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not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15. But he that is fpiritual : * judgeth [Or, discerneth] all things, yet he himself is * judged ÇOr, discerned] of no man. 16. For who hath

known the mind of the Lord, that he * may (Gr. Shall] inftrućt him? But we have the mind of Christ.

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spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as uito babes in Chrift

. 2. I have fed you with a milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3. For ye are yet carnal: for 6 whereas there

is 25. Prov. 28. 5. Evil Men

CHA P. III. underft and not Judgment; but they 2, Joh. 16. 12. I have yet mae. that seek the Lord understand all ny things to say unto you, but ye things. i Cor. 12.10. -To ano cannot bear them now,

† Heb. s. ther difcerning of Spirits. Cor. 512, 13. When for the time ye 14. 29 Let the Prophets speak ought to be Teachers, ye have two or three, and let the other need that one teach you again which judge. † i Thes. s. 21, Prove all be the first Principles of the Orathings. t 1 Joh. 4. 1. Beloved, cles of God; and are become such believe not every Spirit, but try 10 as have need of Milk, and not of the Spirits, whether they be of strong Meat. For every one that God. Rev. 2. 2. Thou hast useth Milk, is unskilful in the tried them which say they are Apo- Word of Righteousness : for he is fles, and are not, and haft found a Babė. † i Per. 2. 2. As new-born them Liars.

15 babes desire the sincere Milk of the 16. * 40. '

Isa. 40: 13. Jer. 23."Word, that ye may grow thereby, 18, + Wifd. 9. 13. See on Rom, 3.5'+ Gal. 5. 20. t Jam. 3. 16.

See on Rom. 13. 13. thers who too much decry it ; both, though it may be without in, tending it, do great hurt to the Interest of true Religion. Of what admirable Use Reason is in Matters of Faith and Religion, fee Archbifhop Tillot Son's pofthumous Sermons, Vol. I. pag. 61, dc. And for a faller Explication of this Text, fee Bishop Reynold's Latin Sermon upon it, preached before the University of Oxford, entiruled, Animalis Homo, printed in his Works, and since published by it self by Mr. Boehm. Dr. Claget, in his Discourse of the Operations of the holy Spirit, Introduå. Se&. s. thinks, that by the natural Man, is meant one who either rejects divine Revelation, or at least, has not the Benefic of it ; fuch were the Heathen Philosophers, who argued on fuch natural Principles as they understood, which though they might let, them into the Knowledge of many useful Truths, yet could they not from them infer, that the Son of God touk on him the Na. ture of Man, nor those other neceflary and divine Truths depending upon it, which only Revelation could discover to Men.

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is among you envying, and strife, and * divisions [Or, faltie ons], are ye not carnal, and walk * as men [Gr. according to man]? 4. For while one faith I am of Paul, and another

, I am of Apollos, are ye not carnal ? 5. Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers by whom ye believed, even as the Lord gave to every man? 0: I have plažited, Apollos watered: but God gave the incréāfe, 5. Soʻthen, neither is he that planteth (1) any thing, neither he that watereth: but God that giveth the increase. 8. Now he that planteth, and he that watereth, are one and every man hall receive his own reward, according to his own labour. 9. For e we are labourers togetlier with God: ye are Gods * husbandry [Or, tillage], ye are f God's build

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4. t'i Cor. 1. 12. This I say, then as Workers together with him, that every one of you faith, I am beseech you alro, that ye receive of Paul, and 1 of Apollos, and I of not the Grace of God in vain. Cephas, and I of Christ.

I Cor.

4. * Eph, 2. 20. And are built 6. "Thefe things, Brethren, I have s upon the Foundation of the Apoin a figure transferred 'to my felf, fles and Prophets, Jesus Christ. and to Apollos for your fakes, that himself being the chief Corner. ye might learn in us not to think Scone. | Heb. 3. 3,4 This Man of Men above that which is writ was counted worthy of more Gloren, that 'ño one of you be puffed jo rý than Mofes, in as much as he pp for one against another, who hath builded an House, hath

+ Pfal. 62. 12. + Rom. 2. more honour than the House. For 6. t 'Gal: 6.5. + Rev., 2., 23, every House is

every House is builded of fome See on Mat. 16.2.

Man; but he that built all things 9. Aas 15,4 - They de- , 's is God., t 1 Pet. 2. 4,5. To whom clared all things that God had done coming a's to a living Stone, dil: for them. 2.Cor. 3. $; 6. - Our allowed indeed of Men, bu cho fufficiency is of God, who also hath sen of God and precious, Ye allo

made us able Ministers of the New as.lively Stones are built up a Spirie Testament,

. (1) The Labour of the Husbandman will not be effettual to pro duce the Fruits of the Earth, without the Blelling of God neicher will the Preaching of the Gospel be effettual for the Conversion and Salvation of Men, without the fame Blessing. But this notwithStanding, the Labcur of the Husbandman, and of the Preacher, and Hearers too, is necessary, otherwise there will be no increase. Such Expressions therefore, are not to be understood, as if God was to do" all, and we to do nothing; but they are to be taken in a coma parative Sense; That is, what we do, is nothing in comparison of what God does, who bleffes our Labours, making the plants to grow and the Earch to yield her increase. If we use our own sincere and koncft Endeavours, we may be assured, that God will not be wanting, on his part; but if we neglect this, we shall undoubtedly miss of his Blessing

ing 10. According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise master-builder I have laid the + foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.

II. For other foundation can no man'lay, thani that is laid, which is Jefus Christ. 12. Now if any man build upon this foundation, gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble : 13, * Every mans work thall be made manifest. For the day fhall declare it, because it * fhall be revealed [Gr. is reveale ed] by fire; and the fire shall try every mans work, of what fort it is. 14. If any mans work abide which lie hath built thereupon, he fhall receive a reward. any mans work thall be burnt, he shall suffer loss : but he himfelf fhall be faved; yet so, as by fire. 16. Kurow, ye not that ye are the il temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17. If any man * defile [Gr. destroy] the temple of God, him shall God destroy : for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. 18. Let no man deceive himself: If any

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--10. † Rom. 12.3. See on Rom. Furnace for Gold: but the Lord

trieth the Hearts. Isa. 48.10. Bes A&s 18. 8. Many of the Co hold, I have refined thee, but not rinthians, hearing (Paal] believed, with Silver ; I have chosen thee and were baptized + Rom. 15. sin the Furnace of affliction. Jer. 20. Yea, fo have I ftrived to preach 23. 29. Is not my Word like all the Gospel, not where Chrift was Fire ? Faith the Lord.* Zech. 13. named, lett i Mould build upon ano 9. I will bring the third Part ther. Man's Foundation. 1 Cor. 4. through the Fire, and will refinis 15. Though you have ten chou-to them as Silver is refined, and will sand Instruéters, yet have ye not try them as Gold is tried,

ti many Fathers: for in Christ Jesus Pet. 1.7. That the Trial of your I have begotten you through the Faith being much more precious Gospel. i Gor. 9. 10 Are not than of Gold thaç perifhech; tho you my work in the Lord? Rev. Is it be tried with Fire, might be 21.14. The Wall of the City had found unto praise, and hondur, twelve Foundations, and in them and glory at the "Appearing of Jesus the Names of the twelve Apostles Critt fi Pet." 4. 12. "Belcved, of the Lamb.

think it not ftrange concerning the 11. Isa. 28. 16. + Eph. 2. 2-fiery Tryal which is to try you 20. See on Mat: 16. 18.

Jam: 1.3. Knowing this, that the 13. * 1 Cor.

trying of your Faith workech Job 23. 10. When he hath Patience, tried nie, I shall come forth as Gold.

í Cor. 6. 19. + 2 Pfal. 66. to. Thou, O God, haftas Cor. 6. 16. t Eph. 2. 21, 22. prouet us : Ithou shalt tried us as Sil. † Heb.' 3. 6.' See on Rom. ver is tried. Prov. 19. 3. The sfi- - 8. 9. ning Pot is for Silver, and the

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man among you seemeth to be wise in this world, let him become a n tool, • 'that he may be wise. 19. For the wildom of this world is foolishness with God: for it is written, ? He taketh the wise in their own craftiness. 20. And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain. 21. Therefore let no man glory in men: for all things are yours: 22. Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; 23. And ' ye are Chrifts ; and Christ is Gods.

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1 Cor. 4. 1o. We are Fools said unto him, Well done, thou for Christ's sake, but yé are wise in good and faithful Servant ; thou Christ.

haft been faithful over a few things, o + Prov. 3.7. + Ifa. 5.21. See I will make thee Ruler over many on Rom. 12. 3.

5 things.- + Luk. 12. 42. The 19. Job 5. 13.. See on r Lord Said, Who then is that faithe Cor. 1, 19.

ful and wise Steward, whom his * Pfal. 94. 11. The Lord Lord fhall make ruler over his knoweth the Thoughts of man, that Houshold, to give them their Por. they are vanity.

jo tion of meat in due season ? Luk. 23.

+ 1. Cor. 11. 3. I would 16. 1. “There was a certain rich have you know, that the Head of man which had a Steward; and every Man is Christ.- 1:12 Cor. the same was accused unto him 10.7.--If any man trust to him that he had wafted his Goods. 1 felf, that be is Chrift's, let him of 15 Cor.7. 29. I give my Judgment himself think this again, that as he as one chat hach obtained Mercy is Christ's, even fo are we Christ's. of the Lord to be faithful. 2 Cor. Gal. 3. 29. If ye be Christ's, chen

1. 12. Our rejoicing is this, the are ye Abraham's Seed.

Testimony of our Conscience, that in CH A P. IV.

2ofimplicity and gedly fincerity, not 1.

1.4 + Mat 24:45. Who then is with fleshly Wisdom, but by the a faithful and wise Servant, whom Grace of God, we have had our his Lord hath made Ruler over Converfation in the World, 2 Cor. h's Houshold, to give them meat 2. 17. We are not as many,

which in due season. + 2 Cor 6.4. In 25 corrupt the Word of God; but as all things approving our selves as of sincerity, but as of God, in the the Minifters of God, in much Pati- fight of God, speak we in Chrift

. ence, in Amietions. t. Col. 1, 2 Cor. 4: 5. We preach not out 25. Whereof I am made a Mirifter, selves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; according to the Dispensation of goand our felves your Servancs for God, which is given to me for Jesus fake. Eph. 3. 2. If ye have you to fulfil the Word of God. heard of the Difpenfation of the Mat. 25. 21. His Lord

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3. But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged of you, or of mans * judgment (Gr. day]:: yea, I judge not mine own felf. 4. For I know nothing by my felf, " yet am I not hereby justified: but he that judgeth me is the Lord. 5. Therefore e judge nothing before the time, until the Lord come, who both will bring to light the hidden things of darkness, and will make manifeft the counsels of the hearts: and then shall every man have * praise of God. 6. And these things, brethren, 8 I have in a figure transferred to my self, and to Apollos for your fakes : that ye might learn in us, not to think of men above that which is written, that no one of you be puffed up for one against another. 7. For who *maketh thee to differ (Gr. diftinguisheth thee] from another? and what haft thou that thou didft not i receive ? now if thou didst receive it, why doft thou glory, as if thou hadft not received it? 8. Now ye are full, now ye are krich, ye have reigned as kings without us:' and I would to God ye did reign, that we also might reign with you. 9. For I think that

God Grace of God,

which is given me to Thou art inexcusable, Man, you.ward.Col . 7. -Epaphras whosoever thou art that judges. our dear fellow-fervant, who is for In the Day when God mall judge you a faithful Minister of Christ. I the Secrets of Men by Jesus Tim. 1. 12. I thank Christ Jesus s Christ, according to my Gospel. our Lord, who hath enabled me, + Rev. 20. 12. The Dead were for that he counted me faithful, judged out of those things whick purring me into the Ministry. were written in the Books, accord. Tit. :: 7. A Bishop

, muft being to their Works. blameless as the Steward of God. 10

See on Rom. 2. 29. to Pet. 4. 10. As every Man hath 6. st 1 Cor. 1. 12. received the Gift, even fo minister

1 Cor. 3.4. the same one to another, as good

h See on Rom. 12. 3. Stewards of the manifold Grace of 7. i Prov. 2. 6. The Lord

15 giveth Wisdom; out of his Mouch 21. 2. Every way cometh Knowledge and UnderOf Man is right in his own Eyes: standing. + Joh. 3.27.--A Man can but the Lord ponderith the Hearts. receive nothing, except it be given | Joh. 3: 10, 11. If our Heart con him from Heaven. Rom. 12. 6. demn us, God is greater than our 20 Having then Gifts, differing accorda Heart, and knoweth all things. ing to the Grace given unto us. Beloved, if our Heart condemn us

† Jam. 1. 17. Every good Gift, and not, then have we confidence to

every perfect Gift is from above,

and cometh down from the Father + Pfal. 130.3. + Pfal. 142. 3. 25 of Lights., Pet. 4. 10.

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