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Brethren, pray for us. Greet all | God that bringeth salvation hath the brethren with a holy kiss. appeared to all men, teaching us,
4: 6. That no man go beyond that denying ungodliness and worldand defraud bis brother in any mat- ly lusts, we should live soberly, ter: because that the Lord is the righteously, and godly, in this presavenger of all such, as we also
ent world ; looking for that blessed have forewarned you and testified. hope, and the glorious appearing of For God hath not called us unto the
God and our Savior Jesus uncleanness, but unto holiness. He Christ; who gave himself for us, therefore that despiseth, despiseth that he might redeemn us from all not man, but God who hath also iniquity, and purify unto himself a given unto us his Holy Spirit. peculiar people, zealous of good
1 Tim. 6: 11. But thou, O man works. These things speak, and of God, flee these things; and fol- exhort, and rebuke with all authorlow after righteousness, godliness, ity. Let no man despise thee. faith, love, patience, meekness. Heb. 6:1. Therefore leaving the Fight the good fight of faith, lay principles of the doctrine of Christ, hold on eteroal life, whereunto thou let us go on unto perfection ; not layart also called, and hast professed a ing again the foundation of repentgood profession before many wit- ance from dead works, and of faith
I give thee charge in the toward God, of the doctrine of sight of God, who quickeneth all baptisms, and of laying on of hands, things, and before Christ Jesus, who and of resurrection of the dead, and before Pontius Pilate witnessed a of eternal judgment. good confession, that thou keep this commandment without spot, 1 10: 19. Having therefore, brethunrebukable, until the appearing of ren, boldness to enter into the our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a times he shall show, who is the new and living way, which he hath blessed and only Potentate, the consecrated for us, through the vail, King of kings, and Lord of lords ; (that is to say, his flesh ;) and havwho only hath immortality, dwelling a high-priest over the house of ing in the light which no man can God; let us draw near with a trne approach unto: whoin
heart, in full assurance of faith, bath seen, nor can see; to whom having our hearts sprinkled from be honor and power everlasting. an evil conscience, and our bodies Amen.
washed with pure water.
hold fast the profession of our faith, | Titus 2:1. But speak thou the without wavering ; (for he is faiththings which become sound doc- ful that promised ;) and let us contrine : that the aged men be sober, sider one another, to provoke unto grave, temperate, sound in faith, in love, and to good works: not forcharity, in patience; the aged wo- saking the assembling of ourselves men likewise, that they be in beha- together, as the manner of some is; vior as becometh holiness, not false but exhorting one another: and so accusers, not given to much wine, much the more, as ye see the day teachers of good things ; that they approaching. may teach the young women to be i Peter 4: 1. Forasmuch then sober, to love their husbands, to love as Christ hath suffered for us in the their children, to be discreet, chaste, flesh, arm yourselves likewise with keepers at home, good, obedient to the same inind; (for he that hath their own husbands, that the word suffered in the flesh hath ceased of God be not blasphemed. Young from sin ;) that he no longer should men likewise exhort to be sober-| live the rest of his time in the flesh minded. In all things showing thy- to the lusts of men, but to the will self a pattern of good works: in of God. For the time past of our doctrine showing uncorruptness, life may suffice us to have wrought gravity, sincerity, sound speech that the will of the Gentiles, when we cannot he condemned; that he that walked in lasciviousness, lusts, exis of the contrary part may be cess of wine, revellings, banquetashamed, having no evil thing to say | ings, and abominable idolatries ; of you. - 11. For the grace of/ wherein they think it strange that
ye run not with them to the same hath forgotten that he was purged excess of riot, speaking evil of you: from his old sins. - 12. Wherewho shall give account to him that fore I will not be negligent to put is ready to judge the quick and the you always in remembrance of dead. For, for this cause was the these things, though ye know them, gospel preached also to them that and be established in the present are dead, that they might be judged truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long according to men in the flesh, but as I am in this tabernacle, to stir live according to God in the spirit. you up by putting you in remem
But the end of all things is at brance ; knowing that shortly I must hand: be ye therefore sober, and put off this my tabernacle, even as watch unto prayer.
And above all our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed things have fervent charity among Moreover, I will endeavor yourselves; for charity shall cover that ye may be able, after my dethe multitude of sins. Use hospital- cease, to have these things always ity one to another without grudg- / in remembrance. ing. As every man bath received the gift, even so minister the same [ 3: 1. This second epistle, beone to another, as gooil stewards of loved, I now write unto you'; in the manifold grace of God.
both which I stir up your pure If any man speak, let him speak minds by way of remembrance: as the oracles of God; if
that ye may be mindful of the words minister, let him do it, as of the which were spoken before by the ability which God giveth: that God holy prophets, and of the comin all things may be glorified through mandinent of us the Apostles of the Jesus Christ ; to whom be praise Lord and Savior. — 11. Seeing then and dominion forever and ever! | that all these things shall be disAmen.
solved, what manner of persons
ought ye to be, in all holy converT 5: 6. Humble yourselves there- sation and godliness, looking for fore under the mighty hand of God, and hasting unto the coming of the that he may exalt you in due time. day of God? - 14. Wherefore, beCasting all your care upon him; loved, seeing that ye look for such for he careth for you.
things, be diligent that ye may be Be sober, be vigilant; because found of him in peace, without spot your adversary, the Devil, as and blameless. roaring lion, walketh about, seeking 1 John 1: 6. If we say that we whom he may devour: whom resist, have fellowship with him, and walk steadfast in the faith, knowing that in darkness, we lie, and do not the the same afflictions are accomplish- truth: but if we walk in the light, ed in your brethren that are in the as he is in the light, we have fellowworld. But the God of all grace, ship one with another, and the blood who hath called us unto his eternal of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye from all sin. If we say that we have suffered awhile, make you have no sin, we deceive ourselves, perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle and the truth is not in us. you. To him be glory and domin- HEB. 12: 1. Wherefore, seeing ion forever and ever! Amen. we also are compassed about with so
2 Peter 1: 5. And besides this, great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay giving all diligence, and to your aside every weight, and the sin faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowl which doth so easily beset us, and edge; and to knowledge, temper- let us run with patience the race ance; and to temperance, patience; that is set before us, looking unto and to patience, godliness; and to Jesus, the author and finisher of our godliness, brotherly kindness; and faith ; who, for the joy that was set to brotherly kindness, charity. For before him, endured the cross, desif these things be in you, and abound, pising the shame, and is set down at they make you that ye shall neither the right hand of the throne of God. be barren nor unfruitful in the For consider him that endured such knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. contradiction of sinners against himBut he that lacketh these things is self, lest ye be wearied and faint in blind, and cannot see afar off, and your minds. - 12. Wherefore lift
up the hands which hang down, and which in time past were not a peothe feeble knees; and make straight ple, but are now the people of God: paths for your feet, lest that which which had not obtained mercy, but is lame be turned out of the way: now have obtained mercy. but let it rather be healed. Follow Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as peace with all men, and holiness, strangers and pilgrims, abstain from without which no man shall see the fleshly lusts, which war against the Lord; looking diligently, lest any soul; having your conversation honman fail of the grace of God; lest est among the Gentiles: that, whereany root of bitterness springing up, as, they speak against you as eviltrouble you, and thereby many be doers, they may by your good works, defiled: lest there be any fornicator, which they shall behold, glorify God or profane person, as Esau, who for in the day of visitation. one morsel of meat sold his birth- 3: 8. Finally, be ye all of one right. For ye know how that after- mind, having compassion one of ward, when he would have inherited another; love as brethren, be pitthe blessing, he was rejected: for iful, be courteous; not rendering he found no place of repentance, evil for evil, or railing for railing: though he sought it carefully with but contrariwise, blessing; knowing tears.
that ye are thereunto called, that
ye 1 Peter 2: 1. Wherefore, laying should inherit a blessing. For he aside all malice, and all guile, and that will love life, and see good hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil- days, let him refrain his tongue from speakings, as new-born babes, desire evil, and his lips that they speak no the sincere milk of the word, that guile: let him eschew evil, and do ye may grow thereby: if so be ye good ; let him seek peace and ensue have tasted that the Lord is gracious. | it. For the eyes of the Lord are To whom coming as unto a living over the righteous, and his ears are stone, disallowed indeed of men, but open unto their prayers: but the face chosen of God, and precious, ye of the Lord is against them that do also, as lively stones, are built up a evil. And who is he that will harm spiritual house, an holy priesthood, you, if ye be followers of that which to offer up spiritual sacrifices, ac- is good? But and if ye suffer for ceptable to God by Jesus Christ. righteousness' sake, happy are ye;
1: 13. Wherefore gird up the and be not afraid of their terror, loins of your mind, be sober, and neither be troubled; but sanctify the hope to the end for the grace that is Lord God in your hearts. to be brought unto you at the reve- 2 PETER 3:17. Ye therefore belation of Jesus Christ ; as obedient loved seeing ye know these things children, not fashioning yourselves before, beware, lest ye also, being according to the former lusts in your led away with the error of the wickignorance ; but as he which hath ed, fall from your own steadfastness. called you is holy, so be ye holy in But grow in grace and in the knowlall manner of conversation ; because edge of our Lord and Savior Jesus it is written, Be ye holy ; for I am Christ. holy.
T 2: 7. Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious : but unto $ 6. DUTY TO Resist TEMPTATION. them which be disobedient,
The stone which the builders disallowed, I. Spirits have Access to our Minds, The saine is made the head of the corner,
and Influence over them. and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which
1. Good Spirits. stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were Mar. 18: 10. Take heed that ye appointed. But ye are a chosen despise not one of these little ones ; generation, a royal priesthood, a for I say unto you that in heaven holy nation, a peculiar people ; that their angels do always behold the ye should show forth the praises of face of my Father which is in him who hath called you out of heaven. darkness into his marvellous light: HEB. 1: 14. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to will I give thee, if thou wilt fall minister for them who shall be heirs down and worship me. Then saith of salvation?
Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Gen. 24: 40. And he (Abraham) Satan! for it is written, Thou shalt said unto me, The Lord before worship the Lord thy God, and him whom I walk will send his angel only shalt thou serve. Then the with thee and prosper thy way.
Devil leaveth him, and behold, 48: 15. God, which fed me all angels came and ministered unto my life long, unto this day ; the him. angel which redeemed me from all 12: 43. When the unclean Spirit evil, bless the lads.
has gone out of a man he walketh Ps. 34: 7. The angel of the through dry places seeking rest and LORD encampeth round about them findeth none, : : . he goeth and that fear him, and delivereth them. taketh with himself seven other
91: 11. He shall give his angels spirits more wicked than himself. charge over thee, to keep thee in all 19: 38. The tares are the chilthy ways. They shall bear thee up dren of the wicked one, the enemy in their hands, lest at any time thou that sowed them is the Devil. dash thy foot against a stone.
1 Chron. 21: 1. Satan stood up Dan. 6: 22. My God hath sent against Israel and provoked David his angel and hath shut the lions' to number Israel. mouths, that they have not hurt me. LUKE 22: 31. Satan hath desired
Mat. 4: 11. Angels came and to have thee that he might sift thee ministered unto him (Christ). as wheat. LUKE 22: 43. There appeared
John 6: 70. Have not I chosen an angel unto him from heaven, you twelve, and one of you is a strengthening him.
devil? 2. Evil Spirits.
| 13: 27. After the sop, Satan
entered into him. Mat. 4: 1. Then was Jesus led S: 44. Ye are of your father, up of the Spirit into the wilderness, the Devil. to be tempted of the Devil. And Acts 5: 3. Why hath Satan when he had fasted forty days and filled thy heart, to lie to the Holy forty nights, he was afterwards an Ghost? hungered.
Eph. 2: 2. In time past ye walkAnd when the Tempter came to ed according to the course of this him, he said, if thou be the Son of world, according to the prince of the God, command that these stones be power of the air; the spirit that made bread. But he answered and now worketh in the children of dissaid, It is written, Man shall not obedience. live by bread alone, but by every
1 Thess. 3: 5. For this cause ... word that proceedeth out of the I sent to know your faith, lest by mouth of God.
some means the tempter have temptThen the Devil taketh him up ed you, and our labor be in vain. into the holy city, and setteth him i Tim. 5: 15. Some are already on a pinnacle of the temple, and turned aside after Satan. saith unto him, If thou be the Son Rev. 12 : 9. The great dragon of God, cast thyself down, for it is was cast out, that old serpent, called written,
the Devil and Satan, which deceiv
eth the whole world. He shall give his angels charge concerning thee:
Mar. 19: 19.
When any one And in their bands they shall bear thee up. Lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a heareth the word of the kingdom,
and understandeth it not, then comJesus said unto him, It is written eth the wicked one and catcheth again, Thou shalt not tempt the away that which was sown in his LORD thy God.
heart. Again the Devil taketh him up LUKE 8: 12. The Devil taketh into an exceeding high mountain, away the word out of their hearts and showeth him all the kingdoms lest they should believe and be of the world, and the glory of them, saved. and saith unto him, All these things 2 Cor. 4: 4. The god of this
world hath blinded the minds of them finished, bringeth forth death. Do that believe not.
not err, my beloved brethren. 12: 7. Lest I should be exalted 4: 7. Resist the Devil and he above measure, ... there was given will flee from you. Draw nigh to to me a thorn in the flesh, the mes- God, and he will draw nigh to you. senger of Satan, to buffet me.
1 Peter 1: 6. Though now for 2 Thess. 2: 9. The coming of a season, (if need be) ye are in the man of sin is after the working heaviness through manifold temptaof Satan, with all power and signs tions; that the trial of your faith, and lying wonders, and with all being much more precious than of deceivableness of unrighteousness in gold that perisheth, though it be them that perish.
tried with fire, might be found unto 1 Tim. 4: 1. Some shall depart praise, and honor, and glory, at the from the faith giving heed to seduc- appearing of Jesus Christ. ing Spirits, and doctrines of devils. Eph. 6: 11. Put on the whole
2 Cor. 11: 3. I fear, lest by any armor of God, that ye may be able means, as the serpent beguiled Eve to stand against the wiles of the through his subtlety, so your minds Devil. - 12. We wrestle not against should be corrupted from the sim- flesh and blood, but against principlicity that is in Christ. -14. For palities, against powers, against the Satan himself is transformed into an rulers of the darkness of this world, angel of light.
against spiritual wickedness in high i PETER 5: 8. Be sober, be vigi- places. lant, because your adversary, the John 13: 31. Now shall the Devil, as a roaring lion walketh prince of this world be cast out. about, seeking whom he may devour. Rom. 16: 20. The God of peace
shall bruise Satan under your feet II. This Influence may be Resisted shortly.
1 John 5: 18. He that is begot1 PETER 5: 8. Your adversary, ten of God keepeth himself, and that the Devil, as a roaring lion, goeth wicked one toucheth him not. about, seeking whom he may de- Rev. 2: 7. To him that overcomvour; whom resist, steadfast in the eth, will I give to eat of the tree of faith.
life. - 11. Shall not be hurt of the Heb. 2 : 17. Wherefore in all second death.—26. Shall have powthings it behoved him to be made er over the nations. like unto his brethren ; that he might 3: 5. Shall be clothed in white. — be a merciful and faithful High 12. Shall be inade a pillar in the Priest in things pertaining to God, temple of God. — 21. Śhall sit with to make reconciliation for the sins Christ on his throne. of the people. For in that he him- Eph. 4: 26. Let not the sun go self hath suffered, being tempted, he down upon your wrath; neither give is able to succor them that are place to the Devil. tempted.
HEB. 4: 15. We have not a highpriest, that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: but
87. SELF DENIAL. was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin.
1. Temperance. JAMES 1: 12. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when Rom. 15: 1. We then that are he is tried, he shall receive the crown strong ought to bear the infirmities of life, which the Lord hath prom- of the weak, and not to please ourised to them that love him. Let no selves. Let every one of us please man say when he is tempted, I am his neighbor for his good to edificatempted of God: for God cannot tion. For even Christ pleased not be tempted with evil, neither tempt- himself; but, as it is written, eth he any man. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell his own lust, and enticed: then, when lust hath conceived, it bring. For whatsoever things were written eth forth sin ; and sin, when it is aforetime, were written for our