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X. The fupreme Judge, by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private fpirits, are to be examined, and in whose fentence we are to rest; can be no other but the holy Spirit speaking in the scripture z,

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= y 2 Pet i. 20. Knowing this the Lord our God is one Lord. 1 Cor. first, that no prophecy of the Scrip. viii. 4. As concerning therefore the ture is of any private interpretation. eating of those things that are offerv. 21. For the prophecy came not ed in facrifice unto idols, we know in old time by the will of man: but that an idol is nothing in the world, holy men of God spake as they were and that there is none other God moved by the Holy Ghost. Acts but one. v. 6. Buț to us there is but XV.15 And to this agree the words, one God, the Father, of whom are of the prophets, as it is written, vi all things, and we in him; and one 16. After this I will return, and Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all will build again the tabernacle of things, and we by him. David which is fallen down, and I b i Thess. i. 9. For they themwill build again the ruins thereof, felves fhew of us, what manner of and I will set it up.

entering in we had unto you, and X. z Mat.xxii. 29. Jesus answer- how ye turned to God from idols, ed and said unto them, Ye do err, to serve the living and true God. not knowing the scriptures, nor the : Jer. 8. 10. But the Lord is the true

of God. v:31. But as touch- God, he is the living God, and an ing the resurrection of the dead, everlafting King. have ye not read that which was c Job. xi. 7. Canst thou by search{poken unto you by God, saying, ing find out God? canst thou find Eph. ii, 20. And are built upon the out the Almighty unto perfection? foundation of the Apostles and pro-, v. 8. It is as high as heaven, what phets, Jesus Christ himself being the canst thou do? deeper than hell, chietcorner-stone. With Acts xxviii. what canft thou know? v. 9. The 25. And when they agreed not a measure thereof is longer than the mong themselves, they departed, af- earth, and broader than thie sea. ter that Paul had spoken one word,

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God is a Spirit, indeed dwell on the earth? behold, and they that worship him, muft the heaven, and heaven of heavens worship him in spirit and in truth. cannot contain thee, how much less

ei Tim. i. 17. Now unto the this house that I have builded ? Jer. King eternal, immortal, invisible, the xxii. 23. Am I a God at hand, faith only wise God, be honour and glo the Lord, and not a God afar off ? ry, for ever and ever. Amen.

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therefore places, that I shall not see him? faith good heed unto yourfelves (for ye the Lord : do not I fill heaven and saw no manner of fimilitude on the earth ? faith the Lord. day that the Lord spake unto you in

k Psal. xc. 2. Before the mounHoreb, out of the midst of the fire) tains were brought forth, or ever v. 16. Left ye corrupt yourselves, thou hadst formed the earth and the and inake you a gravea image, the world, even from everlasting to everfimilitude of any figure, the likeness lasting thou art God. 1 Tim. i. 17. of male or female. Jahn iv. 24. God Now unto the King eternal, immoris a Spirit, and they that worship him, tal, invisible, the only wise God, be must worship him in fpirit and in honour and glory, for ever and ever, truth. With Luke xxiv. 39. Behold Amen. my hands and my feet, that it is I 7 Psal.cxlv. 3. Great is the Lord, myself: handle me, and fee, for a and greatly to be praised; and his spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye greatness is unsearchable, see me have.

mi Gen. xvii. I. And when Abram & Acts xiv. 11. And when the peo- . was ninety years old and nine, the ple saw what Paul had done, they lift Lord appeared to Abram, and said up their voices, saying in the speech of unto him, I am the Almighty God: Lycaonia, The gods are come down' walk before me, and be thou perfect. to us in the likeness of men. v. 15. Rev. iv. 8. And the four beasts had And saying, Sirs, why do you these each of them fix wings about him, things? We also are men of like paf- and they were full of eyes within, fions with you, and preach unto you and they rest not day and night, that ye should turn from these vani- saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God ties unto the living God, which made Almighty, which was, and is, and is heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.

» Rom. xvi. 27. To God only b James i. 17. Every good gift and wise, be glory through Jesus Christ, every perfect gift is from above, and for ever. Amen. cometh down from the Father of . o Ifa. vi.

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7, most absolute q, working all things according to the counfel of his own immutable and most righteous will r, for his own glory /; most loving t, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abụndant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, tranfgression and fin v; the rewarder of them that diligently seek him w; and withal most just and terrible in his judgments x, hating all fin

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II. God is full of his glory, Rey.iv.8. (See upon the childrens children, unto the letter m immediately foregoing.) third and to the fourth generation.

:p Pfal. cxv. 3. But our God is in w Heb. xi. 6. But without faith it the heavens : he hath done whatso- is impossible to please him: for he ever he pleaseth,

that cometh to God, must believe 9 Exod. iii. 14. And God said un that he is, and that he is a rewarder to Mofes, I AM THAT I AM: of them thạt diligently seek him. And he said, Thus shalt thoả sạy * Neh. ix. 32. Now therefore, our unto the children of Israel, I AM God, the great, the mighty, and the hath sent me unto you..

terrible God, who keepest covenant r Eph. i. 11. In whom also we and mercy; let not all the trouble have obtained an inheritance, being seem little before thee, that hath predestinated according to the pur come upon us, on our Kings, on our pose of him, who worketh aļl things princes, and on our priests, and on after the counsel of his own will. our prophets, and on our fathers,

(Prov. xvi. 4. The Lord hath and on all thy people, fince the time made all things for himself: yea,' of the kings of Assyria, unto this even the wicked for the day of evil. day. v. 33. Howbeit, thou art juit Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and through in all that is brought upon us : for him, and to him are all things : to thou hast done right, but we have whom be glory for ever. Amen. done wickedly. ti John iv. 8. He that loveth not,

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The foolish shall not knoweth not God, for God is love. stand in thy fight: thou hatest all v. 16. And we have known and be- workers of inquity. v. 6. Thou shalt lieved the love that God hath to us. destroy them that speak leasing: the God is love; and he that dwelleth Lord will abhor the bloody and dein love, dwelleth in God, and God ceitful man. in him.

z Nahumį, 2, God is jealous, and v Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord the Lord revengeth, the Lord repassed by before him, and proclaim- vengeth and is furious, the Lord ed, The Lord, the Lord God, mer will take vengeance on his adciful and gracious, long-suffering, versaries, and he reserverh wrațh and abundant in goodness and truth, for his enemies. v. 3. The Lord V.7. Keeping mercy for thousands, is flow to anger, and great in forgiving iniquity and transgression, power, and will not at all acand sin, and that will by no means quit the wicked : the Lord hath clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity his way in the whirlwind, and of the fathers upon the children, and in the storing and the clouds are

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II. God hath all life a, glory b, goodness c, blessedness d, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-fufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made e, nor deriving any glory from them

f, but only manifefting his own glory, in, by, unto,and upon them: he is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things g; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth b. In his fight all things are open and manifest i; his

knowthe dust of his feet. Exod. xxxiv. 7. fitable unto God, as he that is wife Keeping mercy for thousands, for- may be profitable unto himself? v. g. giving iniquity, and transgression, Is it any pleasure to the Almighty and sin, and that will by no means that thou art righteous ? or is it gain clear the guilty; visiting the iniqui- to him, that thou makest thy ways ty of the fathers upon the children, perfect? and upon the childrens children, & Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and upto the third and to the fourth ge- through him, and to him are all neration.

things : to whom be glory for ever. II. a John v. 26. For as the Father Amen. hath life in himself, so hath he given h Rev. iv. 11. Thou art worthy, to the Son to have life in himself. O Lord, to receive glory, and hob Acts vii. 2. And he said, Men, nour,

: for thou hast crebrethren, and fathers, hearken, Theated all things, and for thy pleasure God of glory appeared unto our fa they are, and were created. i Tim. ther Abraham, when he was in Me- vi. 1 5. (See letter dimmediately foresopotamia, before he dwelt in Char- going.) Dan. iv.25. That they shaft

drive thee from men, and thy dwelc Psal. cxix. 68. Thou art good, ling shall be with the beasts of the and doest good, teach me thy statutes. field, and they shall make thee to eat

d 1 Tim. vi. 15. Which in his grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee times he shall shew, who is the bles with the dew of heaven, and seven sed and only Potentate, the King of times shall pass over thee, till thou kings, and Lord of lords, Rom. ix. know that the most High ruleth in 5. Whose are the fathers, and of the kingdom of men, and giveth it whom as concerning the Aesh Christ to whomfoever he will. v. 35. And came, who is over all, God blessed all the inhabitants of the earth are Amen.

reputed as nothing: and he doth aca e Acts xvii. 24. God that made the cording to his will in the army of world, and all things therein, seeing heaven, and among the inhabitants that he is Lord of heaven and earth, of the earth: and none can stay his dwelleth not in temples made with hand, or say unto him, What doest hands : V. 25. Neither is worshipped thou? with mens hands, as though he need i Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there ed any thing, seeing he giveth to all any creature that is not manifest in life and breath, and all things. his fight: but all things are naked f Job xxii. 2. Can a man be pro

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knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature k, so as nothing is to him contingent or uncertain l. He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands m. To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience he is pleased to require of them n.

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 0. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding : The Son is eternally begotten of the Father p, the Holy Ghost eternally

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blessing, and honour, and glory, and k Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the power be unto him that fitteth upon riches, both of the wisdom and the throne, and unto the Lamb for knowledge of God! how unsearch ever and ever. v. 14. And the four able are his judgments, and his ways beasts faid, Amén. And the four past finding out ! v. 34. For who and twenty elders fell down and hath known the mind of the Lord, worshipped him that liveth for ever or who hath been his counsellor ? Psal. cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord, III. o 1 John v.7. For there are and of great power: his understand- three that bear record in heaven, the ing is infinite.

Father, the Word, and the Holy | Acts xv. 18. Known unto God Ghost : and these three are one : are all his works from the beginning Mat. iii. 16. And Jesus, when he of the world. Ezek. xi. 5. And the was baptized, went up straightway Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and out of the water: and lo, the heasaid unto me, speak, Thus faith the vens were opened unto him, and he Lord, thus have ye faid, O house of faw the Spirit of God defcending Ifrael: for I know the things that like a dove, and lighting upon him. come into your mind, every one of v. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, them.

saying, This is my beloved Son, in mPfal.cxlv. 17. The Lord is righ whom I am well pleafed. Mat. xxviii. teous in all his ways, and holy in all 19. Go ye therefore and teach all his works. Rom. vii. 12. Wherefore nations, baptizing them in the name the law is holy, and the command of the Father and of the Son, and of ment holy, and just, and good. the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The

n Rev. v. 12. Saying with a loud grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was the love of God, and the communiNain, to receive power, and riches, on of the Holy Ghost, be with you and wisdom, and strength, ard ho- all. Amen. nour, and glory, and blesfing. v. 13. p John i. 14. And the word was And every creature which is in hea- made flesh, and dwelt among us, ven, and on the earth, and under the (and we beheld his glory, the glory earth, and such as are in the sea, and as of the only begotten of the Fa

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