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? Mat. Father is perfe&t (t). For the yoke of Christ

h:11. is easy, and his burthen is light (u). And 30. his commandments are not grievous (x). x 1 John

"And whosoever will enter into life, must keep y Mat. the commandments (). Hereby do we

17. know that we know God, if we keep his z1 John commandments (z). He that saith, I know 2. 3.

him, and keepeth not his commandments, Ver.4. is a liar, and the truth is not in him (a).

Whosoever abideth in him, finneth not;

whosoever finneth, hath not seen him, nei6 Ch. 3 ther known him (6). Let no man deceive

us; he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous; he that committeth sin is of the devil; whosoever is born of God, doth not commit fin; for his seed

remaineth in him, and he cannot fin, bes I John cause he is born of God (C). For not 3. 7,8.

every one that faith Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that

doeth the will of the Father, which is in 2 Mat. heaven (d). Circumcision is nothing, and 7.21.

uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping 1 Cor. the commandments of God (e). 7.19

ARTICLE XV. ; Concerning Perseverance and Falling

from Grace. WE ought to give diligence to make our calling and election sure, which things if we

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do, we thall never fall (f). For even Paul fi Pet.

1. IO. kept under his body, and brought it into subjection, lest by any means, when he i preached to others, he himself became a cast-away (@). Let us therefore take heed,...cor.

29. 27. left there be in any of us an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God (). Likewise let us labour to enter into b Heb. that rest, lest any man fall after the same * example of unbelief (i). For it is impof. i Heb. sible for those who were once enlightened, 4. ? and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, . and have tasted of the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance. (k). For he that abideth & Heb.6. not in Christ, is cast forth, and is withered * 550, (1). Yet such as overcome, he will make as ? John pillars in the temple of his God, and they 15.10. shall go no more out (m). And these are m Rev. persuaded, that nothing shall be able to 3. 12. separate them from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus (n).

• n Rom.

8. 38. ARTICLE XVI.

Concerning the Church and Ministry.

THE church of God is the pillar and ground of truth (0). Whereof the dear oi Tim.

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) ol. . Son of God is the head (o). From which

all the body by joints and bands, having

nourishment ministered and knit together, Col.

increaseth with the increase of God (g). 2. 19.

Which church of God is them that are fanc. r I Cor. tified in Christ Jesus (r). Who when he

ascended up on high, gave gifts unto men: and he gave some apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers;

for the perfecting of the saints, for the . Eph. work of the ministry (s). Who ought to be 4. 8. II,

blameless, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, :
given to hospitality, apt to teach; not given
to wine, no strikers, not greedy of filthy !

lucre, but patient; not brawlers, not covete ? ? * 1 Tim. ous 1). But lovers of good men, sober, just, 3. 2, 3.

holy, temperate, holding fast the faithful word, as they have been taught, that they ? |

may be able by sound doctrine, both to ex. « Tit. hort and to convince gainsayers (u). Taking 1. 0,9. heed to themselves and to the flock, over

which the Holy Ghost hath made them over* A és feers, to feed the church of God (x). 20. 28.

Taking the overlight thereof, not by con-
straint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre,
but of a ready mind; neither as being

lords over God's heritage, but as being eny 1 Pet. samples to the flock (y). And such elders 2, 3. as rule well, are to be counted worthy of

double honour, especially they who labour zI Tim. in the word and doctrine (Z). And to be

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esteemed very highly in love for their work's fake (a). As every man hath received the a I Thes, gift, so ought the same to be ministered: if any man speak, let him speak as the oracles of God: if any man minister, let him do it as of the ability which God giveth (6). Preaching the gospel, not with the b 1 Pct. wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ be 4.. made of none effect (c). Nor yet with o I Cor. enticing words of man's wisdom, but in * 17. demonstration of the spirit and of power; that the faith may not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God (d). 1 Ch.2. Howbeit such speak wisdom among them 4. S. that are perfect;, yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, i which cometh to nought; but they speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world to their glory (e). Which thingsVer. they also speak, not in the words whicho? man's wisdom teacheth,' but which the Holy Ghost teacheth (f). For ic is not f Ver. they that speak, but the Holy Ghost, or "3. spirit of the Father, that speaketh in them (8). Who if they fow spiritual things, ought g Mat. to reap carnal things; for, so the Lord "*• 20. hath ordained, that they which preach the. gospel, should live of the gospel; for the

Tcripture faith, Thou shall not muzzle the ; mouth of the ox that treadeth out the

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corn; and the labourer is worthy of his b 1 Cor. reward (b). Yet a necessity is laid upon

them; yea, woe is unto them, if they preach not the gospel; and their reward is, that

when they preach the gospel, they make in Cor. the gospel of Christ without charge ). 9, 16, 19, 18. Not coveting any man's silver, or gold, or

apparel; but their hands ministering to their necessșties, that so labouring, they may support the weak; remembering the words of

the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more d'Acts blessed to give, than to receive (k). For 34:33. they are not of the greedy dogs that can

Isaiah never have enough (1). Nor of the shep. sense herds that look to their own way, every m Ibid. one for his gain from his quarter (m). n Ezek. That feed themselves, and not the flock (n). 34. 8. That make the people err, biting with their

· teeth, and crying Peace, and preparing war .. against all such as put not into their mouths, • Micah. teaching for hire, and divining for money (0). 3,5, 11. Nor yet of these which teach things which p Tit. I. they ought not, for filthy lucre's fake O.

That run greedily after the error of Balaam

for reward, loving the wages of unrighte9 Pet. Qulness (9). And through covetousness, 2:15. with feigned words, making merchandize of r Ver. 3. fouls (r). Men of corrupt minds, deftitute

of the truth, fupposing that gain is' godli1 Tim. nefs (s). But they know that godliness, Ver. 6. with contentment, is great gain (t). And

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