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of trengthening themagainst temptations and corruptions'; of building them up in grace', and establishing their hearts in holiness and comfort through faith unto salvation'.
But God be thanked, that ye Were the servants of sin; but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was deliver. ed you. 'Mat iv. 4. But he answered and * It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that Proceedeth out of the "outh of God. Ver. 7. Jesus said into him, It is written again, Thou halt not tempt the Lori thy God. Ver, 10. Then saith Jesus unto him, *; thee hence, Satan, for i. i. Written, Thou shalt worship the #ord thy God, and him only shalt to serve. Eph. vi. 16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith Ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. Ver. 17. And take the helmet of salvation, *nd the sword of the Spirit, which * the word of God, Psal. xix. 11. **r, by them is thy servant Warned; and in keeping of them there is great reward.
Now all these things happened unto
*... for ensamples, and they j * for our admonition, o: coo the ends of the world are *: * 32. And now, brethren, .. you to God, and to the uild of his grace, which is able to i. *P, and to give you an ino: among all them which are from *...? Tim. iii. 15. And that o * Shild thou hast known the .* ores, which are able to throu i. wise, unto salvation, er f aith which is in Christ Jesus. • 19. All scripture is given by in
Q. 156. Is 4.
spiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: Ver. 17. That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works. . t Rom. xvi. 25. Now to him that is of power to establish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of
... Jesus Christ, according to the revela
1 Cor. x. 11.
tion of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began. 1 Thess. iii. 2. And sent Timotheus our brother, and minister of God, and our fellow-labourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith: Ver, 10. Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith. Ver. 11. Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you : Ver, 13. To the end he may establish your hearts unblameable in holiness before , God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints. Rom. xv. 4. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning; that we, through patience and comfort of the scriptures, might have hope. Rom. x. 13. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. Ver. 14. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? Ver. 15. And how shall they preach except
P 6 they
their children, known any thing, may hear, and
Q. 156. I, the word of God to be ro/ all?
A Although all are not to
be permitted to read the word
publickly to the congregation. yet all sorts of people at
bound to read it apart by themselves", and with their
they be sent as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! ver, 16. But they have not all obeyed the gospel; for Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? v. 17. So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Rom. i. 16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, 9 the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 156. Deut. xxxi. 9. And Moses wrote this law, and delivered it unto the priests, the sons of Levi, which bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and unto all the elders of Israel. Ver. 11. When all Israel is come to appear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing. or. 13. Gather the people together:
men, and women, and children, and .
thy stranger that is within thy gates,
that they may hear, and that they
may learn, and fear the Lord your
God, and observe to do all the words
of this law : Ver. 13. And that which have not
learn to fear the Lord your God, as long as ye live in the land, whither ye go over Jordan to possess it. Weh. viii. 2. And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congre; gation, both of men and women, and on that could hear with understandsog, upon the first day of the se
* Deut. vi. 6. And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart: Ver, 7. And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children; and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up, ver, 8. And thou shalt bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be
as frontlets between thine. eyes,
Ver, 9. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates. Gen. xviii. 17. And the !ord said, Shall I hide from Abrahan that thing which I do? Ver. J.9. For I know him, that he will command his children and his household *ter him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord, Psal. lxxviii. 5. For he established a testimony" in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our fathers, that, they should make them known to their children; Ver. 6. That the §oration to come might know *m, even the children which ould be born, who should arise * declare them to their children: i. 7. That they might set their *P in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments. #" Cor. xiv. 6. Now, brethren, come unto you speaking with tongues, what shall I profit you, *Pt I shall speak to you either by ovelation, or by knowledge, or by P"Phesying, or by doctrino'ver, 3.
families": to which end, the holy scri
Q. 157. How is the word of God to be read
So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken for ye shall speak into the air. Ver. 11. Therefore, if H know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me. Ver. 12. Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel to the edifying of the church. Ver, 15. What is it then I will pray with the spirit, and I will pray with the understanding also ; I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also. Ver, 16. Else, when thou
shalt bless with the spirit, how shall
he that occupieth the room of the unlearned say Amen at thy giving of thanks, seeing he understandeth not what thou sayest ? Ver. 24. But if all prophesy, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is 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 interpret. Ver. 28. But if there be no interpreter, let him keep silence in the church; and let him speak to
himself, and to God. 157. A Psal. xix. 10. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey, and the honey-comb. , Neh. viii. 3. And he read therein before the street that was before the wate" - gates
are the very word of God", and that he only can enable us to understand them"; with desire to know, believe, and obey the will of God revealed in them"; with diligence", and at
gate, from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law. Ver.4. And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; Ver. 5, And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and, when he opened it, all the people stood up ; Ver. 6. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground, &c. to Verse 10. Exod. xxiv. 7. And he (Moses) took the book of the covenant, and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the Lord hath said will we do, and be obedient. 2 Chron. xxxiv. 27. Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou heardest his words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also, saith the Lord. Isa. lxvi. 2–But to this man will I look, even to him that is Poor; and of a contrite spirit, and trembleth at my word. * 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, ver, 20,
Knowing this first, that no prophe. cy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 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. b Luke xxiv. 45. Then opened he their understanding, that they might understand the scriptures. 2 Co. iii. 13. And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the £hildren of Israel could not stedfastly look to the end of that which is abolished, ver, 14. But their mind; were blinded; for until this day ro maineth the same wail untaken away in the reading of the old testament; which wail is done away in Chio Ver, 15. But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the wail is “P” their heart. ver, ió. Neverthelo, when it shall turn to the Lord, the il shall be taken away. val 5. xvii. 19. '. it shall be with him, and he shall read tho' all the days of his life; that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, . keep all the words of this law, an these statutes, to do them ...Yo 20. That his heart be not listed "P aboye his brethren, and that hot” not" aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the o: the end that he may prološ %. xvii. 11. These (Bertans/ were more noble than tho. ". Thessalonica, in that they “ the word with all readines of . 2 and searched the scripturo daily, whether those things were *. Act;
tention to the matter and scope of them *;
tion', application", self-denial", and prayer'. Q. 158. By whom is the word of God to be preached 2 4. The word of God is to be preached only by such as
are sufficiently gifted", and also duly approved and called
to that office!..
Acts viii. 30. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest?
Ver, 34. And the eunuch answered
Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Luke x. 26. He said unto him, what *Written in the law how readest
Quo Ver. 27. And he answering, said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy $od with all thy heart, and with as thy soul, and with all thy strength, *nd, with all thy mind; and thy *ighbour as thyself ver, 28. Aná
e said unto him, Thou hast ano right; this do, and thou shalt
*Pal. i. 2. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and ; his law
doth he meditate day and night."
i. exix. 97. O how love I thy *: is my meditation all the day. of too xxxiv. 21. Go, enquire th * Lord for me, and for them * are left in Israel, and in Judah, jog the words of the book o: * found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out upon . because our fathers have not . the word of the Lord, to do after all that is written in this book. wo iii. 5, Trust in the Lord unto d thine heart; and lean not xxxiii one own understanding. Deut. all i 3. Yea, he loved the people; * Saints are in thy hand; and -*
Q. 159. How
they sat down at thy feet; every one shall receive of thy words. i Prov. ii. 1. My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; Ver. 2. So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding: Ver. 3. Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding: Ver. 4. If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures : Ver. 5. Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God. Ver. 6. For the Lord giveth wisdom; out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding. Psal. cxix. 18. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. Neh. viii. 6. And Ezra blessed the Lord, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, amen, with fifting up their hands; and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the Lord with their faces to the ground. Ver. 8. So they read, in the book, in the law of God distinctly,– 158. k 1 Tim. iii. 2. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; ver, 6. Not a novice, lest, being lifted up with pride, he fall into the condemnation of the devil. Eph. iv. 8. Wherefore he saith, when he ascended up on high, o: e