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and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.

Il. God alone is Lord of the couscience,k and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, wbich are, in any thing, contrary to his word, or beside it, in mat: ters of faith or worsbip. So that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience ;m and the requiring of an

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that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. x. 19 to 22, Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his fesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

i John vii. 38, 39. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly fall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive : for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified. 2 Cor. iii. 13, 17, 18. And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II. k James iv. 12. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? Rom. xiv. 4. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant ? to his own master he standeth or fälleth: yea, he shall be holden up : for God is able to make him stand.

| Acts iv. 19. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God, to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. Acts v. 29. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 1 Cor. vii. 23. Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of

Mat. xxiii. 8, 9, 10. But be not ye called "Rabbi: for one is your Master, éven Christ, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth : for one is your Father, which is in hea

Neither be ye called Masters : for one is your Master, , even Christ. 2 Cor i. 24. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand. Mat. xv. 9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

m Col. ii. 20, 22, 23. Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world,

are ye subject to ordinances, which all are to perish with the using, after the commandments and doctrines of men? which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship and humility, and neglecting of the

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implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.n

ul. They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practise any sin, or cherish any lost, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty ; which is, that, being deliver. ed out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.

IV. And because the powers which God hath ordained, and the liberty, which Christ hath purchased, are not inbody, not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. Gal. i. 10. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men ? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Gal. ii. 4, 5. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who eame in privily to spy out our liberty, which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage. To whom wo gave place by subjection, no not for an hour ; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. Gal. v. 1. Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

n Rom. x. 17. So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom. xiv. 23. And he that doubteth, is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. Isa. viii. 20. To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Acts xvii. 11. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the seriptures daily, whether those things were so. John iv. 22. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. Hos. v. 11. Ephraim is oppressed, and broken in judgment; because he willingly walked after the commandment. Rev. xiii. 12, 16, 17. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth, and them which dwell therein, to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed. And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads : and that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Jer. viii. 9. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken; lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom is in them?

III. o Gal. v. 13. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty ; only use not liberty for an occasion' to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 1 Pet. ii. 16. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 2 Pet. ii. 19. While they promise them liberiy, they them.selves are the servants of corruption : for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. Jolin viii. 34. Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. "Lake i. 74, 75. That he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of our cnenies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of .'T bile

and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.i

II. God alone is Lord of the couscience,k and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are, in any thing, contrary to his word, or beside it, in mat: ters of faith or worsbip. So that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience ;m and the requiring of an

that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain inercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. x. 19 to 22. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his Aesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with purc water.

i John vii. 38, 39. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly fall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive : for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified. 2 Cor. ii. 13, 17, 18. And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II. k James iv. 12. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another? Rom. xiv. 4. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant ? to his own master he standeth or falleth: yea, he shall be holden up : for God is able to make him stand.

1 Acts iv. 19. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God, to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. Acts v. 29. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 1 Cor. vii. 23. Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of

Mat. xxiii. 8, 9, 10. But be not ye called "Rabbi: for one is your Master, éven Christ, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth : for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called Masters : for one is your Master, Christ. 2 Cor i. 24. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand. Mat. xv. 9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

m Col. ii. 20, 22, 23. Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, which all are to perish with the using, after the commandments and doctrines of men? which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship and humility, and neglecting of the

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and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, tban believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.

II. God alone is Lord of the couscience,k and bath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, wbich are, in any thing, contrary to his word, or beside it, in matters of faith or worsbip. So that to believe such doctrines, or lo obey such commaodments out of conscience, is to be. tray true liberty of conscience ;m and the requiring of an

that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain inercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. x. 19 to 22. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his fesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

i John vii. 38, 39. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly fall flow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive : for the Holy Ghost uus not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified. 2 Cor. ii. 13, 17, 18. And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II. k James iv. 12. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another ? Rom. xiv. 4. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant ? to his own master he, standeth or fälleth: yea, he shall be holden up : for God is able to make him stand.

| Acts iv. 19. But Peter and John answered-and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God, to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. Acts v. 29. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 1 Cor. vii. 23. Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of

Mat. xxiii. 8, 9, 10. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called Masters : for one is your Master, even Christ. 2 Cor i. 24. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand. Mat. xv. 9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

m Col. ii. 20, 22, 23. Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, which all are to perish with the using, after the commandments and doctrines of men? which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship and humility, and neglecting of the

men.

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