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CHAP. 10. Where all are stirred up to put themselves upon the
11. The weak grounds whereby tempted souls argue against
12. Four characters of truth of heart, or sincerity........ 128
13. A word of direction to those who are found unsound,
14. An exhortation to those who upon trial are found to be
15. Counsel and comfort to those who are sincere, but
And having on the breast-plate of righteousness.
16. Wherein the second reason of the metaphor is opened;
A short point from the connection of this piece of ar-
4. The second reason why the Christian should wear this
CHAP. 6. Contains the first instance wherein the Christian is to
A third instance, wherein the power of holiness must
9. Of expressing the power of holiness, in and to our fa-
11. Contains nine or ten directions towards the helping those
10. Of exercising the power of holiness in our carriage to
15. Contains two uses of the point....
VERSE 15. And your feet shod with the preparation of
12. Wherein the first policy or stratagem of Satan is de-
13. Wherein is defeated Satan's second wile, by which he
3. A fourfold peace attributed to the Gospel, and in parti-
CHAP. 1. Wherein the glad news that the Gospel brings is de-
2. A lamentation for the unkind welcome that Gospel-
is a quarrel betwixt God and man, as also that the
A more particular account why God reconciled sinners
5. An exhortation to embrace this peace of reconciliation
Four directions by way of counsel to sinners yet in an
An exhortation to such as arc at peace with God, in
8. That peace of conscience is a blessing to be obtained
9. A reproof to three sorts of persons that offend against
10. Where we have a trial of our peace, from four characters
16. The number of true Christians but little, shewn from this
11. That the Gospel alone can unite the hearts of men to-
that is among saints, and which is among the wicked;
13. An exhortation to the saints to maintain peace among
17. Six directions for the helping on of this spiritual shoe. 471
18. Sheweth who is the person that is shod and prepared
In Complete Armour.
EPHESIANS, vi. 14.
Stand therefore and
THE Apostle had laid down in general, verse 13, what
armour the Christian soldier must use: "Armour of God." Now lest any should stamp divinity upon what is hunan, and make bold to set God's name on their counterfeit ware, calling that armour of God which comes out of their private forge, as Papists and many carnal Protestants also do, who invent weapons to fight the devil with that never came into God's heart to appoint; he therefore comes more particularly to shew what this whole armour of God is, describing it piece by piece, which together make up the complete suit, and every way furnisheth the Christian to take the field against this his enemy. We shall handle them in that order we find them here laid by the Apostle. Only something would briefly be first said to the posture given us in charge, as that which we are to observe in the use of every piece, and therefore prefixed to all, because it hath influence upon all. The posture lies in these words: "Stand therefore." This word "stand" is the same with the last in the preceding verse; but neither in the same mood, nor sense: there put for victory and triumph when the war is done, here for the Christian's posture in the fight, and in order to it. It
is a military expression, a word of command that captains use upon different occasions to their soldiers, aud so imports several duties that are required at the Christian's hands.
WHEREIN IS BRIEFLY SHEWED THE NECESSITY OF RESISTING SATAN'S TEMPTATIONS, WITH THE DANGER OF YIELDING TO THEM.
FIRST, to stand, is opposed to a cowardly flight from, or treacherous yielding to the enemy. When a captain sees his men begin to shrink, and perceives some disposition in them to flee or yield, then he bids "stand," that is, stand manfully to it, and make good your ground against the enemy, by a valiant receiving his charge, and repelling his force. The word taken thus, points at a suitable duty incumbent on the Christian, which take in this.note.
Satan in his temptations is stoutly to be resisted, not in any wise yielded unto.
Reas. 1. The command is express for it: "whom resist, steadfast in the faith," 1 Pet. 9. v. Set yourselves in battle against him, as the word imports, fight him whenever he comes. Soldiers must keep close to their commission, whatever comes on it. When Joab sent Uriah to stand in the fore-front of the battle, in the face of death itself, he could not but see his danger, yet he disputes not the matter with his general; obey he must, though he loses his life upon the place. Cowardice and disobedience to the leader's command are counted among the Turks the most damning sins; and shall they be thought peccadilos, little ones, by us that have Christ for our captain to serve, and sin and the devil for enemies to fight? To re"Ye have not sist some temptations may cost us dear: