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.. Then follows the Doctrin of of Christ's Satis.
• Christ's Satisfaction for our Sins.
Chains Soriste inn faction for Sin Qriginal and Actual. Under this head yo
val. Under this Head you are to consi
der, First, Our Sins for which he satisfied, viz. 1. Original Şin. See the Twelfth and Thirteenth Chapters of the Second Volume of Dr. Fenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, and the Tenth Question of Turretin's Locus Nonus. 2. Actual Sin. See the Thirteenth Question of the Locus Nonus of Turretin's System. Secondly, That Christ did fatisfy for our Sins. And I. It was necessary that he should satisfy. See the One and twentieth Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Fenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion. 2. He did suffer. See Bishop Pearson on the Fourth Article. 3. By his suffering he did truly fatisfy for our Sins. Com. pare the Tenth and Eleventh Questions of the Locus Decimus quartus of Turretin's System, with the 'Twenty first and Twenty fecond Chapters of the Third Book of Limborch's System, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix to the Twenty fixth Chapter of St. Matthew. 4. That our Sins shall for his Sake be forgiven. See Bishop Pearson on the Second Article, from the Beginning thereof down to And in Jesus Christ ; and also on the Tenth Article.
'As for Christ's Descent into Hell, of the Descent fee Bilbon Pearlon on into Hell
cle, down to He rose again. .
Our Savior's Resurrection from of Chrilt's Ascension, the Dead was then prov'd to you, Sitting at the Righta Hand of God, and his
· when you examin'd the Authority
w Caming to Judgment of the Holy Scriptures, and the
Truth of Christianity. His Ascenfion, his Sitting at the Right Hand of God the Father, and his Coming to Judgment, are treated
of by Bishop Pearson on the Sixth and Seventh
ternity of Rewards shop Pearson on the Eleventh and
and Punishments. Twelfth Articles ; but you must add Dr. Whitby's Preface to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, from the Beginning of the Sixth Section to the End ; and also the Fourteenth Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix to the First Chapter of the Second Epistle to the Thesalonians ; wherein particularly is confuted an unhappy Notion of Archbishop Tillotson, concerning God's not being ob, lig'd to inflict, tho' he has actually threaten'd, eternal Torments. By the way I must observe to you, that Dr. Whitby, in this very Appendix, advances a Conjecture touching the Consumption of the Bodies of the Damned, which is utterly groundless. .
Concerning Predestination, Free Will, the Operation of Grace, uni- of Predestination, versal Redemption, Perseverance,
Free Will, Grate, ua
niversal Redemptio c. there have been very warm
on, Perseverance, Disputes. I would by any means &c. advise you to begin with Mr. Plain : fere's Appello Evangelium. If you please, you may afterwards take a fuller View of the two great opposite Schemes in the following Manner.
In the first place, I think 'cis very plain, that Man consider'd in his fallen Estate, and without the Affistance of God's Grace, could have no freedom of Will to that which is good and well pleasing to God. See the Fourth Question of the Loous Decimus
of Turretin's System. From hence it follows, that there is a Neceflity of God's gracious Aflistance to incline and enable a Man to do his Duty. See the Eleventh and Twelfth Chapters of the Fourth Book of Limborch's System, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix to the Sixth Chapter of the Second Epistle to the Com rinthians, down to Secondly, to explain, as far, &c. : :
But the very Heart of the whole Controversy, the Point upon which so many others do depend, and upon which the several Schemes do turn, is this, Whether the Operation of God's Grace be refiftible, or no. Let nie intreat you to consider it very carefully, and to compare the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Questions of Turretin's Locus Decimus quintus, with the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Chapters of the Fourth Book of Limborch’s System, and Dr. Whitby's Appendix before mention'd, from Secondly, to explain, as far, &c. to the end.
Nearly allied to this is the Controversy con 'cerning the Perseverance of Saints, about which compare the Sixteenth Question of Turretin's Locus Decimus quintus, with the Eightieth, Eighty first. Eighty second, Eighty third and Eighty fourth Chapters of the Fifth Book of Limborch's System. , .:. Being thus prepar’d, you inquire in the next place, whether Predestination to Life Eternal.be abfolute or conditionate ; whether God vouchsafes all Men sufficient Means of Salvation; and whether Christ has obtain'd an universal Redemption by his Death and Sufferings. Concerning thefe Particulars compare the Ten First Chaprers of the Fourth Book of Limborch's System with part of Turretin's Locus Quartus, viz. from the Beginning of the Tenth, to the End of the Seventeenth Question; and also the Two first Quer' fions of his Locus Decimus quintus,
Here'rwill be convenient to subjoin the Second. Third, Fourth and Fifth Questions of the Locus Duo decimus of Turretin's System, concerning the Nature of the Covenant of Grace; and also the Fourth. Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth and Ninth Chapters
of the Sixth Book of Limborch’s System, concerning . Juftification, Sanctification, Obsignation of the Spi
rit, Certainty of Salvation, Adual Reprobation, Excecation and Induration.
We are in the next place to con: sider the Nature, Unity and Com of the Nature, Uni.
ty and Communion of munion of the Catholic Church. : :
• the Catholic Church. See Bishop Pearson on the Ninth Article.'
The Diftin&tion of Church Mem- of Clerical Powers. bers into Clergy and Laity, and the several Powers and Offices appropriated by God to the Clergy, are treated of in the Rights of the Clergy,
What Form of Goverment Christ has appointed in his Church, you'll of the form of learn in the Course of your reading Church Goverment: our Controversies with the Papists on the one hand, and our English Sectaries on the other. For the Controversies with the
of the Popish Corsa Papists, 'tis poflible the Confutation
troversies. of Popery may at present suffice you. But one thing I must add, which I ought indeed to have mention'd in the First Chapter of the Second : Part, viz, that those who leave the Protestant Religion, and become Proselytes to the Church of Rome, are obliged to profess the Trent Creed. This appears from that (a) Advertisement which is pre
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fix'd to the Bull of Pius IV. at the End of the Catechismus ad Parochos. So that ’ris plain,that the Church of Rome allows not either the Clergy or the Laity any Liberty of diffenting from her in any of those Errors and Practices, upon the account of which I have shewn it to be unlawful to join in Cominunion with her.
As for the Judgment of the ancient Fathers concerning those many Points which are controverted between our selves and the Church of Rome ; I can by no means advise you to give your self any Trouble about it at present. An impartial Enquiry after it will cost more Time, than perhaps you are aware of. When you are at leisure to prosecute your Theological Studies, after your Ordination, 'will be no difficult matter for you to furnish your self with such Books as will assist you in it. of Consubflantic
.. As for the Lutheran Doctrins, the
only one that deserves your Consideation.
- ration, is that of Consubstantiation; concerning which see Turretin's Twenth eighth Question of his Locus Decimus nonus, and Limborch's Sevengy firft Chapter of the Fifth Book of his System.
Descend we now to the Controversies with our
: Touching Infant Baptism read the of the Contro- Fifth Chapter of the Abridgment of versy with the the London Cases. Then reflect upon
de the following Hints. First, kyce. In ledere bout Infant Baptism. ...
(the Word used in Matth. 28. 19.) lig
nifies, not to teach, but to disciple, or make Disciples of. This is evident from the use of it in the New Testament. Secondly, Infants are in their own Nature capable of being discipled or made