Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
And not holding the Head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourishment ministered, and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God.
continue therefore to follow the doctrine of our Lord Jesus Christ, as you have receiv'd it:
he himself is the head of the church, which is his body. he is the prince, the first-born from the dead, that in all things he might be chief.
from me, who called you by the grace of Christ; this can be
take notice, 'tis I Paul declare it to you, that if you are circumcised, Christ shall be of no advantage to you.
1 Timothy 2:4
who wills that all men be saved, by embracing the truth.
but being sincere in mutual love, may be entirely united to Christ, who is the head:
be attach'd to me, and I shall be so to you. as the branch cannot bear fruit of it self, except it be attach'd to the vine: so neither can you, except you continue attach'd to me.
if then, some of the branches are broken off, and thou like a wild olive, were grafted in their place to partake of the root and sap of the olivestock;
no man was ever yet averse to his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it, as the Lord doth the church:
that their hearts might be comforted, and that being firmly united in love, they might possess the highest and fullest persuasion of the truth of this doctrine, by entring into this mystery, even of God the father, and of Christ,
that they all may be one, as thou, father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
Now the whole body of believers were but one heart, and one soul: no one look'd upon what he possessed, as his own, but every thing was held in common.
for as there are many members in one and the same body, but all the members have not the same office:
1 Corinthians 1:10
Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, to maintain all the same doctrine, to suffer no divisions among you; but to be perfectly united in the same mind, and in the same judgment.
1 Corinthians 10:16
the cup of benediction which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? the bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
1 Corinthians 12:12
For as the body is one, tho' it has many members, and all the members of that one body, tho' many, are one body: so also is the body of Christ.
endeavouring to preserve the spiritual union by your affectionate attachment to one another.
only conduct yourselves in a manner becoming the gospel of Christ, that whether I come to see you, or else am absent, I may have this account of you, that you are stedfastly of the same resolution, and unanimously contend for the faith of the gospel,
compleat my joy, by pursuing the same view, living in mutual love, by being unanimous, and cultivating that harmony.
1 Peter 3:8
In a word, live all of you in perfect agreement and sympathy, be full of fraternal love, compassion, and affability.
that your conduct may be worthy of the Lord, in every respect agreeable to him, being friutful in every kind of virtue, and increasing in divine knowledge:
1 Corinthians 3:6
I have planted, Apollos watered: but God gave the increase.
from which the whole body fitly framed, and compacted by the entire adherence and contribution of every part performing its respective function, increases and improves itself by the mutual concern of the parts.
1 Thessalonians 3:12
may the Lord make you increase and abound in mutual love, in love towards all men, as we do towards you:
1 Thessalonians 4:10
this indeed you practise towards all our brethren in Macedonia; and we only exhort you to advance more and more therein:
2 Thessalonians 1:3
We are oblig'd, my brethren, to render thanks to God continually upon your account, as it is but just; since your faith still improves, and your mutual love is always increasing.
2 Peter 3:18
on the contrary, may you increase in the favour, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ! to him be glory both now and for ever. AMEN.