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how much more shall the blood of every tree of the garden?' The Christ, &c. purge your consciences woman said unto the serpent, We from dead works, to serve the living may eat, &c. but of the fruit of the God ?-Heb. ix. 9. 13, 14.
tree which is in the midst of the The law, having a shadow of good garden, God hath said, Ye shall not things to come, &c. can never, with eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, those sacrifices they offered year by lest ye die. And the serpent said year continually, make the comers unto the woman, Ye shall not surely thereunto perfect : for then would die ; for God doth know, that in the they not have ceased to be offered ; day ye eat thereof, then your eyes because that the worshippers once shall be opened, and ye shall be as purged, should have had no more gods, knowing good and evil. And conscience of sins : but in those sa- when the woman saw that the tree crifices there is a remembrance again was good, &c.—Gen, iii. 1-7. made of sins every year. Let us Satan was a lying spirit, in the draw near, &c. having our hearts mouth of all his prophets, to persuade sprinkled from an evil conscience, &c. Ahab, &c.—1 Kings xxii. 21–23. -Heb. x. 1-3. 22.
2 Chron. xx. 21, 22. We trust we have a good conscience And Satan stood up against Israel, in all things, willing to live honestly. and provoked David to number Israel. -Heb. xiii. 18.
-1 Chron. xxi. 1. 2 Sam. xxiv. 1. This is thankworthy, if a man for Now there was a day, when the conscience toward God endure grief, sons of God came to present themsuffering wrongfully.—1 Pet. ii. 19. selves before the Lord : and Satan
Having a good conscience ; that (or the adversary) came also among whereas they speak evil of you, &c. (or in the midst of) them: and the Baptism doth also now save us : not Lord said unto Satan, Whence comest the putting away the filth of the flesh, thou? Then said he, &c. From but the answer of a good conscience going to and fro in the earth, and toward God, by the resurrection of from walking up and down in it, &c. Jesus Christ.—1 Pet. iii. 16. 21. He said, Doth Job fear God for
Let us not love in word, &c. nought? Hast not thou made an Hereby we know, &c. For if our hedge about him ? &c. Put forth heart condemn us, God is greater thine hand now, and touch all that than our heart, and knoweth all things. he hath, and he will curse thee to thy Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, face, &c. Then Satan, having leave then have we confidence toward God. given him, destroyed all he had.- 1 John iii. 18-22.
Job i. 6, &c. ii. 1-3.
Hast thou considered my servant CHAP. XXVIII.
Job ? &c. still he holdeth fast his in
tegrity, although thou movedst me OF THE DEVIL: OF HIS SUBTILTY BY against him, to destroy him without BIMSELF, AND BY HIS INSTRUMENTS, cause. And Satan answered the Lord, MEN,
TEACHERS, and said, Skin for skin ; yea, all that DECEIVERS, AND SEDUCERS. a man hath will he give for his life:
but put forth thine hand now, and
touch his bone, and his flesh, and he Sect. I. Of Satan, the Devil himself. will curse thee to thy face. And the Now the serpent was more subtil Lord said, He is in thine hand: but than any beast of the field which the (or only) save his life. So went Lord God had made: and he said Satan forth from the presence of the unto the woman, Yea (or because), Lord, and smote Job, &c.—Job ii. hath God said, Ye shall not eat of 3-7.
DESCRIPTION OF THEM.
And he shewed me Joshua the goeth he, and taketh with himself high priest, standing before the angel seven other spirits, more wicked than of the Lord, and Satan standing at himself; and they enter in and dwell his right hand, to resist him. And there : and the last state of that man the Lord said unto Satan, The Lord is worse than the first. --Matt, xii, rebuke thee, O Satan; even the Lord 43–45. that hath chosen Jerusalem, &c. When any one heareth the word of Zech. ii, 1, 2.
the kingdom, and understandeth it Jesus was led up of the spirit into not, then cometh the wicked one, and, the wilderness, to be tempted of the &c. The tares are the children of devil. And when he had fasted, &c. the wicked one : the enemy that the tempter came to him : he said, If soweth them, is the devil.—Matt. xiii. thou be the Son of God, command 19. 38, 39. that these stones be made bread. But Jesus rebuked the devil, and he he answered, and said, It is written, departed out of him, and the child &c. Then the devil taketh him up was cured from that very hour, &c. into the holy city, and setteth him on Howbeit, this kind goeth not out a pinnacle of the temple, and saith but by prayer and fasting.–Matt. xvii. unto him, If thou be the Son of God, 18. 21. cast thyself down : for it is written, Christ suffered not the devils to He shall give his angels charge, &e. speak, because they knew him.Jesus said, It is written again, &c. Mark i. 24, 25. 34. The devil, &c. sheweth him all the Lord, even the devils are subject kingdoms of the world, and the glory unto us through thy name. And he of them; and saith unto him, All said unto them, I beheld Satan as these things will I give thee, if thou lightning, fall from heaven.-Luke x. wilt fall down and worship me, &c. 17, 18. Get thee hence, Satan ; for it is And he was casting out a devil, written, Thou shalt worship the Lord and it was dumb. But some of them thy God; and him only shalt thou said, He casteth out devils through serve.—Matt. iv. 1-19.
Beelzebub, the chief of the devils, &c. When Jesus was come on the other If Satan also be divided against himside, &c. there met him two possessed self, how shall his kingdon stand? with devils, &c. and they cried out, Because ye say, I cast out devils saying, What have we to do with through Beelzebub. But if I by thee, Jesus, thou Son of God? art Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom thou come hither to torment us before do your sons cast them out ? -Luke the time? &c. So the devils be- xi. 14, 15. 17-21. Mark iii. 22, 23. sought him, saying, If thou cast us Ought not this woman, being a out, suffer us to go away into the herd daughter of Abraham, whom Satan of swine. And he said unto them, hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, Go, &c. The whole city came out, be loosed ? &c.-Luke xiii. 16. and besought him that he would de Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath part out of their coasts.--Matt. viii. desired to have you, that he may sift 28-35. Mark v. 2, &c. Luke viii. you as wheat : but I have prayed for 27, &c.
thee, that thy faith fail not.-Luke When the unclean spirit is gone xxii. 31, 32. out of a man, he walketh through Ye are of your father the devil ; dry places, seeking rest, and findeth and the lusts of your father ye will none. Then he saith, I will return do. He was a murderer from the into my house, from whence I came beginning, and abode not in the out: and when he is come, he findeth truth, because there is no truth in it empty, swept, and garnished: then him : when he speaketh a lie, he
speaketh of his own : for he is a liar, your wrath, neither give place to the and the father of it.-John viii. 44. devil.--Eph. iv. 26, 27.
The devil having now put it into Put on the whole armour of God, the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's that ye may be able to stand against son, to betray him, &c. After Jesus the wiles of the devil ; for we wrestle had given the sop to Judas, Satan not against flesh and blood, but against entered into him. --John xiii. 2. 26, principalities, against powers, against 27. Luke xxii. 3.
the rulers of the darkness of this The prince of this world cometh, world, against spiritual wickedness and hath nothing in me.-John xiv. 30. (or wicked spirits) in high places :
When the Spirit is come, he will wherefore, take unto you the whole reprove (or convince) the world of armour of God, &c. above all, taking sin, of righteousness, &c. of judgment, the shield of faith, whereby ye shall because the prince of this world is be able to quench all the fiery darts judged.—John xvi. 8, 9.11. of the wicked one.-Eph. vi. 11-13.
I pray, &c. that thou shouldest 16. keep them from the evil one.—John We would have come unto you, xvii. 15.
even I Paul, once and again, but SaPeter said, Ananias, why hath tan hindered us.—1 Thess. ii. 18. Satan filled thine heart, to lie to the I sent to know your faith, lest by Holy Ghost ? -Acts v. 3.
some means the tempter have temptAnd the God of peace shall bruise ed you.—1 Thess. iii. 5. Satan under your feet shortly.
That wicked one be revealed, &c. Rom. xvi. 20.
whose coming is after the working of Then come together again, lest Satan ; with all power, and signs, and Satan tempt you for your incontinency. lying wonders.--2 Thess. ii. 8, 9. - Cor. vii. 5.
Not a novice, lest, being lifted up Confirm your love toward him, with pride, he fall into the condem&c. lest Satan should get an advan- nation of the devil.-1 Tim. iii. 6. tage of us : for we are not ignorant In meekness instructing those, &c. of his devices.—2 Cor. ii. 8-12. that they may recover themselves out
If our gospel be hid, it is hid to of the snare of the devil, who are them that are lost : in whom the god taken captive (or alive) by him at his of this world hath blinded the minds will.2 Tim. ii. 25, 26. of them which believe not, lest the Through death he might destroy light of the glorious gospel, &c.- him that had the power of death, that 2 Cor. iv. 3, 4.
is, the devil.—Heb. ii. 14. But I fear lest by any means, as
Resist the devil, and he will flee the serpent beguiled Eve through his from you.----James iv. 7. subtilty, so your mind should be cor Be sober, be vigilant; because rupted from the simplicity that is in your adversary the devil, as a roaring Christ, &c. No marvel; for Satan lion, walketh about, seeking whom he himself is transformed into an angel may devour : whom resist, stedof light.—2 Cor. xi. 3. 14. Acts fast in the faith, knowing that the xiii. 10.
same amictions are accomplished in There was given to me a thorn in your brethren.—1 Pet. v. 8, 9. the flesh, the messenger of Satan, to I write unto you, young men, bebuffet me.--2 Cor. xii. 7.
cause ye have overcome the wicked Ye walked, &c. according to the one.--1 John ii. 13, 14. v. 18. 2 Thess. prince of the power of the air, the iii. 3. spirit that now worketh in the chil He that committeth sin is of the dren of disobedience.-Eph. ii. 2. devil; for the devil sinneth from the
Let not the sun go down upon beginning. For this purpose the Son
of God was manifested, that he might the Lord hath not spoken.-Deut. destroy the works of the devil ; not xviii. 22. as Cain, who was of that wicked one, The devil was a lying spirit in the and slew his brother.- 1 John ji. mouth of all the prophets, to deceive 8. 12.
Ahab.—1 Kings xxii. 19, 20. 23. The angels which kept not their Ezek. xiii. 9. first estate (or principalities) he hath The prophets prophesy lies in my reserved in everlasting chains. The name; I sent them not, neither have archangel, when contending with I commanded them, neither spake the devil, he disputed about the body unto them : they prophesy unto you of Moses, durst not bring against him a false vision and divination, and a a railing accusation; but said, The thing of nought, and the deceit of Lord rebuke thee.-Jude 6. 9. their heart.-Jer. xiv. 14, 15.
The devil shall cast some of you Beware of false prophets, which into prison : thou dwellest even where come to you in sheep's clothing, but Satan's seat is.-Rev. ii. 10. 13. inwardly they are ravening wolves ; Them of the synagogue
shall know them by their fruits, &c.—Rey. iii. 9.
&c. We have prophesied in thy name, The angel of the bottomless pit, cast out devils, and done many wonwhose name in the Hebrew tongue is derful works.-Matt. vii. 15,16. 22, 23. Abaddon; but in the Greek Apollyon. Take heed, and beware of the leaven -Rev. ix. 11.
of the Pharisees, &c. of the doctrine of There was war in heaven ; Michael the Pharisees, &c.-Matt.xvi. 6. 11, 12. and his angels fought against the dra Take heed that no man deceive gon, &c. and the great dragon was you : for many shall come in my cast out, that old serpent, called the name, saying, I am Christ; and shall devil, and Satan, which deceiveth deceive many, &c. many false prothe whole world : he was cast out phets shall arise, and shall deceive into the earth, and his angels were many, &c. Then if any shall say cast out with him, &c. The accuser unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there of our brethren is cast down, which is Christ, believe it not: for there accused them before our God, day shall arise false Christs and false proand night, &c. Woe unto the inha- phets, and shall shew great signs and bitants of the earth, and of the sea, wonders; insomuch that, if it were for the devil is come down unto you, possible, they should deceive the very having wrath.-Rev. xii. 7–13. elect. Behold, I have told you be
Three unclean spirits, like frogs, fore: wherefore if they shall say unto came out of the mouth of the dragon, you, Behold, he is in the desert, go
the spirits of devils, working mi- not forth, &c. For as the lightning racles, &c.—Rev. xvi. 13, 14. cometh out of the cast, and shineth
Satan laid hold on, bound, cast into even unto the west, so shall also the the bottomless pit, and sealed up coming of the Son of man be.—Matt. from deceiving, &c. let loose again, xxiv. 4, 5. 11. 23–28. and then cast into the lake of fire and Ye received me not : if another brimstone.-Rev. xx.
shall come in his own name, him ye
will receive.-John v. 43. SECT. 11. The Instruments of Sa
Elymas, &c. seeking to turn away tan ; Seducers, Deceivers, &c.
the deputy from the faith, &c. Paul, Let no man deceive you by any means. &c. said, ó full of all subtilty and all -2 Thess. ii. 3.
mischief! thou child of the devil; When a prophet speaketh in the thou enemy of all righteousness: wilt naine of the Lord, if the thing fol- thou not cease to pervert the right low not, &c. that is the thing which ways of the Lord ?-Acts xiii. 8-11.
Certain men, &c. have troubled you gospel unto you, than that ye have with words subverting your souls, received, let him be accursed.—Gal. saying, &c.—Acts xv. 1. 24.
i. 7-9. After my departure shall grievous False brethren, who came in privily wolves enter in among you, not spar- to spy out our liberty which we have ing the flock : also of your ownselves in Christ Jesus, that they might bring shall men arise, speaking perverse us into bondage; to whom we gave things, to draw away disciples after place by subjection, no not foran hour, them: therefore watch.-Acts xx. that the truth of the gospel might 29–31.
continue with you: but of those who The Sadducees say, That there is no seemed to be, &c.—Gal. ii. 4–6. i resurrection, neither angel, nor spirit. They zealously affect you, but not -Acts xxiji, 8, 9.
well : yea, they would exclude you, Mark them which cause divisions that you might affect them.-Gal. and offences, contrary to the doctrine iv. 17. which ye have received, and avoid As many as desire to make a fair them : for they that are such, serve shew in the flesh, they constrain you not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their to be circumcised, lest they should own belly ; and by good words, and suffer persecution for the cross of fair speeches, deceive the hearts of Christ : for neither they themselves the simple.-- Rom. xvi. 17, 18. who are circumcised keep the law ;
There must be also heresies among but desire to have you circuincised, you, that they which are approved that they may glory in your flesh.-may be made manifest.-1 Cor. xi. 19. Gal. vi. 12, 13. Phil. iii. 2.
How say some among you, that Be no more children, tossed to and there is no resurrection of the dead? fro, and carried about with every
wind - Cor. xv. 12.
of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and We are not as many, which corrupt cunning craftiness, whereby they lie the word of God, &c.—2 Cor. ii. 17. in wait to deceive.--Eph. iv. 14.
Them which desire occasion, &c. This I say, lest any should beguile for such are false apostles, deceitful you with enticing words, &c. Beware, workers; transforming themselves lest any man spoil you through phiinto the apostles of Christ; and no losophy, and vain deceit, after the tramarvel, for Satan himself is trans- dition of men, after the rudiments of formed into an angel of light: there. this world, and not after Christ, &c. fore it is no great thing if his minis- Let no man judge you in meat (or ters be transformed as the ministers for eating), &c. intruding into those of righteousness ; whose end shall things which he hath not seen, &c. be according to their works, &c. Ye and not holding the head, &c. Why suffer fools gladly, seeing ye your- are ye subject to ordinances ? Touch selves are wise : for ye suffer, if a not, &c.-Col. ii. 4. 8. 16–21. man bring you into bondage, if a man Let no man deceive you by any devour you, if a man take of you, if a means, &c. That man of sin, &c. man exalt himself, if a man smite you who opposeth and exalteth himself on the face.—2 Cor. xi. 12–15.19, 20. above all that is called God, or that is
There be some that trouble you, worshipped: so that he, as God, and would pervert the gospel of sitteth in the temple of God, shewing Christ : but though we, or an angel himself that he is God, &c. Then from heaven, preach any other gos- shall that wicked one be revealed, pel unto you, than that which we have whom the Lord shall consume with preached unto you, let him be accurs- the spirit of his mouth, and shall deed: as we said before, so say I now stroy with the brightness of his comagain, If any man preach any other ing; even him whose coming is after