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CH A P. III.
THIS know allo; 1.
The CONTENT S.
wicked People, foretold to be under the Church of the
tance with the Ancient Scriptures. A. D.67.
ET me again * remind you • Tim days, perilous times Saviour and his Apostles, concerning iv, I. shall come.
the Persecutions that would arise in the Times of the Christian Church ; the better to arm you against being surprized, and moved at them. 2 For men shall be
2, 3 & 4. Those Predictions are lovers of their own
now in some measure fulfilled in selves, covetous, boast- the Jewish Zealots, that Selfish, ers, proud, blasphe Worldly-minded, Proud and Abusive mers, disobedient to
Sett of Men, that are arrived to parents, unthankful, unholy,
that Degree of Ingratitude and Im3 Without natural piety, as to break through the most affection, truce-break- Natural and Effential Obligations, ers, false accusers, in- and violate all Truth and Faith with continent, fierce, de- such as are not of their Party ; spisers of those that minding nothing but their own are good.
Ambitious Purposes and Pleasures, 4. Traitors, heady, in Defiance of the express Laws of high-minded, lovers
ş Having a form of 5. Have nothing to do, theregodliness, but deny. fore, with a People that value ing the power there. themselves upon the mere outward of: from such turn Name and Privileges of Religion ; away.
and, in their Lives, contradict all the Noble Purposes and Designs of it.
6 For of this fort 6 & 7. These are the Men fo A.D.67. are they which creep fond of making Profelytes to their into houses, and lead own Opinions, as to insinuate themcaptive filly women selves into all Families, and gain laden with sins, led away with divers lufts.upon Women, and the weaker fort, 7 Ever learning,
that are prepared to their Hand, by
sinful Affections and Prejudices; that and never able to come to the know- run after
New Teacher, and so ledge of the truth. are kept in perpetual Distraction and
Ignorance of Sound Religion. 8 Now as Jannes 8. These People oppose the true and Jambres with- Doctrines of Christianity, with the ftood Mofes, so do same obstinate and incurable Prejuthese also resist the dices, that the Magicians of Egypt truth : men of corrupt did the Miracles of Moses ; against minds, reprobate con
the most evident and convincing cerning the faith.
Demonstrations. 9 But they shall 9. And they are soon like to come proceed no further : to the same wretched End, and show for their folly shall be their Opposition to be the Effect of manifeft unto all men, nothing but woeful Blindness and as theirs also was.
Malice. 10 But thou haft 10 & 11. Be not you, therefore, fully known my do- terrified at their Malicious Endea&trine, manner of life,
vours ; but make my Doctrine your purpose, faith, long- Rule; let my Life and Conversation, suffering, charity, patience,
my steddy Faith, Charity, and Paa 11 Persecutions, af- tience under all my Sufferings, parAlictions which came ticularly those at Antioch, &c. be unto me at Antioch, your Example, to encourage you to at Iconium, at Lyftra; trust in God for the same powerful what persecutions Í Deliverances that I had from them all.
endured; but out of them all the Lord delivered me. 12 Yea, and all
12. And, indeed, all that will that will live godly in be fincere Christians, must now exChrist Jesus, ihall suf- pect, and be prepared for their Share fer perfecution.
of Sufferings. 13 But evil men
13. For the Succeffors of these and seducers shall wax deceitful Impostors, instead of reworse and worse, de forming, will in the after Times of
1. D. 67. ceiving, and being de- Christianity, fill improve in their
Wicked Designs, running into deeper Ignorance, drawing others into their Errors, and Persecuting all that oppose them.
14. To avoid them, therefore, thou in the things
continue steddy to the Doctrines which thou hast learn- I have taught you ; and rememed, and haft been afsured of, knowing of
ber you learn'd them of one, who of whom thou haft neither can, nor will deceive you. learned them: 15
And that from a 15. And beside what I have child thou hast known particularly instructed you in, the the holy scriptures, Knowledge you have attained from which are able to
your constant Perusal of the Scripmake thee wife unto salvation, through faith
tures of the Old Testament, from which is in Christ your very Infancy, will be of
Advantage to you, to show you
the Truths of Christ's Religion, and keep you firm to the Faith of it; which will procure your Eternal Salvation. .
16 All scripture is 16 & 17. For * those Inspired given by inspiration Writings are of great Use to disof God, and is profi- cover to us the Truth and Certainty table for doctrine, for of our Christianity, by shewing us the reproof, for correction, for' inftruction in Prophecies that are now fulfilled, the righteousness :
Types and Figures that are now ex17 That the man actly answered in Christ and his Reof God may be per- ligon; and abounding, beside, in fect, throughly fur- most wholesome Precepts and Pronished unto all good hibitions. By understanding of all works.
which, the Christian Minister is com
pleatly enabled to correct the Errors and Misunderstandings of these seducing Teachers, concerning the Nature of Christ's Kingdom ; and to set forth all the true and saving Doctrines of his Holy Religion.
СНАР. * Ver. 16. All Scripture is given by Inspiration of God, waru you in 980tikus, &c. All Writings that are of divine Inspiration are profitable, &c. One Old MS. with the Vulgar, Arab. and Syr. Verfions, as also fome Fathers in their Quotations of this Passage, leave out the xxi. I make no question, but that the Scriptures by Inspiration of God, have a particular Reference to the Prophecies concerning Christ and his Kingdom, and the Apoftacy from it.
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Obstinacy and Malice will grow worse and worse. The
O conclude, then ; see. A. D.67. fore, before God,
ing you are encompasand the Lord Jesus sed with such Adversaries, and I Chap. ii. Christ, who shall have such Abilities bestowed on you
13, 14. judge the quick and
to withstand them, I now again, pearing, and his king- most folemnly adjure you by God dom :
the Father, and the Lord Jesus 2 Preach the word, Christ, the Judge of all Mankind be instant in season, at the Great and Solemn Day of his and out of season ; re- Appearance, to take all Opportuniprove, rebuke, ex. ties of refuting those False Teachers, hort with all long- of urging and pressing the Truths of fuffering and doctrine. Christianity upon all People ; Correcting their Errors and Immoralities, and endeavouring with the utmost Patience and Constancy, to reduce them to a Sense of True Religion.
3 For the time will 3 & 4. My earnest Repetition of come when they will this Charge upon you is but too not endure found do- "needful. For, as I * before observed, . Cbap. iii. Etrine ; but after their those Ignorant Zealots are like to be 13. own lults shall they so far from a speedy Reformation, that heap to themselves teachers, having itch- you will find them grow perfectly ing ears.
impatient of the true Doctrines of our 4 And they shall Religion ; still more passionately fond turn away their ears of their New Teachers that sooth them from the truth, and up in their Lufts and Vices; and run Thall be turned unto wholly from the Gospel Principles fables.
to Jewish Fables and Traditions.
But watch thou 5. But however irreclaimable and in all things, endure vexatious they may prove, go, you afflictions, do the
on in the Work of your Gospel-Miwork of an evangenistry, and suffer patiently for the litt, make full proof Conscientious Discharge of it. of thy ministry.
6 For I am now 6. I am also now the more warm ready to be offered, in my Exhortations to you, because and the time of my I expect shortly to be taken from departure is at hand.
you, and become a Sacrifice to their
Malice and Obstinacy. 7 I have fought a 7. Nor am I at all discouraged at good fight, I have fi- that Prospect : For I have Fought nished my course, I and Suffered for the Christian Cause have kept * the faith.
like a hardy Soldier ; and, as a Racer, am at the End of my Course : For I have been faithful
to my Trust.
8 Henceforth there 8. So that I have now nothing is laid up for me a to do, but to wait for that Glorious crown of righteoul- Recompence and Reward, which ness, which the Lord the Great and Righteous Judge of the righteous judge the World will not fail to bestow Thall give me at that day: and not to me
on me, and on all such who are only, but unto all conscious of having so fincerely perthem also that love formed their Duty, as to wish for his appearing
that happy Day of Christ's final
Judgment. y Do thy diligence 9 & 10. Come to Rome to me as to come shortly unto soon as possibly you can ; for I am
left almost quite alone; Demas hav1o For Demas hath forsaken me, having
ing preferred the Safety of his Life loved this present
before me and my Cause, and is reworld, and is depart- tired to Thessalonica ; and I have ed unto Theffalonica: sent away Crefcens and Titus upon Crescens to Galatia, particular Business. Titus unto Dalmatia, 1 Only
11 & 12.
* Ver. 7. I have kept the Faith, Twisu Titupuxa, I bave preserved my Fidelity.