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vation. The Lord God is my strength, &c. Hab. iii. 17-19.
Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.-Luke i. 46, 47.
Rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.-Luke x. 20.
Zacchæus came down, and received Christ joyfully.-Luke xix. 5, 6.
Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the words of eternal life, &c. Thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.-John vi. 68, 69.
Philip saith unto him, Shew us the Father, and it sufficeth ns.-John xiv. 8.
These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.John xv. 11.
Peter said, Lord, thou knowest that iv. 12. I love thee. John xxi. 17.
God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. -Gal. vi. 14.
ing, shall keep your hearts and minds, &c.-Phil. iv. 4. 7.
My brethren, rejoice in the Lord, &c. We are the circumcision, &c. who rejoice in Christ, &c. I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord.-Phil. iii. 1. 3. 8.
Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, rejoice. And the peace of God, which passeth all understand
Rejoice evermore.-1 Thess. v. 16. That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation; who have fled for refuge, to lay hold upon the hope set before us. -Heb. vi. 18.
In whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable, and full of glory.-1 Pet.
i. 8. 1 John i. 4.
I will give unto him who is athirst, of the fountain, &c.-Rev. xxi. 6.
Secondly, To obey and hearken to the Laws and Word of God, in Christ.
THERE is one law-giver, who is able to save, and to destroy.-James
Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's. house, unto a land that I will shew thee, &c. So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him.-Gen. xii. 1.4, 5. Heb. xi. 8.
So in putting away Ishmael and Hagar.-Gen. xxi. 11—14.
God said unto Abraham, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest; and offer him there for. a burnt-offering, &c. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took Isaac, &c. He stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son, &c. In blessing, I will bless thee, &c. because thou hast obeyed my voice.-Gen. xxii. 1-3. 10. 17, 18.
In thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed because that Abraham obeyed my voice, and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.-Gen. xxvi. 4, 5.
God bid Moses go; and said, he would be with his mouth, &c. He refused: God was angry.-Exod. iv. 13, 14.
Thus did all the children of Israel: as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.-Exod. xii. 50.
Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee.-Deut. vi. 3.
The Lord thy God, he is a faithful God, who keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.-Deut.vii. 9. Levit.xx.22. 1 Kings vi. 12.
We will hear it, and do it. And the Lord said, &c. They have well said all that they have spoken. O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them and with their children for ever, &c. You shall observe to do therefore, as the Lord your God has commanded you; you shall not turn aside to the right hand, or to the left; you shall walk in all the ways which the Lord your God hath commanded you.-Deut. v. 27-29. 32, 33. Levit. xviii. 3, 4. 26.
Therefore thou shalt love the Lord thy God, and keep his charge, and his statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments alway. And it shall come to pass, if you shall hearken diligently unto my commandments, &c. then will I give you, &c.
Deut. xi. 1. 13, 14. x. 12, 13. Levit. xxvi. 3, &c.
God hath commanded thee, that thou do these statutes, &c. and that with all thy heart, and with all thy whole soul.-Deut. xxvi. 16.
See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil, &c. I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life; that thou mayest love the Lord thy God, that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him; for he is thy life, &c.-Deut. xxx. 15, 16.19,20. xiii. 4. xxxii. 46, 47. Prov. xix. 16. Isa. i. 19,20.
Take diligent heed to do the commandment and law, &c. to love the Lord your God, and to walk in all his ways, and to keep all his commandments, and to cleave unto him, and to serve him, with all your heart, &c.
Josh. xxii. 5. Deut. x. 12, 13. If ye will fear the Lord, and serve him, and obey his voice, and not rebel against the commandment of the Lord; then shall both ye, and the king that reigneth over you, continue, &c.-1 Sam. xii. 14.
Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken, than the fat of rams for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, &c.-1 Sam. xv. 22, 23.
David charged Solomon to keep the charge of the Lord, his statutes, his
commandments, &c. as it is written in the law of Moses.-1 Kings ii. 1-3. ix. 4, 5.
Hear, O my people; and I will testify unto thee, O Israel; if thou wilt hearken unto me, &c. But my people would not hearken unto my voice; and Israel would none of me : so I gave them up unto their own hearts' lust, and they walked in their own counsels. O that my people had hearkened unto me, and Israel had walked in my ways: I should soon have subdued their enemies, &c.Ps. lxxxi. 8. 11-14. 16. 2 Kings xxi. 8, 9.
Because they rebelled against the words of God, and contemned the counsel of the Most High; therefore he brought down their heart with labour.-Ps. cvii. 11, 12.
Thou hast commanded us to keep thy precepts diligently, &c. Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments, &c. I will run the way of thy commandments, when thou shalt enlarge my heart, &c. O how love I thy law! &c. I love thy testimonies, &c. It is time for thee, O Lord, to work; for they have made void thy law. Therefore I love thy commandments above gold, &c. Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law, &c. My soul hath kept thy testimonies; and I love them exceedingly. -Ps. cxix. 4. 6. 32. 97. 119, 120.126, 127. 136. 158. 167.
Because I have called, and ye refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; but ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh, &c. Prov. i. 24-26. 30, 31.
My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments. Prov. iii. 1.
hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination.-Prov. xxviii. 9. Thus saith the Lord, Thy Redeemer, &c. O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments : then had thy peace been as a river, &c.-Isa. xlviii. 17, 18..
I have spread out my hands all the day unto a rebellious people, which walketh in a way that is not good, after their own thoughts.-Isa. lxv. 2.
I will bring their fears upon them, because when I called, none did answer; when I spake, they did not hear, but they did evil, &c.—Isa. lxvi. 4. Jer. xxxv. 17.
Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.-Prov. viii. 34.
He that turneth away his ear from
Be thou instructed, O Jerusalem, lest my soul depart from thee, &c. Their ear is uncircumcised, and they cannot hearken.-Jer. vi. 8. 10.
I spake not unto your fathers, &c. But this thing commanded I them, saying, Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people: and walk ye in all the ways that I have commanded you, that it may be well unto you. But they hearkened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels, and in the imaginations of their evil heart, &c.-Jer. vii. 22-24. xi. 4.7,8.
Cursed be the man that obeyeth not the words of this covenant.-Jer. xi. 3, 4.
The Lord hath sent unto you all his servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but ye have not hearkened, nor inclined your ear, &c. Jer. xxv. 4. xliv. 4, 5,
Will ye not receive instruction to hearken to my words? saith the Lord. The words of Jonadab the son of Rechab, that he commanded his sons, not to drink wine, are performed; for unto this day they drink none, but obey their father's commandment : notwithstanding I have spoken unto you, rising early, and speaking, but ye hearkened not unto me.-Jer. xxxv. 13-15.
As for the word thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord, we will not hearken unto thee.-Jer. xliv. 16.
Thou shalt speak my words unto them, whether they will hear, or whether they will forbear.-Ezek. ii. 7. iii. 11. 27.
For they hear thy words, but they do them not.-Ezek. xxxiii. 32.
Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Execute true judgment, &c. But they refused to hearken, and pulled away the shoulder, and stopped their ears that they should not hear; yea, they made their hearts as an adamant stone, lest they should hear the law, and the words which the Lord of hosts hath sent in his Spirit, by the former prophets, &c. There--John viii. 47. 51. fore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, &c. -Żech. vii. 9—13.
Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he who doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a rock, &c. And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man which built his house upon the sand, &c.-Matt. vii. 21. 24-27. James i. 23-25. Matt. v. 18-20. John ix.31.
Yea, rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. Luke xi. 28. Rom. ii. 13. James i. 25.
And that servant which knew his Lord's will, and did it not, shall be beaten with many stripes.-Luke xii. 47. James iv. 17.
If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine whether it be of God, &c.-John vii. 17.
He that is of God, heareth God's words; but ye hear not my word, because ye are not of God, &c. Verily, verily, I say unto you, If a man keep my sayings, he shall never see death.
If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. John xiii. 17 James i. 22, 23. 25.
If ye love me, keep my commandments, &c. He that hath my commandments, and keepeth them, he it is that loveth me, &c. Jesus said, If a man love me, he will keep my words, &c. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings.-John xiv. 15. 21. 23, 24.
If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love, even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love, &c. Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.-John xv. 10. 14.
Now therefore are we all here present before God, to hear all things that are commanded thee of God.-Acts x. 33.
Ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered unto you.-Rom. vi. 17.
The law is holy, and the commandment holy, just, and good.Rom. vii. 12.
Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing; but the keeping of the commandments of .God.-1 Cor. vii. 19.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings.-Phil. ii. 14.
To-day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts.-Heb. iv. 7. Ps. xcv. 7, 9.
He became the author of eternal
By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and keep his commandments: for this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous.-1 John v. 2, 3. And this is love, that we walk after his commandments.-2 John 6. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
Rev. xxii. 14.
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SECT. IV. Worship God, and sanctify
God had respect to Abel, and to his offering: but not unto Cain's. Gen. iv. 3. 5. 7. Heb. xi. 4.
Thou shalt have no other God before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, &c. thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor, serve them: for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, &c. In all places where I record my name, I will come, unto thee, and I will bless thee.Exod. xx. 3-5. 24.
Thou shalt not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, &c. ye shall serve the Lord your God, &c.Exod. xxiii. 24, 25.
There will I meet with thee, and commune with thee from above the mercy-seat. At the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, &c. where I will meet you, to speak there unto thee. And there I will meet with the children of Israel; and the tabernacle (or Israel) shall be sanctified by my glory, &c.-Exod. xxv. 22. xxix. 42, 43. xx. 24.
Thou canst not see my face: for there shall no man see me and live.— Exod. xxxiii. 20.
Thou shalt worship no other God: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.-Exod. xxxiv. 14. Deut. vi. 15.
When the tabernacle was set up, the glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle.-Exod. xl. 33-35.
When Aaron's sons were consumed for offering strange fire, Moses said unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified.— Levit. x. 1-3.
Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him. Thou shalt not go after other gods, &c. The Lord our God is one Lord, &c.-Deut. vi. 13, 14. 4.