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ordinances as I delivered them to you. from the hope of the gospel which ye -1 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. ii. 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.—1 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. i. 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 1 Tim. 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

finished my course, I have kept the minds ; lest any man fail of the grace faith: henceforth there is laid up for of God.—Heb. xii. 1-3. 15. 28. me a crown, &c.—2 Tim. iv. 7,8. Jesus Christ the same, &c. Be

A bishop must be blameless, &c. not carried about with strange docholding fast the faithful word, &c. trines: for it is a good thing that the Titus i. 7. 9.

heart be established with grace.Therefore we ought to give the Heb. xiii. 8. 9. more earnest heed to the things Whoso looketh into the perfect which we have heard, lest at any time law of liberty, and continueth, &c.we should let them slip, &c.—Heb. James i. 25. ü. 1-3.

To him that knoweth to do good, Whose house are we, if we hold and doeth it not; to him it is sin.fast the confidence, and the rejoicing James iv. 17. of the hope, firm unto the end, &c. Gird up the loins of your mind, We are made partakers of Christ, if be sober, and hope to the end. we hold the beginning of our confi- 1 Pet. i. 13. dence stedfast unto the end.--Heb. The devil, &c. whom resist, stedini. 6. 12. 14.

fast in the, faith.—1 Pet. v. 8, 9. Seeing then that we have a great If after they have escaped the polHigh Priest, &c. let us hold fast our lutions of the world, &c. they are profession: for we have not an High again entangled therein, and overPriest which cannot be touched with come; the latter end is worse with the feeling, &c.—Heb. iv. 14, 15. them than the beginning: for it had

For it is impossible for those who been better for them not to have were once enlightened, &c. if they known the way of righteousness, shall fall away, to renew them again than after they have known it, to unto repentance, &c. We desire that turn from the holy commandment deevery one of you do shew the same livered unto them.- 2 Pet. ii. 20, 21. diligence, to the full assurance of iii. 17, 18. Matt. xii. 43–45. hope, unto the end: that ye be not They went out from us, but they slothful, but followers of them, who, were not of us : for if they had been through faith and patience, inherit of us, they would, no doubt, &c. Let the promises. Heb. vi. 4_-6. that therefore abide in you which ye 11, 12.

have heard from the beginning: if Let us hold fast the profession of that shall remain in you, ye also shall our faith, without wavering: for he continue in the Son and in the Fais faithful that promised, &c. For if ther, &c. And now, little children, we sin wilfully after we have received abide in him, that when he shall apthe knowledge of the truth, there re- pear, &c.—1 John ii. 19. 24. 28. maineth no more sacrifice for sins; Look to yourselves, that we lose but a certain fearful looking for of not those things which we have judgment, &c. Cast not away there- wrought: but that we receive, &c.— fore your confidence, which hath 2 John 8, 9. great recompense of reward: for ye I have no greater joy, than to hear have need of patience, &c. If any that my children walk in truth. man draw back, my soul shall have 3 John 4. 2 John 4. no pleasure in him. We are not of - Earnestly contend for the faith them who draw back unto perdition. once delivered unto the saints, &c. -Heb. X. 23. 26, 27. 35, 36. The angels which kept not their first 38, 39.

state, &c. he hath reserved in chains, Let us run with patience the race &c. Build up yourselves in your set before us, looking unto Jesus, &c. most holyfaith, &c. keep yourselves in lest ye be weary and faint in your the love of God,&c.-Jude 3. 6. 20,21.

I know thy works, &c. thou hast · I will bring the blind by a way that laboured, and hast not fainted, &c. they know not; I will lead them in Thou hast left thy first love: remem- paths they have not known; I will ber therefore from whence thou art make darkness light before them, fallen. To him that overcometh, and crooked things strait. These will I give to eat of the tree of life, things will I do unto them, and not &c. Be thou faithful unto death, and forsake them.- Isa. xlii. 16. I will give thee a crown of life. He I have loved thee with an everlast. shall not be hurt by the second death, ing love: therefore with loving-kind&c. I will give to eat of the hidden ness have I drawn thee.-Jer. xxxi. 3. manna; and will give him a white I will make an everlasting covestone, &c. Hold fast till I come: nant with them, that I will not turn and he that overcometh, and keepeth away from them to do them good: my words unto the end, to him will I but I will put my fear in their hearts, give power over the nations, &c.— that they shall not depart from me. Rev. ii. 245.7. 10, 11, 17. 25, 26. -Jer. xxxii. 40.

He that overcometh, shall be The Son of man is come to save clothed with white raiment, &c. that which was lost. How think ye? If Because thou hast kept the word, &c. å man have an hundred sheep, and one I also will keep thee from the hour, of them be gone astray; doth he not &c. I will confess his name, &c. leave the ninety and nine, and goeth, Hold that fast which thou hast, that &c. and seeketh that which is gone no man take thy crown, &c. I will astray ? &c. Even so, it is not the make him a pillar, &c. I will grant will of your Father which is in heahim to sit on my throne, &c.-Rev. ven, that one of these little ones iii. 5. 10-12

should perish.-Matt. xviii. 11–14. He shall inherit all things; and I There shall arise false Christs, &c. will be his God, and he shall be my insomuch, that (if it were possible) son.-Rev. xxi. 7.

they shall deceive the very elect. He that is righteous, let him be Matt. xxiv. 24. righteous still; and he that is holy, Satan hath desired to winnow you, let him be holy still.--Rev. xxii. 11. &c. but I have prayed for thee, that

When the righteous shall trust to thy faith fail not.-Luke xxii. 31, 32. his own righteousness, and commit The water that I shall give him, iniquity, he shall die: his righteous- shall be in him a well of water, ness shall not be remembered, &c. springing up unto everlasting life. Ezek. xxxiii. 13.

John iv. 14.

All that the Father hath given unto II. That Believers shall have Grace

urace me, shall come to me: and him that and Power given them to persevere cometh I willin no wise rast out. &c and abide in the Faith, &c. Christ This is the Father's will. &c. that of will uphold them.

all which he hath given me, I should He will keep the feet of his saints. lose nothing, but should raise it up 1-Sam. xxix. 35.

at the last day.-John vi. 37--39. The steps of a good man are or My sheep, &c. shall never perish, dered (or established) by the Lord, neither shall any man pluck them out &c. though he fall, he shall not be of my hand, &c. No man is able to utterly cast down: for the Lord up- pluck them out of my Father's hand. holdeth him with his hand.-Ps. I and my Father are one.John X. xxxvii. 23, 24. Micah vii. 8. . 27-30. • Thou shalt guide me with thy Holy Father, keep, through thy counsel, and afterwards receive me own name, those, &c. While I was to glory.---Ps. Lxxiii. 24.

with them in the world, I kept them

in thy name; those that thou gavest spirit, and soul, and body, be preme I have kept, and none of them are served blameless unto the coming of lost, but the son of perdition, that our Lord Jesus Christ : faithful is he the scripture, &c.—John xvii. 11, 12. that calleth you, who also will do it.

O wretched man that I am! who – 1 Thess. v. 23, 24. shall deliver me from the body of this But the Lord is faithful, who shall death? I thank God, through Jesus stablish you and keep you from evil Christ our Lord.—Rom. vii. 24, 25. (or the evil one).—2 Thess. iii. 3.

Whom he did predestinate, them I know whom I have believed ; and he called, &c. them he justified, &c. am persuaded that he is able to keep he glorified, &c. Who shall separate that which I have committed unto us from the love of Christ ? &c. I him.—2 Tim. i. 12. am persuaded that neither death, &c. Who, concerning the truth have nor any other creature shall be able erred, &c. Nevertheless the foundato separate us.-Rom. viii. 29–31. tion of God standeth sure, having 35. 37–39.

this seal, The Lord knoweth them For the gifts and calling of God that are his.-2 Tim. ii. 18, 19. are without repentance. -- Rom. The Lord shall deliver me from xi. 29.

every evil work, and will preserve me Who art thou who judgest another unto his heavenly kingdom.—2 Tim. man's seryant ? to his own master he iv. 18. standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall To an inheritance, &c. reserved in be holden up: for God is able to heaven for you, who are kept by the make him stand.-Rom xiv. 4. power of God through faith unto

The God of peace shall bruise (or salvation.—1 Pet. i. 4, 5. tread) Satan under your feet shortly, They went out from us, but they &c.—Rom. xvi. 20.

were not of us : for if they had been Jesus Christ; who shall also con- of us, they would no doubt have firm you to the end, that ye may be continued with us ; but they went blameless in the day of our Lord out that they might be made maniJesus Christ. God is faithful, by fest, that they were not all of us, &c. whom ye were called, &c.- 1 Cor. i. The anointing which ye have received, 7-9.

&c. Ye shall abide in him.-1 John God is faithful, who will not suffer i. 19. 26, 27. you to be tempted above that you are He that is born of God doth not able ; but will with the temptation commit sin: for his seed remaineth also make a way to escape, that ye in him, and he cannot sin, &c.-may be able to bear it.- Cor. x. 13. 1 John iii. 9.

Now he which establisheth us with Ye are of God, &c. and have overyou in Christ, and hath anointed us, come them; because greater is he is God.—2 Cor. i. 21.

that is in you, than he that is in the Paul besought the Lord thrice, &c. world.-1 John iv. 4. And he said unto him, My grace is There is a sin not unto death. We sufficient for thee, for my strength is know that every one who is born of made perfect in weakness, &c.— God sinneth not: but, &c. keepeth 2 Cor. xii. 8, 9.

himself, &c. Whosoever is born of Being confident of this very thing, God, overcometh the world.-1 John that he which hath begun a good v. 4. 17, 18. work in you, will perform it (or The truth which dwelleth in us, finish it) until the day of Jesus Christ. and shall be in us for ever.—2 John 2. -Phil. i. 6.

Now unto him that is able to keep And the very God of peace sanc- you from falling, and to present you tify you wholly: and your whole faultless before the presence of his

glory, &c. to the only wise God, &c. yourselves, that ye love the Lord

Jude 24, 25. Rom. xvi. 25. your God.- Josh. xxiii. 11.

Those whose names are not written Solomon, whom God so much hoin the book of life, they worshipped, noured, sinned greatly in old age.and wondered at the beast.-Rev. xiii. 1 Kings xi. 8. xvii. 8.

There was a day, when the sons of

God came to present themselves beSect. xvIII. To take care to watch fore the Lord. and Satan (or the diligently over ourselves with a adversary

adversary) came among (or in the holy jealousy and fear, lest we midst of) them. — Job i. 6, 7. should apostatise and depart from ü. 1.2. God, his Truth and Ways, into any Stand in awe, and sin not; comError or Sin : the Reasons : our mune with your own heart, &c.Danger.

Ps. iv. 4. xvi. 8. HEZEKIAH was left of God, that he I said, I will take heed to my ways, might know all that was in his heart. that I sin not with my tongue, &c.— -2 Chron. xxxii. 31.

Ps. xxxix. 1. Take heed to thyself, lest thou Wherewith shall a young man make a covenant with the inhabitants cleanse his way? by taking heed of the land whither thou goest, lest thereto, according to thy word.— it be for a snare in the midst of thee: Ps. cxix. 9. but ye shall destroy their altars, &c. Set a watch, O Lord, before my lest, &c. they go a whoring after their mouth, keep the door of my lips.gods, and do sacrifice, &c.—Exod. Ps. cxli. 3. xxxiv. 12, 13. 15, 16.

Keep thy heart with all diligence. What nation so great, who hath for out of it are the issues of life. God so nigh unto them ? &c. Only Prov. iv. 23. take heed to thyself, and keep thy A prudent man foreseeth the eyil, soul diligently, lest thou forget the and hideth himself, &c.-Prov. xxvii.12. things which thine eyes have seen, Happy is the man that feareth and lest they depart from thine heart always : but he that hardeneth his all the days of thy life, &c. Take ye heart shall fall into mischief.—Prov. therefore good heed unto yourselves, xxviii. 14. &c. lest ye corrupt yourselves, and Blessed is the man that observes make you a graven image, &c.— his hand, lest he do any evil. Deut. iv. 7-9. 15. 25. Exod. xxxiv. Isa. lvi. 2. 12. 15.

The heart is deceitful above all When the Lord thy God shall have things, and desperately wicked, who brought thee into the land, &c. When can know it ?-Jer. xvii. 9. thou shalt have eaten and be full, And my people are bent to backbeware lest thou forget the Lord, &c. sliding from me.-Hosea xi. 7. -Deut. vi. 10–12. viii. 10–14. Take heed to your spirit, that

I will give rain, &c. that thou you deal not treacherously. - Mal. mayest eat and be full : take heed to ii. 16. yourselves, that your heart be not Beware of false prophets, which deceived, and ye turn aside and serve come to you in sheeps' clothing, but other gods.—Deut. xi. 14–16. inwardly they are ravening wolves

If thy brother, &c. entice thee Matt. vii. 15. secretly, saying, Let us go and serve Jesus said, Take heed and beware other gods, &c. thou shalt not con- of the leaven of the Pharisees, and sent unto him, nor hearken unto him, of, &c.—Matt, xvi. 6. Luke xii. 1, 2. &c.-Deut. xiji. 6—8.

Jesus said, Take heed that no man Take good heed therefore unto deceive you ; for many shall come in

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