BIBLE TRACT.

 

BY HENRY GREW

 

PREFACE

 

THIS TRACT contains nothing but the pure word of God, without note or comment. The words in Italics,  are so in the Bible. Some emphatic words are here put in SMALL CAPITALS. The Greek word baptizo, importing to immerse, not translated in the common version, is here given to the reader in his own tongue. Read, believe, obey and live.

 

OF THE WORD OF GOD

 

KNOWING this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness; that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple: the statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and the honey-comb. Moreover, by them is they servant warned; and in keeping of them, there is great reward. Thy word is truth. Thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. The words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Therefore shall ye lay up these my words in your heart, and in your soul. And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Search the Scriptures. Where with shall a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed thereto according to thy word. To this man will I look, even to him that is poor, and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. O how love I thy law, it is my meditation all the day. How sweet are thy words to my taste. Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage. To the law and to the testimony, if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. What is the chaff to the wheat? If any man preach any other Gospel-let him be accursed. O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead. See that ye refuse not him that speaketh: for if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape,  if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. If any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life. Every word of God is pure. TO-DAY if you will hear his voice, harden not your heats. Be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your ownselves. Whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed.

 

OF THE ONE GOD

 

Hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord. There is but one God, THE FATHER. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. Besides me that is no God. This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, &c. Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might be unto our God for ever and ever. For of him and through him and to him are all things.

 

OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD

 

God is a Spirit. The eternal God. -Who only hath Immortality. The Almighty God. The most high God, possessor of heaven and earth. His understanding is infinite. O the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! HOLY and REVEREND is his name. Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? Or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there; if I make my bed in hell, behold thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. God is light and in him is no darkness at all. God is love. The Lord God merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty. A just God, and a Saviour. Thus saith the Lord, let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,  neither let the mighty man glory in his might, let not the rich man glory in his riches; but let him that glorieth, glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the Lord which exercise loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth; for in these things I delight, saith the Lord. O Lord our Lord, how excellent is they name in all the earth. Let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear, for our God is a consuming fire.

 

OF THE HOLY SPIRIT OR SPIRIT OF GOD.

 

Thou gavest also thy good Spirit to instruct them. The spirit of truth-of holiness-of counsel and might-of promise-of wisdom-of grace-of glory. What man knoweth the things of man, save the spirit of man which is in him? Even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. I will pour out of my spirit upon all flesh. I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes. When the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, he shall testify of me. He will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment. He will guide you into all truth. The anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you-the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts. Except a man be born of water, and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God. That which is born of the Spirit, is Spirit. If I with the Spirit (finger) of God, cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you. And there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven spirits of God.

 

OF JESUS CHRIST.

 

Whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou are the Christ, the SON of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjonah; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father, which is in heaven. There came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved SON, in whom I am well pleased. God so loved the world, that he gave his ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, &c.: his FIRST BEGOTTEN. The FIRST BORN of every creature. The BEGINNING of the creation of God. Before Abraham was, I AM. I came down from heaven. I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world. The Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was. I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God.

 

OF HIS INCARNATION.

 

A BODY hast thou prepared me. The WORD was made FLESH and dwelt among us, &c. Forasmuch then, as the children are partakers of FLESH AND BLOOD, he also himself likewise took part of the same. In all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren; that he might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

 

OF HIS PERFECTIONS.

 

We beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. Who is the image of the invisible God-the brightness of his glory. Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? But unto the Son, he saith, Thy throne O God is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom; thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the all of gladness above thy fellows. If he called them Gods, { Ps 82:6} unto whom the word of God came-say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God? In him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. For it pleased the Father,  that in him should all fullness dwell. God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. Thou art fairer than the children of men; grace is poured into thy lips; therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

 

OF HIS OFFICES AND AUTHORITY.

 

For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A PROPHET shall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things, whatsoever he shall say unto you. We have a great HIGH PRIEST, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God. Yet have I set my KING upon my holy hill of Zion. He is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. I saw in the night visions, and behold one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations and languages, should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

 

OF THE FATHER AND THE SON

 

My Father is greater than I. I honor my father. I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. I seek not mine own glory. I can of mine own self do nothing. The Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the Sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do. Of that day, and that hour, knoweth no man-neither the Son, but the Father. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power-for he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under himit is manifest that he is excepted which put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be ALL IN ALL.

 

OF THE WORKS OF GOD BY JESUS CHRIST

 

There is but one God, the Father, OF whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, BY whom are all things, and we by him. Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty! O LORD, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure that are and were created. God, who created all things, BY whom also he made the worlds. Without him was not anything made that was made. Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders, and signs, which God did BY him in the midst of you, &c. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us {saints  Eph 1:1} with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places IN CHRIST; according as he hath chosen us IN him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: having predestinated us unto the adoption of children BY Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted IN the Beloved: in whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace. This is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life; and this life is IN his Son. He is able also to save them to the uttermost, that come unto God BY him. All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself BY Jesus Christ, who of God is made unto us wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption. Knowing that he which appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, BY that man whom he hath ordained. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. Unto him be glory in the church of God BY Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

 

OF MAN

 

God created man in his own image. God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions. God saw-that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. All have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. There is none righteous, no, not one: there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good and sinneth not. What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet. How is the gold become dim! how is the most fine gold changed!

 

OF THE LAW OF GOD

 

A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is my honor? and if I be a master, where is my fear? Thou shalt love the Lord they God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. The law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. The man which doeth those things shall live by them. Are not my ways equal? Just and true are thy ways. Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty.

 

OF THE PENALTY OF THE LAW.

 

The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The wages of sin is death.

 

OF THE WAY OF SALVATION.

 

How then can man be justified with God? or how can he be clean that is born of a woman? Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, or with ten thousands of rivers of oil? shall I give my first born for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world! By the deeds of the law there shall no flesh be justified in his sight. The Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the Lord. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under the heaven given among men whereby we must be saved. Whom God hath set forth to a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past-that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus. I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins. This is the will of him that sent me, that every one that seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. He that believeth not the Son, shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters; and he that hath no money, come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine, let him come unto me, and drink. And the spirit, and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, come. And let him that is athirst, come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

 

THE DUTY OF FALLEN MAN.

 

God-now commandeth all men every where to repent. And this is his commandment, that we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ. Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from you evil ways; for why will ye die?

 

THE DUTY OF BELIEVERS.

 

Why tarriest thou? arise and be immersed, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord. They that gladly received his word were immersed. And they continued steadfastly in the Apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread and in prayers. Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together-but exhorting one another. For ye may all prophesy one by one, that all may learn, and all may be comforted. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Love one another. Love your enemies. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. Watch and pray. I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that we present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God. Let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith. Ye are not your own. For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. Others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire. Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way, shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.

 

THE CHARACTER OF THE SAVED.

 

Whoso confesseth and forsaketh (his sins) shall have mercy. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the spirit. To be spiritually minded is life and peace. To me to live is Christ. Follow-holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. I have set the Lord always before me. Blessed are the meek-the merciful-they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness-the pure in heart-the peace-makers. O how love I thy law, It is my meditation all the day. Thou art my portion, O Lord. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee O God. Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father, is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world. When the ear heard me,  then it blessed me; and when the eye saw me,  it gave witness of me; because I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him. The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me; and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy. I was a father to the poor; and the cause which I knew not I searched out. The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh, with the affections and lusts. Every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure. To OBEY is better than sacrifice, and to HEARKEN than the fat of rams.

 

CHARACTER OF THE LOST.

 

If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost. He that covereth his sin shall not prosper. Except ye repent, ye shall-perish. He that believeth not shall be damned. Except a man be born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. If any man have not the spirit of Christ, he is none of his. To be carnally minded is death. If ye live after the flesh, ye shall die. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. Covetousness, is idolatry. Be not deceived: God is not mocked-he that soweth to his flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption. If ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? They that will be rich fall into temptation, and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition Lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God. She that liveth in pleasure is dead while she liveth. For whence come wars and fightings among. you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? They say, and do not. All their works they do for to be seen of men. And love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called men, Rabbi, Rabbi. Vain talkers and deceivers-teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre’s sake. These things hast thou done and I kept silence: thou thoughtest that I was altogether done and I kept silence: thou thoughtest that I was altogether such a one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set them in order before thine eyes. Now consider this ye that forgot God, lest I tear you in pieces, and there be none to deliver.

 

THE BLESSEDNESS OF THE SAVED.

 

Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God! Beloved, now are we the sons of God; and it doth not yet appear what we shall be; but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. Happy art thou, O Israel; who is like unto thee, O people saved by the Lord, the shield of thy help, and who is the sword of thy excellency! The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men! Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man. Thou hast forgiven the iniquity of thy people: thou hast covered all their sin. Bless the Lord, O my soul, -who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies. For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee. We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment, thou shalt condemn. How excellent is thy loving kindness O God! How precious also are they thoughts unto me O God! He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ. He that overcometh shall inherit all things: and I will be his God, and he shall be my Son. All things are yours; whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are yours; and ye are Christ’s; and Christ is God’s. Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. When Christ, who is our life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory. Thine eyes shall see the king in his beauty; they shall behold the land that is very far off. These are they which come out of the tribulation, and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple; and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the Lamb, which is in the midst of the throne, shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. They shall be mine, saith the Lord of hosts, in that day when I make up my jewels; and I will spare them, as a man spareth his own son that serveth him. If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who is he that condemneth? Is it Christ that died, yea, rather that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness or peril, or sword? Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors, through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. So shall we every be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation, and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and their righteousness is of me saith the Lord. Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever.

 

THE MISERY OF THE LOST.

 

Woe unto the wicked it shall be ill with him;  for the reward of his hands shall be given him. The triumphing of the wicked is short, and the joy of the hypocrite but for a moment. Though his excellency mount up to the heavens, and his head reach unto the clouds, yet he shall perish forever. He shall drink of the wrath of the Almighty. Thinkest thou this, O man, -that thou shalt escape the judgment of God? God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? He that soweth to this flesh, shall of the flesh reap corruption. The wages of sin is death. The soul that sinneth, it shall die. Sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. The ungodly shall not stand in the judgment. When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish, it is that they shall be destroyed forever. Whose end is destruction. The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. These shall go away into everlasting punishment. Fear him, which after he hath killed, hath power to cast into hell. Fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema, Maranatha. The fearful and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God: and the books were opened-and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. If the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. What wilt thou say when he shall punish thee? Can thy heart endure, or can thy hands be strong, in the days that I shall deal with thee? -and because I will do this unto thee, prepare to meet thy God. This is the portion of a wicked man from God, and the heritage appointed unto him by God. Why will ye die?