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VI. 12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life. Fight thou that good and happy fight of a true and faithful champion of Christ, for the maintenance of his faith and Gospel, which thy true faith in him shall enable thee unto and crown thee for; and lay hold upon that blessed reward of eternal life.
VI. 13 Who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession. Who before Pontius Pilate made a just and undaunted profession of his Messiahship; telling him, that for this cause he came into the world, that he might bear witness of the truth.
VI. 16 Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto. Who only hath perfect and absolute immortality, as in bimself ; dwelling in that increated and infinite glory of Divine Majesty, which our weak and dark apprehensions cannot conceive or reach unto.
VI. 19 Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life. Laying up in store for themselves, through the grace and acceptation of God, a good foundation of assured comfort, against the evil day, even the day of death ; that they may, upon his merciful remuneration, obtain eternal life.
VI. 20 0 Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust,
VI. 21 Which some professing have erred concerning the faith.
THE SECOND EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO
TIMOTHY. I. 3 I thank God, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day. I do not only remember thee often; but I thank my God, whom I serve in that true religion which I received from my forefathers being in substance the same which I now profess, that he puts into my thoughts the remembrance of thee: for I take so much pleasure in recalling thy virtues and graces, that I hold it a great favour of God, that he hath given thee a place in my devotions, both by day and by night.
I. 5. When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, &c. When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith, wherewith thou art, amongst other graces, eminently endued; and that true piety, which was at first notably apparent in thy grandmother Lois, &c.
I. 6 Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance, that thou quicken and stir up those gifts and graces of God, which were given thee by the imposition of my hands; not suffering them to go out, for want of use and excitation.
1. 7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear ; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. But exercise them boldly and cheerfully : for God bath given us his Spirit, to enable us and bear us out in these holy services; which Spirit of his is not a Spirit of fear and cowardice, but a Spirit of power and resolution, a Spirit of fervent love to his Church, a Spirit of sincerity both of judgment and affection.
I. 8 But be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God; Be thou a cheerful partner of those afflictions, which follow the profession of the Gospel; not out of any strength of thine own, but out of the mighty power of God, upholding and encouraging the therein ;
1. 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began; Who hath saved us from sin and death, and hath vouchsafed to call us effectually into the state of saving grace, even to holiness and newness of life; not for any merit of our works, but for bis own mercy's sake, upon his own good purpose and grace, which was decreed to be given to us, in and by Christ Jesus, before the world began;
I. 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light, through the gospel
. Which hath taken away from death all that power and tyranny, which he exercised over mankind ; and hath made a clear way to life and immortality, for all that believe, through the Gospel.
I. 12 For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against
For I well know what a powerful and merciful God and Saviour it is, whoin I have relied and cast myself upon : and I am fully persuaded, that he is infinitely able, against all the powers of hell, to keep and safeguard that my precious soul, which I have commit. ted to his care and custody; and to bring it forth glorious, at that great day of his appearing ; and to perfect that salvation of mine, which he so graciously hath undertaken.
I. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus. Hold fast both the substance of sound Christian doctrine, and the form of expressing and delivering of it, which thou hast heard of me; the sum of which doctrine is our faith in God through Christ, and our love to him and our brethren.
I. 14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us. That good and precious treasure of the Gospel of Christ which was committed unto thy care and trust, and those singular graces which God hath bestowed upon thee, see that thou keep and maintain, with a happy increase ; not out of any power and virtue of thine own, but by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in thee.
I. 18 In that day. In that day of the last and general Retribution, when he shall come to reward every man according to his works.
II. 1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. Thou therefore, my son, be courageous and strong, in the maintenance of that Gospel of Christ, which thou hast received, through the grace that is given thee, by the same Lord Jesus Christ.
II. 2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. And the same things, which thou hast heard me deliver unto thee, not in a corner, but publicly before many witnesses, as a truth worthy to be averred; even the same things do thou preach, and deliver over to faithful men, that may communicate them unto others; that so this blessed message of the Gospel, may be both diffused abroad, and transmitted to posterity.
II. 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. Thou knowest thy calling, that thou art by thy profession a soldier of Jesus Christ, serving under his colours ; resolve thou therefore to do and endure that, which belongs to thy place; be content to suffer and undergo all hardness, for his Name's sake.
II. 4 No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life ; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier, It is not, therefore, for thee, to be taken up with other cares and employments: no man, that gives himself to the wars, while he is in that service entangles himself in the affairs of his husbandry or bargainings; but devotes himself wholly to the military business which he hath in hand, that he may please his captain or general.
II. 5 And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.
And, as it is in wrestling, every man, that strives, is not pres sently graced with the garland; but he, that wrestles skilfully, and according to the laws of that exercise : so it is in this holy station ; not every Bishop is crowned and rewarded of God; but lie, that manageth this calling gravely, holily, faithfully.
II. 6 The husbandman that laboureth must be first partaker of the fruits. The husbandman must first labour and take pains, in ploughing and sowing, ere he can be partaker of the fruits of his field; and, when he hath bestowed this profitable toil, he is well worthy to be the first, that shall eat of his own Jabours.
II. 9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, even unto bonds ; but the word of God is not bound. I am persecuted, as an offender, for that I preach the Gospel of Christ; and am imprisoned, and put into bonds and fetters, for this only cause : but, howsoever they may bind me fast as they do, yet they cannot bind up and fetter the Gospel of Christ : that word of his, both is and shall ever be free ; for even in these bonds of mine, I do and will preach it unto all comers.
II. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sake. Therefore, I endure affliction for those good offices, that I do towards the furthering of the salvation of the elect.
II. 13 If we believe not, yet he abideth faithful: he cannot deny himself. And, if we believe not, he loseth nothing by it; the misery and damage is ours; but, for him, he is the same be was (whatever become of us) just, and faithful in all his promises and undertakings: he cannot be less than his word; but will certainly do whatsoever he hath spoken.
II. 17 And their word will eat as doth a canker : of whom as Hymeneus and Philetus; And the doctrine of these profane heretics spreads abroad as a canker doth in the flesh ; of which sort, are Hymeneus and Pbiletus;
II. 18 Who concerning the truth have erred, saying that the resurrection is past already; and overthrow the faith of some. Who have erred in a main point of faith ; saying, that there is no other than a spiritual resurrection, to be received; and that this spiritual resurrection is passed, while we live here on earth; and, by this means, have perverted and overthrown the faith of some.
II. 19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. But, howsoever some fashionable professors of Christianity do thus fall off'; yet, nevertheless, the foundation of God's graciousand eternal election remains sure and unmovable, and is shut up inviolably under this seal of his; The Lord hath eternally fore-known those that are bis : yet not so, as that, presuming upon an absolute decree, we should live as we list; but, on our parts who are thus mercifully fore-known, there is required a holy and conscions
able obedience, so, as that every one, that professes the name of Christ, must depart from iniquity.
II. 20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. Neither need we to be troubled, to see some fall away from Christ : for, as we see it is in a great house, there are vessels of all sorts and metals, and of all forms and for all uses ; some precious ones of gold and of silver, which are for honourable uses ; others again of wood or of earth, which are destined to baser uses : so it is in the great house of God, the world; all are not faithfulare
II. 21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work. And, if any man therefore shall keep himself pure and clean from these false doctrines and heretical teachers, he shall approve himself to be a vessel of honour, sanctified and set apart by God, for the glory of his mercy, and by him prepared and enabled to every good work.
II. 22 Fly also youthful lusts. Avoid thou those impetuous desires and passions, to which youth is commonly subject.
II. 23 But foolish and unlearned questions avoid. But foolish questions, and such as tend to no edification, and can give no furtherance to our knowledge by assoyling them, do thou avoid.
II. 24 And the servant of the Lord must not strive. And it is not for a servant of the Lord, to quarrel and brabble about slight and worthless matters.
II. 25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves ; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; Endeavouring that, by this means,God, if he have so decreed, may give them repentance, and grace to acknowledge that truth, wbich they have gainsaid ;
II. 26 And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. And, that they may seasonably recover themselves from their heresies and errors, which are the very shares of the Devil, wherein they are entangled, and held captive at his pleasure.
III. 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof : from such turn away. Making an outward and formal profession of godliness in words, but in their deeds denying the power thereof; so living, as if godliness were but a mere name and a matter of fashion, without all force and efficacy : have nothing to do with such kind of men,
III. 6, 7 For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and