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X. Tbc Supream Judge by wbicb all controversies of Religion are to be determined and all Decrees of Councils, Opinions of AncientWriters, Dottrines of Men and private Spirits, are to be examined, and in wbofe Sentence we are to reft, can be no other, but the Holy Scripture delivered by the Spirit'; into wbich Scripture so delivered, our Faith is finally resolved. 2 ? Mat. 22. 29, 31, Eph. 2. 20. with Acts 28. 25.
СНАР. 1Г. Of God and of the Holy Trinity. THere is but one onely - living and true
God; who is infinite in Being & Perfection, ça most pure Spirit, Invisible, without Body Parts, or Paffions, Iminutable, Immense, i Eternal; k Incomprehenfible, * Almighty, m moft Wise, 4 moft Holy, most Free, P most Absolute; Working all things according to the Counsel of his own Immutable & moft Righteous Will,, for his own Glory, s moft Loving, Gracious, Merciful, Longe suffering; abundant in' Goodnefs & Truth, forgiving Iniquity, Transgression and Sin, the rewarder of them chat diligently feek him," and withal, molt just and terrible in his Judgment; hating
all Sin, y and who will by no means clear the Guilty. • • Dent. 6. 4. 1 Cor. 8. 4; 6.b 'I Tbef. 1.9. Jer. 10. 10. ? Jeb 1.7,8,9. 7ob
$6. 14. • Jobs 4.24 € iTim. 1. 17. Deut. 4,15,16. Jobs 4.24. with Luke 24.39. & Ais 14,11,15. James 1, 17. Mal. 3.6. i King 8.27. Jer.23.23,24. * Rom.1. 20, I Tim.i. 17. Pfal. 90. 2. Pfal. 145. 3. * Gen. 17. 1. Rev.4. 8. * Rom. 16.27. olfa.6.3.' Pfal.115. 3. . Exod. 3. 14, r Epb.1.11. Rom. 11.36. *Jobn 4.8.16. • Exod. 34.6,7. w Heb. 11. 6 z Nch.9.32, 33. Pfal.6.5,6. z Exod. 34. 7. Neb. 1.2,3..
· God hach all Life, ' Glory, ' Goodnefs, Bleff-dness in, and ot himself, and is alone in, and unto himself, All-fufficient, nor flanding in need of any Creatures which he hath made, * nor deriving any glory from them, but only manifefting his own glory, in, by,unto & upon them. He is the alone Fountain of all Being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things ; And hath moft Sovesaign dominion over them,to do by them, for them, or upon chem,whatsoever himself pleafeth : In his fight all things are open and manifeft, ' his knowledge is lofinite, Infallible and Independent upon the Creature, * lo as nathing is co him contingent or uncertain...
He is most Holy in all his Counsels, in all his Works, and in all his Commands. * To him is due from Angels and Men, and every other Creature, whatever Worship, Service or Obedience, as Creatures, they owe unto the Creator, and whatsoever he is further pleased to require of them. a Jober 5. 26. AES 7. 2. Pfal. 119. 68. - 1 Tim. 6. 15. Rom. 9. 5:
des 17. 24, 25. ' Job 22. 2, 3. Rom. li. 36. ^ Rev. 4. 11. ITim.6.15. Dan.4.25.31, 34,35. ' Heb.4.13. * Rom. II. 33, 34. P/al. 147.5: A8s 15.18. Ezek. 11. 5. Pfal.145; 17. Rom.7.12. a Rev.5.12,13,14.
III. : . In the Unity of the God-head there be three Persons, of one Substance, Power, and Eternity, God che Father, God the Sop and God the holy Ghost : . The Father is of none, ncicher begotten, nor proceeding ; The Son is eternally begotten of the Father, the holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son. Which Doctrine of the Trinity is the Foundation of all our Communion with God, and comfortable dependence upon him. 0 1 Yoha. 5. 7. Mat. 3.16,17. Mai.28. 19. 2 Cor. 13. 14. p Yoon i. 14, 18. a Jobs 15. 26. Gal. 4. 6. 2 Cor. 13. 14,
OD from all eternity did by the moft U wise and holy Counsel of his own Will, freely and unchangeably Qrdain whatsoever comes to pass, a Yet so, as thereby neither is God the Author of fin, b. nor is Violence offered to the Will of the Creatures, nor is the Liberty or contingency of second Causes taken away, but rather established. - 4 Epb. 1. II. Rom. 11. 33. Heb. 6. 17. Rom. 9. 15, 18. b Jan. 1. 13, 14. i Jobn 1, s. c Ats 2. 23. Asts. 4. 27, 28. Mat, 17. 12. John 10. 11. Prov. 16. 33.
Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed Conditions, . Yet hath he not decreed any thing, because he forefaw it as fucure, or that which would come to pass upon such Conditions. < d Axts 15. 18. 15. and 23. II, 12. Mat. 11. 21,23 e Rom. 9. 11, 13, 16, 18.
III. . By the Decree of God for the manifestation of his Glory, fome Men and Angels f are predeftinated unto everlasting life, and others
toreordained to everlasting Death: & fi Tim. 65. 21. Mat. 25. 41. Epb. 1. 5, 6. Prov. - 16. 4. g Rom. 9. 22, 23:
. . IV. · These Angels and Men thus predefinated, and fore-ordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed, and their number is so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished. b 2 Tim. 2. 19. Jobu
V. , Those of mankind that are predestinated unto Life, God, before the foundation of the World was laid, according to his Ecernal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of his Will,hath chosen in Chrift unto everlafting Glory, i out of his meer free Grace and Love, without any foresight of Faith or good Works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the Creature, as Conditions or Causes tooving him thereuntok and all to the praise of his glorious Grace, I i Eph. 1. 4, 9, 11. Rom. 8. 30. 2 Tim. 1.9. 1 Tbes. 5.9. k Rom.9. 11,53, 16. Epb. 1. 4, 9. Epb. 1. 6, 126
VI. As God hath appointed the Elect unto Glory, so hath he by the eternal and moft frem