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come to honour, and he knoweth it not: and they are brought low, but he perceiveth it not of them. -Job xiv. 19–21.

My goodness extendeth not to thee: but to the saints that are in the earth.-Ps. xvi. 2, 3.

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But the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten also their love and their hatred, and their envy is now perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.-Eccles. ix. 5, 6.

Doubtless, thou art our father; though Abraham be ignorant of us and Israel acknowledge us not.-Isa. lxiii. 16.

CHAP. LXXIX.

OF OUR LORD'S KINDRED ACCORDING TO THE FLESH.

I AM become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother's children, &c.-Ps. lxix. 8.

Then Joseph, &c. took unto him his wife, and knew her not till she had brought forth her first-born son. -Matt. i. 24, 25.

out, desiring to speak with thee.Matt. xii. 46, 47. Mark iii. 31—35. Is not this the carpenter's son? Is not his mother called Mary? and his brethren, James, and Joses, and Simon, and Judas? and his sisters, are not they with us? Whence then hath this man these things?—Matt. xiii. 55, 56.

She brought forth her first-born son, &c. When Jesus was twelve years old, Joseph and his mother went up to Jerusalem; and returning back, missed him, &c. They sought him amongst their kinsfolk and acquaintance, &c.-Luke ii. 7. 42-44. Matt. i. 25.

After this he went down to Capernaum; he, and his mother, and his brethren, and his disciples; and they continued there not many days.— John ii. 12.

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His brethren therefore said unto him, Depart hence, and go into Judea, &c. For neither did his brethren believe in him, &c. But when his brethren were gone up, then went he also up unto the feast, &c.-John vii. 3-5. 8-10.

These all continued with one accord, &c. with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren.-Acts i. 14.

I went up to Jerusalem to see Peter, &c. But other apostles saw I none, save James, the Lord's brother.

While he yet talked to the people, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand with--Gal. i. 18, 19.

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Comforts arising from them, ib.
Believers privilege and advantage, ib.
Render man happy and blessed, ib.
The notice God takes of them; said to
be afflicted with them, ib.

When greatest, then generally is deli-
verance nearest, and most wonder-
ful, ib.

Intended for good in the end, ib.
Shall have an end, God will deliver, ib.
Have been the lot of Christ and his
saints, ib.
Almightiness of God, 2.
All-sufficiency of God, ib.

Altars before the law, 43.

Anger in general, 14.
Anger amongst brethren, 15.

Its bounds and cure, ib.
Prohibited, 17.

Even toward enemies, 20.

Ambition. See Humility, and World.
Amity. See Love to saints, and all men.
Angels, 39.

Acknowledge him in our troubles, 20.
Acknowledge sin in general, 14.
In affliction, 20.

Acknowledge it to one another, 15.
Acts of churches as such, 25.
Add not to the afflictions of others, 20.
Adhere to God stedfastly, 14.
Admire God and Christ, ib.
Admonish one another, 15.
Advantage of afflictions, 20.

Advantage of true wisdom. See Wise Men. Authority of the scriptures, 1.

Advocate Jesus, 6.
Adultery, 60.

Affections of believers each to other, 15.
Affiance. See Trust in God.
Afflictions in general, 20.
Afflictions the birthright of all, ib.

Have been the portion of believers, ib.
Sent from God immediately, ib.
From wicked men, ib.
From formal professors, ib.
Why sent, ib.

Antichrist, 73.

Appearance of evil to be avoided, 14.
Apostacy. See Perseverance.
Apostacy, to be watched against, 14.
Apostacy, to call our security against it, 18.
Apostles' call and commission equal, 54.
Arguing of God with sinners, 14.
Ascension of Christ, 6.

Assembly of saints for worship, 25.
Associate not with the wicked, 17.

Assurance. See Faith.

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Attributes of God, 2.

Avenging the saints is God's prerogative,

20.

Avenge not on enemies, ib.

Avoid sin, and the occasions thereof, 14.
Avoid trouble by lawful ways, 20.
Authority of Christ, 5.

Authority of magistrates. See Magistrates

BABBLING. See Peace amongst Christians.
Backbiting. See the same.
Baptism, 25.

Bear afflictions patiently, 20.
Bear each others' burdens, 15.

Believers' fruits. See Character of saints,

anger, affections, glory.

Belief. See Faith, and Trust.

Belief, what. See Nature of faith.
Believers' character. 10.

Their failings, 11.

Their privileges in general, 12.
Benefit of faith, 9.

Beware of sin and apostacy, 14.
Bishops. See Officers of churches.
Bitterness, 58.
Blasphemy, 50.
Bless God.

20.

See Praises.
Blessedness of afflicted ones,
Blindness. See Ignorance of natural men.
See Knowledge.
Blind zeal persecutes, 20.
Blood of Christ takes away sin, 8.
Blood of beasts could not do it, 4.
Boasting, no cause for it in us, 74.
Boasting in man to be avoided, 14.
Boast and glory in God alone, ib.
Born again. See Character of saints.
Bounty of God, 2.

Breaking of Bread, the Lord's Supper, 25.
Brethren, Christian, their extraordinary
gifts, ib.

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Buckler, how applied to God. See Trusting Compassion of Christ, 5.
in God.

Burial. See Death.

CALAMITIES, public or common, 21.
They are from God, ib.
Saints privilege therein, ib.
Their duty in such a time, ib.
Calling of the apostles, 54.
Calling. See Election.
Captain of our salvation, 6.
Care to be cast on God in general, 14.
In times of affliction, 20.
Carnal-minded, 30.
Cause of punishment, is sin, 14.
Cause of suffering, see it be good, 20.
Celebrate the praises of God, 14.
Character of saints indeed, 10.

Characters of true wisdom. See Wisdom.
Character of Antichrist. See Antichrist.
Charity. See Love, and Distribution to

Poor.

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Church, what, 25.

Church assemblies, ib.

Church dignities and blessings, ib.

Church acts, as such, ib.

Churches' duties to their ministers, ib.

Company of the wicked avoid, 17.
Complaints against church officers, 25.
Complaints against sin, 14.
Complete in Christ, 6.
Communicate to the poor.
See Distribute.
Confess sin to God in general, 14.
In affliction, 20.

Commendatory letters, 25.
Commission of the apostles equal, 54.
Commit all to God in trouble, 20.
Compassion of God, 2.

Confess sin one to another, 15.

Confess Christ before men in general, 14.

Under persecution, 20.

Confidence. See Trust in God.
Conjuration. See Witchcraft.
Conscience in general, 27.
Conscience good to be preserved in suffer-
ings, 20.

Consideration in general, 29.

Considerations supporting in afflictions, 20.
Contempt of God. See Man's desperate
state by nature in wickedness.
Contention avoid, 15.
Content with lawful governors, 22.
Contentment in all conditions, 71.
Content with what we have. See World.
Continue and persevere in well doing, 14.
Contrition. See Murmuring for sin.
Controversies among Christians, how ended,
25.

Conversation of believers in general, 14.
Correction of God's children, 11.
Corruption of man's nature, 4.
Cover faults in love, 15.
Covetousness, 63.
Courteous to all, 17.1
Creator of all things, 2

Curse of the law, 4.
Curse borne by Christ, 6.

Curiosity above what is written, vain, 69.

DAY of the Lord: or, judgment day, 34.
Deacons. See Officers of churches.
Dead men ignorant of the things of this
world, 78.

Christ's second coming to be waited for, 14. Deceivers, 28.

Christianity, its importance, &c. 44.

Death of Christ, 6.

Death or mortality of mankind, 32.

Deeds of the law justify not, 4.
Delays of amendment. See Time.
Delight in God and Christ, 14.
Deliverance from sufferings by lawful, ho-
nest means, may be endeavoured, 20.
Deliverance from trouble then nearest to us
in our extremity, ib.

Depart not from God and truth in the ge-
neral, 14.

Nor in time of afflictions, 20.
Depart from sin, 14.

Desire not the hurt of an enemy, 20.

Desire God's presence. See Delight in God.
Designs of God in the saints afflictions, 20.

Church officers, ib.
Church censures, ib.
Cleave to God in general, 14.

In affliction and persecution, 20.
Comforts in afflictions, ib.
Comfort others in trouble, ib.
Comfort one another mutually, 15.
Coming of Christ to judgment, 34.

Coming of Christ to be waited for by be- Determinations of controversies amongst

lievers, 14.

believers, how, 25.

Devices of Satan. See Satan the Devil.
Devil in general, 28.

He cannot hurt without leave, 20.
Devils ruling in wicked men, 4.

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Equivocating. See Lying.

Eternal God, 2.
Eternal life, 8.

Example of Christ and saints, follow. See
Live to God.

Excellency of God, 2.

Excellency of Christ, 5.
Excellency of the righteous, 12.
Excellency of the Holy Scriptures, 1.
Excommunication. See Discipline.
Exhort one another, 15. 25.
Exhortations in public assemblies, 25.
Exorcism. See Witchcraft.
Extol God. See Praises.
Extraordinary gifts, 25.
Eye God in afflictions, 20.

FAILINGS of God's children, 11.
Faint not in times of trouble, 20.
Faith a means of salvation, 9.
Faith's nature and object, ib.

Its farther benefits, ih.
Its fruits and operations, ib.
It is the gift of God, 18.
Faithfulness of God, 2.
Faithful and true to enemies, 17.
Falling away. See Apostacy.
Fall of Antichrist. See Antichrist.
False teachers, 28.

Fasting. See Prayer and common Calami-

ties.

Fathers. See Parents.

Favour of God to the righteous in general,

12.

In time of affliction, 20.

In common calamities, 21.

Fear not man, 14.

Fear God, ib.

Fear lest we sin or apostatise. See Watching.
Fervency of spirit. See Sincerity.
Flesh of Christ, 6.

Flattery. See Hypocrisy.
Follow God fully, 14.

Follow after the Spirit, 19.
Fools. See Wisdom.
Forgive each other, 15.
Forgive enemies, 17. 20.
Forgiveness in God, 8.
Forgiveness of sin. See Pardon.
Formality. See Hypocrisy.

Formal professors, fierce persecutors, 20.
Fornication, 61.

Forsake sin, 14.

Forsake not God or his ways, ib.

Fortress, God is to his. See Trust in God.
Free grace, 7, 8.

Frowardness of spirit. See Meekness.
Fruits of God's love to men, 5. 20.
Fruits of faith, 9.

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