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the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Wherefore, take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breast-plate of righteousness : And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace: Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the devil. And take the helmet of salvation; and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the spirit; and watching thereunto with all perseverance".
2. That we renounce the pomps and vanities of this
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world : If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him ; for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world
Christ gave himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God, and our Father
h Eph. vi. 10-18.
i 1 John ii. 15, 16.
Gal. i. 4. ' 1 Pet. ii. 9. • Prov, iv. 14, 15.
For ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him that hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light'.
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world".
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly"..
Enter not into the path of the wicked : and go not into the way of evil men.
Avoid it, pass not by it, turn from it, and pass away.
And be not conformed to this world P. - For what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion hath light with darkness
3. That we renounce all the sinful lusts of the flesh.
Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of
m Phil. ii. 15.
p Rom. xii. 2.
a 2 Cor. vi. 14. John iï. 5, 6.
God. That which is born of the flesh, is flesh; and that which is born of the spirit, is spirit'.
And they that are after the flesh, do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the spirit, the things of the spirit: For to be carnally minded, is death ; but to be spiritually minded, is life and peace : Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. So then, they that are in the flesh cannot please God.
For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die ; but if ye, through the spirit, do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live i
This I say then, walk in the spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lusts of the flesh: For the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary the one to the other."
Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these, adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulation, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like ; of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time
* Rom. viii. 13.
Rom. viii. 5, 6, 7, 8.
past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God *.
For the Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations; and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished : But chiefly them that walk after the flesh, in the lust of uncleanness".
Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul”.
Let us walk honestly as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness; not in chambering and wantonness : not in strife and envying. But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ; and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God". .
For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk
* Gal. v. 19_21. y 2 Pet. ï. 9, 10. z 1 Pet. i. 11. a Rom. xiii. 13, 14. b 1 Thess. iv. 3, 4, 5. ¢1 Thess. iv. 7.
in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people: Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord : and touch not the unclean thing, and I will receive you; and will be a father unto you, and ye shall be My sons and daughters, saith the Lord
Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit; perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Blessed are the pure in heart; for they shall see God'.
4. That we believe all the articles of the Christian
He that cometh to God, must believe that He is; and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him 5.
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved".
Jesus cried, and said, he that believeth on Me, believeth not on Me, but on Him that sent Me.
Whosoever denieth the Son, the same hath not the Father; but he that acknowledgeth the Son, hath the Father also. Let that therefore
d 2 Cor. vi. 16, 17, 18. • 2 Cor. vii, 1. Matt. v. 8. ... Heb. xi. 6. ' 'h Acts xvi. 31. i John xii. 44.