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9 This know alfo,, that in the latter Times some thall depart from the Faith, giving heed to seducing Spirits, and Doctrines of Devils; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from Meats which God hath created to be received; having a Form of Godliness, but denying the Power thereof: From such turn away.
Many Deceivers likewise are entered into the World, who confefs tot that Jesus Christ is come in the Flesh. This is a Deceiver and an Antichrist. Yetherefore, seeing ye know these Things before, beware test ye also being led away with the Error of the Wicked, fall from your own Stedfastness.
• Consider the Apostle and High Priest Examples.
of our Profession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to him that appointed him; leaving us
0 an Example, that ye should follow his Steps.
· As ye know what manner of Men the Apostles were, so be ye Followers of thein and of the Lord ; that ye may be Ensamples to all them that believes . And those Things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard of them, do..
u Be ye Followers of the Churches of God, which in Judea were in Christ Jesus.
Consider the Parable of the Samaritan, who shewed Mercy on him that fell, amongst,
the Thieves, and go and do thou likewise.
9 2 Tim. 3. 1. I Tim. 4. J, 3.
2.Tim. 3: 5. r 2 John 7. 2 Pet. 3. 17... $ Hebe 3. 1, 2.
1 Petr 2. 21. ti Theft. 3. 5, 6, 7. Phil. 4. 9...., Ni Theff.
w Luke: 10 33, 37, 36, 37,
* Mark the old Way which wicked Men have trodden; which were cut down out of Time, whore Foundation was overflown with a Flood.
y Be ye not Idolaters, as were some of the Jewish Fathers; neither let us commit Fornication, as some of them committed; neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted ; neither murmur ye, as some of thein also murmured; for they were overthrown in the Wilderness, and were destroyed of the Destroyer. Now these Things were our Examples, to the Intent we should not lust after evil Things, as they also lusted; and they are written for our Admonition, upon whom the Ends of the World are
* Job 22, 15, 76.
Ti Cor. 10.70.1, 8, 9, 10, 5, 1%,
Concerning the PERFECTION of
The Perfection of a Chriftian confifts in using his
utmost Endeavours to perform with Sincerity and Zeal the whole Will of God; to grow in Grace, and excel in all Manner of Virtue; and to perfevere in the Ways of Piety and Holiness to the End of his Life.
which is good. Cleanfe yourselves from all Filthiness both of Flesh and Spirit, perfecting Holiness in the Fear of God.
• Lay apart all Filthiness and Superfluity of Naughtiness; and keep yourselves unspotted from the World.
• Whatever is an Abomination to the Lord thy God thou shalt utterly detest, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed Thing.
Let thine Eyes look right on, and let thine Eyelids look_straight before thee: Ponder the Path of thy Feet, and let all thy Ways be established. Turn not to the right Hand nor to the left. Remove thy Foot from Evil.
a Rom. 12•
2 Cor. 7.1. %
b James 1. 21, 27, á Prov. 4• 35, 26, 27.
7 25, 26.
• Let us lay aside every Weight, and the Sin which doth so easily, beset us; and let us run with Patience the Race that is fet before us.
* Ye: shall be righteous before God; working that which is Good, and Right, and Truth, before the Lord; following him fully; and walking in all the Coinmandments and Ordinances of the Lord blameless.
& Follow after Righteousness, Godliness, Faith, Love, Patience, Meekness. Fight the good Fight of Faith ; lay hold on eternal Life; that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the Will of God.
* Whatsoever Things are true, whatsoever Things are honest, whatsoever Things are just, whatsoever Things are piire, whatsoever Things are lovely, whatsoever Things are of good Report; if there be any Virtue, if there be any Praise, think on these Things. For lie that in these Things ferveth Christ, is acceptable to God, and approved of Men.: 17
! Whether ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the Glory of God.
k As God hath distributed to every Man, as the Lord hath called every one, fo let him walk; caring for the Things of the Lord, that he inay be holy both in Body and Spirit. Let your Speech be always with Grace, fea
, foned with Salt, that ye may know how ye ought to anfwer every Man. m If any Man among you feem to be religious,
f. Luke 1.6. 12 Chron. 31. 20. Luke 1. 6.COM g 1 Tim. 6. 11, 12.3 Col. 4. 12. # Phil. 4. S. Rom. 14. 18.' ii 1 Cor. 10:38. k. Cor. 7. 17, 34• i Col. 4. 6. James I. 26.
e Heb. 12. 1. 14. 24.
and bridleth not his Tongue, but deceiveth his own Heart, this Man's Religion is vain.
. In the Multitude of Words there wantech not Sin: He therefore that hath knowledge, spareth his Words, and taketh heed to his Ways, that he offend not with his Tongue.
• If any Man offend not in Word, the fame is a perfect Man, and able also to bridle the whole Body. For out of the Abundance of the Heart the Mouth speaketh.
p Whoso keepeth his Mouth and his Tongue, keepeth his Soul from Troubles.
• He that will love Life, and fee good Days, let him refrain his Tongue from Evil, and his Lips that they speak no Guile. For Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue.
i Every idle Word that Men shall speak, they fhall give an Account thereof in the Day of Judgment. For by thy Words thou shalt be juftified, and by thy Words thou shalt be condemned.
· Let us caft down Imaginations, and every high Thing that exalteth itself against the Knowledge of God; and bring into Captivity every Thought to the Obedience of Christ. For the Thought of Foolishness is Sin.
+ Wo unto yoủ that pay Tithe of Mint, and Anife,' and Cummin, and have omitted the weightier Matters of the Law, Judgment, Mercy, and Faith. These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
u Wo unto them which trust in themselves that they are righteous, and despise others; because they are James 1. 26. • James 3. 2. 3- 10.' Prov. 18. 21. n Prov. 24. 9. 191. Mat. 23. 23..° Luke 18, 9, 11.
n Prov. 10. 19.
Prov. 17. 27:
P Prov. 21. 230
Pfal. 39. 1.
9 1 Pet. $ 2 Cor.