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the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the word n; and that there are some circumstances concerning the worlhip of God, and government of the church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and christian prudence, according to the general rules of the word, which are always to be observed 0.

VII. All things in fcripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all p; yet thore things which are necefsary to be known, believed and observed for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them

9. VIII. The Old Testament in Hebrew, (which was the native language of the people of God of old) and the New Testament in Greek, (which at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations) being immediately in

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ye be not foon fhaken in mind, or that are freely given to us of God. be troubled, neither by Spirit, nor by QI Cor. xi. 13. Judge in yourselves, word, nor by letter, as from us, as is it comely that a woman pray unto that the day of Christ is at hand. God uncovered ? v. 14.

Doth not en John vi. 45. It is written in the ven nature itself teach you, that if a prophets, And they shall be all taught man lave long hair, it is a

me un of God. Every man therefore that to him? I Cor. xiv, 26. How is it hath heard, and hath learned of the then, brethren, whep ye come togeFather, cometh unto me. Cor.ii. 9. ther, every one of you hath a psalın, But as it is written, Eye hath not hath a doctrine, hath a tongue, hath seen, nor ear heard, neither bath a revelation, hath an interpretation? it entered into the heart of man, the Let all things be done upto edifying. things which Cod hath prepared for v. 40. Let all things be done decent. them that love him, v. 10. But God ly and in order. hath revealed them unto us by his VII. p 2 Pet. iii. 16. As also in all Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, yea, the deep things of God, things, in which are fome things

V. 11. For what man knoweth the hard to be understood, which they things of a man, save the Spirit of ihat are unlearned and unstable man which is in him ? even so the wrest, as they do also the other things of God knoweth no man, but fcriptures into their own destruction, the Spirit of God. v, 12. Now we 9 Psal. cxix. 105. Thy word is a have received, not the spirit of the lamp unto my feet, and a light unto world, but the Spirit which is of my path. v. 130. The entrance God, that we might know the things of thy words giveth light, it give

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{pired by God, and by his lngular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical r; To as in all controversies of religion, the church is finally to appeal unto thems. But because these original tongues are not known to ali the people of God, who have right unto and interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search them t, therefore they are to be translated into the yulgar language of every nation unto which they come v, that, the word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worChip him in an acceptable manner w, and, through patience and comfort of the seriptures, may have hope *.

IX. The infallible rule of interpretation of fcripture, is the scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture, (which is not

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words easy to be under. Vill. Mat, v. 18. For verily I stood, how shall it be koowa what say unto you, Till beaven and earth is spoken; for

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fhall speak into the pass, one jot, or one title shall in air, v. 11. Therefore, if I know no wife pass from the law, till all not the ineaning of the voice, I shall be fulfiled.

be unto him that fpeaketh a barbasifajah viii, 20, To the law, and rian; and he that speaketh shall be to the testimony: if they speak not a barbarian unto me, V. 12. Even according to this word, it is because fo ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous there is no light in them. Ads xv, of spiritual gifts, feek that ye may 15. and to this agree the words of excel to the edifying of the church, the prophets, as it is written. John v. 24. But if all prophesy, and there *. 39. Search the scriptures, for in come in one that believeth not, or them ye think ye have eternal life, one unlearned, he is convinced of and they are they which testify of me, all, he is judged of all. v. 27. If any 6. 46. For had ye believed Moses, man speak in an unknown torgue, ye would have believed ne; for he let it be by two, or at the molt by wrote of me,

three, and that by course; and let Joha v, 39. Search the scrip- one interpret. v. 28. But if there tures, for in them ye think ye have be no interpreter, let him keep silence eternal life, and they are they which in the church; and let him fpeak to testify of me,

himself, and to God. vi Cor. xiv. 6, Now, brethren, w Cor. iii, 16. Let the word of Chrift if I come unso you speaking with dwell in you richly in all wisdom, tongues, what shall I profit you, ex- teaching and adınonishing one anocept I fall speak to you either by ther in psalms, and hymns, and spirevelation, or by knowledge, or by ritual songs, singing with grace in prophesying, or by do&trine? v. 9. your hearts to the Lord. So likewise you, except ye utter by * Rom. xv. 4. For whatfoever

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manifold, but one) it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly y.

X. The fupreme Judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all degrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to reft; can be no other but the holy Spirit speaking in the scripture z.

CHAP. II. Of God, and of the Holy Trinity.

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things were written aforetime, were ter that Paul had spoken one word, written for our learning; that we Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias through patience and comfort of the the prophet unto our fathers. scriptures might have hope.

1. a Deut, vi. 4. Hear, O Israel, IX. y 2 Pet. i. 20. Knowing this the Lord our God is one Lord, 1 Cor. first, that no prophecy of the scrip- viii. 4. As concerning therefore the ture is of any private interpretation. eating of those things that are offer.. V. 21: For the prophecy came not

ed in sacrifice unto idols, we know in old time by the will of man : but that an idol is nothing in the world, holy men of God spake as they were and that there is none other God. moved by the holy Ghost. A&s xv. but one. v. 6. But to us there is but 15. And to this agree the words of one God, the Father, of whom are the prophets, as it is written, v. 16, all things, and we by him; and one: After this I will return, and will Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all build again the tabernacle of David things, and we by him. which is fallen down, and I will bi Theff. i. 9. For they thembuild again the ruins thereof, and I selves Thew of us, what manner of

entering in we had unto you, and X. z Mat. xxii. 29. Jesus answer. how ye turned to God from idols, ed and said unto them, Ye do err, to serve the living and true God. pot knowing the scriptures, por the Jer. x. 10. But the Lord is the true power of God, v. 31. But as couch. God, he is the living God, and an ing the resurrection of ihe dead, everlasting King. have ye not read that which was c Job xi. 7. Canft thou by searchspoken unto you by God, saying. ing find out God? canst thou find. Eph. ii. 20. And are built

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the out the Almighty unto perfection ? foundation of the apostles and pro F. 8. It is as high as heaven, what phets, Jesus Christ himself being the cant thou do? deeper than hell, clief corner-stone. With Acts xxviii. what canst thou know ? v. 9. The 25. And when they agreed not a measure thereof is longer than the mong themselves, they departed, af- earth, and broader than the sea.

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Job xxvi. 14. Lo, these are parts of nefs, neither shadow of turning, his ways, but how little a portion Mal. iii. 6. For I am the Lord, I is heard of him? but the thunder change not : therefore ye fons of of his power who can understand ? Jacob are not consumed,

d John iv. 24. God is a Spirit, i i Kings viü. 27. But will God and they that worship him, muft indeed dwell on the earth? behold, worship him in spirit and in truth. the heaven, and heaven of heavens

ci Tim.i, 17. Now unto the King cannot contain thee, how much less eternal, immortal, invisible the on this house that I have builded ? Jer. jy wise God, be honour and glory, xxiii. 23. Am I a God at hand, faith for ever and ever. Amen.

the Lord, and not a God afar off ? Deur, iv. 15. Take ye therefore v. 24. Can any hide himself in secret good heed unto yourselves (for ye places, that I shall not see him ? faith law oo manner of fimilitude on the the Lord : do got I fill heaven and day that the Lord spake unto you in earth? faith the Lord.. Horeb, out of the midst of the fire) & Psal. xc. 2. Before the moun-, 5. 16. Lest ye corrupt yourselves, tains were brought forth, or ever and make you a graven image, the thou hadit formed the earth and the fimilitude of any figure, the likeness world, even from everlasting to everof male or female. John iv. 24. God lasting thou art God. 1 Tim. i. 17. is a Spirit, and they that worship him, Now unto the King eternal, immormat worship him in spirit and in tal, invisible, the only wise God, be truth. With Luke xxiv. 39. Behold konour and glory, for ever and ever. my hands and my feet, that it is I Amen. myself: handle me, and fee, for a | Pfal. cxlv. 3. Great is the Lord, Spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye and greatly to be praised; and his see me have

greatness is unsearchable. gA&s xiv. 11.And when the peo m Gen. xvii, 1. And when Abrany ple faw wbat Paul had done, they life was ninety years old and nine, the up their voices, faying in the speech of Lord appeared to Abram, and said Lycaonia, The gods are come down unto him, I am the Almighty God : 10 us in the likeness of men, v. 15. walk before me, and be thou perfect. And saying, Sırs, why do you these Rev. iv. 8. And the four bealts had things! We also are men of like pas- each of them fix wings about him, Gons with you, and preach unto you and they were full of eyes within, that ye lould turn from these vani- and they rest not day and nigit, ties unto the living God, which made saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God heaven and earth, and the sea, and Almighty, which was, and is, andis all things that are therein.

b Jamesi. 17. Every good gift and n Rom. xyi. 27. To God only every perfect gift is from above, and wise, be glory through Jesus Chrilt, cometh down from the Father of for ever, Amen. lights, with whom is co variable.

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most holy o, most free p, moft absolute q, working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will r, for his own glory s; most loving t, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and fin v; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him w; and withalmost juft and terrible in his judgments *, hating all fin y, and who will by no means clear the guily z.

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o Ila. vi. 3. And one cried unto clear the guilty ; vifiting the iniquity another, and said, Holy, holy, holy of the fathers upon the children, and is the Lord of hosis, the whole earth upon the childrens children, unto the is full of his glory, Rev. iv, 8. (See third and to the fourth genesation. verter m immediately foregoing.) w Heb. xi. 6. But without faith it

p Psal. cxv. 3. But our God is in is impossible to please him : for he the heavens : he hath done whatso that cometh to God, must believe ever be pleaseth.

that he is, and that he is a rewarder 9 Exod. iii. 14. And God said un. of them that diligently seek him. to Moses, I AM THAT I AM : * Neh. ix. 32. Now therefore, our And he said, Thus thalt thou fay God, the great, the mighty, and the doto the children of Israel, I AM terrible God, who keepelt covenant hath fent me unto you.

and mercy; let not all the trouble , Eph. i. 11. In whom also we seen little before thee; that hath have obtained an inheritance, being come upon us, on our Kings, on our predestinated according to the pur- princes, and on our prietts, and on pofe of him, who worketh all things our prophets, and on our fathers, after the counsel of his own will. and on all thy people, since the time

Prov. xvi. 4. The Lord hath of the kings of Affyria, unto this made all things for himself: yea, day. v. 33. Howbeit, thou art just even the wicked for the day of evil. in all that is brought upon us : for Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and through thou hast done right, but we have him, and to him are all things : t0 done wickedly. whom be glory for ever. Amen. y Pfal. v. 5. The foolish hall not

t i Johnív. 8. He that loveth not, stand in th:y fight : thou hatest all knoweth not God, for God is love. workers ojiniquity. V.6. Thou shalt V. 16. And we have known and be destroy them that speak lealing: the lieved the love that God hath to us. Lord will abhor the bloody and deGod is love ; and he that dwelleth ceitful man. in love, dwelleth in God, and God 2 Nabumi. 2. God is jealous,and ig him.

the Lord sevengeth, the Lord revenv Exod. xxiv. 6. And the Lord geth and is furious, the Lord will passed by before him, and proclaim - take vengeance on his adversaries, eil, The Lord, the Lord God, mer. and he reserveth wrath for liis eneciful and gracious, long-fuffering, mies. v. 3. The Lord is flow to an and abundant in goodnets and truth. ger, and great in power, and will 1.7. Keeping mercy for thousands, not at all acquit the wicked: the forgiving iniquity, and transgression, Lord hath his way in the whirlwind, and fin, and that will by no means and in the storm, and the clouds are

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