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THE LORD'S PRAYER.
UR Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy king.
and in Jesus Christ his only Son, our Lord, which was conceived by
was crucified, dead, and buried : he descended into hell * ; in the state of the the third day he arose again from the dead; he ascended into power of death till heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Al
mighty, from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost : the holy catholick church; the cominunion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
the third day.
So much of every question, both in the Larger and Shorter Catechism, is
And albeit the substance of the doctrine comprised in that abridgment,
SUM OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE;
CONTAINED IN THE
AND HOLDEN FORTH IN THE FORESAID
CONFESSION OF FAITH AND CATECHISMS;
TOGETHER WITH THE
PRACTICAL USE THEREOF.
Joun vi. 37. All that the Father hath given me shall come to me ; and hina
that cometh to me I will in no wise cast aut.
Warrants and Motives to Believe. 1. God's hearty invitation, 2. His earnest request to be recon
ciled. 3. His command, charging all to be
lieve, 4. Much assurance of life given to believers, &c.
Evidences of true Faith. 1. Conviction of the believer's obli.
gation to keep the moral law. 2. That the believer practise the
rules of godliness and righteous
ness. 3. That obedience to the law run in
the right channel of faith in Christ. 4. The keeping of strait communion
with Christ the fountain of all
faith and obedience, by these
SUM OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE, &c.
The Sum of Saving Knowledge may be taken up in these four heads : 1. The
woeful condition wherein all men are by nature, through breaking of the covea nant of works. 2. The remedy provided for the elect in Jesus Christ by the covenant of grace.
3. The means appointed to make them partakers of this 4. The blessings which are effectually conveyed unto the clect by these means.
-Which four heads are set down each of them in some positions.
HEAD I. Our woeful condition by nature, through breaking the cove
nant of works. Hos. xiii. 9. O Israel, thou hast de
stroyed thyself. 1. THE almighty and eternal God, the Father, the Son,
and the Holy Ghost, three distinct persons in the one and the same undivided Godhead, equally infinite in all perfections, did, before time, most wisely decree, for his own glory, whatsoever cometh to pass in time; and
doth most holily and infallibly execute all his decrees, without being partaker of the sin of any creature.
II. This God, in six days, made all things of nothing, very good in their own kind : in special, he made all the angels holy; and he made our first parents, Adam and Eve, the root of mankind, both upright and able to keep the law written in their heart. Which law they were naturally bound to obey under pain of death; but God was not bound to reward their service, till he entered into a covenant or contract with them, and their posterity in them, to give them eternal life, upon condition of perfect personal obedience; withal threatening death in case they should fail. This is the covenant of works.
III. Both angels and men were subject to the change of their own free-will, as experience proved, (God having reserved to himself the incommunicable property of being naturally unchangeable :) for many angels of their own accord fell by sin from their first estate, and became devils. Our first parents, being enticed by Satan, one of these devils speaking in a serpent, did break the covenant of works, in eating the forbidden fruit; whereby they, and their posterity, being in their loins, as branches in the root, and comprehended in the same covenant with them, became not only liable to eternal death, but also lost all ability to please God; yea, did become by nature enemies to God, and to all spiritual good, and inclined only to evil continually. This is our original sin, the bitter root of all our actual transgressions, in thought, word, and deed.
HEAD II. The remedy provided in Jesus Christ for the elect by the core
nant of grace. Hos. xiii. 9. O Israel, thou hast destroyed
thyself; but in me is thine help. 1. ALBEIT man, having brought himself into this woe
ful condition, be neither able to help himself, por willing to be helped by God out of it, but rather inclined to lie still, insensible of it, till he perish ; yet God, for the glory of his rich grace, hath revealed in his word a way save sinners, viz, by faith in Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of