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these things in the hearts and spi-

the designs and ways of Satan,

rits of believers


and of all the adversaries of be-

Sect. 1. By his Spirit, whom he pro-

lievers; and that they can do no


ib. more, nor proceedfurther against

Sect. 11. Of the Spirit of God fur,

us, than God permits. He turns

ther; his being given to, and

about their purposes


dwelling in believers; working in

Cons. IV. That God orders and de-

them, and upon others : the na-

termines the measure, manner,

ture and fruits thereof. Saints'

time, and continuance of afflic-

duties toward the Spirit, &c. 266

tions and persecutions; and that

I. Of the Spirit of God working

according to our necessities 289

in believers, and upon

others ib. Cons. V. That God doth sometimes

II. The nature, working, and fruits

make enemies and persecutors

of the Spirit

270 themselves to attest the saints'

Sect. ui. Saints' duties toward the

innocency when they suffer; and


271 will surely avenge them of their

1. To follow him, and make use



of him

ib. Cons. VI. That God will comfort,

II. Not to sin against, grieve, or

uphold, and preserve his, in all

quench the Spirit

- 272 their troubles, and not lay more

upon them than they can bear 291

CHAP. XX. Of afflictions, troubles, and See common calamities, chap. xxi.


ib. Cons. VII. That the righteous are

Sect. 1. To whom they belong, or

near and dear to God in Christ;

who may expect them


so that he takes notice of their

I. Common to all

afflictions and troubles; and is

II. More especially to Christian

said to be persecuted and afflicted


ib. in their persecutions, &c. 294

First. The Holy Ghost affirms it ib. See union and relation between Christ
Secondly. The saints have been

and his church, chap. xiii.

So exercised

274 Cons. VIII. That the greater the

1. From God more immediately ib.

afflictions and distresses of the

II. From men, by persecutions

- 275 righteous have been, the more

First. From wicked men, hea-

wonderful have their deliver-



ances been : and then hath sal-

Secondly. From hypocritical


vation appeared in their extre-

fessors, men malous of the


- 295

law and traditions

277 Cons. IX. That afflictions and Per-

Sect. Il. For what ends God doth

secutions shall redound to the

correct his children, and suffer

benefit of God's children 297

them to be persecuted

280 See of the ends of God in afflicting, sect.
I To exercise and try their faith

ï. and cons. V.

and obedience

ib. Cons. X. That God will not always

II. To humble and purge them · 281

suffer his children to lie under

III. To make them remember God

afflictions and persecutions; but

and things above; look to, own,

will bring deliverance and re-

and close with them

ib. store joy


IV. For God's glory, and the fur-

Cons. XI. That afflictions and per-

therance of the gospel


secutions have been the lot of

V. For the procuring of great good

Christ himself, and of the saints

and advantage to those who are

- 301

exercised with trouble, &c. 283 Sect. iv. The duties of the saints, and
Sect. ul. The considerations which

how they ought to behave them-
should bear up, stay, and comfort

selves in trouble, both toward

the spirits of believers in their

God and Man:

• 302

afflictions, and under persecutions 285

First. Toward God


Cons. I. God appoints them; and

I. To see God in them, as being
that for good ends
ib. sent by him

Cons. II. That such who are so ex-

See also common calamities, chap. xxi.

ercised are blessed and happy ;

II. To submit to God with an en-


and so pronounced in scripture:

tire resignation under troubles

it is a seal of sonship, of God's

III. To confess their sins, and jus-

choice love, and of their salva-

tify God



ib. See more of confession of sin, chap. xiv.

Cons. Hl. That God well knows

IV. To hold fast to God, own the

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Lord Jesus, his people, and Sect. u. What they are in the sight

ways in the midst of trouble and

of God, and considered as men 324


305 Sect. III. What are the duties of ma-
See Perseverance, chap. xiv.

gistrates: what they should not

V. To be cheerful under affliction,

be; and what they should be 325

and rejoice at being counted Sect. iv. The duties of subjects to
worthy to suffer for Christ 307 magistrates, with respect both to

VI. To call upon the Lord for

their persons and decrees * 329

help, support, and salvation 308 First." What they may not do:

See more of prayer, chap. xiv.

when, and wherein they may not

In common calamities, chap. xxi.

obey them


VII. Not to fear, but believingly

Secondly. What they ought to do,

s commit their cause to God, and

or wherein they should acknow-

quietly wait for his salvation - 310 ledge and obey them


See also trusting in, and waiting for

I. To submit to, and obey them

God, chap. xiv.

in things lawful


Secondly. Duties of Believers

II. To give them due honour

toward enemies and persecu.

and respect. Not contemn

tors in a time of suffering 312

their persons, or speak evil of

1. To be patient, quiet, and sober



toward them; not revenge, or



for them


return evil for evil, or reviling

IV. To endeavour to get good

for reviling ; but forgive them ib.



II. Not to desire or rejoice in the

V. To discover treasons


hurt of enemies, &c

- 313 VI. To submit to lawful magis-

III. To pray for and do good to

trates which God hath set up,

persecutors and enemies 314

although they be not such as

IV. To use lawful and honest

they should be


means for avoiding and deliver- See also the kings of Israel and Judah,

ing themselves and others from

chap. xlii.

afflictions and persecutions ib.

Chap. XXIII. Of an oath for testimony,

V. To look to the cause of our

confirmation, and ending of contro-

si ferings, that it be for well do-

ing, for Christ, and a good con-

versies, and other occasions; and

evil oaths


science; and not as busybodies,

or evil-doers

316 Chap. XXIV. Of the gospel : gospel

Thirdly. The duties of others; preachers in geaeral; their duty and

and how we ought to behave recompense


toward such as are afflicted Sect. 1. What the gospel is ; and its

and persecuted

- 317 efficacy


To sympathise with them, visit, Sect. 11. Of gospel preachers, their

help, comfort, and pray for

duty and recompense


them: and take heed we add See more of church officers, chap. XXV.

not to their trouble

ib. Chap. XXV. Of the church of Christ,

CHAP. XXI. Of public or common ca-

under the several notions thereof,

lamities and judgments, whence they

and the things belonging thereto, in



general; and also with regard to

Sect. 1. That they are of God's ap-

particular churches


pointment, and none can guard

First. The several acceptations of the

against them


church mentioned in scripture ib.

See also looking to God in affliction,

I. General, or universal

chap. xx.

II. Universal, visible


Sect. 11. The privileges of the ser-

III. Particular visible churches of

vants of God in such a time - 320

believers, who are joined toge-

See more in saints' privileges in general,

ther as one body, and usually

chap. xii.

meet together in one place, for

Sect. II. The duties of the righteous

the participation of the same or

in such times of distress


dinances, and exercising duties

as a church, and one to another

CHAP. XXII. Of magistrates and ma-

as members thereof



Secondly. The dignity, privileges, and

Sect. 1. That magistracy is an ordi-

blessings belonging to the church

nance of God: that by him magis-

of Jesus Christ in general, as such 340

trates are advanced to office : the See union and relation between Christ
titles given to them.

ib. and his church, chap. xiv.

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Thirdly. Of the qualifications of mem-

the several ends in scripture men-

bers of the church of God; what


• 354

they should be

343 Thirteenthly. Of the several ordi-

Fourthly. Of the property that parti-

nances of Christ to be observed in

cular churches had in their mem-

and by the churches of Christ,

bers, and of others joining them-

and elsewhere


selves to them

344 Ord. I. Prayers

- 355

Fifthly. Of letters commendatory, See more in prayers and praising at

and the churches receiving of such

large, chap. xiv.

as were recommended to them by

Ord. II. Reading, teaching, preach-

word or letter

ib. ing of the word of God, prophe->

Sixthly. Of the order of the churches



in their-assemblies and meetings : See more of ministers in general, and of
their stated regulations in con-

gifts of church members, chap. xxiv.
stant worship

ib. See of the word of God, chap. i.
Seventhly. Of the gifts of prayer,

Ord. III. Baptism

· 358

prophesying, psalms, tongues, &c.

Ord. IV. Breaking of bread, or

which the members of churches re-

the Lord's supper

- 359

ceived : how they used them in

Ord. V. Discipline, church cen-

the church assemblies, and else-

sures, or removing of scandals 360

where, for the edification one of See more of rebuking one another chap.

another, and instruction of others :

the order how they should be

CHAP. XXVI. Of hypocrites and hypo-

used, directed : such gifts to be

desired for this end

crisy: the spirit and practices of such,


Eighthly. Of other acts done in and by

who are very formal and earnest in

and about the external parts of wor-
these particular churches, in send-

ship and profession, and in a shew
ing messengers to other churches;
and, npon occasion, determining

for God; yet high in their opposi-

tion of Christ, the truth of the gospel,

controversies, writing and sending

and power of godliness in others


epistles, and other affairs. of their

See more of their persecuting temper,

meeting together in order thereto,

and hearing such epistles: the

chap. xx.

Sect. i The great danger of hypo-

epistles directed to the whole body 347

See Churck discipline in this chapter,

crisy, and formality, and the end
of hypocrites

- 370
sect. xiii.

Ninthly. Of the ending of controver-

See Sincerity, chap. xiv.

sies arising between the members CHAP. XXVII. Of conscience - 371

of the church; to avoid going to CHAP. XXVIII. Of the devil: of his

law before the infidels


subtilty by himself, and by his in-

Tenthly, of the relief of the poor of struments, wicked men, false teach-

the churches, and their contribu-

ers, deceivers, and seducers. The

tion to the necessity of other

description of them


churches, and the order of it - 349

Sect. i. Of Satan, the devil himself ib.

Su distributing to the poor at large, See more, sinners' bondage, chap. iv.

chap. xvii.

Sect. 11. The instruments of Satan;

Eleventhly. Of the officers of parti-

seducers, deceivers, &c. -


cular churches; their power, duty,

CHAP. XXIX. Of consideration, me-
and recompense: how they should
be qualified for their office; and

ditation, pondering upon, and scri-
of the churches' duty to them as

ous weighing of the things of God,


his word and works, &c.


- 350

1. Of the officers' power, duty, Chap. XXX. Of the thoughts, mind,

qualification, and recompense ib. and affections

• 384

Ser more of gospel preachers in general, Chap. XXXI. of repentance in the ge-

chap. xxiv.

neral : in what sense God cannot re-

II. Complaints of, and threaten-

pent, and how he is said to repent:

ings against evil officers or mi-

repentance in man, and of his turning

nisters of the church


to God from sin


III. Of the churches duty toward

Sect. 1. In what sense God cannot

their officers and those who la-

repent; and how he is said to re-

bour amongst them


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IV. Of the ordination of officers in

Sect. 11. Repentance in man, and his


turning to God


Twelfthly. Of laying on of hands

See God's reasonings with sinnets, chap.

upon the several occasions, and to



- 353

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Caap. XXXI, Of death ; or the laying CHAP. LI. Of Israel's murmurings : 447
down of these tabernacles

391 CHAP. LII, Of diligence in our callings 449

Chap. XXXIII. Of the resurrection of CHAP. LIII. Of voices, dreams, and visi-

the dead

396 ons, by which God declared his mind

Chap. XXXIV, of Christ's second com-

of old


ing to the judgment; and rendering CHAP. LIV. Of the call and commission

unto every man according to his of the apostles, equal


deeds done in the body, whether good CHAP. LV. Of Israel's return from the

- 397 countries into which they are scat-

See waiting for Christ's coming, chap.




CHAP. LVI. Of the seventh day, and

CHAP. XXXV. Of the glory prepared the laws about it: and the change to

and reserved for believers, at the ap-

the first day of the week

- 457

pearing of the Lord Jesus Christ 402 CHAP. LVII. Of Usury


See the end of the wicked, chap. iv. CHAP. LVIII. Of Envy, hatred, emula-
CHAP. XXXVI. Of knowledge and un-

tion, discontent, strife


derstanding in divine things, and of CHAP. LIX. Of murder, and the taking

the want thereof: ignorance about away of the life of man


such things, and the evil thereof - 405 CHAP. LX. Of adulteries


See more of the sottish nature of man, CHAP. LXI. Of fornication and lascivi-

chap. iv.

- 465

See also the giver of knowledge, chap. CHAP. LXII. Of drunkenness

- 466


CHAP. LXIII. Of covetousness · 467

CHAP. XXXVII. Of this present world, CHAP. LXIV. Of theft


and the titles, honours, pleasures, Chap. LXV. Of lying and equivocating 469

and other things in this world : the CHAP. LXVI. Of tempting God; or

use of them; the snares and tempta- wherein men may be said to tempthim ib.

tions in them; our duty in relation CHAP. LXVII. Of witchcraft: or dealing

to them

413 with familiar spirits


CHAP. XXXVIII. Of idolatry, setting Chap. LXVIII. Of a hardened heart,

up and worshipping strange gods, and God's giving men up to hardness

graven images, &c.

422 of heart


See worshipping the true God, chap. xiv. CHAP. LXIX. Of vain curiosity, or

Chap. XXXIX. Of angels; their ap- being wise above what is written 472

pearing to men; what they are, and CHAP. LXX. Of God's providence in


428 the disposal of all events


CHAP. XL. Of the parables and simili- Chap. LXXI. Of resignation to, and
tudes which Christ spake


contentment with all God's dispensa-

CHAP. XLI. Of the miracles, and won-


· 473

derful things which were done by Chap. LXXIJ. Of men truly wise, or
Christ and his apostles

433 of religious wisdom; and folly as its

CHAP. XLII. Of the kings of Israel and opposite

· 475

Judah ; their appointment and esta- CHAP. LXXIII. Of Antichrist - 476

blishment divine

435 CHAP. LXXIV. Neither external privi-
See magistrates at large, chap. xxii.

leges, nor our righteousness alone,

CHAP. XLIII. Of sacrifices and altars, can be our security against judgments

and calling upon the name of the here, or damnation hereafter; no

Lord, before the giving of the law - 437 cause of hoasting in these only 477

CHAP. XLIV. The importance of Chris- CHAP. LXXV. Of words and actions

tianity, and difficulty of being a that are neither true nor good, spo-
Christian indeed

438 ken or undertaken on the politic

CHAP. XLV. Of time or opportunity views of compassing our designs, or

for spiritual improvement; not to be avoiding dangers

- 480


440 CHAP. LXXVI. Of words or sayings

CHAP. XLVL Of the signs of the end expressing choice, but not binding us

of the world

442 to their observance -

- 481

CHAP. XLVII. Encouragements to hope CHAP. LXXVII. Of awakened sinners,

in, and cry to God, when our case &c. such whom Christ came to seek

seems desperate

ib. and heal


CHAP. XLVIII. God takes notice of the CHAP. LXXVIII. Of man's ignorance

first dawnings of amendment 443 of the men and things of this world

CHAP. XLIX. Of vows and promises to after his departure hence



444 Chap. LXXIX. Of our Lord's kindred

Cap. L. Of blasphemies

445 according to the flesh

· 483

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Section 1. Shewing what Religion those laws and ordinances are, which

God is to be worshipped, and what is, and how the knowledge of it is he hath commanded us to observe. to be obtained.

And then, for our greater encourageUnder the name of Religion is com- ment to serve God, in all such things, prehended all that worship and service as we shall find to be enjoined us, and which is due from men to God: what- to persevere in our obedience to him ; ever we ought or are bound to do in it is requisite for us to know what obedience to him; whatever he will happiness God hath prepared for them reward us for doing, or punish us for icho love and obey him, and what not doing.

misery he hath provided for such as In order, therefore, to worship and transgress his commandments

. How serve God as we ought to do, we must great, how certain, and of what confirst believe that he is; that he hath tinuance, both the joy and the terror given us laws and commandments to of the Lord are. keep; that he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him, and of such Sect. II. The Necessity of Searching as do according to all that he hath

the Scriptures. commanded them: and that he taketh These are the things in which every vengeance on them that obey him not. man is concerned to be wellinstructed; And for the better understanding the and the truest and shortest way of nature and extent of our duty, in all attaining such knowledge as this, is, respects, together with the grounds by searching the Scriptures : and reasons of our obligations; it For they are they which testify of behoves us in the next place to inform God; which show us what is good, ourselves as truly and particularly as and what the Lord doth require of we can, who the Lord is whom we are us; which set before us the way of to serve; what attributes and perfec- life, and the way of death; and which, tions belong to him, and what works teach us what we must do to be saved he bath wrought; as also, what manner from the wrath to come, and to inherit of beings we ourselves are, who are eternal life, commanded to serve him; what ca- The way of man is not now in himself: pacities and inclinations we have; it is not in man that walketh to direct his what state and condition we are in, steps. Though we can by nature do and in what relation we stand to God, many things contained in the law of

After which it will be necessary for God; and though we can in many as to inquire, how and in what manner cases, even of ourselves, judge what


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