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zis commandments, a dwelleth in him, and he in him : und 6 hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit vhich he hath given us.

ELOVED, a believe not every fpirit, but o try the

spirits whether they are of God: because o many alfe prophets are gone out into the world. 2. Hereby now ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confefseth hat Jesus Christ is come in the flesh, is of God. 3. And

every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come a the flesh, is not of God: and this is that spirit of antihrift, whereof you have heard that it should come, and even now already is it in the world. .4. & Ye are of God, ittle children, and have overcome them: because greater s he that is in you, than 5 he that is in the world. : . They are of the world: therefore fpeak’they of he world, and k the world heareth then. - 6. We are of God: he that knoweth God, heareth us; he that is



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* :Joh. 17:21,c. That they f+ 2 Thef.2.7. The Mystery of I11 may be one, as thou, Father, niquity doth already work. - 1 1 Joh. rt in me, and I in thee; that they 2. 18, 22.- Even nom are there !so may be one in use that the

many Antichrists. Te - He is Anti. Norld may believe that thou haft s christ that denieth che Father and

the Son. b 1 Joh. 4. 13. See on Rom.

4. 1 Joh. 2. 13. - I write unto

you, little Children, because ye CHAP. IV.

have known the Father. 1 Joh. 3. 2 + Jer. 29. 8. See on Mat. 101, 9. Behold, what manner of 14. 4.

Love the Father hath bestowed upi Cor. 12. 8, 10. To one is on us, that we should be called given by the Spirit the Word of the Sons of God. Whosoever is Wisdom. - To another discerning born of God, doch nor commit Sin. f Spirits.- Cor. 14. 29. Let the


i Joh. 5. 4. Whatsoever is Prophets fpeak two or three, and born of God, overcometh the let the other judge. t. i Ther. s. World. 21. t Rev. 22. See on I Cor. h t 1 Cor. 2, 12. t. Eph. 2. 2. 2. 19.

* Eph. 6. 12. See on Joh. 12. c † Mat. 24. 5, 24. 4.1. 2 Joh. ver. 7.

See on 2

5. i + Joh. 3. 31. - He that is of

the Earth, is earthly, and Speaket b of dt i Cor. 12. 3.- No Man the Earth: he that cometh from can say that Jesus is the Lord, but Heaven is above all. by the holy Ghost. f 1 Joh. 25 k + Joh. 17. 14. See on Joh. S.I.

15.,19: 3. • f 2 Joh.ver.7. See on 1 Joh. 6. ? † Joh. 8. 47. He that is of


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2. 22.

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not of God, heareth not us. Hereby know we the Spirit of truth, and the spirit of error. 7. Beloved, let us n love one another : for love is of God; and every one that loveth, is born of Gou, and knoweth God. 8. He that

n knoweth not God; for • God is love. g. In this was manifested the love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world

, that we might live through him. 10. Herein is love, 9 not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our fins. ed, . if God so loved us, we ought also to love one another. 12. No man hath " seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and a his love is perfected in us. 13. Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit

. 14. And we have seen and do testifie, that the Father fent the Son to be the d Saviour of the world. 15. Whosoever shall confesse that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. 16. And

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God, heareth Gods Words : ye there chosen me, but I have chofen fore hear them not ; because ye are you. t Rom. $.8, 10. God come not of God. † Joh. 10. 27. My Sheep mendeth his love towards us, in that hear my Voice, and I know them, while we were yet Sinners, Christ di and they follow me. t 1 Cor. 14. sed for us. When we were Enemies, 37. If any Man think himself to we were reconciled to God by the be a Prophet, or spiritual, let him Death of his Son.acknowledge that the things that I * 1 Joh. 1. 2.

See en Rom. write unto you, are the Command 3. 25. ments of the Lord. + 2 Cor. 10.10

† Mat. 18. 33. Shouldest 7. If any Man'trust to himself, not thou also have had Compassion that he is Christ's, let him of him. on thy Fellow-fervant, even as I felfthink this again, that as he is had Pity on thee? See on Joh Chrifts, even fo are we Christs. 13. 34.

1 f Isa. 8. 26. To the Law, and 15 ut i Tim. 6. 16. See on to the Testimony: if they speak Joh. 1. 18. not according to this Word, it is be

Ver. 18. t 1 Joh. ...\.: cause there is no Light in them. Whoso keeperh his Word, in him :: Joh. 14.7. If ye had known me, verily is the Love of God perfeltedye should have known my Fa

· 13. b Joh. 14. 20. Ať chat Day ther also.

ye shall know, that I am in my 7.: 1 Joh. 3:10,11,23. See on Father, and you in me, and I in 9an. Joh. 13:34,

t , Joh. 3. 24.

See on Rom 8. "I Joh. 3. 4. See on I Joh.

14. 25

ct Joh. 1. 1. See on a 0 + Ver. 16.

Pet. 1:16. 9. P + Joh. 3. 16. 1.1 Joh3.

i Joh. 2. .. 16. See on Joh. 15. 13.3

35; See on Mar 16. 16. 10. ? t Joh. 15. 16. Ye have not

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8. 9.

3. 6.

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known and believed the love that God hath to us. f God is love; and she that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.. 17. Herein is * our love [Gri live irit!) us] made perfect, that we may have h boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world. 18. There is no fear in love; but perfect love calteth out fear: because fear hath torment: he that feareth, * is not made perfect in love. 19. We love him; because he first loved us. 20. ' If a man fay, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath feen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21. And a this commandment have we from him, that he who loveth God, love his brother also.


С НА P. V. HOSOEVER a believeth that Jesus is the

Chrift, is born of God: and every one that lov2th him that begat, loveth him also that is begotten of him. 2. By d this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments. 3. For this is the love of God, that we e keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. 4. For whatsoever is 8 born of God overcomcth the world and this is the victory that overcometh the

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Liar, but he that denieth that Forus + Ver. 12,

is the Christ ? he is Antichrist that 17. " t Jam: 2. 13. 1. Joh. 3. denieth the Father and the Soni. 28. See on 1 Joh. 3:21.

Whosoever denieth the Son, the 18.1.2 Tim. i. 7. God hath ssame hath not the Father. 1 Joh. not given us the Spirit of Fear ; 4. 2, 15. See on Mat. 16. 16. but of Power, and of Love, and of t Joh. 1. 13. See on Joh. 3. a sound Mind.

3, 5 k :: Ver. 12.

See on Joh. 14. 15. if 1 Joh. 2: 4. He that faith

e See on Joh. 14. 15. I know him, and keepeth not his

Micah 6. 8. He hath shewed Commandments, is a Liar.-- ti Joh. thee, O Man, what is good; and 3. 17

what doth the Lord require of thee, 21.m + Mar, 22. 39. + Joh. 15. but to do justly, and to love mercy, and 12. 7. 1 Joh. 3. 23.

See on Joh. 1 sto walk humbly with thy God. See

on Mat. 11.30. CH A P. V.

8 :: 1 Joh. 3. 9. Whosoever 1, 2 + Joh. 1. 12. See on Joh. is born of God, doth not commit

fin.-- to Joh. 4.4. See on Joh. Joh. 2, 22, 23. Who is a 203. 3, 5.


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Who is ħe that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that i Jesus is the Son of God? 6. This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Chrift; not by water only, but by water and blood : and it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth. 2. For (1) there are m three


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ness of me: Joh. 15. 26. When the Rom. 8. 37:

Comforter is come, whom I will it 1 Joh. 4. 15.

See on Mar. fend unto you from the Father, e16. 16.

ven the Spirit of Truth, which pro6. k Joh. 19. 34. One of the sceedeth from the Father, he shall te Soldiers with a spear, pierced his' ftifie of me. 1 Cor. 11. 4, 5, fide, and forthwith came there out Now there are diversities of Blood and Water.

Gifts, but the fame Spirit. And See on Joh. 14. 17, 26.

: there are differences of Admini. 7. m Mat. 28. 19. --Baptizing roftrations, but the fame Lord. And them in the Name of the Father, there are diversities of Operations

, and of the Son, and of the holy but it is the Same God, which Ghost. Joh. 5. 37. The Father him worketh all in all. 1 Tim. 3. 16. self which hath lent me, hath born -God was manifeft in the Flesh, witness of me.- Joh. 8. 18. I am 15 justified in the Spirit, received up one that bear witness of my self, and into Glory the Father that fent me beareth wit.

(1) Though we grant this Text was not quoted by the Nicene Council against the Arians, and is not found in many antient Copies. Nay, tho we fhould grant that it was not originally in the Epistle of St. John, it is however a good Argument for the Doctrine of the Trinity. For,

If it was a Marginal Note, and so crepe into the Text, this however fhews it to have been the Opinion of the most antient and primitive Christians, who put this Comment to the Text.

If they say this was put in by the Orthodox, it was done in Opposition to Hereticks; and this was a sufficient Evidence of their firm belief of the Doctrine of the Trinity then.

But if this Text was expung'd by the Arians, who, as St. Ambrose obferves of them, were remarkable for this fore of fraudulent Dealing with the Scriptures, then there was a great deal of Reason for restoring of it.

Though it be not in some Copies, yet it is in others, and those very antient. And that which may give us a strong Presomption that it is genuine is, that it was quoted by St. Cyprian, a confiderable Time before the Nicene Council : and before the Arian Heresie ran fo high, or that it was so much for the Interest of any Party either to insert or expunge it.

But however this be, we are sure the Scriprures with it are all of a Picce, and very conlistent with themselves. For the Substance of this Text is plainly exprest in other Places, which they don't deny to be genuine. "Dr. Browne, now Lord Bishop of Corke, against Toland, pag. 56. Dr. Burnet, the late learned and pious Bishop of Salisbury, in his Letter from Zurich, tells us in what antiene Manuscripts he found it, and in what it was wanting,

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Joh. 5. 32, 36. There is ano told you, and ye believed not:' the ther that beareth Witness of me.- Works that i do in my Fathers For the Works which the Father Name, they bear witness of me. If hath given me to finish, the same I do noc the Works of my Father, Works that I do, bear witness of me, believe me not. But if I do, tho that the Father hath sent me. Ich. ye believe not me, believe the 8.

17, 18, 54. It is also written Works : chat ye may know and in your Law, that the Teftimony of believe that the Father is in me, and two Men is true. I am one that bear I in him. See more of the Witness witness of my felf, and the Father io of the Father on Mat. 3. 17. that sent me, beareth witness of me. Joh. 1. 1. In the Beginning - It is my Father that honoureth was the Word, and the Word was me, of whom ye say, that he is with God, and the Word was Gods your God. Joh. 10. 24, 25, 37, Kev, 19. 13. His Name was cal38. -If thou be che Christ tell us is led, The Word of God. plainly. Jesus answered them, I

(1) Were I to give a Reason of my Belief of the Trinity, laying aside all affe&tation of hard Words, and abstruse Metaphysical Notions, I would

I am fully persuaded of the Necessity of á Revelation in general, in order to all the Purposes of Virtue and Piety in this Life ; and I am con. vinced that those Revelations of the Things of another World, which are made in the Gospel, have better Proofs of their Divinity than any o. ther whatsoever. They have such Testimonies of their coming from God, from Prophecies, and Miracles, and the agreeableness of the Do&trine therein contained, to our common Naţions, that if I use my Reason with the fame impartiality in these, that I do in other things, I must give my Aflent to them. in those Writings, I find this Proposition:

There are three that bear Record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the holy Ghoji, and these three are one.

From whence, and from many other Passages in the Scriptures, I find that there is a Distinction made in the Gadhead, under these three Names

of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, which the Church hath expreft, altogether by the Word Trinity, and singly by the Word Person. And I think there Terms proper enough, to express all that we know of this Mystery.

Now I find no account of the manner and Nature of this Distinction in the holy Scriptures, any otherwise than that the son was begotten, and that the holy Ghost.comes from the Father and the Son. I conclude there is something more than a meer bominal Distinction, because we are said to be baptized in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft. Which must needs import fomething more than if that Com. mission had run thus: Go baptize all Nations in the Name of Jehovah, and of Elohim, and of Adonai. And if there were not something more intended, than barely that they fhould do it in the Name of God, this were a needlefs Tautology.

Again, I conciude that they are not three distint different Spirits; for then there muft be, three Gods, contrary to Petlon and Scripture. From 2.1 which I infer, tha: there is ui che Godlead something more than a



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