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And I will put enmity between healings, helps, governments, divers

children, and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, 178 the house and family of God, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation'.

III. Unto this catholick visible church Christ hath given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gasthering and perfecting of the saints in this life, to the end ***

of the world; and doth by his own presence and Spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual thereuntos.

IV. This ci Cor. vii. 14. For the unbeliev- there shall be no end, upon the ing husband is sanctified by the wife, throne of David, and upon his kingand the unbelieving wife is sanctified

dom, to order it, and to establish it by the husband : else were your chil

with judgment and with justice, dren unclean; but now are they holy, from henceforth even for ever : the Acts ii. 39. For the promise is unto

zeal of the Lord of hosts will peryou, and to your children, and to all

form this, that are afar off, even as many as the

Eph. ii. 19. Now therefore ye Lord our God s) all call. Ezek. xvi.

are no more strangers and foreigners, 20. Moreover, thou hast taken thy

but fellow.citizens with the saints, sons and thy dauchters, whom thou

and of the household of God. Eph. hast born unto me, and these hast

iii. 15. Of whom the whole family thou sacrificed unto them to be de

in heaven and earth is named. voured: is this of thy whoredoms a

f Acts ii. 47. Praising God, and small matter, Ver. 21. That thou having favour with all the people.hast slain my children, and delivered

And the Lord added to the church them to cause them to pass through daily such as should be saved. the fire for them? Rom. xi. 16. For

III. 8 1 Cor. xii. 28. And God hath if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, secondarily, prophets ; thirdly, teacher

set some in the church; first, apostles, so are the branches. Gen. 3. 15.

ers; after that miracles; then gifts of thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed: it shall

sities of tongues. Eph. iv. 11. And bruise thy head, and thou shalt phets, and some evangelists, and

he gave some apostles, and some probruise his heel. Gen. xvii. 7. And I will establish my covenant between 12. For the perfecting of the saints,

some pastors and teachers ; Ver. me and thee, and thy seed after

for the work of the ministry, for the thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant ; to be a God

edifying of the body of Christ : Ver. unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.

13. Till we all come in the unity of d Mat. xiii. 47. Again, the king

the faith, and of the knowledge of dom of heaven is like unto a net that

the Son of God, anto a perfect nang was cast into the sea, and gathered fulness of Christ. Mat. xxvii

, 13

unto the measure of the stature of the of every kind. Isa. ix. 7. Of the increase of his government and peace mons, baptizing them in the name


IV. This catholick church hath been sometimes more, sometimes less visible". And particular churches, which are members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the doctrine of the gospel is taught and embraced, ordį. nances administered, and publiek worship performed more or less purely in them'.

V. The purest churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and errork, and some have so degenerated as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan'. V


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the Father, and of the Son, and of the i [Rev. Chapters ii, and iii. through. Holy Ghost: Ver. 20. Teaching out.] 1 Cor. v. 6. Your glorying is them to observe all things whate. not good. Know ye not that a little ever I have commanded you; and, leaven leaveneth the whole lump? lo, I am with you alway, even unto Ver. 7. 'Purge out therefore the old the end of the world. Amen. Isa. leaven, that ye may be a new lump, lix. 21. As for me, this is my cove as ye

e unleavened. For even nant with them, saith the Lord, My Christ our Passover is sacrificed for Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy

V, k1 Corxiii. 12. For now we mouth, shall not depart out of thy see through a glass, darkly; but then mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy face to face; now I know in part; seed, nor out of the mouth of thy but then shall I know even as also Í seed's seed, saith the Lord, from am known. (Rev. Chapters ii. and henceforth and for ever.

ii.] Mat. xiii. 24,-30. Another paIV. h Rom. xi. 3. Lord, they have rable put he forth unto them, saying, killed thy prophets, and digged The kingdom of heaven is likened down thine altars; and I am left unto a man which sowed good geed alone, and they seek my life. Ver. in his field; but while men slept, 4. But what saith the answer of God his eneny came and sowed tares unto him? I have reserved to myself among the wheat, and went his seven thousand men, who have not way.

But when the blade was bowed the knee to the image of sprung up, and brought forth fruit, Baal. Rev. xii. 6. And the woman then appeared the tares also, &r. fied into the wilderness, where she Ver. 47. Again, the kingdom of hea. hath a place prepared of God, that

yen is like unto a net that was cast
they should feed her there a thou. into the sea, and gathered of every
sand two hundred and threescore kind.
days. Ver. 14. And to the woman I Rev. xviii. 2. And he cried
were giveo two wings of a great mightily with a strong voice, saying,
eagle, that she might fly into the Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen,
wilderness, into her place; where and is become the habitation of
she is nourished for a time, and times, devils, and the hold of every foul
and half a time, from the face of the spirit, and a cage of every unclean

and hateful bird. Rom. xi. 18.


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Nevertheless, there shall be always a church on earth to worship God according to his wilim.

VI. There is no other head of the church but the Lrod Jesus Christ”: nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God


Boast not against the branches: but things he might have the pre-enii. of thou boast, thou bearest not the nence, Eph. i. 22, And hath put root, but the root thee. Ver. 19. all things under his feet, and gave Thou wilt say then, The branches him to be the head over all things were broken off, that I might be to the church. graffed in. Ver. 20. Well; because • Mat. xxiii. 8. But be not ye of unbelief they were broken off, called Rabbi: for one is your and thou standest by faith. Be not Master, even Christ, and all ye high-minded, but fear, Ver. 21. are brethren. Ver. 9. And call 10 For if God spared not the natural man your father upon earth: for branches, take heed 'lest he also

one is your Father, which is in spare not thee. Ver. 22. Behold heaven. Ver. 10. Neither be ye therefore the goodness and seve

called masters: for one is your rity of God: on them which fell, Master, even Christ. 2 Thess. ii. 3. severity; but toward thee, good. Let no man deceive you by ang ness, if thou continue in his good means: for that day shall not conie ness; otherwise thou also shalt be except there come a falling away

first, and that man of sin be revealed, m Mat. xvi. 18. And

the son of perdition : Ver. 4. Who unto thee, That thou art Peter; opposeth and exalteth himself above and upon this rock I will build my all that is called God, or that church; and the gates of hell shall is worshipped; so

that he, às not prevail against it. Psal. lxxii.

God, sitteth in the temple of God, 17. His name shall endure for ever:

shewing himself that he is God. his name shall be continued as long Ver. 8. And then shall that wicked as the sun: and men shall be blessed be revealed, whom the Lord shall in him; all nations shall call him

consume with the spirit of his mouth, blessed. Psal. cii. 28. The children and shall destroy with the brightof thy servants shall continue, and their seed shall be established before him, whose coming, is after the

ness of his coming: Ver. 9. Even thee. Mat. xxviii. 19, 20. (See in working of Satan, with all power, better 8.]

and signs, and lying wonders. Rev. Col. i. 18. And he is the head of the body, the church;


. 6. And he opened his mouth who is the beginning, the first pheme his name, and his tabernacle


in blaspheny against God, to blasborr from the dead; that in all

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CHAP. XXVI. Of Communion of Saints. ALL saints that are united to Jesus Christ their head

by his Spirit, and by faith, have fellowship with him in his graces, sufferings, death, resurrection, and glory a. And being united to one another in love, they have come munion in each other's gifts and graces b; and are obliged to the performance of such duties, publick and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man.

II. Saints,

serve sin.


I. a I John i. 3. That which we Ver. 6. Knowing this, that our have seen and heard declare we old man is crucified with him, that unto you, that ye also may have the body of sin might be destroyfellowship with us: and truly our ed, that henceforth we should not fellowship is with the Father, and

2 Tim. ii. 12. If we sufwith his Son Jesus Christ. Eph. fer, we shall also reign with him : ži. 16. That he would grant youl, if we deny him, he also will deny according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might b Eph. iv. 15. But speaking the by his Spirit in the inner man ;

truth in love, may grow up into Ver. 17. That Christ may dwell in him in all things, which is the your hearts by faith; that ye, be- head, even Christ. Ver. 16. From ing rooted and groundėd in love, whom the wñole body fitly joined: Ver. 18. May be able to compre

together, and compacted by that hend with all saints, what is the which every joint supplieth, accordo breadth, and length, and depth, ing to the effectual working in the and height; Ver. 19. And to know measure of every part, maketh inthe love of Christ, which passeth crease of the body, unto the edify«. knowledge, that ye might be filled ing of itself in love. 1 Cor. xii. 7. with all the fulness of God, John But the manifestation of the Spirit i. 16. And of his fulness have all is given to every man to profit we received, and grace for grace.

withal. 1 Cor. ii, 21. Therefore Eph. ii. 5. Even when we were dead let no man glory in men : for all in sins, hath quickened us together things are yours: Ver. 22. Whewith Christ, (by grace ye are saved,)

ther Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, Ver. 6. And hath raised us up toge

or the world, or life, or death, or. ther, and made us sit together in things present, or things to come; heavenly places in Christ Jesus. all are yours; Ver. 23. And ye are Phil. ii. 10. That I may know him, Christ's ; and Christ is God's.' Col. and the power of his resurrection, ii. 19. And not holding the head, and the fellowship of his sufferings, from which all the body by joints being made conformable. unto his and bands having nourishment minideath. Rom. vi. 5. For if we have stered, and knit together, increaseth been planted together in the like with the increase of God. dess of his death, we shall be also

ci Thess. v. 11. Wherefore conia. in the likeness of his resurrection : fort yourselves together, and edify


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11. Saints, by profession, are bound to maintain an holy fello's ship and communion in the worship of God, and in perinning such other spiritual services as tend to their musi Edification'; as also in relieving each other in outi ard things, according to their several abilities and necessities. Which communion, as God offereth opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who in every place call upon


name of the Lord Jesus . III. This communion which the saints have with Christ,



one another, even as also ye do. manner of some is; but exhorting Ver. 14. Now we exhort you, bre one another: and so much the more, thren, warn them that are unruly,

as ye see the day approaching. Acts comfort the feeble-minded, support ii

. 42. And they continued stedfastly

LI the weak, be patient toward all in the apostles doctrine and fellow Rom. i. il. For I long to

ship, and in breaking of bread, and fi see you, that I may impart unto

in prayer. Ver. 46. And they conyou some spiritual gift, to the end tinuing daily with one accord in the ye may be established; Ver. 12. temple, and breaking of bread from That is, that I may be comforted

house to house, did eat their meat together with you, by the mutual with gladness and singleness of heart. faith both of you and me. Ver. 14.

Isa, ii. 3. And many people shall go I am debtor both to the Greeks and

and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the Barbarians; both to the

to the mountain of the Lord, to the wise and to the unwise. 1 John house of the God of Jacob, and he ii. 16. Hereby perceive we the will teach us of his ways, and we love of God, because he laid down will walk in his paths; for out of his life for us: and we ought to

Zion shall go forth the law, and the lay down our lives for the brethren.

word of the Lord from Jerusalem. Ver. 17. But whoso hath this 1 Cor. xi, 20. When ye come toge world's good, and seeth his brother ther therefore into one place, this is have need, and shutteth up his not to eat the Lord's supper. bowels of compassion from him,

Acts ï. 44. And all that be how dwelleth the love of God in lieved were together, and had all him? Ver. 18. My little children, things common; Ver. 45. And sold let us not love in word, neither in their possessions and goods, and parts tongue, but in deed, and in truth, ed them to all men, as every man Gal. vi. 10. As we have therefore

had need. i John jić 17. (See in leto opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are

ter. 2 Cor. Chapters viii

. and is:]

Acts xi. 29. Then the disciples, every of the household of faith, II. d Heb. x, 24. And let us

man according to his ability, deter.

mined to send relief unto the brem consider' one another, to provoke three which dwelt in Judeas Ver. 3o. unto love and to good works : Ver. 25. Not forsaking the assem

Which also they did, and sent it bling of ourselves together, as the bas. and Saul

to the elders by the hands of Barna

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