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Ch. 7. FaIr Prophets. St. Ma 3. We find they are adverfaries to Cacholick love, by damning all the Chriftian world lave their own Se&, and keeping up their Church and Religionby bloody l8O&rines, Inquifitions and Mafiäcres. 4. And that it is a worldly intereft that is thus managed. Thefe beingall Wolfith,Thorny, hurtful fruits, difprove their pretence to the Spirit'sü fallibilimy. But it be. ing their intereft to be for the Deity, Chritti- anity, and immortality of Souls, in that they may own the truth. And if the reformed Churches have had fome errors, it is hecaufe they arebut of imperfe& Knowledge and Re-, formation. 2I. Not every onethat faithunto me, Lord, Lord, íhall enter into the kingdomofheaven : but he that doth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 2r. It is not verbal profefïions, and pre- tending to the Spirit, or to be \Orthodox, or to be better than others, nor is it formal wor- Ihipping Godas theHypocrites do, nor honour- ing him with,the lips and knee alone, that will faveany one : but it is only the holy obedient believer that'fnall be laved. 22. Many will fay to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not pro- phefied in thy name ? and in thy name have cart out devils ? and in thy name done many wonderful works ? 23. And then will I pro- fefs unto them, I never knew you: depart from me ye that work ini- quity. 22. 2g. Manywill then plead, not only that they were Bithops or Preachers in the Church, but even that they prophef'ied, and wrought miracles in my name : to whom I will fiy, Depart from me all you that lived wickedly, whatever you laid or did in my name, I never owned you, nor will I Caveyou. 24. Therefore, whofoever heareth thefe fayingsofmine, and doth them, I will liken him unto a wife man which built his houle' upon a rock: 25. And the raindefcended, and the flouds came, and the winds blew, and heat upon that houle and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock. 24, 25. He that heareth, believeth and oheyeth that which I have now taught you, is like awife man, &e. Note, The obedient believer is the only wife man that buildeth the hopes of hisflvarion on a fire foundation. a6. And every one that heareth tthew. FalfeProphets. Ch. 7. thefe fayings of mine , and doth themnot, shall be likenedunto a fool- iíh man which built his houle upon the fand. 27. And the rain defcend- ed, and the flouds came, and the winds blew,and beat upon that houle; and it fell, and great was the fall of it. 26, 27. Note, r. Ungodly men, that hear Chrift's Gofpel and obey it nor, are fools, and build their hopes ofSalvation as on the finds. 2. All mens Religion and Hopes fhall be tried, as a houle byStorms, whether it be well found- ed and built or not. 3. Grievous will be the overthrowof the religious hopesof all hypro- crimes andungodly livers. 28. And it came to pats when je- fus had ended thefefayings,the people were aftonifhed at his do&rine. 2y. For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the Scribes. 28, 29. The hearers admired his Do&rine; for he (pake not as the Scribes and ordinary Teachers, but as by Propherick authority and the Majeßick power of the Spirit. C H A P. VIII. r J Hen he was come down v v from the mountain, great multitudes followed him. 2. And be- hold, there came a leper and wor- chipped him, laying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canft make me clean. r, 2. N. r. A. Ceprofre is to long and fovi- fible a difeafe, as that there could be no fraud in the cure. 2. The belief of Chrift's power Mewed that hebelieved him to be fent ofGod; and therefore was an acceptable faith, rho he doubted ofChrift's will. 3. And Jefus put forth his hand, and touched him, Paying, I will, be thou clean. And immediately his leprofie was cleanfed. 3. Note, Chrift Chewedboth Powerand ttill,to cure him miraculoufly that believedhis power. q. And Jefus faith unto him, See thou tell no man, but go thy way, thew thy felf to the prieff, and offer the Giftthat Mofes commanded, %}r a teftimony unto them. 4. Do not thy Celf devdge this cure, but go Stew the ',Heft that thou art cleanfed, and let him enquire iftie will, how is was done ; per- C g foal