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boldness of access to the throne of grace, and in fuller communications of the free Spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake ofi.

II. God alone is Lord of the confcience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are in any thing contrary to his word, or befide it, in matters of faith or worship'. So that to believe fuch doctrines, or

neither our fathers nor we were able to bear? V. 11. But we believe that through the grace of the Lord Jefus Chrift we fhall be faved, even as they.

Heb. iv. 14. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is paffed into the heavens, Jefus the Son of God, let us hold faft our profeffion. V. 16. Let us, therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Heb. x. 19. Having, therefore, brethren, boldnefs to enter into the holieft by the blood of Jefus, V. 20. By a new and living way, which he hath confecrated for us through the vail, that is to say, his flesh. V. 21. And having an high prieft over the house of God, V. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart, in full affurance of faith, having our hearts fprinkled from an evil. confcience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

i John vii. 38. He that believeth on me, as the fcripture hath faid, out of his belly fhall flow rivers of living water. V. 39. But this fpake he of the Spirit, which they that believé on him fhould receive: for the Holy Ghoft was not yet given, because that Jefus was not yet glorified. 2 Cor. ii. 13. And not as Mofes, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Ifrael could not fted


faftly look to the end of that which is abolished. V. 17. Now, the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is there is -liberty. V. 18. But we all with open face, beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame image, from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

II. James iv. 12. There is one lawgiver, who is able to fave and to deftroy; who art thou that judgeft another? Romans xiv. 4. Who art thou that judgeft another man's fervant? to his own mafter he ftandeth or falleth yea, he fhall be holden up: for God is able to make him ftand.

Acts iv. 19. But Peter and John anfwered, and faid unto them, Whether it be right in the fight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. Acts v. 29. Then Peter and the other apoftles answered, and faid, We ought to obey God rather than men.] I Cor. vii. 23. Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the fervants of men. Mat.xxiii. 8. But be ye not called Rabbi: for one is your Mafter, even Christ, and all ye are brethren. V. 9. And call no man your father upon the earth for one is your Father, which is in heaven. V. 10. Neither be ye called Masters: for one is your Mafter, even Chrift. 2 Cor. i. 24.Not for that we have


to obey fuch commandments out of confcience, is to betray true liberty of confcience; and the requiring of an im plicit faith, and an abfolute and blind obedience, is to deftroy liberty of confcience, and reafon alfo ".

IIL They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, do prac tife any fin, or cherish any luft, do thereby deftroy the end of Christian

dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye ftand. Mat. xv. 9. But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Col. ii. 20. Wherefore, if ye be dead with Chrift from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye fubject to ordinances, V. 22. Which all are to perish with the uling, after the commandments and doctrines of men? V. 23. Which things have indeed a fhew of wisdom in will-worship, and humility, and neglecting of the body; not in any honour to the fatisfying of the flesh. Gal. i. ro. For do I now perfuade men or God? or do I feek to please men? for if I yet pleafed men, I fhould not be the fervant of Chrift. Gal. ii. 4. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to fpy out our liberty which we have in Chrift Jefus, that they might bring us into bondage. V.5. To whom we gave place by fubjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gofpel might continue with you. Gal. v. I. Stand faft, therefore, in the liberty wherewith Chrift hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Rom. x. 17. So then, faith cometh by hearing, and hearing

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by the word ofGod. Rom. xiv. 23. And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatfoever is not of faith is fin. Ifa. viii. 20. To the law, and to the teftimony: if they fpeak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Acts xvii. 11. These were more noble than those in Theffalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and fearched the fcriptures daily whether those things were fo. John iv. 22. Ye worship ye know not what we know what we worship; for falvation is of the Jews. Hofea v. 11. Ephraim is oppreffed and broken in judg ment; because he willingly walk. ed after the commandment. Rev. xiii. 12. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beaft before him, and causeth the earth, and them which dwell therein, to worship the first beast, whofe deadly wound was healed. V. 16. And he causeth all, both fmall and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads: V. 17. And that no man might buy or fell, fave he that had the mark, or the name of the beaft, or the number of his name. Jer. viii. 9. The wife men are afhamed, they are difmayed and taken : lo, they have rejected the word of the Lord, and what wisdom is in them?

III.° Gal.

Christian liberty; which is, that, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, we might ferve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

IV. And because the powers which God hath ordained, and the liberty which Chrift hath purchased, are not intend-ed by God to deftroy, but mutually to uphold and preferve one another; they who, upon pretence of Chriftian liberty, fhall oppofe any lawful power, or the lawful exercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclefiaftical, resist the ordinance of God P. And for their publishing of fuch opinions, or maintaining of fuch practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity, whether concerning faith, worship, or converfation; or to the power of godlinefs; or fuch erroneous opinions or practices, as either in their own nature, or in the manner of publifhing or maintaining them, are deftructive to the external peace and order which Chrift hath established in the church; they may lawfully be called to account, and proceeded


III. Gal. v. 13. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only ufe not liberty for an occafion to the flesh, but by love ferve one another. 1 Pet. ii. 16. As free, and not ufing your liberty for a cloak of malicioufnefs, but as the fervants of God. 2 Pet. ii. 19. While they promise them liberty, they themfelves are the fervants of corruption for of whom a man is overcome, of the fame is he brought in bondage. John viii. 34. Jefus anfwered them, Veily, verily, I fay unto you, Whofoever committeth fin is the fervant of fin. Luke i. 74. That he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might ferve him without fear, V. 75. In holiness and righteoufnefs before him, all the days of our life.

IV. P Mat. xii. 25. And Jefus knew their thoughts, and faid unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to defolation; and every city or houfe divided against itfelf fhall not ftand. 1 Pet. il. 13. Submit yourfelves to every ordinance of man for the Lord's fake: whether it. be to the king, as fupreme; V. 14. Or unto governors, as unto them that are fent by him for the punishment of evil-doers, and for the praife of them that do well. V. 16. As free, and not uling your liberty for a cloak of malicioufnefs, but as the fervants of God. [Rom. xiii. 1. to the 8th Verse.] Heb. xiii, 17. Obey them that have the rule over you, and fubmit yourselves: for they watch for your fouls, as they that must give account: that they may do it with joy, and not with grief; for that is unprofitable for you. F


proceeded against by the cenfures of the church, and by the power of the civil magiftrate.

Rom. i, 32. Who knowing the judgment of God, (that they which commit fuch things are worthy of death,) not only do the fame, but have pleafure in them that do them. With 1 Cor. v. 1.It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and fuch fornication as is not fo much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. V. 5. To deliver fuch an one unto Satan for the defruction of the flesh, that the fpirit may be faved in the day of the Lord Jefus. V. 11. But now I have written unto you, not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner, with fuch an one no not to eat. V. 13. But them that are without God judgeth. There fore put away from among your felves that wicked perfon. 2 John ver, 10. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your houfe, neither bid him God fpeed. V. 11. For he that biddeth him God fpeed is partaker of his evil deeds. And 2 Theff. iii. 14. And if any man obey not our word by this epiftle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. And 1 Tim. vi. 3. If any man teach otherwife, and confent not to wholefome words, even the words of our Lord Jefus Chrift, and to the doctrine which is according to godlinefs; V. 4. He is proud, know. ing nothing, but doting about queftions and ftrifes of words,


whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil furmifings, V. 5. Perverfe difputings of men of corrupt minds, and deftitute of the truth, fuppofing that gain is godlinefs: from fuch withdraw thyfelf. And Tit. i, 1o. For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcifion: V: 11. Whofe mouths must be ftopped, who fubvert whole houfes, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's fake. V. 13. This witnefs is true: wherefore rebuke them fharply, that they may be found in the faith. And Tit. iii, 10. A man that is an heretick, after the first and fecond admoni. tion, reject. With Mat. xviii. 15. Moreover, if thy brother fhall trefpass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he fhall hear thee, thou haft gained thy brother, V. 16. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witneffes every word may be established. V. 17. And if he fhall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man, and a publican. 1 Tim. i. 19. Holding faith and a good con fcience; which fome having put away, concerning faith have made fhipwreck. V. 20. Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander, whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blafpheme. Rev. ii. 2. I know thy works, and thy labour, and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them


CHAP. XXI. Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day. THE light of nature fheweth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and

which are evil: and thou haft tried them which say they are apostles, and are not; and haft found them lyars. V. 14. But I have a few things against thee, becaufe thou haft there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to caft a ftumbling-block before the childrenf Ifrael, to eat things facrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. V. 15. So haft thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. V. 10. Notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou fuffereft that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetefs, to teach and feduce my fervants to commit fornication, and to eat things facrificed unto idols. Rev. ii. 9. Behold, I will make them of the fynagogue of Satan, (which fay they are Jews, and are not, but do lye,) behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

[Deut. xiii. 6. to the 12.1 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 shalt have praife of the fame: V. 4. For he is the minifter of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the fword in vain: for he is the minifter of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil. With 2 Jahn, verfes 10, 11. [See in letter Ezra vii. 23. What


foever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the houfe of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath againft the realm of the king and his fons? V. 25. And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God that is in thine hand, fet magiftrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are eyond the river, all fuch as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not. V. 26. And whofoever will not o the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed fpeedily upon him, whether it be unto death, orto banishment, or to confifcation of goods, or to imprifonment. V. 27. Bleffed be the Lord God of our fathers, which hath put fuch a thing as this in the king's heart. to beautify the houfe of the Lord which is in Jerufalem: V. 28. And hath extended mercy unto me before the king and his counselors, and before allthe king's mightyprinces; and I was ftrengthened, as the hand of the Lord my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Ifrael chief men to go up with me. Rev. xvii 12. And the ten horns which thou faweft are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beaft, V. 16. And the ten horns which thou faweft upon the beast, thefe fhall hate the whore, and fhall make her defolate and naked, and fhall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. V. 17. For Fa


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