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foolish heart was darkened. Professing themselves to be wise,
they became fools, and changed the glory of the uncorruptible
God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds,
and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.

God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which
be not, as though they were.

The Spirit also helpeth our infirmities : for we know not what
we should pray for as we ought : but the Spirit itself ttlClkctl) iu-
terccssiou for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And



Acts,
X. -36-38.



Acts,
xvii. 22-29.



Romans,
i. 18-23.



Rom. iv. 17.



Romans,
viii. 26, 27.



32



THE DIVINE NATUKE.



Rom. viii. 32.



Rom.viii. 34.



Romans,
xi. 33-36.



1 Corinth.
ii. 'J-11.



1 Corinth,
viii. 4-<5.



1 Corinth.
XV. iK-^.



2 Corinth,
xill. 14.



Gal. It. 4, 5.



he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the
Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints, according to
the will of God.

He that sparcb not l)is Oton Son, but delivered him up for
us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things ?

AVho is he that condemneth ? It is Christ that died, yea
rather, that is risen again, wlio is even at tl)C tigljt \)avib of (!5ob,

who also mokctt) intercession for as.

the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge
of God ! how unsearchable are his judgments, and liis ways past
finding out ! For who hath known the mind of the Lord ? or who
hath been his counsellor ? Or who hath first given to him, and it
shall be recompensed unto him again ? For of him, and through
him, and to him are all things : to whom be glory forever. Amen.

Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into
the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them
that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit;
for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of
man which is in him ? even so the things of God knoweth no man,
but the Spirit of God.

As concerning the eating of those things that are offered in
sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world,
and that there is none other God but one. For tliough there be
that are called gods, whether in heaven or in eartli, (as there be
gods many, and lords many,) but to us there is but one God, the
Father, of whom are all things, and wo in him ; and one Lord
Jesus Christ,- by whom are all things, and we by him.

As in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
But every man in his own order : Christ the first-fruits ; afterward
they that are Christ's at his coming. Then cometh the end, when
he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father ;
when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power.
For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The
last enemy that sliall be destroyed is death. For he hath put all
things under his feet. But when he .saith all things are ])Ut under
him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did i)ut all things
under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then
shall thf Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things
under him, that God may be all in all.

Tho grace of the Lord Jesus Chi-ist, and the love of God, and
the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

Whon the fulness of the time was come, God sent fortl] his
Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that
were under the law.



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33



There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one
hope of your calling ; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God
and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

I would that ye knew what great conflict I have for you, and
for them at Laodicea, and for as many as have not seen my face in
the flesh ; that their hearts might be comforted, being knit together
in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to
the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and
of Christ ; in whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
. . . . In him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.

Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise
God, be honour and glory forever and ever. Amen.

There is one (J5o5, and one mcbiator bcttDCCu (!5oi> anb

men, the man Christ Jesus.

The blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord
of lords; who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which
no man can approach unto : whom no man hath seen, nor can see ;
to wdiom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.

Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father attb Christ
Jesus our Lord.

Li hope of eternal life, which God, tl)tlt cailtlOt iU^ promised
before the world began.

God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time
past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken
unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by
whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his
glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things
by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins,
sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; being made
so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained
a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels
said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten
thee ? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall be to me
a Son ? And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten into the
world, he saitli. And let all the angels of God worship him. And
of the angels he saith. Who maketh his angels spirits, and his min-
istei-s a flame of fire. But unto the Son he saith. Thy throne,
God, is forever and ever : a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre
of thy kingdom : thou hast loved I'ighteousness, and hated iniquity ;
therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of
gladness above thy fellows. And Thou, Lord, in the beginning
hast laid the foundation of the earth ; and the heavens are the
works of thine hands. They shall perish; but thou remainest:
and they all shall wax old as doth a garment ; and as a vesture
shalt thou fold them up, and they shall be changed : but thou art
the same, and thy years shall not fail.



Eph. iv. 4-6.



Colossi ans,
ii."l-3, 9.



1 Tim. i. 17.



1 Tim. li. 5.



1 Timothy,
vi. 15, 16.



2 Tim. i. 2.



Titus, i. 2.



Heb. i. 1-12.



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Heb. U. 10.



Heb. V. 5-8.



Hebrews,
vi. 13-18.



Hebrews,
ix. 13, 14.



Heb. xiii. 8.

J.imes,
i. 13, 14.



James, I. 17.



1 John,
1. 1-3.



1 John, I. 5.



It became liim, for K)l)om arc all tijiugs, ai\b bn rDl)om arc
all tljiUQS, in bringing many sons unto glorj', to make the Captain
of their salvation perfect througli sufterings.

Clirist glorified not liimself to be made an liigh priest ; but lie
that said unto him. Thou art mv Son, to-dav have I becfotten thee.
As lie saith also in another place, Thou art a priest forever after the
order of Melohisedec. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had

offcrcb up praters anb siipplications toitl} strong crning anb

tears unto him that was able to save him from death, and toas
l)carb in that he feared; though he were a Son, yet learned he obe-
dience by the things which he suftered.

When God made promise to Abraham, because l)e coulb
StDCar bn no greater, he sware by himself, saying, Surely bless-
ing I wiirbless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so,
after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. For men
verily swear by the greater : and an oath for confirmation is to them
an end of all strife. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to
show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel,
confirmed it bv an oath : that by two immutable things, in which
it was impossible for (!3ob to lie, we might have a strong conso-
lation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set be-
fore us.

If the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer
sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh :

how much more shall the blood of Cljrist, who ti]rougl) t!)e eter-
nal Spirit offered himself without spot to (5ob, l)urge your con-
science from dead works to serve the living (xod i

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and forever.

Let no man sav when he is tempted, I am tempted of (Jod ;
for God cannot be tempteb tniti) cuil, neither tempteth he any
man: but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his
own lust, and enticed.

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh
"down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turnino:.

That which was from the beginning, which we have heard,
which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon,
and our hands have handled, of the Woid of life: (for the life was
manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, an<l shew unto
you that •■ti-riial life which was toitl) tli>' Fatlu-r, and was manifestt^d
unto us;) that whieli we have seen and heard declare we unto yon,
that ye also may have fellowship with us : and truly our fellowshij)
is with the Father, aiih with his Son Jesus Christ.

Tliis is the message which we have heard of him, and declare
unto you, that <iod is light, and in him is no darkness at all.



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If any man sin, we have an abuOCUtC with the Father, Jesus
Christ the righteous,

I have not written unto you because ye know not the truth,
but because ye know it, and that no he is of the trutli. Who is a
har but he that denieth that Jesus is the Christ ? lie is antichrist,
that denieth th« Father and the Son. Wliosoever denieth the Son,
the same hatli not the Father: [but he that acknowledgeth the
Son hath the Father also.] Let tliat therefore abide in you, which
ye have heard from the beginning. If that which ye have heard
fi"om the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in
the Son, a\\b in the Father. And this is the promise that 1)C hath
promised us, even eternal life.

He that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he
in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit
which he hath gitJClt us.

No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another,
God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us. Hereby know
we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath giueit us
of his Spirit And we have seen and do testify, that the Father
sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. Whosoever shall
confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he
in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath
to us. God is love : and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God,
and God in him.

There are three that bear record in heaven, tlie Father, the
Woixi, and the Holy Ghost : and these three are one.

Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of
Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ,
he hatli botl) the Father and the Son.

The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which (Sob gave unto |)iin,
to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass.
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace be unto
you, and peace, from him which is, and which was, and which is to
come.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith
the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Al-
mighty.

I looked, and behold, a door was opened in heaven : and the
first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with
me ; which said. Come up hither, and I will shew thee things
which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the Spirit:
and behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne.
And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine
stone : and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight
like unto an emerald. And round about the throne were four and
twenty seats ; and upon the seats I saw four and twenty elders sitting,
clothed in white raiment; and they had on their heads crowns of



1 John, ii. 1.



I John,
li. 21-a5.



IJohn, iii.24.



1 John,
iv. 12-16.



1 John, V. 7.



2 John, 9.



Rev. i. 1.



Rev. i. 4.



Rev. i. 8.



Rev. iv.



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Rev. X. 5, 6.



Revelations,
XV. 2-4.



Revelations,
xix. 5, 0.



Itev. xxl. 6.



Revelations,
xxi. 21-23.



Rev. xxW. 13.



ffold-
ings,



xiiid out of the throne proceeded lightnings, and thunder-
and voices. And there were seven lamps of fire burning be-
fore the throne, which are the ^even Spirits of God, And before
the throne there was a sea of glass like unto crystal : and in the
midst of the throne, and round about the throne, were four beasts
full of eyes before and behind. And tlie first beast was like a lion,
and the second beast like a calf, and the third beast had a face as a
man, and the fourth beast was like a flying eagle. And the four
beasts had each of them six wings about him ; and they were full
of eyes Avithin : and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy,
holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
And when those beasts give glory and honour and thanks to hira
that sat on the throne, who liveth forever and ever, the four and
twenty elders fall down before him that sat on the throne, and wor-
ship him that liveth forever and ever, and cast their crowns before
the throne, saying, Thou art worthy, Lord, to receive glory and
honour and power : for thou hast created all things, and for thy
pleasure they are and were created.

And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the
earth, lifted up his hand to heaven, and sware by him that liveth
forever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein
are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and
the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer.

And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire : and
them that had gotten the Aactorv over the beast, and over his image,
and over his mark, and over the numl>er of his name, stand on the
sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of
Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lainb, saying. Great
and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Alniiglity ; just and true
are thy ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord,
and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy : for all nations shall
come and worship before thee ; for thy judgments are made manifest.

And a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God,
all ye his servants, and ye that fear him, both small and great.
And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the
voice of many waters, and as tlie voice of miohtv thunderinirs.



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saying. Alleluia : for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.

And he said unto me. It is done. I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the end.

And tlie street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent
glass. And I saw no temple therein : for the Lord God Almighty
axiit the Lamb are the temple of it. And the city had no need of
the sun, iifitlitT of tlio moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God
did lighten it, iiub the Laml) is the light thereof.

I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first
and tho last



II.



Dintnitij nf tlje ianiniit



In the beginning CJ5oi> created the heaven and the earth.

And (©ob said, Let there be light : and there was light.

[In the beginning was tl)C iXlorb '!^U tilings

Vacvc mubc bg l)int ; aiid without him was not anything made that
was made.]

And they heard the voice of t\)C £ocb (3oh walking in the
garden in the cool of the day : and Adam and his wife hid them-
selves from the presence of tl)e Corb (Sob amongst the trees of
the garden.

[No man hath seen God at any time ; the only begotten Son,
which is in the bosom of the Father, |)C !)atl) bcclurcb tjittt.

Sfot that ang man Ijatl) seen tlie fai\]cty save he which is

of God, he hath seen the Father.]

Now Sarai, Abram's wife, bare him no children : and she had
an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. And Sarai
said unto Abram, Behold now, the Lord hath restrained me from
bearing : I pray thee go in unto my maid : it may be that I may
obtain children by her ; and Abram hearkened to the voice of
Sarai. And Sarai, Abram's wife, took Ilagar her maid the Egypt-
ian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and
gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife.

And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived : and when she
saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes.
And Sarai said unto Abram, My wrong be upon thee : I have
given my maid into thy bosom ; and when she saw that she had
conceived, I was despised in her eyes : the Lord judge between
me and thee. But Abram said unto Sarai, Behold, thy maid is in
thy hand ; do to her as it pleaseth thee. And when Sarai dealt
hardly with her, she fled from her face.

And tlje angel of tl)C £ovb found her by a fountain of water
in the wilderness, by the fountain in the way to Shur. And he
said, Hagar, Sarai's maid, whence camest thou ? and whither wilt
thou go ? And she said, I flee from the face of my mistress Sarai.
And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Return to thy mistress,
and submit thyself under her hands. And the angel of the Lord
said unto her, 3 will multiply thy seed exceedingly, that it shall not



Gen. i. 1.

Gen. i. 3.

John, i. 1, 3.

Gen. iii. 8.

John, i. 18.
John, vl. 46.



Genesis,
xvi. 1-14.



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Gpnesis,
xvii. l-SSJ.



be numbered for multitude. And the angel of the Lord said unto
her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt
call his name Ishmael ; because the Lord hath hoard thy affliction.
And he will be a wild man ; his hand will be against eveiy man,
and every man's hand against him ; and he shall dwell in the
presence of all his brethren. And she called the name of the Lord
that spake unto her, Thou God seest me : for she said, Have I
also here looked after him that seeth me ? Wherefore the well
was called Beer-lahai-roi ; behold, it is between Kadesh and leered.

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, tl}C Corb
appeared to Qlbram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God ;
walk before me, and be thou peifect. And 1 will make my cove-
nant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedinglv.
And Abram fell on his face : and God talked with him, saying, As
for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father
of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called
Abram ; but thy name shall be Abraham ; for a father of many
nations ha\'e I made thee. And I will make thee exceedini: fruit-
ful, and I will make nations of thee ; and kings shall come out of thee.
And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy
seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to
be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give
unto tliee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a
stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession ; and
I will be their God.

And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant
therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee, in their generations. This
is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy
seed after thee ; every man child among you shall be circumcised.
And ye shall circumcise the liesh of your foreskin ; and it shall
be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you. And he that is
eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in
your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with
money of any stranger, which is not of thv seed. He that is born
in thy house, and he that is bougiit with tliy money, must needs be
circumcised : and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an ever-
lasting covenant. And the uncircumcised man child, whose flesh
of ills foreskin is not circumcised, that soul shall be cut ofl" from
his people; he hath broken my covenant.

And (iod said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt
not call lier name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will
bles8 her, and give thee a son also of her : yea, I will bless her, and
she shall be a mother of nations ; kings of people shall be of her,
Tiien Abraham fell upon his face, and laughet], and said in his
heart. Shall a ehilcl be born unto him that is an hundred years
old ? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear ? And Abra-
liam said unto God, () that Ishniael might liv.- before thee! And
G(xl said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a sou indeed ; and thou



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shalt call his name Isaac : and I will establish my covenant with
him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed alter him. And
as for Ishmael, I have heard thee : behold, I have blessed him, and
will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly : twelve
princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. But
my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bare unto
thee at this set time in the next year. And he left oft" talking with

him, and (5oir rociU up from QVbraljnm.

And tl)C £ori> appeared unto I)im [Abraham] in the plains
of Mamre : and he sat in the tent-door in the heat of the day ;
and he lift up his eyes and looked, and lo, three men stood by
him : and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent-
door, and bowed himself toward the ground, and said, My Lord, if
now I have found favour in thy sight, pass not away, I pray thee,
from thy servant : let a little water, I pray you, be fetched, and
wash your feet, and rest yourselves under the tree : and I will fetch
a morsel of bread, and comfort ye your hearts ; after that ye shall
pass on : for therefore are ye come to your servant. And they said,
So do, as thou hast said. And Abraham hiistened into the tent
unto Sarah, and said, Make ready quickly three measures of fine
meal, knead it, and make cakes upon the hearth. And Abra-
ham ran unto the herd, and fetched a calf tender and good, and
gave it unto a young man ; and he hasted to dress it. And he
took butter, and milk, and the calf which he had dressed, and set it
before them ; and he stood by them under the tree, and they did eat.

And they said unto him. Where is Sarah thy wife ? And he
said. Behold, in the tent. And 1)C said, J[ will certainly return unto
thee according to the time of life ; and lo, Sarah thy wife shall have
a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent-door, which was behind him.
Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age ; and
it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore
Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I
have pleasure, my lord being old also ? And the Lord said unto
Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying. Shall I of a surety
bear a child, which am old? Is anything too hard for the Lord ?
At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to tlietime
of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Then Sarah denied, saying, I
laughed not ; for she was afraid. And he said. Nay ; but thou
didst laugh.

And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward So-
dom : and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way.
And the Lord said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which
I do ; seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty
nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him ?
For I know him, that he will command his children and his house-
hold after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, to do
justice and judgment ; that the Lord may bring upon Abraham



Genesis,

xviii. 1-33,

and

xLx. 1.



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that which he hath spoken of him. And the Lord said, Because
the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is
very grievous, I will go down now, and see whether they have done
altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me ; and
if not, I will know. And the men turned their faces from thence,
and went towards Sodom : but Abraham stood jet before the Lord.

And Abraham drew near, and said, Wilt thou also destroy the
rigliteous with the wicked ? Peradventure there be fifty righteous
within the city : wilt thou also destroy and not spare the i)lace for
the fifty righteous that are therein ? That be tar from thee to do
after tliis manner, to slay the righteous with the wicked ; and that



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