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carnal, but mighty through God, to the pulling down of strong holds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God,
and bringing into captivity every thought * 2 Cor. to the obedience of Christ (x). For wars 10:3. and fightings come of the lusts, that war James in the members (y). Therefore Chrif
commands, not to relift evil; but whosoever
will smite thee on the right cheek, to turn - Mat. the other also (). Because Christians are a Luke lambs among wolves (a). Therefore are they 10. 3. hated of all men for Christ's fake (6). And
all that will live godly in Christ Jesus must 52 Tim. suffer persecution (c). Such are blessed, for & Mat. theirs is the kingdom of heaven (d). For
though they have lost their lives, yet shall . Ch.16. they fave them (e). And because they have
confeffed Christ before men, he will also f Luke confess them before the angels of God (). 12. 8, 9. We ought not then to fear them which kill
the body, but are not able to kill the soul;
but rather him which is able to destroy 8 Mat. both soul and body in hell (8).
) Mat. 10. 22.
Concerning Magistracy. LET every soul be subject unto the higher powers; for there is no power but of God; the powers that be, are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore refifteth the power, refifteth the ordinance of God; and they that resist, shall receive to themselves damnation : for rulers are not a terșor to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? Do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the fame“; 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 execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. Wherefore we must needs be fubject, not only for wrath, but also for conscience-sake; for, for this cause pay we tribute also; for they are God's ministers attending continually upon this very thing: render therefore to all their dues, tribute to whom tribute is due, custom to whom custom, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour (b). Therefore are we to submit b Rom. ourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's fake; whether it be to the king, as supreme; or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praise of them that do well. For so is the will of God, that with well-doing, we may put to silence the. ignorance of foolish men (k). Yet it is 1 Pet. right in the light of God, to hearken unto to 15.
TAQs 4. bim more than unto them (1). And though 19.
they straight!y command us not to teach in
Christ's name, we ought to obey God rather m Ch. 5. than men (m).
Concerning the Resurrection.
THERE shall be a resurrection of the *Ch. dead, both of the just and unjuft (n). 24. 15. They that have done good, unto the resur
rection of life; and they that have done John evil, unto the resurrection of damnation (6). 5. 29. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom
of God, neither doth corruption inherit pi Cor. incorruption (p). Nor is that body sown 15.50. that shall be ; but God giveth it a body as
it hath pleased him, and to every seed his
weakness, it is raised in power : it is fown a ? I Cor. natural body, it is raised a spiritual body (9).
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A short Expostulation, with an Appeal to
all other Professors.
COME, let us reason with you, all ye professors of Christianity, of what sort or kind soever; and bring forth your catechisms and confessions of faith, to that which by most of yourselves is accounted the touch-stone or rule: and suffer yourselves no more to be blinded, and to err through your ignorance of the scriptures, and of the power of God; but freely acknowledge and confess to that glorious gospel and light, which the scriptures fo clearly witness to, and your experience must needs answer; as also to those other doctrines, which consequently depend upon the belief of that noble and truly catholic principle, wherein the love of God is so mercifully exhibited to all men, and his justice and mercy do like twins so harmoniously concord; his mercy, in the oft tendering of his love, through the strivings and wrestlings of his light, during the day of every man's visitation ; and his justice, both in the destroying and cutting away of the wicked nature and spirit, in those that suffer themselves to be redeemed through his judgments; and in the utter overthrow
of such, who rebelling against the light, and doing despite to the spirit of grace, hate to be reformed. Now not only this fundamental principle is clearly held forth in this treatise, but all those that depend upon it: as the real and inward justification of the saints, through the power and life of Jesus revealed in them; their full and perfect redemption from the body of death and sin, as they grow up by the workings and prevalency of his grace; and yet, left security should enter, there is great need of watchfulness, in that they may even depart after they have really witnessed a good condition, and made shipwreck of the faith, and of a good. conscience, with all the parts of the doctrine of Christ, as they lie linked together like a golden chain: which doth very much evidence the certainty and virtue of truth above all herefies, error, and deceit, however so cunningly gilded with the specious pretènces thereof. For truth is intire in all its parts, and consonant to itself, without the least jar, having a wonderful coherence and notable harmony, answering together like the strings of a well-tuned instrument. Whereas the principles of all other professors, though in some things most of them come near, and divers acknowledge that which is truth; yet in most things they stray from it, so