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greater 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 of1.

II. God alone is Lord of the conscience, and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are in any thing contrary to his word, or beside it, in matters of faith or worship1. So that to believe

our fathers nor we were able to bear? Ver. 11. But we believe, that through the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, we shall be saved, even as they.

h Heb. iv. 14. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.

Ver. 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, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, Ver. 20. By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us through the vail, that is to say, his flesh; Ver. 21. And having an high priest over the house of God; Ver. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.

i John vii. 38. He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. Ver. 39. But this spake he of the Spirit, which they that believe on him should receive: for the Holy Ghost was not yet given, because that Jesus was not yet glorified. 2 Cor. iii. 13. And not as Moses, which put a vail over his face, that the children of Israel could not stedfastly look to


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

II. k James iv. 12. There is one lawgiver, who is able to save and to destroy; who art thou that judg. est another? Rom. xiv. 4. Who art thou that judgest another man's servant? to his own master he standeth or falleth: yea, he shall be holden up for God is able to make him stand.

I Acts iv. 19. But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than un. to God, judge ye. Acts v. 29.

Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. 1 Cor. vii. 23. Ye are bought with a price, be not ye the servants of men. Matth. xxiii. 8. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are bre thren. Ver. 9. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Ver. 10. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 2 Cor. i. 24. Not for that we have dominion


such doctrines, or to obey such commandments out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience TM; and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and

reason also ".

III. They who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, dopractise any any sin, or cherish any lust, do thereby destroy the end of Christian

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

m Col. ii. 20. Wherefore, if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, Ver. 22. (Which all are to perish with the using.) after the commandments and doctrines of men? Ver. 23. Which things have indeed a shew of wisdom in will worship and humility, and neglect ing of the body; not in any honour to the satisfying of the flesh. Gal. i. 10. For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. Gal. ii. 4. And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage. Ver. 5. To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour; that the truth of the gospel might continue with you. Gal. V. 1. Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ 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 by the word of God. Rom. xiv. 23.


And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Isa. viii. 20. To the law, and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Acts xvii. 11. These were noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so. John iv, 22. Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship; for salvation is of the Jews. Hos. v. 11. Ephraim is oppressed, and broken in judgment; because he willingly walked after the commandment. Rev, xiii. 12. And he exerciseth all the power of the first beast before him, and causeth the earth, and them which dwell therein, to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed. Ver. 16. And he causeth all, both small and, great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads : Ver. 17. And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name. Jer. viii. 9. The wise men are ashamed, they are dismayed 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 serve 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 Christ hath purchased, are not intended by God to destroy, but mutually to uphold and preserve one another; they who, upon pretence of Christian liberty, shall oppose any lawful power, or the lawful exercise of it, whether it be civil or ecclesiastical, resist the ordinance of God". And for their publishing of such opinions; or maintaining of such practices, as are contrary to the light of nature, or to the known principles of Christianity, whether concerning faith, worship, or conversation; or to the power of godliness; or such erroneous opinions or practices, as either in their own nature, or in the manner of publishing or maintaining them, are destructive to the external peace and order which Christ hath established in the church; they may lawfully be call


III. Gal. v. 13. For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another. 1 Pet. ii. 16. As free, and not using your liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, but as the servants of God. 2 Pet. ii. 19. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of corruption for of whom a man is overcome, of the same is he brought in bondage. John viii. 34. Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. Luke i. 74. That he would grant unto us, that we, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve him without fear, Ver. 75. In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.

IV. P Matth. xii. 25. And Jesus


knew their thoughts, and said un-
to them, Every kingdom divided
against itself is brought to desola-
tion; and every city or house di-
vided against itself shall not stand.
1 Pet. ii. 13. Submit yourselves to
every ordinance of man for the
Lord's sake: whether it be to the
king, as supreme; Ver. 14. Or un-
to governors, as unto them that
are sent by him for the punishment
of evil doers, and for the praise of
them that do well. Ver. 16. As
free, and not using your liberty for
a cloak of maliciousness, but as the
servants of God. [Rom. xiii. 1. to
the 8th Verse.] Heb. xiii. 17. Obey
them that have the rule over you,
and submit yourselves; for they watch
for your souls, as they that must
give account that they may do it
with joy, and not with grief; for
that is unprofitable for you.
9 Rom.


ed to account, and proceeded against by the censures of the church, and by the power of the civil magistrate'.

Rom. i. 32. Who knowing the judgment of God, (that they which commit such things are worthy of death,) not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them. With 1 Cor. v. 1. It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. Ver. 5. to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. Ver. 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 such an bne no not to eat. Ver. 13. But them that are without God judgeth. Therefore put away from among yourselves that wicked person. 2 John, ver. 10. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed. Ver. 11. For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds. And 2 Thess. iii. 14. And if any man obey not our word by this epistle, note that man, and have no company with him, that he may be ashamed. And 1 Tim. vi. 3. If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; Ver. 4. He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words,


whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Ver. 5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness from such withdraw thyself. And Tit. i. 10. For there are many un ruly and vain talkers and deceivers, especially they of the circumcision: Ver. 11. Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. Ver. 13. This witness is true; wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith. And Tit. iii. 10. A man that is an heretick, after the first and second admoni. tion, reject. With Matth. xviii. 15. Moreover, if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell' him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. Ver. 16. But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Ver. 17. And if he shall 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 conscience; which some having put away, concerning faith have made, shipwreck: Ver. 20. Of whom is Hymeneus and Alexander; whom I have delivered unto Satan, that they may learn not to blaspheme. 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. HE light of nature sheweth that there is a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all; is good, and doeth


which are evil: and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars. Ver. 14. But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, who taught Balac to cast a stumbling-block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. Ver. 15. So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitanes, which thing I hate. Ver. 20. Notwithstanding, I have a few things against thee, because thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols. Rev. iii. 9. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; 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 12th.] 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 praise of the same: Ver. 4. 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. With 2 John, verses 10, 11. [See in letter 9] Ezra vii. 23. Whatso


ever is commanded by the God of heaven, let it be diligently done for the house of the God of heaven: for why should there be wrath against the realm of the king and his sons? Ver. 25. And thou, Ezra, after the wisdom of thy God that is in thine hand, set magistrates and judges, which may judge all the people that are beyond the river, all such as know the laws of thy God; and teach ye them that know them not. Ver. 26. And whosoever will not do the law of thy God, and the law of the king, let judgment be executed speedily upon him, whether it be unto death, or to banishment, or to confisca tion of goods, or to imprisonment. Ver. 27. Blessed be the Lord God of our fathers, which hath put such a thing as this in the king's heart, to beautify the house of the Lord which is in Jerusalem: Ver. 28. And hath extended mercy unto me before the king and his counsellors, and before all the king's mighty princes; and I was strengthened, as the hand of the Lord my God was upon me, and I gathered together out of Israel chief men to go up with me. Rev. xvii. 12. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. Ver. 16. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. Ver. 17. For God hath

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