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SIX BENEFITS

IN WALKING BY THESE RULES

Benefit 1. Strict and heedful attendance to these rules, will put a lustre upon religion before the world, and make it glorious in the eyes of such as now despise it, Tit. ii. 10. Adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. Which he here speaks, to encourage all to ordinate walking.

Benefit 2. This will allure and win the world over to Christ, and wonderfully prosper and further the design of the gospel, Phil. ii. 15, 16. That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, &c. That I may rejoin in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Benefit 3. This will effectually stop the mouths of all the detracting and blaspheming enemies of religion, 1 Pet. ii. 15. For so is the will of God, that with well-doing 309ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men.

Benefit 4. This will eminently glorify God, which is the ultimate end of our beings, Matt. v. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your father which is in heaven.

Benefit 5. This will fill the people of God (by way of evidence) which much inward peace, Gal. vi. 16. And as many as walk according to this rule, peace be on them, and upon the Israel of God.

Benefit 6. This will secure the presence of God with, and among us; whence results both the efficacy of ordinances, and the stability and glory of the churches: for Christ walks among the golden candlesticks, and threatens the churches, in case of defection from gospel rules, to remove the candlestick out of his place, except they repent, Rev. ii. 1, 5.

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