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Comforter, that he may abide with Christ came, who is over all, God, you for ever, even the Spirit of truth, blessed for ever, Amen.--Rom. &c. I will come to you, &c. He ix. 5. who loveth me, &c. I will love him; With all that in every place call and manifest myself to him, &c. And upon the name of Jesus Christ our my Father will love him; and we will Lord 1 Cor. i. 2. come unto him, and make our abode The Spirit searcheth all things, with him, &c. The Comforter, the yea, the deep things of God. For, Holy Ghost, whom the Father will what man knoweth the things of a send in my name, he shall teach you. man, save the spirit of man which is

-John xiv. 7–11. 13, 14, 16–18. in him ? even so the things of God 21. 23. 26.

knoweth no man but the Spirit of When the Spirit of truth is come, God.-1 Cor. ii. 10, 11. &c. he will shew you things to come: Know ye not that ye are the temple He shall glorify me, for he shall re- of God, and that the Spirit of God ceive of mine, and shew it unto you, dwelleth in you?-1 Cor. iii. 16. . All things which the Father hath are He who is joined unto the Lord, is mine: therefore said I, that he shall one spirit, &c. Know you not that take of mine, and shall shew it unto your body is the temple of the Holy yon, &c. Whatsoever ye shall ask Ghost, who is in you, which ye have the Father in my name, he will give of God ? &c.—1 Cor. vi. 17. 19. 2 Cor. it you, &c. I came forth from the vi. 16. Father, and am come into the world; To us there is but one God, the again I leave the world, and go to the Father, of whom are all things; and Father, &c.—John xvi. 13-15. 23. one Lord Jesus.- 1 Cor. viii. 6. 27, 28. 30.

Neither let us tempt Christ, as Now, O Father, glorify thou me, some of them also tempted, and were &e, with the glory which I had with destroyed, &c.—1 Cor. x. 9. thee before the world was ! &c. And Now the Lord is that Spirit; and all mine are thine, and thine are mine, where the Spirit of the Lord is, and I am glorified in them, &c. that there is liberty, &c. Even as by the they all may be one, as thou Father art Spirit of the Lord (or of the Lord in me, and I in thee. John xvii. 5. the Spirit).-2 Cor. iii. 17, 18. 10. 21.

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, Thomas answered and said unto and the love of God, and the comhim, My Lord and my God!_John munion of the Holy Ghost, be with XX. 28.

you all. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. Why hath Satan filled thine heart : God hath sent forth the Spirit of to lie to the Holy Ghost ? &c. Thou his Son into your hearts, &c.—Gal: hast not lied unto men but unto God, iv. 6. &c. How is it that ye have agreed Through him, we both have an together to tempt the Spirit of the access by one Spirit unto the Father, Lord?-Acts v. 3, 4. 9.

&c. in whom you also are builded toStephen, calling upon God, and gether foran habitation of God througli saying, Lord Jesus receive my spirit! the Spirit.Ephes. ii. 18. 22. &c.--Acts vii. 59.

All things were created by him and Peter said to Æneas, Jesus Christ for him; and he is before all things, maketh thee whole : arise. --Acts and by him all things consist.-Col. ix. 34.

i. 16, 17. Heb. i. 2, 3. The Church of God, which he hath The mystery of God, and of the purchased with his own blood, --Acts Father, and of Christ; in whom (or XX, 28.

wherein) are hid all the treasures of Of whom, as concerning the flesh, wisdom and knowledge, &c. for in

FALL.

him dwelleth all the fulness of the wise God our Saviour, &c.Jude godhead bodily.- Col. ii. 2, 3. 9. 4. 25.

Now God himself, and our Father, All the churches shall know that I and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our am he which searcheth the reins and way.--1 Thess. iii. 11.

hearts.--Rev. ii. 23. Now our Lord Jesus himself, and See more of Christ's Excellency, God, even our Father, &c. comfort CAAP. V.; more of the Spirit, Chap. your hearts.—2 Thess. ii. 16, 17. XIX..

God our Saviour, and the. Lord Jesus Christ our hope : grace, mercy, .

CHAP. IV. and peace from God our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, &c. I thank OF MAN, IN HIS FIRST ESTATE, WHEREJesus Christ our Lord, who hath en

IN HE WAS CREATED; AND OF HIS abled me, for that he counted me, &c. 1 Tim. i. 1, 2. 12. Rom. i. 7... I Tim. ii. 3. 2 John 3...

First, Of his first State. · Great is the mystery of godliness : And God said, Let us make man in God was manifest in the flesh, justi, our image, after our likeness; and fied in the Spirit, seen of angels, let them have dominion over the fish &c. received up into glory.-Tim. of the sea, and over the fowl of the iii. 16.

air, and over the cattle, and over all According to the commandment of the earth, and over every creeping God our Saviour, &c. grace, mercy, thing that creepeth upon the earth. and peace from God the Father, and So God created man in his own the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. image, in the image of God created Titus i. 3, 4.

he him, male and female created he Looking for, &c. the glorious ap- them. And God blessed them; and pearing of the great God and our God said unto them, Be fruitful, and Saviour Jesus.-Titus ii. 13. iii. 4. multiply, and replenish the earth, and

Christ, who through the eternal subdue it, and have dominion over Spirit, offered himself.—Heb. ix. 14. the fish of the sea, &c.-Gen. i. 26–

Let all the angels of God worship 29. Ps. viii. 5-7. him. Unto the Son he saith, Thy. Adam gave names to all the creathrone, O God, &c.--Heb. i. 6. 8. tures which were brought to him.· The prophets, &c. searching what, Gen. ii. 19, 20. &c. the Spirit of Christ which was God hath made man upright, &c. in them did signify.—1 Pet. i. 10,11. -Eccles. vii. 29.

God, and our Saviour, Jesus Christ, -2 Peter i. l. .

SECONDLY, Of his Fall. Hereby perceive we the love of Tue manner and occasion of man's God, because he laid down his life fall, at large.—Gen. iii. 2 Cor. xi. 3. for us.--1 John iii. 16.

. God made man upright: but they There are three who bear record have sought out many inventions. in heaven; the Father, the Word, Eccles. vii. 29. and the Holy Ghost; and these By one man sin entered into the three are one, &c. His Son Jesus world, and death by sin: and so death Christ; this is the true God, &c.— passed upon all men, for that (or in 1 John v. 7. 20.

whom) all have sinned,&c. If through Peace from God the Father, and the offence of one man many be dead, from the Lord Jesus Christ, the Son &c. The judgment was by one to conof the Father.—2 John 3.

demnation, &c. For if, by one man's Denying the only Lord God, and offence (or one offence) death reigned our Lord Jesus, &c. To the only by one man, &c. by one man's dis

obedience many were made sinners, and the judgments against Egypt, -Rom. v. 12. 15—19.

his heart was still hardened against I fear, lest as the serpent beguiled God, and would not yield; though the Eve through his subtilty, so your magicians acknowledged the finger minds should be corrupted, &c. of God.--Exod. vii. viii. ix. X. . 2 Cor. xi. 3.

Ahab hardened.-1 Kings xxii.

*, Saul excuseth his disobedience, THIRDLY, Of Man's State by Nature, upon pretence that the people prema since Sin entered.

served the cattle for sacrifice. Sam.

xv. 15. 19. 21. Sect. 1. Corrupt, Unclean, and des. Saul's cruelty, in causing Abimeperately Wicked.

lech and above fourscore priests to ADAM, ready to excuse his sin, laid be slain without cause.—1 Sam. xxii. it upon Eve; and Eve laid it upon 14–18. the serpent.-Gen. iii. 12, 13

Absalom had a tent spread upon . Cain was very wroth, and his the top of the house, and went in countenance fell, because God had unto his father's concubines, in the not respect unto his offering, as unto sight of all Israel.--2 Sam. xvi. 22. Abel's; and he rose up against his Ahab had sold himself to work brother, and slew him.---Gen. iv.5.8. evil in the sight of the Lord, &c.

And God saw that the wickedness None like unto Ahab, who did set of man was great in the earth, and himself to work wickedness in the every imagination of the thoughts of sight of the Lord.—1 Kings xxi. 20. his heart (or the whole imagination, 26. Ps. cxli. 4. 9. 1 Kings xxii. purposes, and desires) was only evil Ahaziah, being sick, sent to an idol, continually, &c. The earth also was to inquire; and after sent a captain corrupt before God: and the earth with his fifty to take the prophet, was filled with violence, &c. for all whom God destroyed with fire; yet flesh had corrupted his way upon the he sent again and again.—2 Kings i. earth, &c.-Gen. vi. 5. 11, 12. 2. 9-13. · The imaginations of man's heart. The King of Israel said, This evil are evil from his youth.-Gen. viii. is of the Lord : what should I wait 21. xi. 4. - . ;

for the Lord any longer ?-2 Kings The wickedness of Sodom, at the vi. 33. time when God came to destroy it. Hazael, when the prophet had Gen. xix.

told him how wicked he should be, Esau sold his birthright for a mess said, Is thy'servant a dog? &c.—2 of pottage.-Gen. xxv. 30–33. Kings viii. 11–13. - Esau hated his brother, because of Rabshakeh said, What confidence the blessing wherewith his father is this wherein thou trustest, &c. blessed him: and Esau said in his Let not Hezekiah deceive you, &e. heart, &c. then will I slay my brother neither make your trust in the Lord, Jacob.-Gen. xxvii. 41.

&c. Hath any of the gods of the Joseph's brethren hated him, could nations delivered at all his land ? &c. not speak peaceably to him, and en- Who, &c. hath delivered, &c. that vied him; they conspired against him the Lord should deliver Jerusalem to slay him, and covered it with a lie. out of my hand? &c.—2 Kings. xviii. -Gen. xxxvii. 4. 11. 18—20.23, 24. 19. 29, 30. 32, 33, 35. Isa. xxxvi.

And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, xxxvii. that I should obey his voice to let : The words of Sennacherib, who Israel go? I know not the Lord, hath, sent him to reproach the living Deither will I let Israel go.-Exod. v. 2. God, &c. Whom hast thou reproached

After all the wonders Moses wrought, and blasphemed, and against whom

hast thou exalted thy voice? &c. in his heart, God hath forgotten ; he Even against the Holy One of Israel, hideth his face, he will never see, &c. by thy messengers thou hast' re. Wherefore doth the wicked contemn proached the Lord, &c.--2 Kings God ? &c.-Ps. x. 4. 7. 11. 13. l. xix. 16. 22, 23. 2 Chron. xxxii. 17, &c. 9, &c.

With our tongue will we prevail : King Ahaz did wickedly, and in our lips are our own : who is Lord the time of his distress did he trespass over us ?-Ps. xii. 4. yet more against the Lord : this is The fool hath said in his heart, that king Ahaz.-2 Chron. xxvii. There is no God. They are corrupt; 19. 22.

they have done abominable works · Israel laughed to scorn and mocked there is none who doeth good, &c. the messengers of Hezekiah, who ex- They are all gone aside; they are all horted them to repent.—2 Chron, XXX. together become filthy (or stinking): 6, 7. 10; &c.

there is none who doth good, no, The chief of the priests and the not one.—Ps. xiv. 1-3. liii. 1-3. people transgressed very much after Eccles. ix. 3. . . all the abominations of the heathens, He deviseth mischief upon his bed ; &c. And the Lord, &c. sent to them he setteth himself in a way that is by his messengers, &c. but they mocked not good.-Ps. xxxvi. 4. Prov. iv. 16. the messengers of God, and despised I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin his words, and misused his prophets, did my mother conceive me.-Ps. li. 5. until the wrath of the Lord arose, &c. The wicked are estranged from the till there was no remedy.--2 Chron. womb; they go astray as soon as Xxxvi. 14-16.

they are born, speaking lies, &c.Who can bring a clean thing out of Ps. lviii. 3-5. an unclean thing? Not one.--Job Pride compasseth them about as a xiv. 4. Ezek. xvi. 3, &c.

chain : violence covereth them as a . What is man, that he should be garment, &c. They are corrupt and clean ? or he who is born of a woman, speak wickedly, &c. They set their . that he should be righteous ? &c. mouth against the heavens, and their Yea, the heavens are not clean in his tongue walketh through the earth, &c. sight : how much more abominable They say, How doth God know and and filthy is man, who drinketh ini- is there knowledge in the Most High? quity like water?-Job xv. 14-16. --Ps. Ixxiii. 6. 8. 9. 11. xciv. 4. 7. XXV. 4.

Job xxiv. 14, 15. The wicked say, &c. Depart from · The wrath of God came upon them, us, for we desire not the knowledge and slew the fattest of them, &c. of thy ways. What is the Almighty, For all this they sinned still, and bethat we should serve him ? and what lieved not for his wondrous works: can he do Job xxi. 7. 14, 15. xxii. Ps. lxxviii. 31, 32.56-58. 17. xxxiv. 9.

• They have taken crafty counsel The kings of the earth set themselves, against thy people, &e. they have and the rulers take counsel together, consulted together with one consent against the Lord, and against his or heart): they are confederate Anointed, saying, Let us break their against thee.-Ps. Ixxxiii. 3. 5. bands asunder, and cast away their . They frame mischief by a law: they cords from us.-Ps.ü. 2, 3. Matt. ü. 16. gather themselves together against

The wicked, through the pride of the soul of the righteous, and conhis countenance, will not seek God; demn the innocent blood.-Ps. cxiv. God is not in all his thoughts, &c. 20, 21. . His mouth is full of cursing, and · For they sleep not except they have deceit, and fraud, &c. He hath said done mischief and their sleep is taken away unless they cause some to Thou hast stricken them, but they fall.-Prov. iv. 16.

have not grieved: thou hast con The tender mercies of the wicked sumed them, they have refused to are cruel. —Prov. xii. 10.

receive correction; they have made Fools make a mock at sin.-Prov. their faces harder than a rock: they xiv.9.

have refused to return. Jer. v. 3. . Not a just man upon the earth, Were they ashamed? &e. They who doth good, and sinneth not. were not at all ashamed, neither could Eccles. vij. 20. Prov. xx. 9. , they blush: therefore, &c. Thus saith

Because sentence against an evil the Lord, Stand ye in the way, and work is not executed speedily, there. see, and ask for the old paths; where fore the heart of the sons of men is is the good way; and walk therein, fully but in them to do evil.—Eccles. &c. But they said, We will not walk viii. 11. Ps. lv. 19.

therein.- Jer. vi. 15, 16. Woe unto them who draw iniquity, They speak not aright; no man re&c. who say, Let him make speed, pented him of his wickedness, saying, and hasten his work, that we may What have I done ? Every one turned see it, &c.—Isa. v. 18-20.

to his course, as the horse rusheth The king of Assyria, lifted up in into the battle.- Jer. viii. 6. pride, said, Shall not I do to Jera- The sin of Judah is written with a salem as to Samaria ? &c. By the pen of iron; with a point of a diamond strength of my hand have I done it; it is graven upon the table of their and by my wisdom, for I am prudent. heart, &c. The heart is deceitful - Isa. x. 10, 11, 13.

above all things, and desperately Ye have said, We have made a wicked, &c.Jer. xvii. 1. 9. covenant with death and with hell, Thus saith the Lord, Return ye, &c. The scourge shall not come &c. And they said, There is no hope; unto us, &c.—Isa. xxviii. 15. but we will walk after our own de

Let favour be shewed to the vices, and we will every one do the wicked, yet will he not learn righte: imaginations of his evil heart, &c. ousness, &c. In the land of upright- Let us devise devices against Jereness will he deal unjustly, and will miah, &c. and let us not give heed to not behold the Majesty of the Lord, any of his words.-Jer. xviii. 11,12. 18. &c. When thy hand is lifted up, they - The king cut and burned the roll, will not see, &c.- Isa. xxvi, 10, 11. wherein was written -Jeremy's pro

They make a man an offender for a phecy; and would have taken the. word, and lay a spare for him who re- prophet himself.-Jer. xxxvi. 21. 23, proveth in the gate, &C. Isa. xxix. 21. 24. 26.

Thou hast trusted in thy wicked The people told Jeremiah, We will ness; thou hast said, None seeth me, not hearken unto thee : but we will &c. and thou hast said in thine heart, certainly do whatsoever thing goeth I am, and none else beside me.-Isa. forth out of our own mouth, to burn xlvii. 10.

incense unto the queen of heaven, All we, like sheep, havegone astray: &c.-Jerxliv. 15–17. we have turned every one to his own They are stiff-hearted, &c. they are way. Isa. liii. 6.

rebellious, &c. they are impudent. The wicked are like the troubled Ezek. ii. 4. 7. iii. 7. sea, when it cannot rest; whose Hast thou seen what the ancients waters cast up mire and dirt.-Isa. of the house of Israel do in the dark, lvii. 20.

every man in the chambers of his Thou saidst, There is no hope: no; imagery? For they say, The Lord for I have loved strangers, and after seeth not us ; the Lord hath forsaken them will I go. Jer. ii. 25. xxi. 21. the earth. Ezek. viii 12.. .

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