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which by the gospel is preached unto you.-1 Pet. i. 23. 25.

As new born babes desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.-1 Pet. ii. 2.

If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.-1 Pet. iv. 11.

I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth: yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up, by putting you in remembrance.-2 Pet. i. 12, 13. iii. 1, 2. Jude 5.

That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly, our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. -1 John i. 3.

Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.-Rev. i. 3.

See before, Miraculous Gifts, &c.
See of the Word of God, CHAP. I.

III. Baptism.

GOD said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant, &c. Every manchild among you shall be circumcised, &c. and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you, &c. Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, &c. and circumcised the flesh, &c. And Abraham was ninety and nine years old when he was circumcised, &c. And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised.Gen. xvii. 9-13. 23-25.

Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven: and he laid his hands on them.-Matt. xix. 13-15.

Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.-Matt. xxviii. 19.

John said, I indeed baptize you with water but one mightier than

I cometh, &c. he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. -Luke iii. 16. Acts xi. 15, 16. John i. 26. 31. 33. Acts i. 5.

Jesus himself baptised not, but his disciples.-John iv. 1, 2.

Repent, and be baptised, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins: for the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off; even as many as the Lord our God shall call. Then they that gladly received the word, were baptised.Acts ii. 38, 39. 41. xxii. 16.

But when they believed, &c. they were baptised, both men and women, &c. Then Simon was baptised, &c. The Eunuch said, See, here is water, what doth hinder me to be baptised? and Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest, &c. they went both into the water, and he baptised him.-Acts viii. 12, 13. 36-38.

Saul arose, and was baptised.Acts ix. 18. xxii. 16.

Can any man forbid water that these should not be baptised, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? and he commanded them to be baptised in the name of the Lord. Acts x. 47, 48.

Who shall tell thee words'whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. -Acts xi. 14.

Lydia, &c. whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul : and when she was baptised, and her household, &c. Believe on the Lord Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou and thine house, &c. and he took them the same hour, &c. and was baptised, he, and all his, straightway.

Acts xvi. 14, 15. 30-34.

Some who were baptised with John's baptism, were baptised again. Acts xix. 3-5.

Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptised into Jesus Christ, were baptised into his death, buried, &c.-Rom. vi. 3, 4.

I baptised also the house of Stephanus besides, I know not whether I baptised any other.-1 Cor. i. 16. The unbelieving husband is sancti fied by the believing wife and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the believing husband; else were your children unclean: but now are they holy.-1 Cor. vii. 14.

All our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and were all baptised unto Moses in the cloud, and in the sea, &c. but with many of them God was not well pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness, &c.-1 Cor. x. 1-5. Leaving the principles, &c. of the doctrine of baptisms.-Heb. vi. 1, 2. The ark, wherein few, that is eight souls, were saved by water: the like figure whereunto, even baptism, doth also now save us not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.- Pet. iii. 20, 21.

tles with him, &c. He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves, &c. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.-Luke xxii. 14. 16-20.

When Judas had received the sop at supper, he went immediately out. -John xiii. 26. 30.

And they continued stedfastly, &c. in breaking of bread.-Acts ii. 42.

Upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, &c. in the upper chamber where they were gathered together, &c. When he, therefore, was come up again, and had broken bread, and caten, &c.Acts xx. 7—11.

Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, &c. let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, IV. Breaking of Bread, or the Lord's &c. but with the unleavened bread of


THE Passover: and all the directions about it.-Exod. xii.

The doubt, whether one unclean might eat the passover, resolved by God unto Moses.-Numb. ix. 6, &c.

The people not prepared, yet did eat the passover: Hezekiah prayed for them.-2 Chron. xxx. 18, 19.


As they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat, this is my body and he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins; but I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth, &c. and when they had sung an hymn, &c.- -Matt. xxvi.


They all drank of the cup.-Mark xiv. 23.

He sat down, and the twelve apos

sincerity and truth.-1 Cor. v. 7, 8.

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? the bread which we brake, is it not the communion of the body of Christ for we, being many, are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread, &c. ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers, &c.-1 Cor. x. 16, 17. 21, 22.

When ye come together, therefore, into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's Supper (or ye cannot eat); for in eating, every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken : what! have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not (or are poor)? for I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was


betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat, this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in (or for a) remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me for as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew (or shew ye) the Lord's death till he come: wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, &c. he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body, &c. When ye come together to eat, tarry one for another: and if any man hunger, let him eat at home. 1 Cor. xi. 17. 20-27. 29. 33, 34.

V. Discipline, Church Censures, or removing of Scandals.

Ir a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it: if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity. Levit. v. 1.

If there were a leper in the camp of Israel, he was to be pronounced unclean, and his habitation without the camp, alone.-Levit. xiii. 44. 46. When he was to be brought into the camp again, he was first to be pronounced clean by the priest, after he had viewed him, and offered sacrifices for him, and performed other things so, for other uncleannesses, they were to be separated from the congregation, &c. and so brought in again. Levit. xiv. 1, &c. xv. Matt.

viii. 4.

Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart thou shalt in anywise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him (or that thou bear not sin for him).-Levit. xix. 17.

If the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man

when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not, then I will set my face against that man, and against his family.-Levit. xx. 4, 5.

The priests or people who were unclean, &c. by any uncleanness, were not to eat or touch the holy things, that they might not profane the holy name of the Lord; if they did, before they were cleansed, they were to be cut off from the presence of God: no stranger was to eat of the holy thing.-Levit. xxii. 1—10. 14, 15.

Put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled with the dead: both male and female shall ye put out; without the camp shall ye put them, that they defile not their camps in the midst whereof I dwell and the children of Israel did so, &c.Numb. v. 1-4. Deut. xxiii. 14.

Uzziah the king was a leper: and being in the temple, the priests thrust him out from thence, &c. he dwelt in a several house, being a leper: for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.-2 Chron. xxvi. 19-21.

The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, &c. for they have taken of their daughters, for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands; yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass, &c.-Ezra ix. 1,2.

They read in the book of Moses, &c. that the Ammonite and Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever, &c. Now it came to pass when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.-Neh. xiii. 1. 3.

He that spareth his rod, hateth his son: but he that loveth him, chasteneth him betimes.-Prov. xiii. 24.

Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself, and discover not a secret

to another (or the secret of another). -Prov. xxv. 9.

Open rebuke is better than secret love.-Prov. xxvii. 5.

If thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth.-Jer. xv. 19.

Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things they have put no difference between the holy and profane: neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean.-Ezek. xxii. 26. They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean.Ezek. xliv. 23.

Ephraim hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned. Hosea vii. 8.

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If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between him and thee alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother but if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established; and if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, &c.-Matt. xviii. 15-18. John xx. 21-23.

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have learned, and avoid them: for they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus, but their own bellies, &c.— Rom. xvi. 17, 18.

It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such, &c. and ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed, might have been taken away from among you, &c. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such an one unto Satan, for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus, &c. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? &c. I wrote unto you in an epistle, not to keep company with fornicators: yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, &c. But if any man that is called a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, &c. with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.-1 Cor. v.

Sufficient to such a man is this punishment (or censure) which was inflicted of many: so that, contrarywise, ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, &c. wherefore I beseech you, that you would confirm your love toward him, &c. to whom ye forgive any thing, I also forgive. 2 Cor. ii. 6—11.

Be not unequally yoked together with unbelievers; for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? &c. Ye are the temple of the living God, &c. Wherefore, come out from among them, and touch not the unclean thing, &c.2 Cor. vi. 14—18.

When Paul had written to the Galatians about some who troubled them, and would pervert the gospel of Christ, &c. and had preached the circumcision, &c. he said to them, Ye

did run well; who did hinder you, that ye should not obey the truth? this persuasion cometh not from him that calleth you: a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump: I have confidence in you through the Lord, that you will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be, &c. I would they were even cut off which trouble you: for, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty. Gal. v. 7—13.

If any man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such a one in the spirit of meekness: considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.-Gal. vi. 1.

Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them for it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them, &c.-Eph. v. 11, 12.

Now we exhort (or beseech) you, brethren, warn them that are unruly. -1 Thess. v. 14.

Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us for yourselves, know how ye ought to follow us, &c. Some which walk among you disorderly, working not at all, &c. If any man obey not our word by this epistle, note (or signify) that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed; yet count him not as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.- -2 Thess. iii. 6, 7. 11, 12. 14, 15.

Holding faith and a good conscience, which some having put away, concerning faith, have made shipwreck; of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme.-1 Tim. i. 19, 20.

Rebuke not an elder, but intreat him as a father, and the younger men as brethren; the elder women as mothers, the younger as sisters,

with all purity, &c. Against an elder receive not an accusation, but before (or under) two or three witnesses : them that sin, rebuke before all, that others also may fear.-1 Tim. v. 1, 2. 19, 20.

Men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, &c. from such withdraw thyself.-1 Tim. vi. 5. 2 Tim. iii. 5.

A man that is an heretic, after the first and second admonition, reject; knowing, that he that is such, is subverted and sinneth, being condemned of himself.-Titus iii. 10, 11.

Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord; looking diligently, lest any man fail of (or fall from) the grace of God: lest any root of bitterness springing up, trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; lest there be any fornicator or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. - Heb. xii. 14-16.

I know thy works, &c. and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars, &c. The church in Pergamus, &c. I have a few things against thee, because thou hast here them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, &c. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which things I hate, &c. The church of Thyatira, &c. I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants, to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed to idols, &c. All the churches shall know, that I am he which searcheth the reins and heart, &c.-Rev. ii. 2. 12. 14, 15. 20. 23.

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