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their own destruction. 17. Ye therefore, beloved, d seeing ye know these things before, beware left ye also being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own ftedfastness. 18. But f grow in grace,
and in the kuowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Chrift:
To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
Η Ν Ι.
After the Year of our Lord 90. TH HAT which was 2 from the beginning, which
we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have o looked upon, and our hands have handled of the word of life;' 2. (For the life was a manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew u.to you, that eternal life f which was with the Father, und was manifested unto us)
3. That which we have * seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may
17. d † Mar 13. 23. Take ye 13. .:: 1 Pet. 2. 2. As new heed : behold I have foretold you
born Babes desire the fincere
Milk of the Word, that ye may grow * Eph. 4. 14. That ye hence thereby, forth be no more Children, tossed to s & See on Rom. 16. 27. and fro, and carried about with eve
C H A P. I. ry wind of Doctrine, by the neight
í. 3 See on Joh. 1. 1. of Men, and cunning craftiness,where + Joh. 1.14. 1 Joh. 4. 14. by they lie in weight to deceive.
2 Pet. I. 16. : 2 Pet. 1. 10, 11. -Give all Dilie 10 ¢ Joh. 20. 27. See on Luk. 24. gence to make your Calling and E 39. lection fure: for if ye do these d't 1 Tim. 3. 16. See on Joh. things, ye shall never fall For fo I. 14 an entrance fhall be ministred to
1 Joh. 5. 20. - This is the you abundantly, into the everlaft-15 true God, and eternal Life. ing Kingdom of our Lord and Sa. f See on Joh. 1. 1, 2. viour Jesus Chrift.
& See on A&ts 22. 14. 2, 18. were uncertain, now of this Opinion, then of that, then again lost in Infidelity. Perions of this Character are described by the Apostle, Epl. 4;!4. as Children toffed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of Doerine ; As ever learning, and never able to come to the Knowledge of the Truth, 2 Tim. 3:7. See Bishop Patrick's little Book, Entituled, Search the Scriprures, which I could wish in the Hands of all Christians, it containing Ho many useful Inftruâions for the profitable Reading of the Scriptures.
have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and ħ with his Son Jesus Christ. 4. And these things write we unto you, that your i joy may be full. 5. This then is the k message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness
, we lie, and do not the truth: 7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the n blood of Jesus Christ his Sono cleanfeth us from all sin. 8. P If we fay that we have no fin, we deceive our felves, and the 9 truth is not in us. 9. If we ' confefs our fins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our fins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10. If we say that we have not finned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.
CH A P. II.
that ye fin not. And if any man fin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous : 2. And he is the propitiation for our fins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
: 1 Joh. 2 24. See on i but ye are San&tified, but ye are Cor. 1.9.
justified in the Name of the 4.1 + 2 Joh. ver. 12. See on Joh. Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of
our God. 5. 1 Joh. 2. 7. I write no news 8. Pt 1 King. 8.46. f 2 Chron. Commandment unto you, but an 6.36. † Prov. 20. 9. † Ecclef. 7. old Commandment which ye had 20. See on Jam. 3. 2: from the beginning. + 1 Jch. 9 Job. 2.4. 3. 11. This is the Mesage that ye 9. " + Pfal. 32. 5. | Prov. 28. heard from the beginning, that we 10 13. See on 1 Cor. 11.31. should love one another.
CH A P. II. † Joh. 1. 9. † Joh. 9. 5. * Joh. 1. a Tim. 2 5. Heb. 7.25. 12. 35, 36. See on Joh. 8. 12. + Heb. 9.:4. See on Rom. 8.34.
6. n. 2 Cor. 6. 14. -What fil 2.2 Cor. 5. 18. t Job 4. lowship, hath Righteousness with 15 10. See on Rom. 3:25. Unrighteousness? and what Come † Joh.4.42. “We have heard munion hath Light with Darkness ? him our felves, and know that this + 1 Joh. 2.4
is indeed the Christ, the Saviour of 7. nt Heb. 9. 14. 7 i Pet. 1. the World.
f 1 Joh. 4. 54. We 19. + Rev. 1.'s. "See on Acts 20 have seen, and do testifie, that she
Father fent the Son to be the sai. o t 1 Cor. 6. 11. Such were out of tke World. some of you : but ye are washed,
3. And hereby we do know that we know him, if we • keep his commandments. 4. · He that faith I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth f is not in him. 5. But whoso : keepeth his word, h in him verily is the love of God perfe&ted :
hereby know we that we are in him. 6. He that faith he k abideth in him, ' ought himself also fo to walk, even as he walked. 7. Brethren, I write no new commandment unto you, but an old commandment m which ye had from the heginning: the old commandment is the word which ye have heard from the beginning. 8. Again, a " new commandment I write unto you, which thing is true in him, and in you: because the darkness is past, and the P true light now shineth. 9. 9 He that faith he is: in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now. 10. He that I loveth his brother abideth in the light, and there is snore occasion of stumbling in him. u. But he that " hateth his brother, is in darkness, and a walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he
are not of the Night, nor of Darko 4.' f Joh. 1. 6. f 1 Joh. 4: ness." Let us who are of the Day 20. If a Man fay, I love God, and be sober. hateth his Brother, he is a Liar. P + Joh. 1.9. See on Joh. 8. 12. ft 1 Joh. 1. 8.
s. 9. ?t i Cor. 13. 2. Though I . See on Joh. 14. 15.
have the Gift of Prophecy, and unh. t 1 Joh. 4. 12. -If we love derstand all Mysteries, and all knowone another, God dwelleih in us, ledge ; and though I have all Faith, and his love is perfe&ted in us. fo that I could remove Mountains,
if 1 Joh. 4. 13. Hereby know me 10and have no Charity, I am nothing. that we dwell in him, and he in t 2 Pet. 1. 9. He that lacketh these us, because he hath 'given us of things is blind, and cannot see far his Spirit.
off. t. Joh. 3: 14, 15. 6.* Joh. 15. 4. Abide in me,
jo. I See on Joh. 13. 34. and I in you. As the Branch can 1s
$ f 2 Pet. 1. 10. --If ye do not bear Fruit in it felf, except 'it these things, ye shall never fall. abide in the Vine : no more can
4 Lev. 19. 10. Thou shalt ye, except ye abide in me.
not hate thy Brother in thine Heart : † Joh 13. 15. t 1 Pet. 2. 21. thou shalt in any wise rebuke thy See on Mat. Il. 29.
20 Neighbour, and not suffer fin up7. in See on 1 Joh. 1. s.
on him. 8. n See on Joh. 13. 34.
a foi Joh. 12.; 35.
Walk Rom. 13. 12.
while ye have the Light, left therefore cast off the Works of Dark. Darkness come upon you :
for hoss, and let us put on the Ar as he that walkeih in Darkness, mour of Light. ti Ther. s. 5, 8. knoweth no; 'whither he gaYe are all the Children of Light, cth. and the Children of the Day: we
goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes. 11. I write unto you, little childrers, because your fins are forgiven you for his names fake. 13. I write unto you,
fathers,' because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children
, because ye have known the Father.
14. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the d word of God ab deth in you,
and ye have · overcome the wicked one. not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world, the love of the Father is 1100 in him. 16. For all that is in the world, the luft of the flesh, and the h lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 17. And the i world pafseth away, and the lust thereof : but he that doth the will of God, abideth for ever. 18. Little & children, 'it is the laft time: and as ye have heard that m antichrift shall come, even now are there many antichrists; whereby we know that it is the last time. . 19. ^ They went out from us, but they were not of us: for • if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest, that they
7 Luk. 24. 47. | Aets 4. therefore will be a Friend of the 12. See on Acts 13. 38.
World, is the Enemy of God, 14. + Eph. 6. 10. See on Eph.
& See on Mar. 6 24.
16. ::: Ecclefiaftes s. 12. Joh. 5. 38. Ye have not his s The Abundance of the Rich will not Word abiding in you: for whom suffer him to sleep. he hath sent, him ye believe nor. 17. Iti Cor. 7. 31. Jam. !. Joh. 8.3.1.- If ye continue in my 10. See on Jam. 4. 14. Word; then are ye my Disciples 18.k : Joh. 21.5. -'esussaith indeed. Col. 3. 16. Let the Word 10 unto them, Children, have ye any of Christ dwell in you richly in all Meat iWisdom,
It Heb. 1. 2.
See on Mar. e Pet. 5-9. Whom refift sted.
1. !5. fast in the Faith.
m' See on Mat. 24 5,24. and on Ye are of God, little Children, 15 2 Thes. 3. 3. and have overcome them : because
19. † Deut. 13. 13. : Pol. greater is he that is in you, than 41. 9. † Afts 20. 30, See oa : he that is in the World.
Pet. 2. I. 15. f Rom. 12. 2. Be not conforme of Mar 24. 24. † Job. 10:5, ed to this world.- Jam. 4. 4.-- 2029. | 2 Tim. 2. 19. Sve on fi. The Friendship of the World is enmity with God.
Whosoever ľ See on i Ce:1!. !9.
1 Joh. 4. 4.
pere not all of us. 20. But 9 ye have .an (1) unction from the holy One, and s ye 'know all things. 21. I
have 9 + 2 Cor. 1. 21. Now he that is haly, he that is true, he that which stablisheth us with you,
in hath the Key of David. Christ, and hath anointed us,is God. s: Joh. 10.4, 5. -The Sheep Heb. 1.9.-God, even thy God follow him: for they know his
oth anointed thee with the Oyl of 5 Voice. And a Stranger will they Gladness above thy Fellows. Pfal. not follow, but will flee from 133. 2. It is like the precious Oint him: for they know not the Voice ment upon the Head, that ran down of Strangers. Joh. 14. 26. The upon the Beard, even Aaron's Comforter, which is 'the holy Beard, and went down to the 1o Ghost, whom the Father will send skirts of his Garment. ::: Ver. 27. in my Name, he shall teach you all r.: Mar. 1. 24.
I know thee things, and bring all things to your who thou art, the holy one of God. remembrance, whatsoever I have : Acts 3. 14. Ye denied the holy said unto you. † Joh. 16. 13. ine, and the just, and desired a 15 When he, the Spirit of Truth, is Murderer to be granted unto you. come, he will guide you into all Rev. 3.7. -These things faith he Truth.
Truth.-- + Ver. 27. (1) By the Un&tion here, and the Anointing, Ver. 27. is meant the Holy Spirit, whose Gifts and Graces are diffused throughout the whole Church, and to every living Member thereof. For his Assistances are equally necessary to all, to the Learned, as well as to the Unlearned, to the Teachers, as well as to the Hearers. He it is that enlightens our Minds, and purifies our Hearts, and inclines our Wills, not only beginning, but Carrying on, and perfecting a new and spiritual Life in our Souls. This Expression, re know all things, is not to be understood in the largest Sense, but to be limited to those things which are necessary to Salvation. These every true Christian not only knows speculatively, that is, he has not only a Notion of them in his Mind, but he has an experimental Knowledge and Taste of them, which is productive of an holy Obedience. This inestimable Gift was the Purchase of the Sufferings and Death of Christ, who is here styled the holy One. Those Words, re need nst that any Man teach you, cannot be intended to set aside all outward Teaching, but the Meaning is, you do not need the Teaching of any of those Antichrists and false Teachers spoken of in this Chapter, and ou ther Places of this Epistle. The Mistake of those, who, from this Place, fuffer themselves to be prevailed with to forsake the Publick Assemblies of Christians, and the outward Use of the means of Grace, the Ministry of the Word and Sacraments, is a manifest Proof of the great Artifice and fubtily of the Devil, who, in order to deceive and destroy our Souls, puts on the best Appearances, even that of an Angel of Light.
Were there no need of outward Teaching, why are Pastors and Teachers mentioned ? Why did St. John write this Epiftle, or why were the other Scriptures committed to writing ? - We must not therefore oppose the external Mi. niftry of the Word to the inward Teachings of the Spirit, but look upon then as subordinate one to another, both being conducive to our Salvation. If in the Times of the Apostles there was outward and publick i taching, when the Spirit was in such a plentiful manner poured forth, how much greater need is there of publick Teaching among us now,