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the multitude of all the nations be Behold, thy salvation cometh, &c. that fight against Mount Zion.—Isa. and they shall call them the holy xxix. 8.
people, the redeemed of the Lord; As the lion, &c. so shall the Lord and thou shalt be called, sought out, of hosts come down to fight for Mount a city not forsaken.-Isa. lxii. 11, 12. Zion, and for the hill thereof. The I will take you one of a city, and Lord whose fire is in Zion, and his two of a family, and I will bring you furnace in Jerusalem.—Isa. xxxi. 4.9. to Zion, and I will give you pastors
Look upon Zion, the city of our according to mine heart.- Jer. iii. solemnities; thine eyes shall see 14, 15. Jerusalem a quiet habitation, a taber-. Do not abhor us, for thy name's nacle that shall not be taken down, sake: do not disgrace the throne of &c. but there the glorious Lord will thy glory.-Jer. xiv. 21. be unto us a place of broad rivers The place of my throne, and the and streams, &c. the Lord is our place of the soles of my feet, where judge, &c. our lawgiver : the Lord I will dwell in the midst of the chilis our King, &c. the inhabitants shall dren of Israel for ever.-Ezek. xliii. 7. not say, I am sick; the people that And ye shall know that I am the dwell therein shall be forgiven, &c. Lord in the midst of Israel, &c. for -Isa. xxxiii. 20—22. 24.
in Mount Zion, and in Jerusalem, God threatens nations, as recom- shall be deliverance, as the Lord hath penses for the controversy of Zion.— said.—Joel ji. 27. 32. . Īsa. xxxiv. 1, 2. 8.
• The Lord also shall roar out of The ransomed of the Lord shall Zion, and utter his voice from Jerureturn, and come to Zion with songs, salem, and the heavens and the earth &c. and they shall obtain joy and shall shake: but the Lord will be gladness; and sorrow and sighing the hope of his people, &c. I am shall fee away.—Isa. xxxv. 10. li. the Lord your God, dwelling in Zion, ll, 12.
my holy mountain, &c. and a founGreat promises are made to the tain shall come forth of the house of church of God.—Isa. xli. 8, &c. the Lord, and shall water the valley
I will place salvation in Zion, for of Shittim. Judah shall dwell for Israel my glory.- Isa. xlvi. 13. ever, &c. for the Lord dwelleth in
Zion said, The Lord hath forsaken Zion.-Joel iii. 16–21. me, &c. Can a woman forget her For I, saith the Lord, will be unto sucking child ? &c, yea, they may her a wall of fire round about, and forget; yet will I not forget thee: will be the glory in the midst of her, ·behold I have graven thee upon the &c. many nations shall be joined to palms of mine hands : thy walls are the Lord in that day, and shall be continually before me, &c.—Isa. xlix. my people, and I will dwell in the 14-16.
midst of thee, &c. and the Lord shall The Lord shall comfort Zion, he inherit Judah's portion in the holy will comfort all her waste places.- land.--Zech. ii. 5. 10-12 Isa. li. 3. Ps. Ixix. 35, 36. Isa. liv. Rejoice greatly, O daughter of
Zion, thy God reigneth. -- Isa. Zion, &c. behold thy king cometh lii. 7.
unto thee, he is just, &c.—Zech. ix. 9. I will bring them to my holy Upon this rock I will build my mountain, and make them joyful in church, and the gates of hell shall my house of prayer.-Isa. lvi. 7. not prevail against it.—Matt. xvi. 18.
The great glory the church of God For where two or three are gathered shall have upon her.-Isa. lx. Zech. together in my name, there am I in xii. xiii.
the midst of them.-Matt. xviii. 20. Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood. To all that be in Rome, beloved of -Acts xx. 28.
God, called to be saints. Rom. i. 7. The churches, the glory of Christ. Grant you to be likeminded one -2 Cor. viii. 23.
toward another, &c. that ye may The church, which is his body, the with one mind, and one mouth, glorify fulness of him that filleth all in all.- God, &c. I myself am persuaded of Eph. i. 22, 23. iv. 13.
you, brethren, that ye also are full of To the intent, that now unto prin- goodness, filled with all knowledge, cipalities, and powers in heavenly &c.—Rom. xv. 5, 6. 14. places, might be known by the Unto the church of God which is church, the manifold wisdom of God, at Corinth, to them that are sanctified &c. unto him be glory in the church, in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, &c. I beseech you, &c. that ye all &c.-Eph. ii. 10, 11. 21.
speak the same thing, &c. that ye be That he might present it to him- perfectly joined together in the same self a glorious church, not having mind, and in the same judgment.spot or wrinkle.--Eph. v. 27. 1 Cor. i. 2. 10.
The house of God, which is the By one Spirit we are all baptized church of the living God, the pillar into one body, &c.—1 Cor. xii. 13. and ground of the truth.-1 Tim. iii. 15. Be not unequally yoked together
Ye are come unto Mount Sion, and with unbelievers : for what fellowunto the city of the living God, the ship hath righteousness with unheavenly Jerusalem, &c.-Heb. xii. righteousness? and what commu22, 23.
nion hath light with darkness ? &c. · Who walketh in the midst of the Ye are the temple of the living God; seven golden candlesticks.-Rev. ii. ). as God hath said, I will dwell in
them, and walk in them, and I will THIRDLY. The Qualifications of Mem- be their God. &c. wherefore come out bers of the Church of God: what from among them, and be ve separate, they should be.
saith the Lord, &c. and I will receive And the Lord spake unto Aaron, you.-2 Cor, vi. 14—18. saying, Do not drink wine nor strong First they gave their ownselves to drink, thou, nor thy sons with thee, the Lord, and unto us by the will of when ye go into the tabernacle, &c. God.—2 Cor. viii. 5. That ye may put difference between Ye are built upon the foundation holy and unholy, and between un- of the apostles and prophets, Jesus clean and clean, &c.—Levit. x. 8–10. Christ himself being the chief corner
Holiness becometh thine house, stone : in whom all the building, O Lord, for ever.-Ps. xciii. 5. fitly framed together, groweth unto • They shall call them the holy peo- an holy temple in the Lord: in whom ple: the redeemed of the Lord. you also are builded together for an Isa. Ixii. 12.
habitation of God through the Spirit. - Her priests have violated my law, -Eph. ii. 20—22. &c. they have put no difference be- To the saints and faithful brethren tween the holy and profane: neither in Christ which are at Colosse. have they shewed difference between Col. i. 2. the unclean and the clean.-Ezek. Ye are all the children of the light, xxii. 26.
and of the day: we are not of the Ephraim, he hath mixed himself night, nor of darkness, &c. I charge among the people : Ephraim is a cake you, that this epistle be read unto not turned.--Hosea vii. 8.
all the holy brethren.—1 Thess. v. Can two walk together, except 5. 27. they be agreed :-Amos ii. 3.
Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason
Fifthly. Of Letters commendatory: of the hope that is in you, with
or the Churches receiving of such meekness and fear.—1 Pet. iii. 15.
as were recommended to them from
others, by Word or Letter. FOURTHLY. Of the Property that particular Churches had in their
Barnabas took Paul and brought Members, and of others joining
" him to the apostles, and declared themselves to them.
unto them how he had seen the Lord,
&c. and he was with them coming in, And great fear came upon all the &c.—Acts ix. 27, 28. church, &c. and they were all with When Apollos was disposed to pass one accord in Solomon's porch ; and into Achaia, the brethren wrote, exof the rest durst no man join himself horting the disciples to receive bim : to them ; but the people magnified who, when he was come, helped them them.-Acts v. 11–13.
much.-Acts xviii. 27. And when Saul was come to Jeru. I commend unto you Phebe our salem, he assayed to join himself to sister, &c. that ye receive her in the the disciples; and they were all afraid Lord, &c.—Rom. xvi. 1, 2. of him, and believed not that he was If Timotheus come, see that he may a disciple : but Barnabas took him, be with you without fear : for he and brought him to the apostles, and worketh the work of God, as I also declared unto them, how he had seen do.- 1 Cor. xvi. 10, 11. the Lord, &c. and he was with them, Need we, as some others, epistles coming in and going out at Jerusa- of commendation to you, or letters lem.--Acts ix. 26–28.
of commendation from you -2 Cor. They determined, that Paul and iii. 1-3. Barnabas, and certain others of them, He remembereth the obedience of should go up to Jerusalem, &c. It you all, how with fear and trembling pleased the apostles and elders, with you received him.-2 Cor. vii. 15. the whole church, to send chosen men Whether any do inquire of Titus, of their own company to Antioch, &c. he is my partner, &c. or our brethren Judas and Silas, chief men among be inquired of, they are the messengers the brethren.-Acts xv. 2. 22. of the churches : wherefore shew ye
Phebe our sister, which is a ser- to them, &c.—2 Cor. viii. 23, 24. vant of the church which is at Marcus, sister's son to Barnabas, Cenchrea.-Rom. xvi. 1.
touching whom ye received comBecause of false brethren unawares man-ment; if he come unto you, brought in, who came in privily to receive him.-Col. iv. 10. spy out our liberty, &c.—Gal. ii. 4. The brethren testified, &c. whom
Epaphroditus my brother, &c. but if thou bring forward, &c. we thereyour messenger, &c. I sent him fore ought to receive such, &c. I therefore the more carefully, that wrote unto the church ; but Diotrewhen ye see him again ye may rejoice, phes, who loveth to have the pre&c. he was nigh unto death, &c.- eminence among them, receiveth, us Phil. ii. 25-28.
not, &c. and forbiddeth them that Onesimus, &c. who is one of you, would, &c.—3 John 3. 6. 8.10. &c. Epaphras, who is one of you, &c. saluteth you. Col. iv. 9. 12. SIXTHLY. Of the Order of the
Our friends salute thee : greet the Churches in their Assemblies and friends by name.-3 John 17.
Meetings : their stated Regulations in their constant Worship,
God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints; and to be had in reverence of all them that are brethren ? When ye come together, about him.-Ps. Ixxxix. 7.
every one of you hath a psalm, hath Where two or three are gathered a doctrine, &c. let all things be done together in my name, there am I in to edifying, &c. for God is not the the midst of them.-Matt. xviii, 20. author of confusion, but of peace ;
Christ said, The Scribes and Pha- as in all churches of the saints, risees, &c. love the chief seats in the I Cor. xiv. 23-26. 31. 33. synagogues, &c. but he that is great- I am with you in the Spirit, joying, est among you shall be your servant, and beholding your order.—Col. ii. 5. &c.—Matt. xxiii. 6. 11, 12. 17. Comfort yourselves together, and * These all continued, with one ac- edify one another : even as also ye cord, in prayer and supplication, &c. do.- 1 Thess. v. 11. Peter stood up in the midst of the Let us consider one another, to disciples, &c. the number of the provoke unto love and to good works : names together were about one hun- not forsaking the assembling of ourdred and twenty, &c.—Acts i. 13–15. selves together, as the manner of
They were all with one accord in some is : but exhorting one another. one place, &c. and they continued -Heb. x. 24, 25. stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine My brethren, have not the faith of and fellowship, and in breaking of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of bread, and in prayers, &c. And all glory, with respect of persons : for that believed were together, &c. and if there come unto your assembly (or they continuing daily with one ac- synagogue) a man with a gold ring, cord in the temple, &c.-Acts ii. 1. in goodly apparel; and there come 42. 44. 46.
in also a poor man in vile raiment, - The apostles being let go, they and ye have respect to him that went to their own company, &c. and weareth the gay clothing, and say they lift up their voice to God with unto him, Sit thou here in a good one accord ; and said, Lord, &c.— place : and say to the poor man, Acts iv. 23, &c.
Stand thou there; or, Sit under my The church, &c. and they were all footstool ; are you not then partial? with one accord in Solomon's porch. &c. Hath not God chosen the poor -Acts v. 11, 12
of this world, rich in faith, and heirs Barnabas and Saul a whole year of the kingdom ? &c. If ye fulfil the assembled themselves with the church, royal law, according to the scripture, and taught much people.--Acts xi. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as 25, 26.
thyself, ye do well : but if ye have Prayer was made without ceasing respect to persons, ye commit sin. of the church unto God for him, &c. James ii. 1–10. . many were met together, praying.
Seventhly. Of miraculous Gifts : Acts xii. 5. 12. Ye come together not for the bet
Of Prayer, Prophesying, Psalms, ter, but for the worse. When ye come
Tongues, &c. and how they did use together in the church, I hear that
them in the Church-Assemblies, and there be divisions, &c. When ye come
elsewhere ; for the Edification of together into one place, this is not
one another, and Instruction of to eat the Lord's Supper, &c. where
others : the order how they should fore, my brethren, when ye come
be used, directed ; such Gifts to be together to eat, tarry one for another.
desired for this end. 1 Cor. xi. 17, 18. 20. 33.
Eldad and Medad prophesied in If therefore the whole church be the camp: and there ran a young come together into one place, &c. If man, and told Moses ; and Joshua, all prophecy, &c. How is it then, &c. said, My lord Moses, forbid them:
and Moses said unto him, Enviest and taught diligently the things of thou for my sake? Would God that the Lord, knowing only the baptism all the Lord's people were prophets, of John, &c. whom when Aquila and and that the Lord would put his Priscilla had taught the way of God Spirit upon them!--Numb. xi. 26–29. more perfectly, he did mightily conMark xi. 27, 28.
vince the Jews, and that publickly : Solomon stood before the altar of shewing by the scriptures that Jesus the Lord in the presence of all the was Christ. -Acts xviii. 24-29. congregation, and spread forth his Think soberly, according as God hands toward heaven; and he said, hath dealt to every man the measure Lord God of Israel, &c.—1 Kings of faith. For as we have many memviii. 22, &c.
bers in one body, and all members Jehoshaphat stood in the congre- have not the same office : So we, gation, &c. in the liouse of the Lord, being many, are one body, &c. Harbefore the new court, and said, O ing then gifts differing, according to Lord God of our fathers, are not thou the grace that is given to us, whether God in heaven ? &c.—2 Chron. xx. prophecy, let us prophesy according 4, &c.
- to the proportion of faith, &c. Or he Then they that feared the Lord, that teacheth, on teaching : or he spake often one to another : and the that exhorteth, on exhortation, &c. Lord hearkened, &c. They shall be he that ruleth, with diligence.-Rom. mine, saith the Lord of hosts, &c.— xii. 3—9. Mal. ii. 16, 17.
I myself am also persuaded of you, John said, Master, we saw one my brethren, that ve also are full of casting out devils in thy name, and goodness, filled with all knowledge, he followeth not us, and we forbad able also to admonish one another. him: but Jesus said, Forbid him not; Rom. xv. 14. for there is no man which shall do a I thank my God, &c. that in every miracle in my name, that can lightly thing ye are enriched by him, in all speak evil of me : for he that is not utterance, and in all knowledge. against us, is on our part. Mark ix. 1 Cor. i. 4, 5. 38–40. Luke ix. 50.
Now there are diversities of gifts, The Jews used to have such to but the same Spirit, &c. But the speak in their synagogues, who were manifestation of the Spirit is given either priests, or other officers, as to every man to profit withal. For appears in these instances.-Luke iv. to one is given by the Spirit the word 16--22. Acts xiii. 14—19. xvii. 1-3. of wisdom, to another the word of
There was a great persecution knowledge, &c. to another faith, &c. against the church which was at Je- to another prophecy, &c. But all rusalem: and they were all scattered these worketh that one and the selfabroad, &c. except the apostles, &c. same Spirit, dividing to every man therefore they that were scattered severally, as he will, &c. If the foot abroad, went every where preaching shall say, Because I am not the hand, the word.--Acts viii. 1. 4.
I am not of the body, &c. God hath Now they which were scattered, set the members every one of them &c. when they were come to Antioch, in the body, as it hath pleased him, spake unto the Grecians, preaching &c. Are all apostles ? &c. Have all the Lord Jesus ; and the hand of the the gifts of healing? Do all speak Lord was with them : and a great with tongues ? &c. But covet earnumber believed, and turned unto the nestly the best gifts.- 1 Cor. xii. 4. Lord.-Acts xi. 19-21.
7-11. 15. 18. 28–31. Apollos, &c. an eloquent man, and Desire spiritual gifts, but rather mighty in the scriptures, &c. he spake that ye may prophesy, &c. He that