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“This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith ;" | John v. 4.

23. Promises to them that overcome and persevere.

“ To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God ;" Rev. ii. 7.

“ He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death ;" ver. 11.

“To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, &c. Be faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life;" ver. 17. 10.

“He that overcometh and keepeth my words unto the end, to him will I give power oùer the nations, and he shall rule them with a rod of iron-Even as I received of my Father : and I will give him the morning-star;" ver. 26. 28.

“He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment, and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life; but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, New Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God, and my new name;": Rev. iii. 5. 12.

To him that overcometh will I grant to sit down with me on my throne, even as I overcame, and am set down with my Father on his throne;" ver. 21.

• If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed ; and ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free;" John viii. 31.

To present you holy and unblamable, and unreprovable in his sight; if ye continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospel-" Col. i. 22, 23. “ If ye abide in me, and my words abide in

words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you;" John xv. 7.

“ He that endureth to the end shall be saved;" Matt.

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24. Promises to believers in sickness and at death. " But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord,

that we should not be condemned with the world;" 1 Cor. xi. 32.

“For whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth : if ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons -Shall we not be in subjection to the Father of Spirits, and liveBut he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness : No chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous ; nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceful fruit of

righteousness to them that are exercised thereby;" Heb. xii. 6-8. 11.

“Is any sick, let them send for the elders of the church The prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up, and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him;" James v. 14.

“He whom thou lovest is sick" John xi. 3.

" Blessed is the man that considereth the poor: the Lord shall deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord shall preserve him and keep him alive The Lord will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing : thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness;" Psal. xli. 1-3.

“For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan earnestly, desiring to be clothed upon, with our house which is from heaven-For we that are in this tabernacle do groan, being burdened; not for that we would be unclothed, but clothed upon, that mortality may be swallowed up of life. Now he that hath wrought us for the self same thing is God; who also hath given to us the earnest of the Spirit. Therefore we are always confident, knowing that whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord. (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord ;" 2 Cor. v. 1, &c.

“Now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far better;" Phil. i. 20, 21. 23.

To day shalt thou be with me in Paradise;" Luke xxiii. 43.

I heard a voice from heaven, saying to me, write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord, from henceforth ; yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours, and their works do follow them;" Rev. xiv. 13.

“ Forasmuch as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same, that through death, he might destroy him that had the power of death; that is, the devil; and deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage;" Heb. ii. 14.

He that is our God, is the God of salvation, and to God the Lord belong the issues from death ;" Psal. lxviii. 20.

“Who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light by the Gospel;" 2 Tim. i. 10.

O death! where is thy sting? O grave! where is thy victory? The sting of death is sin ; and the strength of sin is the law : but thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ;" 1 Cor. xv. 54.

25. Promises to persevering believers, of the resurrection unto life, and of justification in judgment, and of glorification.

“He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation, but is passed from death to life-The hour is coming in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, to the resurrection of damnation;" 1 Cor. xv. throughout. John v. 22. 24. 28, 29.

“Because I live, ye shall live also ;" John xiv. 19.

“ If ye be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth at the right hand of God. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth: for

ye are dead; and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory;" Col. iii. 1.3, 4.

He shall come to be glorified in his saints, and admired in all them that believe;" 2 Thess. i. 10.

"Come ye blessed, &c. The righteous into life eternal;" Matt. xxv. 34. 46.

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"If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be. If any man serve me, him will my Father honour;" John xii. 26.

"Let not your heart be troubledIn my Father's house are many mansions I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to myself, that where I'am, there ye may be also;" John xiv. 1-3.

Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am, that they may behold the glory which thou hast given me;" John xvii. 24.

“Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend to my Father, and to your Father, to my God, and to your God;" John ii. 17.

“ Know ye not that the saints shall judge the world ? Know ye not that we shall judge angels?" 1 Cor. vi. 2, 3.

Repent and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the time of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; and he shall send Jesus Christ.

•;" Acts iii. 19.

“ Thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just;" Luké xiv. 14.

Let the reader here take notice of that most important Cobservation of Dr. Hammond, that àváotaðis, the resurrection, doth often signify, in general our living in the next world, or our next state of life' in the Scriptures; and not the last resurrection only, unless it be called, The Resurrection of the Flesh, or of the Body, for distinction; or the context "have before explained it otherwise." By which 1 Cor. xv. and Christ's answer to the Sadducees, may be better 'understood.

26. Promises to the godly for their children, supposing them to be faithful in dedicating them to God, and educating them in his holy ways.

“Shewing mercy to thousands in them that love me, and keep my commandments;" Exod. xx. commandment 2d.

For the promise is made to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off,” &c.; Acts ii. 39,

“ His seed is blessed;" Psal. xxxvii. 26.

“Else were your children unclean, but now are they holy;" 1 Cor. vii. 14.

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how oft would I have gathered

thy children together, even as a hen gathereth: her chickens under her wings, and ye would not;" Matt. xxiii. 37,

“ Through their fall salvation is come unto the Gentiles,” Rom. xi. 11. Ver. 16-18, &c. shew that they were broken off by unbelief, and we are grafted in, and are holy as they

were.

Go and disciple all nations, baptizing them," &c.; Matt. xxviii. 19, 20.

That the promise might be sure to all the seed. The children of promise are counted for the seed ;” Rom. iv. 16. 9. 8.

" Jesus said, Syter little children, and forbid them not to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven; Matt, xix. 13, 14.

27. Promises to the church, of its increase, and preservation, and perfection.

"The kingdoms of the world are become the kingdoms of the Lord, and of his Christ;" Rev. xi. 15.

“He shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever, and of his kingdom there shall be no end ;" Luke i. 33.

“The kingdom of heaven is like unto à grain of mustardseed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: which is indeed the least of all seeds; but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree; so that the birds of the air lodge in the branches of it.The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took and bid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened;" Matt. xiii. 31. 33.

“And I, if I be lifted up, will draw all men unto me;" John xii. 32.

“In the days of these kings, shall the God of heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people, but it shall break in pieces, and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand for ever;" Dan, ii. 44.

• Upon this rock will I build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.;” Matt. xvi. 18.

“For the perfecting of the saints; for the work of the ministry; for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man; unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ : that henceforth we may be

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