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girt about with truth, and having on
God sball reveal even this unto you. the breast-plate of righteousness ; Nevertheless, whereto we have aland your feet shod with the prepa- ready attaineil, let us walk by the ration of the gospel of peace ; above sime lule, let us mind the same all, taking the shield of faith, where- thing. Brethren, be followers 10with ye shall be able to quench all gether of me, and mark them which the fiery darts of the wicked. And walk so as ye have us for an ensamtake the helmet of salvation, and ple. For inany walk, of whom I the sword of the Spirit, which is the have told you often, and now tell word of God : prayiny always with you even weeping, that they are the all prayer and supplication in the enemies of the cross of Christ, whose Spirit, and watching thereunto with end is destruction, whose God is all perseverance and supplication their belly, and whose glory is in for all saints, and for me, that utter- their shame, who mind earthly ance may be given unto me, that I things. For our conversation' is in may open my mouth boldly, to make heaven; from whence also we look known the mystery of the gospel, for for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, which I am an ambassador in bonds: who shall change our vile body, that that therein I may speak boldly, as I it may be fashioned like unto his ought to speak.
glorious body, according to the
working whereby he is able even to Phil. 1 : 9. And this I pray, subdue all things unto himself. that your love may abound yet more and more in knowledge and in all T 4:1. Therefore, my brethren, judgment; that ye may approve dearly beloved and longed for, my things that are excellent; that ye joy and crown, so stand fast in the may be sincere and without offence Lord, my dearly beloved. till the day of Christ, being filled I beseech Euodias, and beseech. with the fruits of righteousness, Syntyche, that they be of the same which are by Jesus Christ, unto the mind in the Lord. And I entreat glory and praise of God.
thee also, true yoke-fellow, help 3:8. I count all things but loss those women which labored with me for the excellency of the knowledge in the gospel, with Clement also, of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom and with other my fellow-laborers, I have suffered the loss of all things, whose names are in the book of life. and do count them but dung, that I Rejoice in the Lord alway: and may win Christ, and be found in again I say, Rejoice! Let your modhim, not having mnipe own righteous- eration be known unto all men. The ness, which is of the law, but that Lord is at hand: be careful for nothwhich is through the faith of Christ, ing ; but in every thing by prayer the righteousness which is of God and supplication with thanksgiving by faith: that I may know him, and let your requests be made known the power of his resurrection, and unto God; and the peace of God, the fellowship of his sufferings, be- which passeth all understanding, ing made conformable unto bis shall keep your hearts and minds death; if by any means I might at- through Christ Jesus. Finally, brethtain unto the resurrection of the ren, whatsoever things are true, dead. Not as though I had already whatsoever things are honest, whatattained, either were already per- soever things are just, whatsoever fect: but I follow after, if that I may things are pure, whatsoever things apprehend that for which also I am are lovely, whatsoever things are of apprehended of Christ Jesus. Breth- good report ; if there be any virren, I count not myself to have ap- tue, and if there be any praise, think prehended: but this one thing I do, on these things ; those things which forgetting those things which are ye have both learned, and received, behind, and reaching forth unto and heard, and seen in me, do : and those things which are before, I the God of peace shall be with you. press toward the mark for the prize Col. 1: 9. For this cause we also, of the high calling of God in Christ since the day we heard it, do not Jesus. Let us therefore, as many cease to pray for you, and to desire as be perfect, be thus minded: and if that ye might be filled with the in any thing ye be otherwise minded, knowledge of his will in all wisdom
and spiritual understanding that ye one another, if any man have a might walk worthy of the Lord unto quarrel against any: even as Christ all pleasing ; being fruitful in every forgave you, so also do ye.). And good work, and increasing in the above all these things put on charity, knowledge of God; strengthened which is the bond of perfectness. with all might, according to his glo- And let the peace of God rule in rious power, unto all patience and your hearts, to the which also ye long-suffering with joyfulness; giv- are called in one body ; and be ye ing thanks unto the Father, which thankful. hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in 11 THESS. 3: 11. Now God himlight, who hath delivered us from self and our Father, and our Lord the power of darkness, and hath Jesus Christ, direct our way unto translated us into the kingdom of you. And the Lord make you to his dear Son. — 21. And you, that increase and abound in love one towere sometime alienated, and ene- ward another, and toward all men, mies in your mind by wicked works, even as we do toward you: to the yet now hath he reconciled in the end he may stablish your hearts unbody of his flesh through death s to blamable in holiness before God, present you holy, and unblamable, even our Father, at the coming of and unreprovable in his sight; if ye our Lord Jesus Christ with all his continue in the faith grounded and saints. settled, and be not moved away 4: 1. Furthermore then we befrom the hope of the gospel, which seech you, brethren, and exhort you ye have heard.
by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have
received of us how ye ought to walk 1 3:1. If ye then be risen with and to please God, so ye would Christ, seek those things which are abound more and more: for ye
know above, where Christ sitteth on the what commandments we gave you right hand of God. Set your affec- by the Lord Jesus. For this is the tion on things above, not on things will of God, even your sanctificaon the earth. For ye are dead, and i tion, that ye should abstain from foryour life is hid with Christ in God. nication : that every one of you When Christ, who is our life, shall should know how to possess his vesappear, then shall ye also appear sel in sanctification and honor, not with him in glory.
in the lust of concupiscence, even Mortify therefore your members as the Gentiles which know not which are upon the earth; fornica- God. tion, uncleanness, inordinate affec- 5: 13. And be at peace among tion, evil concupiscence, and cove- yourselves. tousness, which is idolatry: for which Now we exhort you, brethren, things' sake the wrath of God com- warn them that are unruly, comfort eth on the children of disobedience; the feeble-minded, support the weak, in the which ye also walked some- be patient toward all men, See that time, when ye lived in them : but none render evil for evil unto any now ye also put off all these ; anger, man; but ever follow that which is wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy com- good, both among yourselves, and to munication out of your mouth; lie all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray not one to another, seeing that ye without ceasing. In every thing have put off the old man with his give thanks, for this is the will of deeds, and have put on the new man, God in Christ Jesus concerning you. which is renewed in knowledge after Quench not the Spirit: despise not the image of him that created him: prophesyings. Prove all things ; where there is neither Greek nor hold fast that which is good: abstain Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcis- from all appearance of evil. And ion, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor the very God of peace sanctify you free: but Christ is all, and in all. wholly ; and I pray
God Put on therefore, as the elect of spirit, and soul, and body be preGod, holy and beloved, bowels of served blameless unto the coming of mercies, kindness, humbleness of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is mind, meekness, long-suffering; (for- he that calleth you, who also will bearing one another, and forgiving do it.
Brethren, pray for us. Greet all | God that bringeth salvation hath the brethren with a holy kiss. appeared to all men, teaching us,
4: 6. That no man go beyond that denying ungodliness and worldand defraud his brother in any mat- ly lusts, we should live soberly, ter: because that the Lord is the righteously, and godly, in this presavenger of all such, as we also
ent world ; looking for that blessed have forewarned you and testified. hope, and the glorious appearing of For God hath not called us unto the great God and our Savior Jesus uncleanness, but unto holiness. He Christ; who gave himself for us, therefore that despiseth, despiseth that he might redeem us from all not man, but God who hath also iniquity, and purify unto himself a given unto us his Holy Spirit. peculiar people, zealous of good
1 Tim. 6: 11. But thou, Oman works. These things speak, and of God, flee these things; and fol- exhort, and rebuke with all authorlow after righteousness, godliness, ity. Let no man despise thee. faith, love, patience, meekness. Heb. 6: 1. Therefore leaving the Fight the good fight of faith, lay principles of the doctrine of Christ, hold on eternal life, whereunto thou let us go on unto perfection ; not layart also called, and hast prosessed a ing again the foundation of repentgood profession before many wit- ance from dead works, and of faith
I give thee charge in the toward God, of the doctrine of sight of God, who quickeneth all baptisms, and of laying on of hands, things, and before Christ Jesus, who and of resurrection of the dead, and before Pontius Pilate witnessed a of eternal judgment. good confession, that thou keep this commandment without spot, 1 10: 19. Having therefore, brethunrebukable, until the appearing of ren, boldness to enter into the our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a times he shall show, who is the new and living way, which he hath blessed and only. Potentate, the consecrated for us, through the vail, King of kings, and Lord of lords ; (that is to say, his flesh ;) and bavwho only hath immortality, dwell- ing a high-priest over the house of ing in the light which no man can God; let us draw near with a trne approach into: whom man heart, in full assurance of faith, hath seen, nor can see; to whom having our hearts sprinkled from be honor and power everlasting. an evil conscience, and our bodies Amen.
washed with pure water.
hold fast the profession of our faith, ĩ Titus 2: 1. But speak thou the without wavering ; (for he is faiththings which become sound doc- ful that promised ;) and let us contrine : that the aged men be sober, sider one another, to provoke unto grave, temperate, sound in faith, in love, and to good works: not forcharity, in patience; the aged wo- saking the assembling of ourselves men likewise, that they be in beha- together, as the manner of some is; vior as becometh holiness, not false but exhorting one another: and so accusers, not given to much wine, much the more, as ye see the day teachers of good things ; that they approaching. may teach the young women to be i Peter 4: 1. Forasmuch then sober, to love their husbands, to love as Christ hath suffered for us in the their children, to be discreet, chaste, flesh, arm yourselves likewise with keepers at home, good, obedient to the same inind ; (for he that hath their own husbands, that the word suffered in the flesh hath ceased of God be not blasphemed. Young from sin ;) that he no longer should men likewise, exhort to be sober- live the rest of his time in the flesh minded. In all things showing thy- to the lusts of men, but to the will self a pattern of good works: in of God. For the time past of our doctrine showing uncorruptness, life may suffice us to have wrought gravity, sincerity, sound speech that the will of the Gentiles, when we cannot he condemned ; that he that walked in lasciviousness, lusts, exis of the contrary part may be cess of wine, revellings, banquetashamed, having no evil thing to say ings, and abominable idolatrjes; of you. – 11. For the grace of wherein they think it strange that
ye run not with them to the same hath forgotten that he was purged excess of riot, speaking evil of you: from his old sins. — 12. Wherewho shall give account to him that fore I will not be negligent to put is ready to judge the quick and the you always in remembrance of dead. For, for this cause was the these things, though ye know them, gospel preached also to them that and be established in the present are dearl, that they might be judged truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long according to men in the flesh, but as I am in this tabernacle, to stir live according to God in the spirit. you up by putting you in remem
But the end of all things is at brance ; knowing that shortly I must hand: be ye therefore sober, and put off this my tabernacle, even as watch unto prayer.
And above all our Lord Jesus Christ bath showed things have fervent charity among Moreover, I will endeavor yourselves; for charity shall cover that ye may be able, after my dethe multitude of sins. Use hospital- cease, to have these things always ity one to another without grudg- in remembrance. ing. As every man bath received the gift, even so minister the same 1 3: 1. This second epistle, beone to another, as good stewards of loved, I now write unto you; in the manifold grace of God.
both which I stir up your pure If any man speak, let him speak minds by way of remembrance; as the oracles of God; if any man that ye may be mindful of the words minister, let him do it, as of the which were spoken before by the ability which God giveth: that God holy prophets, and of the comin all things may be glorified through mandinent of us the Apostles of the Jesus Christ; to whom be praise Lord and Savior. — 11. Seeing then and dominion forever and ever! that all these things shall be disAmen.
solved, what manner of persons
ought ye to be, in all holy conver15: 6. Humble yourselves there- sation and godliness, looking for fore under the mighty hand of God, and hasting unto the coming of the that he may exalt you in due time. day of God?-14. Wherefore, beCasting all your care upon him; loved, seeing that ye look for such for he careth for you.
things, he diligent that ye may be Be sober, be vigilant; because found of him in peace, without spot your adversary, the Devil, as and blameless. roaring lion, walketh about, seeking 1 John 1: 6. If we say that we whom he may devour: whom resist, have fellowship with him, and walk steadfast in the faith, knowing that in darkness, we lie, and do not the the same afflictions are accomplish- truth: but if we walk in the light, ed in your brethren that are in the as he is in the light, we have fellowworld. But the God of all grace, ship one with another, and the blood who hath called us unto eternal of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye from all sin, If we say that we have suffered awhile, make you have no sin, we deceive ourselves, perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle and the truth is not in us. you. To him be glory and domin- Heb. 12: 1. Wherefore, seeing ion forever aud ever! Amen. we also are compassed about with so
2 Peter 1:15. And besides this, great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay giving all diligence, add to your aside every weight, and the sin faith, yirtue ; and to virtue, knowl- which doth so easily beset us, and edge; and to knowledge, temper- let us run with patience the race ance; and to temperance, patience ; that is set before us, looking unto and to patience, godliness; and to Jesus, the author and finisher of our godliness, brotherly kindness; and faith ; who, for the joy that was set to brotherly kindness, charity. For before him, endured the cross, desif these things be in you, and abound, pising the shame, and is set down at they make you that ye shall neither the right hand of the throne of God. be barren nor unfruitful in the For consider him that endured such knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. contradiction of sinners against himBut he that lacketh these things is self, lest ye be wearied and faint in blind, and cannot see afar off, and your minds. - 12. Wherefore lift
up the hands which hang down, and which in time past were not a peothe feeble knees; and make straight ple, but are now the people of God: paths for your feet, lest that which which had not obtained mercy, but is lame be turned out of the way: now have obtained mercy. but let it rather be healed. Follow Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as peace with all men, and holiness, strangers and pilgrims, abstain from without which no man shall see the fleshly lusts, which war against the Lord; looking diligently, lest any soul; having your conversation honman fail of the grace of God ; lest est among the Gentiles: that, whereany root of bitterness springing up, as, they speak against you as eviltrouble you, and thereby many be doers, they may by your good works, defiled: Iest there be any fornicator, which they shall behold, glorify God or profane person, as Esau, who for in the day of visitation. one morsel of meat sold his birth- 3: 8.
Finally, be ye all of one right. For ye know how that after- mind, having compassion one of ward, when he would have inherited another ; love as brethren, be pitthe blessing, he was rejected: for iful, be courteous; not rendering he found no place of repentance, evil for evil, or railing for railing: though he sought it carefully with but contrariwise, blessing; knowing
that ye are thereunto called, that ye 1 PETER 2: 1. Wherefore, laying should inherit a blessing. For he aside all malice, and all guile, and that will love life, and see good hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil- days, let him refrain his tongue from speakings, as new-born babes, desire evil, and his lips that they speak no the sincere milk of the word, that guile: let him eschew evil, and do ye may grow thereby: if so be ye good; let him seek peace and ensue have tasted that the Lord is gracious. | it. For the eyes of the Lord are To whom coming as unto a living over the righteous, and his ears are stone, disallowed indeed of men, but open unto their prayers: but the face chosen of God, and precious, ye of the Lord is against them that do also, as lively stones, are built up a evil. And who is he that will harm spiritual house, an holy priesthood, you, if ye be followers of that which to offer up spiritual sacrifices, ac- is good? But and if ye suffer for ceptable to God by Jesus Christ. righteousness' sake, happy are ye;
1: 13. Wherefore gird up the and be not afraid of their terror, loins of your mind, be sober, and neither be troubled; but sanctify the hope to the end for the grace that is Lord God in your hearts. to be brought unto you at the reve- 2 Peter 3: 17. Ye therefore belation of Jesus Christ; as obedient loved seeing ye 'know these things children, not fashioning yourselves before, beware, lest ye also, being according to the former lusts in your led away with the error of the wickignorance ; but as he which hath ed, fall from your own steadfastness. called you is holy, so be ye holy in B grow in grace and in the knowlall manner of conversation ; because edge of our Lord and Savior Jesus it is written, Be ye holy ; for I am Christ. holy.
T 2: 7. Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious : but unto § 6. DUTY TO RESIST TEMPTATION. them which be disobedient,
The stone which the builders disallowed, I. Spirits have Access to our Minds, The saine is made the head of the corner,
and Influence over them. and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which
1. Good Spirits. stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were Mar. 18: 10. Take heed that ye appointed. But ye are a chosen despise not one of these little ones ; generation, a royal priesthood, a
for I say unto you that in heaven holy nation, a peculiar people ; that their angels do always behold the ye should show forth the praises of face of my Father which is in him who hath called you out of heaven. darkness into his marvellous light; HEB. 1: 14. Are they not all