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) but ye have obeyed from the fieart that form of doctrine which was delivered you; being then made free from fin, ye became the servants of righteousness. I speak after the manner of men, because of the infirmity of your flesh; for as ye have yielded your members fervants to uncleanness, and to iniquity, unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness, unto holiness. For when ye were the servants of fin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed ? For the end of those things is death. But now, being made free from fin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life. For the wages of fin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Q. It would appear then, that God requires of us to be perfect? · A. Be ye therefore perfect, ever as your Mat. Father which is in heaven is perfect. S. 48,
Q. Is it then poffible to keep the command ments ?
A. My yoke is easy, and my burthen is Mat. light. For this is the law of God, that "I. 30. we keep his commandments, and his com- John
5:3• mandments are not grievous.
: Q. Is
: Q. Is it neceffary then for faluation, ta
keep the commandments ? Rev. A. Blessed are they that do his com, 22. 14. mandments, that they may have right to
the tree of life, and may enter in 'through " the gates into the city.
l. Do you understand by this perfection, that any have so kept the commandments, as
never to have finned ? 1 John A. If we lay that we have not finned, 3.10. we make him a liar, and his word is not in
Q. Do you understand, that thefe who are perfect may fay, they have no fin; or only that having finned, and so having sin, in respect they once finned, as the apostle in the pasage cited mentions, may, notwithstanding thereof, not only.come to know forgivenefs for the guilt,
but also cleansing from the filth? I John A. If we fay we have no fin, we deceive 1. 8, 9. pürfelves, and the truth is not in us: if we
confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive ighteousneffe seems to be
A. My little children, these things write 1 John I unto you, that ye fin not; and if any %. 2: 3, man fin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous : and hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that faith,
I knoř him, and keepeth not his com· mandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in
him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected. · Hereby know we that we are in him: he thać faith he abideth in him, ought himself also so to walk even as he walked..
Beloved, now are we the sons of God, 1 John and it doth not yet appear what we shall be ; ; but we know, that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is: and every man that hath this hope in him, purifieth himself, even as he is pure. Whosoever committeih fin, transgrefseth also the law, for fin is the transgression of the law. And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no fin. Whosoever abideth in him finneth not. Whosoever finneth, hath not seen him, neither known him. Little chil. dren, let no man deceive you: he that. doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil finneth from the .. beginning. For this purpose the Son of
beginnin'; for the that commis;
God was manifefted, that he might destroy the works of the devil. Whosoever is born of God, doth not commit fin; for his feed remaineth in him, and he cannot fin, because he is born of God. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil. : Whofoever doch not righteousness, is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.
Q. It is very plain by these passages, that the apostles were far of another mind, than those that plead for fin during term of life';
and much againf the deceit of thofe. who with
- efteem themselves' good Chriftians while they i live in their fins. . Mat.7. 4. Not every one that saith unto mę; 21. 24. Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom
of heaven, but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken hin unto a wise
man, which built his house upon a rock. John If ye know these things, happy are ye if 17. ye do them. .
Q. What faith the apofile Paul further
concerning the needfulness of this thing? 1 Cor. 1. Circumcision is nothing, and uncir7.19. cumcison is nothing ; but the keeping of
the commandments of God. ,
Q. Was not this, according to the apostle Bauls judgment, the very intention of Chrift,
. the com,
to have his church and children to be pure, and without spot?
A. According as he has chosen us in Eph. him before the foundation of the world, 5. 4. that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love. - Even as Christ also loved the church, Eph. 5. and gave himself for it, that he might fanci 25 to 27. tify and cleanse it, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing, but that it should be holy, and without blemish. ;
Q. Doth not. Paul press the same thing further, besides the other passages above-men
, A. Having therefore these promises, 2 Cor. dearly beloved, lets us cleanse ourselves, 7. 3. from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holinefs in the fear of God.
Finally, brethren, farewelt; be perfe& 2 Cor. Christ in you the hope of glory, whom wè 13, it;
Col. preach, warning every man, and teacliing 1. 28. every man in all wisdom, that we may pre sent every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
Labouring fervently for you in prayers; Co that ye may stand perfect and complete in *." all the will of God. To the end he may 1 Thèf? establith your hearts - unblameable in holi: 3. 13. nefs before God. And the very God of Ch. 5. peace fànétify you wholly; and I pray God, *** your whole spirit, and soul, and body, be