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abide in you which ye have heard from the beginning: If that which ye have heard from the beginning shall remain in you, ye also shall continue in the Son, and in the Father k.
Hereby know we that we dwell in Him, and He in us; because He hath given us of His Spirit. And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world'.
In Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace".
In Whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in Whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance, until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of His glory".
Therefore let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for He is faithful that promised'.
Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write to you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you, that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints ?."
* 1 John ii. 23, 24.
Eph. i. 13, 14.
' 1 John iv. 13, 14.
Heb. x. 23.
m Ephes. i. 7. P Jude 3.
Watch ye, stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be strong
Stand fast in one spirit, with one mind, striving together for the faith of the gospel'.
Continue in the faith, grounded and settled, and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard.
Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love, which is in Christ Jesus.
5. That we keep God's holy will and commandments.
This is a faithful saying; and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God, might be careful to maintain good works: these things are good and profitable unto meno.
But what doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works ; can faith save him * ?
Thou believest that there is one God: thou dost well; the devils also believe and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead':
For as the body without the spirit is dead; so faith without works is dead also ?.
9 1 Cor. xvi. 13. Phil. i. 27. Col. i. 23. * 2 Tim. i. 13. u Tit. iii. 8. Jam. ii. 14.
Jam. ii. 19, 20. ? Jam. ii. 26.
Hereby we do know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He that saith I know Him, and keepeth not His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in hima.
Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy name ? and in Thy name have cast out devils ? and in Thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity b.
If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.
Pure religion, and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction; and to keep himself unspotted from the world 4.
I therefore the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called
As He Which hath called you is holy; so be ye holy in all manner of conversation ".
Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord %.
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that every one may receive the
a I John . 3, 4. b Matt. vii. 22, 23. - Matt. xix. 17. & Jam. i. 27. • Eph. iv. 1. ' 1 Pet. i. 15. & Heb. xii, 14. things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad h.
And when the Son of man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him ; then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory
Then shall the King say unto them on His right hand, come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom, prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was an hungred, and ye gave Me meat; thirsty, and ye gave Me drink ; I was a stranger, and ye took Me in ; Naked, and ye clothed Me; I was sick, and ye visited Me; I was in prison, and ye came unto Mek.
Verily, I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these My brethren, ye have done it unto Me'. God be merciful to me a sinner.
Our Father, Which art in Heaven &c. Profession of our sincere purpose to live answerably
to our baptismal vow. O holy and Eternal Lord God! Who keepest covenant and mercy for them that love Thee, and obey Thy commandments; I heartily thank
Matt. xxv. 31.
1 Ibid. ver. 40.
Ibid. ver. 34, 35, 36.
Thy Divine Majesty for admitting me by baptism into that covenant of grace, which entitles me, through Thy mercy in Christ, to such glorious privileges : and I do here solemnly promise with Thy grace and assistance to perform the vows which were then made in my behalf; and which I have so often renewed, and ratified with mine own mouth at Thy holy table.
I seriously resolve, to the utmost of the power Thou givest me, to avoid all sin, and to resist all the temptations of the devil, the world, and the flesh: I do unfeignedly believe, and will by Thy help continue in the belief of all the articles of the Christian faith : and I stedfastly purpose, through the help of Thy grace, to keep Thy holy will and commandments in all sincerity, and godly simplicity of heart; and to walk in the same all the days of my life. . .
Prayer for grace to fulfil the solemn promises we
made at our baptism.
O Most gracious God! Who workest in us both to will and to do of Thy good pleasure, vouchsafe to me, I beseech Thee, such a measure of Thy grace, as may enable me to fulfil these holy resolutions, and to walk worthy of that blessed state whereunto Thou hast called me.
Grant that I, being regenerate, and made Thy child by adoption and grace, may daily