be fill- not procured this unto thyself, in that ed with his own ways.--Prov. xiv. 14. thou hast forsaken the Lord ? &c.
He that keepeth his way, presery- Thy backsliding shall reprove thee : eth his soul.-Prov. xvi. 17. ... know therefore, and see, that it is an · My son give me thine heart; and evil and a bitter thing, that thou hast let thine eyes observe my ways.- forsaken the Lord thy God, &c. I Prov. xxiii. 26.
had planted thee a noble vine, &c. · I have nourished and brought up how then art thou, turned into the children, &c. they have forsaken the degenerate plant of a strange vine Lord, they have provoked the Holy unto me? &c. They have turned their One of Israel unto anger; they are back unto me, and not their face, &c. gone away backward. Why should Have I been a barren wilderness unto ye be stricken any more? ye will re- Israel, a land of darkness? Wherevolt more and more, &c. They that fore say my people, We are lords, we forsake the Lord shall be consumed. will come no more unto thee? Can a Isa. i. 2. 4. 28.
maid forget her ornaments ? or a • There shall be desolation, because bride her attire ? Yet my people have thou hast forgotten the God of thy forgotten me, days without number. salvation, and hast not been mindful - Jer. ü. 2. 5. 10-13. 17. 19. 21. 27. of the rock of thy strength, &c.— 31, 32. Hosea xii. 6. Isa. xvii. 9, 10.
· Weeping and supplications of the They that wait upon the Lord shall children of Israel ; for they have perrenew strength: they shall mount up, verted their way, and they have for&c. they shall run and not be weary, gotten the Lord, &c.-Jer. iii. 21. they shall walk and not faint-Isa. How shall I pardon thee for this? xl. 31.
Thy children have forsaken me, &c. This people hath a revolting and a ing set his hand to the plough, and rebellious heart : they are revolted, looking back, is fit for the kingdom of and gone.-Jer. v. 7. 23. Hosea xi. 7. God.-Luke ix. 62. Jer. vi. 28. 30. xv. 5-7.
The prodigal son's wandering ; Why is this people of Jerusalem and the issue thereof. Luke xv. slidden back by a perpetual backslid- 11, &c. ing ? - Jer, viii. 5. .
Thou art made whole: sin no more, O Lord the hope, of Israel; all lest a worse thing come unto thee.that forsake thee shall be ashamed; John v. 14. viii. 11. and they that depart from me shall From that time many of his discibe written in the earth; because they ples went back, and walked no more have forsaken the Lord, the fountain with him, &c. Will ye also go away? of living waters.-Jer. xvii. 13. &c. Lord, to whom shall we go?
My people have been lost sheep, Thou hast the words of eternal life.&c. and they have forgotten their John vi. 66–69. resting place, &c.—Jer. I. 6. Hosea If ye continue in my word, then are viii. 14.
ye my disciples indeed. - Johnviii.31. Daniel purposed in his heart, that Abide in me, &c. If any man abide he would not defile himself with the not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, king's meat.—Dan. i. 8.
and is withered, &c. If ye abide in Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego me, and my words abide in you, ye said to the king, Our God will deliver shall ask what ye will, and it shall be us : but if not, we will not worship done unto you, &c. Continue ye in the golden image which thou hast set my love.—John xv. 4. 6, 7. 9. . up.—Dan. iii. 16-18.
Whether it be right in the sight of Israel slideth back, as a backslid- God to hearken unto you more than ing heifer, &c. Ephraim is joined to unto God, judge ye. For we cannot idols : let him alone. -Hosea iv. but speak, &c.--Acts iv. 19, 20. 16, 17. xi. 7.
• Barnabas exhorted them all, that Woe unto them, for they have fled with purpose of heart they would from me.-Hosea vii. 13.
cleave unto the Lord.--Acts xi. 22, 23. Keep mercy and judgment, and wait Many of the Jews followed Paul on thy God continually.-Hosea xii. 6. and Barnabas; who, speaking to · I will stretch out my hand upon them, persuaded them to continue in Judah, &c. and them that are turned the grace of God.--Acts xiii. 43. back from the Lord, and those that They exhorted them to continue in have not sought the Lord, nor in the faith.-Acts xiv. 22. quired for him.--Zeph. i. 4. 6.
Even as they did not like to retain I am the Lord, I change not. God in their knowledge, God gave Mal. iii. 6.
them over to a reprobate mind (or to He that endureth unto the end shall a mind void of judgment).-Rom. i. 28. be saved, &c. Whosoever shall deny . To them who by patient continume before men, him will I also deny ance in well doing, seek for glory, &c. before my Father, &c. Matt. x. eternal life.-Rom. ii. 7. 22, 33. xxiv, 12, 13..!
Behold therefore the goodness and · But dureth for a while ; for when severity of God: on them which fell, tribulation, &c. ariseth, &c. by and by severity; but towards thee, goodness, he is offended.—Matt. xiii. 21. if thou continue in his goodness :
Whosoever shall save his life, shall otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. lose it: and whosoever will lose his -Rom. xi. 22. life for my sake, shall find it.—Matt. Let every man wherein he is called, xvi. 25. Luke xvii. 32, 33.
therein abide with God.-1 Cor. vij.24. Jesus said unto him, No man have I praise you, &c. that you keep the ordinances as I delivered them to you. from the hope of the gospel which ye - Cor. xi. 2.
have heard, &c.-Col. i. 23. Be ye stedfast, unmoveable, al- I am with you in the spirit, joying ways abounding in the work of the and beholding your order, and the Lord; forasmuch as ye know that stedfastness of your faith in Christ. your labour is not in vain in the Lord. As ye therefore received Christ Jesus -Cor. xv. 58.
the Lord, walk ye in him; rooted Stand fast in the faith ; quit you and built up in him, and established like men, and be strong.-1 Cor. xvi. 13. in the faith, as ye have been taught.
Having therefore these promises, Col. i. 5—7. &c. let us cleanse ourselves, &c. per. For we live, if we stand fast in the fecting holiness in the fear of God. Lord.—1 Thess. iii. 8. 2 Cor. vii. 1.
We exhort you, &c. that as you I am jealous over you, &c. lest by have received of us how ye ought to any means, as the serpent beguiled walk, and to please God, so ye would Eve, &c. so your mind should be cor- abound more and more, &c.- 1 Thess. rupted from the simplicity that is in iv. 1. 10. Christ.--2 Cor. xi. 2, 3.
Prove all things : hold fast that I marvel that you are so soon re- which is good. Thess. v. 21. moved from him that called you, &c. Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and But though we or an angel, &c. hold the traditions which ye have Gal. i. 6-8.
been taught ; whether by word, or Paul blames the Galatians, for turn- our epistle. Now our Lord Jesus ing back to circumcision, and beg- himself, and God, even our Father, garly elements; and exhorts them to &c. establish you in every good word hold the faith, and to stand fast in and work.—2 Thess. ii. 15–17. the liberty wherewith Christ hath Brethren, be not weary (or faint made them free.-Gal. iii. iv. v. ii. 4,5. not) in well doing.--2 Thess. ii. 13.
Let us not be weary in well doing; Holding faith, and a good confor in due season we shall reap, if we science ; which some having put faint not.-Gal. vi. 9.
away, concerning faith, have made · That we henceforth be no more shipwreck : of whom is Hymeneus, children, tossed to and fro, &c. Let &c. 1 Tim. j. 19, 20. him who stole steal no more.-Eph. She shall be saved in childbearing, iv. 14. 28.
if they continue in faith, and charity, Put on the whole armour of God, and holiness, with sobriety-1 Tim. that ye may be able to stand against ii. 15. . the wiles of the devil: for we wrestle I give thee charge, &c. that thou not with flesh, &c. Wherefore take keep this commandment, &c. until unto you the whole armour of God, the appearing of our Lord, &c. that ye may be able to withstand in iTim. vi. 13, 14. the evil day: and having done all, In the latter times, some shall deto stand, &c. Praying and watching part from the faith, &c. Some are alwith all perseverance. ---Eph. vi. ready turned aside after Satan.'11–13. 18.
1 Tim. iv. 1. v. 15. i. 5, 6. 18, 19. Nevertheless, whereto we have al- vi. 10. 21. 2 Tim. ii. 17. 18. iv. 10. ready attained, let us walk by the If we deny him, he also will deny same rule, let us mind the same thing. us.—2 Tim. ii. 12. - Phil. iii. 16.
But continue thou in the things · Stand fast in the Lord, my dearly which thou hast learned, and hast been beloved.-Phil. iv. 1.
assured of, &c.--2 Tim. iii. 14–16. If ye continue in the faith, grounded i. 13, 14. and settled, and be not moved away I have fought a good fight, I have