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God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, teaching us, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
HEB. 6: 1. Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss.
4: 6. That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such, as we also have forewarned you and testified. For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.
1 TIM. 6: 11. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto th art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession, that thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto: whom no man hath seen, nor can see; to whom be honor and power everlasting. Amen.
¶ 10: 19. 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 flesh;) and having a 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. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith, without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised ;) and let us consider one another, to provoke unto love, and to good works: not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
TITUS 2: 1. But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: that the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience; the aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. Young men likewise exhort to be soberminded. In all things showing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine showing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity, sound speech that cannot he condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to sayings, and abominable idolatries; of you.-11. For the grace of wherein they think it strange that
1 PETER 4: 1. Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same inind; (for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin ;) that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquet
ye run not with them to the same excess of riot, speaking evil of you: who shall give account to him that is ready to judge the quick and the dead. For, for this cause was the gospel preached also to them that are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit.
But the end of all things is at hand: be ye therefore sober, and watch unto prayer. And above all things have fervent charity among yourselves; for charity shall cover the multitude of sins. Use hospitality one to another without grudging. As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
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: that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ; to whom be praise and dominion forever and ever! Amen.
3: 1. This second epistle, beloved, I now write unto you'; in both which I stir up your pure minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandinent of us the Apostles of the Lord and Savior.-11. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be, in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God?-14. Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot and blameless.
¶ 5: 6. Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary, the Devil, as roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: whom resist, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. To him be glory and dominion forever and ever! Amen.
hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.-12. Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth. Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath showed me. Moreover, I will endeavor that ye may be able, after my decease, to have these things always in remembrance.
2 PETER 1: 5. And besides this, giving all diligence, add to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowledge; and to knowledge, temperance ; and to temperance, patience; and to patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and
1 JOHN 1: 6. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellow. ship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
HEB. 12: 1. Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith; who, for the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.-12. Wherefore lift
up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees; and make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way: but let it rather be healed. Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord; looking diligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up, trouble you, and thereby many be defiled: lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with
1 PETER 2: 1. Wherefore, laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evilspeakings, as new-born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby: if so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. To whom coming as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious, ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
1: 13. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance; but as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
12: 7. Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient,
which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
The stone which the builders disallowed, The same is made the head of the corner, and a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient; whereunto also they were appointed. But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light:
Dearly beloved, I beseech you, as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas, they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation.
3: 8. Finally, be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another; love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous; not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise, blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing. For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile: let him eschew evil, and do good; let him seek peace and ensue it. For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil. And who is he that will harm you, if ye be followers of that which is good? But and if ye suffer for righteousness' sake, happy are ye; and be not afraid of their terror, neither be troubled; but sanctify the Lord God in your hearts.
2 PETER 3: 17. Ye therefore beloved seeing ye know these things before, beware, lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
§ 6. DUTY TO RESIST TEMPTATION. I. Spirits have Access to our Minds, and Influence over them.
1. Good Spirits.
MAT. 18: 10. Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you that in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
HEB. 1 14. Are they not all
MAT. 4: 11. Angels came and ministered unto him (Christ).
LUKE 22: 43. There appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
2. Evil Spirits.
MAT. 4: 1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the Devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterwards an hungered.
And when the Tempter came to him, he said, if thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Then the Devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, and saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down, for it is written,
He shall give his angels charge concerning thee:
Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the LORD thy God.
will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 'Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan! for it is written, Thou shalt worship the LORD thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the Devil leaveth him, and behold, angels came and ministered unto him.
Again the Devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and showeth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, and saith unto him, All these things
12: 43. When the unclean Spirit has gone out of a man he walketh through dry places seeking rest and findeth none, he goeth and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself.
13: 38. The tares are the children of the wicked one, the enemy that sowed them is the Devil.
1 CHRON. 21: 1. Satan stood up against Israel and provoked David to number Israel.
LUKE 22: 31. Satan hath desired to have thee that he might sift thee as wheat.
world hath blinded the minds of them finished, bringeth forth death. Do that believe not. not err, my beloved brethren. 4: 7. Resist the Devil and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.
1 PETER 1: 6. Though now for a season, (if need be) ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations; that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise, and honor, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
EPH. 6: 11. Put on the whole armor of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the Devil.-12. We wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
JOHN 13: 31. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out.
ROM. 16: 20. The God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.
1 JOHN 5: 18. He that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
12: 7. Lest I should be exalted above measure,... there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan, to buffet me.
2 THESS. 2: 9. The coming of the man of sin is after the working of Satan, with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish.
1 TIM. 4: 1. Some shall depart from the faith giving heed to seducing Spirits, and doctrines of devils.
2 COR. 11: 3. I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.-14. For Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light.
1 PETER 5: 8. Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary, the Devil, as a roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.
II. This Influence may be Resisted.
1 PETER 5: 8. Your adversary, the Devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about, seeking whom he may devour; whom resist, steadfast in the faith.
HEB. 2: 17. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren; that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people. For in that he himself hath suffered, being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted.
HEB. 4: 15. We have not a highpriest, that cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities: but was in all points tempted like as we are yet without sin.
JAMES 1: 12. Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath_promised to them that love him. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed: then, when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is
REV. 2: 7. To him that overcometh, will I give to eat of the tree of life. 11. Shall not be hurt of the second death.-26. Shall have power over the nations.
3: 5. Shall be clothed in white.12. Shall be made a pillar in the temple of God.-21. Shall sit with Christ on his throne.
EPH. 4:26. Let not the sun go down upon your wrath; neither give place to the Devil.
§ 7. SELF DENIAL.
ROM. 15: 1. We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Let every one of us please his neighbor for his good to edification. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written,
The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell
For whatsoever things were written aforetime, were written for our