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After the Year of our Lord 90. THAT which was a from the beginning, which

we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have b looked upon, and our c hands have tandled of the word of life ; 2. (For the life was malifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and e shew you, that eternal life f which was with the Father, nd was manifested unto us) 3. That which we have leen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may


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ere uncertain, now of this Opinion, then of that, then again lost in fidelity. Perfons of this Character are described by the Apostle, Eph. 14. as Children toffed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of Doine ; As ever learning, and ncver able to come to the Knowledge of the Truth, Tim. 3. 7. See Bishop Patrick's little Book, Entituled, Search the Scri?res, which I could wish in the Hands of all Christians, it containing many uleful Instructions for the profitable Reading of the Scriptures.

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3. And hereby we do know that we know him, if ve d keep his commandments. 4. · He that saith I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and he truth fis not in him. 5. But whoso . keepeth his vord, h in him verily is the love of God perfe&ted : hereby know we that we are in him. 6. He that faith je k abideth in him, ' ought himself also so to walk, eren as he walked. 7. Brethren, I write no new comnandment unto you, but an old commandment m which ve had from the heginning: the old commandment is he word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8. A. gain, an nei commandment I write unto you, which thing s true in him, and in you: because the darkness is past, ind the P true light now thineth. 9. 9 He that saith he is n the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness ven until now. 10. He that * loveth his brother abideth n the light, and there is s none occasion of stumbling in im. . But he that u hateth his brother, is in darkness, ind a walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he


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goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 12. I write unto you, little childreri, because your fins are forgiven you for his names fake. 13. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. 14. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are C strong, and the d word of God ab deth in you, and ye have e overcome the wicked one. 15. ^ Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. 3 If any man love the world, the love of the Father is, 1100 in him. 16. For all that is in the world, the luft of the flesh, and the h lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not ofthe Father, but is of the world. 17. And the i world pafseth away, and the luft thereof : but he that doth the will of God, abideth for ever. 18. Little k children, 'it is the last time: and as ye have heard that m antichrift fhall come, even now are there many antichrists ; whereby we know that it is the last time. 19. » They went out from us, but they were not of us: for ° if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they ment out, P that they might be made manifest, that they


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ere not all of us. 20. But ye have .an (1) un&tion from the holy One, and s ye know all things. 21. I

have 20.9 + 2 Cor. 1. 21. Now he that is haly, he that is true, he that hich stablisherh us with you, in hath the Key of David. hrist, and hath anointed us, is God. s: Joh. 10.4, 5. --The Sheep Heb. 1, 9.-God, even thy God follow him : for they knom his uth anointed thee with the Oyl of s Voice. And a Stranger will they ladness above thy Fellows. Pfal. not follow, but will flee from 33. 2. It is like the precious Oint him: for they know not the Voice ent upon the Head, that ran down of Strangers. † Joh. 14. 26. The pon the Beard, even Aaron's Comforter, which is the holy eard, and went down to the 10 Ghost, whom the Father will send kirts of his Garment. : Ver. 27. in my Name, he shall teach you all

T: Mar. 1. 24. -- I know thee things, and bring all things to your 'ho thou art, the holy one of God. remembrance, whatsoever I have

Aas 3. 14. Ye denied the holy said unto you. † Joh. 16. 13. le, and the just, and desired a 15 When he, the Spirit of Truth, is lurderer to be granted unto you. come, he will guide you into all ev. 3. 7. -These things faith he Truth. † Ver. 27.

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