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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.
Do you on your part employ all your care in adding to your faith, fortitude: to fortitude, knowledge: to knowledge, temperance: to temperance, patience: to patience, piety: to piety, fraternal affection: and to fraternal affection, universal benevolence.
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.
but being sincere in mutual love, may be entirely united to Christ, who is the head:
I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God to you, that you present your bodies a living victim, holy, acceptable unto God, as the service of a rational being. and be not conformed to the present age: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may perceive what God requires of you is good, and acceptable, and perfect.
but imitate the Lord Jesus Christ, and by no means indulge any sensual desires.
Imitate herein my example as I do that of Christ.
for as many of you as have been baptized into christianity, have been invested as christians.
the justification which God grants to those who acknowledge Christ and the power of his resurrection, who suffer after his example, and die to sin, as he died to the world,
and you imitated us, and were imitators of the Lord, having receiv'd the word, notwithstanding all your afflictions, with that alacrity, which the holy spirit inspires.
this will conciliate the divine favour. and this is the condition of your vocation, since Christ himself has suffer'd for us,
he that says he is attach'd to Christ, ought to regulate his conduct by his example.
I write to you, fathers, because you have known him that is from the beginning. I write to you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked spirit.
watch and pray that ye may not sink under the trial: the mind indeed is vigorous, but the flesh is weak.
don't desert one another, unless you mutually consent to retire for a time, to the solemnity of prayer; and then come together again, lest satan make an attempt upon your continency.
you have met with no trials yet, but such as are common to men: and God who is faithful, will not suffer you to be tempted above your strength; but will with the temptation make a way to escape, by enabling you to bear it.
not being able therefore to wait any longer, I sent Timothy to know the state of your faith, for fear the tempter should have seduc'd you, and all our labour have prov'd abortive.
for having himself stood the test of sufferings, he is capable of being moved to relieve those who undergo such tryals.
Consider the various tryals that surround you, my brethren, as matter of great joy; knowing this, that the bringing your faith to the test, produces constancy.
because you have kept my precept about patience, I also will keep you in the time of persecution, which shall happen to all the world, to try the inhabitants of the earth.
exert yourself in the glorious cause of faith, and secure the prize of eternal life, to which you were called, when you made that excellent profession of faith before so many witnesses.
if you are to endure chastisement, God treats you as his children: for where's the son whom his father does not chastise? but if you were exempted from that discipline which others are subject to, then are you bastards, and not sons. when our natural parents corrected us, we gave them reverence: is it not much more reasonable to be in subjection to the father of spirits, in order to have life? read more.
their discipline was temporary, and the effect of humour; whereas God chastises us for our advantage, to make us partakers of his holiness. 'tis true, all correction at first is far from appearing agreeable, yet afterward it produces the agreeable fruits of virtue in those who are exercised thereby.
I counsel thee to purchase of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayst be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayst be cloathed, and that the shame of thy nakedness may not appear; and an ointment for thine eyes to make you see clear. as many as I love, I rebuke and chastise: be warm therefore with zeal, and repent.
Be upon the watch, stand firm in the faith, behave your selves like men of fortitude:
Finally, my brethren, place your strength in the transcendent power of the Lord.
do not drink to excess, for that tends to dissoluteness, but be regal'd with spiritual entertainments:
I say then, conduct yourselves by the spirit, and you will not then gratify the animal passions. for the vicious desires are contrary to those of the spirit, and the inclinations of the spirit are contrary to those of the animal part; these are opposite to each other, so that you do not the things that you would. but if you are governed by the spirit, you are not subject to the law.
since the gospel we preach'd, did not consist only of words, but was fully confirm'd by miracles and gifts of the holy spirit, you yourselves being witnesses, what we did among you and for you.
I conjure you in the name of God, and of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is to judge the living and the dead, at his appearance in his kingdom, to preach the word with assiduity upon all occasions: reprove, censure, exhort, with the most tender persuasions. for the time will come, when they will not endure sound doctrine, but get teachers of their own corrupt taste, to sooth their ears that itch for flattery:
for though by this time you ought to be capable of teaching others, you want to be instructed anew in the first principles of the divine oracles; and are in such a state as to stand in need of milk, rather than of solid nourishment.
which is without any mixture, and will make you thrive. Since you have tasted how good the Lord is,
Now the child continued to grow, and greatly improv'd in sense; and was in the desarts till the time, when he was to be manifested to Israel.
and the child grew in stature and in all the improvements of the mind; he was stor'd with wisdom, and was the object of divine favour.
but the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, sweetness of disposition, beneficence, faithfulness, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
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.
but as we lay aside the veil, the divine light gradually informs the mind, according as we attend to that spiritual sense, which points out the Lord.
It is he then that made some, apostles: some, prophets: some, evangelists: and others, pastors, and teachers: thus fitly qualifying his servants for their respective offices, in order to build up the body of Christ: till being united in a perfect belief, and acknowledgment of the son of God, we grow up to that full state of maturity required by Christ: read more.
that we should be no longer children, fluctuating, and carried about with every empty doctrine, by men vers'd in sleight and the crafty arts of deceit: but being sincere in mutual love, may be entirely united to Christ, who is the head:
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:
and such is the will of God, that you should be holy, and avoid licentiousness; that every one of you should take care to preserve the dignity of his person unsullied by the vices of the Gentiles, who know not God: read more.
that no man should be exorbitant, and behave contumeliously to his brother: because the Lord is the avenger of all such crimes, as we have formerly remonstrated to you. for God has not called us to impurity, but to holiness:
now this is his commandment, that we believe in his son Jesus Christ, and that we love one another, as he commanded us.
for in the christian-dispensation, neither circumcision avails any thing, nor uncircumcision, but an active benevolent faith.
having heard of your faith in Christ Jesus, and of the affection you have to all christians; for the sake of that happiness, which you hope for, and is reserv'd for you in heaven, of which you have already been inform'd by the preaching of the truth, that is, the gospel:
such a charge will produce that charity, which arises from purity, from a good conscience, and a sincere belief:
Rejoice in the Lord alway: I say it again, rejoice. let your meekness be known unto all men. the Lord is coming: be not in any manner of sollicitude, but in all your occasions lay your requests before God by prayer and supplication accompany'd by thanksgiving. read more.
and the favour of God, which surpasses all comprehension, shall keep your hearts and mind attach'd to Jesus Christ.
then he conducted them to his house, and gave them an entertainment; and he and his family were affected with joy, for having believed in God.
My dear brethren, don't be surpriz'd at your being brought as it were to the test of fire; as if some strange thing had happen'd to you. on the contrary, rejoice at the share you have of sufferings, as well as Christ: that you may likewise triumph, when he shall appear in his glory.
but imitate the example of those who by faith and patience have obtain'd the inheritance that was promis'd to them.
but let us, who enjoy the light, be temperate; let us be arm'd with the breast-plate of faith and charity, and for an helmet, with the hope of salvation.
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- Be Strong!
- Becoming An Adult
- Becoming More Like Christ
- Being Tempted
- Faith, Nature Of
- God's Salvation Made Known
- Growing Spiritually
- Growth In Grace
- Imitating Jesus
- Orthodoxy, In Nt
- Sanctification, Means And Results
- Sanctification, Nature And Basis
- Satan, As Tempter
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