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those things which concern the Lord you, in Christ's stead, be ye reconJesus Christ. Acts xxviii. 23. 30, ciled unto God.--2 Cor. v. 18–20. 31. ix. 22. xviii. 23. xi. 20, 21. And he gave some apostles, &c. for

I am ready to preach the gospel the perfecting of the saints, for the to you that are at Rome also: for I work of the ministry, for the edifyam not ashamed of the gospel of ing of the body of Christ, until, &c. Christ; for it is the power of God - Eph. iv. 11–14. unto salvation, &c. Rom. i. 15, 16. The apostle rejoiced that Christ 2 Thess. ii. 14.

was preached, although some did it How then shall they call on him in not uprightly.-Phil. i. 15, 16. 18. whom they have not believed ? and When this epistle is read amongst how shall they believe in him of you, cause that it be read also in the whom they have not heard ? and how church of the Laodiceans.-Col.iv. 16. shall they hear without a preacher ? Ye received the word of God which and how shall they preach except ye heard of us ; ye received it not as they be sent ? &c. So then faith the word of men, but (as it is in cometh by hearing, and hearing by truth) the word of God, &c.—1 Thess. the word of God.-Rom. x. 14, 15. 17. ii. 13. 16. Eph. i. 13. Col. i. 6. Titus i. 3.

Despise not prophesyings. Christ sent me not to baptize, but 1 Thess. v. 20. to preach the gospel, &c. for the Give attendance to reading, to expreaching of the cross is to them that hortation, to doctrine.—1 Tim. iv, 13. perish, foolishness: but unto us which I charge thee,&c. preach the word: are saved, it is the power of God, &c. be instant in season, and out of seaIt pleased God by the foolishness of son: reprove, &c.—2 Tim. iv. 1-3. preaching, to save them that believe, If the word spoken by angels was &c. - 1 Cor. i. 17, 18. 21. 23, 24. stedfast, &c. how shall we escape if xv. 1-4.

we neglect so great salvation, which My preaching was not with entic- at the first began to be spoken by ing words of man's wisdom, &c. but the Lord, and was confirmed unto us that which the Holy Ghost teacheth. by them that heard him ?--Heb. ii. -1 Cor. ii. 4, 5. 13.

2, 3. In Christ Jesus I have begotten Forunto us was thegospel preached, you, through the gospel.—1 Cor. as well as unto them: but the word iv. 15.

preached did not profit them, not Every man, praying or prophesy- being mixed with faith in them that ing, having his head covered, dis- heard (or because they were not honoureth his head.-Cor. xi. 4. united by faith to) it.—Heb. iv. 2.

He that prophesieth, speaketh unto I beseech you, brethren, suffer the men to edification, and exhortation, word of exhortation : for I have and comfort, &c. he edifieth the written, &c.—Heb. xiii. 22. church, &c.—1 Cor. xiv. 3, 4.

Of his own will begat he us with Who hath made us able ministers the word of truth, &c. wherefore, my of the New Testament, &c. if the beloved brethren, let every man be ministration of death, written and swist to hear, &c. receive with meekengraven in stones, was glorious, so, ness the ingrafted word, which is &c. how shall not the ministration of able to save your souls : but be ye the Spirit be rather glorious ?-2 Cor. doers of the word, and not hearers iii. 6—10.

only, deceiving your ownselves.The ministry of reconciliation : to James i. 18, 19. 21–23. wit, that God was in Christ, &c. we Being born again, not of corruptiare ambassadors for Christ, as though ble seed, but of incorruptible, by the God did beseech you by us: we pray word of God, &c. and this is the word

which by the gospel is preached unto I cometh, &c. he shall baptize you you.—1 Pet. i. 23. 25.

with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. As new born babes desire the sin- - Luke iii. 16. Acts xi. 15, 16. cere milk of the word, that ye may John i. 26. 31. 33. Acts i. 5. grow thereby.-1 Pet. ii. 2.

Jesus himself baptised not, but his If any man speak, let him speak as disciples.—John iv. 1, 2. the oracles of God.-1 Pet. iv. 11. Repent, and be baptised, every one

I will not be negligent to put you of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, always in remembrance of these things, for the remission of sins : for the though ye know them, and be esta- promise is unto you, and to your chilblished in the present truth: yea, dren, and to all that are afar off ; I think it meet, as long as I am in even as many as the Lord our God this tabernacle, to stir you up, by shall call. Then they that gladly reputting you in remembrance.—2 Pet. ceived the word, were baptised.i. 12, 13. iii. 1, 2. Jude 5.

Acts ii. 38, 39, 41. xxii. 16. That which we have seen and But when they believed, &c. they heard, declare we unto you, that ye were baptised, both men and women, also may have fellowship with us : &c. Then Simon was baptised, &c. and truly, our fellowship is with the The Eunuch said, See, here is water, Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. what doth hinder me to be baptised ? - John i. 3.

and Philip said, If thou believest with Blessed is he that readeth, and they all thine heart, thou mayest, &c. they that hear the words of this prophecy, went both into the water, and he and keep those things which are baptised him.-Acts viii. 12, 13. written therein.-Rev. i. 3.

36--38. See before, Miraculous Gifts, &c. Saul arose, and was baptised. See of the Word of God, CHAP. I. Acts ix. 18. xxii. 16. III. Baptism.

Can any man forbid water that

these should not be baptised, which God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt have received the Holy Ghost as well keep my covenant, &c. Every man- as we ? and he commanded them to child among you shall be circumcised, be baptised in the name of the Lord. &c. and it shall be a token of the Acts x. 47, 48. covenant betwixt me and you, &c. Who shall tell thee words whereby Abraham took Ishmael his son, and thou and all thy house shall be saved. all that were born in his house, &c. -Acts xi. 14. and circumcised the flesh, &c. And Lydia, &c. whose heart the Lord Abraham was ninety and nine years opened, that she attended unto the old when he was circumcised, &c. things which were spoken of Paul : And Ishmael his son was thirteen and when she was baptised, and her years old when he was circumcised. household, &c. Believe on the Lord Gen. xvii. 9-13. 23-25.

Jesus, and thou shalt be saved, thou Suffer little children, and forbid and thine house, &c. and he took them not to come unto me, for of them the same hour, &c. and was such is the kingdom of heaven: and baptised, he, and all his, straightway. he laid his hands on them.--Matt. -Acts xvi. 14, 15. 30–34. xix. 13-15.

Some who were baptised with Go ye, therefore, and teach all na- John's baptism, were baptised again. tions, baptising them in the name of -Acts xix. 3—5. the Father, and of the Son, and of Know ye not, that so many of us the Holy Ghost.-Matt. xxviii. 19. as were baptised into Jesus Christ,

John said, I indeed baptize you were baptised into his death, buried, with water : but one mightier than &c.-Rom. vi. 3, 4.

I baptised also the house of Ste- tles with him, &c. He took the cup, phanus : besides, I know not whe- and gave thanks, and said, Take this, ther I baptised any other.- 1 Cor.i. 16. and divide it among yourselves, &c.

The unbelieving husband is sancti- And he took bread, and gave thanks, fied by the believing wife : and the and brake it, and gave unto them, unbelieving wife is sanctified by the saying, This is my body which is believing husband; else were your given for you ; this do in rememchildren unclean : but now are they brance of me. Likewise also the cup holy.-1 Cor. vii. 14.

after supper, saying, This cup is the All our fathers were under the New Testament in my blood, which is cloud, and all passed through the sea, shed for you.—Luke xxii. 14. 16—20. and were all baptised unto Moses in When Judas had received the sop the cloud, and in the sea, &c. but at supper, he went immediately out. with many of them God was not well - John xiii. 26. 30. pleased, for they were overthrown in And they continued stedfastly, &c. the wilderness, &c.--1 Cor. x. 1-5. in breaking of bread.-Acts ii. 42.

Leaving the principles, &c. of the Upon the first day of the week, doctrine of baptisms.--Heb. vi. 1, 2. when the disciples came together to

The ark, wherein few, that is eight break bread, Paul preached unto them, souls, were saved by water : the like &c. in the upper chamber where they figure whereunto, even baptism, doth were gathered together, &c. When also now save us : not the putting he, therefore, was come up again, and away of the filth of the flesh, but the had broken bread, and eaten, &c.answer of a good conscience toward Acts xx. 7–11. God, by the resurrection of Jesus Purge out therefore the old leaven, Christ. -1 Pet. iii. 20, 21.

that ye may be a new lump, &c. let

us keep the feast, not with old leaven, IV. Breaking of Bread, or the Lord's &c. but with the unleavened bread of Supper.

sincerity and truth.-1 Cor. v. 7, 8. The Passover: and all the directions The cup of blessing which we bless, about it.—Exod. xii.

is it not the communion of the blood The doubt, whether one unclean of Christ ? the bread which we brake, might eat the passover, resolved by is it not the communion of the body God unto Moses.-Numb. ix. 6, &c. of Christ ? for we, being many, are

The people not prepared, yet did one bread, and one body: for we are eat the passover : Hezekiah prayed all partakers of that one bread, &c. for them.—2 Chron. xxx. 18, 19. ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord,

As they were eating, Jesus took and the cup of devils : ye cannot be bread and blessed it, and brake it, and partakers, &c.—1 Cor. x. 16, 17. gave it to the disciples, and said, 21, 22. Take, eat, this is my body: and he When ye come together, therefore, took the cup, and gave thanks, and into one place, this is not to eat the gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all Lord's Supper (or ye cannot eat); of it; for this is my blood of the for in eating, every one taketh before New Testament, which is shed for other his own supper: and one is many for the remission of sins; but hungry, and another is drunken : I say unto you, I will not drink what I have ye not houses to eat and henceforth, &c. and when they had to drink in? or despise ye the church sung an hymn, &c. --Matt. xxvi. of God, and shame them that have 26-30.

not (or are poor)? for I have reThey all drank of the cup.-Mark ceived of the Lord, that which also I xiv. 23.

delivered unto you, That the Lord He sat down, and the twelve apos- Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, and when he when he giveth of his seed unto had given thanks, he brake it, and Molech, and kill him not, then I will said, Take, eat, this is my body, set my face against that man, and which is broken for you: this do in against his family.-Levit. XX. 4, 5. (or for a) remembrance of me. After The priests or people who were the same manner also he took the cup, unclean, &c. by any uncleanness, when he had supped, saying, This were not to eat or touch the holy cup is the New Testament in my things, that they might not profane blood ; this do ye, as oft as ye drink the holy name of the Lord; if they it, in remembrance of me : for as did, before they were cleansed, they often as ye eat this bread, and drink were to be cut off from the presence this cup, ye do shew (or shew ye) the of God: no stranger was to eat of Lord's death till he come: where- the holy thing.-Levit. xxii. 1-10. fore, whosoever shall eat this bread, 14, 15. and drink this cup of the Lord un- Put out of the camp every leper, worthily, shall be guilty of the body and every one that hath an issue, and and blood of the Lord, &c. he that whosoever is defiled with the dead : eateth and drinketh unworthily, eat- both male and female shall ye put eth and drinketh damnation to him- out; without the camp shall ye put self, not discerning the Lord's body, them, that they defile not their camps &c. When ye come together to eat, in the midst whereof I dwell : and tarry one for another: and if any the children of Israel did so, &c.— man hunger, let him eat at home. – Numb. v. 1-4. Deut. xxiii. 14. 1 Cor. xi. 17. 20—27. 29. 33, 34. Uzziah the king was a leper : and V. Discipline, Church Censures, or thrust him out from thence, &c. he

being in the temple, the priests removing of Scandals.

dwelt in a several house, being a Ir a soul sin, and hear the voice of leper : for he was cut off from the swearing, and is a witness, whether house of the Lord.—2 Chron. xxvi. he hath seen or known of it: if he 19-21. do not utter it, then he shall bear his The people of Israel, and the priests, iniquity.—Levit. v. 1.

and the Levites, have not separated If there were a leper in the camp themselves from the people of the of Israel, he was to be pronounced lands, &c. for they have taken of their unclean, and his habitation without daughters, for themselves and for the camp, alone.Levit. xiii. 44. 46. their sons, so that the holy seed have

When he was to be brought into mingled themselves with the people the camp again, he was first to be of those lands ; yea, the hand of the pronounced clean by the priest, after princes and rulers hath been chief in he had viewed him, and offered sacri- this trespass, &c.—Ezra ix. 1, 2. fices for him, and performed other They read in the book of Moses, things : : so, for other uncleannesses, &c. that the Ammonite and Moabite they were to be separated from the should not come into the congregacongregation, &c. and so brought in tion of God for ever, &c. Now it again.-Levit. xiv. 1, &c. xv. Matt. came to pass when they had heard viii. 4.

the law, that they separated from Thou shalt not hate thy brother in Israel all the mixed multitude.—Neh. thine heart: thou shalt in anywise xiii. 1. 3. rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer He that spareth his rod, hateth his sin upon him (or that thou bear not son: but he that loveth him, chastensin for him).-Levit. xix. 17. eth him betimes.—Prov. xiii. 24.

If the people of the land do any Debate thy cause with thy neighways hide their eyes from the man bour himself, and discover not a scoret

to another (or the secret of another). have learned, and avoid them: for -Prov. xxv. 9.

they that are such serve not our Lord Open rebuke is better than secret Jesus, but their own bellies, &—Prov. xxvii. 5.

Rom. xvi. 17, 18. If thou take forth the precious It is reported commonly that there from the vile, thou shalt be as iny is fornication among you, and such, -mouth.Jer. xv. 19.

&c. and ye are puffed up, and have Her priests have violated my law, not rather mourned, that he that hath and have profaned mine holy things : done this deed, might have been they have put no difference between taken away from among you, &c. In the holy and profane : neither have the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, they shewed difference between the when ye are gathered together, and unclean and the clean. Ezek. xxii. 26. my spirit, with the power of our Lord

They shall teach my people the Jesus Christ, to deliver such an one difference between the holy and pro- unto Satan, for the destruction of the fane, and cause them to discern be- flesh, that the spirit may be saved in tween the unclean and the clean.-- the day of the Lord Jesus, &c. Know Ezek. xliv. 23.

ye not that a little leaven leaveneth Ephraim hath mixed himself among the whole lump? &c. I wrote unto the people ; Ephraim is a cake not you in an epistle, not to keep comturned. -Hosea vii. 8.

pany with fornicators : yet not altoJesus said unto Peter, &c. I will gether with the fornicators of this give unto thee the keys of the king- world, &c. But if any man that is dom of heaven : and whatsoever thou called a brother, be a fornicator, or shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in covetous, or an idolater, &c. with heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt such an one no not to eat. For what loose on earth, shall be loosed in have I to do to judge them also that heaven.-Matt. xvi. 17-19.

are without ? do not ye judge them If thy brother shall trespass against that are within ? therefore put away thee, go and tell him his fault be- from among yourselves that wicked tween him and thee alone : if he shall person.—1 Cor. v. hear thee, thou hast gained thy Sufficient to such a man is this brother : but if he will not hear thee, punishment (or censure) which was then take with thee one or two more, inflicted of many: so that, contrarythat in the mouth of two or three wise, ye ought rather to forgive him, witnesses every word may be esta- and comfort him, &c. wherefore I beblished ; and if he shall neglect to seech you, that you would confirm hear them, tell it unto the church : your love toward him, &c. to whom but if he neglect to hear the church, ye forgive any thing, I also forgive. let him be unto thee as an heathen —2 Cor. ii. 6-l. man and a publican. Verily, I say Be not unequally yoked together unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind with unbelievers ; for what fellowon earth, shall be bound in heaven; ship hath righteousness with unrighand whatsoever ye shall loose on teousness ? &c. Ye are the temple earth, &c.—Matt. xviii. 15–18. John of the living God, &c. Wherefore, XX. 21-23.

come out from among them, and If thy brother trespass against touch not the unclean thing, &c. thee, rebuke him : and if he repent, 2 Cor. vi. 14-18. forgive him, &c. If, &c. seven times When Paul had written to the Gåin a day.---Luke xvii. 3, 4.

latians about some who troubled them, I beseech you, brethren, mark them and would pervert the gospel of which cause divisions and offences, Christ, &c. and had preached the eircontrary to the doctrine which ye cumcision, &c. he said to them, Ye

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