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Concerning the PERFECTION os HOLINESS.
The Perfection of a Christian consists in using his utmost Endeavours to perform, with Sincer1ty and Zeal, the whole Will of God; to grow in Grace, and excel in all manner of Virtue; and to persevere in the Ways of Piety and Holiness, to the End of his Life.
• \ Bhor that which is Evil; cleave to that ./'\. which is good. Cleanse your selves from all F1lthiness both of Flesh and Spirit, perfecting Holiness in the Fear of God.
*, Lay apart all Filthiness, and Supersluity of Naughtiness: And, keep your selves unspotted from the World.
c Whatever is an Abomination to the Lord thy God thou shalt utterly detest, and thou shalt utterly abhor it: For it is a cursed thing.
d Let thine Eyes look right on, and let thine Eye-lids look streight before thee: Ponder the Path of thy Feet, and let all thy Ways be established: Turn not to the right Hand, nor to the left: Remove thy Foot from Evil.
e Let us lay aside every Weight, and the Sin which doth so easily beset us; and let us run
* Rom. 1r. 9. % Cor. 7. 1. b Jam. 1. 21, 27.
c Deut. 7. 2;, 26. a Prov. 4. 2j, 26, 27.
J Heb. 11. 1.
with Patience the Race that is set before us.
3 3>stall be righteous before God; working that which is Good, and Right, and Truth, before the Lord; following him fully; and walking in all the Commandments and Ordinances of the Lord blameless.
b Follow after Righteousness, Godliness, Faith, Love, Patience, Meekness: Fight the good Fight of Faith; lay hold on eternal Life: that ye may stand perfect, and com pleat in all the Will of, God.
c Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any Virtue; if there be any Praise; think on these things. For he that in these things serveth Christ, is acceptable to God, and approved of Men.
d Whether ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the Glory of God.
e As God hath distributed to every Man , as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk; caring for the things of the Lord, that 'he may be holy both in Body and Spirit.
f Let your Speech be always with Grace, seasoned with Salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every Man.
g If any Man among you seem to be religious, and bridleth not his Tongue, but deceiveth his own Heart, this Man's Religion is vain.
Heb. 12. 1. a Luke r. 6. 2 Chr. it. 20. Num.14. 24. Luke t. 6. b 1 Tim. 6. n, 12. Col. 4. 12.
c Phil. 4- 8- Rom. 14, 18. d 1 Cor. 10. jr.
• 1 CM. 7. j7, j+ f Col. 4. «, g Jam. 1. »«.
»In the multitude of Words there wanteth not Sin: He therefore that hath Knowledge, spareth his Words, and taketh heed to his Ways, that he offend not with his Tongue.
b If any Man offend not in Word, the same isa perfect Man, and able also to bridle the whole Body. For out of the abundance of the Heart the Mouth speaketh.
c Whoso keepeth his Mouth, and his Tongue,, keepeth his Soul from Troubles.
d He that will love Life, and fee good Days, let him refrain his Tongue from Evil, and his Lips, that they speak no Guile: For Death and Life are in the Power of the Tongue.
e Every idle Word that Men shall speak, they shall give an account thereof in the Day of Judgment: For by thy Words thou shalt be justified, afad by tky Words thou shalt be condemned. "1 Let us cast down Imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth it self against the Knowledge of God: and bring into Captivity every Thought to the Obedience of Christ, For, the thought of Foolishness is Sin.
jWoe unto you that pay Tythe of Mint,. and Anise, and Cummin, and have omitted the weightier Matters of the Law, Judgment, Mer-' cy, and Faith: These ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
*> Woe unto them which tmst i:5 themselves, thatthey are righteous, and dc pile others; because they are not as other Men are, Extortioners,.Un
* Prov. 1o. 19. Prov. 17. 27. ?s. 39- I« b Jam. 3. 2.. Mat. 11. 34. c Prov. 11. 23. * 1 Per. 3. 10.
P1ov. 18. 21. * Mat. 12. 36, 37. f 2 Cor. 10. 5.
3?1ov. 24. s, * Mar. 23, 13, bLuke 1s. 9, 1t.
just. Adulterers; when they are, at the fame time, guilty of at great Sins.
'» Shall we continue in Sin, that Grace may abound r" God forbid. Shall we fin, because we are not'under the Law, but under Grace? God forbid. Let us not do Evil that Good may come. For, if the Truth of God hath more abounded, through my Lie, unto his Glory, yet I am justly n1dged as a Sinner.
b Let every one that nameth the Name of Christ, not only depart from Iniquity; but abstain from all appearance of Evil.
c Let not your Good be evil spoken of: Provide things honest, not only in the Sight of the Lord, but in the Sight of Men. Cut off occafion from them which defire occafion: that they may be ashamed, which speak Evil of you, and salsly accuse your good Conversation in Christ. For so is the Will o-f God, that by well-doing, ye may put to filence the Ignorance of foolish Men.
d All things are lawful for me, but all things are not expedient. All things are lawful for me; but I will not be brought under the power of any.
t Whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and ,yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all: For he that said, Do not commit Adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now, if thou commit no Adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a Transgressor of the Law.
f So speak ye, and so do, as they that shall be judged by the Law of Liberty.
Luke U. n. '•Rom. 6. 1r», ts-. Rom. i. S, 7.
b 2 Tim. X: 19. 1 Theff. 5. 22. c Rom. 14. r$.
Rom. 11. 17. 2 Cot. 8. 21. 21 Car. 11, 1>.- 1 Pet. 3. 16. 1 Pet. 2. 1 5. d 1 Cor. 19. 25. 1 Cor. «. 32.
- Jam. 2. jo, 11. 'Jam. 2. 12.
• Cursed be he that doth the Work of the Lord deceitfully; who holdeth the Truth in Unrighteousness; who secretly doth those things that are not right, against the Lord; and hath not turned unto him with his whole Heart, but feignedly.
b Woe unto you, Hypocrites; which strain at a Gnat, and swallow a Camel; which devour Widows Houses, and for a pretence make long Prayer.
c Ye are they which justify your selves before Men; but God knoweth your Hearts: For that -which is highly esteemed amongst Men, is oftentimes Abomination in the Sight of God.
d Ye f1t before the Lord as his People, and ye hear hit Words; but ye will not do them: For with your Mouth ye shew much Love; but your Heart goeth after your Covetousness.
e Ye are like unto whited -Sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead Men's Bones, and all Uncleanness; even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto Men; but within ye are full of Hypocrisy and Iniquity.
f But what is the Hope of the Hypocrite, tho' he hath gained, when God taketh away his Soul I Will God hear his Cry, when Trouble cometh upon h1m .J Will he delight himself in the Almighty? Will he always call upon God i Behold the Joy of the Hypocrite is but for a moment; why then are ye thus altogether vain .*
* Jer. 48. To. Rortt. 1. 1t. 1 IS1tgS 17. 9. Jet. 3.10. b Mar. 2t3. 23, 2'4, 14. e Luke 1ff. f$V
* E2vk. ft. 31. ,'-• Ittff. 23. 27, 28.
* Job 37. 8, ), 10. Job it. f. Job 27. u".