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finished my course, I have kept the minds; lest any man fail of the grace faith: henceforth there is laid up for of God.—Heb. xii. 143. 15. 28. me a crown, &c.-2 Tim. iv. 7, 8. . Jesus Christ the same, &c. Be
A bishop must be blameless, &c. not carried about with strange docholding fast the faithful word, &c. trines: for it is a good thing that the Titus i. 7. 9.
heart be established with grace.Therefore we ought to give the Heb. xiii. 8.9. more earnest heed to the things Whoso looketh into the perfect which we have heard, lest at any time law of liberty, and continueth, &c. we should let them slip, &c.--Heb. James i. 25. ü. 1-3.
To him that knowetha to do good, Whose house are we, if we hold and doeth it not; to him it is sin. fast the confidence, and the rejoicing James iv. 17. of the hope, firm unto the end, &c. Gird up the loins of your mind, We are made partakers of Christ, if be sober, and hope to the end. we hold the beginning of our confi- 1 Pet. i. 13. dence stedfast unto the end. Heb. The devil, &c. whom resist, stediii. 6. 12. 14.
fast in the faith.—1 Pet. v. 8, 9. . Seeing then that we have a great if after they have escaped the polHigh Priest, &c. let us hold fast our lutions of the world, &c. they are profession: for we have not an High again entangled therein, and overPriest which cannot be touched with come; the latter end is worse with the feeling, &c.—Heb. iv. 14, 15. them than the beginning: for it had
For it is impossible for those who been better for them not to have were once enlightened, &c. if they known the way of righteousness, shall fall away, to renew them again than after they have known it, to unto repentance, &c. We desire that turn from the holy commandment deevery one of you do shew the same livered unto them.—2 Pet. ii. 20,21. diligence, to the full assurance of iii. 17, 18. Matt. xii. 43–45. hope, unto the end: that ye be not They went out from us, but they slothful, but followers of them, who, were not of us : for if they had been through faith and patience, inherit of us, they would, no doubt, &c. Let the promises. -- Heb. vi. 4 -6. that therefore abide in you which ye 11, 12
have heard from the beginning: if Let us hold fast the profession of that shall remain in you, ye also shall our faith, without wavering: for he continue in the Son and in the Fais faithful that promised, &c. For if ther, &c. And now, little children, we sin wilfully after we have received abide in him, that when he shall apthe knowledge of the truth, there re- pear, &c.—1 John ii. 19. 24. 28. maineth no more sacrifice for sins; Look to yourselves, that we lose but a certain fearful looking for of not those things which we have judgment, &c. Cast not away there wrought: but that we receive, &c.fore your confidence, which hath 2 John 8, 9. great recompense of reward: for ye I have no greater joy, than to hear have need of patience, &c. If any that my children walk in truth.man draw back, my soul shall have 3 John 4. 2 John 4. no pleasure in him. We are not of Earnestly contend for the faith them who draw back unto perdition. once delivered unto the saints, &c. -Heb. 1. 23. 26, 27. 35, 36. The angels which kept not their first 38, 39.
state, &c. he hath reserved in chains, Let us run with patience the race &c. Build up yourselves in your set before us, looking unto Jesus, &c. most holy faith, &c. keep yourselves in lest ye be weary and faint in your the love of God,&c.--Jude3. 6. 20, 21.
I know thy works, &c. thou hast I will bring the blind by a way that laboured, and hast not fainted, &c. they know not; I will lead them in Thou hast left thy first love: remem- paths they have not known; I will ber therefore from whence thou art make darkness light before them, fallen. To him that overcometh, and crooked things strait. These will I give to eat of the tree of life, things will I do unto them, and not &c. Be thou faithful unto death, and forsake them.-Isa. xlii. 16. I will give thee a crown of life. He I have loved thee with an everlastshall not be hurt by the second death, ing love: therefore with loving-kind&c. I will give to eat of the hidden ness have I drawn thee.-Jer. xxxi. 3. manna; and will give him a white I will make an everlasting covestone, &c. Hold fast till I come: nant with them, that I will not turn and he that overcometh, and keepeth away from them to do them good: my words unto the end, to him will I but I will put my fear in their hearts, give power over the nations, &c. that they shall not depart from me. Rev. ii. 245. 7. 10, 11. 17. 25, 26. Jer. xxxii. 40.
He that overcometh, shall be. The Son of man is come to save clothed with white raiment, &c. that which was lost. How think ye? If Because thou hast kept the word, &c. a man have an hundred sheep, and one I also will keep thee from the hour, of them be gone astray; doth he not &c. I will confess his name, &c. leave the ninety and nine, and goeth, Hold that fast which thou hast, that &c. and seeketh that which is gone no man take thy crown, &c. I will astray ? &c. Even so, it is not the make him a pillar, &c. I will grant will of your Father which is in heahim to sit on my throne, &c.- Rev. ven, that one of these little ones jii. 5. 10- 12.
should perish.-Matt. xviii. 11-14. • He shall inherit all things; and I There shall arise false Christs, &c. will be his God, and he shall be my insomuch, that (if it were possible) son.Rev. xxi. 7.
. they shall deceive the very elect.He that is righteous, let him be Matt. xxiv. 24. righteous still ; and he that is holy, Satan hath desired to winnow you, let him be holy still.-Rev. xxii. 11. &c. but I have prayed for thee, that
When the righteous shall trust to thy faith fail not.-Luke xxii. 31, 32, his own righteousness, and commit The water that I shall give him, iniquity, he shall die: his righteous- shall be in him a well of water, ness shall not be remembered, &c.- springing up unto everlasting life. Ezek. xxxiii. 13.
John iv. 14.
All that the Father hath given unto II. That Believers shall have Grace
Grace me, shall come to me: and him that and Power given them to persevere cometh I will in no wise cast out, &c. and abide in the Faith, &c. Christ This is the Father's will, &c. that of will uphold them.
all which he hath given me, I should He will keep the feet of his saints. lose nothing, but should raise it up 1 Sam, xxix. 35.
at the last day.-John vi. 37-39. · The steps of a good man are or- My sheep, &c. shall never perish, dered (or established) by the Lord, neither shall any man pluck them out &c. though he fall, he shall not be of my hand, &c. No man is able to utterly cast down : for the Lord up- pluck them out of my Father's hand. holdeth him with his hand. Pg. I and my Father are one.-John x. xxxyii. 23, 24. Micah vii. 8. 27—30. • Thou shalt guide me with thy Holy Father, keep, through thy counsel, and afterwards receive me own name, those, &c. While I was to glory.-Ps. lxxiii. 24.
' with them in the world, I kept thein
in thy name; those that thou gavest spirit, and soul, and body, be preme I have kept, and none of them are served blameless unto the coming of lost, but the son of perdition, that our Lord Jesus Christ : faithful is he the scripture, &c.—John xvii. 11, 12. that calleth you, who also will do it.
O wretched man that I am ! who -1 Thess. v. 23, 24. shall deliver me from the body of this But the Lord is faithful, who shall death? I thank God, through Jesus stablish you and keep you from evil Christ our Lord. Rom. vii. 24, 25. (or the evil one).—2 Thess. iji. 3.
Whom he did predestinate, them I know whom I have believed ; and he called, &c. them he justified, &c. am persuaded that he is able to keep he glorified, &c. Who shall separate that which I have committed unto us from the love of Christ ? &c. I him.-2 Tim. i. 12. am persuaded that neither death; &c. Who, concerning the truth have nor any other creature shall be able erred, &c. Nevertheless the foundato separate us.-Rom. viii. 29–31. tion of God standeth sure, having 35. 37-39.
this seal, The Lord knoweth them For the gifts and calling of God that are his.—2 Tim. ii. 18, 19. are without repentance. —-Rom. The Lord shall deliver me from xi. 29.
every evil work, and will preserve me Who art thou who judgest another unto his heavenly kingdom.—2 Tim. man's servant ? to his own master he iv. 18. standeth or falleth. Yea, he shall. To an inheritance, &c. reserved in be holden up : for God is able to heaven for you, who are kept by the make him stand.-Rom xiv. 4. power of God through faith unto · The God of peace shall bruise (or salvation.—1 Pet. i. 4, 5. tread) Satan under your feet shortly, They went out from us, but they &c.—Rom. xvi. 20.
were not of us : for if they had been · Jesus Christ; who shall also con- of us, they would no doubt have firm you to the end, that ye may be continued with us; but they went blameless in the day of our Lord out that they might be made maniJesus Christ. God is faithful, by fest, that they were not all of us, &c. whom ye were called, &c.-1 Cor. i. The anointing which ye have received, 7-9.
&c. Ye shall abide in him.- 1 John · God is faithful, who will not suffer ii. 19. 26, 27. you to be tempted above that you are He that is born of God doth not able ; but will with the temptation commit sin: for his seed remaineth also make a way to escape, that ye in him, and he cannot sin. &c.may be able to bear it.-i Cor. x. 13. 1 John iii. 9.
Now he which establisheth us with Ye are of God, &c. and have overyou in Christ, and hath anointed us, come them; because greater is he is God.-2 Cor. i. 21.
that is in you, than he that is in the Paul besought the Lord thrice, &c. world.- 1 John iv. 4. . . And he said unto him, My grace is There is a sin not unto death. We sufficient for thee, for my strength is know that every one who is born of made perfect in weakness, &c.- God sinneth not: but, &c. keepeth 2 Cor. xii. 8, 9.
himself, &c. Whosoever is born of Being confident of this very thing, God, overcometh the world.- 1 John that he which hath begun a good v. 4. 17, 18. work in you, will perform it (or The truth which dwelleth in us, finish it until the day of Jesus Christ. and shall be in us for ever.-2 John 2. -Phil. i. 6. .
Now unto him that is able to keep And the very God of peace sanc- you from falling, and to present you tify you wholly: and your whole faultless before the presence of his
glory, &c. to the only wise God, &c. yourselves, that ye love the Lord
Jude 24, 25. Rom. xvi. 25. your God.- Josh. xxiii, 11.
Those whose names are not written Solomon, whom God so much hoin the book of life, they worshipped, noured, sinned greatly in old age. and wondered at the beast. -Rev. xiii. 1 Kings xi. 8. xvii. 8.
There was a day, when the sons of
God came to present themselves beSect. xviii. To take care to watch fore the Lord, and Satan (or the diligently over ourselves with a
adversary) came among (or in the holy jealousy and fear, lest we
midst of) them. — Job i. 6. 7. should apostatise and depart from ü. 1.2. God, his Truth and Ways, into any Stand in awe, and sin not; comError or Sin : the Reasons : our mune with your own heart, &c.
Ps. iv. 4. xri. 8. HEZEKIAN was left of God, that he ... I said, I will take heed to my ways, might know all that was in his heart. that I sin not with my tongue, &c.-2 Chron. xxxii. 31.
Ps. xxxix. 1. Take heed to thyself, lest thou. Wherewith shall a young man make a covenant with the inhabitants cleanse his way? by taking heed of the land whither thou goest, lest thereto, according to thy word. it be for a snare in the midst of thee: Ps. cxix. 9. but ye shall destroy their altars, &c. Set a watch, O Lord, before my lest, &c. they go a whoring after their mouth, keep the door of my lips. gods, and do sacrifice, &c.—Exod. Ps. cxli. 3. xxxiv. 12, 13, 15, 16.
Keep thy heart with all diligence. What nation so great, who hath for out of it are the issues of life.God so nigh unto them ? &c. Only Prov. iv. 23. take heed to thyself, and keep thy A prudent man foreseeth the eyil, soul diligently, lest thou forget the and hideth himself, &c.-Prov.xxvii. 12. things which thine eyes have seen, Happy is the man that feareth and lest they depart from thine heart always : but he that hardeneth his all the days of thy life, &c. Take ye heart shall fall into mischief.—Prov. therefore good heed unto yourselves, xxviii. 14. &c. lest ye corrupt yourselves, and Blessed is the man that observes make you a graven image, &c.— his hand, lest he do any evil. — Deut. iv.7–9. 15.25. Exod. xxxiv. Isa. lvi. 2. 12. 15.
The heart is deceitful above all When the Lord thy God shall have things, and desperately wicked, who brought thee into the land, &c. When can know it ?-Jer. xvii. 9. thou shalt have eaten and be full, And my people are bent to backbeware lest thou forget the Lord, &c. sliding from me.--Hosea xi. 7. -Deut. vi. 10–12. viii. 10–14. Take heed to your spirit, that
I will give rain, &c. that thou you deal not treacherously. — Mal. mayest eat and be full : take heed to ii. 16. yourselves, that your heart be not Beware of false prophets, which deceived, and ye turn aside and serve come to you in sheeps' clothing, but other gods.-Deut. xi. 14–16. inwardly they are ravening wolves.
If thy brother, &c. entice thee Matt. vii. 15. secretly, saying, Let us go and serve Jesus said, Take heed and beware other gods, &c. thou shalt not con- of the leaven of the Pharisees, and
&c.—Deut. xiii. 6–8.
Jesus said, Take heed that no man Take good heed therefore unto deceive you; for many shall come in
my name, saying, I am Christ : and workers : beware of the concision.shall deceive many.-Matt. xxiv. 4,5. Phil. iii. 2.
Watch and pray, that ye enter not Beware lest any man' spoil you into temptation.-Matt. xxvi. 41. through philosophy and vain deceit,
Take ye heed: behold, I have after the tradition of men, &c. and foretold you all things, &c. of that not after Christ.--Col. ii. 8. day and hour knoweth no man, &c. : Continue in prayer, and watch in
Take ye heed, watch and pray, for ye the same.-Col. iv. 2. know not, &c.-Mark xiii. 23. 32, 33. We are not of the night, nor of 35–37.
darkness; therefore let us not sleep Take heed therefore that the light as do others : but let us watch and that is in thee be not darkness.- be sober ; for they that sleep, sleep Luke xi. 35.
in the night, &c. - 1 Thess. v. 5-7. Take heed and beware of covetous. Some shall depart from the faith, ness, &c. Blessed are those servants &c. some are already turned aside, whom the Lord, when he cometh, &c. have erred concerning the faith. shall find watching.-Luke xii. 15. 1 Tim. iv. I. v. 15. vi. 10. 21. i. 5, 6. 37, 38.
2 Tim. ii. 17, 18. Take heed to yourselves lest at They, &c. shall be turned unto any time your hearts be overcharged fables. But watch thou in all things. with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and -2 Tim. iv. 4, 5. cares of this life, &c. Watch ye there- Take heed, brethren, lest there be fore.—Luke xxi. 34. 36.
in any of you an evil heart of unPeter was confident, and so denied belief, in departing from the living Christ.-Luke xxii. 32. 34. 59, 60. God, &c. Lest any of yon be harMatt. xxvi. 69, &c.
- dened through the deceitfulness of Jesus said unto him, Behold, thou sin.—Heb. iii. 12, 13. xii. 15. ii. l. art made whole : sin no more, lest a Let us therefore fear, lest a promise worse thing come unto thee.-John being left us of entering into his v. 14.
rest, any of you should seem to come Take heed, lest by any means this short of it, &c. Lest any man fall, liberty of yours become a stumbling- &c.--Heb. iv. 1. 11. i. 1, 2. block to them, that are weak : for if Pass the time of your sojourning any man see thee, &c.-Cor. viii. here in fear, &c.—1 Pet. i. 17. 9, 10. Luke xvii. 1-3.
The end of all things is at hand : These things happened unto them be ye therefore sober and watch unto for ensamples : and they were written prayer. 1 Pet. iv. 7. for our admonition, &c. Wherefore, Be sober, be vigilant; because let him that thinketh he standeth your adversary the devil, as a roaring take heed lest he fall.-1 Cor. x. lion, walketh about, seeking whom he 11, 12.
may devour.--1 Pet. v. 8. Watch ye, stand ye fast, &c.- Seeing ye know before, beware 1 Cor. xvi. 13.
lest ye also being led away with the I fear, &c. as the serpent, &c. 80 error of the wicked, fall from your your minds should be corrupted from own stedfastness. — 2 Pet. iii. 17. the simplicity that is in Christ.- 1 Thess. iii. 5. James v. 19. 2 Cor. xi. 3.
Look to yourselves, that we lose See that ye walk circumspectly, not those things which we have not as fools, but as wise.--Eph. v. 15. wrought.--2 John 8.
Praying always, &c. and watching Be watchful, and strengthen the thereunto with all perseverance.- things which remain, &c. If thou Eph. vi. 18.
shalt not watch, I will come, &c. Beware of dogs : beware of evil Rev. iii. 2, 3.