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thou believest not my words, which Sect. v. The Dangerous State and shall be fi
and shall be fulfilled, &c.—Luke i. 20. : Issue of Unbelief.
The Son of man, when he cometh, Tue old world, though informed of shall he find faith on the earth? the flood by Noah, yet, because of un- Luke xviii., 8. belief, was destroyed by it.-Gen. But those mine enemies, which vi. vii.
would not that I should reign over - When Lot had told his sons-in-law, them, bring hither, and slay them that God would destroy the city, and before me.—Luke xix, 27. John v. had advised them to get out, they be- 40. 43. lieved him not; and were destroyed He that believeth not, is condemned in tlie overthrow.-Gen. xix. 12–14. already: because he hath not believed 25. Exod. ix. 19. 21. 25.
in the name of the only begotten Son • How long will it be ere they believe of God, &c. He that believeth not me?' I will smite them.-Numb, xiv. the Son, shall not see life; but the 11, 12.
wrath of God abideth on him.-John I will hide my face, &c. for they iii. 18. 36.. are children in whom is no faith.- : Verily, verily, I say unto you, Deut. xxxii. 20.
except ye eat the flesh of the Son of • The lord, in Samaria, because he man, and drink his blood, ye have no believed not the word of God con- life in you.—John vi. 53. cerning relief of provision then in the I said therefore unto you, That ye sore famine as God had spoken, was shall die in your sins; for if ye bethreatened, that he should not eat lieve not that I am he, ye shall die in thereof; and accordingly was trod to your sins.-John viii. 24. death; and saw it, but did not eat. Ye believe not, because ye are not 2 Kings vii. 1, 2. 17–20.
of my sheep; as I said unto you, My A fire was kindled against Jacob, sheep hear my voice, &c.—John x. and anger also came up against Israel, 26, 27. v. 38. because they believed not in God, : If any man hear my words, and and trusted not in his salvation.-Ps. believe 'not, &c. He that rejectlxxviii. 21, 22.
eth me, and receiveth not my words, • Woe unto thee, &c. for if the hath one that judgeth him; the word mighty works, &c. had been done in that I have spoken, the same shall Tyre, &c. they would have repented, judge him in the last day. - John &c.—Matt. xi. 21. 23.
xii. 47, 48. He did not many mighty works If a man abide not in me, he is there, because of their unbelief. cast forth as a branch, and is witherMatt. xiii. 58. .
. ed; and men gather them and cast · Peter began to sink through unbe- them into the fire, and they are burnlief. Jesus said unto him, O thou of ed.-John xv. 6. little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? He will reprove the world of sin, —Matt. xiv. 29–31. Luke xxii. 31–34. &c. Of sin, because they believe not
He appeared unto the eleven, and on me.-John xvi. 8, 9. upbraided them with their unbelief Beware therefore, lest that come and hardness of heart; because they upon you, &c. Behold, ye despisers, believed not them who had seen him and wonder, and perish: for I work after he was risen, &c. But he that a work in your days, a work which believeth not shall be damned.-Mark you shall no wise believe, though a xvi. 14. 16.
man declare it unto you.--Acts xiii. Thou shalt be dumb, and not able 40, 41. to speak, until the day that these How shall they call on him, whom things shall be performed: because they have not believed ?-Rom. x. 14. Well, because of unbelief they were 18, 19. Numb. xiv. 21–23. Ps. broken off; and thou standest by cvi. 24–26. faith, &c. God spared not the natu- The word preached did not profit ral branches, &c.-Rom. xi. 20, 21. them; not being mixed with faith (or
He that doubteth, is damned if he because they were not united by faith eat, because he eateth not of faith: to it) in them that heard it. They to for whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. whom it was first preached (or, the -Rom. xiv. 23.
gospel was first preached) entered The Lord Jesus shall be revealed not in, because of unbelief.-Heb. from heaven, taking vengeance on iv. 2. 6. them, &c. that obey not the gospel of If we sin, &c. there remaineth no our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be more sacrifice, &c. but a certain fear-, punished with everlasting destruction, ful looking for of judgment and fiery &c.--2 Thess. i. 7, 8.
indignation, &c. The just shall live Antichrist shall prevail upon such by faith : but if any man draw back, who shall perish; because they re- my soul shall have no pleasure in him. ceived not the love of the truth (or But we are not of them that draw back the truth in the love thereof) that unto perdition, but of them that bethey might be saved. And for this lieve unto the saying of the soul. cause God shall send them strong de- Heb. x. 26–29. 38, 39. lusion, that they should believe a lie; · Without faith it is impossible to that they all might be damned who please God: for he, &c.—Heb. xi. 6. believed not the truth, but had plea- See that ye refuse not him that sure in unrighteousness.—2 Thess. ii. speaketh. For if they escaped not, 8-12.
who refused him that spake on earth; Holding faith, &c. which some hav- much more shall not we escape, if we ing put away, concerning faith have turn away from him that speaketh. made shipwreck; of whom is Hyme- from heaven.-Heb. xii. 25. neus and Alexander, whom I have de- Let him ask in faith, &c. for he, livered unto Satan, that being chas- that wavereth is like, &c. Let not tised, they may learn not to blas- that man think he shall receive, &c., pheme.—1 Tim. i. 19, 20.
-James i. 5-7. Unto them that are defiled and un- Unto you which believe, he is very believing, is nothing pure, but even precious; but unto them which be their mind and conscience is defiled. disobedient, the stone which the -Titus i. 15.
builders disallowed, the same is made If the word spoken by angels was the head of the corner: and a stone stedfast, and every transgression and of stumbling, and a rock of offence to disobedience received a just recom- them which stumble at the word, bepense of reward : how shall we es- ing disobedient; whereunto also they cape, if we neglect so great salvation, were appointed.—1 Pet. ii. 7, 8. which at the first began to be spoken What shall the end be of them that by the Lord ? &c.—Heb. ii. 2, 3. obey not the gospel of God ?-1 Pet.
I sware in my wrath, they shall iv. 17, 18. not (or if they shall) enter into my He that believeth not God, hath rest. Take heed, brethren, lest there made him a liar, because he believeth be in any of you an evil heart of un- not the record that God gave of his belief, in departing from the living Son; and this is the record, That God. And to whom sware he, that God hath given to us eternal life, and they should not enter into his rest, this life is in his Son, &c. He that but to them that believed not? So hath not the Son, hath not life.we see, that they could not enter in, 1 John v. 10-12 because of unbelief.--Heb. iii. 11, 12. The fearful and unbelieving, &c. shall have their part in the lake which If a man think himself to be someburneth with fire and brimstone, thing, when he is nothing, he dewhich is the second death.-Rev.xxi.8. čeiveth himself.-Gal. vi. 3. 7.
He that despised Moses' law, died Doth a fountain send forth at the without mercy, &c. Of how much same place sweet water and bitter? sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall Can the fig-tree, my brethren, bear he be thought worthy, who hath olive-berries ? either a vine, figs ? So trodden under foot the Son of God ?- can no fountain both yield salt-water Heb. x. 28, 29.
and fresh. Who is a wise man, and
endued with knowledge amongst you? CHAP. X.
let him shew out of a good conversaTHE CHARACTER OF SAINTS, GOOD tion, his works with meekness and MEN, AND BELIEVERS, APPEARING wisdom. But if ye have bitter envyIN WORD AND DEED.
ing, &c. this wisdom descendeth not
from above, but is earthly, sensual, SECT. I. That such may be known devilish james sucia from others by their Fruits. We
Be ready always to give an answer should try.
to every man that asketh you a reaSEARCH me, O God, and know my son of the hope that is in you, with heart: try me, and know my thoughts. meekness and fear.—1 Pet. iii. 15. -Ps. cxxxix. 23, 24.
Let every man prove his own work, · Let us search and try our ways, and then shall he have rejoicing in and turn again unto the Lord.-Lam. himself alone, &c.—Gal. vi. 4. iii. 40. * 'Ye shall know them by their fruits: Secr, 11. Of the particular Fruits do men gather grapes of thorns ? &c. . of the Spirit which are indispensa-Matt. vij. 16, &c.
bly necessary to real Saints. The tree is known by his fruit. ( A good man out of the good treasure generation of vipers, how can ye, be- of his heart bringeth forth that which ing evil, speak good things! for out is good, &c.—Luke vi. 45. of the abundance of the heart the And Enoch walked with God, &c. mouth speaketh. A good man, out three hundred years, &c. and Enoch of the good treasure of his heart, walked with God, and was not, &c. bringeth forth good things : and an (or, walked according to God conevil man, out of the evil treasure, tinually).-Gen. v. 22. 24. bringeth forth evil things.—Matt. xii. Noah was a just man, and perfect 33–35. John iii. 6. Luke vi. 43–45. in his generations ; and Noah walked
Ye cannot serve God and mammon, with God. Gen. vi. 9. &c. That which is highly esteemed And the Lord said unto Noah, among men, is abomination, &c.- Come, &c. for thee have I seen righLuke xvi. 13. 15.
teous before me in this generation, Some have not the knowledge of &c. And Noah did according unto God, I speak this to your shame.- all that God commanded him.-Gen. 1 Cor. xv. 34.
vii. 1. 5. . Examine yourselves whether ye be Abraham went into a strange place in the faith: prove your own selves; out of his own country, when God know ye not your own selves, how bid him.-Gen, xii. 144. that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye And Abraham said unto Lot, Let be reprobates ?-2 Cor. xiii. 5. Gal. there be no 'strife, I pray thee, be-' vi. 4. Ps. iv. 4.
tween me and thee, for we be breNow if any man have not the Spirit thren. Is not the whole land before of Christ, he is none of his.-Rom. thee? If thou wilt take the left hand, viii. 9.
i then I will go to the right; or if thou
depart to the right hand, then I will nation, and mightier than they. And go to the left.-Gen. xiii. 8, 9. Moses said unto the Lord, Then the
And the angel of the Lord said, Egyptians shall hear it (for thon Abraham, &c. for now I know that broughtest up this people in thy might thou fearest God, seeing thou hast from among them), and they will tell not withheld thy son, thine only be- it to the inhabitants of this land; for gotten son from me.-Gen. xxii. 11, they have heard, that thou, Lord, art 12. xviii. 19.
.. among this people, &c. Now, if thou The saints are grieved at the wick- shalt kill all this people as one man, edness of men.-Gen. xxxiv. 7. Neh. then the nations which have heard xiji. 8. Jer. ix. 1, 2. xiii. 17. the fame of thee, will speak, saying,
When Joseph's mistress tempted Because the Lord was not able to him to sin, he said, How then can I bring this people into the land which do this great wickedness, and sin he sware unto them, therefore he against God?-Gen. xxxix. 9. hath slain them in the wilderness,
When Pharaoh said unto Joseph, &c.-Numb. xiv. 12, &c. Deut. ix. I have heard say of thee, thou canst 26–28. understand a dream to interpret it: When God had told Moses that he Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, must die, Moses prays for Israel : It is not in me, God shall give Pha- Let the Lord, the God of the spirits raoh an answer of peace.-Gen. xli. of all fesh, set a man over the con15, 16. xl. 8.
gregation, which may go out before • The midwives feared God, and them. &c. that the congregation of obeyed not the king's command to the Lord be not as sheep which have kill the male children. -- Exod. i. no shepherd, &c. And he appointed 16, 17.
Joshua.-Numb. xxvii. 12-18. And the Lord said unto Moses, I He exhorts Israel at large to cleave have seen this people, &c. Now let to the Lord, when he was to die.me alone, that my wrath may wax Deut. iv. 22, &c. hot against them, and I will make of When Israel fell before Ai, &c. thee a great nation. And Moses be- Joshua said, O Lord, what shall I sought the Lord, saying, Wherefore say when Israel turneth their backs should the Egyptians say, For mis- before their enemies? For the Cachief did he bring them out, to slay naanites and all the inhabitants of them in the mountains, &c. Remem- the land shall hear, &c. and what wilt ber Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy thou do unto thy great name?--Joshua servants, to whom thou swarest by vii. 4-6. 8, 9. Joel ii. 17. thine own self, &c. Now if thou Choose, &c. whom you will serve, wilt forgive their sins : and if not, I &c. But as for me and my house, pray thee blot me out of thy book we will serve the Lord. Joshua which thou hast written.-Exod. xxxii. xxiv. 15. 9-13. 32.
Eli, when he heard the ark of the When Moses was told that Eldad Lord was taken, fell backward and and Medad did prophesy in the camp, died: and his daughter-in-law cried and his servant had said to him, My out, The glory is departed from Islord Moses forbid them; Moses said rael, because the ark of God was unto him, Enviesi thou for my sake? taken. Yet she was not so much Would God that all the Lord's people concerned at the news of her huswere prophets, and that the Lord band's death, and herself being near would put his Spirit upon them.- death at the same time. -1 Sam. iv. Numb. xi. 26–-29.
17-22. . God said unto Moses, I will smite David's heart smote him, because them, &c. and make of thee a greater he cut off Saul's skirt.-1 Sam. xxiv. 5. When David's wife had blamed him Job, a man perfect and upright, for dancing before the ark, he told one that feareth God, escheweth evil. her, It was before the Lord, &c. 1 - Job i. 1. 8. xxxi. 13, &c. xxix. will play before the Lord, and I will 12, 13. yet be more vile than thus, and will His delight is in the law of the be base in mine own sight.—2 Sam. Lord; and in his law doth he medivi. 20—22.
tate day and night ; he shall be like When king David sat in his house, a tree planted by the rivers of water. and the Lord had given him rest - Ps. i. 2, 3. xcii. 12–14. Job round about from all his enemies; the xxiii. 12. king said unto Nathan the prophet, Who shall ascend into the hill of See now I dwell in an house of cedar; the Lord ? and who shall stand in his but the ark of God dwelleth within holy place? He that hath clean hands curtains, &c.—2 Sam. vii. 145. and a pure heart; who hath not lift
Uriah said unto David, The ark, up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn and Israel, and Judah, abide in tents; deceitfully, &c. This is the generaand my lord Joab, and the servants of tion of them that seek him, that seek my lord are encamped in the open thy face, &c.-Ps. xxiv. 346. xy. 1.2. field; shall I then go into mine house I have loved the habitation of thy to eat and to drink, and to lie with house, and the place where thine homy wife? &c. I will not do this nour dwelleth.-Ps. xxvi. 8, thing.-2 Sam. xi, 11. .
Seek ye my face; my heart said I have kept the ways of the Lord, unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. and have not wickedly departed from –Ps. xxvii. 8. . my God: for all his judgments were The righteous sheweth mercy, and before me: and as for his statutes, I giveth, &c. is ever merciful and lenddid not depart from them. I was' eth, &c. The mouth of the righteous also upright before (or to) him: and speaketh wisdom, and his tongue have kept myself from mine iniquity. talketh of judgment: the law of his -2 Sam. xxii. 22—24. . . God is in his heart.—Ps. xxxvii. 21.
And David's heart smote him, after 26. 30–32. cxii. 5. that he had numbered the people. My tongue also shall talk of thy. And David said unto the Lord, I have righteousness all the day long.-Ps. sinned greatly, &c. And the Lord lxxi. 24. cxix. 46. sent a pestilence upon Israel for it, How amiable are thy tabernacles, &c. And David said, Lo, I have O Lord, &c. My soul longeth, yea, sinned ; I have done wickedly; but even fainteth for the courts of the these sheep, what have they done? Lord : my heart and my flesh crieth let thine hand be against me, and out for the living God, &c. For a day against my father's house.—2 Sam. in thy courts is better than a thousand : xxiv. 10. 15. 17. 1 Sam. xxiv.5. I had rather be a door-keeper in the
When Josiah heard the book of the house of my God, than to dwell in law, he rent his clothes, &c. and his the tents of wickedness.-Ps. Ixxxiv. heart was tender, &c.—2 Kings xxii, 1, 2. 10. 11. 13. 18, 19. Ezra ix. 4.
Thou shalt arise and have mercy, Esther, when the Jews were in upon Zion, &c. for thy servants take danger by Haman, ventured her life, pleasure in her stones, and favour, and all for their security; she said, the dust thereof.-Ps. cii. 13, 14. Go fast ye for me, &c. I also, and He shall not be afraid of eviltidings; my maidens will fast likewise : and his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. so will I go unto the king, which is - Ps. cxii. 7. not according to the law; and if I I have rejoiced in the way of thy perish, I perish.--Esther iv. 16. testimonies as much as in all riches,