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I do not say; that there never was a Man, especially amongst the Heretics, thar doubred of, or "even rejected, some of those that we receive. Nor
do I say, that every Book which we receive, was from the Beginning receiv'd by every Church. But I say, that the main Body of Orthodox Chri
ftians did always receive, thore Books which we : receive, when once they became 'acquainted with
them, and had Opportunity of examining into their Authority. Now the far greater part of these Books were thus universally receiv'd in the First and Second Centuries, and others that were at
first-fufpected by some considerable Bodies of Chri• 'stians, who were not as yet acquainted with them, · were, after Examination made, receiv'd also by
those very Bodies of Christians, and never after either rejected or even luipected by then,,,
When therefore the Article asserts, That there never was any Doubt in the Church of the Authority of those Books which we receive and approve as Canonical ; it must be understood in a limited Sense, not absolutely, but respectively. There have been Doubts concerning some of them; but so few, so short, fo small, fo inconsiderable, that comparatively, or with respect to the Greatness of the Church's Excent, they are nothing, and none at all.
And in this the Papists, as well as our first Reformers, agreed." They well knew what“Sul. picions had been entertain'd in some Churches for a time, concerning some Books which we receive, upon the Account before mention'd; and what Doubts some particular Men have express'd
in their Writings concerning them. And yet both our Reformers and the Papifts did allow, that those Books which we admit into the Canon, were never doubted of in the Church. But in what Sense? Why, they were never doubted of, when once known, by the Church in general, or even by any considerable Part of that diffusive Body. This therefore was infallibly the Meaning of the Compilers of our Article ; and they, must be understood in this Sense. Whap is comparatively none, they must be suppos'd here to call none at all; as we often do in common Conversation, and in all sorts of Writings. And if this be the sense of the Article (as it manifestly is) 'cis certainly a sound and a true . one; as appears from what I have referr'd to touching the Canon of Holy Scripture.
In a Word then, our Church doth in this Proposition deliver the Reason, why she receives some, and rejects, others, of those Books which the Papist's acknowledge for their Canon of Scripture. She receives chose, whose Authority was (comparative, ly speaking) never doubted of; and the rejeas those, whose Authority never was acknowledged by her Predecessors in the Faith.
The SEVENTH ARTICLE.
Of the Old Testament.
T HE Old Testament is not contrary to the New : for
1 both in the Old and New Testament, everlasting life is offer'd to Mankind by Christ, who is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man, W berefore they are not to be heard, which feign that the Old Fathers did look only for transitory Promises. Altho' - the Law given from God by Moses as touching Ceremonies and Rites, do not bind Christian men, nor the civil prea cepts thereof ought of necessity to be receiv'd in any Commons wealth : yet notwithstanding no Christian man whatsoever is free from the obedience of the commandments which are caíd Moral. :
This Article contains Six Propositions. . 1. Christ is the only Mediator between God and
Man, being both God and Man.. • 2. Both in the Old and New Testament Ever
lasting Life is offer'd to Mankind by Christ. : 3. The Old Testament is not contrary to the
New, viz. with respect to the Offer of Ever,
lafting Life to Mankind by Christ.
the Old Fathers did look only for tranfitory
thereof of Neceflity to be receiv'd in any – SL Common Wealth... .. . E 4
6. No Christian Man whatsoever is free from
the Obedience of the Commandments, which 1 are call’d Moral.
Mediator betwee law; but such a sad the Merit
The First Proposition. See the Second Question of Turretin's Locus Duodecimnus. Only remember, that by a Mediator in this place the Church means, not barely an Intercessor or Tranfactor of Business between two Parties, in which Sense Mofes was a Mediator between God and the Jews with respect to the Ceremonial Law ; but such a Mediator, Interceifor, and Transactor, as can plead the Merit ‘of his own Blood, offer'd up in Man's stead, to re"çoncile an offended God to sinful Man. In this Sense Christ is the only Mediator between God and Man, being both God and Man. * The Second Proposicion. See the Fifth Question of the same Locus Duodecimus of Turretin, and the Fifteenth Chapter of the Second Volume of Dr. Fenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religiin. cironines,' ini . .
The Third Proposition necessarily follows from the Second.; For if Everlasting Life is offer'd to „Mankind by Christ in both Testaments; then, with respect to this Offer, they cannot be contrary the one to the other,!!e n , wissen!
The Fourth also is contain’d in the Second, or at least is the immediate Consequence of it, siis
The Fifth Proposition. See the Twenty fifth, Twenty, sixth and Twenty, seventh Questions of Turretio's Locus Undecimus, and the Sixteenth Chapa tér of the Second Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, mit
The Sixth proposition. See the Second Question of the same Locus. .
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D orsi 15. The EIGHTH ARTICLE.XD! : Of the Three Creeds. i vitici
s eolia codziv T HE three Creeds, Nice Creed, Athanasius's Creed. 2 1 and that which is commonly call'd the Apostles Creed,
ought througlu to-be receiv'd and believ'd; for they may be prow'd by most certain warrants of holy Scripture." mit
i This Article contains Two Propofitions. 'jos, 9 I, The Three Creeds, -Nice Creed, Athanafius's
Creed, and that which is commonly call’d the sics Apostles Creed, may be prov'd+by most cernät tain Warrants of Holy Scripture... ? 1. 2. The said Three Creeds ought throughly to be sims receiv'd and believ'd: 1 moi? . ,
.::::: orni c: The First Proposition may be fübdivided into : Three Branches, as it respects each of the Three
Creeds. · And, in . 5.1. The Apostles Creed may be prov'd by moft
certain Warrants of Holy Scripture. See Bishop · Pearson's Exposition of it. On
c:12. The Nicene Creed in the main is the same
with that of the Apostles;-only somewhat more ; full and express. But then the several Parts of it do exactly correspond with the respective Parts of the Apostles Creed ; and Bishop-Pearson has accordingly taken care to interweave the Exposition of the one with that of the other. However, -I think it fit to observe, First, that chese Words, Whore Kingdom Mall have no end, are taken from Luke 1. 33. Secondly, that the Spirit is therefore call’d Lord, because he is very God; and he is therefore call's the giver of Life, because he regenerates Men, and