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blished in the faith w.” “ Stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be firm, be strong x." tinue in the faith grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the Gospely." “ Stand fast in the Lord.” “ Stand fast and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word or our epistle*.” “ Continue in the things which thou hast learned, and hast been assured of b.” Hold fast that which is good.”. Stand fast in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondaged." “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering,” “not carried about with divers and strange doctrines,” nor “ tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrines;” “not shaken in mind ";" not turning our ears from the truth, “ having itching ears,” but holding fast the form of sound words k.” “ He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son!,” “ whose house we are if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope, firm unto the end m.” “ If any man draw back, my soul

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w Coloss. ii. 6, 7.
* 1 Cor. xvi. 13.
y Coloss. i. 23.
· Philip. iv. 1.
a 2 Thess. ii. 15.
b 2 Tim. iii. 14.
c 1 Thess. v.

21. d Gal. v.1.

e Hebr. 8. 23.
f Hebr. xiii. 9.
8 Eph. iv. 14.
h 2 Thess. ii. 2.
i 2 Tim. iv. 3, 4.
k 2 Tim. i. 13.
| 2 John, i. 9.
n Hebr. üü. 6.

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« Be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises." "Be ye steadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord P.” 6 Abide in Him, that when He shall appear, we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His comingo.” “ He that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be savedr."

The Christian must love Christ: “ He that loveth father or mother more than me, is not worthy of me; and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of mes.” “ If any man love me, he will keep my words, and my

Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him t.” tinue

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loveu.” 6 Grace be with them that love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity." “ If any man love not the Lord Jesus, let him be anathema-maranatha (or accursed at the coming of the Lord*"].

It is required, that “all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father y;" and “ that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth,

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A Hebr. x. 38.
• Hebr. vi. 12.
P 1 Cor. xv. 58.
9 1 John, ü. 38.
r Matt. xxiv. 13.

Matt. x. 37.

John, xiv. 23.
• John, xv. 9.

Eph. vi. 24.
* 1 Cor. xvi. 22.
· John, v. 23.

us b.”

and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is the Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”

We must not be “ ashamed of the cross of Christ a;” for “ if we deny Him, He will deny

“ Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Fathere.” “Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess, before the angels of God; but he that denieth me before men, shall be denied before the angels of Godd.” “Whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words-of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when He shall come in His own glory, and in His Father's, and of the holy angelse." “ Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God f.” “ If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thy heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved 8."

But, although “repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ h," are essential requisites on the part of a Christian, since “ without faith it is impossible to please God';' although by being baptized into Jesus Christ

Philip. ii. 10, 11.
a Rom. i. 16.
b 2 Tim. ii. 12.
ci John, ii, 23.
d Luke, xii. 8, 9.

e Mark, viii. 38.
f 1 John, iv. 15.
8 Rom, x, 9.
h Acts, xx. 21.
i Hebr. xi, 6.

we are baptized into His death ;" although with the mouth confession is made unto salvation',” yet these “ principles of the doctrine of Christ m” will not of themselves suffice; for, if we repent, we must alsobring forth fruits meet for repentance";” if we have faith, we must add to our faith virtue",” for “ faith without works is dead P.” If we have been baptized, we “should walk in newness of lifeq,” for, “ whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin"." If we name the name of Christ,” we should “ depart from iniquity,for “ he that saith, I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liart;hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments u.” If we profess to love Christ, we should keep His commandments, for He hath said, “ If ye love me, keep my commandments w;" “ if any man love me, he will keep my wordsx." If we honour Christ with our lips, our heart must not be far from Himy, or in vain shall we worship Him. In vain

preach Christ crucified,if by our misdeeds we “ crucify the Son of God afresh,

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and put Him to an open shamez.”
doth it profit, though a man say he hath faith,
and have not works ? can faith save him a ?
“ The tree is known by its fruit b.” “Every
good tree bringeth forth good fruit, but a cor-
rupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit c.”

Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down and cast into the fired.” “ Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selvese."

“ Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command youf.” « He that committeth sin is of the devil 8.“ He that doeth good is of God, but he that doeth evil hath not seen Godb.”

“ Whoso doeth not righteousness is not of Godi.” “Whoso keepeth His word, in him verily is the love of God perfected ; hereby know we that we are in Himk." " This is the love of God, that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not grievous ; for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world, and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith'.

“ Whatsoever we ask we receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His

2 Hebr. vi. 6.
a James, ii. 14.
b Matt. xii. 33.
c Matt. vii, 17.
d Matt. vij. 19.

James, i. 22.

f John, xv. 14.
8 1 John, iii. 8.
h 3 John, 11.
i 1 John, iii. 10.
k i Jolin, ii. 5.
11 John, v. 3, 4.

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