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A. D. 6o. 25 Likewise also, 25. Again, what was it that ren
was not Rahab the dered the Harlot Rahab so acceptable
her actual Reception of the Spies, as out another
his Messengers; as the genuine Ef
fect of such a Perswalion. 26 For as the body 26. From which Instance, as a without the spirit is Confirmation of the Reason of the dead, so faith without Thing itself ; 'tis exceeding plain, works is dead also.
that bare External Privileges, and outward Profession can no more make a true Israelite (much less a true Christian) than a Body without a Soul can make up a Man.
CH A P: III.
q Cbap.i. 19: M‘not many ma
The Jewish Christians are again particularly diswaded
from the Pride and Ambition of being called Doctors,
Zealots were so much addicted. The great Ad-
not many ma that you can never answer the 7. Rom. ii. fters, knowing that Character of true Chriftians, while we shall receive the
you harbour that Al tion of the greater condemnation.
Jewish Zealots, of imperiously setting up for Teachers ; of Usurping an Authority over the Consciences of others, and be guilty of the Calumny and Censoriousness that is consequent to such Pride and Affectation. Against this notorious Vice I must now more particularly warn you. Consider then, the more Knowledge and Understanding you pretend to, the more hei
nous are the Faults you commit, and that your Punish- Å. D. 60.
2. The very best of us have their
are too äpt to transgress in, above all a perfect man,
measure. able also to bridle the
And were those Zealots whole body.
but free of the Vices of that very
Member, wherewith they pretend to
3, 4 & 5. And, as Horses are
of the Vefsel ; so the whole Conver-
amongst combustible Matter ; blows
up and consumes all before it. nour listeth.
5 Even so the tongue is a little member, and boafieth great
6 And the tongue 6. Well may such a Tongue be
ŷ For every kind 7 & 8. When it once obtains, and
Fierceness exceeds that of the Lion
A.D.60. 8 But the tongue and Tyger ; and its Venom beyond
can no man tame, it the worst of Serpent's.
9 Therewith bless 9 & 10. It runs Men into Practices we God, even the Fa- the most absurd as well as impious ; ther : and therewith causing them to use that very Memrcurse we men,
ber, that was given us to celebrate are made after the fi- the Praises of God, to throw out militude of God.
10 Out of the fame Curses and Imprecations against their mouth proceedeth bles
Brethren that were created like themsing and cursing. My felves, in the Image of God. Blefbrethren, these things sing and Cursing out of the fame ought not so to be.
Mouth ! How irrational and mon
strous a Thing to be guilty of ! i Doth a fountain 11 & 12. A thing as utterly inconfend forth at the fame fistent with true Religion, as it is to place sweet water and suppose the fame Water, from the bitter
fame Part of a Spring, should be 12 Can the fig-tree, salt and fresh at the same Time ; my brethren, olive-berries?' either that a Fig-Tree should bear Olives, a vine, figs ? so can
or a Vine produce Figs, i.e. a perno fountain both yield fect Contradiction in the Nature of salt water and freih.
Things. 13. Who is a wise
13. Whatever Christian Convert, man and endued with or Jewish Zealot, therefore, would knowledge amongst be indeed a Master of religious Wifyou ? let him fhew out dom, let hic show his Wisdom, first of a good conversation his works with in the Suppression of this wretched meekness of wisdom.
Habit, and in reducing himself to a meek and charitable Disposition to
ward his Brethren. 14. But if ye have 14 & 15. For as long as ever this bitter envying and haughty and contentious Spirit in reItrife in your hearts, ligious Disputes, vents it self through glory not, and lie the Tongue, his Boasting is but Vaninot against the truth.
15 This wildom ty, and his Pretences Hypocrisy. descendeth not from
The Wisdom he pretends to, is the above, but is earthly, Effect of nothing but sensual and sensual, devilish.
worldly Principles, and a perfect Imi
tation of the Deviland wicked Spirits. 1-6 For
16 For where en 16. For nothing but Wickedness A. D. 60.
generous, just, and impartial to all
18. And whoever is of this peace-
not fail to reap the happy Fruits and
The CONTENT S.
Malicious Temper, from the then present State and Con-
THat I have * hitherto ob- * Cap.
served, of the wretched 16. ings among you! Effects of a Turbulent and Contencome they not hence, tious Spirit, is, but too wofully de
A.D.63. even of your lusts, that monftrable, from the present State
war in your mem. and Condition of the Jewish People. bers ?
Let any Jew tell me the real Cause of all those Calamities and Desolations, those Foreign, Civil, and Domestick Broils, that are now the general Plagues of That Nation. What is it, but the Sensual and Ambitious Temper I have been describing? /
2 Ye luft, and have 2. Your Hearts are entirely bent not : ye kill, and de- upon Temporal Pleasure, and 'Temsire to have, and can.
poral Dominion ; you are impatient not obtain : ye fight under the Government Providence has and war, yet ye
have not , because ye ask subjected your Nation to. This puts
you upon Seditious Practices, that
can never gain your Ends; and your intestine Discords make your Cafe still worse. Nor can God be supposed to prosper a People, so estranged from all true Religion and Devotion toward Him.
3 Ye ask, and re. 3. 'Tis true, you keep up the ceive not, because ye External Profession, and the Form ask amiss, that ye may of Worship and Prayer. But this consume it upon your can avail you little, while the Stress lufts.
of your Desires is fixed on Worldly Pleasures, and the View of all your very Prayers is the Gratification of Lustful and Ambitious Principles. 4
Ye adulterers and 4. O faithless and perverse Nation ! adulteresses, know ye How can you be so ignorant, as to not that the friendship imagine, the Love of God and true of the world is enmi- Religion can ever be consistent with ty with God? who this immoderate Thirst after Tempofoever therefore will
ralRiches and Grandeur ? You must
give up one, or the other.
5 & 6. How contrary have the the Scripture faith in Scriptures of the Old Testament devain, The spirit that fcribed the Temper of God's true dwelleth in lusteth
Servants, to that Envious and Conto envy?
6 But he giveth tentious Spirit that now reigns in more grace ; where the Generality of your Nation? Do fore he faith, God re- you perceive any such Disposition filteth