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A20762 A guide to godlynesse or a Treatise of a Christian life shewing the duties wherein it consisteth, the helpes inabling & the reasons parswading vnto it ye impediments hindering ye practise of it, and the best meanes to remoue them whereunto are added diuers prayers and a treatise of carnall securitie by Iohn Douname Batcheler in Diuinitie and minister of Gods Word. Downame, John, d. 1652.; Payne, John, d. 1647?, engraver. 1622 (1622) STC 7143; ESTC S121690 1,341,545 1,134

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of_o salvation_n 2._o psal_n 116._o 12._o &_o 150._o 2._o and_o praise_v he_o who_o be_v so_o worthy_a to_o be_v praise_v praise_v he_o in_o his_o noble_a act_n praise_v he_o according_a to_o his_o excellent_a greatness_n praise_v he_o in_o his_o power_n and_o truth_n praise_v he_o for_o all_o his_o grace_n and_o goodness_n bless_v and_o magnify_v he_o for_o all_o his_o former_a benefit_n and_o his_o christ_n through_o who_o they_o be_v all_o confer_v upon_o thou_o and_o especial_o as_o by_o present_a occasion_n thou_o be_v bind_v for_o that_o he_o have_v give_v unto_o thou_o the_o grace_n of_o repentance_n and_o renew_v and_o increase_v it_o by_o this_o present_a exercise_n gracious_o assist_v and_o enable_v thou_o by_o his_o holy_a spirit_n to_o bring_v it_o to_o good_a issue_n praise_v therefore_o the_o lord_n o_o my_o soul_n 1._o psal_n 103._o 1._o and_o all_o that_o be_v within_o i_o praise_v his_o holy_a name_n and_o now_o with_o these_o praise_n offer_v and_o recommend_v 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say_v that_o the_o redeem_v of_o the_o lord_n shall_v return_v and_o come_v with_o sing_v unto_o zion_n and_o everlasting_a 11._o esa_n 51._o 11._o joy_n shall_v be_v upon_o their_o head_n they_o shall_v obtain_v gladness_n and_o joy_n and_o sorrow_n and_o mourning_n shall_v flee_v away_o they_o be_v call_v to_o the_o marriage_n of_o the_o 2._o math._n 22._o 2._o king_n son_n and_o feast_v with_o a_o delicious_a banquet_n of_o his_o special_a favour_n and_o none_o but_o they_o have_v communion_n with_o christ_n that_o they_o may_v rejoice_v 5._o cant._n 2._o 4_o 5._o and_o solace_v themselves_o in_o the_o fruition_n of_o his_o love_n they_o and_o none_o beside_o be_v justify_v of_o god_n free_a grace_n through_o the_o righteousness_n and_o obedience_n of_o jesus_n christ_n and_o therefore_o have_v cause_n to_o be_v of_o good_a comfort_n see_v 2._o math._n 9_o 2._o their_o sin_n be_v forgive_v they_o so_o the_o faithful_a profess_v that_o they_o will_v great_o rejoice_v in_o the_o lord_n and_o that_o their_o soul_n shall_v be_v joyful_a in_o their_o god_n 10._o esa_n 61._o 10._o because_o he_o have_v clothe_v they_o with_o the_o garment_n of_o salvation_n and_o cover_v they_o with_o the_o robe_n of_o righteousness_n as_o a_o bridegroom_n deck_v himself_o with_o ornament_n and_o as_o a_o bride_n adorn_v herself_o with_o her_o jewel_n they_o also_o have_v cause_n above_o all_o other_o of_o joy_n and_o rejoice_v in_o that_o they_o be_v reconcile_v unto_o god_n by_o jesus_n christ_n and_o be_v at_o peace_n with_o he_o and_o with_o their_o own_o conscience_n 3._o rom._n 5._o 1_o 3._o in_o which_o respect_n they_o have_v just_a cause_n of_o glory_v in_o their_o tribulation_n for_o this_o peace_n with_o god_n pass_v all_o understanding_n and_o his_o love_n be_v 2._o phil._n 4._o 7._o cant._n 1._o 2._o better_a than_o wine_n refresh_v and_o cheer_v our_o heart_n more_o than_o all_o the_o cold_a qualm_n of_o worldly_a cross_n can_v daunt_v and_o dismay_v they_o see_v by_o god_n love_n towards_o we_o and_o our_o love_n towards_o he_o we_o have_v this_o privilege_n that_o all_o thing_n shall_v work_v together_o for_o our_o good_a they_o alone_o have_v the_o spirit_n of_o 28._o rom._n 8._o 28._o god_n dwell_v in_o they_o which_o work_v in_o their_o heart_n this_o spiritual_a joy_n 22._o gal._n 5._o 22._o and_o by_o unite_n they_o unto_o christ_n and_o through_o he_o unto_o god_n his_o father_n the_o author_n and_o fountain_n of_o all_o goodness_n blessedness_n and_o joy_n do_v give_v unto_o they_o cause_n sufficient_a of_o triumph_v with_o joy_n unspeakable_a and_o 12._o esa_n 51._o 12._o glorious_a in_o the_o fruition_n of_o all_o happiness_n through_o this_o sweet_a and_o happy_a communion_n final_o the_o faithful_a only_a who_o serve_v and_o please_v god_n have_v hope_n and_o assurance_n of_o eternal_a blessedness_n in_o the_o kingdom_n of_o heaven_n when_o all_o tear_n be_v wipe_v away_o from_o their_o eye_n they_o shall_v be_v comfort_v 4._o apoc._n 21._o 4._o after_o their_o mourning_n and_o after_o their_o weep_n laugh_v and_o rejoice_v for_o 4._o math._n 5._o 4._o the_o lord_n will_v show_v they_o the_o path_n of_o life_n and_o cause_v they_o to_o enjoy_v in_o his_o presence_n 21._o luk._n 6._o 21._o fullness_n of_o joy_n and_o at_o his_o right_a hand_n pleasure_n for_o evermore_o in_o which_o regard_n 11._o psal_n 16._o 11._o the_o godly_a in_o this_o assurance_n of_o faith_n have_v as_o much_o great_a and_o better_a cause_n of_o rejoice_v above_o all_o worldling_n who_o abound_v in_o their_o present_a possession_n of_o earthly_a wealth_n and_o wallow_v themselves_o in_o voluptuous_a pleasure_n as_o a_o young_a heir_n in_o his_o nonage_n who_o expect_v the_o inheritance_n of_o some_o goodly_a lordship_n or_o if_o you_o will_v some_o great_a and_o glorious_a monarchy_n have_v more_o cause_n of_o rejoice_v than_o a_o poor_a cottager_n in_o a_o silly_a tenement_n in_o which_o for_o the_o present_a he_o dwell_v but_o yet_o only_o hold_v it_o at_o the_o landlord_n pleasure_n for_o there_o we_o shall_v have_v riches_n and_o treasure_n which_o 20._o mat._n 6._o 19_o 20._o can_v rust_v with_o canker_n nor_o we_o be_v rob_v of_o they_o by_o thief_n there_o be_v honour_n subject_a to_o no_o blemish_n of_o disgrace_n and_o pleasure_n for_o evermore_o in_o all_o which_o respect_v let_v the_o righteous_a be_v glad_a as_o the_o psalmist_n exhort_v let_v 3._o psal_n 68_o 3._o they_o rejoice_v before_o god_n yea_o let_v they_o exceed_o rejoice_v and_o that_o not_o by_o fit_n and_o flash_n but_o at_o all_o time_n and_o upon_o all_o occasion_n according_a to_o that_o of_o the_o apostle_n rejoice_v evermore_o neither_o be_v there_o any_o time_n unseasonable_a for_o 16._o 1._o thes_n 5._o 16._o the_o spiritual_a joy_n of_o the_o righteous_a so_o long_o as_o they_o have_v the_o face_n and_o favour_n of_o god_n shine_v upon_o they_o which_o be_v all-sufficient_a in_o itself_o to_o turn_v all_o their_o mourning_n into_o mirth_n and_o their_o sorrow_n into_o gladness_n even_o when_o they_o be_v sore_o pinch_v and_o press_v with_o the_o weight_n of_o their_o affliction_n and_o cause_v they_o to_o rejoice_v inward_o in_o their_o heart_n when_o their_o cheek_n be_v bedew_v with_o their_o tear_n herein_o quite_o contrary_a to_o the_o wicked_a who_o rejoice_v in_o the_o face_n but_o not_o in_o the_o heart_n whereas_o the_o faithful_a 12._o 2._o cor._n 5._o 12._o do_v inward_o glory_v even_o in_o their_o tribulation_n which_o notwithstanding_o be_v bitter_a and_o unpleasant_a to_o the_o flesh_n do_v make_v they_o to_o discover_v nothing_o but_o grief_n in_o their_o outward_a countenance_n yea_o sorrow_n for_o sin_n itself_o when_o as_o we_o mourn_v as_o a_o man_n mourn_v for_o the_o death_n of_o his_o only_a son_n and_o first_o bear_v do_v not_o abate_v our_o spiritual_a joy_n yea_o in_o truth_n it_o do_v much_o increase_v it_o for_o this_o godly_a sorrow_n work_v repentance_n to_o salvation_n not_o to_o 10._o 2._o cor._n 7._o 10._o be_v repent_v of_o and_o cause_v the_o true_a christian_a exceed_o to_o rejoice_v in_o that_o he_o can_v hearty_o grieve_v because_o by_o his_o sin_n he_o have_v displease_v his_o god_n and_o this_o tremble_a in_o the_o sight_n and_o sense_n of_o our_o sin_n and_o the_o judgement_n of_o god_n due_a unto_o they_o may_v through_o faith_n assure_v we_o that_o by_o christ_n we_o be_v free_v from_o they_o be_v join_v with_o inward_a gladness_n according_a to_o that_o of_o the_o psalmist_n serve_v the_o lord_n with_o fear_n and_o rejoice_v 11._o psal_n 2._o 11._o with_o tremble_a §._o sect._n 7_o a_o admonition_n to_o the_o faithful_a to_o lay_v h●ld_v on_o this_o joyful_a privilege_n and_o to_o shake_v off_o sorrow_n and_o sadness_n by_o all_o which_o it_o appear_v that_o godliness_n do_v not_o deprive_v any_o of_o joy_n and_o gladness_n yea_o rather_o the_o more_o godly_a we_o be_v the_o better_a right_n and_o title_n we_o have_v unto_o it_o and_o may_v just_o exceed_v all_o other_o as_o much_o in_o mirth_n and_o cheerfulness_n as_o we_o have_v in_o we_o more_o than_o they_o the_o cause_n of_o all_o sound_n and_o solid_a rejoice_v the_o which_o as_o it_o shall_v persuade_v all_o who_o be_v yet_o unresolued_a to_o enter_v without_o delay_n into_o this_o christian_a course_n that_o they_o may_v attain_v unto_o this_o high_a and_o excellent_a privilege_n and_o not_o suffer_v themselves_o to_o be_v any_o long_o discourage_v with_o this_o vain_a and_o false_a conceit_n that_o they_o must_v leave_v all_o their_o chief_a joy_n when_o they_o leave_v and_o forsake_v the_o pleasure_n of_o sin_n so_o shall_v it_o move_v those_o who_o have_v a_o desire_n and_o purpose_n to_o serve_v and_o please_v god_n to_o lay_v hold_n of_o this_o joyful_a privilege_n see_v god_n free_o offer_v it_o unto_o they_o and_o not_o any_o long_a to_o please_v themselves_o with_o their_o melancholic_a dump_n and_o affect_a sadness_n as_o though_o they_o be_v great_a proficient_o in_o mortification_n when_o they_o most_o exceed_v in_o lumpish_a heaviness_n which_o need_v to_o be_v mortify_v as_o well_o as_o any_o other_o carnal_a affection_n that_o in_o stead_n thereof_o our_o heart_n may_v be_v replenish_v with_o spiritual_a joy_n for_o hereby_o they_o do_v not_o only_o exceed_o discredit_v and_o disgrace_v a_o godly_a life_n and_o by_o cast_v upon_o it_o this_o false_a aspersion_n of_o sorrow_n and_o sadness_n discourage_v other_o from_o enter_v into_o it_o but_o also_o make_v it_o to_o become_v so_o tedious_a and_o troublesome_a harsh_a and_o unpleasant_a that_o they_o can_v proceed_v in_o it_o without_o much_o uncomfortablenesse_n nor_o perform_v the_o duty_n of_o god_n service_n with_o any_o cheerfulness_n and_o delight_n when_o as_o their_o spirit_n be_v dull_v and_o deaden_v with_o this_o mournful_a and_o deject_a heaviness_n
unto_o his_o eye_n nor_o slumber_n unto_o his_o eye-lidde_n until_o he_o may_v find_v a_o place_n for_o the_o lord_n a_o habitation_n for_o the_o mighty_a god_n of_o jacob_n then_o how_o much_o more_o shall_v we_o be_v diligent_a and_o earnest_a above_o all_o thing_n in_o seek_v god_n that_o we_o may_v have_v he_o to_o reside_v and_o dwell_v with_o we_o in_o the_o temple_n of_o our_o heart_n §._o sect._n 3_o of_o the_o fruit_n and_o benefit_n which_o we_o enjoy_v by_o our_o daily_a seek_v of_o god_n the_o three_o point_n to_o be_v consider_v be_v the_o manifold_a fruit_n and_o benefit_n which_o they_o receive_v and_o enjoy_v who_o thus_o daily_o seek_v god_n for_o first_o they_o 6._o psal_n 69._o 6._o shall_v not_o be_v confound_v by_o any_o shame_n nor_o with_o the_o malice_n and_o might_n of_o all_o their_o enemy_n according_a to_o that_o of_o the_o psalmist_n let_v not_o those_o that_o seek_v thou_o be_v confound_v for_o my_o sake_n o_o god_n of_o israel_n their_o infirmity_n shall_v not_o be_v lay_v to_o their_o charge_n nor_o their_o imperfection_n corruption_n and_o fail_n in_o perform_v the_o duty_n of_o god_n service_n as_o appear_v by_o the_o prayer_n of_o hezechias_n for_o they_o who_o have_v prepare_v their_o heart_n to_o seek_v god_n 19_o 2._o chro._n 30._o 18_o 19_o who_o god_n pardon_v though_o they_o be_v not_o cleanse_v according_a to_o the_o purification_n of_o the_o sanctuary_n they_o shall_v not_o lose_v their_o labour_n nor_o spend_v their_o strength_n in_o vain_a for_o the_o lord_n have_v promise_v that_o those_o who_o thus_o seek_v he_o shall_v sure_o find_v he_o if_o thou_o seek_v the_o lord_n thy_o god_n thou_o shall_v find_v he_o 19_o esa_n 45._o 19_o if_o thou_o seek_v he_o with_o all_o thy_o heart_n so_o azariah_n tell_v asa_n and_o the_o people_n that_o the_o lord_n will_v be_v with_o they_o while_o they_o be_v with_o he_o and_o if_o 4._o deut._n 4._o 29._o 1._o chro._n 28._o 9_o 2._o chro._n 15._o 2._o verse_n 4._o they_o seek_v he_o he_o will_v be_v find_v of_o they_o the_o which_o he_o confirm_v by_o the_o experience_n which_o their_o father_n have_v hereof_o in_o former_a time_n even_o as_o afterward_o they_o find_v the_o word_n of_o god_n in_o his_o mouth_n confirm_v in_o their_o own_o experience_n for_o no_o soon_o do_v they_o set_v themselves_o to_o seek_v the_o lord_n with_o their_o whole_a desire_n but_o he_o be_v find_v of_o they_o and_o the_o lord_n give_v they_o rest_v round_o 15._o verse_n 15._o about_o and_o as_o we_o shall_v by_o seek_v god_n be_v free_v from_o all_o evil_a so_o shall_v we_o have_v the_o fruition_n of_o all_o good_a for_o we_o shall_v enjoy_v god_n himself_o and_o he_o will_v dwell_v in_o we_o as_o in_o his_o temple_n and_o communicate_v himself_o unto_o we_o as_o unto_o his_o love_n and_o spouse_n neither_o will_v he_o come_v empty-handed_n but_o bring_v with_o he_o his_o rich_a reward_n and_o as_o he_o be_v infinite_o good_a in_o himself_o so_o will_v he_o be_v good_a unto_o they_o that_o wait_v for_o he_o and_o to_o the_o soul_n that_o seek_v he_o he_o 6._o heb._n 11._o 6._o will_v not_o let_v any_o good_a thing_n be_v want_v unto_o they_o they_o shall_v receive_v the_o blessing_n from_o the_o lord_n and_o righteousness_n from_o the_o god_n of_o their_o salvation_n they_o 21._o psal_n 34._o 10._o psal_n 24._o 4_o 5_o 6._o 2._o chro._n 31._o 21._o shall_v prosper_v in_o all_o their_o work_n be_v preserve_v from_o all_o danger_n and_o deliver_v from_o all_o evil_a for_o the_o hand_n of_o the_o lord_n be_v upon_o they_o for_o good_a that_o seek_v 22._o ezra_n 8._o 22._o he_o but_o his_o power_n and_o his_o wrath_n be_v against_o all_o they_o that_o forsake_v he_o he_o will_v 10._o psal_n 9_o 10._o not_o forsake_v they_o but_o will_v hide_v they_o in_o the_o day_n of_o his_o anger_n they_o shall_v 3._o zeph._n 2._o 3._o receive_v spiritual_a growth_n in_o all_o grace_n through_o the_o beam_n of_o his_o brightness_n and_o the_o sweet_a influence_n of_o his_o favour_n as_o the_o herb_n and_o tree_n receive_v growth_n and_o become_v fruitful_a by_o the_o virtue_n of_o the_o sun_n that_o shine_v upon_o they_o yea_o themselves_o shall_v be_v as_o the_o shine_a light_n that_o shine_v more_o and_o 18._o pro._n 4._o 18._o more_o to_o the_o perfect_a day_n and_o in_o his_o light_n they_o shall_v see_v light_a and_o be_v admit_v to_o the_o sight_n and_o contemplation_n of_o his_o secret_a counsel_n they_o shall_v have_v their_o faith_n and_o affiance_n in_o god_n more_o and_o more_o confirm_v through_o that_o familiarity_n and_o communion_n which_o they_o have_v with_o he_o and_o have_v peace_n with_o god_n they_o shall_v have_v also_o peace_n of_o conscience_n and_o peace_n with_o all_o the_o creature_n they_o shall_v have_v safety_n and_o christian_a security_n in_o god_n presence_n favour_n and_o protection_n and_o he_o will_v give_v they_o rest_v on_o all_o side_n because_o they_o 7._o 2._o chro._n 14._o 7._o have_v seek_v the_o lord_n their_o god_n so_o as_o they_o may_v say_v with_o david_n i_o will_v not_o be_v afraid_a of_o ten_o thousand_o of_o people_n that_o have_v set_v themselves_o against_o i_o round_o 5._o psal_n 3._o 5._o about_o though_o i_o walk_v through_o the_o vale_n of_o the_o shadow_n of_o death_n i_o will_v fear_v 4._o psal_n 23._o 4._o no_o evil_n for_o thou_o lord_n be_v with_o i_o thy_o rod_n and_o thy_o staff_n they_o comfort_v i_o god_n 2._o psal_n 46._o 1_o 2._o be_v our_o refuge_n and_o strength_n a_o very_a present_a help_n in_o trouble_n therefore_o will_v not_o we_o fear_v though_o the_o earth_n be_v remove_v and_o though_o the_o mountain_n be_v cast_v into_o the_o midst_n of_o the_o sea_n etc._n etc._n and_o in_o the_o great_a garboil_n of_o worldly_a trouble_n they_o may_v say_v with_o he_o i_o will_v both_o lay_v i_o down_o and_o sleep_v for_o thou_o 8._o psal_n 4._o 8._o lord_n only_o make_v i_o dwell_v in_o safety_n they_o shall_v have_v their_o heart_n fill_v with_o joy_n and_o gladness_n in_o the_o fruition_n of_o his_o favour_n and_o shall_v above_o all_o other_o have_v continual_a cause_n of_o rejoice_v according_a to_o that_o of_o the_o psalmist_n let_v all_o those_o that_o seek_v thou_o rejoice_v &_o be_v glad_a in_o thou_o and_o let_v all_o such_o as_o love_v 4._o psal_n 70._o 4._o thy_o salvation_n say_v continual_o let_v god_n be_v magnify_v and_o again_o glory_n you_o in_o his_o holy_a name_n let_v the_o heart_n of_o they_o rejoice_v that_o seek_v the_o lord_n they_o shall_v 12._o psal_n 105._o 3._o 2._o cor._n 1._o 12._o lead_v a_o holy_a and_o unblameable_a life_n when_o as_o they_o be_v always_o take_v up_o in_o these_o pious_a exercise_n and_o attain_v daily_o unto_o more_o and_o more_o perfection_n in_o all_o save_a grace_n and_o in_o the_o performance_n of_o all_o christian_a duty_n yea_o they_o shall_v have_v not_o only_a abundance_n of_o grace_n and_o all_o spiritual_a good_a in_o this_o life_n but_o also_o of_o glory_n in_o the_o life_n to_o come_v for_o they_o that_o seek_v god_n now_o shall_v then_o perfect_o find_v he_o and_o with_o he_o eternal_a blessedness_n in_o the_o fruition_n of_o the_o chief_a goodness_n according_a to_o that_o of_o the_o prophet_n david_n they_o that_o seek_v the_o lord_n with_o their_o whole_a heart_n be_v bless_v for_o 6._o john_n 17._o 3._o psal_n 16._o 11._o psal_n 119._o 2._o amos_n 5._o 4_o 6._o they_o shall_v live_v the_o life_n of_o grace_n here_o and_o the_o life_n of_o glory_n in_o the_o world_n to_o come_v §._o sect._n 4_o of_o the_o evil_n which_o follow_v our_o neglect_n of_o seek_v god_n final_o the_o evil_n and_o mischief_n be_v manifold_a which_o follow_v the_o neglect_n of_o this_o duty_n of_o seek_v god_n for_o god_n power_n and_o wrath_n be_v against_o they_o to_o 22._o ezra_n 8._o 22._o bring_v upon_o they_o the_o punishment_n of_o their_o neglect_n he_o will_v withdraw_v from_o such_o his_o comfortable_a presence_n and_o by_o grievous_a affliction_n enforce_v upon_o they_o this_o duty_n which_o they_o will_v not_o do_v cheerful_o and_o of_o their_o own_o accord_n according_a to_o that_o in_o hosea_n i_o will_v go_v and_o return_v to_o my_o place_n till_o they_o acknowledge_v their_o offence_n and_o seek_v my_o face_n in_o their_o affliction_n they_o will_v 15._o hos_fw-la 5._o 15._o seek_v i_o early_o they_o shall_v not_o prosper_v in_o any_o thing_n which_o they_o do_v or_o take_v 21._o jer._n 10._o 21._o in_o hand_n as_o the_o lord_n threaten_v the_o brutish_a pastor_n of_o judah_n and_o as_o the_o flower_n and_o plant_n can_v thrive_v and_o flourish_v which_o enjoy_v not_o the_o light_n and_o warmth_n of_o the_o sun_n so_o much_o less_o shall_v they_o prosper_v
our_o persecution_n we_o may_v well_o suffer_v with_o great_a patience_n and_o comfort_n if_o we_o consider_v that_o they_o be_v not_o punishment_n for_o our_o sin_n from_o all_o which_o christ_n have_v full_o free_v we_o but_o the_o trial_n of_o our_o faith_n which_o be_v approve_v shall_v be_v crown_v with_o everlasting_a joy_n and_o happiness_n in_o which_o regard_n we_o have_v cause_n great_o to_o rejoice_v as_o the_o apostle_n peter_n speak_v 7._o 1._o pet._n 1._o 6_o 7._o though_o now_o for_o a_o season_n if_o need_v be_v we_o be_v in_o heaviness_n through_o manifold_a tentation_n that_o the_o trial_n of_o our_o faith_n be_v much_o more_o precious_a than_o the_o gold_n that_o perish_v though_o it_o be_v try_v with_o fire_n may_v be_v find_v unto_o praise_n and_o honour_n and_o glory_n at_o the_o appear_v of_o jesus_n christ_n so_o the_o apostle_n james_n my_o 12._o jam._n 1._o 2_o 12._o brethren_n count_v it_o all_o joy_n when_o you_o fall_v into_o diverse_a tentation_n of_o which_o he_o afterward_o render_v this_o reason_n because_o bless_a be_v the_o man_n that_o endure_v tentation_n for_o when_o he_o be_v try_v he_o shall_v receive_v the_o crown_n of_o life_n which_o the_o lord_n have_v promise_v to_o they_o that_o love_v he_o and_o indeed_o what_o a_o wonderful_a privilege_n be_v this_o and_o what_o great_a cause_n do_v it_o minister_v unto_o we_o of_o comfort_n and_o rejoice_v when_o we_o consider_v that_o the_o lord_n have_v vouchsafe_v unto_o we_o this_o great_a honour_n to_o suffer_v affliction_n for_o his_o own_o glory_n and_o the_o further_a and_o assure_v of_o our_o salvation_n when_o as_o he_o may_v have_v just_o inflict_v they_o and_o far_o great_a upon_o we_o for_o our_o sin_n and_o to_o the_o burden_n of_o our_o suffering_n have_v deserve_o add_v the_o uncomfortable_a weight_n of_o shame_n and_o infamy_n all_o which_o bless_a privilege_n we_o shall_v lose_v and_o run_v into_o the_o contrary_a mischief_n and_o even_o hellish_a condemnation_n if_o we_o shrink_v from_o our_o profession_n and_o holy_a practice_n for_o fear_v of_o persecution_n and_o refuse_v to_o suffer_v for_o his_o sake_n who_o have_v suffer_v so_o much_o for_o us._n for_o he_o that_o love_v his_o life_n shall_v 25._o joh._n 12._o 25._o lose_v it_o and_o he_o that_o hate_v his_o life_n in_o this_o world_n shall_v keep_v it_o unto_o life_n eternal_a and_o again_o if_o any_o man_n come_v to_o i_o say_v our_o saviour_n and_o hate_v not_o his_o father_n 27._o luk._n 14._o 26_o 27._o and_o mother_n and_o wife_n and_o child_n and_o brethren_n and_o sister_n and_o his_o own_o life_n also_o namely_o when_o they_o come_v in_o comparison_n with_o christ_n and_o when_o the_o love_n of_o both_o can_v stand_v together_o he_o can_v be_v my_o disciple_n and_o whosoever_o do_v not_o hear_v his_o cross_n and_o come_v unto_o i_o can_v be_v my_o disciple_n §._o sect._n 3_o that_o our_o saviour_n have_v foretell_v these_o persecution_n second_o let_v we_o consider_v that_o our_o saviour_n christ_n have_v long_o ago_o foretell_v that_o whosoever_o will_v be_v his_o disciple_n must_v suffer_v in_o this_o world_n trouble_v and_o persecution_n and_o that_o those_o who_o will_v attain_v unto_o heavenly_a happiness_n must_v travail_v unto_o it_o by_o that_o afflict_a way_n which_o himself_o and_o all_o his_o servant_n have_v go_v before_o they_o if_o any_o man_n say_v he_o will_v come_v after_o i_o 25_o luk._n 9_o 23_o 24_o 25_o let_v he_o deny_v himself_o and_o take_v up_o his_o cross_n daily_o and_o follow_v i_o for_o whosoever_o 25._o mat._n 16._o 24_o 25._o will_v save_v his_o life_n shall_v lose_v it_o and_o whosoever_o will_v lose_v his_o life_n for_o my_o sake_n shall_v save_v it_o now_o what_o be_v a_o man_n advantage_v if_o he_o gain_v the_o whole_a world_n and_o lose_v himself_o or_o be_v cast_v away_o so_o the_o apostle_n first_o offer_v the_o cross_n unto_o they_o who_o 22._o act._n 14._o 22._o will_v afterward_o wear_v the_o crown_n and_o have_v 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that_o worldly_a persecution_n can_v great_o hurt_v us._n three_o let_v we_o encourage_v ourselves_o against_o these_o persecution_n because_o they_o can_v great_o hurt_v we_o for_o first_o they_o be_v either_o light_n and_o easy_a if_o they_o be_v long_o and_o tedious_a or_o short_a and_o momentany_a if_o they_o be_v sharp_a and_o grievous_a for_o god_n have_v gracious_o so_o compose_v and_o frame_v our_o nature_n that_o their_o frailty_n and_o weakness_n can_v hold_v out_o to_o bear_v any_o heavy_a burden_n and_o have_v make_v they_o mortal_a and_o of_o such_o short_a continuance_n that_o their_o affliction_n and_o grievance_n must_v needs_o be_v short_a and_o momentany_a second_o the_o great_a persecution_n which_o rage_n and_o malice_n can_v raise_v against_o we_o can_v but_o reach_v unto_o the_o body_n and_o only_o extend_v to_o the_o time_n of_o this_o life_n but_o can_v at_o all_o hurt_n the_o soul_n nor_o hinder_v our_o happiness_n in_o the_o life_n to_o come_v in_o which_o 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of_o that_o fullness_n of_o joy_n and_o of_o those_o eternal_a pleasure_n 12._o psal_n 16._o 11._o pro._n 28._o 12._o which_o be_v at_o god_n right_a hand_n for_o evermore_o so_o that_o when_o righteous_a man_n rejoice_v there_o be_v great_a glory_n as_o the_o wise_a man_n speak_v see_v their_o joy_n far_o exceed_v the_o joy_n of_o they_o who_o rejoice_v in_o their_o corn_n and_o wine_n as_o be_v not_o only_o much_o more_o excellent_a both_o in_o respect_n of_o 7._o psal_n 4._o 7._o the_o nature_n and_o object_n but_o also_o a_o earnest-penny_n of_o a_o great_a bargain_n the_o first_o beginning_n and_o prime_a taste_n of_o those_o full_a river_n of_o divine_a pleasure_n whereof_o they_o shall_v drink_v their_o fill_n in_o god_n kingdom_n and_o the_o first_o fruit_n of_o that_o heavenly_a and_o happy_a harvest_n of_o joy_n which_o be_v reserve_v for_o they_o in_o the_o life_n to_o come_v and_o therefore_o no_o marvel_n see_v this_o spiritual_a joy_n be_v above_o all_o other_o most_o excellent_a that_o david_n when_o have_v wound_v his_o conscience_n with_o grievous_a sin_n he_o be_v deprive_v of_o the_o sense_n and_o feel_n of_o it_o for_o a_o time_n do_v so_o earnest_o desire_v to_o have_v it_o again_o restore_v restore_v unto_o i_o 12._o psal_n 36._o 8._o psal_n 51._o 12._o the_o joy_n of_o thy_o salvation_n and_o uphold_v i_o with_o thy_o free_a spirit_n see_v herein_o he_o have_v much_o more_o contentment_n sound_a comfort_n and_o delight_n then_o in_o all_o the_o earthly_a pleasure_n which_o a_o kingdom_n can_v yield_v unto_o he_o for_o they_o all_o be_v but_o slight_a and_o childish_a this_o solid_a and_o substantial_a they_o vain_a and_o worthless_a this_o excellent_a and_o of_o incomparable_a value_n they_o short_a and_o fickle_a momentany_a and_o mutable_a this_o durable_a and_o permanent_a and_o this_o be_v the_o second_o reason_n to_o commend_v unto_o we_o this_o spiritual_a joy_n in_o that_o it_o be_v not_o like_o worldly_a joy_n only_o by_o fit_n and_o flash_n but_o settle_v and_o constant_a in_o all_o estate_n and_o condition_n as_o well_o in_o adversity_n and_o affliction_n as_o in_o prosperity_n and_o all_o earthly_a abundance_n for_o if_o our_o heart_n be_v once_o replenish_v with_o this_o joy_n no_o man_n shall_v be_v able_a to_o take_v it_o from_o we_o and_o be_v of_o a_o spiritual_a 22._o rom._n 5._o 3._o john_n 16._o 22._o and_o divine_a nature_n no_o earthly_a thing_n can_v quell_v or_o quench_v it_o no_o prison_n can_v lock_v it_o from_o we_o no_o banishment_n can_v divide_v and_o sever_v we_o no_o loss_n and_o cross_n confiscation_n of_o good_n rack_n or_o gibbet_n fire_n or_o sword_n can_v take_v it_o away_o and_o deprive_v we_o of_o it_o for_o in_o all_o extremity_n we_o have_v a_o inward_a comforter_n even_o the_o spirit_n of_o god_n dwell_v in_o we_o which_o fill_v our_o heart_n with_o joy_n and_o turn_v our_o mourning_n into_o mirth_n and_o gladness_n and_o as_o our_o affliction_n 5._o john_n 16._o 7._o 2._o cor._n 1._o 5._o do_v abound_v so_o also_o he_o cause_v our_o consolation_n to_o abound_v much_o more_o we_o live_v the_o life_n of_o faith_n and_o not_o of_o sense_n which_o look_v not_o so_o much_o upon_o thing_n present_a as_o unto_o our_o future_a hope_n and_o certainty_n and_o hereby_o we_o apply_v unto_o we_o god_n word_n and_o gracious_a promise_n which_o suppli_v comfort_n sufficient_a to_o support_v we_o in_o all_o our_o sorrow_n for_o it_o assure_v we_o that_o those_o be_v bless_v which_o mourn_n now_o because_o they_o shall_v be_v comfort_v and_o which_o weep_v now_o for_o they_o shall_v laugh_v 21._o math._n 5._o 4._o luke●_n ●_z 21._o that_o all_o thing_n even_o affliction_n themselves_o shall_v work_v together_o for_o the_o best_a and_o our_o momentany_a and_o light_a suffering_n shall_v cause_v unto_o we_o a_o far_o most_o excellent_a 12._o rom._n 8_o 28._o 2_o cor._n 4._o 17._o act._n 14._o 22._o 2._o tim._n 2._o 12._o and_o eternal_a weight_n of_o glory_n that_o by_o these_o many_o tribulation_n we_o shall_v enter_v into_o the_o kingdom_n of_o heaven_n and_o if_o we_o suffer_v with_o christ_n we_o shall_v also_o reign_v with_o he_o and_o this_o be_v that_o word_n of_o god_n apply_v by_o faith_n which_o be_v david_n comfort_n in_o his_o affliction_n without_o which_o he_o shall_v have_v perish_v 92_o psal_n 119._o 50_o 92_o this_o be_v it_o which_o make_v the_o church_n of_o macedonia_n in_o a_o great_a trial_n 2._o 2_o cor._n 8._o 2._o of_o affliction_n and_o in_o their_o deep_a poverty_n to_o have_v withal_o abundance_n of_o joy_n this_o make_v the_o godly_a hebrew_n to_o take_v joyful_o the_o spoil_n of_o their_o good_n know_v 34._o heb._n 10._o 34._o that_o they_o have_v in_o heaven_n a_o better_a and_o endure_a substance_n final_o by_o this_o the_o apostle_n himself_o be_v fill_v with_o comfort_n and_o exceed_v joyful_a in_o all_o his_o 8._o 2._o cor._n 7._o 8._o tribulation_n but_o contrariwise_o the_o carnal_a joy_n of_o worldling_n in_o the_o pleasure_n of_o sin_n be_v fickle_a and_o false_a mutable_a and_o momentany_a like_o the_o short_a blaze_n and_o crackle_n of_o thorn_n under_o a_o pot_n or_o laughter_n in_o a_o fit_a of_o frenzy_n 6._o eccl._n 7._o 6._o or_o of_o a_o man_n tickle_v which_o laugh_v in_o the_o face_n and_o countenance_n when_o he_o be_v grieve_v at_o the_o heart_n because_o in_o the_o midst_n of_o their_o mirth_n they_o have_v many_o a_o cold_a qualm_n and_o check_n of_o conscience_n be_v not_o able_a to_o forget_v that_o after_o all_o their_o youthful_a rejoice_v they_o must_v come_v unto_o judgement_n 9_o chap._n 11._o vers_fw-la 9_o the_o which_o even_o in_o laughter_n make_v the_o heart_n sorrowful_a because_o the_o end_n of_o 13._o prou._n 14._o 13._o their_o mirth_n be_v heaviness_n and_o when_o they_o glory_n in_o outward_a appearance_n to_o have_v 12._o 2._o cor._n 5._o 12._o no_o joy_n at_o all_o in_o the_o heart_n for_o who_o but_o fool_n can_v rejoice_v in_o their_o full_a barn_n and_o abundant_a provision_n that_o remember_v this_o night_n his_o soul_n shall_v be_v 20._o luk._n 12._o 20._o take_v from_o he_o who_o can_v have_v any_o sound_a joy_n and_o comfort_n in_o such_o pleasure_n and_o delight_n which_o within_o a_o while_n shall_v end_v in_o endless_a woe_n and_o misery_n according_a to_o that_o of_o our_o saviour_n woe_n unto_o you_o that_o laugh_v now_o for_o 25._o luk_n 6._o 25._o you_o shall_v mourn_v and_o weep_v §._o sect._n 6_o that_o this_o spiritual_a joy_n be_v proper_a to_o the_o godly_a and_o belong_v to_o no_o other_o final_o the_o faithful_a who_o resolve_v and_o endeavour_n to_o serve_v and_o please_v god_n in_o the_o duty_n of_o a_o godly_a life_n have_v propriety_n in_o this_o spiritual_a and_o 15._o psal_n 33._o 1._o psal_n 111._o 8_o 15._o heavenly_a joy_n see_v it_o belong_v to_o they_o all_o and_o to_o they_o alone_o none_o other_o have_v any_o part_n and_o share_v in_o this_o high_a and_o holy_a privilege_n for_o first_o this_o joy_n in_o the_o scripture_n be_v appropriate_v unto_o they_o only_o and_o no_o other_o so_o the_o psalmist_n rejoice_v in_o the_o lord_n o_o you_o righteous_a for_o praise_n be_v comely_a for_o the_o upright_o and_o again_o light_n be_v sow_v for_o the_o righteous_a and_o gladness_n for_o the_o upright_o in_o heart_n the_o voice_n of_o rejoice_v and_o salvation_n be_v in_o the_o tabernacle_n of_o the_o righteous_a in_o which_o regard_n he_o desire_v to_o see_v the_o good_a of_o 5._o psal_n 106._o 5._o god_n choose_v to_o rejoice_v in_o the_o gladness_n of_o his_o nation_n that_o he_o may_v glory_v with_o his_o inheritance_n and_o the_o prophet_n esay_n join_v these_o together_o thou_o meet_v 5._o esa_n 64._o 5._o he_o that_o rejoice_v and_o work_v righteousness_n second_o the_o faithful_a can_v only_o thus_o rejoice_v because_o all_o the_o cause_n of_o this_o spiritual_a joy_n belong_v peculiarly_a unto_o they_o alone_o for_o they_o only_o be_v elect_v to_o salvation_n in_o which_o respect_n our_o saviour_n exhort_v his_o disciple_n to_o rejoice_v in_o this_o because_o their_o name_n be_v write_v in_o the_o book_n of_o life_n they_o alone_o be_v the_o redeem_v of_o 20._o luk._n 10._o 20._o the_o lord_n who_o be_v free_v out_o of_o the_o captivity_n of_o all_o their_o spiritual_a enemy_n have_v exceed_o great_a and_o just_a cause_n to_o rejoice_v in_o this_o gracious_a deliverance_n and_o when_o by_o the_o glad_a tiding_n of_o the_o gospel_n the_o lord_n proclaim_v 3._o esa_n 61._o 1_o 2_o 3._o liberty_n to_o captive_n and_o the_o open_n of_o the_o prison_n to_o they_o that_o be_v bind_v then_o do_v he_o also_o thereby_o comfort_v they_o that_o mourn_v give_v unto_o they_o beauty_n for_o ash_n and_o for_o mourning_n the_o oil_n of_o joy_n so_o the_o prophet_n
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