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Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in
my presence only, but now much more in my absence, UJOrk Ollt

2our omi saluation tuitl) fear anh trembling- For it is God

which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

What things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.
Yea, doubtless, and I count all thing-s but loss for the excellency of
the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord : for tDl)Om S l)atie suffered

tl)c loss of all tilings, anh ho count tl)cm but bung, ti)at J

Tliajl toin Qri)rist, H»d be found in him

Not as though I had already attained, either were already per-
fect: but J follou) after, if that I may apprehend that for which
also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. Brethren, I count not myself

to have apprehended : but tljis one tl]ing 3 bo, forgetting t^ose
tilings tx)l)icl) are beljinli, anb reacljing fortl] unto tl)ose tl)ing3
tnljicl) arc before, 3 ;press toroarb tl)e mark for the prize of the

hiofh calliiio- of God in Christ Jesus.

3 can bo all tilings through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Whom we preach, roaming eocrn man, and teaching every
man in all wisdom ; that we may present every man perfect in
Christ Jesus : whereunto I also labour, striuing accorbing tO l)is

tDorking, rotjid) roorketl) in me migl)tiln.

When I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith,

lest bn some means tl)c tempter l)aue tempteb |ion, aiib our
labour be in uain.

U3e bescedi non, bretl)rcn, anh exl)ort nou by the Lord

Jesus, that as ye liave received of us how ye ought to walk and to
please God, so ye would abound more and more.

Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things

which we have heard, lest at unn time toe sl)oulb let tl)em slip.

For if the word spoken by angels was steadfast, and every trans-
gression and disobedience received a just recompense of reward ;
how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation.

Wherefore, (as the Holy Ghost saith. To-day if ye will hear
his voice, |)arben not nonr l)eartS, as in the provocation, in the
day of temptation in the wilderness : when your fathers tempted
me, proved me, and saw my works forty years. Wherefore I was
grieved with that generation, and said. They do alway err in their
heart; and they have not known my ways. So I sware in my
wrath, They shall not enter into my rest.) Take heed, brethren.



Philippians,
ii. 12, 13.



Phil. iii. 7-9,

la-n.



Phil. iv. 13.
Col. i. a8-29.



IThess. iii. 5.



lThess.iv.l.



Heb. ii. 1-3.



Hebrews,
iii. 7-15.



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Ileb. iv. 1, 2,



Heb. iv. 11.



Heb. vi. 1-8,



Hebrews,
X. 26-29.



Hob. xii. I, 2.



Heb. xii. 25.



Janice,
1. ia-15.



lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing
from the living God. But exhort one another daily, while it is
called To-day ; lest any of you be hardened tlirough the deceitfid-
ness of sin. For we are made partakers of Christ, if tDC l)olb tl)C

beginning of onr confibcncc stcnbfast nnto tl)c cnb ; toliilc it
is saib, (lo-ban if m toill Ijear l)is uoicc, l^arben not nour
l)earts, as in tl)e ^iroiiocation.

Let us therefore fear, lest a promise being left ns of enter-
ing into I)is rest, ann of nou sljoulb seem to come sljort of

it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them :
but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with
faith in them that heai-d it.

£et us labour to enter into tijat rest, lest any man fall

after the same example of unbelief.

Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let
US go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of
repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, of the doc-
trine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection
of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this will we do, if God
permit. For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of
the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the
powers of the world to come, if tl)CJl sl)all fall atoajl, to renew
them again unto repentance ; seeing they crucify to themselves the
Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.

For if toe sin toilfulln after tl)at roe l)aue receineb tl)e

knoujlebge of tl)e trutl], there remaineth no more sacrifice for

sins, but a ceilain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indig-
nation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised
Moses' law, died Avithout mercy under two or three witnesses: of
how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy,

tDl)o Ijatl) trobben unber foot tlje Son of (5ob, and hath counted

the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy

thing, anb l)atl) bone bespite unto t\]c Gpirit of grace?

Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so great

a cloud of witnesses, let US Ian asibe encrn rDeigl)t, anb tl]e sin
rol)icl) boti) so easiln beset us, anb let us run ujitl) patience
tlic race tl)at is set before us, looking unto Jesus the author

and finisher of our faith.

See tl)at ^c refuse not l)im tl)at speaketi). For if they

escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall
not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from
heaven.

Let no man say wlien he is tempted, I am tempted of God :
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but cucrn man is tcmptcb u)l}cn l)e is bramn araaij of l)is omn

lust, rtUO CUticcb. Tlien, wIk'II lust lialli conceivt-i], it biiiigelh
forth sia ; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.

God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.
Submit iioursclncs therefore to God. Ucsist t\)c bcoil, anh l)c
toill flee" from ijou. Drato nigh to ©oii, anb l}c inill braru
nigl) to i}ou. (Cleanse your Ifanbs, j)c sinners, anb ^lurifj}
jiour l)earts, nc bonble-minbeb.

To him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, tO l)im it

is sin.

Be sober, be vigilant ; because your adversary the devil, as a
roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour : u)l)Om
resist Steabfast in tlje faiti), knowing that the same afilictions
are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.

And besides this, gining all biUgence, ahli to jioitr faitl),
uirtUC; anb to uirtue, knowlebgefaud to knowledge, temper-
ance ; and to temperance, patience ; and to patience, godliness ;
and to godliness, brotlierly kindness; and to brotherly kindness,
charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they make
you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge
of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is
blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten tliat he was purged
from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, gioc biUgencc

to make nour calling anb election sure: for if ye do these

things, ye shall never fall.

The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men
count slackness ; but is long-suffering to us- ward, not roilliug tl)at
ant) sl)Oulb pcrisl), hut that all should come to repentance. But
the""day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night. . . .
. . . Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things,
be biligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot,
and blameless.

Seeing ye know these things before, bemarc Icst ne also,
being led away with the errcM' of the wicked, fall from nour OUJU

steabfastness. Cut grora in grace, and in the knowledge of

our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.

My little children, these things write I imto you, tljat tie sin

not.

Cook to nourselues, that we lose not those things which
we have wrouoht, but that we receive a full reward.

These be they who separate tliemselves, sensual, having not
the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up youi-selves on your most
holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep nourselues in tl)C
loue of (Bob, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto
eternal life.



James,
iv. G-8.



James, iv. 17.



1 Peter,
V. 8,9.



2 Peter,
i. 5-10.



2 Peter,



2 Peter,
iii. 17, 18.



1 John, ii. 1.
2 John, 8.

Jude, 19-21.



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Revelation,
ii. 1, 4, 5, 7.



Rev. iii. 1-4,



Revelation,

iii. 7, 8, 10,

11.



Revelation,
iii. 17-20.



Revelation,
xill. 11-10,
xiv. 9, 10.



Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write : . . .
. . . I have somewhat against thee, becausc tI)OU l)ast left
till} first love. Remember therefore from wlience thou art fallen,

anh repent, anb bo tljc first roorks; or else I will come unto

thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of liis place, ex-
cept thou repent He that hath an ear, let l)im

[)ear what the Spirit saith unto the churches ; To him that onercom-
Ctl) will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of
the paradise of God.

And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write ;

I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art

dead. Be tDatcl)ful, auh strengtl)en tl)e tilings roliicli remain,

til at are reabn to bie : for I have not found thy works perfect
before God. Remember therefore how thou hast received and
heard, anb liolb fast, anb repent. If therefore thou shalt not
watch, I will come on thee as a thief, and thou shalt not know what
hour I will come upon thee. Thou hast a few names even in Sardis

toliicli liaue not befileb tlieir garments; and they shall walk

with me in white ; for they are worthy.

And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write, I
know thy works : behold, I have set before thee an open door,
and no man can shut it: for tlion liast a little strengtli, anb
liast kept mij morb, anb liast not benieb mn name. . .
. . . . Secanse tliou Ijast kept tlie roorb of mii patience,

I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come
upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold,
I come quickly : liolb tliat fast tollicll tIlOU liast, that no man
take thy crown.

Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods,
and have need of nothing ; and knowest not that thou art wretch-
ed, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked : S COnnscl
tliee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be riidi ;
and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame
of thy nakedness do not appear ; and anoint thine eyes with eye-
salve, that thou mayest see. As many as I love, I rebuke and
chasten : be zealous therefore, and repent.

5el)olb, J stanb at li)c boor, anb knock : if any man hear
my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup
with him, and he with me.

And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth ;
and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon.
And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and
causeth the earth and them which dwell therein to worship the
first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. And he doeth great
wonders, so that he maketh fire come down from heaven on the
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earth by the means of those miracles which he had power to do
' in the sight of the beast ; saying to them that dwell on the earth,
that they should make an image to the beast, which had the wound
by a sword, and did live. And he had power to give life unto
the image of the beast, that the image of the beast should both
speak, and cause that as many as would not worship the image of
the beast should be killed. And he causeth all, both small and
great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right

hand, or in their foreheads

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice,

Jf am man roorsljip tl)e beast arib l}is image, arib rereioc
l)is mark in Ijis forcljeab, or in l)is [)anb, tl)e same sljall
brink of tt)e toine of tl)e tDrotI) of ©ob, which is poured out

without mixture into the cup of his indignation.

And he said unto me. It is done. I am Alpha and Omega,
the beginning and the end. I will give unto l)im tl)at is atl)ir6t
of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that ouercometl)
shall inherit all things ; and I will be his God, and he shall be
my son.

And the Spirit and the bride say, dome. And let him that
heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And U)l)0-

soeoer twill, let l)im take tlje roater of life frcelg.



Revelation,
xxi. 6, 7.



Rev. xxii. 17.



34



XV.



JEati'0 /nil



Gen. i. 26-31.



Genesis,
ii. 7-9, 15-25.



And God said, Cct tis make man in our image, after our

likeness : and let them have dominion over the lish of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the
earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.

So God created man in l)is ouju image, in tl)e image of

(^ob createb l]e !)im ; male and female created he them.

Qlnb (Sob blcsseb tljem, and God said unto them. Be
fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it : and
have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the
air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And
God said. Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which
is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the
fruit of a tree yielding seed ; to you it shall be for meat. And
to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to
every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I
have given every green herb for meat : and it was so. ^u5 (!?ob

satD eoerntljing tl)at l)e l)ab mabc : anb bel)olb, it toas uern
goob.

The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and
breathed into his nostrils the breath of life ; and man became a
living soul.

And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden ; and
there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the
ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to
the sight and good for food ; the tree of life also in the midst

of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil

And 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 commanded
the man, saying. Of every tree of the garden thou niayest freely
eat : but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt
not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof tl)OU sl)alt
snrelt] bie.

And the Lord God said. It is not good that the man should
be alone ; I will make him an help meet for Iiim.

And out of the ground the Lord God formed every beast
of the field, and every fowl of the air, and brought them unto Ada?n
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every living creature, tliat was the name thereof. And Adam gave
names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of
the field ; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for
him.

And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam,
and he slept ; and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh
instead thereof : and the rib, which the Lord God had taken from
man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And
Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh :
she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man.
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall
cleave unto his wife : and they shall be one flesh.

And they were both naked, the man and his wife, atib V3CXC

not asl)amc5.

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 shall not eat of it, neither
shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said nnto the wo-
man. 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.

And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food,
and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to
make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave
also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. Qtllb tl)C C11CS

of tl)cm boti} tDcrc opcneb, anb tl)ci} kncu) tl)at i\)cn mere
Itukcb; 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 : awh ^bam aub l)is U)ifc l)ib

ll)cmsclucs from ll)c ^jrcscncc of tl)e torb (Bet amongst the

tiees of the garden. And the L(;rd God called unto Adam, and
said unto him, Where art thou ? And he said, I heard thy voice

in the garden : aitb 3 voas ufraib, bccttuse 3 roas nakch ; and

I hid myself And he said, AVho told thee that thou w;v^t naked?
Ilast thou eaten of the tree whereof I commanded thee that thou
shouldest not eat ? And the man said, ®|)c tDOmail lX)l)Om tl)OU
gaucst to be tnitl) tne, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.
And the Lord God said unto the woman. What is this that thou
hast done ? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I
did eat.

And the Lord God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast
done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast
of the field : upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou



Genesis, iii.



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Genesis,



Gen. V. 1-3.



Job, XV. 14.

Job, xiv. 4.
Job, xi. 12.

Pa. iTlll. 3.



eat all the days of thy life : and I will put enmity between thee
and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed : it shall
bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.

Unto the woman, he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow
and thy conception ; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children ; and
thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.

And unto Adam he said. Because thou hast hearkened unto
the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I com-
manded thee, saying. Thou shalt not eat of it : cursed is the ground
for thy sake ; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life ;
thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee ; and thou shalt
eat the herb of the field ; in the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat
bi-ead, till thou return unto the ground ; for out of it wast thou
taken ; for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.

And Adam called his wife's name Eve ; because she was the
mother of all living. Unto Adam also and to his wife did the Lord
God make coats of skins, and clothed them.

And the Lord God said, Behold, the man is become as one of
us, to know good and evil : and now, lest l)e put forti) 1)16 lianb,

anh take also of tl)c tree of life, anb ent, a\ib liwe foreoer;
tijerefore tl)c £orb ®ob sent l)im forti) from tl)e gorben of
(Kben, to till tl)c grounb from tuljcnce l)e toas taken. So he

drove out the man ; and he placed at the east of the garden of
Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to
keep the way of the tree of life.

And Adam knew Eve his wife ; and she conceived, and bare
Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the Lord. And she again
bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain

was a tiller of the ground And Cain talked

with Abel his brother: a\\b it came to pass, tDl)en tliej} toerc
in tlje fielb tl)at QLain rose up against 'i^bel Ijis brotljcr, anb
sleo) l)im.

In the day that God created man, in tl)C likeuess of (Sob
mabe Ije l)im : male and female created he them ; anh blcsseb
tl)em, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were
created.

And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in
l)is OUjn likeness, after l)is image ; and called his name Seth.

What is man, that he should be clean ? and he which is born
of a woman, that he should be righteous ?

Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean ! not one.

Vain man would be \vise, tl)Ottgl) man be born like a roilb
ass's colt.

The wicked are estranged from tl)e tDOmb; they go astray as
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Except a man be born again, he cannot gee the kingdom of
God.

drijc naturai man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of
God : for they are foolishness unto him : neither can he know them,
because they are spiritually discerned.

®i)e carnal tninb is enmity against God : for it is not subject
to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then tijeg tl)at OrC
in tlje flesi) cannot please God.

Ss nature tl)t cl)iibrcn of toratl), even as others.

By one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin.

By one man's offence death reigned by one.

By one man's disobedience many were made sinners.

Man that is born of a woman is of fcvi bags, anb full of
tronbU. He cometh forth like a flower, and is cut down : he
fleeth also as a shadow, and continueth not.

Although affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth

trouble spring out of the gi-ound ; yet man ia born unto troubk,

as the sparks fly upward.

I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done
under the sun : and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and
they had no comforter ; and on the side of their oppressors there
was power ; but they had no comforter. Wherefore I praised the
dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet
alive. Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been,
who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

The whole creation groaneth and travaileth in jjain together
until now.

Lo, this only have I found, that (Bob I)atl) mabc man up-

rigl)t; but tl)e2'l)aoc sougljt out mang intjcntions.



John, iii. 3.
1 Cor. ii. 14.



Romans,
viii. 7, 8.



Eph. ii. 3.
Rom. V. 12.
Rom. V. 17.
Rom. V. 19.

Job, xiv. 1,2.

Job, V. 6, 7.
Ecc. iv. 1-3.



Rom. viii.22.



Ecc. vii. 29.



XVI.



€\it Mntiut nf lin.



Genesis,
ii. 16, 17.



Genesis,
iii. 9-11, 17.



Genesis,

xix. 17, 23,

26.



Exodtia,
xxxii. 7, 8.



Leviliciis,
V. 17-19.



The Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree
of the garden thou mayest freely eat : but of the tree of the knowl-
edge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day tl)at
tl)OU catest tl)Crcof thou shalt surely die.

And the Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him.
Where art thou ? And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden :
and I Avas afraid, because I was naked ; and I hid myself. And he
said, Who told thee that thou wast naked ? Hast thou eaten of

the tree wljcreof 3 commanbcb tijcc tljat tl)Ott sljonlbcst not

cat ? Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice

of thy wife, a\\b Ijast cnteit of tl)c tree of toljicl) 3 commanbeb

tl)ee, Sajling, (HljOlt sljult not ent of it: cursed is the ground for
thy sake : in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life.

And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad,
[Lot and his family, from Sodom] that he said. Escape for thy life ;
look not bcl)inb tijee, neither stay thou in all the plain: escape
to the mountain, lest thou be consumed

The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into

Zp^i' But his Avife lookcb back from beljinb

Ijittt, and she became a pillar of salt.

And the Lord said unto Moses, Go, get thee down : for thy peo-
ple, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, liave corrupted

themselves: tl}en Ijaoe tiirneb asibe qnickhj ont of tl)e tnnn

U)l)icl) 3 COmmanbeb tl)Cm: they have made them a molten calf,
and have worslii[)ped it, and have sacrificed thereunto, and said,
These be thy gods, O Israel, which have brought thee up out of the
land of Egypt.

If a soul sin, and commit any of these things which are for-
bidden to be done by the commandments of the Lord ; tl)OnQl) l)e
mist it not, net is [}C guiltn, and shall bear his iniquity. And
he shall bring a ram without~blemish out of the flock, with thy es-
timation, for a trespass-offering unto the priest; and the priest
shall make an atonement for him concerning his ignorance wherein
he erred and wist it not, and it shall be forgiven him. It is a

trespass-offering: |)e IjatI) ccrtainln trespiisscb against tlje



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If ye will not hearken unto me, and toill not bo all tIjCSC
tommanbments ; and if ye shall bcspisc mn statutes, or if your

soul abhor ray judgments, so that ye will not'do all my command-
ments, but that ye break my covenant ; I also will do this unto
you

They shall accept of the punishment of their iniquity ; because,



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