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C H A P. I.
for the great Mercies and Privileges of the Gospel Reli-
Chrift, fendeth this Epistle A. D. 66.
Cappadocia, the Provinces of the
Lesser Afa, and Bithynia. Not forgetting the Gentile * Chriftians of those Parts.
2 Elect according 2. To all you that have embra- i. 18.—ü.fo. to the foreknowledge ced the gracious Covenant of the and2 Pet. 2: of God the Father, Gospel; a Covenant that is Ratified 1. of the Spirit unto obe. I and Confirmed by the Blood of t'Parris
Christ, and entitles you to the Gifts Pos. See Heb.
to the Christian Church. Wishing
3 & 4. Expressing my humblest
and eternal Happiness of Heaven, by
4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fa.
A. D. 66. 5 Who are kept by 5. And for preserving and sup
the power of God porting us, by his Almighty Power, through faith unto
unto under all our Amictions and Tempsalvation, ready to be revealed in the lalt this his last' | and great Dispensation
tations, to persevere in the Faith of V i raspão time. égáte.
of the Gospel, whereby we shall not fail of compleat Glory and Happiness, at the final Day of Judgment.
6Wherein ye great
6 & 7. This is what you, as good ly rejoyce, though Chriftians, cannot but make the Subnow for a season (if ject of your utmost Joy and Satisneed be) ye are in faction. Looking on the worst of heaviness through manifold temptations.
present Evils as only so many happy 7 That the trial of Opportunities of exercising your your faith being much Faith, improving your Virtue, and more precious than of brightning that future Crown you gold that perisheth, are then to receive; and consequentthough it be tried ly to be of more real Advantage to with fire, might be you than all the Riches and fading found unto prane, and Glories this World can afford. honour, and glory at the appearing of Jesus Chrift:
8 Whom having not 8 & 9. Thus upon reasonable and seen, ye love ; in fufficient Evidence, you embrace a whom, though now Messiah you never personally knew ; ye see him not, yet and believe the Doctrine and Promibelieving, ye rejoice ses of a Saviour you never aftually with joy unspeakable, and full of glory
saw. This fills you with the inex9 Receiving the end pressible
and glorious Hopes of that of your faith, even the eternal Salvation which is the sure salvation of your souls. Reward of such as are poffefled with a Faith so rational and well grounded,
10 Of which falva 10 & 11. This is that gracious tion the prophets have Dispensation of Religion for the enquired and searched future Happinefs of Mankind, fo diligently, who pro- exactly described and punctually pheli.ad of the grace foretold by the ancient Proe that should come unto
phets, Men inspired by the Spirit you :
11 Searching what, * of this very Christ, to foretel both 1. D. 66,
all his true Disciples.
12 Unto whom it 12. For, as to the Time, they
ing it just as it has now been actually
that not only Prophets foretold it with Pleasure, but the very Angels themselves cannot but contemplate upon it with Delight and Astonishment.
13 Wherefore gird 13. Let this Consideration then up the loins of your arm you with Vigilance, Courage mind, be sober, and and Constancy in a Profession athope to the end, for tended with such Blessings as these of the grace that is to be the Christian * Religion are, which mua brought unto you at the revelation of Je you are so certain to enjoy at the fiunéta
'Inox Xpesos sus Chrift;
nal Appearance of * Christ to Judg14 As obedient
14 & 15. Show yourselves true
15 But as hie which vine Author of your Religion in Ho-
17 And if
4. D.66. 16 Because it is 16. For those Expressions (Lev.
written, Be ye holy, ii. 44.-xix. 2. —xx. 7, 26.) where-
17. And this does most specially on the Fatier, why
concern such of you as are newly without respect of fer converted from the Heathen to the fon judgeth according Christian Religion, from the Worship to every man's work,
of Idols to that of the One True God. pass the time of your
Now, that you are receiv’d into the sojourning here in fear :
true Church of God, with the same
Goodness and Mercy as the Jews themselves are, and shall be judged and rewarded equally with them ; you are obliged to particular Care and Watchfulness over your future Conduct.
18 Foraimuch as ye 18 & 19. You ought to confiknow that ye were der yourselves as Captives redeemed not redeemed with cor- from a State of Ignorance and Idolaruptible things, as filver and gold, from try, wherein you were originally edu
cated. And that the Purchase was your vain conversation received by tradition not procured by the most valuable from fathers :
thing this World could afford, but your 19 But with the cost the Blood even of Christ him. precious
blood of self the Son of God; a Person of most Chrift, as of a Lamb exalted Dignity and perfect Innowithout blemish and cence. without spot.
20 Who verily was 20 & 21. Even that Mefiah, fore-ordained before originally designed by God for the foundation of the the Redemption of all Mankind; world, but was mani- but, tho’ promised from the first, feft in these last times and all along described by the Jewfor you ;
21 Who by him dois Prophets, to that people ; yet believe in God that was not actually sent into the World raised him up from for that Purpose, till this last and the dead, and gave great Dispensation of the Gospel;
him glory, that your wherein his Religion was intended I ni imas to be proposed equally to you | and them, by us his Apo
Alles, and demonstrated to us all, by his Resurrection from the Dead, as a sure Pledge of our future Happiness, upon our fincere Obedience. So that, by being Christians, you
faith and hope might do not forsake God (as the obstinate A. D. 66. te * in God. Jews vainly pretend) but do most effectually * believe in Him.
22 Seeing ye have 22. And fince you have engaged
the utmost Ardour and Sincerity.
a Sense much more excellent than
scent from Abraham and the Patri
archs ; or than any Profelyte could be, by joyning himself to their external and Ceremonial Worship. You are regenerated and made the Children of God, by the Belief of those Gospel Doctrines, the habitual Practice whereof will work in you those excellent Graces and divine Virtues, that will for ever adorn and make you happy:ll
|| See Joh. i. 24 For all flesh is
24 & 25. Those Privileges of na- 12, 13. and as grass, and all the tural Descent the Jews so much glory of man, as the boast of, the Succession in Rich and flower of grass. The Noble Families, by any Civil Relagrass withereth, and the flower thereof
tion or Institution, are mere external
and fading Blessings : As Ifaiah for2; But the word of merly represented them. But the the Lord endureth for Blessing of being taken into God's
And this is the Church, by embracing the Revelaword which by the tion of Jesus Christ, is of the utmost gospel is preached un- and everlasting Consequence to us.
And thus the Gospel we preach to you is truly what i aiah there described it, The Word of the Lord that endureth for ever, Isa. xl. 6, 7, 8.
C H A P.
bere ver. 24
falleth away :
* Ver. 21. That your Faith and Hope might be in God, óse shy mis on üprivai iis sóv. So that your Faith-vis in God,