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manifold, but one) it must be searched and known by other places that speak more clearly y.
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 to rest; can be no other but the holy Spirit speaking in the scripture z, \ , 1
Chap. II. Of God, and of the Holy Trinity.
HERE is but one only a, living and true God b, who is infinite in being and.perfection c, a most pure spirit rit d,. invisible e, without body, parts fr or passions g,
vritten for our learning; that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope,
IX. y 2 Pet i. 20. Knowing this ■first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation, v. jr. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost. Acts xv. i j And to this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written, v. 16. After this I will return, and ■will build again the tabernacle of David which is fallen down, and I will build again the ruins thereof, and 1 will set it up.
X. 2 Mat.xxii. 29. Jesus answered and laid unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God. v. 31. But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, Kph.ii. 20. And are built upon the foundation of the Apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone. With Acts xxviii. 2J. And when they agreed not a-, niong themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word,
Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet unto our fathers.
I. a Deut. vi. 4. Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. \ Cor. viii. 4. As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. v. 6. But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are'all things, arid we by him.
b 1 Thess. i. 9. For they themselves Ihew of us, what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true -God. Jer. x. 10. Bat the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting King.
c Job. xi. 7. Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? v. 8. It is as high as heaven, what canst thou do? deeper than hell, what canst thou know! .v. 9. The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than .die sea.
immutable h, immense i, eternal k, incomprehensible
/, Almighty /», most wise n, most holy 0, most free
Job xxvi. 14. Lo, these are parts of Maj. iii. 6. For I am the Lord, 1
his ways, but how little a portion change not: therefore ye sons of
is heard of him? but the thunder Jacob are not consumed,
of his power who can understand? i I Kings viii. 27. But will God
d John iv. 24. God is a Spirit, indeed dwell on the earth? behold,
and they that worship him, mult the heaven, and heaven of heavens
worship him in spirit and in truth. cannot contain thee, how much less
e i Tim. i. 17. Now unto the this house that-1 have builded ? Jer.
King eternal, immortal,invisible, the xxiii. 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. v. 24. Can any hide himself in secret
s Deut. iv. 15. Take ye therefore places, that I shall not fee him? faith
good heed unto yourselves (for ye the Lord: do not I fill heaven and
saw no manner of similitude on the earth? faith the Lord,
day that the Lord spake unto you in k Psal. xc. 2. Before the moun
Horeb, out of the midst of the sire) tains were brought forth, or ever
v. 16. Lest ye corrupt yourselves, thou hadst formed the earth and the
aDd make you a graven image, the world, even from everlasting to ever
similitude of any figure, the likeness lasting thou art God. iTim. i. 17.
of male or female. John iv. 24. God Now unto the King eternal, immor
is a Spirit,and they that worship him, tal, invisible, the only wise God, be
must worship him in spirit 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 '/ Psal.cxlv. 3. Great is the Lord,
myself: handle me, and see, fora and greatly to be praised; and his
spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye greatness is unsearchable,
see me have. m Gen. xvii. 1. And when Abram
g Actsxiv. 11. And when the peo- was ninety years old and nine, the
pie saw what Paul had done, they lift Lord appeared to Abram, and slid
uptheir voices,saying in thespeech 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 six wings about him,
things ? We also are men of like pas- and they were full of eyes within,
lions 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 to come.
all things that are therein. » Rom. xvi. 27. To God only
h James i. 17. Every good gift and wife, be glory through Jesus Christ,
every perfect gift is from above, and for ever. Amen,
cometh down from the Father of 0 Isa. vi. 3. And one cried unto
lights, with whom is no variable- another, and said, Holy, holy, holy
ness, neither shadow of turning, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth
p, most absolute q, working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and moll righteous will r, for his own glorys; most loving t, gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgreffion and sin v; the rewarder of them that diligently seek, him w; and withal most just and terrible in his judgments x, bating all sin y, and who wjll by no means clear the guilty z.
is full of his glo.ry, Rev.iv.8. (See letter m immediately foregoiDg.)
p Pfal.cxv. 3. But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he pleaseth.
q Exod. iii. 14. And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: And he said, Thus malt thou fay unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
r Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose os him, whp worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
sProv. xvi. 4. The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil. Rom.xi. 36.For ofhim.and through him, and to him are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
/ 1 John iv. 8. He that loveth not, knoweth not God, for God is love, ■v. 16. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God In him.
v Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, v. 7. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression, and (in, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and
upon the childrens children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
10 Heb. xi. 6. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
x Neh.ix. 32. Now theresore,our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepest covenant and mercy; let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our Kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria, unto this day. v. 33. Howbeit, thou art just in all that is brought upon u&: for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly.
y Psal.'v. 5. The'foolissi ssiajl not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of inquity. v. 6. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor tlie bloody and deceitful man.
z Nahum j, 2, Gocl is jealous, and the Lord revengeth, the Lord revengeth and is furious, the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he referveth wra^h fqr his enemies, v. 3. The L°r<l is flow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind, and in the storm, and the clouds are
'the the dust of his feet. Exoct. xxxiv. 7. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and fin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the childrens children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.
II. God hath all life a, glory b, goodness c, blessedness d, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made e,nor deriving any glory from themy,but only manifesting 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 sight all things are open and manifest i; his
fitablc unto God, as he that is wise
11. a John v. 2 6. For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.
b Acts vii. 2. And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, heafken,The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran.
c Psal. cxix. 68. Thou art good, and doest good,teach'me thy statutes.
d 1 Tim. vi. Ij. Which in his times he (hall (hew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, Rom. ix. 5. Whose are the fathers, and of •whom as concerning the flesti Christ came, who is over all, God blessed For ever. Amen.
e Acts~xvii. 24. God that made the ■world, and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands: v. 2 %. Neither is worshipped with mens hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life and breath, and all things. s Job xxii. 2. Can a man be pro
that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?
g Rom. xi. 36. For" of him, and through him, and to him are ail things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
h Rev.iv. 11. Thoti art Worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created. 1 Tim. vi. t J. (Sec letter (/immediately soregoing.) Dan. iv. 25. That they (hall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven,, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. v. 35. And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earrh: and none can stay his hand, or fay unto him, What doest thou?
/"Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his fight: but all things are naked
knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature k, so as nothing is to him contingent or uncertain /. 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 o. The Father is p.f •none, neither begotten nor proceeding: The Son is eternally begotten of the Father p, the Holy Ghost eternally
all that are in them, heard I, faying, blessing, and honour, and glory, and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. v. 14. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.
III. 0 1 John v.7. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one: Mat. iii. 16. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. v. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son, and of theHoly Ghost. 2 Cor.xiii. 14.The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
p John i. 14. And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father)
and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
k Rorn.xi. 33. O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! v. 34. For who hath known the mind of the Lord, or who hath been his counsellor? Psal. cxlvii. j. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
/ Acts xv. 18. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Ezek. xi. 5. And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me,and said unto me, speak, Thus faith the Lord, thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them. „
rapsal.cxlv. 17. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. Rom. vii. 12. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.
n Rev. v. 12. Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain, to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory,and blefling. v. 13. And every creature which is in heaven, tnd on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, apd