« PoprzedniaDalej »
Satan and of the World, to con.' came wholly to writing :. 4 which the holy Scripture to be moft necef
those former ways of God's revealing ill unto his People now ceased. f * Rom. 2.14, 15. Rom. 1.19,20.Pfal. 19.1,2,3: .om. 1.32. chap. 2.1. b 1 Gór. I. 21. I Cor.2.13. 14. ' Hib. 1. 1,2. "Pro. 22.19,20,21. Luk. 1, 3,4: Rom. 15:4. Mai. 4 4:7, 10. jjai.8.19,20. E 2 Tim. 3.15. 2.Pet. 1.19. Heb. 1.1, 2.
II. Under the Name of Holy Scripture, or the Word of God Written, are now contained all the Books of the Old and New Testament, which are these;
Of the Old Testament. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronasny, Joshua, Judges, Rutb, 1 Samuel, 2 Samuel, i Kings, 2 Kings, iCbroxicles, 2Chronicles, Ezra, Nebemiab, Estber, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclefia aftestbeSong of Songs, Ifaiab, Feremiab, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Horea, 70el, Amos, Obadiah, Fonób, Micab, Nabum, Habakkuk, Zepbaniab, Haggai, Zacbarisb, Malachi.
of the New Teftament. Mattbew, Mark, Luke, Jobn, The Aals of the Apoftles, Pauls Epistle torbe Romans, 1 Corinthians,
The Books commonly called Apocrypha not being of Divine Inspiration, are no Part of the Canon of the Scripture ; and therefore are of oo Authority in the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved or made ufa of, than other human Wricings. )
Luke 24,27,44. Rom. 3. 2. 2 Pet.1.21. .
.' IV. The Authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the Testimony of any Man or Church, but wholly upon God (who is Truth it felf.) the Author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God. i 2 Pet. 1, 19, 21, 2 Tim. 3. 16. 1 Fobn 5. 9. 1 Ibof. 2. 13.
.V. We may be moved and induced by the Tef. timony of the Church, to an high and reverent esteem of the holy Scripture. And the heavenliness of the Matter, the efficacy of the Doctrine, the majefty of the Style, the confent of all the parts, the Scope of the whole (which is to give all glory co God ) the full discovery it makes of the only way of manis Salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the intire perfcation thereof, are Arguments whereby it doch abundantly evidence it self to be the word of God: Yet notwithstanding, our full perswafion and aflarance of the infallible Truth and Divine Authority thereof, is from the inward work of: the holy Spirit, bearing witness by and with the Word in our hearts.' * I Tim. 2. 15, Job. 2. 20, 27. Job. 16. 13, 14. 1 Cor. 2. 10, 11, 12. Ifa. 59. 21.
VI. The whole Counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own Glory, Mans Salvation, Faith and Life is either exprelly fec down in Scripcure, or by good and neceffary .consequence may be dedeced 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 acknow
ledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be neceffary for the saving under ftanding of such things as are revealed in the Word, and there are some. Circumstances concerning the Worlhip of God and Government of the Church, common to humane actions and Sociecies, which are to be ordered by the Light of Nacure, and Christian Prudence, according to the general Rules of che Word, which are always to be observed. • * 2 Tim. 3 15, 16. 17. Gal.1. 8,9. 2 Tbef. 2, 2, 15. ^ Jobo 6.450 1 Cor. 2. 9, 10, 11, 12. i 1 Cor. 11. 13, 140 I Cor. 14. 26, 40.
VII. All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all : P Yec those things which is necessary to be known, believed and observed for Salvation, are so clearly propounded und opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the learned, buc che unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient un, derstanding of them 8 2 Pet. 3. 16. Pfalo, 119. 105, 130. Hab. 2. 2.
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 writing of it was most generally known to the Nations) being immediately inspired by God, and by his fingular Care and grovidence kept pure in all Ages, are therefore Authentical; - so as in all Controverfies 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 the interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded in the fear of God to read and fearch 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 ia an acceptable manner, and through Patience and Comfort of the Scriptures may have hope.* *Mat. 5. 18. • Ifa. 8. 20. Afts 15. 15. Jobn 5. 39, 46. * Yobn 5. 39. u 1 Cor, 14. 6, 9, 11, 12, 24, 27, 28. Col. 3. 16. Rom. 15. 4.
IX. The Infallible Rule of Interpretation of Scripture, is the Scripture it felf; and therefore when there is a queftion 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. " 2 Pet. 1. 20, 21. Afts 15. 15316.