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and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.i

II. God alone is Lord of the couscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, wbich are, in any thing, contrary to his word, or beside it, in mat: ters of faith or worsbip. So that to believe such doctrines, or lo obey such commaodments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience ;m and the requiring of an

that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. x. 19 to 22, Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, lis fesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

¿ John vii. 38, 39. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly fall filow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive : for the Holy Ghost uus not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified. 2 Cor. iii. 13, 17, 18. And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished. Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II. k James iv. 12. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest anothér ? Rom. xiv. 4. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant ? to his own master he standeth or falleth: yea, he shall be holden up : for God is able to make him stand.

| Acts iv. 19. But Peter and John answered-and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God, to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. Acts v. 29. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 1 Cor. vii. 23. Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of men. Mat. xxiii. 8, 9, 10. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, éven Christ, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called Masters : for one is your Master, .even Christ. 2 Cor i. 24. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand. Mat. xv. 9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

m Col. ii. 20, 22, 23. Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, which all are to perish with the using, after the commandments and doctrines of men? which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship and humility, and neglecting of the

implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also.n

Ul. They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do practise any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian liberty; which is, that, being deliver. ed out of the hands of our enemies, we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life.o

IV. And because the powers which God hath ordained, and the liberty, which Christ hath purchased, are not inbody, not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. Gal. i. 10. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men ? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Gal. ii. 4, 5. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty, which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage. To whom we gave place by subjection, no not for an hour ; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. Gal. v. 1. Stand fast, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

n Rom. x. 17. Se then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom. xiv. 23. And he that doubteth, is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith, is sin. Isa. 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. Acts xvii. 11. These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. John iv. 22. Ye worship ýe know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews. Hos. v. 11. Ephraim is oppressed, and broken in judgment; bccause he willingly walked after the commandment. Rev. xiii. 12, 16, 17. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth, and thein which dwell therein, to worship the first beast whose deadly wound was healed. And he cause:h all, both sinall and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads : and that no man might buy or sell, saye he that had the mark, or the name of thc beast, or the number of his name. Jer. viii. 9. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed and taken; lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom is in them?

III. o Gal. v. 13. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty ; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 1 Pet. ii. 16. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 2 Pet. ii. 19. While they promise them liberiy, they themselves are the servants of corruption : for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. Jolin viii. 34. Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin, is the servant of sin. Luke i. 74, 75. That he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of our enenries, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of .'T Life

and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of.i

II. God alone is Lord of the couscience,k and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, wbich are, in any thing, contrary to his word, or beside it, in mat: ters of faith or worsbip. So that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commaodments out of conscience, is to be. tray true liberty of conscience ;m and the requiring of an

that is passed into the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain inercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. x. 19 to 22. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the vail, that is to say, his fesh; and having an high priest over the house of God; let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

¿ John vii. 38, 39. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall fiow rivers of living water. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive : for the Holy Ghost uus not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified. 2 Cor. ii. 13, 17, 18. And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not steadfastly look to the end of that which is abolished. Now the Lord is that Spirit : and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. But we all® with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II. k James iv. 12. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy: who art thou that judgest another ? Rom. xiv. 4. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant ? to his own master he standeth or fälleth: yea, he shall be holden up : for God is able to make him stand.

1 Acts iv. 19. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God, to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. Acts v. 29. Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 1 Cor. vii. 23. Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of men. Mat. xxiii. 8, 9, 10. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, éven Christ, and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called Masters : for one is your Master, even Christ. 2 Cor i. 24. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand. Mat. xv. 9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

m Col. ii. 20, 22, 23. Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, which all are to perish with the using, after the commandments and doctrines of men? which things have indeed a show of wisdom in will-worship and humility, and neglecting of the

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tended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and preserve one another; they who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power, or this lawful exercise of it, wheiher it be civil or ecclesiastical, resist the ordinance of God. And for their publishing of such opia nions, or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity, whether concerning faith, worship, conversation, or the order which Christ hath established in his church, they may be lawfully called fo account, and proceeded against by the cousures of the church :1 and in proportion

IV. p Mat. xii. 25. And Jesus kuew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdoindivided against itself is brought to desolation: and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand. 1 Pet. ii. 13, 14, 16. Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto gover. nors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of' evil doers, and for the praise of them that do well. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. (Rom. xiii. 1 to the 8th yerse.) Heb. xiii. 17. Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account: that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.

q Rom. i. 32. Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death,) not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. With 1 Cor. v. 1,5, 11, 13. It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named amongst the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. But now I have written unto you, not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother, be a fornicator, or cove tous, or an idolator, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with such an one no not to eat. But them that are without, God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. 2 John 10, 11. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: for he that biddeth him God speed, is partaker of his evil deeds. And 2 Thess. iii. 14. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. And 1 Tim. vi. 3, 4, 5. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness : he is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth. supposing that gain is godliness : from such withdraw thyself. And Tit. i. 10, 11, 13. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision : whose mouths must be sto pod, who subvert whole honses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. This witness is true : wherefore rebuke

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