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[Gr. your souls], though the a more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved. 16. But be it so, I did not b burden you : nevertheless (1) being crafty, I caught you with guile. 17. Did I make a gain of you by any of them whom I sent unto you? 18. I desired Titus, and with him I sent a brother ; did * Titus make a gain of you? walked we not in the same spirit? walked we not in the same steps ? 19.

Again, think you that we excuse our felves unto you? we speak f before God in Chrift: but we do all things, dearly beloved, for your * edifying.

20. For I fear, left when I come I shall not find you such

as I would, and that I fhall be h found of you such as ye would not : left there be debates, envyings, wraths, ftrifes, 1 back-bitings, whisperings, swellings, tumults: left when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and that I shall bewail many which have finned already, and have not repented of the uncleanness, and fornication, and lasciviousness which they have committed.

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ami&ed, it is for your confolation and I. 9. Salvation. Col. i. 24. Who & See on Rom. 14. 19. now rejoice in my Sufferings for f 1 Cor. 4. 21. 9ow, and fill up that which is be 10 2. t 2 Cor. 13:2, 10. Se: on hind of the Afdi&tions of Christ in s 2 Cor. 1.23. my Fleih, for his Body's Sake, which i Exod. 19. 16. Thou shalt not is the Church. 2 Tim. 2.10. I go up and down as a Tale-bearer among endure all things for the Elects thy People. Pfal. 15. 3. He that Sake.

backbiteth not with his Tongue, 2. Cor. 6. 12, 13. We are not 10 [shall abide in the Tabernacle of Fraitned in us, but ye are straitned the Lord]. Pfal. 5o. 20. Thou in your own Bowels.

Now for a sittest and speakest against thy BroRecompence of the fame, (I speak ther; thou sianderest thine own Moas unto my Children) be ye also en thers Son. Pfal. 101. 5. Whoso larged.

15 privily pandereth his Neighbour, 16. : 2 Cor. 11. 9.

him will I cut off. Prov. 10, 17. ct 2 Cor. 7. 2. See on Ads 18.--He that uttereth slandir is a.

Fool. Prov. 25.23. The Northwind 18. | 2 Cor. 8.6, 16, 18, 22. driveth 'away Rain: fo doth an

19. ¢ t 2 Cor. 5. 12. We com- 20 angry "Countenance a backbiting Inend not our felves. Again unto Tongue. Rom. 1. 30. Backbiters,

haters of God, despiteful. † † Rom: 9, 1. See on Rom, (1) This v

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HIS is the third time I am coming to you: In the

mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established. 2. I told you before, and foretel you as ifI were present the a second time, and being absent, now I write to them which.. heretofore have finned, and to all other, that if I come again? I will not spare: 3. Since ye feek a proof of Christ % speaking in me, which to you-ward is not weak, but is mighty h in you. 4. For though he was crucified i through weakness, yet he k liveth by the power

of God: for 'we also are weak * in [Or, with] him, but we Mall live with him by the power of God toward you. 5. m Examine your felves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own felves: know ye not your own felves, how that Jefus Clirist is in you, except ye be (1) reprobates. 6. But

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Men : And being found in Fashion 15. See on Mat. 18.16.

as a Man, he humbled himself, and 2. ? 2 Cor. 10. 2. I beseech you, became 'obedient unto Death, even that I may not be bold when I am s the Death of the Cross. t 1 Pet. present.

3. 18.-Being put to Death in the d.: 2 Cor. 1.15. In this Confi-? Flefh, but quickned by the dence. I was minded to

Spirit. you before, that you might have a k + Rom. 6. 4

We buried second Benefit.

10 with him by Baptism into death : et 2 Cor. 12. 21.

that like as Christ was raised from f See on 2 Cor. 1, 23.

the Dead by the Glory of the Father, 3. ! + Mat. 10. 20. It is not yé even so we also should walk in newa that speak, but the Spirit of your

'ness of Life. Father which speaketh in you. 15.

+ See 2 Cor. 10. 3, 4. Though htCor. 9. 2. If I be not an we walk in the Flesh, we do not Apostle to others, yet doubtless I am war after the Flesh; for the Weato you:

for the Seal of mine Apo pons of our Warfare are not carnal, Alebip are ye in the Lord.

but mighty through God to the pul. 4. i: Phil. 2. 7, 8. But made 20 ling down of strong holds, himselföf no Reputation, and took 5. m See on I Cor. 17.28. upon him the Form of a Servant,

(1) The Word here translated Reprobates, in this and the two following Verses, has no relation to any eternal Decree of God's appointing. Men to remedilers and everlasting Destruction. Such Notions arise from wrong Apprehsufions of the divine Perfections, and fome difficult and mistaken Places of Scripture. For if any are everlastingly miserable, it is the Abuse of the Freedom God has given them, and their own, evil-doings, which make them fo. The Greek Word signifies, untried, unproved., or, without Proof; the Metaphor being taken from the Tryal of Silver, and

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I trust that ye shall know that we are not reprobates. 7 Now I pray to God that ye do no evil ; not that we should appear approved, but that ye should do that which is honest, though we be as reprobates. 8. For we can do nothing against the truth, but for the truth. 9. For we are glad when we are weak, and ye are strong: and this also we wish, even your ' perfe&tion. 10. Therefore 19 write these things being absent, left being present, I should use . sharpness, according to the spower which the Lord hath given me to edification, and not to destruction. 11. Finally, brethren, farewel : Be perfe&t, be of good comfort, be of " one mind, a live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you. 12.

12. Greet one another with an holy kiss. 13. All the saints salute you. . 14. The (1) grace of the

Lord 7.5 7 2 Cor. 6. 9. As unknown, Sharply, that they may be found in and yet well known; as dying, and the Faith. behold we live.

$ op 2 Cor. 10. 8. -Our Authoe 9. f 1 Cor. 4. 10. † 2 Cor. 11. rity which the Lord hath given us 30. t Cor. 12. 5,9,10. See on 5 for Edification, and not for your De

Atruction. pii i Thef. 3. 10. Night and . . .

u Rom. 12. 16. fi Cora Day praying exceedingly that we 1. 10. + 1 Pet. 3. 8. See on Joh. might see your Face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your 10 a See on Mar 9. 5o. Faith.

b See on Rom. 15. 33. 10.94 i Cor.4. 21. + 2 Cor. cot i Cor. 16. 20. t 1 Ther. 2. 3. t 2 Cor. 10. 2. f 2 Cor. 5. 26. t i Per. 5. 14. See on Rom. See on 2 Cor. 1, 23.

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other Metals, whether they are Standard or not. The Sense therefore of this place is, You examine me whether I can give sufficient Proof of my being in Chrift, and of the Grace and Apostleship I received from him: Pray examine your felves, whether you are in the Faith, that is, true Christians. You know the Rule; if therefore you try and prove your selves, you cannot but know your State, unless you are destitute of Proof. I trust I am able to give undoubted Proofs of my being in Christ, and of my own Apoftolical Authority. Some may be perplex'd with Doubts and Fears, that God hath by a fatal Decree excluded them from Heaven and Happiness. Those therefore that would see a clear Refutation of the monstrous and absurd Do&trine of abfolute Reprobation, without any respect to the A&tions of Men in this World, may consulc Archbishop Tillotson's Sermons, published by Dr Barker, Vol. IV. p. 450. Vol. VI. p. 211, 213.' Vol. VII. p. 68.

(1) There are three Differences in the Deity, which the Scripture speaks of by the Names of Father, Sou, and Holy Ghost, and every where Speaks of them as we use to do of three diftinct Persons. And therefore I

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Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the d com. munion of the holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

The second epistle to the Corinthians, was writa ten from Philippi, a city of Macedonia, by Titus and Lucas.

GAL d. Phil. 2. 1. If there be if any comfort of Love, if any fele therefore any Consolation in Christ, lowship of the Spirit. fee no reason why in this Argument we should nicely abstain from us sing the Word Person. Thus much is certain, and cannot be denied

, that our Saviour commanded his Apostles to baptize all Nations in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Gholt : And that the Apostles in their Epistles do in their most usual Form of Beriediftiin join these three together : And it is yet further certain, that not only the Name and Title of God, but the most incommunicable properties and Perfections of the Deity, are in Scripture frequently ascribed to the Son, and the holy Ghost one Property cnly excepted, which is peculiar to the Father, as He is the Principal and Fountain of the Deity, that He is of himself, and of no other; which is not, nor can be said of the Son and holy Ghoft.

Now let any Man fhew any plain and downright Contradi&iot in all this; or any other difficulty belides this, that the particular Manner of the Existence of these three differences of Persons in the Divine Nature, expressed in Scripture by the Names of Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, is income prehensible by our finite Understandings, and inexplicable by us: In which I do not see what absurdity there is, fince our Adversaries cannot deny that many things certainly are, the particular Manner of whose Exiltence we can neither comprehend nor explain.

Let us now see whether the Opinion of our Adverfaries hath not greater Difficulties in it, and more palpable Absurdities following from it. They say that the Son of God is a mere Creature ; not God by Nature, and yet truly and really God by Office, and by divine Appointment and Conftitution ; to whom the very fame Honour and Worthip is to be given which we give to Him who is God by Nature.

And can they discern no Difficulty, no Absurdity in this? What ? no absurdity in bringing Idolatry by a back Door into the Christian Religion, one main Design whereof was, 'to banith Idolatry out of the World? And will they in good earnest contest this matter with us, that the giving Divine Worship to a mere Creature is not Idolatry? And can they vindicare themselves in this point any other way, than what will in great measure acquic both Pagans and Papill's from the Charge of Idolatry?

What? No absurdity in a_God as it were bus of ferday? in a Creature God, in a God merely by positive inftitution; and this in Opposition to ? plain moral Precept of eternal Obligation, and to the fixʼd and immutable Nature and Reason of Things

So that to avoid the Shadow and Appearance of a plurality of Deities they really run into it; and for any thing I can see, into downright IdoJatry, by worshipping the Groupure besides the Creator, who is bleffed for furt, Rom. 1. 25,

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b by Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who • raised him from the dead) 2. And all the brethren · which are with me, unto the churches of Galatia: 3. f Grace be to you, and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, 4. Who : gave himself for our fins, that he might deliver us à from this present evil world, according 12.

Col. s. 2. † 1 Thes. 1, 1. t: 0+ Tit. 1. 3. Which (Word) Thes. 1. 2. See on Rom. 1.7. is committed unto me, according

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create new Heavens, and a new Earth. :: Phil. 2. 22. He [Ti -Joh. 15. 19. -Because gre are not motheus] hath served with me in the of the World, but I have chosen you

The out of the Wurld, therefore the Brethren which are with me greet you.10

World hateth you. Eph. 1. 21. 1 Cor. 16. 1. -As I have Far above all Principality, and gwen order to the Churches of Gan

Power, and Might, and Dominion,

and every Name that is named, 3.4 $ 1 Cor. † 2 Cor. 1, not only in this World, but in the † Phil. 1. 2.15

World They can by no means allow two Gods by Nature;

can willingly admit of two Gods; the one by Nature, and th: other by office; to whom they are content to pay the same Honour which is due to him who is God by Nature,

And do they see no absurdity in all this? nothing that is contrary to Reason and good Sense? nothing that feels like Inconsistency and Contradidion ? Do they consider how often God has declared that he will not give his Glory to another ? And that the Apostle

describes Idolatry to be, che giving service, or Worship, to things which by Nature are no Gods? Surely if Reafon guided by Divine Revelation were to chufe a God, it would make choice of one who is declared in Scripture to be the only be goten of the Father, the first and the last, the beginning and the end, the same referday

, to day, and for ever much rather than a mere Creature, who did not begin to be till about seventeen Hundred Years ago.

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