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having food and raiment, they are therewith content («). v »v«.8.
THE hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father seeketh such to worship him (*). *John God is a spirit, and they which worship 4■ *3him, must worship him in spirit and in Truth (y). For the Lord is nigh to all^Ver. them that call upon him, to all that call a4upon him in truth (z). He is sar from the * Pfc'rn wicked; but be heareth the prayer of the145-18righteous (a). And this is the confidence " Provthat we have in himx that if we alk any I5-a9thing according to his will, he heareth us (£). What is it then? We must pray with h * John the spirit, and with the understanding also (7). Likewise the spirit also helpeth our':lCor infirmities; for we know not what we 4flvould pray for as we ought;. but the spirit itself maketh faterceflion for us, with groanings which cannot be uttered: audhe that scarcheth the heart, knoweth what is the mind of the spirit, because he maketh interceffion for the saints, according to1 "the
Will of God (<i). J Rom.
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AS there is one Lord, one saith, so there 'Eph- is one baptism (e). Which doth also nov(r 4'5' save,us, not the putting away os the filth of the flesh, but the answer -of a good conscience towards God, by the resurrection of /i Pet. Jesus Christ (/). For John indeed baptized si"* with water, but Christ with the Holy Ghost g Mat. and with fire (g). Therefore as many as 3~ "• are baptized into Jesus Christ, are baptized into his death, and are buried with him by baptism into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so they also should walk. *Rom. in newness of life (h). Having put on fi£ Christ 0.
Concerning eating of bread and wine, washing of one another's feet, abstaining from things strangled, and from bloodj and anointing of the sick with oil.
THE Lord Jesus, the fame night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake ir, and said, Take, eat j this is my body which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me: after the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me; for as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come (k). Jesus knowing that the Father hadllCoTgiven all things into his hands, and that he \^ \\\ was come from God, and went to God, he riseth from.supper, and laid aside his garments, and took a towel,.and girded himself; after that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded: so after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was sat down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master, and Lord, and ye say well; for so I am: if I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also, ought to wash one another's feet; for I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you (/;. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost' John
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and to us, to lay upon you no greater 5.I*,to burden than these necessary things, that ye lS' abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from
fornication; from which, if ye keep yourm Acts sdves, ye (hall do well (m). Is any man sick ll'.1' among you? let him call for the elders of
the church, and let them pray over him,
n james anointing him with oil (ti). 5.14
Concerning the liberty of such Christians as are come to know the substance, as to the using or not using of these rites, and of the observation of days.
THE kingdom of God is not meat^and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and
.Rom. joy in the Holy Ghost (0). Let no man
X4' 17- therefore judge »r in meat or drink, or in respect of an holy day, or of the new moon,
p Col. 2. or of the sabbath days (p). For if we be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are we subject to ordinances? Let us not touch, or taste, or handle, which all are to perish with the using, after the com
»Ver' mandments and doctrines of men (q). For
'° now, after we have known God, or rather
are known of him, why should we turn again
unto the weak and beggarly elements, or
'desire again to be in bondage, to observe
days and months, and times and years, lest
9 Ivi * la^°ur nave been bestowed on us in vain (r)?
JJ one man esteem a day above another, another esteems every day alike; let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind: he that regardeth a day, regardeth it unto the Lord: and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it (f).', *°5m-6.
Concerning Swearing, Fighting, and
IT hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: but Christ says unto us, Swear not at all, neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King; neither stialt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black; but let your communication be yea, yea ; nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these, cometh of evil (t). And James'Ml*charged us, Above all things not to swear; ^37. neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath; but let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay; lest ye sall into condemnation («). Though we walk in the»Jame= flefli, we are not to war after the flesh; for "the weapons of our warfare are not to be