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thou believest not my words, which SECT. V. The Dangerous State and shall be fulfilled, &c.-Luke i. 20. Issue of Unbelief.
The Son of man, when he cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?Luke xviii. 8.
Well, because of unbelief they were broken off; and thou standest by faith, &c. God spared not the natural branches, &c.—Rom. xi. 20, 21.
He that doubteth, is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. -Rom. xiv. 23.
The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven, taking vengeance on them, &c. that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with everlasting destruction, &c.--2 Thess. i. 7, 8.
Antichrist shall prevail upon such who shall perish; because they received not the love of the truth (or the truth in the love thereof) that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.-2 Thess. ii.
Holding faith, &c. which some having put away, concerning faith have made shipwreck; of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan, that being chastised, they may learn not to blaspheme.-1 Tim. i. 19, 20.
Unto them that are defiled and unbelieving, is nothing pure, but even their mind and conscience is defiled. -Titus i. 15.
18, 19. Numb. xiv. 21-23. Ps. cvi. 24-26.
If the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward: how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord? &c.-Heb. ii. 2, 3.
I sware in my wrath, they shall not (or if they shall) enter into my rest. Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God. And to whom sware he, that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see, that they could not enter in, because of unbelief.-Heb. iii. 11, 12.
The word preached did not profit them; not being mixed with faith (or because they were not united by faith to it) in them that heard it. They to whom it was first preached (or, the gospel was first preached) entered not in, because of unbelief.-Heb. iv. 2. 6.
If we sin, &c. there remaineth no more sacrifice, &c. but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, &c. The just shall live by faith but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them that draw back unto perdition, but of them that believe unto the saving of the soul.— Heb. x. 26-29. 38, 39.
Without faith it is impossible to please God: for he, &c.-Heb. xi. 6.
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not, who refused him that spake on earth; much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven.-Heb. xii. 25.
Let him ask in faith, &c. for he, that wavereth is like, &c. Let not that man think he shall receive, &c., -James i. 5—7.
Unto which believe, he is very precious; but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner: and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed.-1 Pet. ii. 7, 8.
What shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?-1 Pet. iv. 17, 18.
He that believeth not God, hath made him a liar, because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son; and this is the record, That God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son, &c. He that hath not the Son, hath not life.1 John v. 10—12.
The fearful and unbelieving, &c.
shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.-Rev.xxi. 8.
If a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself.-Gal. vi. 3. 7.
Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter? Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear olive-berries? either a vine, figs So can no fountain both yield salt-water and fresh. Who is a wise man, and endued with knowledge amongst you? let him shew out of a good conversaTHE CHARACTER OF SAINTS, GOOD tion, his works with meekness and wisdom. But if BELIEVERS, APPEARING have bitter envyye ing, &c. this wisdom descendeth not devilish.-James iii. 11—14. from above, but is earthly, sensual,
MEN, AND IN WORD AND DEED. SECT. I. That such may be known from others by their Fruits. We should try.
SEARCH me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts. Ps. cxxxix. 23, 24.
Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear.-1 Pet. iii. 15.
Let us search and try our ways, and turn again unto the Lord.-Lam. iii. 40.
Let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, &c.-Gal. vi. 4.
He that despised Moses' law, died without mercy, &c. Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God?Heb. x. 28, 29.
Ye shall know them by their fruits: do men gather grapes of thorns? &c. -Matt. vii. 16, &c.
The tree is known by his fruit. generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things! for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh. A good man, out of the good treasure of his heart, bringeth forth good things and an evil man, out of the evil treasure, bringeth forth evil things.-Matt. xii. 33-35. John iii. 6. Luke vi. 43-45.
Ye cannot serve God and mammon, &c. That which is highly esteemed among men, is abomination, &c.Luke xvi. 13. 15.
Some have not the knowledge of God, I speak this to your shame.1 Cor. xv. 34.
Examine yourselves whether ye be in the faith: prove your own selves; know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?-2 Cor. xiii. 5. Gal. vi. 4. Ps. iv. 4.
Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.-Rom. viii. 9.
SECT. II. Of the particular Fruits of the Spirit which are indispensably necessary to real Saints.
A GOOD man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good, &c.—Luke vi. 45.
And Enoch walked with God, &c. three hundred years, &c. and Enoch walked with God, and was not, &c. (or, walked according to God continually).-Gen. v. 22. 24. Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations; and Noah walked with God.-Gen. vi. 9.
And the Lord said unto Noah, Come, &c. for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation, &c. And Noah did according unto all that God commanded him.-Gen.
vii. 1. 5.
Abraham went into a strange place out of his own country, when God bid him.-Gen. xii. 1-4.
And Abraham said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, for we be brethren. Is not the whole land before thee? If thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou
nation, and mightier than they. And Moses said unto the Lord, Then the Egyptians shall hear it (for thou broughtest up this people in thy might from among them), and they will tell it to the inhabitants of this land; for they have heard, that thou, Lord, art among this people, &c. Now, if thou shalt kill all this people as one man, then the nations which have heard the fame of thee, will speak, saying, Because the Lord was not able to bring this people into the land which he sware unto them, therefore he hath slain them in the wilderness, &c.-Numb. xiv. 12, &c. Deut. ix. 26-28.
When Joseph's mistress tempted him to sin, he said, How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?-Gen. xxxix. 9.
When Pharaoh said unto Joseph, I have heard say of thee, thou canst understand a dream to interpret it: Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, It is not in me, God shall give Pharaoh an answer of peace.-Gen. xli. 15, 16. xl. 8.
The midwives feared God, and obeyed not the king's command to kill the male children. -- Exod. 16, 17.
And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, &c. Now let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and I will make of thee a great nation. And Moses besought the Lord, saying, Wherefore should the Egyptians say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, &c. Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, &c. Now if thou wilt forgive their sins and if not, I pray thee blot me out of thy book which thou hast written.-Exod. xxxii. 9-13. 32.
When God had told Moses that he must die, Moses prays for Israel: Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, which may go out before them, &c. that the congregation of the Lord be not as sheep which have no shepherd, &c. And he appointed Joshua.-Numb. xxvii. 12-18.
When Moses was told that Eldad and Medad did prophesy in the camp, and his servant had said to him, My lord Moses forbid them; Moses said unto him, Enviest thou for my sake? Would God that all the Lord's people were prophets, and that the Lord would put his Spirit upon them.
Numb. xi. 26-29.
God said unto Moses, I will smite them, &c. and make of thee a greater
He exhorts Israel at large to cleave to the Lord, when he was to die.Deut. iv. 22, &c.
When Israel fell before Ai, &c. Joshua said, O Lord, what shall I say when Israel turneth their backs before their enemies? For the Canaanites and all the inhabitants of the land shall hear, &c. and what wilt thou do unto thy great name?-Joshua vii. 4-6. 8, 9. Joel ii. 17.
Choose, &c. whom you will serve, &c. But as for me and my house, -Joshua we will serve the Lord.xxiv. 15.
Eli, when he heard the ark of the Lord was taken, fell backward and died: and his daughter-in-law cried out, The glory is departed from Israel, because the ark of God was taken. Yet she was not so much concerned at the news of her husband's death, and herself being near death at the same time.-1 Sam. iv.
David's heart smote him, because he cut off Saul's skirt.-1 Sam. xxiv. 5.
When David's wife had blamed him for dancing before the ark, he told her, It was before the Lord, &c. I will play before the Lord, and I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight.-2 Sam. vi. 20-22.
When king David sat in his house, and the Lord had given him rest round about from all his enemies; the king said unto Nathan the prophet, See now I dwell in an house of cedar; but the ark of God dwelleth within curtains, &c.-2 Sam. vii. 1-5.
Uriah said unto David, The ark, and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; and my lord Joab, and the servants of my lord are encamped in the open field; shall I then go into mine house to eat and to drink, and to lie with my wife? &c. I will not do this thing.-2 Sam. xi. 11.
I have kept the ways of the Lord, and have not wickedly departed from my God: for all his judgments were before me and as for his statutes, I did not depart from them. I was also upright before (or to) him; and have kept myself from mine iniquity. -2 Sam. xxii. 22-24.
And David's heart smote him, after that he had numbered the people. And David said unto the Lord, I have sinned greatly, &c. And the Lord sent a pestilence upon Israel for it,' &c. And David said, Lo, I have sinned; I have done wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand be against me, and against my father's house.-2 Sam. xxiv. 10. 15. 17. 1 Sam. xxiv. 5.
When Josiah heard the book of the law, he rent his clothes, &c. and his heart was tender, &c.—2 Kings xxii. 11. 13. 18, 19. Ezra ix. 4.
Esther, when the Jews were in danger by Haman, ventured her life, and all for their security; she said, Go fast ye for me, &c. I also, and my maidens will fast likewise: and so will I go unto the king, which is not according to the law; and if I perish, I perish.-Esther iv. 16.
Job, a man perfect and upright, one that feareth God, escheweth evil. Job i. 1. 8. xxxi. 13, &c. xxix. 12, 13.
His delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night; he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water. Ps. i. 2, 3. xcii. 12-14. Job xxiii. 12.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? and who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands and a pure heart; who hath not lift up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully, &c. This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, &c.-Ps. xxiv. 3-6. xv. 1,2.
I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.-Ps. xxvi. 8,