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forefathers being in substance the same which I now profess
, that he puts into my thoughts the remembrance of thee: for I take so much pleasure in recalling thy virtues and graces, that I hold it a great favour of God, that he hath given thee a place in my devotions, both by day and by night.
I. 5. When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, fc.
When I call to remembrance the unfeignad faith, wherewith thou art, amongst other graces, eminently endued; and that true piety, which was at first notably apparent in thy grandmother Lois, &c.
I. 6. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou quicken and stir up those gifts and graces of God, which were given thee by the imposition of my hands; not suffering them to go out, for want of use and excitation.
1. 7. For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
But exercise them boldly and cheerfully: for God hath given us his Spirit, to enable us and bear us out in these holy services; which Spirit of his is not a Spirit of fear and cowardice, but a Spirit of power and resolution, a Spirit of fervent love to his Church, a Spirit of sincerity both of judgment and affection.
I. 8. But be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
Be thou a cheerful partner of those afflictions, which follow the profession of the Gospel; not out of any strength of thine own, but out of the mighty power of God, upholding and encouraging thee therein;
I. 9. Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began;
Who hath saved us from sin and death, and hath vouchsafed to call us effectually into the state of saving grace, even to holiness and newness of life ; not for any merit of our works, but for his own mercy's sake, upon his own good purpose and grace, which was decreed to be given to us, in and by Christ Jesus, before the world began;
I. 10. But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light, through the gospel.
Which hath taken away from death all that power and tyranny, which he exercised over mankind; and hath made a clear way to life and immortality, for all that believe, through the Gospel
I. 12. For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
For I well know what a powerful and merciful God and Saviour it is, whom I have relied and cast myself upon: and I am fully persuaded, that he is infinitely able, against all the powers of hell, to keep and safeguard that my precious soul, which I have committed to his care and custody; and to bring it forth glorious, at that great day of his appearing; and to perfect that salvation of mine, which he so graciously hath undertaken.
I. 13. Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
Hold fast both the substance of sound Christian doctrine, and the form of expressing and delivering of it, which thou hast heard of me; the sum of which doctrine is our faith in God through Christ, and our love to him and our brethren.
I. 14. That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
That good and precious treasure of the Gospel of Christ which was committed unto thy care and trust, and those singular graces which God hath bestowed upon thee, see that thou keep and maintain, with a happy increase; not out of any power and virtue of thine own, but by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in thee.
I. 18. In that day.
In that day of the last and general Retribution, when he shall come to reward every man according to his works.
II. 1. Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
Thou therefore, my son, be courageous and strong, in the maintenance of that Gospel of Christ, which thou hast received, through the grace that is given thee, by the same Lord Jesus Christ.
II. 2. And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also.
And the same things, which thou hast heard me deliver unto thee, not in a corner, but publicly before many witnesses, as a truth worthy to be averred; even the same things do thou preach, and deliver over to faithful men, that may communicate them unto others; that so this blessed message of the Gospel, may be both diffused abroad, and transmitted to posterity.
II. 3. Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Thou knowest thy calling, that thou art by thy profession a soldier of Jesus Christ, serving under his colours; resolve thou therefore to do and endure that, which belongs to thy place; be content to suffer and undergo all hardness, for his Name's sake.
II. 4. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; thut he may please him who hath choses him to be a soldier.
It is not therefore, for thee, to be taken up with other cares and employments: no man, that gives himself to the wars, while he is in that service entangles himself in the affairs of his husbandry or bargainings; but devotes himself wholly to the military business which he hath in hand, that he may please his captain or general.
II. 5. And if a man also strire for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strise lawfully.
And, as it is in wrestling, every man, that strives, is not presently graced with the garland; but he, that wrestles skilfully, and according to the laws of that exercise: so it is in this holy station; not every Bishop is crowned and rewarded of God; but he, that manageth this calling gravely, holily, faithfully.
II. 6. The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits.
The husbandman must first labour and take pains, in ploughing and sowing, ere he can be partaker of the fruits of his field; and, when he hath bestowed this profitable toil, he is well worthy to be the first that shall eat of his own labours.
II. 9. Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds ; but the word of God is not bound.
I am persecuted, as an offender, for that I preach the Gospel of Christ; and am imprisoned, and put into bonds and fetters, for this only cause: but, howsoever they may bind me fast as they do, yet they cannot bind up and fetter the Gospel of Christ : that word of his, both is and shall ever be free; for even in these bonds of mine, I do and will preach it unto all
II. 10. Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sake.
Therefore, I endure affliction for those good offices, that I do towards the furthering of the salvation of the elect.
II. 13. If we beliere not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself.
And, if we believe not, he loseth nothing by it; the misery and damage is ours ; but, for him, he is the same he was (whatever become of us) just, and faithful in all his promises and undertakings: he cannot be less than his word; but will certainly do whatsoever he hath spoken.
II. 17. And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymeneus and Philetus;
And the doctrine of these profane heretics spreads abroad
as a canker doth in the flesh; of which sort, are Hymeneus and Philetus ;
II. 18. Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some.
Who have erred in a main point of faith; saying that there is no other than a spiritual resurrection, to be received; and that this spiritual resurrection is passed, while we live here on earth; and, by this means, have perverted and overthrown the faith of some.
II. 19. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one thut nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
But, howsoever some fashionable professors of Christianity do thus fall off; yet, nevertheless, the foundation of God's gracious and eternal election remains sure and unmovable, and is shut up inviolably under this seal of his; The Lord hath eternally fore-known those that are his: yet not so, as that, presuming upon an absolute decree, we should live as we list; but, on our parts who are thus mercifully fore-known, there is required a holy and conscionable obedience, so, as that every one, that professes the name of Christ, must depart from iniquity.
II. 20. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth : and some to honour and some to dishonour. Neither need we to be troubled, to see some fall away
from Christ: for, as we see it is in a great house, there are vessels of all sorts and metals, and of all forms and for all uses; some. precious ones of gold and of silver, which are for honourable uses; others again of wood or of earth, which are destined to baser uses: so it is in the great house of God, the world ; all are not faithful, all are not set apart to glory.
II. 21. If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
And, if any man therefore shall keep himself pure and clean from these false doctrines and heretical teachers, he shall approve himself to be a vessel of honour, sanctified and set apart by God, for the glory of his mercy, and by him prepared and enabled to every good work,
II. 22. Fly also youthful lusts.
Avoid thou those impetuous desires and passions, to which youth is commonly subject.
II. 23. But foolish and unlearned questions avoid.
But foolish questions, and such as tend to no edification, and can give no furtherance to our knowledge by assoyling them, do thou avoid.
II. 24. And the servant of the Lord must not strire.
And it is not for a servant of the Lord, to quarrel and brabble about slight and worthless matters.
II. 25. In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the ackniledging of the truth;
Endeavouring that, by this means, God, if he have so decreed, may give them repentance, and grace to acknowledge that truth, which they have gainsaid;
II. 26. And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will.
And, that they may seasonably recover themselves from their heresies and errors, which are the very snares of the Devil, wherein they are entangled, and held captive at his pleasure.
III. 5. Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
Making an outward and formal profession of godliness in words, but in their deeds denying the power thereof; so living, as if godliness were but a mere name and a matter of fashion, without all force and efficacy: have nothing to do with such kind of men.
III. 6, 7. For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts, Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
Of this sort of dangerous hypocrites are they, which, under fair pretences, insinuate themselves into men's houses, and seduce poor silly women; which are the more apt to be misled, for that they are formerly vicious, being light housewives, and those that are given up to lewd and wanton courses; Which indeed are fit disciples for such teachers, as those which are curiously enquiring still into every novelty of doctrine, and never care to attain unto sound knowledge of God's saving truth.
III. 8Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.
Now, as of old, Jannes and Jambres, which were Pharaoh's sorcerers, resisted Moses and contested with him, in the message that he brought from God; so do these false teachers, at this day, resist us, in delivering the truth of the Gospel; being men of corrupt minds, desperately erring in the main points of religion, and framing their belief according to their own fancies and affections.
III. 9. But they shall proceed no further : for their folly shall be manifest unto all men, as theirs also was.
But they shall not prevail, to the seducing of any more: for