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good, as the fire must be first hot, ere it heat another thing. Take an ensample : As those blind and deaf which are cured in the gospel, could not see nor hear till Christ had given them sight and hearing, and those sick could not do the deeds of an whole man till Christ had given them health ; so can no man do good in his soul till Christ have loosed him out of the bonds of Satan, and have given him wherewith to do good, yea and first have poured into him that self good thing which he shewed forth afterward on other. Whatsoever is our own is sin. Whatsoever is All sin in above that, is Christ's gift, purchase, doing and working. selves, and
us is of our He bought it of his father dearly with his blood, yea, with all goodbis most bitter death, and gave his life for it. Whatsoever Christ. good thing is in us, that is given us freely, without our deserving or merits for Christ's blood's sake. That we desire to follow the will of God, it is the gift of Christ's blood. That we now hate the devil's will (whereunto we were so fast locked, and could not but love it) is also the gift of Christ's blood, unto whom belongeth the praise and honour of our good deeds, and not unto us. Our deeds do us three manner [of] service. First, they works cer
tify us or certify us that we are heirs of everlasting life. And that the
everlasting Spirit of God, which is the earnest thereof, is in us, in inheri
tince, kill that our hearts consent unto the law of God, and we have sin in'us, power in our members to do it, though imperfectly. And and relieve
the riecessisecondarily, we tame the flesh therewith, and kill the sin ty of our that remaineth yet in us, and was daily perfecter and per
neighbour, fecter in the Spirit therewith, and keep that the lusts choke not the word of God that is sown in us, nor quench the gifts and working of the Spirit, and that we lose not the Spirit again. And thirdly, we do our duty unto our neighbour therewith, and help their necessity unto our own comfort also, and draw all men unto the honouring and praising of God.
And whosoever excelleth in the gifts of grace, let the same think that they be given him, as much to do his long to our
brother as brother service as for his own self, and as much for the much as to
love which God has to the weak as unto him unto whom
These things to know: first, the law: how that it is
And that we have the name of our one God in fear and reverence, and that we dishonour it not in swearing thereby about light trifles or vanity, or call it to record for the confirming of wickedness or falsehood, or ought that is to the dishonour of God, which is the breaking of his laws, or unto the hurt of our neighbour.
And inasmuch as he is our Lord and God, and we bis double possession, by creation and redemption, and therefore ought, as I said, neither to move heart or hand with
out his commandment, it is right that we have needful Holy days holy days to come together and learn his will, both the necessary law, which he will have us ruled by, and also the proto come together in, mises of mercy which he will have us trust unto; and to and learn
give God thanks together for his inercy, and to commit
reconcile ourselves unto him, and each to other, if ought
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ordained only, and so far forth are they to be kept holy
And that it is right that we obey father and mother,
their laws ment ever in our hearts, and by the higher law intepret the impugn inferior: that we obey nothing against the belief of one laws. God, or against the faith, hope and trust that is in him only, or against the love of God, whereby we do or leave undone all things for his sake, and that we do nothing for any man's conimandment against the reverence of the name of God, to make it despised and the less feared and set by: and that we obey nothing to the hinderance of the knowledge of the blessed doctrine of God whose servant the holy day is. Notwithstanding though the rulers which God hath set
Though over us command us against God, or do us open wrong, rulers ap
pointed of and oppress us with cruel tyranny, yet because they are in God's room, we may not avenge ourselves, but by the press us,
yet we may process and order of God's law, and laws of man made not avenge, by the authority of God's law, which is also God's law, in God's
they being ever by an higher power, and remitting the vengeance room, unto God, and in the mean season suffer until the hour be come.
And on the other side, to know that a man ought to We must love his neighbour equally and fully as well as himself, love our because his neighbour (be he never so siinple) is equally as ourself. created of God, and as full redeemed by the blood of
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our Saviour Jesus Christ. Out of which commandment of love spring these: Kill not thy neighbour : defile not his wife: bear no false witness against him ; and finally, not only do not these things in deed, but covet not in thine heart, his house, his wife, his man servant, maid servant, ox, ass, or whatsoever is his. So that these laws pertaining unto our neighbour are not fulfilled in the sight of God save with love. He that loveth not his neighbour keepeth not this commandment, Defile not thy neighbour's wife, though he never touch her, or never see her, or. think upon her. For the commandment is, though thy neighbour's wife be never so fair, and thou have never so great opportunity given thee, and she content, or haply provoke thee as Potiphar's wife did Joseph, yet see thou love thy neighbour so well, that for very love thou cannot find in thine heart to do that wickedness. And even so he that trusteth in any thing save in God only and in his Son Jesus Christ, keepeth no commandment at all in the sight of God.
For he that hath trust in any creature whether in heaven or in earth, save in God and his Son Jesus, can see no cause to love God with all his heart, &c. neither to abstain from dishonouring his name, nor to keep the holy day for the love of his doctrine, nor to obey lovingly the rulers of this world ; nor any cause to love his neighbour as himself, and to abstain from hurting him, where he may get profit by him, and save himself harmless. And in likewise against this law, love thy neighbour as thyself. I may obey no worldly power, to do ought at any man's commandment unto the hurt of my neighbour that hath not deserved it, though he be a Turk.
And to know how contrary this law is unto our nature, and how it is damnation not to have this law written in our hearts, though we never commit the deeds; and how there is no other means to be saved from this damnation, than through repentance toward the law, and faith in Christ's blood, which are the very inward baptism of our souls,
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and the washing and the dipping of our bodies in the water
our repentsave us unto the end, and never leave us until all sin be ance and put off, and we clean purified and full formed and fashioned the strong
er is our after the similitude and likeness of the perfectness of our faith. Saviour Jesus, whose gift all is.
And finally, to know that whatsoever good thing is in us, that same is the gift of grace, and therefore not of deserving, though many things be given of God, through our diligence in working his laws, and chastising our bodies, and in praying for them, and believing his promises, which else should not be given us; yet our working deserveth not the gifts, no more than the diligence Our works of a merchant in secking a good ship, bringeth the goods deserve not safe to land, though such diligence doth now and then the gifts of help thereto. But when we believe in God, and then do all that is in our might and not tempt him, then is God true to abide by his promise, and to help us and perform alone when our strength is past.
fecter we are,