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They are benevolent, and grieve at sin.
661. Saints are sulf-denying, disinterested, and devoted to God and his carese.
Ac. 4: 32 The multitude of them that believed were of one heart, and of one soul: neither said any of them that aught of the things which he possessed was his own: but they had all things common.
2 Cor. 12: 14 Behold, the third time I am ready to come to you; and I will not be burdensome to you : for I seek not yours, but you. For the children ought not to lay up for the parents, but the parents for the children. 15 And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. [See 205, 407, 414, 674.]
662. Steinis grieve when sinners dishonor and offend God.
Ezra 9: 2 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. 3 And when I heard this thing, I rent my garment and my mantle, and plucked off the hair of my head and of my beard, and sat down astonished. 4 Then were assembled unto me every one that trembled at the words of the God of Israel, because of the transgression of those that had been carried away; and I sat astonished until the evening sacrifice. 5 And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness ; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the Lord my God. — 10: 6 Then Ezra rose up from before the house of God, and went into the chamber of Johanan the son of Eliashib: and when he came thither, he did eat no bread, nor drink water: for he mourned because of the transgression of them that had been carried away. Ps. 119: 136 Rivers of waters run down mine
because they keep not thy law. 158 I beheld the transgressors, and was grieved; because they kept not thy word.
Ezk. 9: 4 The Lord said unto him, Go through the midst of the city, through the midst of Jerusalem, and set a mark apon the foreheads of the men that sigh and that cry for all the abominations that be done in the midst thereof.
Ac. 17: 16 While Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry.
Rom. 9: 1 I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost, 2 That I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. 3 Fur I
They feel their guilt -- live by faith.
could wish that myself were accursed from Christ, for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh.
2 Pet. 2:7 And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked: 8 (For that righteous man dwelling among them, in seeing and hearing, vexed his righteous soul from day to day with their unlawful deeds.) [See 538.]
663. Saints feel their unworthiness, and desire to learn their guilt.
Gen. 32: 10 I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth, which thou hast shewed unto thy servant.
Job 13: 23 How many are mine iniquities and sins ? make me to know my transgression and my sin.
Ps. 26: 2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me; try my reins and my heart. — 51:3 I acknowledge my transgressions : and my sin is ever before me. 115: 1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth's sake. - 139: 23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts : 24 And see if there be
in and lead me in the way everlasting
Mat. 8: 8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof : but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. — 25: 37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee a hungered, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked and clothed thee? 39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Rom. 7: 24 () wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
1 Cor. 15: 9 I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the Church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am.
Ep. 3: 8 Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ. [See 507, 537.] 664. Saints believe in Christ, and live by faith in him.
Gal. 2: 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live ; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
1 Pet. 1: 8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory. [See 184.]
They delight in prayer –
have internal peace
665. Saints delight in devout meditation and prayer.
Ps. 1: 2 His delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
Ps. 16: 8 I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.. 63: 5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness; and my mouth shall praise thee with joyful lips : When I remember thee upon my bed, and meditate on thee in the night watches. — 77:11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. 12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings. — 119: 23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes. 24 Thy testimonies also are my delight, and my counsellors. 48 My hands also will I lift up unto thy commandments, which I have loved; and I will ineditate in thy statutes. 97 O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the day. 99 Í have more understanding than all my teachers : for thy testimonies are my meditation. 148 Mine eyes prevent the night-watches, that I might meditate in thy word. — 143: 5 I remember the days of old, I meditate on all thy works ; I muse on the work of thy hands. 6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee: my soul thirsteth after thee, as a thirsty land.
Dan. 6: 10 When Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he knceled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. [See 64, 531.] 666. Saints have peculiar internal peace.
Ps. 119: 165 Great peace have they which love thy law. and nothing shall offend them.
Jn. 14: 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
Gal. 5: 22 The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.
Ph. 4: 7 The peace of God, which passeth all understand ing, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Ps. 92: 12 The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree: lie shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts
They cannot boast - Their comparative number.
of our God. 14 They shall still bring forth fruit in old age they shall be fat and flourishing.
Mat. 13: 33 Another parable spake he unto them; The king. dom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
Mk. 4: 26 He said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; 27 And should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. 28 For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself ; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear.
2 Cor. 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
2 Th. 1:3 We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceed ingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth. [See 515.]
668. Saints made to differ — bumisting excluded.
Rom. 3: 27 Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay; but by the law of faith.
1 Cor. 4: 7 Who maketh thee to differ from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory, as if thou hadst not received it?
Ep. 2: 1 You hath he quickened, who were dean in trespasses and sins; 2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the t'esh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. 8 For by grace are ye saved, through faith ; and that not of yourselves : it is the gift of God.
Gen. 7: 1 The LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark: for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. [Gen. 6:11, 12.]
Gen. 18: 32 He said, Oh, let not the Lord be angry and I will speak yet but this once: Peradventure ten shall be found there. And he said, I will not destroy it for ten's sake. Num. 14: 23 Surely they shall not see the land which I
sware unto their fathers, neither shall any of them that pro. voked me see it: 24 But my servant Caleb, because he had another spirit with him, and hath followed me fully, him will I bring into the land whereinto he went; and his seed shall
Mat.7:14 Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. 20: 16 The last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.
Lk. 12: 32 Fear not, little flock; för it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. — 13: 23 Then said one auto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said into them, 24 Strive id enter in at the strait gate: for many,
say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
2 Tim. 1: 15 This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.
Rev. 7: 9 After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. [See 440.] 67C. Saints, the light and salvation of ihe world.
Jer. 5:1 Run ye to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem, and see now, and know, and seek in the broad places thereof, if ye can find a man, if there be any that executeth judgment, that seeketh the truth; and I will pardon it.
Ezk. 22: 29 The people of the land have used oppression, and exercised robbery, and have vexed the poor and needy: yea, they have oppressed the stranger wrongfully. 30 And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found none.
Mat. 5: 13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted ? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid.
[See 545.] 671. Singularity of Sainis
Dt. 14: 2 The Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar peo ple unto himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.
Rom. 7: 15 That which I do, I allow not : for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16 If then I do