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t Mat. Father is perfect (t). For the yoke of Christ Ich.'n. is easy, and his burthen is light (a). And 3°- his commandments are not grievous (#)..

* 1^)0 n j^^ -whosoever will enter into life, must keep jyMat. the commandments (y). Hereby -do we 19 * ' know that we know God, if we keep his z 1 John comniandments (z). He that saith, I know

him, and keepeth not his commandments,

aVer.4. is a liar, and the truth is not in him (a).

Whosoever abideth in him, sinneth not;

whosoever sinneth, hath not seen him, nei

* Ch- 3 ther known him (b). 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 sin; for his feed remaineth in him, and he cannot sin, be

11 John cause he is born of God (r). For not

*7' ' every one that saith Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doelh the will of the Father, which is in

i Mat. neaven fjs). Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping

a Cor. the commandments of God (e).

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ARTICLE XV.

Concerning Perseverance and Falling
from Grace.

, WE ought to give diligence to make our

calling and election sure, which thiDgs if we

do,

do, we shall never sall (/). For even Paul/*Pet.

kept under his body, and broughtut into

subjection, left by any means, when be

preached to others, he himself became a

cast-away (g). Let us therefore take heed, *.19TMr"

lest there be in any of us an evil heart of

unbelief, in departing from the living God

(b). Likewise let us labour to enter into b Hab

that rest, lest any man sall after the same

example of unbelief (i). For it is impof-»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 sall away, to renew them again

unto repentance (£). For he that abideth * Heb.6.

not in Christ, is cast forth, and is withered 4 s''

(J). Tetsuch as overcome, he will make as' John

pillars in the temple of his God, aud they I5'1'

shall go no more out (w). And these are m Rev.

persuaded, that nothing shall be able to3'1*

separate them from the love of God, which

is in Christ Tesus (n). * Rom

J v J 8.38.

ARTICLE XVI.

Concerning the Church and Ministry.

THE church of God is the pillar and ground of truth (0). Whereof the dear'ir'itnM Son 3' I5

>8Co1- '• Son of God is the head (j>). From which all the body by joints and bands, having nourishment ministered and knit together;

j Col. jncreaseth with the increase of God (cs). Which church of God is them that are sanc

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 (/). Who ought to be

t'i.' '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 coveu

*iTim. ous Qy But lovers of good men, sober, just,

'' holy, temperate, holding sast the saithful

word, as they have been taught, that they

may be able by found doctrine, both to ex

« Tit. hort and to convince gainsayers (u). Taking

l' '9' heed to themselves and to the flock, over which the Holy Ghost hath made them over

a-Atts seers, to feed the church of God (x).

so. a . 'p^iiig the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind; neither as being lords over God's heritage, but as being en

y i Pet. samples to the flock (v). And such elders

S' **3' as rule well, are to be counted worthy of double honour, especially they who labour

*iTim. in the word and doctrine (z). And to he

5I7' esteemed

esteemed very highly in love for their work-s fake (a). As every man hath received the"lThesgift, 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 (b). Preaching the gospel, not with the6 r Pawisdom os words, lest the cross of Christ be 4- *' made of none effect (<-). Nor yet with <r Cor enticing words of man's wisdom, but mr-demonstration of the spirit and of po^Yer; that the saith may not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God (d). JCM.t. Howbeit -such speak wisdom among them *• that are perfect; yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, 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 (<?). Which things'Ver. they also speak, not in the words which '7man-s wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth (/). For it is not/v". they that speak, but the Holy Ghost, orfispirit of the Father, that speaketh in them (g). Who if they sow spiritual things, ought g Mat. to reap carnal things; for so the Lord19- *°* hath ordained, that they which preach the gospel, should live of the gospel; for the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the mouth of the ox that treadeth out the M 2 corn;

corn; and the labourer is worthy of his 11 Cor. reward (£). Yet a necessity is laid upon I]i.'" them; yea, woe is unto them, if they preach not the gospel; and their reward «, that when they preach the gospel, they make »'Cor- the gospel of Christ without charge (i). 17,18. Not coveting any man's silver, or gold, or -apparel; but their hands ministering to their necessities, that so labouring, they may support the weak; remembering the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more kASti blessed to give, than to receive (£). For 3°.' j3' they are not of the greedy dogs that can /isaiah neVer have enough (/). Nor oj\ the shepherds that look to their own way, every »Bibid. one for his gain from his quarter (m~). n Ezek. That feed themselves, and not the flock («). 34.8. sj/hat make the people err, biting with their teeth, and crying Peace, and preparing war against all such as put not into their mouths, eMicaii. teaching for hire, and divining for money (0). 3'5'11' Nor yet of these which teach things which / Tit. 1. they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake (/>). "' That run greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, loving the wages of unrighteq Pet. ousness (2), And through covetousness, a- 1S' with feigned words, making merchandize of rVer.3 fouls (r). Men of corrupt minds, destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godli'iTim. nefs (j). £ui ifey know tfotf godliness,

♦ ver. 6. with contentment, is great gain (t). And

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