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: Mat. Father is perfect (t). For the yoke of Chrift
is easy, and his burthen is light (u). And
his commandments are not grievous (x). * 1 John
And whosoever will enter into life, must keep Mat . the commandments (y). Hereby do we
know that we know God, if we keep his = 1 John commandments (z). He that faith, I know
him, and keepeth not his commandments, . Ver. 4. is a liar, and the truth is not in him (a).
Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not ;
whosoever sinneth, hath not seen him, nei6 Ch. 3 ther known him (6). Let no man deceive
us; he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous; he that committeth sin is of the devil; whosoever is born of God, doth not commit fin; for his feed
remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, be• 1 John cause he is born of God (c). For not
every one that faith Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that
doelh the will of the Father, which is in Mat: heaven (d). Circumcision is nothing, and
uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping * 1 Cor. the commandments of God (e).
3. 7, 8. 9.
ARTICLE XV. Concerning Perseverance and Falling
from Grace. WE ought to give diligence to make our calling and election sure, which things if we
do, we shall never fall (f). For even Paul f 2 Pet, kept under his body, and brought it into subjection, lest by any means, when he preached to others, he himself became a caft-away (§). Let us therefore take heed, I Cor. left there be in any of us an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God (5). Likewise let us labour to enter into 6 Hob. that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief (i). For it' is impof. i Heb. fible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted of the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance (k). For he that abideth k Heb.6.
4. 5,6. not in Chrift, is cast forth, and is withered (1). Yet such as overcome, he will make as ? John pillars in the temple of his God, and they shall go no more out (m). And these are m Rev. persuaded, that nothing shall be able to 3. 12. separate them from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus (n).
Concerning the Church and Ministry.
THE church of God is the pillar and ground of truth (0). Whereof the dear 1 Tim.
4. 8. II,
Col. 1. Son of God is the head (). From which
all the body by joints and bands, having
nourishment ministered and knit together; 9 Col. increaseth with the increase of God (9).
Which church of God is them that are sanc. 1 Cor. tified in Christ Jesus (r). Who when he
ascended up on high, gave gifts unto men : and he gave some apostles, some prophets, fome evangelists, fome pastors and teachers;
for the perfecting of the saints, for the Eph. work of the ministry (s). Who ought to be
blameless, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given to wine, no strikers, not greedy of filthy
lucre, but patient; not brawlers, not covet * 1 Tim. ous (t). But lovers of good men, sober, just,
holy, temperate, holding fast the faithful word, as they have been taught, that they
may be able by sound doctrine, both to ex« Tit. hort and to convince gainfayers (u). Taking 1.8, 9. heed to themselves and to the flock, over
which the Holy Ghost hath made them over* Alls seers, to feed the church of God (x).
Taking the overlight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filtıly lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being
lords over God's heritage, but as being eny 1 Pet. samples to the flock (y). And such elders
as rule well, are to be counted worthy of
double honour, especially they who labour 31 Tim. in the word and doctrine (@). And to be
3. 2, 3.
S. 2, 3.
esteemed very highly in love for their work's fake (a). As every man hath received the 4 1Thes, gift, lo ought the same to be ministered: if any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God: if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth (6). Preaching the spel, not with the b 1 Pet. wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ be made of none effect (c). Nor yet with c I Cor. enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the spirit and of power ; that the faith may not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God (d). 1 Ch. 2. Howbeit such speak wisdom among them 4. S. that are perfect; yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, which cometh to nought; but they speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world to their glory (e). Which things Ver.
6, they also speak, not in the words which man's wisdoin teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth (f). For it is not f Ver. they that speak, but the Holy Ghost, or fpirit of the Father, that speaketh in them (8). Who if they fow spiritual things, ought : Mat. to reap carnal things; for so the Lord 10.20. hath ordained, that they which preach the gospel, should live of the gospel; for the scripture faith, Thou shall not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treaderh out the
20. 33. 34. 1 Isaiah
corn; and the labourer is worthy of his b 1 Cor. reward (b). Yet a necessity is laid upon
them; yea, woe is unto them, if they preach not the gospel; and their reward' is, that
when they preach the gospel, they make is Cor. the gospel of Christ without charge (i). 15, 18. Not coveting any man's silver, or gold, or
apparel; but their hands ministering to their neceffities, that so labouring, they may support the weak; remembering the words of
the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more 1 Aas blessed to give, than to receive (k). For
they are not of the greedy dogs that can
never have enough (!). Nor of the shep56. II.
herds that look to their own way, every m Ibid. one for his gain from his quarter (m). n. Ezek. That feed themselves, and not the flock (n).
That make the people err, biting with their teeth, and crying Peace, and preparing war
against all such as put not into their mouths, o Micah. teaching for hire, and divining for money (0) 3,5,II.
Nor yet of these which teach things which p Tit. I. they ought not, for filthy lucre's fake (o).
That run greedily after the error of Balaam
for reward, loving the wages of unrightePet. ousness (9) And through covetousness, 2.15, with feigned words, making merchandize of - Ver. 3. fouls (r). Men of corrupt minds, destitute
of the truth, fupposing that gain is' godli1 Tim. nefs (s). But they know that godliness, "Ver. 6. with contentment, is great gain (t). And