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VI. The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man's salvation, faith, and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men Nevertheless, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are revealed in the word "; and chat there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the Church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered

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will shew you things to come. V. 14. instruction in righteousness : Ver. 17. He shall glorify me: for he shall That the man of God niay be perfect, Teceive of mine, and shall shew it throughly furnished unto all good unto you. 1 Cor. if. 10. But God works. Gal. i. 8. But though we, hath revealed them unto us by his or an angel from heaven, preach any Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth all other gospel unto you than that things, yea, the deep things of God. which we have preached unto you, Ver. 11. For what man knoweth let him be accursed. Ver. 9. As the things of a man, save the spirit we said before, so say I now again, of man which is in him? even so If any man preach any other gospel the things of God knoweth no man,

unto you than that ye have received, but the Spirit of God. Ver. 12. Now let him be accursed, 2 Thess. ii. 2. we have received not the spirit of That ye

be not soon shaken in mind, the world, but the Spirit which is or be troubled, neither by spirit, of God; that we might know the nor by word, nor by letter, things that are freely given to us us, as that the day of Christ is at

of God. Isa. lix. 21. As for me, this hand. is my covenant with them, saith the n John vi. 45. It is written in Lord, My Spirit that is upon thee,

the prophets, And they shall be all and my words which I have put in taught of God. Every man therefore thy mouth, shall not depart out of that hath heard, and hath learned of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of the Father, cometh unto me. i Cor. thy seed, nor out of the mouth of ii. 9. But as it is written, Eye hath thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from not seen, nor ear heard, neither have henceforth and for ever.

entered into the heart of man, the VI. m 2 Tim. iii. 15. And that things which God hath prepared for from a child thou hast known the them that love him. Ver. 10. But holy scriptures, which are able to God hath revealed them unto us by makethee wise untosalvation, through his Spirit; for the Spirit searcheth faith which is in Christ Jesus. V. 16.

all things, yea, the deep things of Al scripture is given by inspiration

God. v. 11. For what man knoweth of God, and is profitable for doc the things of a man, save the spirit trine, for reproof, for correction, for of man which is in him ? even so

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VII

. All things in scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto allP; yet those things which 20

are necessary to be known, believed, and observed, for salovation

, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.

• VIII, The Old Testament in Hebrew, (which was the native language of the people of God of old,) and the New Testament in Greek, (which at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations,) being immediately inspired by God, and by his singular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical"; so as in all controversies of religion, the Church is finally to appeal unto them. But because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have right unto and interest in the scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God, to read and search

them the things of God knoweth no man,

these things, in which are some things but the Spirit of God. Ver. 12. hard to be understood, which they Now we have received, not the

that are unlearned and unstable wrest, spirit of the world, but the Spirit as they do also the other scriptures, which is of God; that we might unto their own destruction. know the things that are freely given

9 Psal. cxix. 105. Thy word is a to us of God.

lanıp unto my feet, and a light unto o Cor. xi. 13. Judge in your my path. Verse 130. The entrance selves, is it comely that a woman of thy words giveth light, it giveth

pray unto God uncovered ? Ver. 14. understanding' unto the simple. CH

Doth not even nature itself teach VIII. ' Matth. v. 18. For verily I
'you, that if a man have long hair, it say unto you, Till heaven and earth.
is a shame unto him? 1 Cor. xiv. 26. pass, one jot or one tittle shall in
How is it then, brethren, when ye no wise pass from the law, till all be
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a psalm, hath a doctrine, hatha tongue,

s Isa. viii. 20. To the law, and hath a revelation, hath an interpreta to the testimony : if they speak not tion ? Let all things be done unto according to this word, it is because edifying. Ver. 40. Let all things be there is no light in them. Acts done decently and in order.

xv. 15. And to this agree the words VII. P 2 Pet. iii. 16. As also in of the prophets, as it is written. all his epistles, speaking in then of John v. 39. Search the scriptures ;

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them, therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come ", that the word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him in an acceptable manner", and, through patience and comfort of the scriptures, may have hope

IX. The infallible rule of interpretation of scripture is the scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture, (which is not manifold, but one,) it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly '.

X. The supreme 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 spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are

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for in them ye think ye have eternal judged of all. Ver. 27. If any man life: and they are they which testify speak in an unknown tongue, let it of me: Ver. 46. For had

ye believed be by two, or at the most by three, Moses, ye would have believed me; and that hy course ; and let one infor he wrote of me.

terpret. Ver. 28. But if there be no John v. 39. Search the scriptures; interpreter, let him keep silence in for in them ye think ye have eternal the church; and let him speak to life: and they are they which testify himself, and to God.

. w Col. iii. 16. Let the word of u i Cor. xiv. 6. Now, brethren, Christ dwell in you richly in all if I come unto you speaking with wisdom, teaching and admonishing tongues, what shall I profit you,

one another in psalms, and hymns, except I shall speak to you either by and spiritual songs, singing with grace Tevelation, or by knowledge, or by in your hearts to the Lord. prophesying, or by doctrine? Ver. 9. Rom. xv, 4. - For whatsoever So likewise you, except ye utter by things were written aforetime, were the tongue words easy to be under written for our learning ; that we stood, how shall it be known what through patience and comfort of the is spoken? for ye shall speak into scriptures might have hope. the air. Ver. 11. Therefore, if I know IX. Y 2 Pet. i. 20. Knowing this not the meaning of the voice, I shall first, that no prophecy of the scripbe unto him that speaketh a barba ture is of any private interpretation. rian ; and he that speaketh shall be Ver. 21. For the prophecy came not a barbarian untoʻme. Ver. 12. Even in old time by the will of man : but so ye, forasmuch as ye are zealous of holy men of God spake as they were spiritual gifts, seek that ye may excel moved by the Holy Ghost. Acts xv. 15. to the edifying of the church. Ver: 24.

And to this agree the words of the But if all prophesy, and there come

prophets, as it is written, Ver. 16. in one that believeth not, or one un After this I will return, and will learned, he is convinced of all, he is build again the tabernacle of David

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swered and said unto them, Ye do Almighty unto perfection ? Ver. 8. It
err, not knowing the scriptures, nor is as high as heaven, what canst thou
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power of God. Ver, sl. But do ? deeper than hell, what canst thou as touching the resurrection of the know? Ver. 9. The measure thereof dead, have ye not read that which is longer than the earth, and broader was spoken unto you by God, saying, than the sea. Job xxvi. 14. Lo, these Eph. 2. 20. And are built upon the are parts of his ways; but how little a foundation of the apostles and pro- portion is heard of him? but tlre thun. phets, Jesus Christ himself being der of his power who can understand? the chief corner-stone.

With Acts d John iv: 24. God is a Spirit; xxyiii. 25. And when they agreed and they that 'worship hin, must not among themselves, they departed; worship him in spirit and in truth. after that Paul ħad spoken one word,

e Tim. i. 17. Now unto the Well spake the Holy Ghost biġ Esaias King eternal, immortal, invisible, the the prophet unto our fathers. only wise God, be honour and glory

1. a Deut. vi. 4. Hear, o Israel; for ever and ever. : Amen. The Lord our God is one Lord. f Deut. iv. 15. Take ye therefore 1 Cor. viii. 4. As concerning there good heed unto yourselves; (for ye fore the eating of those things that saw no manner of similitude on the are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we day that the Lord spake •unto you in know that an idol is nothing in the Horeb, out of the midst of the fire,) werld, and that there is none other Ver. 16. Lest ye corrupt yourselves, God but one.. Verse 6. But to us and make you a graven image, the there is but one God, the Father, of similitude of any figure, the likeness whom are all things, and we in him ;

of male or female. John iv. 24. God and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom is a Spirit ; and they that worship are all things, and we by hini. him, must worship hiin in spirit and

b-i Thess. i. 9. For they them in truth. With Luke xxiv. 59: Bed selves shew of us what manner of hold my hands and my feet, that it entering in we had unto you, and is I myself; handle me, and see; for Łow ye turned to God. from idols, a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as » to serve the living and true God.

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people saw what Paul had done, and greatly to be praised; and his they lifted up their voices, saying, greatness is unsearchable. in the speech of Lycaonia, The gods m Gen. xvii. ]. And when Abram are come down to us in the likeness

was ninety years old and nine, the of men.

Ver. 15. And saying, Lord appeared to Abram, and said Sirs, why do ye these things ? We unto him, I am the almighty God: also are men of like passions with walk before me, and be thou perfect. you, and preach unto you, that ye Rev. iv. 8. And the four beasts had should turn from these vanities unto each of them six wings about him ; the living God, which made heaven, and they were full of eyes

within : and earth, and the sea, and all things and they rest not day and night, that are therein.

saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God h James i. 17. Every good gift Almighty, which was, and is, and is and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father in Rom. xvi. 27. To God only of lights, with whom is no variable wise, be glory through Jesus Christ ness, neither shadow of turning for ever.

Amen. Mal. iii. 6. For I am the Lord, I Isa. vi. 3. And one cried unto change not : therefore ye sons of another, and said, Holy, holy, holy Jacob are not consumed.

is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth i 1 Kings viii. 27. But will God is full of his glory.' Rev. iv. 8. (See indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, Letter m immediately foregoing.] the heaven, and heaven of heavens P Psal. cxv. 3. But our God is in cannot contain thee, how much less the heavens: he hath done whatsothis house that I have builded ? ever he pleaseth. Jer. xxiii. 23. Am I a God at 9 Exod. iii. 14. And God said hand, saith the Lord, and not a unto Moses, I AM THAT I'AM: God afar off? Ver. 24. Can any and he said, Thus shalt thou say hide himself in secret places, that I unto the children of Israel, I AM shall not see him? saith the Lord : hath sent me unto you. do not I fill heaven and earth? saith * Ephi. 11. In whom also we have the Lord.

obtained an inheritance, being prek. Psal. xc. 2. Before the moun destinated according to the purpose tains. were brought forth, or ever of him who worketh all things after thou hadst formed the earth and the counsel of his own will. the world, even from everlasting to s Prov. Ivi. 4. The Lord hath everlasting thou art Gode 1 Tim. made all things for himself ; yea, i. 17. Now unto the King eternal, even the wicked for the day of immortal, invisible, the only wise evil. Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and God, be honour and glory for ever through him, and to him, are all and evet. Anien,

things: to whom be glory for ever. * Psal. cxlv, 3. Great is the Lord, Amen.

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