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So that by this mean the unrighteous of every kind shall inherit the Kingdom of God!—Stop! Consider! What are you doing? You did run well. Who hath bewitched you? Who hath corrupted you from the simplicity of Christ, from the purity of the gospel? You did know,
He that believeth is born of God:” and “whosoever is born of God sinneth not:" but while “ he keepeth himself, that wicked one toucheth him not.” O come back to the true, the pure, the old gospel! That which ye received in the beginning. Come back to Christ, who died to make you an holy people,“ zealous of good works.” “Remember from whence you are fallen, and repent and do the first works.” Your “ Father worketh hitherto:" do ye work; else your faith is vain. For “ wilt thou know, O vain,” O empty “man, that faith without works is dead ?" Wilt thou know, that “ though I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, and have not love, I am nothing ?" Wilt thou know, that all the blood and righteousness of Christ, unless that “mind be in thee which was in” Him, and thou likewise “ walk as Christ walked,” will only increase thy damnation ? “ If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness, he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about strife of words, whereof come railings, evil surmisings; perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth.” Be no longer afraid of the strongest exhortations either to inward or outward holiness. Hereby God the Father is glorified, and God the Son truly exalted. Do not stupidly and senselessly call this legal, a silly, unmeaning word. Be not afraid of being “ under the law of God,” but of being “under the law of sin.” 'Love the strictest preaching best, that which most searches the heart, and shews you wherein you are unlike Christ ; and that which presses you most to love Him with all your heart, and serve Him with all your strength.
11. Suffer me to warn you of another silly, unmeaning word; Do not say, I can do nothing. If so, then you know
nothing of Christ: Then you have no faith. For if you have, if you believe, then you can do all things,” through Christ who strengtheneth you. You can love Him, and keep his commandments: and to you his “commandments are not grievous:”. Grievous, to them that believe! Far from it. They are the joy of your heart. Shew then your love to Christ, by keeping his commandments, by walking in all his ordinances blameless. Honour Christ, by obeying Him with all your might, hy serving Him with all your strength. Glorify Christ by imitating Christ in all things, by walking as He walked. Keep to Christ, by keeping in all his ways. Trust in Christ, to live and reign in your heart. Have confidence in Christ, that He will fulfil in you all his great and precious promises, that he will work in you all the good pleasure of his goodness, and all the work of faith with power. Cleave to Christ, till his blood have cleansed you from all pride, all anger, all evil desire. Let Christ do all! Let Him that has done all for you, do all in you. Exalt Christ, as a Prince, to give repentance : a Saviour, both to give remission of sins, and to create in you a new heart, to renew a right spirit within you. This is the gospel, the pure, genuine gospel ; glad tidings of great salvation. Not the new, but the old, the everlasting gospel : the gospel, not of Simon Magus, but of Jesus CHRIST.
The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, give 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 : That, heing rooted and grounded in love, ye may be able to comprehend with all saints, what is the length, and breadth, and đepth, and heighth; and to know that love of Christ, which surpasseth knowledge, that ye may be filled with all the fulness of GOD!"
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