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my beloved brethren, hath not God cho. sen the poor of this world, rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom, which he hath promised to them that love him? But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men opprefs you, and draw you before the judgment-feats? Do they not blafpheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? If ye fulfil the royal law, according to the fcripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyfelf, ye do well : bur if ye have refpect to persons, ýe commit fin, and are convinced of the law .as tranfgresfors.

Q. Though that be indeed sufficient to rea prove the different ranks among Christians, upon tbe account of riches or birth : yet is there not a relative respect among Christians, as betwixt master and servant : what admonition gives the apostle in this case ?

A. Servants, be obedient to them that Eph. 6. are your masters, according to the flesh, s, to 9. with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ : not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but as the servants of Christ, doing the will of God from the heart ; with good-will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the fame shall he receive of the Lord, whe

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ther he be bond or free. And ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening, knowing that your master also is in heaven; neither is there respect of persons with him.

Servants, obey in all things your masters, 22 to 25. according to the flesh, not with eye-service,

as men-pleasers, but in singleness of heart, fearing God: and whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men; knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance; for ye serve the Lord Christ. But he that doeth wrong, shall receive for the wrong which he hath done; and there is no

respect of persons. Col.4.1. Masters, give unto your servants that

which is just and equal, knowing that ye also have a master in heaven.

Let as many servants as are under the yoke, count their own masters worthy of all honour; that the name of God, and his doctrine, be not blafphemed. And they that have believing masters, let them not despise them, because they are brethren; but rather do them service, because they are faithful and beloved partakers of the benefit. These things teach and exhort.

Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in

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all things; not answering again, not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God in all things.

Servants, be subject to your masters with Pet. 2 all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward : for this is thankworthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure grief, suffering wrongfully. . For what glory is it, if when ye be buffered for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? But if when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently; this is acceptable with God. For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.

Q. What good admonitions give the fcripture, as to the relation betwixt parents and children?

A, Children, obey your parents in the Eph. 6. Lord, for this is right. Honour thy father 1 to 4. and mother (which is the first commandment with promise) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayst live long on the earth.

And ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath ; but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. Children; obey your parents in all things; Col. 3.

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through God, to the pulling down of strong holds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing, that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bring. ing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ..

Q. Ought Nrife and envy to be among

Christians James

A. Who is a wise man, and endued with to 18. knowledge among you? Let him shew

out of a good conversation, his works with meekness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work. But the wisdom that is from above, is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy. And the fruit of righteousness is fown in peace, of them that make peace.

Q. Ought wars to be among Christians ?

From whence proceed they ? James A. From whence come wars and fight

ings among you? Come they not hence, even from your lusts, that war in your members ? Ye lust, and have not; ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain; ye

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ye ask not.

Q. Whát faith Christ even of defensive war ? Matt.

A. But I say unto you, that ye refift.not 5. 39. evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy righe cheek, turn to him the other also.

But I say unto you which hear, Love I.uke 6. your enemies ; do good to them which 27 to 29. hate you : bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. And unto him that smiterh thee on the one cheek, offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak, forbid not to take thy coat allo.

Q. What say the apostles ?
A. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Rom.

Not rendering evil for evil, or railing 1 Pet. for railing; but contrariwise, blessing ; 3.9. knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ýe should inherit a blessing:

See that none render evil for evil unto i Thef. any man; but ever follow that which is 5.15. good, both among yourselves, and to alt meni.

Q. It was lawful of old to fwear; and an dath for confirmation was to them an end of all strife : Is it not lawful for Christians also to swear?

A. Again, ye have heard that it háth Mat. 5. been faid by them of old time, Thou shalt 33 to 37 not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto

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