Page images

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

- necessary";

written in their hearts, their con- to save them that believe. 1 Cor.

science also bearing witness, and their
thoughts the mean while accusing or
else excusing one another. Rom. i. 19.
Because that which may be known
of God is manifest in them; for God
hath shewed it unto them. Ver. 20.
For the invisible things of him from
the creation of the world are clearly
seen, being understood by the things
that are made, even his eternal power
and Godhead; so that they are with-
out excuse. Psal. xix. I. The heavens
declare the glory of God; and the
firmanent sheweth his handy-work.
Ver. 2. Day unto day uttereth speech,
and night unto night sheweth know-
ledge. Ver. 3. There is no speech
nor language where their voice is not
heard. 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 Rom. ii. 1. Therefore thou art
inexcusable, O man, whosoever thou
art that judgest; for wherein thou
judgest another, thou condemnest
thyself; for thou that judgest doest
the same things.
bl Cor. i. 21. For after that, in
the wisdom of God, the world by
wisdom knew not God, it pleased
God by the foolishness of preaching

ii. 13. Which things also we speak,
not in the words which man's wis-
dom teacheth, but which the Holy
Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual
things with spiritual. Ver. 14. But
the natural man receiveth not the
things of the Spirit of God; for they
are foolishness unto him: neither can
he know them, because they are
spiritually discerned.
• Heb. i. 1, God, who at sundry
times, and in divers manners, spake
in time past unto the fathers by the
d Prov, xxii. 19. That thy trust
may be in the Lord, I have made
known to thee this day, even to
thee. Ver. 20. Have not I written,
to thee excellent things in counsels
and knowledge; Ver, 21. That I
might make thee know the certainty
of the words of truth; that thou
mightest answer the words of truth
to them that send unto thee? Luke
i. 3. It seemed good to me also, hav.
ing had perfect understanding of all
things from the very first, to write
unto thee in order, most excellent
Theophilus; Ver. 4. That thou
mightest know the certainty of those
things wherein thou hast been in-
structed. Rom. xv. 4. For whatso"

ever things were written aforetime, Were

[ocr errors][ocr errors][ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

Chap. I.


*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

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]

The Confession of Fai

lossary’; those former ways of
will us his people being now cease
II. Under the name of Holy Scripture,
God written, are now contained all the Books of the Old
and New Testament, which are these:


II. Chronicles. Daniel. ,
|Exodus. Ezra. Hosea.
Leviticus, Nehemiah. Joel.
Numbers, Esther. Amos.
literonomy. Job. Obadiah.
Joshua. Psalms. Jonah.
Judges, Proverbs. Micah.
o - Ecclesiastes. Nahum.
I. Samuel. The Song of Songs. Habakkuk.
II. Samuel, Isaiah. Zephaniah.
I. Kings. Jeremiah. Haggai.
II, Kings. Lamentations. Zechariah.
ill Chronicles. Ezekiel. Malachi.

[ocr errors]

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,

[ocr errors]
[ocr errors]


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:

[ocr errors]
[merged small][ocr errors][ocr errors]

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
men of God spake as they were
moved by the Holy Ghost,
IV, i2 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.
Ver, 21. For the prophecy came not
in old time by the will of man;
but holy men of God spake as they
were moved by the Holy Ghost.
2 Tim. iii. 16. All scripture is given
by inspiration of God, and is profit-
able for doctrine, for reproof, for
torrection, for instruction in righte-
Oušness, k John v. 9. If we receive
the witness of men, the witness of
God is greater: for this is the wit-
its of God, which he hath testified
of his Son, 1 Thess, ii. 13. For this
tause also thank we God without
oasing, because when ye received
the word of God, which ye heard

the inward work of the Holy
and with the word in our hearts'.

Spirit, bearing witness by

WI. The

of us, ye received it not as the word
of men, but, as it is in truth, the
word of God, which effectually
worketh also in you that believe.
V. k l Tim. iii. 15. But if I
tarry long, that thou mayest know
how thou oughtest to behave thyself
in the house of God, which is the
church of the living God, the pillar
and ground of the truth. -
| 1 John ii. 20. But ye have an
unction from the Holy One, and ye
know all things. Ver. 27. But the
anointing which ye have received of
him abideth in you, and ye need not
that any man teach you : but as the
same anointing teacheth you of all
things, and is truth, and is no lie;
and even as it hath taught you, ye
shall abide in him. John xvi. 13.
Howbeit, when he, the Spirit of
truth, is come, he will guide you
into all truth: for he shall not speak
of himself; but whatsoever he shall
hear, that shall he speak; and he
B 3 will

« PreviousContinue »