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of his gifts, according to that true measure and proportion of faith and other graces, which God hath thought meet to bestow upon him.
XII. 5. So we, being many, are made one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
So we, being many, are but one mystical body united to Christ our Head: and are all members, not of ourselves but of one another; as the hand or foot is not his own member, but the body's.
XII, 6. Let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith.
Let us prophesy according to the rule and analogy of that faith, which is contained in the articles of our Christian belief, and the Holy Scriptures.
XII. 7. Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering.
Or any service or attendance about those things, which concern the provisions of the poor Saints, let him wait on that service, &c.
XII. 16. Be of the same mind one toward another. not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.
Apply yourselves one to another in your affections; so as the same good opinion or respect that thou hast from another, thou mayest bear unto him again. Be not highminded and proudly conceited, neither do affect ambitious aspirings; but, &c.
XII. 17. Provide things honest in the sight of all men.
Look carefully, as to your conscience before God, so to your honest reputation with men; and so order your ways, that ye may maintain a good fame in the world.
XII. 18. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.
It may so fall out, that it may not be possible, such as some men's dispositions are, to live peaceably with them; or such conditions of peace may be tendered, as may be utterly unlawful to be accepted: but, if it possibly may be, let there be no default in you, why you should not live peaceably with all
XII. 20. Therefore, if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: &c. See Prov. xxv. 21, 22.
XII. 21. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.
Let not thine enemy's despight so overcome thee, as to move thee to impatience or malice; but let thy patience and charity be such, as that thereby thou mayest exceed his maliciousness; and, if it may be, win him to relent, and acknowledge his own error.
XIII. 1. Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers.
For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained by God.
Let every man, of what condition soever, be subject unto Magistrates and Princes: for God hath set up and ordained the order of government and authority of one man over another; neither is there any institution of rule and sovereignty, nor any power of governing, which is not from God. XIII. 3. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same.
Wouldest thou not then be in fear, or danger of the power of sovereign authority? do that which is good and lawful, and thou shalt not only be free from fear, but shalt be sure of praise and encouragement from it.
XIII. 5. Wherefore ye must needs be subject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience sake.
Wherefore ye must yield ready obedience to them; not only out of a servile fear of punishment, and care to avoid the danger of displeasure, but even for very conscience sake; because God hath so required you, and laid this charge upon your souls.
XIII. 8. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.
Pay to every man that, which is due to him; and be not a debtor to any man, of ought, but love and charitable affection, which ye ought so to pay, as that ye should have more to pay: for he, that loveth his brother, hath fulfilled all that which the Second Table of the Law requireth of him.
XIII. 10. Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
For what doth that Table of the Law require, but that we should do no ill to our neighbour; implying also therein those positive duties, which we owe to his good: love, therefore, in that it withholds us from working any ill to our neighbour, doth herein fulfil the Law.
XIII. 11. And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.
Which duty and holy affection, as it is ever seasonable, so now especially; since we know upon what times we are fallen; times of danger and trial: wherein it is very needful, that we shake off our dulness and security; and be so much the more forward in grace and obedienee, by how much we draw nearer to that goal of glory and salvation, than when we first began to believe the Gospel.
XIII. 12. The night is far spent, the day is at hand: let us therefore cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armour of light.
The night of our ignorance and unregeneration is now far
spent, and the day of our full renovation and grace is now at hand let us therefore cast off our sins, which are the works of darkness; and let us diligently and carefully endeavour to have our souls clad with all holy virtues of sanctification.
XIII. 13. Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness, &c.
Let us behave ourselves soberly, righteously, godlily, as men, that walk in the public and open view of others in the day time, are commonly careful to go seemly clad in this clear light of the Gospel; and not debauch ourselves in rioting, and in drunkenness, &c.
XIII. 14. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
But see, that your souls be clothed, as with a garment, with true sanctification; and with the perfect righteousness of Christ Jesus, apprehended by your faith: and, as for the flesh, respect and tend it as a servant and fit instrument for the soul; but be not careful to pamper it, and to fulfil the lusts thereof, as if this were your main intention: sustain it; but do not make it a wanton.
XIV. 1. Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations.
There are amongst you many new converts, which though they have embraced the Christian faith, yet are but weak and unsettled: make much of such, and take them to your further instruction; but trouble them not with controversies and doubtful disputations about things indifferent, but give much scope and latitude to them in these regards.
XIV. 2. For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak, eateth herbs.
For one believeth, that, through the general allowance of God, he may lawfully eat any meat whatsoever: another, who is weak, makes scruple of eating flesh, and contents himself with feeding on herbs and roots, and such other liveless nourishment.
XIV. 3. For God hath received him.
For God doth indifferently accept, both of him that eateth, and of him that eateth not.
XIV. 4. Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.
Yea, he whom thou art so ready to condemn, God will mercifully acquit and uphold; for, that God, whom I formerly declared to be willing, is certainly most able, to bear him up against all uncharitable judgments.
XIV. 5. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind. Let every man be so fully persuaded in his own heart of the lawfulness of that which he doth, as that he find no doubting
and scrupulous hesitation in doing of it; but let him grow to firm resolutions therein.
XIV. 6. He that regardeth a day, regardeth it unto the Lord; and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it. He that eateth, eateth to the Lord, &c.
He, that regardeth and observeth one day above another, regardeth it out of respect to the Lord, whose law, as he supposeth, requires and enjoins this difference; and he, that regardeth not one day more than another, doth this out of respect to the same Lord, who, by the liberty of the Gospel, hath freed us from those Jewish observations, &c.
XIV. 7. For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth to himself.
For we are the Lord's servants; and therefore we are not in any thing to respect ourselves, but our Master: none of us liveth, or may live, to and for himself; none of us dieth to himself, but to the Lord; so as by his death, as also by his life, God is and must be glorified.
XIV. 11. For it is written, As I live, saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, &c. See Isaiah xlv. 23.
XIV. 13. Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock &c.
Let us not pass judgments of censure one upon another; but let us pass this judgment of charitable resolution in ourselves, that no man put a stumblingblock &c.
XIV. 14. I know, and am persuaded by the Lord Jesus, that there is nothing unclean of itself: but to him that esteemeth any thing to be unclean, to him it is unclean.
Nothing is, in its own nature, unclean; for God made all things good but, in a man's conceit and opinion, some creatures seem unclean; and, while a man is in that mind, surely that creature is unclean to him, because his conscience riseth up against the use thereof.
XIV. 15. But if thy brother be grieved with thy meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy not him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
But, if thy brother be so grieved and hurt, as hereby to be drawn into a scandal, with thy eating of that meat which he makes conscience of, now walkest thou not charitably: Do not, what in thee lies, destroy him with thy meat, for whom Christ died.
XIV. 16. Let not then your good be evil spoken of:
Let not that good liberty, which the Gospel hath given you in these indifferent things, be evil spoken of, through your
careless use of it:
XIV. 17. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
For the kingdom of God, which he erects, by grace in the
hearts of men, doth not consist in meats and drinks and these outward observations, but in the inward virtues and good dispositions of the soul; in righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
XIV. 22. Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth.
But thou sayest, I have faith, and knowledge of the lawfulness of these things: why may I not freely make use of them? Hast thou faith? be thankful for it: this will secure thy conscience, in that which thou dost, betwixt God and thee; and do thou make this use of it: but know, that thou must walk, in respect of others, by the rule of charity: thy charity therefore is for others; thy faith, for thyself: for, happy is that man, which is so settled by his faithful resolutions, as that he condemneth not himself in that, which ye yieldeth to do.
XIV. 23. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.
He, that doubteth whether he sin in eating or not, is condemned if he eat; because his conscience is unsettled, and he eateth sinfully, because he eateth doubtfully for whatsoever is not done in faith, and particularly, even in these indifferent things, whatsoever is done with a doubtful conscience, is sin.
XV. 1. We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.
We then, that are well grounded in knowledge, and strong in resolution, ought to bear with the infirmities of our weak brethren; departing, in some kind, even from our own right, and not standing upon the terms of our liberty and con
XV. 3. For even Christ pleased not himself; but, as it is written, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on
For Christ himself, who is our perfect pattern, was so far from seeking to please himself, as that he willingly exposed himself to all the contumelies of men; according to that of the Psalm, The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell upon
XV. 4. That we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
That we might thereby be armed with patience, and furnished with strong consolations, against the evil day; and that our hearts may be established in a lively hope of the glory to
XV. 5. Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another, according to Christ Jesus.