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A. D. 57. ther there be know. speaking unlearned Languages, and
ledge, it shall vanish such like present Endowments, away.
will one Day be laid aside and cease, as no further useful. But the Love of doing Good will be a Grace that will adorn you to all Eternity.
9. For we know in 9. For these present Gifts of part, and we prophe- the Spirit, are only suited and afie in part.
dapted to the present imperfect State of the Church, and of Mankind. Our best Knowledge and Abilities are but short and temporary.
10. But when that 10. Whereas, in the future State which is perfect is of Happiness and Perfection, there come, then that which will be an End of these more imis in part shall be done perfect Ways of Information, and away.
gradual Means of Knowledge.
and a Man.
12. Our very best Attainments through a glass dark- and Gifts here, being but a narly; but then face to row and cloudy Apprehension of face: now I know in Things : But that of the heavenly part; but then shall State will be direct, clear, and I know even as I am full, like that of the Angels and known.
blessed Spirits. 13. And now 13. Nay, and when those two bideth, faith, hope, admirable Graces of Faith and charity; these three; Hope (which are indeed needful but the greatest of for us while we continue in this these is charity. imperfect State) shall then ceale ; the one being turned into perfect Vision, the other into Enjoyment. This Love of GOD, and of our Fellow Saints, being, indeed, the Sum and Substance of all real Virtue, of effential Obligation, and of eternal Ufefulness, will continue for ever even in Heaven itself.
Follow after cha
CHA P. XIV.
their Church, particularly with respect to their inspir’d
Performances in the publick Assemblies of divine Wor-
horts them all to observe his Directions.
ET the Good and Edifica- A. D. 57. rity, and desire
tion of the Church then * spiritual gifts, but ra be
your chief Aim in the Exer- * Cb. xiii. ther that ye may pro- cise of your spiritual Gifts; and phesie.
be not forward to use them in your publick Assemblies of Worship, but in such a Manner as the People may understand and profit by them.
2. For he that speak 2. I shall instance particularly eth in an unknown in the Gift of speaking strange tongue, speaketh not Languages, which some of your unto men, but unto
new Teachers are apt to do for God: for no man un.
mere Oftentation, and without derstandeth him; how
For though beit in the spirit he any good Effect.
such People may speak very good
and great Things, yet it is all be-
3 & 4. Whereas to speak, or
firmation and Comfort of others :
A. D. 57. có in an unknown Tongue, is to instruct Nobody
tongue, edifieth him- but yourself.
5. I would that ye 5. To be able to speak divers
as to be understood by the People.
6. Now, brethren, 6. For suppose I my self, or if I come unto you, any
other Teacher whatever, were
trine of Faith and Manners, would
& 8. Certainly it would fig-
8. For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall
himself to the battle ?
take not Care that the
ers or Discourses are nothing but
10 & II.
10. There are, it 10 & 11. There are, indeed, A. D. 57. may be, so many kinds great Variety of Languages in the evening of voices in the world, World, and each of them have and none of them are their proper Signification. But without fignification, for any two Strangers to converse
11. Therefore if I
together, and know nothing of
12. Even so ye, 12. Wherefore, Let not any
affect to show and display
cel, but in Endeavours after the
13. Let none pray in a strange
14. For if I pray in 14. For to pray unintelligibly an unknown tongue, to others, may indeed be to exmy spirit prayeth, but ercise your Gift, and perform my understanding is
your own Devotion, but Nobody unfruitful.
else can be the better 'for it. 15. What is it then?
15. The Sum is this then. All
to the Congregation;
16. Else when thou 16 & 17. Because otherwife,
pray that he
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you all :
19. Yet in
A. D. 57.ing he understandeth them. The Man may pray very
not what thou sayest? well as to himself, but the Auditory
17. For thou verily is nothing the better for such givest thanks well, but
Prayers. the other is not edified.
18. I thank my 18 & 19. I bless GOD I have God, I speak with the Gift of Languages beyond atongues more than
ny your Teachers; but I am
so far from valuing myself upon the
mere Talking, and showing my church I had rather
Talent, that I think it much more speak five words with imy understanding
Credit and Advantage, to speak that by my voice” i five Words that are intelligible might teach others als and useful, than to make a thoufo, than ten thousand sand fine Discourses that Nobody words in an unknown understands but my self. tongue.
20. Brethren, be 20. Brethren, be not like Chilnöt children in under- dren, affected with Novelties, and ftanding: howbeit, in valuing Things that appear great, malice be ye children, but are worth little. Act like but in understanding Men of Understanding, and imibe men.
tate Children in nothing but their innocent, undesigning, and harmless Disposition. 21. In the law it is
21. You remember those prowritten, With men of phetick Words of the Old Testaother tongues and o ment (Isai. xxviii. 11, 12.) Forether lips, will I (peak telling the Jewish Nation, That unto this people: and God would one Day send Prophets yet for all that will
to them, inspired with Variety of they not hear me, Languages for their Conviction and
Reformation, but all to little Purpose. 22. Wherefore tongues 22. Where you cannot but obare for a fign, not to serve, That the natural Design of them that believe, but God's bestowing the Gift of Lanto them that believe not: but prophefying guages upon any Persons, is to be
à miraculous Evidence for conJerveth not for then that believe pot. but verting Unbelievers; but those that for them that believe.
are already Christians, are to bę
instructed and edified in Languages they do understand.