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them that trust in riches to enter into the concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which kingdom of God. Mar. x. 23, 24. It is know not God; wherefore comfort one anoeasier for a camel to go through a needle's ther with these words. 1 Th. iv. 5. 18. Now eye, than for a rich man to enter into the the God of peace make you perfect in every kingdom of God. Lu. xviii. 25. Except a good work to do his will, working in you that man be born of water and of the Spirit he which is well-pleasing in his sight, through cannot enter into the kingdom of God. John Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and iii. 5. And when they (Paul and Barnabas) ever, Amen. He. xiii. 21. For so is the wil had preached the Gospel to that city (Derbe) of God, that with well-doing ye may put to and had taught many, they returned again to silence the ignorance of foolish men. I Pe. Lystra, and to Iconium, and to Antioch, con- ii. 15. He that hath suffered in the flesh firming the souls of the disciples, and exhort- hath ceased from sin; that he should no ing them to continue in the faith, and that we longer live the rest of his time in the flesh, to must through much tribulation enter into the the lusts of men, but to the will of God. kingdom of God. Ac. xiv. 21, 22. We i Pe. iv. 2. Beloved, if our heart condemn which have believed do enter into rest. See- us not, then have we confidence toward God, ing therefore it remaineth that some must and whatsoever we ask we receive of him, enter therein; and they to whom it was first because we keep his commandments, and do preached entered not in because of unbelief. those things that are pleasing in his sight, Let us labour therefore to enter into that and this is his commandment, That we should rest. He. iv. 3. 6. 11.
believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, That doeth the will, &c.] Whosoever shall and love one another as he gave us commanddo the will of my Father which is in heaven, ment. And he that keepeth his commandthe same is my brother, and sister, and mo- ments dwelleth in him and he in him, and ther. Mat. xii. 50. A certain man had two hereby we know that he abideth in us, by sons (said Jesus), and he came to the first, the Spirit which he hath given us. 1 Joken iii. and said, Son, go work to-day in my vine- 21-24. Blessed are they that do his comyard; and he answered and said, I will not, mandments, that they may have right to the but afterward he repented and went. And tree of life, and may enter in through the he came to the second, and said likewise; gates into the city. Re. xxii. 14. and he answered and said, I go sir, and went My Father which is in heaven.) Whosoever not; Whether of them twain did the will of shall confess me before men, him will I conhis Father? They say unto him, The first. fess also before my Father which is in heaven. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, But whosoever shall deny me before men, him that the publicans and the harlots go into the will I also deny before my Father which is kingdom of God before you. Mat. xxi. 28– in heaven. Mat. x. 32, 33. Blessed art thou, 31. Whosoever shall do the will of God, the Simon Bar-jona : for flesh and blood hath not same is my brother, and my sister, and my revealed “it" (his “confession of Christ") unto mother. Mar. iii. 35. Blessed are they that thee, but my Father which is in heaven. hear the word of God and keep it. Lu. xi. Mat. xvi. 17. Take heed (said Jesus) that ye 28. And this is the will of him that sent me, despise not one of these "little ones" ("kis that every one which seeth the Son and be- disciples"), for I say unto you, that in heaven lieveth on him may have everlasting life, and their angels do always behold the face of my I will raise him up at the last day. John vi. Father which is in heaven. Again, I say 40. If any man will do his will he shall unto you, that if two of you shall agree on know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, earth as touching any thing that they shall or whether I speak of myself. John vii. 17. ask, it shall be done for them of my Father Be not conformed to this world; but be ye which is in heaven. "So" likewise (as his transformed by the renewing of your mind, Lord was wroth against his servant who had that ye may prove what is that good and not mercy) shall my heavenly Father do also acceptable and perfect will of God. Ro. xii. 2. unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not Servants be obedient, not with eye service, as every one his brother their trespasses. Mat. men-pleasers, but as the servants of Christ, xviii. 10. 19. 35. And he (Jesus) went away doing the will of God from the heart. Ep. a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, vi. 6. Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant saying, O my Father, if it be possible let this of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fer- cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, vently for you in prayers, that ye may stand but as thou wilt. And he cometh unto the perfect and complete in all the will of God. disciples and findeth them asleep, and saith Col. iv. 12. This is the will of God, even your unto Peter, What! could ye not watch with sanctification, that ye should abstain from for- me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye nication; that every one of you should know enter not into temptation ; the spirit indeed how to possess his vessel in sanctification and is willing, but the flesh is weak. He went honour. 1 Th. iv. 3, 4. Not in the lust of away again the second time, and prayed,
will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils ? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto 23
saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass ministry: this charge I commit unto thee, away from me except I drink it, thy will be son Timothy, according to the prophecies done! Mat. xxvi. 39-42. My Father (said which went before on thee, that thou by them Jesus) worketh hitherto, and I work. John v. mightest war a good warfare. 1 Ti. i. 12. 18. 17. Many of “them" (the “Jews") said, He Godliness is profitable unto all things, having (Jesus) hath a devil. If thou be the Christ promise of the life that now is, and of that tell us plainly ; Jesus answereth them, The which is to come. 1 Ti. iv. 8. works that I do in my Father's name, they Have we not prophesied, &c.] These twelve bear witness of me. My sheep hear my voice (apostles) Jesus sent forth, and commanded and I know them, and they follow me, and I them, saying, Go not into the way of the give unto them eternal life. My Father which Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans gave them me is greater than all ; and none enter ye not : but go ye rather to the lost is able to pluck them out of my Father's sheep of the house of Israel. And as ye go, hand. I and my Father are one. John X. preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at 20. 27-30. If ye had known me (said hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise Jesus), ye should have known my Father also, the dead, cast out devils; freely ye have and from henceforth ye know him, and have received, freely give. Provide neither gold, seen him. John xiv. 7. He that hateth me nor silver, nor brass in your purses. Mat. x. hateth my Father also. John xv, 23. He 5–9. He hath said, which heard the words that overcometh and keepeth my works unto of God, which saw the vision of the Almighty, the end shall rule them (the nations) with a falling into a trance, but having his eyes open. rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall Nu. xxiv, 4. They (the people of Israel) slew they be broken to shivers ; even as I received the kings of Midian, besides the rest of them of my Father. Re. ii. 27. He that over- that were slain, namely, Evi, and Rekem, and cometh, the same shall be clothed in white Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian. raiment, and I will not blot out his name out Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with of the book of life, but I will confess his name the sword. Nu. xxxi. 8. And Zedekiah the before my Father, and before his angels. son of Chenaanah made him horns of iron, Re. iji. 5.
and he said, Thus saith the Lord, With these 22 To me in that day.] See verse 21, and shalt thou push the Syrians, until thou have com. Of that day and hour knoweth no man, consumed them. And all the prophets prono, not the angels of heaven, but my Father phesied so, saying, Go up to Ramoth and only. Mat. xxiv. 36. The lofty looks of prosper; for the Lord shall deliver it into man shall be humbled, and the haughtiness of the king's (Ahab's) hand. And the messenger men shall be bowed down, and the Lord that was gone to call Micaiah, spake unto alone shall be exalted in that day. The him, saying, Behold now, the words of the loftiness of man shall be bowed down, and the prophets declare good unto the king with one haughtiness of men shall be made low; and mouth : let thy word, I pray thee, be like the the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day. word of one of them, and speak that which is Is. ii. 11. 17. They (that feared the Lord) good. 1 Ki. xxii. 11–13. I have seen folly shall be mine, said the Lord of hosts, in that in the prophets of Samaria ; they prophesied day when I make up my jewels ; and I will in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err ; spare them as a man spareth his own son that I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem serveth him. Then shall ye return and dis an horrible thing; they commit adultery and cern between the righteous, and the wicked; walk in lies; they strengthen also the hands between him that serveth God, and him that of evil-doers, that none doth return from his serveth him not. Mal. iii. 17, 18. I say wickedness, they are all of them unto me as unto you (said Jesus), That it shall be more Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gotolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that morrah. Therefore thus saith the Lord of city (which receives not the disciples). Lu. X. hosts concerning the prophets, Behold I will 12. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, feed them with wormwood, and make them that that day should overtake you as a thief. drink the water of gall; for from the prophets 1 Th. v. 4. The Lord Jesus shall be revealed of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all from heaven with his mighty angels, when he the land, &c. Je. xxiii. 13--15. Then shall shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to ye begin to say (said Jesus), We have eaten be admired in all them that believe (because and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast our testimony among you was believed) in taught in our streets, but he shall say, I tell that day. 2 Th. i. 10. I thank Christ Jesus you I know you not whence ye are, Depart our Lord who hath enabled me, for that he from me all ye workers of iniquity. Lu, xiii. counted me faithful, putting me into the 26, 27. This spake “he” (“Caiaphas" saying,
them, I never knew you : depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth
that one man should die for the people) not of murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth himself, but being high priest that year, he and maketh a lie. Re. xxii, 16. prophesied that Jesus should die for that 24 Whosoever heareth these sayings, &c.] nation. John xi. 51. Certain of the vagabond See verses 7, 8, 13. 14. See Mat. v. 3. 28– Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over 32. and com. 4 chap. vi. 14, 15. 19. and con. them which had evil spirits the name of the Whosoever shall do the will of my Father Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus which is in heaven, the same is my brother, whom Paul preacheth. And there were seven and sister, and mother. Mat. xii. 50. Who sons of one Sceva a Jew, and chief of the soever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, priests which did so. And the evil spirit an- and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he swered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I is like. He is like a man which built an know, but who are ye? Ac. xix. 13-15. house, and digged deep, and laid the foundaThough I speak with the tongues of men and tion on a rock, and when the flood arose, the angels, and have not charity, I am become as stream beat vehemently upon that house, and sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal ; and could not shake it, for it was founded upon a though I have the gift of prophecy, and under- rock. But he that heareth and doeth not, is stand all mysteries, and all knowledge, and like a man that without a foundation built an though I have all faith, so that I could remove house upon the earth, against which the mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing. stream did beat vehemently, and immediately I Co. xiii. 1, 2. It is impossible for those it fell, and the ruin of that house was great. who were once enlightened, and have tasted Lu. vi. 47-49. Blessed are they that hear of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers the word and keep it. Lu. xi. 28. If ye of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good know these things, happy are ye if ye do word of God, and the powers of the world to them. John xiii. 17. If ye love me (said come, if they shall fall away, to renew them Jesus), keep my commandments. Judas saith unto repentance, seeing they crucify to them- unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that selves the Son of God afresh, and put him to thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and not open shame. He. vi. 4-6.
unto the world? Jesus answered and said 23 I never knew you, &c.] Verily I say unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my unto you, I know you not (said the bridegroom words, and my Father will love him, and we to the foolish virgins). Mat. xxv. 12. I am will come unto him, and make our abode with the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my am known of mine. My sheep hear my voice sayings. John xiv. 15. 22-24. If ye keep and I know them, and they follow me; and I my commandments ye shall abide in my love. give unto them eternal life, and they shall Even as I have kept my Father's commandnever perish, neither shall any pluck them ments and abide in his love ; ye are my friends out of my Father's hand; I and my father if ye do whatsoever I command you. John are one. John X. 27-30. The foundation xv. 10. 14. Despisest thou the riches of of God standeth sure, having this seal, The “his” (“God's") goodness, who will render Lord knoweth them that are his. 2 Ti. ii. to every man according to his deeds? To 19.
them, who by patient continuance in wellDepart from me, ye that work iniquity.] doing, seek for glory, and honour, and imDepart from me ye cursed (saith the King to mortality, eternal life. But unto them that those on his left hand in the day of judgment) are contentious, and do not obey the truth, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil but obey unrighteousness : indignation and and his angels. Mat. xxv. 41. The foolish wrath, tribulation and anguish upon every shall not stand in thy sight; thou hatest all soul of man that doeth evil. Ro. ii. 644 workers of iniquity. Ps. v. 5. Depart from For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision me all ye workers of iniquity. Ps. vi. 8. availeth any thing nor uncircumcision, bat When once the master of the house is risen faith which worketh by love. Ye did run up, and has shut to the door, and ye begin to well, who did hinder you that ye should not stand without, and to knock at the door, obey the truth? Ga. v. 6, 7. Be not desaying, Lord, Lord, open unto us ; and he ceived, God is not mocked; for whatsoever a shall answer and say unto you, I know you man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he not whence ye are : then shall ye begin to that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. Ga. shall say, I tell you I know you not whence vi. 7, 8. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness, ye are; depart from me all ye workers of and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive iniquity, Lu. xiii. 25-27. For without are with meekness the ingrafted word, which is dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and able to save your souls. But be ye doers of
them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and 25
the word and not hearers only, deceiving your my teachers, for thy testimonies (O God) are own selves. Por if any man be a hearer of my meditation; the entrance of thy words the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a giveth light, it giveth understanding to the man beholding his natural face in a glass; simple. Ps. cxix. 99. 130. The wise in for he beholdeth himself, and goeth his way, heart will receive commandments. Pr. X. 8. and straightway forgetteth what manner of The wisdom of the prudent is to understand man he was ; but whoso looketh into the per- his way, but the folly of fools is deceit. Pr. fect law of liberty and continueth therein, he xiv. 8. Who is a wise man and endued with being not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the knowledge among you ? Let him shew out work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. of a good conversation his works with meekIf any man among you seem to be religious, ness of wisdom. But if ye have bitter envyand bridleth not his tongue, but deceiveth his ing and strife in your hearts, glory not, and own heart, this man's religion is vain. Pure lie not against the truth. This wisdom dereligion and undefiled before God and the scendeth not from above, but is earthly, senFather is this ; to visit the fatherless and sual, devilish. For where envying and strife widows in their affliction, and to keep himself is, there is confusion and every evil work. unspotted from the world. Ja. i. 21–27. But the wisdom that is from above is first Eren so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be being alone; yea, a man may say, Thou hast entreated, full of mercy and good fruits, withbaith and I have works: shew me thy faith out partiality, and without hypocrisy. And without thy works, and I will shew thee my the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of faith by my works. Thou believest that there them that make peace. Ja. iii. 13-18. is one God; thou doest well; the devils also Which built his house upon a rock.) ACbelieve and tremble; but wilt thou know, O cording to the grace of God which is given sain man, that faith without works is dead. unto me, as a wise master builder, I have laid the Fa as the body without the spirit is dead, so foundation, and another buildeth thereupon, faith without works is dead also. Ja. ii. for other foundation can no man lay than that 17–26. Hereby we do know that we know is laid, which is Jesus Christ. 1 Co. iii. him, if we keep his commandments. 1 John 10, 11. Ë. 3. Whatsoever we ask we receive of him, 25 The rain descended, &c.] Say unto because we keep his commandments, and do them (the prophets) which daub "it" (" the these things that are pleasing in his sight. wall") with untempered mortar, that it shall And this is his commandment, that we should fall, there shall be an overflowing shower; and believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, ye, O great hailstones, shall fall ; and a stormy and love one another, as he gave us com. wind shall rend it. Lo! when the wall is mandment. And he that keepeth his com- fallen, shall it not be said unto you, Where mandments dwelleth in him, and he in him; is the daubing wherewith ye have daubed it ? and bereby we know that he abideth in us. Therefore thus saith the Lord God, I will by the Spirit which he hath given us. I even rend it with a stormy wind in my fury; Jaka iii. 22-24. This is the love of God, and there shall be an overflowing shower in that we keep his commandments, and his mine anger, and great hailstones in my fury commandments are not grievous. For what to consume it. I will accomplish my wrath soever is born of God overcometh the world : upon the wall and upon them that have and this is the victory that overcometh the daubed it with untempered mortar, and will world, even our faith. Who is he that over- say unto you, The wall is no more ; neither cometh the world, but he that believeth that they that daubed it, to wit, the prophets of Jesus is the Son of God. 1 John v. 3-5. Israel, which prophesy concerning Jerusalem, Blessed are they that do his commandments, and which see visions of peace for her, and that they may have right to the tree of life, there is no peace saith the Lord. Ex. xiii. and may enter in through the gates into the 11-16. “He” (“the Messiah") shall sit as city. Por without are dogs, and sorcerers, a refiner and purifier of silver : and he shall and whoremongers, and murderers, and idol. purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as aters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Re. ixii, 14, 15.
Lord an offering in righteousness. Mal. iii. A wise man. The fear of the Lord, that 3. They (Paul and Barnabas) returned again is wisdom, and to depart from evil is under- to Lystra, &c. confirming the souls of the disstanding. Job xxviii. 28. The fear of the ciples, and exhorting them to continue in the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; a good un- faith; and that we must through much tribuderstanding have all they that do his com- lation enter into the kingdom of God. Ac. mandments, his praise endureth for ever. Ps. xiv. 22. Every man's work shall be made cai. 10. I have more understanding than all manifest, for the day shall declare it because
the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it 26 was founded upon a rock. And every one that heareth these
sayings of mine, and doeth them not shall be likened unto a 27 foolish man, which built his house upon the sand: And the rain
descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat
it shall be revealed by fire, and the fire shall I will honour ; and they that despise me shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If be lightly esteemed. 1 Sa. ii. 30. Every any man's work abide which he hath built wise woman buildeth her house ; but the thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any foolish plucketh it down with her hands. man's work shall be burnt, he shall suffer Pr. xiv. 1. The wise men are ashamed, they loss; but he himself shall be saved, yet so as are dismayed and taken ; lo, they have reby fire. 1 Co. iii. 13–15. Blessed is the jected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom man that endureth temptation, for when he is is in them? Je. viii. 9. He that beareth tried he shall receive the crown of life, which and doeth not, is like a man that, without i the Lord hath promised to them that love foundation, built an house upon the earth, him. Ja. i. 12. "Ye are in heaviness through against which the stream did beat violently, many temptations, that the trial of your faith, and the ruin of that house was great. La. being much more precious than of gold that vi. 49. Faith without works is dead. Je perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might ii. 20. be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, 27 And the rain descended, &c.] When at the appearing of Jesus Christ. i Pe. i. the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he 6, 7. *
walketh through dry places seeking rest and For it was founded upon a rock.] Thou art findeth none. Then he saith, I will return Peter (said Jesus to Simon), and upon this into my house from whence I came out, and rock I will build my church, and the gates of when he is come he findeth it empty, swept hell shall not prevail against it. Mat. xvi. 18. and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh Those that be planted in the house of the with himself seven other spirits more wicked Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God, than himself, and they enter in and dwell They shall still bring forth fruit in old age. there, and the last state of that man is worse They shall be fat and flourishing, to shew that than the first. Mat. xii. 43–45. When any the Lord is upright; he is my rock, and there one heareth the word of the kingdom, and is no unrighteousness in him. Ps. xcii. 13 understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked 15. They that trust in the Lord shall be as one, and catcheth away that which was sown mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but in his heart. This is he which received seed abideth fast for ever. As the mountains are by the way side. But he that received seed round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round into stony places, the same is he, that hearabout his people from henceforth even for eth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; ever. Ps. cxxv. 1, 2. I bow my knees unto yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for the Father, that Christ may dwell in your a while, for when tribulation or persecution hearts by faith, that ye being rooted and ariseth, because of the word, by and by, he is grounded in love, may be able to comprehend offended. He also that received seed among the love of Christ which passeth knowledge. the thorns is he that heareth the word; Eph. iii. 17. As ye have received Christ and the care of this world, and the deceitfulJesus the Lord, so walk ye in him, rooted and ness of riches, choke the word, and he bebuilt up in him, and stablished in the faith. cometh unfruitful. Mat. xiii. 19-22. They Col. ii. 6, 7. Blessed be the God and Father have seduced my people, saying, Peace, and of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath begotten there was no peace; and one built up a wall, us again to an inheritance, incorruptible and and lo, others daubed it with untempered undefiled, that fadeth not away, reserved in mortar, to wit, the prophets of Israel, which heaven for you. Who are kept by the power prophesy concerning Jerusalem, and which of God, through faith unto salvation ready to see visions of peace for her, and there is no be revealed in the last time. I Pe. i. 3. 5. peace, saith the Lord God. Ez. xiii. 10. 16. They went out from us, but they were not of Every man's work shall be made manifest; us; for if they had been of us, they would no for the day shall declare it, because it shall doubt have continued with us; but they went out, be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try that they might be made manifest that they every man's work of what sort it is. I Co. iii. 3. were not all of us. 1 John ii. 19.
If we sin wilfully after that we have received 26 And doeth them not.] I said indeed the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth (saith the Lord to Eli the priest), that thy no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain lookhouse and the house of thy father should walk ing for of judgment and fiery indignation, before me for ever; but now the Lord saith, which shall devour the adversaries. He that Be it far from me, for them that honour me, despised Moses' law died without mercy, under