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have not written unto you, because ye know not the truth : but becaufe ye know it, and that 110 lie is of 'the truth. 22. Who is a liar but he that u denieth that Jesus is the Christ? He is antichrift, that denieth the Father and the Son. 23. Whosoever a denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father: [but] he that badan knowledgeth the Son, hath the Father also. 24. Let that therefore abide in you, c which ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard from the begin ning, shall remain in you, ye also shall d continue in the Son, and in the Father. 25. And this is the e promise that he

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et i Cor, 15. 49. f Phil. 3. Ć HA P. III.

21. + Col. 3. 4. See on Rom. at Joh. 1. 13. See on Rom. 8. 29.

f í Pfal. 16. 11. f 2 Cor. 5. Joh. 15.18, 19. If the World 30 7. See on i Cor. 13. 12. you, ye know that it hated me 3. & See on 1 Thef. 4 3,7. re it hated you. If ye ware of 4.ht i Joh. s 17. See on Rom. World, the world would love 4.15.

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(1) By being born of God, is meant, the having the Heart and Son renewed and changed, the whole Stream of the Affections turned from the Love and Practice of Sin, to the Love and Obedience of God. - B not linning, Ver. 6. and by not committing fin here, is not meant, even deviation or going beside the Law, but the wilful Transgression or Rejeitin of the Law it felf, the living and continuing in a Course of wilful and habitual Sin. A good Man, one who is in a good Degree born of God through the Violence of Tempration, through surprize, or want of Com fideration,may be overtaken with a Fault; but this notwithstanding, such is the inward Disposition of his Soul, such the Temper of his Mind, that he hates and abhors Sin, and he cannot entertain the Thoughts of commit ting it without the utmost Detestation and Horror. And if at any tim he commits a single Act of Sin, he judges and condemns himself for it and bitterly repents of it, as David and St. Peter did, and with great Dilr gence and Application watches against it for the future. He cannot Six that is, he cannot withour great Difficulty be brought to love and delice in it,' he cannot fin withoạt great Trouble and Uneasiness to himsel it being directly contrary to that State in which he is. See more Dr. Whitby's Notes on i 7 ch. 3.8,9.

brother. 11. For this is the * message [Or, commandit] that ye heard a from the beginning, that we should ove one another. 12. Not as c Cain, who was of that ked one, and flew his brother : And wherefore flew him? Because his own works were evil, and his broirs righteous. 13. Marvel not, my brethren, if the rld d hate you. 14. We know that we have passed m death unito life, because we e love the brethren:

that loveth not his brother, abideth in death. 15. hosoever f hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye ow that 3 no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him. · Hereby perceive we the h love of God, because he d down his life for us: and we ought to i lay down

lives for the brethren. 17. But whoso hath this. Irlds good, and seeth his brother k have need, and shuth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth

love of God in him ? 18. My little children,' let us t love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in ith. 19. And hereby we know m that we are of the

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truth, and shall * assure [Gr. perswade] our hearts before him. 20. For if our heart condemn us, n God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things. 21. Beloved, (1) if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence towards God. 22. And whatsoever we pask, we · receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and

9 do those things that are pleasing in his sight. 23. And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Chrift, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. 24. And he that u keepeth

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(1) By Heart here, is meant the Mind, and conscience. The Senle therefore of this place is, If our Consciences, not being feared and har dened by Sin, and being righrly inform’d of the Nature and Extent at our Duty, and afrer a thorough Examination, by comparing our A&ions with the Rule of our Duty, right Reason, and the holy Scriptures, shall ac quit us, and give Testimony that we have fincerely endeavoured to serve and please God, and to approve our selves in his fight, then may we have an humble Confidence towards God, that he will hear and accept 21s: Bur if we have wilfully n gle&ted to inform our Consciences, or if by finning against God, we have laid them ascep, or lived without Examinating our hope and confidence of being accepied by him is deceitful, vain, and presumptuous. Then only have we a reasonable Hope cf receiving what we ask of God, when we keep his Commandments, and do chole thing which are pleasing in his fight. Ver. 22.

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