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and whosoever will lose his life for my fake, . fhall find it.

If we suffer, we shall also reign with him ; 2 Tim. if we deny him, he also will deny us.

If any man come to me, and hate not his Luke father and mother, and wife and children, 4. and brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.

And he said to them all, If any man will Ch. 9. come after me, let him deny himself, and <3, 24. take up his cross daily and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my fake, the same {hall fave it.

And when he had called the people unto Mark 8. him, with his disciples also, he said unto 34, 35. them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross . and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lofe it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my fake and the gofpels, the same fhall fave it.

Q. There is nothing more certain, according to these scriptures, than that Christians must fuffer persecution in this world, even in their persons and estates ; but hall they not also suffer in their good names, in being ac- counted blafphemers, hereticks, and deceivers?

A. The disciple is not above his master, Mat. 1o. nor the servant above his Lord. It is 24, 25. enough for the disciple, that he be as his

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Master, and the servant, as his Lord. If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub; how much more shall they

call them of his household ? Mat. 5. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, II.

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of evil against you fally, for my fake. Ads 6.

Then they suborded men which faid, We II, 12.

have heard him speak, blasphemous words against Moses and against God. And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught

him, and brought him to the council. Ads And when they found them not, they 17.6.

drew Jason, and certain brethren, unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down, are come

hither also. . Ads But this I confess unto thee, that after

the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers; believing all things which are written in the law and in

the prophets. , 1 Cor. Being defamed, we intreat; we are made 4.13. as the filth of the earth, and are the

off-scouring of all things unto this day.

By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report, as deceivers, and yet true.

Q. It is easily apparent from what is mentioned, that Christians are to expeet perfecution and tribulation; and that they are always

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the. Meep, and never the wolves; the perfecuted, and never the perfecutors ; the aflisted, and not the afflicters; the reproached, and not reproachers : Is it not fit then that Christians be so far from persecuting others, that they ought to pray for their persecutors ? Is this Christ's command?

A. But I say unto you, Love your ene- Mat. - mies; bless them that curse you, do goods.

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Q. Was this Christ's own practice?
A. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them,

? 23, 34. for they know not what they do, &c.

Q. Is Christ herein to be our example ? i A. For even hereunto were ye called, 1 Pet. because Christ also suffered for us, leaving 22, 23.

2. 21, us an example, that ye should follow his steps, who did no fin, neither was guile found in his mouth; who, when he was reviled, reviled not again ; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.'

Q. Is there an instance of any saints in fcripe tures who followed his example herein ?

A. And he (Stephen) kneeled down, and Ada cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this

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and trembling, humility, patience, and felt denial : What ought we" then to think of Fuchs who place much of their religion in abstaining from marriage, and certain meats ; Worshipping of angels, and other such acts of voluntary

humility? ', 1 Tim. A. Now the spirit speaketh expressly, *** that in the latter times fome shall depart

from the faith; giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrify; having their conscience feared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving, of them which

believe and know the truth. : :: Col. 2. Let no man beguile you of your reward,

in a voluntary humility, and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed' up by his Hefhly mind.

CHAP. XIII. it Concerning Magistracy.

Quest.-WHẬT is the duty of a magistrate? 2 Sam. À. The God of Israel faid, the rock of

Ifrael spake to me: he that ruleth over men must be just, ruling in the fear of God.

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Q. What do the scriptures fpeak of the duty of such as are under authority?

A. Let every soul be subject unto the Rom. higher powers; for there is no power but of 13: God: the powers that be, are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore 'resistéth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist, shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same; for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid ; for he bearech not the sword in vain : for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience-fake. · Submit yourselves to every ordinance of 1 Pet. man for the Lord's fake; whether it be to 2013: the king, as supreme, or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him, for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For fo is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to filence the ignorance of foolish men.

Q. Oughi tribute to be paid to them?

A. For, for this caufe pay we tribute Rom, allo, for they are God's ministers, attende ing continually upon this very thing.

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