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is commandments, * dwelleth in him, and he in him; id b hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit; hich he hath given us.

C H A P. IV.

} E L O V E D, * believe not every spirit, butb try the J spirits whether they are of God: because c many lse prophets are gone out into the world. 2. Hereby low ye the Spirit of God: d Every spirit that confeffeth mt Jesus Christ is come in the stem, is of God. 3. And every spirit that confeffeth not that Jesus Christ is come

■ the flesh, is not of God: and this is that spirit of antilrist, whereof you have heard that it should come, and even now already is it in the world. .4. s Ye are of God, ttle children, and have overcome them: because greater

he that is in you, than h he that is in the world. • 1 They are of the world: therefore speak'they of ie world,' and k the world heareth them. - 6. We are fGod: he that1 knoweth God, heareth us; he that is

Dd not

1 Vjoh. 17. 2i, &c. That they f + i Thes.2.7, The Mystery of'I

may be one, as thou, Father, niquity doth already work.\ ijoh.

in me, and I in thee; that they a. 18, 22.— Even now are there

may be one in uts. that the many AntichriSls.-rrr »He is Ami

orld may believe that thou hast 5 thrift that denieth the Father and

lat me. . the Son. ,» •,,

1 + 1 Joh. 4. 13. See on Rom. 4. s 1 Joh. 2.13. —il write unto

■ 9. you, little Children, because ye

CHAP, IV. have known the Father. 1 Joh. 3.

I.* tjer. 20. 8. See on Mat. 10 i> 9- Behold, what manner of 4. . Love the Father hath bestowed up

b 1 Cor. 12. 8, 10. To one is on Us, that we Ihould be called iven by the Spirit the Word of the Sons of Cod.— Whosoever is Wisdom.— To another discerning born of God, doth not commit Sin. Spirits.-— 1 Cor. 14. 2.9. Let the j j— 1 Joh. 5. 4. Whatsoever is rcphets speak tw0 or three, and born of God, overcomes the :t the other judge, f 1 Thes. y. World.—1

t Rev. 22. See on 1 Cor. h f 1 Cor. 2, 12. f Eph. »• 2.

■ '5- f Eph. 6. 12. See on Jahlii. 't Mat. 24. 5, 24. V i'Tira-2031

■'• tIJoh. ver. 7. See on 2 y. ' t Joh. 3. 31. —He that is of fB. a. 1. the Earth, is earthly, and fpeakethof

1. d 11 Cor. 12. 3. — No Man the Earth: he that cometh from an fay that Jesus.-is the Lord, but Heaven is above all. y the holy Ghost, t 1 Joh-,- k tjoh. 17. 14. See on Joh.' •»• - i , , . > 15. 19.

3 't-2 ]oh.vsr..7...Seeon 1 J,oh. 6. 1 t Joh. 8, 47t He that is of

'■»*■' ... ,• God, not Of God, heareth not us. '.Hereby know we the Spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 7. Beloved, let us *" love one another: for love is of God j and every one that loveth, is born of God, and knoweth "God. 8. He that loveth not, n knoweth not God 5 for- 0 God is love. 9. In this was manifested the p love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10.: Herein is love, q not that we loved God, but that, he loved us, and lent his Son to be the 1 propitiation for our fins. 11. Beloved, s if God lo loved us, we ought also tp love one another. 12. No man hath " seen God at any time. If we" love one another, God dwelleth in us, and a his love is perfected in us. -13. Hereby know we that we 6 dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit. 14. And we have c seen and do testifie, that the Father sent the Son so be the d Saviour of the world. 15. Whosoever shall confess e that Jesus is the Son of God, Gd dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16. And we have

known

God, heareth Cods Words: ye there- chosen me, but I hare chosen foiehear them not ; because ye are you.— t Rom. 5.8, 10. God eramt of God. | Jori. IO- a7- My Sheep mendtth his low towards us, in that hear my Voice, and I know them, while we were yet Sinners, Christ diand they follow me. f t Cor. 14. 5 ed For us. When we were cjimitt, 37-If any Man think himself to 'we were reconciled to God by tie be a Prophet, or spiritual, let him Death of his Son.— acknowledge that the things that I 't i Joh. 2. 2. See on Romwrite unto you, are the Command- 3. 35.

mentsofthe Lord, f* Cor. 10.10 11. s + Mat. 18. 33. Shouldeir 7. —If any Man'trust to himself, not thou also have had Companion that he // Christ's, let him of him- on thy Fellow-servant, even i< I self think this again, that as he is bad Pity on thee? See on Job. Christs, even so are we Chriffs. 13. 34.

1 t Isa. 8.20. To the Law, and 5 5 u. "f 1 Tim. 6. 16. See M to the Testimony: if they speak Joh. t. 18. not according to this Word, it is be- 1 ".' Ver. 18. f 1 Joh. 3-fcause there is no Light in them. Whoso keepeth his Word, in him V Joh. 14. 7. If ye had known me, verily is the Love of GodpcrfeSti— ye sliould have known my Fa- 1Q 13. b Joh. 14. 20. At that D>y ther also.— ye lhall know, that I am in my

7. m V 1 Joh. 3.10,11,33.See on Father, and you in me, and //»/* Joh. 13.34 t I. Joh. 3. 24. See on Ron.

8. " si Joh. 2. 4. Seeonijoh.. 8.9.

3- 6-, ,c 14. c t 1 Joh. 1. i. See on»

"fVer.io-. ??Pet ,.16.

. 9- v tjoh. 3. 16. f 1 Joh. 3. . d See on 1 Toh. a. 2. 16. See on Joh. iy. I'j.i ■ if;a See on Mas 16. 16.

i«. q tjoh. if. 16. Ve have not

aiown and believed the love that God hath to us. f God s love^ and E he that dwelletli'in love, dwelleth in God, md God in him.. 17. Herein is *our love s_Gr. love with u] made perfect, that we may have h boldness in-the day )f judgment: because as he, is, so are we in this world. 8. There is no i fear in love^' but perfect love casteth >ut fear: because fear hath torment: he that feareth, 'is not made perfect in love. 19. We love him •, bemuse he first loved us., 20. 1 If a man fay, I love God, md hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love 3od whom he hath not "seen? 21. And m this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God, love bis brother also.

C H ,'ia P. • V.., ,

WHOSOEVER » believeth that b Jesus is the Christ, is c born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat, loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2. By d this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. 3- For this is the love of God, that we e keep his commandments: and f his commandments ar.e. not grievous. 4. For whatsoever is s born of God overcomcth the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the

Dd 2 world,

16. f f Ver. 8. . Liar, but he that denieth that Jestis

8 tVer. 1 a, is the Christ? he is Antichrist that

J7- h tjani. a. 13. V 1, Joh, a. denieth the Father and the Sort. 28. See on ijoh. 3. a'. Whosoever denieth the Son, the

\h 1 a Tim. 1. 7. God hath jsame hath not the Father.— 1 Joh. not given us the Spirit of Fear; 4. 2, ic. See on Mar. 16. 16. but of Power, and of Love, and of c fjoh. 1. 13. See on joh. 3. '/WMind. 3, 5. ■

k V Ver. i,a. •.. 2. A See on Joh. 14. if.

ao.1 f 1 Joh. 5:4. He that faith 10 3* 0 See on Joh. 14. j 5. I bow him, and keepeth not his 1 Micah 6. 8. He hath shewed Cntmandments, is a Liar.— f J Joh. thee, O Man, what is good; and 3- 171 what doth the Lord require of thee,

a,{. m t Mat,, a2. 39. t Job. 15. but to do justly,and to love mercy, and t 1 Joh. 3. 23. See cn Joh. j $to walk humbly with thy God. See '3- 34-- '•_ , on Mat. 11.30. N.

C It A P. V. ". „ 4. » V 1 Joh. v 9. Whosoever

*•* tjoh. 1. 12. See an Joh. is turn of 'Gcd, doth not corainip ?• '. .,--'c/ ".fin.— I i Joh. 4.4^ See on Joh.

• 11 Joh. 2. 22, 23, Who isa203. 3, '5.

world, even our faith. 5. Who is he that h overcometh the world, but he that believeth that 1 Jel'us is the So. ot" God? 6. This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; k not by water only, but by water and blood: and 1 it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Sp:rit is truth. 7. For (0 there are "three

that

■5. h t 1 Cor. 15. 57. See on ness of me: Toh. 15. 16. When the Rom. 8. 37. Comforter is come, whom I wiB

• f 1 Job. 4. 1 j. See on Mat. fend unto you from the Father, e16. ie>. ven the Spirit of Truth, which piO

6. k Joh. 19. 34. One of the 5 ceedeth from the Father,he jh*U:r Soldiers with a spear, pierced his stifle of me. 1 Cor. 12. 4, 5,6. fide, and forthwith came there out Now there are diversities of Blood and Water. Gifts, but the fame Spirit. And

1 Seeonjoh. 14.17,25. there are differences of Admini

7. m Mat. 28. 19. —Baptizing 10 strations, but the fame Ltrd. And them in the Name of the Father, there are diversities of Operations, and of the Son, and of the holy but it is the same God, which dhoff. Joh. j. 37. The Father him- worketh all in all. 1 Tim. 3. I*, self which hath lent me, hath torn —God was manifest intheFlest, witness of me.— .loh. 8. j8. I am '5 justified in the Spirit,rcceivtdvf one that bear witness of my self, and into Glory.

the Father that sent me beareth reit

(1) Though we grant this Text was not quoted by the Siccnt Cmtil against the Arians, and is not found in many antient Copies. Nayrtho' we fliould grant that it was not originally in the Epistle of St. John, it is however a good Argument for the Doctrine of the Trinity. For,

If it was a Marginal Note, and so crept into the Text, this howevtr shews it to, have been the Opinion of the most antient and primiriif Christians, who put this Comment to the Text.

If they fay this was put in by the Orthodox, it was done In Opposition to fiereticks; and this was a sufficient Evidence of their firm belief . of the Doctrine of the. Trinity then.

But if this Text was expung'd by the jirians, who, as St. Ambrose observes of them, were remarkable for this fort of fraudulent Dealing* with the Scriptures, then there was a great deal of Reason for resto-1 ring of it.

Though it be not in some Copies, yet it is in others, and those verjr • antient. And that which may give us a strong Presumption that it i« genuine is, that it was quoted by St. Cyprian, a considerable Time before the Niccne Council; and before the Arian Herefie ran so high, or that it was so much for the Interest of any Party either to insert or expunge it. j

But however this be, we are sure the Scriprures with it are *//♦/ a Piece, and very consistent with themselves. For the Substance of this Text is plainly exprest in other Places, which they don't deny to be! genuine. Dr. Browne, now Lord' Bifliop of Gorkc, against Tofand, pag. S*. Dr. Burnet, the late Uarned and pious Bishop of Salisbury, in his Lents" from Zurich, tells us in what antient Manuseriprs he found ir, and u» what it was wanting. •»J^:''

feat /ij bear record in heaven, the n Father, the 0 Word,

Dd 3 the

n Joh. y. 32, 36. There is ano- told you, and ye believed not: the

her that bea-reth Witness of me.— Works that I do in my Fathers

or the Works which the Father Name, they bear witness of me. If

ath givea me to finish, the fame I do not the Works of my Father,

W; that I do, bear -witness of me, $ believe me not. But if I do, tho

hat the Father hath sent me. )cb, ye believe not me, believe the

. 17, 18, 54- it is also written Works: that ye may know and

I your Law, that the Testimony of believe that the Father is in me, and m Men is true. I am one that bear I in him. See more of the Witness 'itnefr of my self, and the Father 10 of the,Father on Mat. 3.17.^

hat sent me, beareth witness of me. . 0 Tjoh. 1. 1. In the Beginning - It is my Father that honoureth was the Word, and the Word was it, of whom ye fay, that he is with God, and the Word was God. ourGcd. Joh. io< 24, 25, 37, Kev. 19-13. -r-His Name was cali. —If thou be the Chrift tell us 1 y led, The Word oiGod. Uinly. Jesus answered them, I

(1) Were I to give a Reason of my Belief of the Trinity, laying aside

II tffeBatim of hard Words, and abstruse Metaphysical Notions, I would 0 it thus: . . • •.

I am fully persuaded of the Necessity of a Revelation in general, in, *der to all the Purposes oiVirtuc and Pitty in this Life; and I am con'inced that those 'Revelations of jhe Things of another World, which ire made in the Gospel, have better Proofs of their Divinity than any oTier whatsoever. They have such Testimonies of their coming from God, Tom Prophecies, andMracles,anA the agreeabJeness of the Doctrine therein contained, .to our common Notions, that if I use my Reason with the same impartiality in these, that I do in other things, I must give my Assent to them.

In those Writings, I find this Proposition: , ' There are Three that bear Record in Heaven, the Father, the Wit A, 'and the holy Ghost, and these three are one.

From whence, ar.d from many other Passages in the Scriptures, I findthat there isa Distinction;made in the Godhead, under these three Names ^Father, Son, and Holy Ohost, which the Chunk hath exprest, altogether by the Word Trini\yt and singly by rht- Word Person. And I think these Terms proper enough, to express all that we know of this Mystery.

Now I find no account of the Manner and Nature of this Distinction in the holy Scriptures, any otherwise than that tfc Son was begotten, and '■hat the holy Ghost comes from the Father and the Son. I conclude there is something more than a meer nominal DJstinffipn, because we arp said to be baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the HilyGhofi. Whiph must needs import something more than if that Commission had run thus: Go baptize all Nations in the Name of Jehovah, and o/tlohim, and of Adonai. And if there were not something more intended, than barely that they fliould dp if in the N*nie of God, this *erea needless Tautology. „ ,„, ', , ,.'

Again, I conclude that they are not three- di/linB d.'ferent Spirits; for ^en there must he.three Gods, contrary to Re son and Scripture. From a l which I infer;, th»: ciicie i> in the^GcdLead something more than a.

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