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Agreed upon by the Assemblr of DIVINEs at Westminster:
Gmüles, which have not the law, are a law unto themselves: V. 15.
yet are they not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation": therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church “; and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the Church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing"; which maketh the holy scripture to be most
written in their hearts, their con- to save them that believe. 1 Cor.
science also bearing witness, and their
ii. 13. Which things also we speak,
ever things were written aforetime, Were
*written for our learning; that
the triptures might have hope. Mohiv. H. But he answered and # It is written, Man shall not live Wirad alone, but by every word * Proceedeth out of the mouth of !” Ver, 7. Jesus said unto him, ki, written again, Thou shalt not
The Confession of Fai
lossary’; those former ways of
Of the OLD TESTAMENT.
II. Chronicles. Daniel. ,
not according to this word, it is
we through patience and comfort , because there is ho light in them.
* 2 Tim. iii. 15. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Pet, 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.
f Heb. i. 1. God, who at sundry times, and in divers manhers, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets; Ver. 2. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Song, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds,
Of the NEW TESTAMENT.
The Gospels ac-|Corinthians II. The Epistle to the
cording to Galatians. Hebrews. Matthew. Ephesians. The Epistle of Mark. Philippians. James. Iluke. Colossians. The firstand second John. Thessalonians I. Epistles of Peter. The Acts of the Thessalonians II. The first, second,
Apostles. To Timothy I. and third Epistles Paul's Epistles to To Timothy II. of John.
the Romans. To Titus. The Epistle of Jude. Corinthians I. To Philemon. The Revelation.
All which are given by inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life #. III. The Books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the scrip. ture; and therefore are of no authority in the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of,
than other human writings".
II. 8 Luke xvi. 29. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them. Ver. 31. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead. Eph. ii. 20. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone. Rev. xxii. 18. For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book. Ver. 19. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy
For the prophecy came not in ol
• IV. The
city, and from the things which are written in this book. 2 Tim. iii. 16. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness. III. h Luke xxiv. 27. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning him." self. Ver. 44. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must b fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the Prophet and in the Psalms, concerning no Rom. iii. 2. Much every way: chiefly because that unto them were com" mitted the oracles of God. 2 Pet.i.21:
Chip I. The Confession of Faith. 29 IV. The authority of the holy scripture, for which it Ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God, (who is truth itself.) the author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the word of God'. W. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the Church to an high and reverend esteem of the holy stripture', and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole, (which is to give all glory to God,) the full discovery it makes of the only way of man's salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the word of God; yet notwithstanding our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth, and divine authority thereof, is from
time by the will of man; but holy
the inward work of the Holy
Spirit, bearing witness by
of us, ye received it not as the word