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Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, (1) whether prophecy, let us prophesie
. according to the proportion of faith: 7. Or a ministry,
o Ver. 3.
6.† 1. Cor. 12. 4, 9, 11. Now received the Gift, even so minister there are diversities of Gifts, but the the same one to another, as good fame Spirit. But the Manifestati. Stewards of the manifold Grace of on of the Spirit, is given to every God. If any Man speak, let him Mon to profit withal. But all these s speak as the Oracles of God; if aworketh that one and the self- ny Man minister, let him do it as same Spirit, dividing to every Man of the Ability which God giveth: severally as he will. Eph. 4 7. that God in all things may be glo.
every one of us is given Grace rified through Jesus Christ. according to the Measure of the 10 Gift of Christ. Heb. 2. 4. God al- pti Cor. 19. 10, 28. + i Cor. fo bearing them witness, both with 13. 2. t 1 Cor. 14. 1, 29, 31. See Signs and Wonders, and divers
on Ads it. 27. Miracles, and Gifts of the holy Ghost, 9.91 Cor. 12. 5. There are dif. according to his own Will. † 115 ferences of Administrations, but the
t Pet. 4. 10, 11. As every Man hath same Lord.
(1) By Prophecy, seems here to be meant, the Gift of Expounding the Revelations made by inspired Persons to others, and particularly the Prophecies of the Old Testament. Some think that the Measure of Faith, Ver. 3. and the Proportion of Faith here, are Expressions of the same Ima port, and signifie the Proportion or Measure of spiritual Gifts bestowed in the Apostles Times upon Men, upon their Faith, or believing the Gospel, which were more or fewer, according as they fitted and prepared them felves for the receiving of them. There is another Senle of this place, which though it might not be intended by the Apostle, yet because it is in it felf an excellent Rule for interpreting the Scriptures, I think it may be of Use to mention it. · It is that of those, who by the Proportion of Faith, understand the Anglogy of Faith; by which chey mean, the constant Scope and Tenour of the Scriptures, in the plain and neceffary Points of Faith and Practice. For we may be assured, that no Sense of Scripture can be a true or good Sense, which is contrary to the general Design and tenour of the whole. To give an Inftance or two. We may conclude that the
these Words, This is my Body, by the Church of Rome, cane not be true, it being evident from the History of the New Testament, that our Lord is afcended into Heaven, where he is to continue, Afts 3. 21, till the Time of the Restitution of all Things, that is, till his second Coming to Judgment. How then can his Body be in den Thoufand seves ral Places on Earth at one and the same Time? I will add, if the Doo Erine of Tranfubftantiation is true, it will follow, that our Lord, when he instituted the holy Sacrament, did eat his own Flesh, and drink his own Blood, which those who maintain this Do&trine would do well to consider. Once more, We may conclude that God did not, by an eternal Decree, reprobate any Man, or create him on purpose to glorifie his Ju. stice in his everlasting Destruction ; because, such a Nocion is contrary to the constant. Tenour of Scripture, which assures us, That every one's Misery is from himself; That God desires the Salvation and Hapi
Sense put upon
let us wait on our miniftring; or be that " teacheth, on teaching; 8. Or he that s exhorteth, on exhortation : he that " * giveth [Or, imparteth], let him do it * with
simplicity [Or, liberally];' he that ruleth, with diligence; he that theweth mercy, with cheerfulness. 9. Let lovebe without diffimulatio11. ? Abhor that
which rAts 13. 1. There were in the .: 2. Cor. 8. 2. -Their deep Church that was at Antioch cer. Poverty abounded unto the Rich tain Prophets and Teachers ; as es of their liberality. Barnabas.- A&ts 29. 28. Take bi Thef. 5.. 12: We beseech heed unto your selves, and to all syou, Brethren, to know them che Flock over whom the holy which labour among you, and are ruer Ghost hath made you Overseers, you in the Lord, and admonish to feedthe Church of God.- Eph.
Tim. s. 17. Let the 4. 11, 12. He gave fome Pastors Elders which rule well be counted and Teachers: for the perfecting of so worthy of double Honour, especithe Saints, for the work of the Mi.
ally they who labour in the Word Biftry, for the Edifying of the Body and Do&trine. Heb. 13.17, 24. 0of Christ." tilim. 5.17. Let the bey them that have the Rule over Elders chat rule well be counted
you, and submit your felves. worthy of double Honour, especi- 15 Salute all them that have the rule ally they who labour in the Word
over you. and Doctrine. ! Pet. 5. 2. Feed the
o ? Cor. 9.7. -God loveth a Flock
of God which is among cheerful Giver. you
9. tı Tim. 1. s. t 1 Pet. I, 8. s: Aets 15. 32. See on 20 22. See on Joh. 13. 34, 35.
Pfal. 34. 14. Depart from Evil
, u + Mat. 6. 1, 2, 3 Take heed and do good. that
do no: your Alms before deviseth Mischief upon his Bed, he Men to be seen of them :, otherwise setteth himself in a way that is not ye have no Reward of your Father 25 good;
gnod; he abhorreth not evil. which is in Heaven. Therefore Pfal 37. 27. Depart from Evil, and when chon doft an Alms, do not do good, and dwell for evermore. found a Trumpet before thee. † Pral. 97. 10. Ye that love the But when thou doft Alms, ler not Lord, bate evil.- Pfal. 101. 3. I thy left Hand know what thy 30 will fet no wicked thing before mine right Hand doth.
Eyes: nefs of all Men; That he is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to Repentance; That Jesus Christ tafted Death for everyMan. A Man may be at a loss about the Meaning of a difficult Text of Scria pture, bue he can be certain, that that cannot be the sense thereof which contradi&ts the general scope of the holy Scriptures. I will farther add, That to suppose that God, without any regard to the good or evil Actions of Men and Women, has by an eternal and unalterable Deo cree appointed lome to everlasting Happiness, and the much greater Part to everlasi ing Misery, is to suppose him to be in the most proper Sense, a respecter of Perlins, which the Scriptures are so careful to guard against
, that it is affim'd several times in the Old and New Testament, That God has xo rejilet to any Man's Person. See the References on A&s 19. 34.
Acts 13. 43.
which is evil, cleave to that which is good. 10. f Be kindly affe&tioned one to another; * with brotherly love [Or, in the love of the brethren], in honour preferring one another : II
11.' Not slothful in business: i fervent in spirit; serving the Lord : 12. * Rejoicing in hope; pa
tient Eyes: I hate the work of them Mind, Meeknefs, Long-suffering. that turn aside, it shall not cleave 1 Pet. 2. 17. Honour að Men. I to me. Pfal. 119. 128. I efteem Pet. S. s. Likewise ye Younger,
all thy Precepts concerning all submit your selves to the Elder; Lu things to be right, and I hate eve- yea, all of you be subje&t one to as
ry false Way. Prov. 8. 13. The nother, and be clothed with HumiliFear of the Lord' is to hate Evit; stg.
h Pride and Arrogancy, and the evil
Eccl. 9. 10. Whatfcever Way, and the froward Mouth, do I thy Hand findeth co do, do it with hate. Ifa. 1. 16, 17. Wash ye, thy Might ; for there is no Work, make you clean, put away the Evil nor Device, nor Knowledge, cor of your doings from before mine 10 Wisdom in the Grave whither Eyes, ceafe to do Evil, learn to do
thou goeft. * well- + Amos 5: 14, 15. Seek i See on A&s 18. 25.
Good and not Evil,that ye may live. k Luk. 10. 20. In this ree Hate the Evil, and love the Good, joice not, that the Spirits are suband establish Judgment in the 15 jeet unto you: but rather rejoice,
1 Pet. 3. 10, 11. He that because your Names are written will love Life, and see good Days, in Heaven. Rom. 15. 13. Now let him refrair his Tongue from the God of Hope fill you with all Evil, and his Lips that they speak Joy and Peace in believing, that ye
, no guile. Let him efchers Evil, 20 may abound in Hope through the and do Good. 3 Joh. ver. 11. Power of the holy Ghost. 2. Cor. Beloved, follow not that which is 13. 11. -Be of good comfort.evil, but that which is good.- Phil. 3. 1. Finally, my Brethren,
10. + Heb. 13. 1. t 1 Pet. 2. rejoice in the Lord. t Phil. 4. 4. 17. See on Joh. 13. 34, 35. 25 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and a
8. Ecclefiafticus 3. 18. The greate gain. I say, rejoice. ti Thef. 5. 16. er thou art, the more humble thy Rejoice evermore. Heb. 3. 6. self, and thou fhalt find Favour be. Whore House are we, if we hold fore the Lord Mat. 20. 26. fast the Confidence, and the rejoicWhosoever will be great among zoing of the Hope firm unto the end. you, let him be your Servant. Job 2.10. -What! shall we Luk.
14. 10. When thou art bidden, receive Good at the Hand of God, go and sit down in the lowest Room. and shall we not receive Evil ?
13. 7. Render to all their dues, Rom. 5. 3,4.-knowing that Tri. tribute to whom tribute is due, cu- 35 bulation worketh Patience; and ftom to whom custom, fearto whom Patience, Experience; and Experifear, honour to whom bonour. Eph. ence, Hope. Rom. 2.7. To them S. 21. Submitting, your felves one who by patient continuance in wellto andther in the fear of God. doing, feek for Glory, and Honour, + Phil. 2. 3. Let nothing be done 40 and Immortality, eternal Life . through Strife and Vain-glory, Heb. 10.36. For ye have need of but in lowliness of Mind let each ea Patience ; that after ye have done Reem other better than them felves. the Will of God, ye might receive Eol. 3. 12. Put on therefore (as the the Promise. Heb. 17 1. · Let Ele&t of God, holy and beloved) 45 us run with Patience the Race that bowels of Mercies, humbleness of
tient in tribulation; m continuing instant in
prayer: 13: n Distributing to the necessity of saints :
given to hot pitality. 148 Bless them which persecute you : bless; , and curse not. 15. 9 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. 16. Be of the 's fame mind one towards another. Mind not high things, but * con
s descend to men of low estate [Or, be contented with mean things]. * Be not wise in your own conceits. 17. ^ Recom pence to no man evil for evil. Provide things honeft in the
fight is set before us. Jam. 1. 3, 4 1$. 9 Ecclefiaft. %. 34. Fail not Knowing this, that the trying of to be with them that weep, and your Faith worketh Patience. Buc. imourn with them that mourn. Mat. let Patience have her perfect Work, 25. 35, 36. I was an bungred, and that ye may be perfect and entire, š ye gave me Meat: I was thirsty,and wanting nothing. Jam. 5. 2. Be
ye gave me Drink :
I was a Straks patient therefore, Brethren, unto ģer, and ye took me in: Naked, the Coming of the Lord. Behold, and ye clothed me: I was Sick,and the Husbandman waiteth for the ye visited me: I was in Prison; precious Fruit of the Earth, and 10 and ye came unto mo. Luk. 1. hath long Patience for it, until he 58. Her Neighbours, and hier Cou: receive the former and the latter fins heard how the Lord had fhewa Rain.
ed great Mercy upon her; and m 1 Thef. 5. 17. See on Luk. they rejoiced with her. 1 Cor. *
1$ 12. 26. Whether one Member fufa 13. t 1 Cor. 16. 1.
fer, all the Members suffer with it :
or one Member be honoured, ali • Gen. 18.3, 4. [Abraham) said, the Members rejoice with it. Gal. My Lord, if now I have found Fa. 6. 2. Bear ye one anothers Burdens, vour in thy Sight, pass not away I 20 and so fulfil the Law of Christ. pray thee from thy Servant. Let". Heb. 13. 3. Remember them that
. a litele Water, I pray thee, be are in Bonds, as bound with them; fetched, and wash your feet, and and them which suffer Adverfiry, rest your felves under the Tree.
as being your felves also in the Gen. 19. 2. (Lor] said, Behold now, 25 Body. my Lords, turn in, I pray you, into 16. Rom, 1 s. s. t 1 Pet. 3. your Servants House, and tatry all 8. See on Joh. 17.11. Night, and wash your Feet.
Acts st Pfal. 131. 1. Lord, my Heart 16. 15.-- (Lydia) befought us, say- is not haughty, nor mine Eyes lofing, If ye have judged me faithful ze ty: neither do I exercise my felf unto the Lord, come into my House, in gredt Matters, or in things too and abide there. I Tim. 3. 2. bigh for me. † Jer.4$. S. Seekest A Bishop then must be blameless, thou great things for thy self? Seeks given to Hospitality. Tit. 1. 8.
them not.- A lover of Hospitality. Heb. 35 ut Prov. 3.4. f Isa. $. 21:
. 13. 2: Be not forgetful to entertain f Rom. 11. 25. See on Vér. 3, Strangers: for thereby some have
f Prov. 20. 2 2. fi Thef. entertained Angels unawares. † i $. 15. f i Pet. 3. 9. Pet. 4. 9. Use Hospitality one to a.
Mat. 5. 39. ncther without grudging.
et i Cor. 8, 21. Providing for 14. ? See on Mat, 5.44.
fight of all men. 18. If it be possible, as much as lieth į live peaceably with all men.
19. Dearly beloved, • avenge not your felves, but rather give place. unto wrath: for it is written, e Vengeance is mine ; I will repay faith the Lord. 20. Therefore if thine f
enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt & heap coals of fire on his head.
21. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with E good.
+ Heb. 10. 30.
Say of you.
honeft things, not only in the fight fore thus faith the Lord God, I will of the Lord, but also in the Sight also stretch out my Hand upon Eof Men. Phil. 4.8. Whatsoever dom. Nah. 1. 2. God is jealous, things are true, whatsoever things and the Lord revengeth; the Lord are boreft, -think on these things. srevengeth and is furious, the Lord 1 Thef. 4. 12. That ye may walk will take Vengeance on his Ad, honestly toward them that are with verfaries ; and he reservech Wrath
Tit. 2. 8. Sound Speech for his Enemies. that cannot be condemned that We know him that hath said, Ven. he that is of the contrary Part may 10 geance belongeth unto me, I will be ashamed, having no evil thing to recompence, faith the Lord. 1 Pet. 2. 13. Having
Exod. 23. 4. If thou meet your Conversation honest among the thine Enemies Ox or his Ass going Gentiles. 1 Pet. 3. 16. Having astray, thou fhalt surely bring it a good Conscience ; that whereas is back to him again. * Prov. 25.21, they speak evil of you, as of evil 22. If thine Enemy be hungry, give doers
, they may be ashamed that him Bread to ear: and if he be fallly accuse your good Conversation tbirsty, give him Water to drink: 1 in Chrift.
for thou shalt heap Coals of Fire upa 18. | Heb. 12. 14.
See on 20 on his Head, and the Lord shall
reward thee. a 19. f Lev. 19. 18. | Eccle- 8 1 Sam. 24: 16, 17. Saul fiafticus 28. 1, &c.
See on Mat. said, Is this thy Voice my Son Da5.39
vid ? and Saul lift up his Voice Deut. 32. 35. To me belong-25 and wept. And he said to David, eth Vengeance and Recompen ce.- Thou art more righteous than 1: Pfal. 94. 1. O Lord God, to whom for thou hast rewarded me good, Vengeance belongeth: O God, to whereas I have rewarded thee evil. whom Vengeance belongerh, shew 2 Erdr. 16. 53. Let not the Sinthy self. Ezek. 25. 12, 13. Thus 30 ner say that he hath not finned : faith the Lord God, Because that for God shall burn Coals of Fire Edom bath dealt
against the House upon his Head, which faith before of Judah by taking Vengeance, the Lord God and his Glory, I and hath greatly offended, and re- have not linned. venged himself upon them : there-35