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Millennial perfection - Inconstant perfection of saints. the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other.

1 Jn. 2: 15 If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. -- 3: 6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not. 9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him ; and he cannot sin, because he is born of od.—4: 18 There is no ar in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth, is not made perfect in love. [See 503.] 506. Millennial perfection.

Dt. 30: 6 The Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

Jer. 31: 33 This shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts ; and will be their God, and they shall be my people. — 32: 39 And I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear me for ever, for the good of them, and of their children after them: 40 And I will made an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do them good; but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me. -50: 20 In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found: for I will pardon them whom I reserve. [See 441.]

507. Inconstant perfection of saints in this life. 2 Ch. 6: 36 If they sin against thee, (for there is no man which sinneth not,) and thou be angry with them, and deliver them over before their enemies, and they carry them away captives unto a land far off or near.

Job 9: 20 If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: If I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse. 40: 4 Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay my hand upon my mouth. — 42: 5 I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee: 6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Ps. 19: 12 Who can understand his errors ? cleanse thou me from secret faults. 13 Keep back thy servant also from prefumptuous sins ; let them not have dominion over me. — 38: 4 Mine iniquities are gone over mine head: as a heavy burden they are too heary for me. 5 My wounds stink, and are corrupt because of my foolishness. [6–8.] - 119: 96 I have

In.:nstant perfection - Afictions.

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seen an end of all perfection: but thy commandment is exceeding broad. Pr. 20: 9 Who can say, I have made my heart clean, I anı

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sin? Ec. 7: 20 There is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Is. 6: 5 Then said I, Wo is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips : for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Mat. 6: 12 Forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. — 26: 72 Again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man. 73 And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee. 74 Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man.

Rom. 7: 14 We know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. 15 For that which I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. [Verses 16—25.]

Gal. 5: 17 The flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other; so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.

Ph. 3: 12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.

Jam. 3: 2 In many things we offend ail. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

1 Jn. 1: 8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive our: selves, and the truth is not in us. [See 166, 663.]

508. Real saints subjected to occusionul afii ctions and chustisements. Heb. 12: 5 Ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto.children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him: 6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. 7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons: for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not? 8 But if

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be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

Rev. 3: 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten bo Ze&Out cherefore, and repent. [See 2, 3, 4.]

Seif-deceived Perfectionists - Persecution for Righteousness' sake.

509. Would God afflict his people, lud they attained perm.ment mora perfection ?

Job 36: 8 If they be bound in fetters, and be holden in corda of affliction; 9 Then he sheveth them their work, and their transgressions that they have exceeded.

Is. 27: 7 Hath he smitten him, as he smote those that smote him? or is he slain according to the slaughter of them that are slain by him? 9 By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin.

Lam. 3: 32 Though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. 33 For he doth not afilict willingly, nor grieve the children of men.

Heb. 12: 10 They verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure: but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

510. Self-deceirad parfirtionists.

Pr. 30: 12 There is a generation that are pure in their own eyes, and yet is not washed from their filthiness.

Mat. 19: 20 The young man saith unto him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what lack I yet? 21. Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me. 22 But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. (See 696, 703-4.]

PERSECUTION. 511. The righteous re proached and persecuted. Neh. 4: 4 Hear, O our God; for we are despised.

Job 16: 10 They have gaped upon me with their mouth; they have smitten me upon the cheek reproachfully; they have gathered themselves together against me.

Ps. 14: 4 Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge ? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the LORD. 22: 6 I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people. 7 All they that see me laugh me to scorn : they shoot out the lip, they shake the head, saying, 8 He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him : let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him. 31: 11 I was a reproach among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbors, and a fear to mine acquaintance : they that did see me without fled from me. 13 For I have heard the slander of many: fear was on every side : while

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they took counsel together against me, they devised to take away my life. — 42: 10 As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? — 44: 22 Yea, for thy sake are we killed all the day long; we are counted as sheep for the slaughter. 64: 2 Ilide me from the secret counsel of the wicked; from the insurrection of the workers of iniquity: 3 Who whet their tongue like a sword, and bend their bows to shoot their arrows, eren bitter words: 4 That they may shoot in secret at the perfect: suddenly do they shoot at him, and fear not. — 69: 4 They that hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of mine hcad: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away. 7 Because for thy sake I have borne reproach: shame hath covered my face. 8 I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children. 9 For the zeal of thine house bath eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached thee are fallen upon me.

10 When I wept, and chastened my soul with fasting, that was to my reproach. 19 Thou hast known my reproach, and my shame, and my dishonor: mine adversaries are all before thee. 20 Reproach hath broken my heart; and I am full of heaviness : and I looked for some to take pity, but there uus none; and for comforters, but I found none. — 79: 4 We are become a reproach to our neighbors, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us. 89: 50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants ; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people; 51 Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, 0 LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed. — 102: 8 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.

Dan. 7: 25 He shall speak great words against the Most High, and shall wear out the saints of the Most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time.

Jn. 10: 20 And many of them said, He [Christ] hath a devil, and is mad; why hear ye him?

Heb. 11:36 Others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of Londs and imprisonment: 37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheep-skins, and goat-skins; being destitute, afilicted, tormented; 38 (Of whom the world was not worthy :) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

Ultimate Triumph of the Persecuted - Persecutors abased.

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Rev. 7:14 I said unto him, Sir, Thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. [See 68, 86, 467, 740.] 512. Ultimate triumph of those persecuted for righteousness' sake.

Ps. 64: 10 The righteous shall be glad in the LORD, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory. 68: 13 Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye the wings of a dove covered with silver, and her feathers with yellow gold.

Mat. 5: 10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Rom. 8: 17 If children, then heirs : heirs of God, and jointheirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 18 For I reckon, that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

2 Tim. 2: 12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him : if we deny him, he also will deny us.

1 Pet. 4: 12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: 13 But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. 14 If ye be reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you. On their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

Rev. 15: 3 They sing the song of Moses the servant of God. and the song of the Lamb. [See 4, 337.] 513. God will abuse persecutors.

Ps. 37: 12 The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth. 13 The LORD shall laugh at him : for he seeth that his day is coming. 14 The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have hent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, and to slay such as be of unright conversation. 15 Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken.- 47: 3 ile shall subdue the people under us, and the nations under our fcel.

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