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expressly forbidden, Lev. xix. 16. that they give them no offence. « Thou shalt not go up and down Rom. XV. 1. “ We then that are as a tale-bearer among thy peo- ftrong, ought to bear the infirmiple.” And 1 Tim. v. 13. Not ties of the weak, and not to please only idle, but tatlers also, and bu- ourselves.” And ver. 2. « Let sy-bodies, speaking things which every one of us please his neighthey ought not."
bour, for his good to edification." IV. Sin. The fourth fin is IV. Duty. Their fourth duan easy credulity of private whif- ty is to be exceeding tender of the pers, and ralh censures thereupon. church's unity, both in judgment, This we ought not to do against love, and practice ; avoiding (as the meanest member. 2 Cor. xii. much as may be, and as far as the 20. « Lest there be debates, en- gofpel rule allows) all causes and vyings, wraths, strifes, backbit. occasions of division and separaings, whisperings,” &c. Much tion. Rom. xvi. 17. “ Mark less against church-officers; 1 Tim. them which caufe divisions and v. 19. “ Against an elder receive offences, and avoid them." And not an accusation, but before two Phil. ii. 1, 2. « If there be any or three witneffes." This strikes confolation in Chrift, &c. be ye at the bond of peace.
like minded." V. Sin. Their fifth fin is in V. Duty. Their fifth eluty is their neglecl of God's ordinances à respectful carriage towards the upon flight diversions, when they meanest Christian, and to have are neither disabled by works of higher esteem of others than themneceflity, or mercy, contrary tó felves. External things make no Heb. x. 25. “ Not forsaking the difference with Chrift; Rom. xii. assembling of ourselves together, 10. “ In honour preferring one in the manner of some is.” Trivial another." Gal. iii. 28. “ Ye are occasions should divert no Chrif- all one in Christ Jesus.” Yet a tian froin attending upon God's decorum is to be kept suitable ordinances.
to civil differences ; Ephes. . 21. “ Submitting yourselves to
one anoher in the fear of God." VI. Sin. The fixth fin is a VI. Duty. Their fixth duty is, defect in zeal for God's ordinan- meekly to receive reproofs from ces, manifested in their dilatory each other for their fins, especialattendance;contrary to Pfal.cxxii. ly when the matter is juft, and 1. « I was glad when they said the manner of delivering it reguunto me, let us go into the boufe lar; Psal. cxli.
« Let the righof the Lord.” And unsuitable to teous smite me, it shall be a their first practice, Gal. iv. 5. a kindness : And let him reprové « Wbere is then the blefledness ?' me, it shall be an excellent oil,” &c.
&c. VII. Sin. The seventh fin is VII. Duty. Their seventh duirreverence, and want of ferious- ty is, to communicate their spiriness under ordinances : contrary tual flock of gifts, graces, and exto Pfal. lxxxix. 7. God is great- periences, not interfering with
ly to be feared in the assembly of public officers, nor by finful par-
VIII. Sin. The eighth sin re- VIII. Duty. Their eighth duty proveable in them, is, the neglect is, cheerfully to communicate their of giving and taking due reproofs outward good things for the relief froni each other ; contrary to Lev. of their brethren ; Heb. xiii. 16, xix. 17. “ Thou shalt in any wise “ To do good, and to communirebuke thy neighbour, and not cate, forget not.” And the betsufferfin upon him.” And Christ's ter to enable them hereunto, to be own rule, Matth. xviii. 15.“ Go, diligent in their callings; Eph. and tell him his fault between iv. 28. “ Working with his thee and him alone.” And so hands, tliat he may have to give for taking reproofs, fee Pfal. cxli. to him that needeth." And effe5. “ Let the righteous smite me," cially to make comfortable provi&c.
fion for their minisers, not by
Their tenth duty privateness of their spirits, center- is, to put charitable consiructions ing too much in their own con- upon doubtful words and actions; cerns; expressly condemned, Phil, and if either will admit a double
ii. 21. « All seek their own, not fenfe always to take it in the fairthe things that are Jesus Christ's.” est, according to the law of chariAnd contrary to fcripture exam- ty; 1 Cor. xiii. 7. “Charity bearple, 2 Cor. xi. 29. “ Who is eth all things, believeth all things, weak, and I am not weak? Who hopeth all things, endureth all is offended, and I burn not ?"
things.” And such a charity will defend and maintain church peace and unity.
Six BENEFITS of walking by these Rules.
TRICT and heedful attendance to these rules, will put
a lustre upon religion before the world, and make it glorious in the eyes of such as now defpile it. Tit. ii. 10. " Adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.” Which he here speaks, to encourage all to ordinate walking.
II. Benefit. This will allure and win the world over to Christ, and wonderfully profper and further the design of the gospel. Poil. ii. 15, 16. " That ye may be blameless and harmless the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, &c. That I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain."
III. Benefit. This will effectually stop the mouths of all detracting and blafphemiag enemies of religion.
1 Pet. ii. 15
! For fo is the will of God, that with well-doing, ye may put to filence the ignorance of foolish men.”
IV. Benefit. This will eminently glorify God, which is the ultimate end of our beings. Matth. v. 16. “Let your light so thine before men, that they may fee your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven."
V. Benefit. This will fill the people of God (by way of evidence) with much inward peace. Gal. vi. 16. " And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and mercy upon the Israel of God.”
VI. Benefit. This will fécure the presence of God with, and among us : whence results both the efficacy of ordinances, and the stability and glory of the churches: For Christ walks among the golden candlesticks, and threatens the churches, in case of defection from gofpel rules, " to remove the candlestick out of his place, except they repent," Rev. ii. 1, 5.
BASEMENT of Christ, several instances of it in his in-
223 Vid. Humiliation. Abilities of men to use the means of grace, how to be improve ed
140 Adoption, wherein that which is facred agrees with, and differs
from that which is civil Adrian (the emperor,) his lamentable cry when dying
401 Affections, the melting of them, from a sense of Christ's sufferings, is no infallible fign of grace
226 What care we should take of being deceived by the workings of them
263 A believing meditation on Christ's sufferings, is of great force to melt them
265 Agony (of Christ) in the garden described
277 Useful inferences from the confideration of it
279 Amyntas, a remarkable story of his interceding for his brother
169 Anathema Maranatha, the meaning of this expression
50 & Antinomians, some of their vile opinions detected
439 Apology; Final rejecters of gospel-grace can make none for themfelves
70 Apoftacy of Christ's disciples in his sufferings Vid. Disciples.
285 Assumption of our nature by the Son of God
72 Vid. Incarnation. Articles of peace with God, what they are, 477. Vid. Peace. Afcenfion of Christ proved, and several circumstances of it explained
503 The remarkable manner of it fhewn in several particulars 505 A fixfold proof of the necessity of it
508 Several useful inferences concerning it