few, that is, eight souls were saved by water. I6

21 The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, p but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) 9 by the resurrection of Jesus Christ :

22 Who is gone into heaven, and 'is on the right hand of God; s angels and authorities and powers being made subject unto him.

CHAP. IV. 1 He exhorteth them to cease from sin by the example of Christ, and

the consideration of the general end that now approacheth ; 12 and comforteth then against persecution. FORASMUCH then as Christ hath a suffered

16 carried safely through the water. Dod. and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood. In the selfsame day entered Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them, into the ark. do. viii. 18: Noah went forth, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him. 2 Pet. ii. 5: And spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness, bringing in the flood upon the world of the ungodly.

See on John, iii. 3, 5. P Acts, viii. 37: And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Rom. X. 10: With the heart man believeth unto righteousness ; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.

91 Pet.i. 3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

* Rom. viii. 34: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. See on Mat. xxii. 44.

s1 Cor. xv. 24: Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power. See on Rom. viii. 38.

CHAP. IV. a 1 Pet. iii. 18. See on Heb. vii. 27.

for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the b same mind : for Che that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin;

2 . That he no longer should live, the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, e but to the will of God.

3 For the time past of our life may fsuffice us to have & wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries :

4 Wherein they think it - strange that ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, i speaking evil of you :

. profusion of riot. Dod. extravagant luxury. Pu. o Phi. ii. 5: Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus.

Col. iji. 5: Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth ; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry. See on Rom. vi. 2, 4, 7.

d1 Per. i. 14: As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance. See on Rom. vi. 4, 11.

• John, i. 13: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. James, i. 18: Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth. See on Rom. vi. 11.

f Ezek. xliv. 6: Thus saith the Lord God; O ye house of Israel, let it suffice you of all your abominations. do. xlv. 9 : Thus saith the Lord God; Let it suffice you, O princes of Israel : remove violence and spoil, and execute judgment and justice, take away your exactions from my people, saith the Lord Gon. Acts, xvii. 30: The times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent.

§ 1 Thes. iv.5: Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God. 1 Pet. i. 14 : The words under ver. 2. See on 1 Cor. vi. 11.

b Isa. viii. 18: Behold, I and the children whom the LORD hath given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel.

11 Pet. iii. 16. See on Acts, xiii. 45.

See on Rohis own or of the win born, no

5 Who shall give account to him that is ready to 'judge the m quick and the dead. .6 For for this cause was the Gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.2

7 But the end of all things is at hand : be ye therefore Psober, and a watch unto prayer.3 . 8. And above all things have "fervent4 charity 5 among yourselves : for s charity shall cover 6 the multitude of sins.?

2 judged to the flesh according to men, but live to the spirit according to God. Ham. 3 But the end of all shall approach. Be wise, therefore, and watch in prayers. Rh. 4 mutual. Rh. 5 love. Co. Ma. Cr. Bi. Gen. Br. Rh. Dod. We. Pu. 6 will cover. A.V. ? many sins. Br.

* Rom. xiv. 10: But why dost thou judge thy brother? or why dost thou set at nought thy brother? for we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. JAMES, v. 9: Behold, the judge standeth before the door.

See on Acts, X. 42. m 1 Cor. xv. 51, 52: Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed ; in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. . See on John, v. 15; and on 1 Pet. iii. 19.

• 1 John, ii. 18: Little children, it is the last time : and as ye have heard that antichrist shall conie, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. · See on 1 Cor. vii. 29. · PLUKE, xxi. 34: And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 1 Pet. i. 13: Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 PET. v. 8. See on Mat. xxvi. 41.

9 Luke, xxi. 36: Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. See on Mat. xxvi. 41. ! See on John, xiii. 34 s See on 1 Cor. xiii. 4, 7.

9 Use hospitality one to another u without grudging.

10 As every man hath 'received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, was good stewards' of the * manifold 10 grace of God.

11 If y any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God; 2 if any man minister," let him do it as of the ability which God giveth: that God in all things may be glorified a through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

8 murmurings. Ham. o ministers. Ma. Cr, dispensers. Rh. 10 various. Ham. 11 distribute. Ham.

. See on Rom. xii. 13.

u 2 Cor. ix. 7: Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity : for God loveth a cheerful giver. PHILE. 14: But without thy mind would I do nothing ; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly. See on 1 Cor. x. 10.

See on I Cor. iv. 7. w Mat. xxv. 14, &c: For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods, &c. . 1 Cor. iv. 1, 2: Let a man so account of us, as of the ministers of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful. See on 1 Cor. iv.2.

* 1 Cor. xii. 4: There are diversities of gifts, but the same spirit. Eph. iv. 11: He gave some, apostles ; and some, pro• phets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.

y Jer, xxiii. 22 : But if they had stood in my counsel, and had caused my people to hear my words, then they should have turned them from their evil way, and from the evil of their doings.

2 Rom. xii. 6–8: Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith ; or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; or he that exhorteth, on exhortation. 1 Cor. iii. 10: According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon.

a 1 Cor. x. 31: Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God. See on Rom. i. 8.

b See on Rom. xvi. 27.

12 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:

13 But à rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings ; that, 'when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.

14 If ye be 6 reproached for the name of Christ, happy are ye ; for the spirit of glory and of God resteth upon you : "on their part he is evil spoken of, but on your part he is glorified.

15 But let none of you suffer as a murderer, c See on 1 Cor. iii. 13. d See on Acts, v. 41.

e 2 Cor. i. 7: And our hope of you is stedfast, knowing that as ye are partakers of the sufferings, so shall ye be also of tbe consolation. Phi. iii. 10: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death. Col. i. 24 : Who now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh for his body's sake, which is the Church. 1 Pet. v. 1, 10. See on Acts, xiv. 22.

1 Cor. i. 7: Waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thes. i. 7: The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels. 1 Pet.i, 5, 6: Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.

82 Cor. xii. 10: Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake : for when I am weak, then am I strong. JAMES, i. 12 : Blessed is the man that endureth temptation : for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. 1 Pep. iii. 14. See on Heb. xi. 26.

1 Pet. ii. 12: Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles : that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation. do. iii. 16.

1 Pet. ii. 20 : What glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently?

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