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VI. The whole counsel of God, concerning all thing; necessary for his own glory, man's salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men". Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saying understanding of such things as are revealed in the word"; and that there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the Church, common
to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered
will shew you things to come. v. 14. He shall glorify me; for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 1 Cor. ii. 10. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. Ver. 1 1. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him 2 even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God. Ver. 12. Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God. Isa. lix. 21. As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord, My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever. VI. *2 Tim. iii. 15. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise untosalvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. V. ig. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
instruction in righteousness: Ver, 17. That the man of God nay be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. Gal. i. 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Ver, 9. As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gosp; unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed, .2 Thess. ii. 3. That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand. - n John vi. 45. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be." taught of God. Every man thereforo that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me. 1 Coii. 9. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. Ver. 10. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit; for the Spirit o: all things, yea, the deep things God. v. 11. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him : so o
by the light of nature and Christian prudence, according to the general rules of the word, which are always to be
| VII. All things in scripture are not alike plain in them-
these things, in which are some things
them , therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come", that the word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him in an acceptable manner", and, through patience and comfort of the scriptures, may have hope”. * Ix. The infallible rule of interpretation of scripture is the scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any sor ture, (which is not manifold, but one,) it must be searched and
known by other places that speak more clearly'. . X. The supreme Judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils,
opinions of ancient writers,
for in them ye think ye have eternal
doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence We
judged of all, Ver, 27. If any man speak in an unknown tongue, let it be by two, or at the most by three, and that by course; and let one.” terpret. Ver. 28. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to himself, and to God.
"wool. iii. 16. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing
one another in psalms, and hym”
and spiritual songs, singing with grace
in your hearts to the Lord.
to rest, can be no other but the Holy Spirit speaking in
CHAP. II. Of God, and of the Holy Trinity.
HERE is but one only" living and true God", who
it, invisible", without body, parts", or passions”,
which is fallen down, and I will
God, he is the living God, and an
portion is heard of him? but the thun-
der of his power who can understand?
is a Spirit; and they that worship .
koi.10. But the Lord is the true .
him, must worship him in spirit and
is I myself; handle me, and see; for
ye see me have.
And when the .
table", immense", eternal", incomprehensible', almighty", most wise", most holy", most free?, most absolute", working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will", for his own glory ; most
people saw what Paul had done, they lifted up their voices, saying, in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. Ver, 15. And saying, Sirs, why do ye these things We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you, that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein. h James i. 17. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Mal. iii. 6. For I am the Lord, I change not: therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. i 1 Kings viii. 27. But will God indeed dwell on the earth Behold, the heaven, and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee, how much less this house that I have builded ? Jer. xxiii. 23. Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Ver. 24. Can any hide himself in secret places, that I shall not see him saith the Lord : do not I fill heaven and earth saith the Lord. k Psal. xc. 2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth, and
and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. m Gen. xvii. 1. And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the almighty God: walk before me, and be thou perfect. Rev. iv. 8. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him; and they were full of eyes within : and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to conne. n Rom. xvi. 27. To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen. 9 Isa. vi. 3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory. Rev. iv. 8. (See letter" immediately for going.] P Psal. cxv. 3. But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he pleaseth. * Exod. iii. 14. And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. * Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. * Prov. xvi. 4. The Lord hath made all things for himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for ever.
Amen. t 1 John