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the Lord thine oaths. But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King: neither Thalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canft not make one hair white or black. But let your communication be yea, yea; nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than
these, cometh of evil. James But above all things, my brethren, swear 5.12.
not; neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath ; but let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay; left ye fall into condemnation.
Q. Is it fit for Christians or believers to receive carnal and worldly honour one from
another? John A. How can ye believe which receive 5. 44.
honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only.
Q. Doth God allow us to give flattering.
titles to men? Job 32. 21, 22.
A. Let me not, I pray you, accept any man's person ; neither let me give flattering titles unto man: for I know not to give flattering titles; in so doing my Maker, would soon take me away.
Q. What should we say to such as quarrel with us for speaking proper found words, as · thou to one, you to many; which is Christ's and the saints language in scripture ?
4. If any man teach otherwise, and con- 1 Tim. sent not to wholesome words, even the 6. 3, 4. words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil sur.. misings.
· Hold fast the form of sound words, 2 Tim. which thou hast heard of me, in faith and ".130 love, which is in Christ Jesus.
Q. What is the great commandment given by Christ to his disciples, as that which even declareth them to be such, and is alfo pressed. by his apostles ?
A. A new commandment I give unto John 13. you, That ye love one another; as I have 34. 35. loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.
This is my commandment, That ye love John 15. one other, as I have loved you. These 12. 17. things I command you, That ye love one another.
Be ye therefore followers of God, as Eph. 5. dear children; and walk in love, as Christ *. 2. also hath loved us, and hath given himself, - for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet fmelling favour. If man fay, I love God, and hateth 1 John
4.20, 21 his brother, he is a liar: for he that 4.40
loverh not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not feen? And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God, love his brother also.
Q. Is humility very needful to Chriftians ? What like must we be 'ere we can enter the
kingdom? 18. 3, 4.
A. And Jesus faid, Verily, verily, I fay unto you, except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore fhall humble himself as this little child, the fame is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
O. Ought Chriftians to lord over one another? What rule giveth Christ in this case?
"A. But Jesus called them unto him, and 2003 20.25
faid, Ye know that the princes of the
Q. How then are Christians in this world?
the midst of wolves; be ye therefore wife as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Go your ways; behold, I send you forth Luke as lambs among wolves.
10. 3. Q. Are we then to expe£t afflictions and perfecutions here? . A. And ye shall be hated of all men for Mat. my name's sake; but he that endureth to Mark the end shall be saved..
13. 13. . And ye shall be hated of all men for my Luke
21, 17. se name's fake. . - If the world hate you, ye know that it John 15hated me before it hated you; if ye were 0,19. of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you. These things have I spoken unto you, John
16. 33. that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation ; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.
And all that will live godly in Christ 2 Tim. Jesus shall suffer persecurion.
3. Ima Q. Ought we then to fear persecution? A. Fear not them which kill the body, Mat.
10. 28. but are not able to kill the soul; but". rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. ;
And I say unto you, my friends, be not Luke, · afraid of them that kill the body, and after 12
that, have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn ye whom you shall fear:
fear him which, after he hath killed, harh power to cast into hell, yea, I fay unto you, fear him.
Q. What advantage is it to them that fuffer perfecurion cheerfully, and bazard to them that Jhun it?
A. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness fake, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven. 1 Pet. But and if ye suffer for righteousness lake,
happy are ye; and be not afraid of their
terror, neither be troubled. Mat. Whosoever therefore shall confess me 33: 37 before men, him will I confess also before to 39
my Father which is in heaven. But whoso. ever fhall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven. He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me. And he that takerh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. He that findeth his life fhall lose it, and he that
loseth his life for my fake, shall find it. Luke Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall 12. 8,9.
* confess me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God.
But he that denieth me before men, shall
be denied before the angels of God. Mat. 16. Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any 24, 25. man will come after me, let him deny him
self, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it,