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and whosoever will lose his life for my sake, shall find it.
If we suffer, we shall also reign with him ; * Timif we deny him, he also will deny us.
If any man come to me, and hate not his Lukesi father and mother, and wife and children, 4' and brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple.
And he said to them all, If any man will Ch. 9. come after me, let him deny himself, and 13' *4' take up his cross daily and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever will lose his life for my lake, the same shall save it.
And when he had called the people unto Mark 8. him, with bis disciples also, he said unto34'35' them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross and follow me. For whosoever will save his life, shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospels, the same shall save it.
(^ There is nothing more certain, according to these scriptures, than that Christians must suffer persecution in this world, even in their persons and estates; but shall they not also suffer in their good names, in being accounted blasphemers, hereticks, and deceivers?
A. The disciple is not above his master, Mat. to. nor the servant above his Lord. It is*4'45' enough for the disciple, that he be as his
Master, and the servant, as his Lord. If they have called the Master of the house Beelzebub; how much more shall they call them of his" household? Mat j. Blessed are ye when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you salfly, for my sake. if\t 1nen taey suborned men which said, We have heard him speak blasphemous words against Moses and against God._ And they stirred up the people, and the elders, and the scribes, and came upon him, and caught him, and brought him to the council. Acts And when they found them not, they
I7'' drew Jason, and certain brethren, unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down, are come hither also. Acts But this I confess unto thee, that after
34.14. tke way ^k-h they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers; believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets. , i Cor. Being desamed, we intreat; we are made 4'I3. as the filth of the earth, and are the
off-scouring of all things unto this day. a Cor. By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report, as deceivers, and yet true. O^ It is easily apparent from what is mentioned, that Christians are to expecl persecution and tribulation^ and that they are always
$e. sheep, and never the wolves; the persecuted, and never the persecutors; the qfflitled, and not the affliclers; the reproached, and not reproaches s: Is Ji not fit then that Christians he so far from persecuting others, that they ought to pray for their persecutors? Is this Christ's command?
A. But I say unto you, Love your ene- Mat. mies; bless them that curse you, do good5'44' to ihem that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you and persecute you.
Q^ Was this Christ's own practice?
A. Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them,tuie for they know not what they do, &c.
Q^ Is Christ herein to be our example?
A. For even hereunto were ye called,x Petbecause Christ also suffered for us, leaving *i, 13. us an example, that ye mould follow his steps, who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth; who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not, but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously.
C^, Is there an instance of any saints inscriptures who followed his example herein?
A. And he (Stephen) kneeled down, and A<*8 cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge, &c.
Q. // appears by all these scriptures, that
-Christianity conjjsteth in the exercise of fear
K and end tremblings humility, patience, and selfdenial: What ought itie"tlien to -think ofsueh .uto place much of their religion in abstaining from marriage, and certain meats; lOorfhipping of angels, and other such ails of voluntary humility? i Tim. A- Now the spirit speaketh- expressly, £ ** ^ that in the latter times some shall depart from the saith, giving heed to- seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speakinglies in -hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and- commanding to abstain from -meats, which God hath created to be received •with thanksgiving, of them which believe and know the truth. /
°^*~\ . Let no man beguile you of your reward, in a voluntary humility, and worshipping of angels, intruding into' those things which he hath-hot-seen, vainly puffed up by his ."fleshly mind^" .:.:-- ....-
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_ . .Concerning.Magistracy.
Quest.—WHA Tis the duty of a magistrate? 2W j. The God of Israel said, the rock of Israel.spake to me : he that ruleth over men must be just, ruling iu the fear of God.
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. Q^ What do the scriptures speak os the duty os such as are under authority?
A. Let every soul be subject unto the Romhigher powers; for there is no power but of J^f' God: the powers that be, are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God ;. and they that resist, shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt'thou them not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same; for he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain; for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience-sake.
Submit yourselves to every ordinance of i Pet. man for the Lord's sake; whether it be to *0 Jj' the king, as supreme, or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him, for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well-doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.
Q. Ought tribute to be paid to them?
A. For, for this cause pay we tribute Ror"also, for they are God's ministers, attend- '3- '1' ing continually upon this very thing.— K 2 Render