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according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, tlirougl) sailC-
titicatiou of tl)C Spirit, unto obedience and spriidvling of the blood
of .Jfsus Christ,

Of which salvation the prophets have inquired and searched
diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you :
searching wliat, or what manner of time tl)C Spirit of d)rist



OFFICE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.



491



tDl)icl) voas in tl)cm biii signifti,u)l]cn it tcstificb bcforcljanb
tl)c sufferings of CCljrist, anb lljc gloin tl)at sl)oulb follotu.
Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us
they did minister the things which are now repoited unto vou l)y
them that have preached the gospel unto you, toitl) tl)C Ijoljl *Sl)OSt
sent bourn from l)ertoeU : which things the angels desire to look
into.

Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth
tl)rOugl) tl)e Sipirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that
ye love one another with a pure heart fervently : being born again,
not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God,
which liveth and abideth forever.

We have a more sure word of prophecy ; whereunto ye
do well that ve take lieed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark
place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts :
knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private
interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will

of man; but l)oln men of i&oh spake as tljeti mere moueb bji
tl)c i)oln (JM)OStT

These things liave I written unto you concerning them that

seduce you. Cut t!)e anointing toljicl) ne liaue receiueb of l)im
abiiietl) in non, anb ne neeb 'not tijat ann man lead) non :
but as tl)c same anointing teadjetl) nou of all tljings, aiib is
truti), anb is no lie, anb euen as itljatl) taugl)t nou, ye shall

abide in him.

He that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he
in him. ^nh l)erebt} toe knoui tl)at l)c abibetl) in us, bn tl)c
Spirit tDl)icl] l)c l)atl) giuen us.

Beloved, believe not eveiy spirit, but try the spirits whether
tliev are of God : l)ecause many false ])rophets are gone out into

the world. -Qctebn kuou) ne tlje Spirit of (Pob : Every spirit
that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God :
and every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the
flesh, is not of God. And this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof
ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in
the world. Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome
them : because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the
world. They are of the world : therefore speak they of the world,
and the world heareth them. We are of God. He that knoweth
God, heareth us ; he that is not of God, heareth not us. Hereby

know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error

If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is per-
fected in us. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us,
because l}e l)atl) giuen us of l)is Spirit. And we have seen,
and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of
the world.



I Peler,
i. -.^i, Si.



2 Peter,
i. 19-21.



1 John,
ii. i!ti, ',>7.



1 John,
iii. 24.



1 John,
. 1-6, 12-14.



492



OFFICE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.



I John,
V. 5-9.



Jude, 17-21.



Revelation,
i. U-11, ii. 7.



Rev. iv. 1, 2.



Rev. xiv. 13.



Rev. xxli. 17,



WHio is he that overcometh the world, but he that behevetli
that Jesus is the Sou of God ? This is he that came b}' water and
blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and

blood. '2,nh it is tl)c Spirit tl]nt bcarctl] mitncss, because tlic
Spirit is truti). Sox tlicre arc tl)rcc tijat bear recorb in
Ijeauen, tlje iTatljcr, tl)c tborb, anb tl)c i^oln (!3l)ost : and these

three are one. And there are three that bear witness in earth, the
.spirit, and the water, and the blood : and these three agree in one.
If we receive the witness of men, the witness of God is greater :
for this is the witness of God which he hath testified of his Son.

Beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of
the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ ; how that they told you there
should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own
ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual,
l)aoinig not tl)C Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves
on your most holy faith, prajling iu tljC ijoln ©IjOSt, keep your-
selves in the love of God, looking- for tlie mercy of our Lord Jesus
Christ unto eternal life.

I John, who also am your brother, and companion in tribula-
tion, and in the kingdom and patience of Jesus Christ, was in the
isle that is called Patmos, for the word of God, and for the testi-
mony of Jesus Christ. J tDas ill tl)e Spirit on tl)c Corb's bail,

and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am
Alpha and Omega, the first and the last : and. What thou seest,
write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in
Asia ; unto Ephesus, and unto Smyrna, and unto Pergamos, and
unto Thyatira, and unto Sardis, and unto Philadelphia, and unto
Laodicea lie that hath an ear, let him hear

tDl]at tl)e Spirit saiti) unto tl)e cl)urcl)es.

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven :
and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trunij>et talking
with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things
which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in tl)C spirit :
and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on tiie
throne. . . . , .

And I heard a voice from heaven, saying unto me, Write,
Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth : Yea,
saitI) tl)e Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their
works do folhnv them.

^nb tlic Spirit anb tl)c bribe san, Come.



XIV.



3ttnti'0 /reriinni.



The Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden
of Eden, to dress it, and to keep it. And the Lord God fOltt-
IttiTllbcb the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou may-
est freely eat : but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil
tl)Ott sl)alt not cat of it : for in the day that thou eatest thereof
thou slialt surelv die.

Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field
•which the Lord God had made : and he said unto the woman,
Yea, hath God said. Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden ?
And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of
the trees of the garden : but of the fruit of the tree which is in
the midst of the garden, God hath said. Ye sliall not eat of k,
neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto
the woman, Ye shall not surely die : for God doth know, that in
the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened ; and ye
shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.

QVnb vo\)cn tl)c woman sau) t\)at tl)c tree ujas igoob for
fool), iuib tl)at it was pleasant to tl)c enes, anb a tree to be
besiieb to make one wise ; slje took of the fruit thereof, and

did eat ; and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did
eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that
they were naked : and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made
themselves aprons.

And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the
garden in the cool of the day : and Adam and his wife hid them-
selves from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of
the garden. And the Lord God called uiitd Adam, and said unto
him, Where art thou ? And he said, I heard thy voice in the
gaiclen ; and T was afraid, because I was naked ; and I hid myself.
And he said, Who told thee that thou wast naked ? Ilast thou
eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou shouldest
not eat ? And the man said, The woman whom thou gavest to be

with me, sl)e gatic me of tl)e tree, anb 3 bib cot. And the

Lord (tod said unto the wonuin, What is this that thou hast done ?

And the woman said, ijl)e serpent bcguilcb me, anb J bib
ent.

The Lord said unto Cain, Why art thou wrotli ? and why is



Cencsif,
ii. 15-17.



Gen. iii. 1-13.



Ccn. iv. 0, 7.



4:94



MAN'S FREEDOM.



Exodus,
vii. l-t-ll).



thy countenance fallen ? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be ac-
cepted ? anb if tl)ou bocst not racU, sin UctI) at tl)c boor.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Pharaoh's heart is hai-dened,
he refuseth to let the people go. Get thee unto Pharaoh in the
morning ; lo, he goeth out unto the water, and thou shalt stand
by the river's brink against he come : and the rod which was
turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand. And thou shalt
sav unto him. The Lord God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto
thee, saying, £ct ttin pcoplc go, that they may serve me in the

wilderness: axxii bcl)olb, l)itl)erto tljoit ujoulbcst not l)car.



Exodus,
viii. 1, 2, 15.



Exodus,
viii. '20, 21.



Ex, ix. 1-3.



Exodus,

ix. 27, 28, 34,

35.



Ex. X. 3, 4.



And the Lord spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say
unto him. Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go that they may
serve me. And if tl)On I'Cfusc to let them go, behold, I will
smite all thy borders with frogs

But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, l)e l)arbcncb

l]is Ijcart, anb ijcarkcneb not nnto t!)cm; as the Lord had

said.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning,
and stand before Pharaoh ; lo, he cometh forth to the water ; and
say unto him. Thus saith the Lord, Let my people go, that they may
serve me ; else, if tl)Ott Boilt not let mn |)eoplc 00, behold, I will
send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon
thy people, and into thy houses.

Then the Lord said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell
him. Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, Let my people go,
that they may serve me. For if tl)Oll rcfusc tO Icttljcm go, onb
toilt l)olb tl)Cnt still, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thy
cattle which is in the field, upon the liorses, upon the asses, upon
the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep : there shall be a
very grievous murrain.

And Pharaoh sent and called for Moses and Aaron, and said
unto them, J |)aiic sinncb tliis time : tl)e £ovb is rigl)teons,
anb 3 anb mn people iire roickeb. Entreat the Lord (for it is

enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; Ci\\ii

3 Ulill let JIOIX go, and ye shall stay no longer

And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the
thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, anb l)arbencb l)is
l)cart, he and his servants. And the heart of Pharaoh was hard-
ened, neither would he let the children of Israel go ; as the Lord
had spoken by Moses.

.'Vnd Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto
him, Thus saith the Lord God of the Hebrews, i^oU) lonQ Ujilt

tl)ou refuse to l)nmblc tljnself before me ? Let my people go,
that they may serve me. Else, if thou refuse to let my people go,
behold, to-morrow will I bring the locusts into tliy coast.



MAN S FREEDOM.



495



And it came to pass, ^vhen Pharaoh liad let the people go,
that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philis-
tines, although that was near; for God said, £c5t pcmbuciUUVC

tl)c people repent rol)en tljeg see roar, anb tijec return to
(Egiipt.

And when they [the children of Israel] came to Marah, . . . .
there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there
he proved them, and said, Jf tl)Ott roilt diligently hearken to the
Yoioe of the Lord thy God, and wilt (lo that which is right in
his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all
his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I
have brought upon the Egyptians : for I am the Lord that heal-
eth thee.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down : for thy
people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, |)a0C
rorrupteb tijentselues : they have turned aside quickly out of the
way which I cominatided them : they have made them a molten
calf, and have worshipped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and
said, These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up
out of the land of Egypt.

And the Lord said unto Moses, 3 [)avc SCCVL tl)is pcoplc,
anb bel]olb, it is a stiff-necUeb people.

3i lie roalk in mn statntes anh keep mn commaniimcnts,

(inb bo tt)ein ; then I will give you rain in due season, and the land
shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their
fi-uit

Cut if ne toill not ijearken unto me, anb roill not ho all

tljese COmnfanbmentS : and if ye shall despise my statutes, or
if your soul abhor my judgments, so tl)at tie toill not ho all tnn
commanbments, but tl)at jie break mn couenant: I also will

do this unto vou, I will even appoint over you terror, consumption,
and the burning ague, that shall consume the eyes, and cause sor-
row of heart : and ye shall sow your seed in vain ; for your ene-
mies shall eat it. And I will set my face against you, and ye
shall be slain before your enemies : they that hate you shall reign
over you, and ye shall floe when none pursueth you.

Qlnb if lie roill not net for all tl)is Ijearken unto me, then I

will punish y«)U st-vt-n times more for yuur sins. And I will break the
pride of your power ; and I will make your heaven as iron, and
your earth as brass ; and your strength shall be spent in vain :
for your land shall not yield her inci'case, neither shall the trees
of the land yield their fruits.

^nb if lie roalk contrarn unto me, attb roill not l)earken

unto me, I will bring seven times more plagues upon you ac-
cording to your sins. I will also send wild beasts among you,
which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and
make you few in number, and your highways shall be desolate.



Ex. xiii. 17



Exodus,

XV. 'J:J, 25,

2(j.



Exodu?,
xxxii. 7-9.



Leviticus,

xxvi. 3, 4,

14-2a.



496



MAN'S FREEDOM.



Deuteron.
1.4:2-14.



Dcut. iv. 9.



Deuteron.
iv. 25-29.



Deuteron.
V. 1-1, 6, 7.



And if m toill not be rcformcb bn mc bn tljcsc tl)ings, but

mill tualk COntrarn unto mc : then witl I al.so~vvalk contrary unto
you, and will punish you yet seven times for your sins. And I
will bring a sword upon you, that shall avenge the quarrel of my
covenant : and when ye are gathered together within your cities, I
will send the pestilence among you : and ye shall be delivered into
the hand of the enemy. And when I have broken the staff of
your bread, ten women shall bake your bread in one oven, and
they shall deliver you your bread again by weight : and ye shall
eat and not be satisfied.

^n^ if jie roill not for all tijis l)carlicn unto mc, but toalk

contravn unto mc ; then I will walk contrary unto you also in
fury ; and I, even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

And the Lord said unto me, Say unto them. Go not up, nei-
ther fight ; for I am not among you ; lest ye be smitten before
your enemies. So I spake unto you ; a'ilb 2C U)OUlb UOt l]Car, but
rebelled against the commandment of the Lord, and went prc-
SUmptUOUsln up into tlie hill. And the Amorites, which dwelt
in that mountain^ came out against you, and ohased you, as bees
do.

Only take liccb to tl)nsclf, anh keep tl)n soul biligcutlji,

lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they
depart from thy heart all the days of thy life : but teach them thy
sons, and thy sons' sons.

When thou shalt beget children, and children's children, and
ye shall have remained long in the land, aub sl)all COlTUpt
noutscloes, and make a graven image, or the likeness of anything,
and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thj' God, to ]>rovoke

him to anger ; 3 call l)canen anb eartl) to witness against

nou tl)is ban, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land
whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it ; ye shall not prolong
your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And the Lord
shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in
number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you.
And there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and
stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

But if fi'om thence thou shalt seek the Lord thy God, thou
slialt find him, if tl)OU scek l)im toitl) all tljri Ijcart, anb luitl) oil
tl)ii soul.

And Moses called all Israel, and said unto them. Hear,
Israel, the statutes and judgments which I speak in your ears this
day, that ye may learn them, and keep, and do them.

The Lord our God mabc a COUCUa Ut U)itl) us in Horeb.
The Lord made not this covenant with our fathers, but with us,
even us, who are all of us here alive tliis day. The Lord talked
with you face to face in the mount out of the midst of the fire, ....



MAN'S FREEDOM.



497



saying, I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the
land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. ®l)Ott sl)ixlt Ijiioe

none otl)cr gobs before me, &c.

And the Lord heard tlie voice of your words, when ye spake
unto me ; and the Lord said unto me, I have heard the voice of
tlie words of this people, which they have spoken unto thee : they
have well said all that they have spoken. i\]at tl)CXC VOCXC
SUCI) an l)eart in tl)Cm, that they would fear me, and keep all
my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and
with their children forever !

i^ear, (S> Israel, anb obscrue to bo it; tl)at it ma^ be

toeli witl) tijee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord
God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth
with milk and honey.

Hear, O Israel : the Lord our God is one Lord : anb tl)On

sl)alt lone tl)e Corb tl}n (f5ob toitl) all tl)ine Ijeart, anb roitl)
all lljn soul, anb roitl) all tli« migl)t.

All the commandments which I command thee this day shall
ye observ^e to do, that ye may live, and multiply, and go in and
possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers. And
thou shalt remember all the way which the Lord thy God led
thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, anb tO

^jroue tljee, to knou) m\)(ii mas in tl)me Ijeart, roljctljer tl)ou
tooulbest keep Ijis rommanbmcnts, or no.

It shall be, if thou do at all forget the Lord thy God, and walk
after other gods, and serve them, and worship them, jj testify
against non tl)is ^(in that ye shall surely perish. As the nations
which the Lord destroyeth before your face, so shall ye perish ;

because nc ujoulb not be obcbient unto tl]e uoice of tlje Corb
Bour CSob.

!3el)olb, I set before nou tl)is 'bci'^ a blessing anb a

Cttraie : a blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your
God which I command you this day ; and a curse, if ye will not
obey the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside out
of the way which I command you this day, to go after other gods
which ye have not known.

This commandment which I command thee this day, it is
not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. It is not in heaven, that
thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring
it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it ? Neither is it beyond
the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us,
and bring it unto lis, that w^ may hear it, and do it ? But the
word is very nigli unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that
thou mayest do it.

See, 3 Ijaue set before tl)ee this ha^ life anb goob, aitb

beatl) anb euil ; in that I command thee this day to love



Deuteron.
V. 28, 29,



Deut. vi.3-5.



Deuteron.
viii. 1, 2.



Deuteron.
viii. 10, 20.



Deuteron.
xi. 2(>-2a.



Deuteron.
xxx. 11-20.



32



498



MAN'S FREEDOM.



Joshua,
xxiii. 11.



Joshua,

xxiv. 1, 2,

14-25.



the Lord thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his command-
ments, and his statutes, and his judgments, that thou mayest Hve
and multiply : and the Lord thy God shall bless thee in the land
whither thou goest to possess it. But if thine heart turn away, so
that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship
other gods, and serve them ; T denounce unto you this day, that
ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon
the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. jj

call l)caiicn anb cart!) to rccorb tl)is ban against non, tljat 3
\)avc set before mn life anh beatli, blessing anh cnrsinq :
tl)crcfore cl)006c life, tljat botl) tl)ou aiib ll)n secb maji lice :

that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest
obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him (for he is thy
life, and the length of thy days) that thou mayest dwell in the
land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac,
and to Jacob, to give them.

QTakc goob Ijeeb therefore unto yourselves, that ye love the
Lord your God.

And Joshua gathered all the trbies of Israel to Shechem,
and called for the elders of Israel, and for their heads, and for
their judges, and for their officers ; and they presented themselves
before God, And Joshua said unto all the people, Thus saith
the Lord God of Israel, ..... Now therefore fear the
Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth ; and put away tlie
gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood,
and in Egypt ; and serve ye the Lord. Qlnii if it SCCm Ciul nnto'

20U to Bcvvc tl)e tov'b, cl)oosc non tl)is ban toljom jie tuill

BCXVC, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on
the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites in whose

land ye dwell : but as for tttc anb mti l)onse, U3C toill seruc tl)c
£orb.

And the people answered, and said, God forbid that we should
forsake the Lord, to serve oth«r gods ; for the Lord our God, he
it is that brought us up, and our fathers, out of the land of Egypt,
from the house of bondage, and which did those great signs in
our sight, and preserved us in all the way wherein we went, and
among all the people through whom we passed : and the Lord
drave out from before us all the people, even the Amorites which
dwelt in the land : tljcrcforc ujill xoc also seruc tl)e Corb ; for
he is our God.

And Joshua said unto the people. Ye cannot serve the Lord :
for he is an holy God : he is a jealous God ; he will not forgive
your transgressions, nor your sins. If ye forsake the Lord, and
serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and con-
sume you, after that he hath done you good.

And the people said unto Joshua, Xan ; but tDC voill SCrnC
tl)c torb.



MANS FREEDOM,



499



And Joshua said unto the people, Ye are Avitnesses against
yourselves that ye have chosen you the Lord, to serve him. And
they said, l33e arc UjitltCSSes. Now therefore put away (said he)
the strange gods which are among you, and incline your heart
unto the Lord God of Israel. And the people said unto Joshua,
The Lord our God will we serve, and his voice will we obey. So
Joshua mabc a coucnaut roitl) tl)c people that day, and set them
a statute and an ordinance in Shechem.

The thing displeased Samuel, when they said. Give us a king
to judge us : and Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord
said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all
that they say unto thee : for they have not rejected thee, bnt t\i)t^
\)(IVC rejecteb me, that I should not reign over them. According
to all the works which they have done since the day that I
brought them up out of Egypt even unto this day, wherewith



they have
unto thee.



forsaken me, and served other gods, so do they also



Behold the king whom ye have chosen, and whom ye have
desired ! and behold, the Lord hath set a king over you. 3f ne

tDillfear tlje £orb, anb serne l)im, anb oben l)is woice, anb not
rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall both ye,
and also the king that reigneth over you, continue following the
Lord your God. But if ye will not obey the voice of the Lord,
but rebel against the commandment of the Lord, then shall the
hand of the Lord be against you, as it was against your fathers.

And Samuel said unto the people. Fear not : ye have done all
this wickedness: pet tnru not asibc from follotoing tlic Corb,
but scroc tlic £orb initl) all nonr l)eart; aixb turn ne not asibc:
for then should ye go after vain things, which cannot profit nor de-
liver; for they are vain. For the Lord will not foi'sake his people
for his great name's sake : because it hath pleased the Lord to make
you his people. Moreover as for me, God forbid that I should sin
against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you : but I will teach you
the good and the right way : only fear the Lord, and serve him in
truth with all your heart : for consider how great things he hath
done for you. But if ye shall still do wickedly, ye shall be con-



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