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those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ. Acts xxviii. 23. 30, 31. ix. 22. xviii. 23. xi. 20, 21. I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also: for I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ; for it is the power of God unto salvation, &c. Rom. i. 15, 16. 2 Thess. ii. 14. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher ? and how shall they preach except they be sent? &c. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.-Rom. x. 14, 15. 17. Titus i. 3.
Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel, &c. for the preaching of the cross is to them that perish, foolishness: but unto us which are saved, it is the power of God, &c. It pleased God by the foolishness of preaching, to save them that believe, &c. 1 Cor. i. 17, 18. 21. 23, 24. xv. 1-4.
My preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, &c. but that which the Holy Ghost teacheth. -1 Cor. ii. 4, 5. 13.
In Christ Jesus I have begotten you, through the gospel.-I Cor. iv. 15.
Every man, praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.-1 Cor. xi. 4.
He that prophesieth, speaketh unto men to edification, and exhortation, and comfort, &c. he edifieth the church, &c.-1 Cor. xiv. 3, 4.
Who hath made us able ministers of the New Testament, &c. if the ministration of death, written and engraven in stones, was glorious, so, &c. how shall not the ministration of the Spirit be rather glorious?-2 Cor. iii. 6-10.
you, in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled unto God.—2 Cor. v. 18—20.
The ministry of reconciliation to wit, that God was in Christ, &c. we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray
And he gave some apostles, &c. for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, until, &c. -Eph. Eph. iv. 11-14.
The apostle rejoiced that Christ was preached, although some did it not uprightly.-Phil. i. 15, 16. 18.
When this epistle is read amongst you, cause that it be read also in the church of the Laodiceans.-Col. iv. 16.
Ye received the word of God which ye heard of us; ye received it not as the word of men, but (as it is in truth) the word of God, &c.—1 Thess. ii. 13. 16. Eph. i. 13. Col. i. 6.
Despise not prophesyings.1 Thess. v. 20.
Give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.-1 Tim. iv. 13.
I charge thee, &c. preach the word: be instant in season, and out of season reprove, &c.-2 Tim. iv. 1—3.
If the word spoken by angels was stedfast, &c. how shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him?—Heb. ii. 2, 3.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard (or because they were not united by faith to) it.-Heb. iv. 2.
I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written, &c.-Heb. xiii. 22.
Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, &c. wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, &c. receive with meekness the ingrafted word, which is able to save your souls: but be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your ownselves.James i. 18, 19. 21-23.
Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, &c. and this is the word
which by the gospel is preached unto you.—1 Pet. i. 23. 25.
As new born babes desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.-1 Pet. ii. 2.
If any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God.-1 Pet. iv. 11.
I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth: yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up, by putting you in remembrance.-2 Pet. i. 12, 13. iii. 1, 2. Jude 5.
That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly, our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. -1 John i. 3.
Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein.-Rev. i. 3.
See before, Miraculous Gifts, &c.
GOD said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant, &c. Every manchild among you shall be circumcised, &c. and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you, &c. Abraham took Ishmael his son, and all that were born in his house, &c. and circumcised the flesh, &c. And Abraham was ninety and nine years old when he was circumcised, &c. And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised.Gen. xvii. 9-13. 23-25.
Suffer little children, and forbid them not to come unto me, for of such is the kingdom of heaven: and he laid his hands on them.-Matt. xix. 13-15.
I cometh, &c. he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. Luke iii. 16. Acts xi. 15, 16. John i. 26. 31. 33. Acts i. 5.
Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.-Matt. xxviii. 19. John said, I indeed baptize you with water but one mightier than
I baptised also the house of Stephanus besides, I know not whether I baptised any other.-1 Cor.i. 16. The unbelieving husband is sanctified by the believing wife and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the believing husband; else were your children unclean: but now are they holy.-1 Cor. vii. 14.
All our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and were all baptised unto Moses in the cloud, and in the sea, &c. but with many of them God was not well-John xiii. 26. 30. pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness, &c.-1 Cor. x. 1-5.
Leaving the principles, &c. of the doctrine of baptisms.-Heb. vi. 1, 2.
The ark, wherein few, that is eight souls, were saved by water: the like figure whereunto, even baptism, doth also now save us not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God, by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. iii. 20, 21.
The people not prepared, yet did eat the passover: Hezekiah prayed for them.-2 Chron. xxx. 18, 19.
Purge out therefore the old leaven, 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
THE Passover: and all the directions about it.-Exod. xii.
The doubt, whether one unclean might eat the passover, resolved by God unto Moses.-Numb. ix. 6, &c.
As they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat, this is my body: and he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins; but I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth, &c. and when they had sung an hymn, &c.- -Matt. xxvi. 26-30. They all drank of the cup.-Mark xiv. 23.
He sat down, and the twelve apos
tles with him, &c. He took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves, &c. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.-Luke xxii. 14. 16-20.
When Judas had received the sop at supper, he went immediately out.
And they continued stedfastly, &c. in breaking of bread.-Acts ii. 42.
Upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, &c. in the upper chamber where they were gathered together, &c. When he, therefore, was come up again, and had broken bread, and eaten, &c.— Acts xx. 7—11.
sincerity and truth.-1 Cor. v. 7, 8.
The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? the bread which we brake, is it not the communion of the body of Christ for we, being many, are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread, &c. ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers, &c.-1 Cor. x. 16, 17. 21, 22.
When ye come together, therefore, into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's Supper (or ye cannot eat); for in eating, every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken: what! have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not (or are poor)? for I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was
betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and 'said, Take, eat, this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in (or for a) remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me: for as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew (or shew ye) the Lord's death till he come: wherefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, &c. he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body, &c. When ye come together to eat, tarry one for another: and if any man hunger, let him eat at home. 1 Cor. xi. 17. 20-27. 29. 33, 34.
V. Discipline, Church Censures, or removing of Scandals.
Ir a soul sin, and hear the voice of swearing, and is a witness, whether he hath seen or known of it: if he do not utter it, then he shall bear his iniquity.-Levit. v. 1.
If there were a leper in the camp of Israel, he was to be pronounced unclean, and his habitation without the camp, alone.-Levit. xiii. 44. 46.
When he was to be brought into the camp again, he was first to be pronounced clean by the priest, after he had viewed him, and offered sacrifices for him, and performed other things so, for other uncleannesses, they were to be separated from the congregation, &c. and so brought in again. Levit. xiv. 1, &c. xv. Matt.
Thou shalt not hate thy brother in thine heart thou shalt in anywise rebuke thy neighbour, and not suffer sin upon him (or that thou bear not sin for him).-Levit. xix. 17.
If the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man
when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not, then I will set my face against that man, and against his family.-Levit. xx. 4, 5.
The priests or people who were unclean, &c. by any uncleanness, were not to eat or touch the holy things, that they might not profane the holy name of the Lord; if they did, before they were cleansed, they were to be cut off from the presence of God: no stranger was to eat of the holy thing.-Levit. xxii. 1—10. 14, 15.
Put out of the camp every leper, and every one that hath an issue, and whosoever is defiled with the dead: both male and female shall ye put out; without the camp shall ye put them, that they defile not their camps in the midst whereof I dwell and the children of Israel did so, &c.Numb. v. 1-4. Deut. xxiii. 14.
Uzziah the king was a leper: and being in the temple, the priests thrust him out from thence, &c. he dwelt in a several house, being a leper: for he was cut off from the house of the Lord.-2 Chron. xxvi. 19-21.
The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, &c. for they have taken of their daughters, for themselves and for their sons, so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands; yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass, &c.-Ezra ix. 1, 2.
They read in the book of Moses, &c. that the Ammonite and Moabite should not come into the congregation of God for ever, &c. Now it came to pass when they had heard the law, that they separated from Israel all the mixed multitude.—Neh. xiii. 1. 3.
He that spareth his rod, hateth his son: but he that loveth him, chasteneth him betimes.-Prov. xiii. 24.
Debate thy cause with thy neighbour himself, and discover not a secret
to another (or the secret of another). -Prov. xxv. 9.
Open rebuke is better than secret love.-Prov. xxvii. 5.
If thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth.-Jer. xv. 19.
Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things they have put no difference between the holy and profane: neither have they shewed difference between the unclean and the clean.-Ezek. xxii. 26. They shall teach my people the difference between the holy and profane, and cause them to discern between the unclean and the clean. Ezek. xliv. 23.
Ephraim hath mixed himself among the people; Ephraim is a cake not turned.-Hosea vii. 8.
Jesus said unto Peter, &c. I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth, shall be loosed in heaven.-Matt. xvi. 17-19.
If thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between him and thee alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother: but if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established; and if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican. Verily, I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth, &c.-Matt. xviii. 15-18. John xx. 21-23.
have learned, and avoid them: for they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus, but their own bellies, &c.— Rom. xvi. 17, 18.
If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him and if he repent, forgive him, &c. If, &c. seven times in a day.-Luke xvii. 3, 4.
I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences, contrary to the doctrine which ye
It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such, &c. and ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed, might have been taken away from among you, &c. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, to deliver such an one unto Satan, for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus, &c. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? &c. I wrote unto you in an epistle, not to keep company with fornicators: yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, &c. But if any man that is called a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, &c. with such an one no not to eat. For what have I to do to judge them also that are without? do not ye judge them that are within? therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person.-1 Cor. v.
Sufficient to such a man is this punishment (or censure) which was inflicted of many: so that, contrarywise, ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, &c. wherefore I beseech you, that you would confirm your love toward him, &c. to whom ye forgive any thing, I also forgive. 2 Cor. ii. 6-11.