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all manner of persons, men, women, young, old, learned, unlearned, rich, poor, priests, laymen, lords, ladies, officers, tenants, and mean men; virgins, wives, widows, lawyers, merchants, artificers, husbandmen, and all manner of persons, of what estate or condition soever they be, may in this book learn all things, what they ought to believe, what they ought to do, and what they should not do, as well concerning Almighty God, as also concerning themselves and all others.

FROM KING EDWARD THE SIXTH'S CATECHISM.

Master. That faith, which is conceived by hearing and reading of the word ; what doth it teach thee concerning God?

Scholar. This doth it principally teach: that there is one certain nature, one substance, one ghost, and heavenly mind, or rather an everlasting spirit, without beginning or ending, which we call God: whom all the people of the world ought to worship with sovereign honour, and the highest kind of reverence. Moreover, out of the holy words of God, wbich by the prophets and the beloved of Almighty God, are in the holy books published, to the eternal glory of his name, I learn the law and the threatenings thereof: then the promises and the Gospel of God. These things, first written by Moses and other men of God, have been preserved whole and uncorrupted, even to our age: and since that, the chief Artiheaven, preach any other Gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other Gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.

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2 Pet, i. 16. For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eye-witnesses of his majesty. Luke i. 3. It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus. James i. 27. 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, Acts iv. 13. Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. Matt. i. 22, 23. Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord, by the prophet, saying, Behold a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is God with us. Luke xxiv. 27. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. Acts iii. 18. But those things, which 'God before had shewed by the mouth of all his prophets, that Christ should suffer, he hath so fulfilled. Exod. vii. 8, 9. And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, When Pharaoli shall speak unto you, saying, shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent. John ii. 23. When therefore he was risen from the dead, his disciples remembered that he had said this

unto them; and they believed the Scripture, and the word which Jesus had said. Acts vi. 8. And Stephen, full of faith and power, did great wonders and miracles among the people. Mark xvi. 20. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. Heb. ii. 4. God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will. Isaiah xi. 9. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea. Isaiah ix. 7. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end. Acts xvi. 5. And so were the churches established in the faith, and increased in number daily. Heb. iv. 12. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 'Acts xiii. 12. Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord. Acts vii. 38. This is he, that was in the church in the wilderness with the angel which spake to him in the mount Sina, and with our fathers : who received the lively oraeles to give unto us. Hosca viji. 12. I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing. Rom. iii. 2. God forbid : yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.

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2 Peter iii. 16. As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things ; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest: as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction. 2 Peter i. 19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day, star arise in your hearts. Psalm xcviii. 2. The Lord hath made known his salya. tion: his righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen. Rom i. 16. For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. Heb. ii. 3. How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him. 2 Cor. iii. 15, 16, 17. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart. Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. 1 Cor. ii. 5. That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of ren,

but in the power of God.

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Isaiah viii. 20. To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Coloss. iii. 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonish-ing one another in psalms and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. Matt. xxii. 29. Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God. Rom. xv. 4. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. John viji. 47. He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God. John vi. 63. It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing : the words that I speak unto you, they are the spirit, and they are life. James i. 21. Wherefore lay apart all filthia

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