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Heb. xiii. 21. Make you perfect in every good work, working in you that which is well pleasing in his sight through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
LXV. Ability from God acknowledged. I Cor. xv. 10. Paul said, by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace which was bestowed on me was not in vain : I laboured more abundantly than they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
2 Cor. iii. 5. Our sufficiency is of God. Ch. xii. 10. Joel iii. 10. Isa. xxxv. 4.
Phil. iv. 13. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Eph. vi. 10. Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. 2 Tim. ii. 1. Be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. See God doth lead, guide, strengthen, and uphold, &c.
LXVI. Instances of obedience. Ps. cxix. 22. I have kept thy testimonies.
Ver. 60. I made haste and delayed not to keep thy command
Ver. 63. I am a companion of them that fear thee, and of them that keep thy precepts.
Ver. 87. I forsook not thy precepts.
Ver. 101. I have refrained my feet from every evil way, that I might keep thy word.
Ver. 102. I have not departed from thy judgments, for thou hast taught me. Ver. 129.
Ver. 110. I erred not from thy precepts.
Ver. 168. I have kept thy precepts and thy testimonies, for all my ways are before thee.
John iv. 34. Jesus said, my meat is to do the will of him that sent
viii. 29. I do always the things that please him.
xii. 17. I have kept my Father's commandments.
xvii. 4. I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. Phil. ii. 8. He became obedient unto death. Heb. v. 8.
Heb. x. 7. I came to do thy will. Ps. xl. 6.
John xiii. 15. Jesus said, I have given you an example.
1 John ii. 6. He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself to walk even as he walked.
Rom. vi. 17. Ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine delivered unto you.
Rev. iii. 8. I know thy works, thou hast kept my words. Ver. 10. xii. 17. The dragon went to make war with them which kept the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus.
xiv. 12. Here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Abraham. Gen. xviii, 19.-xxii. 18. The children of Levi. Deut. xxxiii. 9, 11. Noah, Daniel, and Job. Ezek. xiv. 4. Job i. 8.-xxiii. 11. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. Dan. iii. 26. David. 1 Kings xiv. 8. Jehoshaphat. 1 Kings xxii. 43. Hezekiah. 2 Kings xviii. 6. Josiah. 2 Kings xxiii. 3. Ps. lxxviii. 7.
LXVII. Promises to the obedient. Exod. xix. 5. If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then shall ye be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people, for all the earth is mine.
Exod. xx. 6. I am the Lord, shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me and keep my commandments. Deut. v. 10.-vii. 9. Neh. i. 5. Jer. xxxii. 18. Dan. ix. 4.
Lev. xviii. 5. Ye shall keep my statutes and my judgments, which if a man do he shall live in them. Neh. ix. 29. Prov. iv. 4.-vii. 2. Ezek. xx. 11, 13, 21. Rom. x. 5. Gal. iii. 12.
xxvi. 3. If ye will walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments and do them,
Ver. 4. Then will I give rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase.
Ver. 5. Ye shall eat bread to the full, and dwell in your land safely. Ver. 6 I will give peace in the land, and ye shall lie down and none shall make you afraid. Isa. i. 19.
Ver. 7. And ye shall chase your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword. See to ver. 12. and Chap. xxv. 18, 19.
Deut. iv. 1. Hearken, O Israel, to the statues and judgments which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land.
Ver. 6. Keep and do them, for this is your wisdom and understanding in the sight of the nations. Ver. 7, 8, 30.
Ver. 40. Thou shalt keep his statutes, that it way go well with thee, and with thy children after thee. Ch. vi. 1, 2, 17, 18, 25.-xii. 28. v. 29. O that there were such an heart in them, &c. Ver. 33. xiii. 4. Thou shalt keep his commandments and obey his voice. Ver. 17. That the Lord may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee and multiply thee, as he hath sworn unto thy fathers.
Deut. 28. 1. If thou shalt hearken diligently unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and do all his commandments, the Lord thy God will set thee on high, above all nations of the earth. See various blessings promised to ver. 14th of this chapter, and in Lev. xxvi. 3 to 14. and Deut. vii. 12, 13, 14, 15.—xi. 9, 13, 14, 15.—xxx. 8, 9.
xxix. 9. Keep the words of this covenant and do them, that may prosper in all that ye do. 1 Kings ii. 3, 4. Jer. xxxviii. 20. xxx. 19. I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore chuse life that both thou and thy seed may live. Ver. 16. Ver. 20. That thou mayst love the Lord thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him, (for he is thy life and the length of thy days.) Ch. v. 1, 10.—viii. 2, 6, 11, 20. -xii. 1, 25.—xxx. 8 to 16. 1 Sam. xii. 14. 2 Kings iii. 14. Prov. iii. 2. Ps. xix. 8. The statutes of the Lord are right.
Ver. 11. In keeping them there is a great reward.
xxv. 10. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth, to such as keep his covenant and his testimonies.
xxxvii. 34. Keep his way and he shall exalt thee.
1. 23. To him that ordereth his conversation aright, I will shew the salvation of God.
cxix. 2. Blessed are they that keep his testimonies.
Prov. i. 3. Let thine heart keep my commandments, for long life and peace shall they add to thee.
xiii. 32. Blessed are they that keep thy ways.
Prov. xix. 16. He that keepeth the commandments, keepeth his own soul.
xxix. 18. He that keepeth the law happy is he.
Isa. xlviii. 18. Thus saith the Lord, O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments, then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea.
Jer. vi. 16. Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.
vii. 23. This thing commanded I your fathers, saying, obey my voice, and I will be your God, and ye shall be my people, walk ye in all my ways that it may be well with you.
xxvi. 13. Obey the voice of the Lord your God, and he will repent him of the evil, that he hath pronounced against you.
Ezek. xviii. 5. If a man be just and do that which is right, Ver. 9. And hath walked in my statutes, and kept my judgments, he shall surely live. Ver. 18, 19. Ch. xxxvii. 24.
Matt. vii. 22. Jesus said, not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven, but he that doth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
xii. 50. Whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.
xix. 17 If thou wilt enter into life keep the commandments. Luke xi. 28. Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. John ix. 31. If any man be a worshipper of God and doth his will, him he heareth.
xiii. 17. If ye know these things, happy are ye if Rom. ii. 13. Not the hearers of the law are just before God, but do them. the doers of the law shall be justified.
1 John ii. 17. He that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. iii. 22. Whatsoever things we ask we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Rev. xxii. 14. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.
LXVIII. Threats against the disobedient. Deut. xxviii. 15. If thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God, to observe and to do all his commandments and his statutes, all these curses shall come upon thee and overtake thee.
Ver. 16. Cursed shalt thou be in the city, and cursed shalt thou be in the field.
Ver. 17. Cursed shall be thy basket and thy store.
Ver. 18. Cursed shall be the fruit of thy body, and the fruit of thy land, and the jncrease of thy kine and the flocks of thy sheep.
Ver. 19. Cursed shalt thou be when thou comest in, and cursed shalt thou be when thou goest out.
Ver. 20. The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou seutest thine hand unto for to do, until thou
be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly, because of the wickedness of thy doings, whereby thou hast forsaken me. See to the end of this Chap. also the parallel place, Levit. xxvi. 14 to 40. containing threatenings of many dreadful calamities. See also the following scriptures, wherein the disobedient are threatened with the evils of war, famine, pestilence, sickness, death, &c. &c. Neh. ix. 26. Isa. xxiv. 1 to 13.-xliii. 27, 28.—lxv. 12. Jer. vi. 19, 22, 23.—xxv. 4 to 9.-xxvi. 4, 6.-xxix. 17.
Eph. ii. 2. The prince of the power of the air worketh in the children of disobedience.
v. 6. The wrath of God cometh upon the children of disobedience. Col. iii. 6.
1 Tim. i. 9. The law is made for the lawless and disobedient.
1 Pet. ii. 7. To them which be disobedient, Christ is a stone of stumbling anda rock of offence. See the threatenings against the wicked, ungodly, and other sins mentioned.
OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST.
LXIX Obedience to Christ's command. Matt. xxviii. 19. Go ye and teach all nations, ver. 20. to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, and lo I am with you alway, unto the end of the world.
John xiv. 15. If ye love me keep my commandments. Ver. 21, 23. Ver. 24. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings.
xv. 14. Ye are my friends if ye do whatsoever I command you. Ver. 10.
1 Cor. ix. 21. Being under the law to Christ.
James i. 22. Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only. Ch. ii. 8, 12, 17.
1 John ii. 3. Hereby do we know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.
Ver. 4. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a lier, and the truth is not in him.
Ver. 5. But whoso keepeth his word, verily in him is the love of God perfected.
John viii. 31. If ye continue in my word then are ye my disciples indeed.
LXX. Promises to them that obey Christ. Matt. vii. 24. Whosoever heareth these sayings of mine and doth them, I will liken him unto a wise man which built his house upon a rock :
Ver. 25. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the wind blew, and beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded upon a rock.
John viii. 51. If a man keep my sayings he shall never see death. xii. 26. If any man serve me, let him follow me, and where I am there shall also my servant be. If any man serve me, him will my Father honour.
Heb. v. 9. Christ became the author of eternal salvation to them that obey him.
Rev. ii. 26. He that keepeth my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations.
Ver. 28. I will give him the morning star, Ver. 17.
Rev. xi. 18 The time is come that thou shouldst give a reward unto thy servants the prophets, &c.
LXXI. Promises to them that overcome temptations in the obedience of Christ.
Rev. ii. 7. He shall eat of the tree of life.
Ver. 11. Shall not be hurt of the second death.
Ver. 17. Hidden manna and a white stone and new name shall be given him.
Ver. 26. Power over the nations given to him.
iii. 5. Shall be cloathed in white.
Ver. 12. Shall be a pillar in Christ's temple. Ver. 21. Shall sit with Christ in his throne. xxi. 7. Shall inherit all things.
DISOBEDIENCE TO CHRIST.
LXXII. Disobedience to Christ. Threats. Matt. vii. 26. Every one that heareth these sayings of mine and doth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man which built his house upon the sand, and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof.
Luke vi. 46. Why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things that I say.
xix. 27. Those mine enemies that would not that I should reign over them, bring hither and slay before me.'
Rom. x. 16. They have not all obeyed the gospel. Isa. liii. 1. xvi. 18. Some serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly. Gal. iii. 1. Who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth.
2 Thess. i. 7. The Lord Jesus Christ shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels.
Ver. 8. In flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ver. 9. Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power.
Ver. 10. When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and admired in all them that believe.
1 Pet. iv. 17. What shall be the end of them that obey not the gospel? See Ps. ii. 12. Deut. xviii. 18, 19. Rev. xii. 5.-xix. 15. See Christ's kingly office.
LXXIII. God will render to mankind according to their works, good or bad.
Job xxxiv. 10. Far be it from God that he should do wickedness. Ver. 11. For the work of a man will he render unto him, and cause every man to find according to his work.
Ps. Ixii. 12. The Lord rendereth unto every man according to his
Eccl. xii. 4. God will bring every man's work into judgment. 1 Cor. xiii. 3. Every man's works shall be made manifest.