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unto the church: but iPhe neglect to execute wrath upon hear the church, let him be unto thee
as an heathen man, and a publican, i Tim. i. T9. Holding faith and a good conscience; which some having put away, concerning faith have made 'shipwreck, v. 20. Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. Rev. ii. 2. I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience,, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil: and thou hast tried them which fay they are apostles, and are not; and hast found them liars, v. 14. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication, v. 15. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. v. 20. Notwithstanding, 1 have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Rev. iii. 9. Behold, I Will make them of the synagogue os Satan, (which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie,) behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee
r (Deut xiii. 6.to the 12.) Rom. xiii. 3. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil.Wilt "thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou malt have praise of the same: v. 4.' For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to
him that doth evil.With 2 John 10. II. (See in the letter q.) Ezra vii. 23. Whatsoever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done, for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons? v. 2j. And thou Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God, that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not. v. 26. And whosoever will not do the law os thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confiscation of goods, or to imprisonment, v. 27- Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem; v. 28. 'And hath extended mercy unto me, before the king, and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes; and I was strengthened as the hand of the Lord my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me. Rev. xvii. 12. And the ten horns which thou sawest, are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast, v. 16. And the ten horns which thou saweft upon the beasts, these shall hate; the whore, and shall make her desolate, and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. v. 17, For God hath put in their hearts to fulfil his will,and to agree, and to give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall he fulfilled. Neh.xiii. Ij. In thole days saw I in Judah some treading winet presses on die Sabbath, and bringing
ing in sheaves, and lading asses; as Nevertheless, the priests of the high also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the Sabbath-day: and I testified against them in the day whereio .they sold victuals. V. 17. Then I contended ■with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the Sabbathday? v. 21. Then. I testified against them, and said unto them, Why lodge ye about the wall \ If ye do so again, I will lay hands on you. From that time forth came they no more on. the Sabbath, v. 22. And I commanded the Levites, that they mould cleanse themselves, and that they should come and keep the gates, to sanctify the Sabbath day. Remember me, O my God, concerning this also, and spare me according to the greatness of thy mercy, v. 25. And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain, of them, and pluckt off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall not give your daughters unto their sons,. nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves, v. 30. Thus cleansed I them from aH strangers, and appointed the wards of the priests and the Levites, every une in his business. 2 Kings xxiii. 5. And he put down the idolatrouspriests, whom the kings of Judah. had ordained to burn incense in the high places, in the cities of Judah and in the places round about Jeru,salem, them also that burnt incense unto Baal, to the sun, and to the moon, and to the. planets, and to. all the host of heaven, v. 6, And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto th,e brook Kidron, and burnt it at tbe brook Kidron, and ftampt it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves ftf the children of the people... y. 9.,
places came not up to the altar of the Lord in Jerusalem, but they did eat of the unleavened bread among their brethren, v. 20, And he slew all the priests of the high places that were there upon the altars, and burnt mens bon.es upon them, and returned to Jerusalem, v. 21. And the king commanded all the people* soyingiKeep the passover unto the Lord your God, as it is written intbe book of this covenant. 2 Cliron. xxxiv. 33. And Jofiah tookaWayall the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Ifrael,a;nd. made all tba-t were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the Lord their God. And all his days they departed not from following the Lord, the God of their fathers. 2 Chron. xv. 12. And they entered into a covenant to seek the Lord God of their fathers, with all their heart, and with all their sou]; v.i$. That whosoever would not seek the Lord God of Israel, should be put to death, whether small or great, whether man or woman, v. 16. And also concerning Maachah the mother of Asa the king, he removed her from beiDg queen, because she had made an idol in a grove: aud Asa cut down her idol, and stamped it, and burnt if at the brook Kidron. Dan. iii. 2.9. Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, shall be cut in pieces, and their Rousts shall be made a dunghill; becwse th^reis. no other God .that can deliver"«fter this sort. 1 Tim. ii. 2. For kings, and for all.'that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. Is.xlix. 25. And kings shall be thy nursingfathers, and their queens thy nursing mpth:r.3: they shall bow down
Chap. XXI. Of Religious Worship, and the Sabbath-day.
THE light of nature fhewetft that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and doth good unto all; and is therefore to be scared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart, and with all the soul, and with all the might a. But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under any visible representation,
to thee with their face toward the earth, aud lick up the dust of thy feet, and thou shalt know that I am the Lord: for they (hall not be afhamed that wait for me. Zech. xiiU 2. And it shall come to pass in that day, faith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered: and also I will cause the prophets, and the unclean, spirit to pass out of the land. v„ 3. And it (hall come to pass, that when any (hall yet prophesy, then his father and bis mother, that begat him, (hall fay unto him, Thou (hah not live; for thou speakest lies in the name of the Lord: and his father and his mother, that begat him,(hall thrust him through when he pr'ophe* sieth.
I. a Rom. i. 20. For the invisibfc things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Acts xvii. 24. God that made the world,and all things therein, feeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands.X Psal. «ix. 68* 'Ihou ait good, and dolt
good: teach me thy statutes. Jer, x. 7. Who would not fear thee, O King; of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wife men of the nations, ana in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee. Pfal. xxxi. 23. O love the Lord, all ye his saints: so? the Lord preserves the faithful, , and'pJentifully rewarded! the prouA doer. Psal. xviii. 3. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: Ib lhall I be saved From mine enemies. Rom. x. 12. For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek; for the fame; Lord over all, is rich unto all that call upon him. Psal. lxii. 8. Trust in him. at all times; ye people, pour out yoiir heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Josh. xxiv. 14, Now therefore* fear the Lord, and; serve him, in sincerity and in truth, and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other (ide o£ the flood, and in Egypt: and servo ye the Lord. Mark xii.33. And to love him with all the heart, and, with all the understanding, and with all the soul, and with all the strength, and to love his-neighbour as himself, is more than -all wholeburnt-offerings and sacrifices.
or any other way not prescribed in the holy scripture b
II. Religious worship is to be given to God, the Father, Son, and Hojy Ghost; and to him alone c: not to angels, saints, or any other creature d: and, since the fall,- not without a Mediator; nor in die mediation of any other but of Christ alone e.
III. Prayer, with thanksgiving, being one special part
of of religious worship f is by God required of all men g;
- I Deut. xii. 32. What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. Matth. xv. 9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. Acts xvii. 2.5.. .Neither is worshipped with mens hands, as though he needed any thing, feeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things. Matth. iv. 9. And faith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. v. 10. Then faith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou (halt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Deut. xv. to the 20th verse). Exod. xx. 4. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing, that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth, v. j. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God. am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity ot the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me: v. 6. And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments. Col. ii. 23. Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will-worship and humility, and neglecting of the body, not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh.
II. c Muth. iv. 10. (S;e before
in letters.) With Johnv. 23. Thafc all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. And 2 Cor. xiii. 24. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen,
d Col. ii. 18. Let no man beguile you of your reward, in a voluntary humility, and worshipping of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puft up by his fleshly mind. Rev. xix. 10. And I fell at his feet to worship him: and he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow-servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of jesus; worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Rom. i. 2 j. Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served th? creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. _ ....
e John xiv. 6. jesus faith unto him, I am the way, and the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 1 Tim. ii. 5. For there is one God, and one Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. Eph. ii. 18. For through him we both have an access by one Spirit unto the Father. Col. iii. 17. And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name
and, that it may be accepted, it is to be made in the name
of the Son b, by the help of his Spirit i, according to his will with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance /; and, if vocal, in a known
tongue m. > - IV. Prayer
|f the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to in heaven, and thou upon earth:
God and the Father by him. therefore let thy words be few.
HI./"Phil. It. 6. Be careful for Heb. xii. 28. Wherefore we renothing: but in every thing by pray- ceiving a kingdom which cannot be er and supplication with thanksgi- moved, let us have grace, whereby vinig, let your request be made known we may serve God acceptably, with unto God. . reverence and godly fear. Gen.
£ Psal. Ixv. 2. O'thou that hear- xviii. 27. And Abraham answered,
ed prayer, unto thee shall all-flesh and said, Behold now, I have taken
come. upon me to speak unto the Lord,
h John xiv. 13. And whatsoever which am but dust and ashes. Jam.
ye (hall ask in my name, that will I v. 16. Confess your faults one to
do, that the Father may be glorified another, and pray one for another,
in the Son. v. 14. If ye shall ask that'ye may be healed: The essec
any thing in my name, I will do it. tual fervent prayer of a righteous
I Pet.'ii. j. Ye also as lively stones, men availeth much. Jam. i. 6. But
ate built up a spiritual house, an ho- let him ask in faith, nothing waver
ly priesthood to offer up spiritual sa- ing: for he that wavereth is like a
crifices, acceptable to God by Jesus wave of the sea, driven with the
Christ. wind, and tossed, v. 7. For let
/ Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the not that man think that he shall reSpirit also helpeth our infirmities: ceive anything of the Lord. Mark for we know not what we should xi. 24. Therefore I say unto you, pray for as we ought: but the Spi- What things soever ye desire when rit itself maketh intercession for us ye pray, believe that ye receive with groanings which cannot be ut- them, and ye shall have them, tered. Matth. vi. 12. And forgive us our
& 1 John v. 14. And this is the debts, as we forgive our debtors,
confidence that we hive in him, that v. 14. For, if you forgive men their
if we ask any thing according to his trespasses, your heavenly father will
will, he heareth us. also forgive you. v. 15. But if ye
/ Psal. xlvii. 7. For God is the forgive not men their trespasses, neik!ng of all the earth, sing ye praises ther will your Father forgive your Vith understanding. Eccl. v. 1. trespasses. Col. iv. 2. Continue in Keep thy foot when thou goest to prayer, and watch in the fame with the house of God, and be more thanksgiving. Eph. vi. 18. PrayJ~eady to hear, than to give the sa- ing always with all prayer and suporifice «f fools: for they consider plication in the Spirit, and watchthat they do-evil. v. 2 Be ing thereunto with all perseverance, ftM rash with thy mouth, and let and supplication for all saints, "ot thine heart be hasty to utter a- m 1 Cor. xiv. 14. For if I pray ay thing before God: for God is, in an unknown tongue, my spirit