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# goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression, and
*| sin"; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him"; and
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Y Psal. v. 5. The foolish shall not not, knoweth not God, for God is

stand in thy sight: thou hatest all." love, Ver, 16. And we have known workers of iniquity. Ver. 6. Thou

and believed the love that God hath shalt destroy them that speak leasing: to us. God is love; and he that the Lord will abhor the bloody and dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, deceitful man, and God in him, * Nah. i. 2. God is jealous, and "Exod, xxxiv. 6. And the Lord the Lord revengeth; the Lord repassed by before him, and proclaimed, vengeth and is furious: the Lord The Lord, the Lord God, merciful will take vengeance on his adver- . and gracious, long-suffering, and saries, and he reserveth wrath for #| abundant in goodness and truth. his enemies. Ver. 3. The Lord is . s: War," Keeping mercy for thousands, slow to anger, and great in power, forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and will not at all acquit the wicked: and sin, and that will by no means the Lord hath his way in the whirldear the guilty; visiting the iniquity wind, and in the storm, and the of the fathers upon the children, and clouds are the dust of his feet. Exod. . upon the children's children, unto the xxxiv. 7. Keeping mercy for thouthird and to the fourth generation. sands, forgiving iniquity, and trans"Heb. xi. 6. But without faith gression, and sin, and that will by to it is impossible to please him; for no means clear the guilty; visiting he that cometh to God must be- the iniquity of the fathers upon the #| lieve that he is, and that he is a children, and upon the children's

M. rewarder of them that diligently children, unto the third and to the g; I seek him.

fourth generation.

M * Neh. ix. 32. Now therefore, II. * John v. 26. For as the Faour God, the great, the mighty, ther hath life in himself, so hath

37: and the terrible God, who keepest he given to the Son to have life in

s: Covenant and mercy, let not all the himself."

& trouble seem little before thee that b Acts vii. 2. And he said, Men, ,

sits huh come upon us, on our kings, on brethren, and fathers, hearken; The

our princes, and on our priests, and God of glory appeared unto our # on our prophets, and on our fathers, father Abraham, when he was in a old on all thy people, since the time

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and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made, not deriving any glory from them', but only manifesting his own glory, in, by, unto, and upon them: he is the alone fountain of iii. of whom, through whom, and to whom, are all things"; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself [. ". In his sight all things are open and manifest'; his

nowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the

creature *,

he shall shew, who is the blessed
and only Potentate, the King of
kings, and Lord of lords. Rom. ix. 5.
Whose are the fathers, and of whom
as concerning the flesh Christ came;
who is over all, God blessed for
ever. Annen,
* Acts xvii. 24. God, that made
the world, and all things therein,
seeing that he is Lord of heaven
and earth, dwelleth not in temples
made with hands: Ver. 25. Neither

is worshipped with men's hands, as

though he needed any thing, seeing
be giveth to all life, and breath, and
all things,
f Job xxii. 2. Can a man be
profitable unto God, as he that is
wise may be profitable unto himself?
Ver. 3, Is it any pleasure to the
Almighty, that thou art righteous 2
or is it gain to him that thou makest
thy ways perfect
* Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and
through him, and to him, are all
things: to wilom be glory for ever.
Annen. -
h Rev. iv. 11. Thou art worthy,
O Lord, to receive glory, and honour,
and power: for thou hast created ali
things, and for thy pleasure they are
and were created. 1 Tim. vi. 15.
[See letter d immediately Jorgoing.]
Dan. iv. 25. That they shall drive
thee from men, and thy dwelling
shall be with the beasts of the field 3.

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and they shall make thee to eat
grass as oxen, and they shall wet
thee with the dew of heaven, and
seven times shall pass over thee, till
thou know that the most High
ruleth in the kingdom of men,
and giveth it to whomsoever he
will. Ver. 35. And all the inha-
bitants of the earth are reputed
as nothing ; and he doeth accord-
ing to his will in the army of
heaven, and among the inhabitants
of the earth; and none can stay
his hand, or say unto him, What
doest thou ?
i Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there any
creature that is not manifest in his

sight : but all things are naked and

opened unto the eyes of him with
whom we have to do.
k Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of
the riches, both of the wisdom and
knowledge of God! how unsearchable
are his judgments, and his ways past
finding out ! Ver. 34. For who
hath known the mind of the Lord?
or who hath been his counsellor
Psal. cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord,
and of great power: his understand-
ing is infinite.
i Acts xv. 18. Known unto God
are all his works from the begin:
ning of the world. Ezek. xi. 3.
And the Spirit of the Lord fell
upon me, and said unto me, Speak,
Thus saith the Lord, Thus ho:
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He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands". To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or

obedience, he is pleased to require of them". III. In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power, and eternity; God the Father,

God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost”.

The Father is

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ye said, 0 house of Israel: for I know the things that come into Your mind, every one of them. "Psal. cxlv. 17. The Lord is fighteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. Rom. vii. 13. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good, "Rev. v. 12. Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing. Ver. 13. And every Creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blosing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sittoth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb, for ever and ever. Ver. 14. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four ànd twenty elders fell down and worshipPed him that liveth for ever and tWer, Ill, * 1 John v. 7. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are

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proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son

into your hearts, crying, Abba,

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GOP from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass": yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin", nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established “.

I II. Although God knows whatsoever may or can come

to pass upon all supposed conditions"; yet hath he not de;

I. “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. Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how un

searchable are his judgments, and his

ways past finding out! Heb. vi. 17. Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath. Rom. ix. 15. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Ver. 18. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

b James i. 13. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempt. ed of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. Ver. 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. 1 John i. 5. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.


c Acts i. 23. Him, being deliver. ed by the determinate counsel, and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. Mat... xvii. 12. But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed : likewise shall also the Šon of man suffer of them. Acts iv. 27. For of a truth, against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel,. were gathered together, Ver., 38: For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. John xix. 11. Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. Prov, xvi. 38. The lot is cast into the lap ; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.

II, d Acts xv. 18. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. 1 Sam. xxiii. 11 will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? Will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O Lord God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy o:

treed any thing because he foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions". III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels' are predestinated unto everlasting life, and others foreordained to everlasting death *. IV. These angels and men, thus predestinated and foreOrdained, are particularly and unchangeably designed; and their number is so certain and definite, that it cannot be \ either increased or diminished".

- W. Those And the Lord said, He will come nothing by partiality. Mat. xxv. 41.

down, Ver, 12. Then said David, Then shall he say also unto them on

Will the men of Keilah deliver me the left hand, Depart from me, ye and my men into the hand of Saul ? cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared And the Lord said, They will de- for the devil and his angels. liver thee up. Mat. xi. 21. Woe 8 Rom. ix. 22. What if God, unto thee, Chorazin' woe unto willing to shew his wrath, and to thee, Bethsaida for if the mighty make his power known, endured works which were done in you had with much long-suffering the vesbeen done in Tyre and Sidon, they sels of wrath fitted to destruction: would have repented long ago in Ver. 23. And that he might make *ckcloth and ashes. Ver. 23. And known the riches of his glory on thou Capernaum, which art exalted the vessels of mercy, which he unto heaven, shalt be brought down had afore prepared unto glory P to hell: for if the mighty works Eph. i. 5. Having predestinated which have been done in thee had us unto the adoption of children been done in Sodom, it would by Jesus Christ to himself, achave remained until this day. cording to the good pleasure of Rom. ix. 11. For the children his will, Ver. 6. To the praise of being not yet born, neither having the glory of his grace, wherein done any good or evil, that the he hath made us accepted in the Purpose of God according to elec- Beloved. Prov. xvi. 4. The Lord tion might stand, not of works, hath made all things for himself; but of him that calleth, Ver. 13. yea, even the wicked for the day As it is written, Jacob have I lo- of evil. wed, but Esau have I hated. Ver. 16. IV. h 2 Tim. ii. 19. NevertheSo then, it is not of him that less the foundation of God standwilleth, nor of him that runneth, eth sure, having this seal, The but of God that sheweth mercy. Lord knoweth them that are his. Ver, 18. Therefore hath he mercy And, let every one that nameth on whom he will have mercy, and the name of Christ depart from whom he will he hardeneth. iniquity. John xiii. 18. I speak III, f 1 Tim. v. 21. I charge not of you all ; I know whom I thee before God and the Lord Jesus have chosen: but that the scripChrist, and the elect angels, that ture may be fulfilled, . He that thou observe these things, without eateth bread with me hath lifted Preserting one before another, doing up his heel against me.

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