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of the world, through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning 8.” "For, if we wilfully sin after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment, and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses; of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of GOD, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?" "How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvationi?" "For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we escape, if we turn away from Him that [speaketh] from heaven.”

Christ graciously calls all men to Him "Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest!." "If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink "." "He that cometh to me shall never hunger; and

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he that believeth on me shall never thirst"." "Let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take of the water of life freely." "He that believeth on me hath everlasting life"." "The Gospel of Christ is the power of GOD unto salvation to every one that believeth." "The Lord is long-suffering to usward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance'." "GOD our Saviour will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth ." "As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of GOD, to them that believe on His name." "This is the will of Him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on Him, may have everlasting life, and I will raise him up at the last day"." "There is no respect of persons with GOD"." "The same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon Him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." Christ " being made perfect became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey Him"." "It is not the will of your Father which is in heaven,

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that one of these little ones should perish"." "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." "Ask, and it shall be given unto you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh, receiveth; and he that seeketh, findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened "." "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him; but let him ask in faith, nothing wavering." Christ "is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing that He ever liveth to make intercession for us."

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So that, although Christ said, "No man can come unto me except the Father, which hath sent me, draw him ;" and St. Paul says, "No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost";" yet, as Christ, "who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us," hath said, "I will pray the Father, and He shall give you another Comforter that He may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of truths," "he will guide you into all truth";" "if a man love me, he will keep my words: and

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my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him;" and as "the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit itself maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered;" "let us draw near in full assurance of faith1;" let us draw nigh to GOD, and He will draw nigh

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"Seeing, then, that we have a great High Priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need"." For Christ has left us "an example that we should follow His steps°;" and "GOD is faithful, who will not suffer us to be tempted above that we are able, but will, with the temptation, also make a way to escape, that we may be able to bear it P." Christ, "in that He himself hath suffered, being tempted, is able to succour them that are tempted 9."

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We are told to pray without ceasing';" to continue" instant in prayer," "praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit," "fervent in spirit "." "In every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God"." soever ye shall ask the Father in my name, He will give it you." "Whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Sony." "Is any among you afflicted? let him pray." "The effectual fer

vent prayer of a righteous man availeth much"." "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have themb." "If two shall agree on earth, as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven c." "Ask, and it shall be given unto you." "If any lack wisdom, let him ask of GOD—and

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