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it be of God, or whether I speak of myself. John vii. 17.
Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me, shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life, &c. If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed, and ye shall know the truth.John viii. 12. 31, 32.
Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world; that they which see not, might see; and that they which see, might be made blind. -John ix. 39.
I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me, should not abide in darkness.-John xii. 46.
I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you.-John xv. 15.
Christ, which passeth knowledge, &c.
If in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.-Phil. iii. 15.
The mystery which hath been hid from ages, but now is made manifest to his saints; to whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ.--Col. i. 26, 27. Eph. iii. 4, 5.
Consider what I say, and the Lord give thee understanding in all things. -2 Tim. ii. 7.
If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask it of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it shall be given him.—James i. 5.
We know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true.-1 John v. 20.
This is life eternal. That they might know thee the only true God, SECT. III. To give Faith, or Ability
and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent. I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world.-John xvii. 3. 6.
God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.-2 Cor. iv. 6, 7.
But when it pleased God, &c. to reveal his Son in me, &c.Gal. i. 15, 16.
Having made known unto us the mystery of his will, according unto his good pleasure, &c. Making mention of you in my prayers. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, may give unto you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him the eyes of your understanding being enlightened, that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, &c. Eph. i. 3. 1619. iii. 18, 19.
That ye may know the love of
BLESSED art thou, Simon Bar-jona, for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father, &c.— Matt. xvi. 17.
Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.-Mark ix. 24.
Them that believe on his name; which were born not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, &c. but of God. John i. 12, 13.
All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me, &c. No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me, draw him, &c.-John vi. 37. 44. 65.
Other sheep I have, &c. them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice.-John x. 16. Christ condescended to help Thomas's faith by shewing himself to him.-John xx. 25. 27.
Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. Now they which were scattered abroad preached the gospel, and the hand of the Lord was with them: and a great number believed, and
turned unto the Lord.--Acts xi. 18-21.
When Paul preached, &c. a certain woman named Lydia, heard: whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended unto the things which were spoken of Paul: and when she was baptized, &c.-Acts xvi. 13-15.
I say to every man, &c. not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith, &c. Let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith.-Rom. xii. 3. 6.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope through the power of the Holy Ghost, &c. I will not dare to speak of any of those things which Christ hath not wrought by me, to make the Gentiles obedient by word and deed.-Rom. xv. 13. 18.
But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, -1 Cor. i. 30.
My preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, &c. that your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.-1 Cor. ii. 4, 5.
I have planted, &c. but God gave the increase, &c. God that giveth the increase.-1 Cor. iii. 6, 7.
We, having the same spirit of faith, &c. we also believe, and therefore speak.-2 Cor. iv. 13.
That ye may know, &c. what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead.-Eph. i. 18-20.
Ye are saved through faith: and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.-Eph. ii. 8.
That he would grant, &c. that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith.-Eph. iii. 16, 17.
Unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, &c.-Phil. i. 29.
Through the faith of the operation of God, &c.-Col. ii. 12.
We pray, &c. that our God would, &c. fulfil the work of faith with power.-2 Thess. i. 11.
Looking unto Jesus the author (or beginner), and finisher of our faith.— Heb. xii. 2.
Every good gift, &c. cometh down from the Father of lights, &c. of his own will begat he us, with the word of truth.-James i. 17, 18.
To them that have obtained like precious faith with us.-2 Pet. i. 1.
Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ, is born of God, &c. Whosoever is born of God, overcometh the world: and this is the victory which overcometh the world, even our faith.-1 John v. 1. 4. SECT. IV. To make us fruitful, enable
us to subdue Sin, and profit in Grace.
THEN rose up the chief of the fathers, &c. whose spirit God hath raised, to go up to build the house of the Lord, which is in Jerusalem. -Ezra i. 5.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, &c. he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season: his leaf also shall not wither, &c.-Ps. i. 1-3.
Thou wilt prepare their heart, and thou wilt cause thine ear to hear.Ps. x. 17.
Wait on the Lord, &c. and he shall strengthen thine heart.-Ps. xxvii. 14. I will go in the strength of the Lord God.-Ps. lxxi. 16.
Quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.-Ps. lxxx. 18.
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, &c. The Lord will give grace.-Ps. lxxxiv. 5. 11.
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree, he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age:
they shall be fat (or green), and
I will run the way of thy com-
The preparations of the heart, and answer of the tongue, is from the Lord.-Prov. xvi. 1.
Man's goings are of the Lord.Prov. xx. 24.
Draw me, we will run after thee. -Cant. i. 4.
Awake, O north wind, and come thou south blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out, &c.-Cant. iv. 16.
See the effect of Christ's voice and importunity with his spouse.-Cant. v. Lord, &c. thou also hast wrought all our works in us (or for us), &c. by thee only will we make mention of thy name.-Isa. xxvi. 12, 13.
A vineyard of red wine: I the Lord will water it every moment.Isa. xxvii. 2, 3.
Your God will come, &c. and save you. Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing.-Isa. xxxv. 4. 6.
The everlasting God, the Lord, &c. He giveth power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength, &c. but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles: they shall run, and not be weary and they shall walk, and not be faint.-Isa. xl. 28-31.
I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, &c. I will pour out my Spirit, &c. and they shall spring up among the grass, as willows by the water courses.-Isa. xliv. 3, 4.
I am the Lord thy Redeemer, which teacheth thee to profit: which leadeth thee by the way that thou shouldest go.-Isa. xlviii. 17.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in
the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is: for he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and which spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh: but her leaf shall be green, and shall not be careful in the year of drought (or restraint), neither shall cease from yielding fruit.-Jer. xvii. 7, 8.
I will be as the dew to Israel; he shall grow (or blossom) as a lily, and cast forth his roots as Lebanon, &c. I am like a green fir-tree, and from me is thy fruit found.-Hosea xiv. 5, 6. 8.
Who is a God like unto thee? &c. He will subdue your iniquities.Micah vii. 18, 19.
The Lord stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel, &c. and the spirit of all the remnant of the people: and they came and did work in the house of the Lord.-Hag. i. 14.
David, &c. the spirit of supplications.
But unto you that fear my name, shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings: and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.-Mal. iv. 2.
Jesus said unto her, If thou knewest, &c. who it is that said unto thee, Give me to drink, thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living water, &c. The water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water, springing up into everlasting life.-John iv. 10.14.
He that believeth on me (as the scripture hath said), out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.
John vii. 38.
I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.-John x. 10.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Abide in me, and I in you: as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine: no more can ye, except ye abide in me. the branches: he that abideth in me, I am the vine, ye are
and I in him, the same bringeth forth and in the power of his might, &c. much fruit for without (or severed Put on the whole armour of God, from) me, ye can do nothing.-John that, &c.-Eph. vi. 10, &c. xv. 1. 4, 5.
Sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.—Rom. vi. 14.
Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us.
-Rom. xii. 6.
I have planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase: so then, neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth, but God that giveth the increase, &c. we are labourers together with God: ye are God's husbandry, ye are God's building.-1 Cor. iii. 5-7. 9.
Not that we are sufficient of ourselves, &c. but our sufficiency is of God.-2 Cor. iii. 5.
The weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strong holds: casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God: and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.-2 Cor. x. 4, 5. xii. 9, 10.
I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.-Gal. ii. 20.
For this cause I bow my knees to the Father, &c. that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, &c. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.-Eph. iii. 14. 16, 17. 20.
But, &c. may grow up into Him in all things who is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body, fitly joined together, &c. according to the effectual working in the mea-' sure of every part, maketh increase of the body, &c.-Eph. iv. 15, 16.
Brethren, be strong in the Lord,
I know how to be abased, &c. I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me.-Phil. iv. 12, 13.
We, &c. do not cease to pray for you, &c. that ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, &c. strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, &c. And he is the head of the body, the church, &c. for it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell.-Col. i. 9-11. 18, 19.
The head from which all the body, &c. having nourishment, &c. increaseth with the increase of God.-Col. ii. 19.
Ye received it as the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe: for ye, brethren, became followers of the churches, &c. 1 Thess. ii. 13, 14.
Now our Lord Jesus Christ, &c. establish you in every good word and work.-2 Thess. ii. 16, 17.
Now the God of peace, &c. make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working (or doing) in you that which is well pleasing in his sight. Heb. xiii. 20, 21.
God giveth more grace to the humble.- James iv. 6.
SECT. V. To give Power to persevere in Faith and Obedience, through Straits and Temptations, to eternal Life.
THE Lord thy God, he will go over before thee, &c. Be strong, and of a good courage: fear not, nor be afraid of them for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee: he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.— Deut. xxxi. 3. 6. 8. Heb. xiii. 5, 6.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thy heart.-Ps. xxvii. 14.
The steps of a good man are ordered (or established) by the Lord,
&c. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.-Ps. xxxvii. 23, 24. 1 Sam. ii. 9. Ps. xvii. 5.
Renew a right (or constant) spirit within me, &c. uphold me with thy free spirit.-Ps. li. 10. 12.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. -Ps. lv. 22.
Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. --Ps. lxxiii. 24.
Those that be planted in the house of the Lord, shall flourish in the courts of our God: they shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat, &c.-Ps. xcii. 13, 14.
Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe; and I will, &c.-Ps. cxix. 117. The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all that be bowed down.-Ps. cxlv. 14.
Be not afraid, &c. for the Lord shall be thy confidence, and shall keep thy foot from being taken.Prov. iii. 25, 26.
When thou goest, thy steps shall not be straitened, and when thou runnest, thou shalt not stumble.-Prov. iv. 12.
Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? &c.-Cant. viii. 5.
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee. -Isa. xxvi. 3.
A vineyard of red wine; I the Lord do keep it: I will water it every moment, I will keep it night and day.-Isa. xxvii. 2, 3.
And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.-Isa. xxx. 21.
power to the faint, and to them that have no might he increaseth strength: even the youths shall faint, &c. but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew (or change) their strength; they shall mount up with wings, as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.-Isa. xl. 28—31.
I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not, &c. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.-Isa. xlii. 16.
Fear not, for I have redeemed thee, &c. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; for I am the Lord thy God. Isa. xliii. 1—3.
The Lord God hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season, to him that is weary.-Isa. 1. 4.
Thus saith the high and lofty One, &c. I dwell in the high and holy place: with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the heart of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones : for I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth; for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls which I have made.—Isa. lvii. 15, 16.
I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them to do them good: but I will put my fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from me.—— Jer. xxxii. 40.
Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall rise: when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light unto me.-Micah vii. 8.
Ye shall be brought before governors, and before kings, for my sake, And a man shall be as an hiding- &c. take no thought how, or what place from the wind, and a covert you shall speak for it shall be given from the tempest, &c.-Isa. xxxii. 2. you in that same hour what ye shall The everlasting God, &c. fainteth speak.-Matt. x. 18-20. Luke xxi. 15.. not, neither is weary, &c. He giveth Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath