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them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy
enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet and Silas") said, Believe on the Lord Jesus now hath he reconciled in the body of his Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. flesh through death, to present you holy, And they spake unto him the word of the and unblameable, and unreprovable in his Lord, and to all that were in his house. And sight: If ye continue in the faith grounded he took them the same hour of the night, and and settled, and be not moved away from the washed their stripes; and was baptized, he hope of the Gospel, which ye have heard, and and all his, straightway. Ac. xvi. 30–33. which was preached to every creature which is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for is under heaven, whereof I Paul am made a you? or were ye baptized in the name of minister. Col. i. 21, 22, 23.
Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of Baptizing them, &c.] See chap. iii. 6. But you, but Crispus and Gaius; lest any should when they (of Samaria) believed Philip, say that I had baptized in mine own name. preaching the things concerning the kingdom And I baptized also the household of Steof God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they phanas; besides, I know not whether I baptized were baptized, both men and women. Then any other. 1 Cor. i. 13-16. When all Simon (the sorcerer) himself believed also ; things shall be subdued unto him, then shall and when he was baptized, he continued with the Son also himself be subject unto him Philip, and wondered beholding the miracles that put all things under him, that God may and signs which were done. Now when the be all in all. Else what shall they do which apostles which were at Jerusalem heard that are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise pot Samaria had received the word of God, they at all? why are they then baptized for the sent unto them Peter and John, who, when dead? 1 Co. xv. 28, 29. Christ also hath they were come down, prayed for them, that once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, they might receive the Holy Ghost ; for as that he might bring us to God, being put to yet he was fallen upon none of them, only death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: they were baptized in the name of the Lord by which also he went and preached unto the Jesus. And as they (Philip and the eunuch) spirits in prison, which some time were diswent on their way, they came unto a certain obedient, when once the long suffering of water. And the eunuch said, See, here is God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark water; what doth hinder me to be baptized ? was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight And Philip said, If thou believest with all souls were saved by water. The like figure thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered whereunto, even baptism, doth also now save and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the us (not the putting away of the filth of the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot flesh, but the answer of a good conscience to stand still : and they went down both into toward God), by the resurrection of Jesus the water, both Philip and the eunuch, and Christ. 1 Pe. iii. 18-21. he baptized him. Ac. viii. 12-16. 36, 37, The name of the Father.] Jesus, when he 38. Brother Saul (said Ananias, putting his was baptized, went up straightway out of the hands on him), the Lord, even Jesus that water : and, lo, the heavens were opened unto appeared unto thee in the way as thou him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest re- like a dove, and lighting upon him. And lo ceive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy a voice from heaven, saying, This is my Ghost. And immediately there fell from his beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. eyes as it had been scales, and he received Mat. iii. 16, 17. And God said, Let us make sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized. man in our image, after our likeness. Ge. i. Ac. ix. 17, 18. Can any man forbid water 26. And the Lord God said, Behold, the (said Peter), that “these" (" the Gentiles" man is become as one of us, to know good upon whom was poured out the gift of the and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand, Holy Ghost) should not be baptized which and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and have received the Holy Ghost as well as we ? live for ever. Ge. iii. 22. And the Lord And he commanded them to be baptized in said, Behold, the people is one, and they have the name of the Lord. Ac. X. 47, 48. And all one language ; and this they begin to do: a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of and now nothing will be restrained from them purple, of the city of Thyatira, which wor- which they have imagined to do. Go to. let shipped God, heard us, whose heart the Lord us go down, and there confound their lanopened, that she attended unto the things guage, that they may not understand one which were spoken of Paul. And when she another's speech. Ge. xi. 6, 7. And the was baptized, and her household, she besought Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto us, saying, If ye have judged me to be faithful Aaron, and unto his sons, saying, On this to the Lord, come into my house, and abide wise shall ye bless the children of Israel, there. And she constrained us. Ac. xvi. 14, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and 15. Sirs (said the goaler of Philippi), what keep thee: the Lord make his face to shine must I do to be saved? And “they” (“ Paul upon thee, and be gracious unto thee. The
Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have 20
Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and ordinances, as I delivered them to you; for I give thee peace. And they shall put my have received of the Lord that which also I name upon the children of Israel; and I will delivered unto you. That the Lord Jesus, the bless them. Nu. vi. 22–27. Come ye near same night in which he was betrayed, took unto me, hear ye this. I have not spoken in bread, and when he had given thanks, he secret from the beginning; from the time brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body that it was, there am I; and now the Lord which is broken for you; this do in rememGod and his Spirit hath sent me. Is. xlviii. brance of me. After the same manner also 16. Now there are diversities of gifts, but the he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, same spirit; and there are differences of admi- This cup is the new testament in my blood : nistrations, but the same Lord. And there are this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in rememdiversities of operations, but it is the same brance of me ; for as often as ye eat this bread, God which worketh all in all. 1 Co. xii. 4, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's 5, 6. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, death till he come. 1 Co. xi. 2. 23–26. If any and the love of God, and the communion of man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, the Holy Ghost, be with you all, Amen. 2 Co. let him acknowledge that the things that I xiii. 14. Por
Jesus") write unto you are the commandments of the we both have access by one Spirit unto the Lord. 1 Co. xiv. 37. And “(“God") gave Father. Ep. ii. 18. There are three that some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, evangelists; and some, pastors, and teachers; and the Holy Ghost : and these three are one for the perfecting of the saints, for the work 1 John v. 7. John to the seven churches of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of which are in Asia : Grace be unto you, and Christ: till we all come in the unity of the peace, from him which is, and which was, and faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, which is to come; and from the seven Spirits unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the which are before his throne; and from Jesus stature of the fulness of Christ : that we Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first henceforth be no more children, tossed to and begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings fro, and carried about with every wind of docof the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed trine, by the sleight of men, and cunning us from our sins in his own blood, and hath craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to demade us kings and priests unto God and his ceive; but speaking the truth in love, may Father; to him be glory and dominion for grow up unto him in all things, which is the ever and ever, Amen. Re. i. 4, 5, 6.
head, even Christ; from whom the whole 20 Them to observe all things commanded, body fitly joined together and compacted by &c.] Therefore (said Jesus), whosoever that which every joint supplieth, according to heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, the effectual working in the measure of every I will liken him unto a wise man which built part, maketh increase of the body, unto the his house upon a rock. And every one that edifying of itself in love. This I say thereheareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them fore, and testify in the Lord, that ye hencenot, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which forth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the built his house upon the sand ; and the rain vanity of their mind. But ye have not so descended, and the floods came, and the winds learned Christ; if so be that ye have heard blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell, him, and have been taught by him, as the and great was the fall of it. Mat. vii. 24–27. truth is in Jesus: that ye put off concernYe shall observe to do therefore as the Lord ing the former conversation the old man, which your God hath commanded you : ye shall not is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, turn aside to the right hand or to the left. De and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; v. 32. What thing soever I command you, ob- and that ye put on the new man, which after serve to do it; thou shalt not add thereto, nor God is created in righteousness and true holidiminish from it. De. xii. 32. And “they' ness. Wherefore putting away lying, speak (“ the converts on the day of Pentecost”) con- every man truth with his neighbour, for we tinued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and are members one of another. Be ye angry, fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in and sin not: let not the sun go down upon prayers. Ac. ii. 42. I kept back nothing that your wrath: neither give place to the devil. was profitable unto you (said Paul to the elders Let him that stole steal no more : but rather of Ephesus), but have shewed you, and have let him labour, working with his hands the taught you publicly, and from house to house; thing which is good, that he may have to give testifying both to the Jews,and also to the Greeks, to him that needeth. Let no corrupt commurepentance toward God, and faith toward our nication proceed out of your mouth, but that Lord Jesus Christ. For I have not shunned to which is good to the use of edifying, that it declare unto you all the counsel of God. Ac. xx. may minister grace unto the hearers. And 20, 21, 27. Now I praise you, brethren, that grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye ye remember me in all things, and keep the are sealed unto the day of redemption. Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and cla- may teach the young women to be sober, to mour, and evil speaking, be put away from love their husbands, to love their children, to you, with all malice : and be ye kind one to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, another, tender hearted, forgiving one another, obedient to their own husbands, that the word even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven of God be not blasphemed. Young men likeyou. Ep. iv. 11-17. 20-32. Now “is" wise exhort to be sober minded : in all things (" the mystery which hath been hid from ages shewing thyself a pattern of good works. In and from generations") made manifest to his doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sinsaints. To whom God would make known cerity, sound speech, that cannot be conwhat is the riches of the glory of this mystery demned; that he that is of the contrary part among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say the hope of glory. Whom we preach, warning of you. Exhort servants to be obedient unto every man, and teaching every man in all their own masters, and to please them well in wisdom, that we may present every man per all things, not answering again; not purloinfect in Christ Jesus. Col. i. 26, 27, 28. Fur- ing, but shewing all good fidelity, that they thermore then, we beseech you, brethren, and may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have all things. Tit. ii. 1-10. Ye are a chosen received of us how ye ought to walk, and to generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, please God, so ye would abound more and a peculiar people, that ye should shew forth more. For ye know what commandments we the praises of him who hath called you out of gave you by the Lord Jesus. 1 The. iv. 1, 2. darkness into his marvellous light. Which in Now we command you, brethren, in the name time past were not a people, but are now the of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw people of God; which had not obtained mercy, yourselves from every brother that walketh dis- but now have obtained mercy, Dearly beorderly, and not after the tradition which he loved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, received of us. For yourselves know how abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against ye ought to follow us, for we behaved not our the soul ; having your conversation honest selves disorderly among you. Neither did we among the Gentiles, that whereas they speak eat any man's bread for nought, but wrought against you as evil doers, they may by your with labour and travail night and day, that good works, which they shall behold, glorify we might not be chargeable to any of you. God in the day of visitation. Submit yourNot because we have not power, but to make selves to every ordinance of man for the ourselves an ensample unto you to follow us. Lord's sake: whether it be to the king as For even when we were with you, this we supreme, or unto governors, as unto them that commanded you, that if any would not work, are sent by him for the punishment of evil neither should he eat. For we hear that there doers, and for the praise of them that do well. are some which walk among you disorderly, For so is the will of God, that with well-doing working not at all, but are busy-bodies. Now ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish them that are such we command, and exhort men; as free, and not using your lib by our Lord Jesus Christ, that with quietness a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants they work, and eat their own bread. 2 The. of God. Honour all men, love the brotheriii. 6-12. Let as many servants as are under hood, fear God, honour the king. Servants, the yoke count their own masters worthy of be subject to your masters with all fear; not all honour, that the name of God and his doc- only to the good and gentle, but also to the trine be not blasphemed. And they that have froward. For this is thankworthy, if a man for
masters, let them not espise them conscience toward God endure grief, suffering because they are brethren, but rather do them wrongfully. I Pe. ii. 10–19. Besides " this service, because they are faithful and beloved, (“ having escaped the corruption that is in the partakers of the benefit. These things teach world through lust"), giving all diligence, add and exhort: if any man teach otherwise, and to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowconsent not to wholesome words, even the ledge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the temperance, patience; and to patience, goddoctrine which is according to godliness, he liness ; and to godliness, brotherly kindness: is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about and to brotherly kindness, charity. For if questions, and strifes of words, whereof cometh these things be in you, and abound, they make envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, per- you that ye shall neither be barren nor unverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and fruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is Christ. But he that lacketh these things is godliness : from such withdraw thyself. 1 Ti. blind and cannot see afar off, and hath for vi. 1-5. But speak thou the things which gotten that he was purged from his old sins become sound doctrine. That the aged men be Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in to make your calling and election sure. Per charity, in patience. The aged women like- if ye do these things ye shall never fail; for wise that they be in behaviour as becometh so an entrance shall be ministered unto you holiness, not false accusers, not given to much abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of wine, teachers of good things : that they our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 2 Pe. i
commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
5—11. This second epistle, beloved, I now purposes are irresistible); speak the word, and write unto you ; in both which I stir up your it shall not stand, for God is with us. Is. viii. pure minds by way of remembrance, that ye 8, 9, 10. Fear thou not (said the Lord to may be mindful of the words which were Israel), for I am with thee; be not dismayed, spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee, yea, commandment of us the apostles of the Lord I will help thee, yea, I will uphold thee with and Saviour. 2 Pe. iii. 1, 2. Hereby we do the right hand of my righteousness. Is. xli. know that we know him, if we keep his com- 10. And “they" (" the disciples") went mandments. He that saith, I know him, and forth and preached every where, the Lord keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and working with them, and confirming the word the truth is not in him. I John ii. 3, 4. with signs following. Amen. Mar. xvi. 20. Hereby we know that we are of the truth, and I will not leave you comfortless (said Christ shall assure our hearts before him ; for if our to his disciples): I will come to you. Yet a little heart condemn us, God is greater than our while, and the world seeth me no more; but heart, and knoweth all things. Beloved, if ye see me. Because I live ye shall live also. our heart condemn us not, then have we con- At that day ye shall know that I am in my fidence toward God. And whatsoever we ask, Father, and ye in me, and I in you. He that we receive of him, because we keep his com- hath my commandments, and keepeth them, mandments, and do those things that are he it is that loveth me: and he that loveth me pleasing in his sight. And this is his com- shall be loved of my father, and I will love mandment, That we should believe on the him, and will manifest myself to him. Judas name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one saith unto him (not Iscariot), Lord, how is it another, as he gave us commandment. And that thou wilt manifest thyself unto us, and he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth not unto the world ? Jesus answered and said in him, and he in him; and hereby we know unto him, If a man love me he will keep my that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he words. And my Father will love him, and hath given us. I John iii. 19-24. Blessed we will come unto him, and make our abode are they that do his commandments, that they with him. John xiv, 18-23. Then spake may have right to the tree of life, and may the Lord to Paul in the night by a vision enter in through the gates into the city. Re. (whilst he preached at Corinth, first to the xxii. 14.
Jews, and then to the Gentiles), Be not afraid, I am with you alway.] See Mat. i. 23. but speak, and hold not thy peace. For I am Where two or three are gathered together in with thee, and no man shall set on thee to my name, there I am in the midst. Mat. xviii. hurt thee; for I have much people in this 20. And the Lord was with Joseph, and he was city. Ac. xviii. 9, 10. At my first answer a prosperous man ; and he was in the house of (to Alexander the coppersmith, said Paul), no his master the Egyptian. And his master saw man stood with me, but all men forsook me; that the Lord was with him, and that the Lord I pray God that it may not be laid to their made all that he did to prosper in his hand. charge. Notwithstanding the Lord stood with
The Lord was with Joseph, and shewed him me, and strengthened me, that by me the mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the preaching might be fully known, and that all keeper of the prison. Ge. xxxix. 2, 3. 21. Cer- the Gentiles might hear : and I was delivered tainly I will be with thee (said the Lord to Moses), out of the mouth of the lion. 2 Ti. iv, 16, 17. and this shall be a token unto thee that I have The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the you all. Re. xxii. 21. people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon Unto the end of the world.] See chap. xiii. this mountain. Ex. iii. 12. The Lord spake 39, 40. 47–49. unto Joshua, the son of Nun, saying, There Amen.) After this manner pray ye (said shall not any man be able to stand before thee Jesus): Our Father which art in heaven, Halall the days of thy life; as I was with Moses, lowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. 80 I will be with thee; I will not fail thee Thy will be done in earth as it is in heaven. nor forsake thee. Josh. i. 5. And “he" Give us this day our daily bread. And for(" the Lord") shall pass through Judah; he give us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. shall overflow and go over, he shall reach even And lead us not into temptation, but deto the neck, and the stretching out of his wings liver us from evil: for thine is the kingshall fill the breadth of thy land, o Immanuel. dom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Associate yourselves, Oye people, and ye Amen. Mat. vi. 9-13. King David said, sball be broken in pieces; and give ear, all Call me Zadok the priest, and Nathan the ye of far countries; gird yourselves, and ye prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada. shall be broken in pieces; take counsel to- And they came before the king. The king also gether, and it shall come to nought (for God's said unto them, Take with you the servants
of your lord, and cause Solomon my son to giving); and all the people said, Amen, and ride upon mine own mule, and bring him praised the Lord. 1 Ch. xvi. 36. Blessed be down to Gihon. And let Zadok the priest the Lord God, the God of Israel (said David, and Nathan the prophet anoint him there who only doeth wondrous things. And king over Israel. And blow ye with the blessed be his glorious name for ever; and let trumpet, and say, God save king Solomon. the whole earth be filled with his glory, Amen Then ye shall come up after him, that he may and Amen. Ps. Ixxii. 18, 19. I am he that come and sit upon my throne, for he shall be liveth (said one, like unto the Son of man), and king in my stead. And I have appointed was dead, and, behold, I am alive for everhim to be ruler over Israel, and over Judah. more, Amen ; and have the keys of hell and And Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, answered death. Re. i. 18. He which testifieth these the king, and said, Amen. The Lord God of things saith, Surely I come quickly ; Amen. my lord the king say so too. 1 Ki. i. 32–36. Even so come, Lord Jesus. The grace of our Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. and ever (said David in his Psalm of thanks- Re. xxii. 20, 21.
ST. JOHN'S SQUARE.