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pass thy judgment upon another, since he is only reserved to the Tribunal of God?
IV. 16 But now ye rejoice in your boastings : all such rejoicing is evil. But now, your hearts are lifted up with the over-valuing conceits of this earthly prosperity, and are immoderately affected there with: these are not the things, that are fit for you to set your hearts upon: all such transportations with worldly delights or confidences are evil.
IV. 17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doetk not, to him it is sin. And, howsoever others, that are ignorant of better things, may be carried away with the admiration of these vanities; yet it were a great shánie and sin, for you, who have been well inforned of hea. venly and spiritual matters, to dote upon these transitory commodities or pleasures : in such case, your very knowledge of better would be an aggravation, both of your sin and judgment.
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V. 3 And the rust of them shall be a witness against you : and shall eat your flesh as it were fire. Ye have heaped treasure together for the last days. And the rust of them shall justly convince you of your uncharitable and wicked covetousness; who would rather suffer these your metals to corrupt with hoarding them up in your chests, than to lay them forth upon the necessities of your brethren : yea, this very rust of your silver shall fret and eat into your very flesh and bones, and shall be a means of consuming you.
V. 11 And have seen the end of the Lord; that the Lord is dery pitiful, and of tender mercy. And ye bave seen the happy end, which it pleased the Lord to put unto those bis patient sufferings.
V. 12 But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea ; and your nay, nay; test ye fall into condemnation. Be ye true and steady in all that ye affirm or deny : not inconstantly varying in what ye speak; lest, through falsehood and unfaithfulness, ye fall into just condemnation. See Matt. V. verses 34, 35.
V. 14 Is any sick among you ? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord : Is any man sick among you, let bim send for the Pastors or Minis. ters of the Church, and let them pray for him and with him; and, while the miraculous gift of healing continueth in the Church, let them make use of that sign which Christ hath ordained for that purpose, viz. calling upon the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, let them anoint him with oil:
V. 15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord
shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be for. given him. And their faithful prayer shall be a means, ordinarily, to save that sick person from the danger of his disease, &c. and whereas his sins are the cause of his sickness, even those sins of his shall, upon humble and faithful prayers, be done away and forgiven.
V. 16 Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. In case of offence done, or in case of any weight which an unremoved sin lays upon the conscience, or in desire of advice concerning the avoidance of sin, do ye give ease to your souls, by a mutual confession of your faults; and pray one for another, that ye may be delivered from the guilt and punishment of your sin.
V. 19, 20 Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him ; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins. Brethren, if any of you be seduced, either into error of belief or uncleanness of conversation, and one of you be a means to con. tert and reclaim him; Let him know, that he is very happy in this deed of his : for, in thus turning away the sinner from his evil way, whether of judgment, or practice, he shall save a soul froin eternal death; and shall be a means, that the many sins of that convert shall, through his true repentance, be forgiven, and not imputed unto him.
THE FIRST EPISTLE GENERAL OF PETER. I. I Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the stranger's scattered throughout Pontus, &c. Peter, an Apostle of Jesus Christ, to those Jews, which are dispersed through the regions of Pontus, &c.
1. 2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ : Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Those, who, in their outward profession and in the due judgment of charity, are justly reputed for the elect of God, according to the eternal decree and good purposes of God the Father ; which election of theirs is made good unto them, by their true sanctifica tion wrought in them by the Spirit of God conforming them to all holy obedience; and by the remission of sins, by the sprinkling of
I. 3 Which hath begotten us again unto a lively hope, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. Who, when we were naturally the sons of wrath, hath wrought graciously upon us, and renewed us by grace; and raised us up to the hope of everlasting glory, by the power of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ,
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I. 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto sal vation ready to be revealed in the last time. Who are, by the mighty power of God, through the means of their faith wrought in them by the Spirit of God, kept to the full obtaining and fruition of that salvation, which, having been purchased and revealed by Christ, is ready to be consummated in these last days of the world.
I, 6°Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations. In the hope and assurance of which salvation, ye do, as ye ought, greatly rejoice; although now, for a season, God sees it fit for you to be in much heaviness, through those many trials of affliction which he hath sent upon you.
I. 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. Receiving, in present, the pledges and beginnings of salvation; and, thereby, the assurance of the accomplishment thereof, as the full fruit and scope of our faith in Christ,
1. 10 Who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you. Who, long ago, prophesied of that abundant grace, that should be given unto his Church, in these times of the Gospel.
I. 11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the suffer ings of Christ, &c. Bending their thoughts intentively upon the earnest enquiry into the revelation of that Spirit of Christ, whereby they were informed of future things; to know when, and at what time, Christ the Messiah should come into the world, and sbould suffer and should re-enter into his glory,
I. 12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven ; which things the angels desire to look into. Unto whom it was revealed, that those things, which they reported concerning the Saviour to come, should not be exhibited and accomplished really unto themselves, in their time; but unto us, to whom they are now reported, as done, by those bis Apostles, which have preached the Gospel unto you: even those glad tidings of salvation, which they, being inspired by the Holy Ghost, delivered unto the world; the wonderful mysteries of which Gospel, it is no marvel, if the prophets desired to look into, when as the very Angels of heaven have longed to attain unto the knowledge and sight thereof.
1. 13 Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the rewelation of Jesus Christ. As those, that run in a race or go a journey, are wont to gird up their loins, that they may readily and without incumbrance pass
on their way; so do ye gird up the loins of your minds: take order to prevent all spiritual hinderances; and stir up yourselves, to all forwardness and speed, in your way towards heaven : for this cause, be ye sober; and do ye perfectly and constantly hope for the full accomplishment of that grace and happiness, which partly is and perfectly shall be brought unto you in the revelation of Jesus Christ.
I. 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. But as ye are by a most holy God called into a holy profession of his Gospel, so, that ye may approve yourselves worthy of this high vocation, labour ye to be holy, in all your carriage and conversation.
I. 18 From your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers. By whom ye were redeemed from your unprofitable and dangerous estate, wherein ye were under the Law; and freed from those vain confidences, whereon ye were taught by the tradition of your fathers to rely.
I. 22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren. Seeing ye have, by the powerful working of the Holy Ghost, sanctified and purified your hearts, so as that ye do yield entire obedience unto God in all things, and particularly in bearing unfeigned love to the brethren.
II. 1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, &c. Wherefore, since ye are, by the grace of the Gospel, now happily regenerated and become children unto God, do ye demean yourselves and be affected accordingly; and, therefore, laying aside all malicious disposition, and all guile, and hypocrisies, &c.
II. 4, 5 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. To whom being joined in this spiritual structure, as unto a sure corner-stone, rejected indeed and disallowed of men, but chosen and fully accepted of God, Ye also, as so many living stones, are laid in this spiritual building, to make up a spiritual temple unto God: and, that ye may be every way answerable to those legal institutions, ye are also a boly, but Evangelical, priesthood; to offer up, not material and bodily, but spiritual sacrifices of yourselves, and of praises and thanksgivings, acceptable unto God, by Jesus Christ.
II. 8 Whereunto also they were appointed. Unto which offence they were given up by the most just decree ; of God, who hath holily and justly ordained to punish one sin with another, in the wilfully disobedient.
II. 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which w r against the soul. My brethren, ye are strangers and piigrims, in respect of your earthly home, from which ye are driven, much more in respect of your heavenly, whither ye are travelling: I beseech you, therefore, that ye carry yourselves thereafter ; abstaining from all those carnal and sensual desires, which worldly hearts are wont to be taken up with, and which are very pernicious to the soul, and utterly opposite to the peace and welfare thereof.
II. 13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake : whether it be to the king, as supreme. Subject yourselves to every superior power, that is appointed over you; whether it be to that of kings, or other their subordinate governors : and that, not so inuch out of fear, as out of the conscience of your obedience to God, who hath ordained them.
II. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men : For so is the will of God, that ye so behave yourselves, as that, by the integrity and innocence of your carriage, ye may stop the mouths of those ignorant and malicious infidels, which seek advantages against you :
II. 16 Ås free, and not using your liberty for a cloke of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. As those, that are indeed a free people; free, not from the due obedience to authority, but from the spiritual bondage of sin; truly freed by the ransom of Christ's blood from your spiritual servitude, but not licentious and making an ill use of this your liberty, as if, under pretence of that, ye were privileged to cast off the yoke of all obedience and subjection to government and wholesome laws of your superiors; but so demeaning yourselves, as that ye remember, that, notwithstanding your freedom, ye are still servants to that God, who hath prescribed unto you due obedience and submission to your superiors.
II. 24 Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness. Who, in his own person, did take upon bim the heavy burden of our sins; and did, in his very own body, both undergo and pay upon the Cross, those punishments, which were due to us, for all our sins, &c.
III. While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. While those infidel husbands shall see your holy and chaste conversation, joined with a reverent awe and due respects to them. selves, as your head.
III. 4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible. . But let their chief ornaments be in the inward disposition of a