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head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all a.

II. The visible church which is also catholic or univerfal under the gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law) consists of all thole throughout the world. that profess the true religion bý together with their children c; and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus

Christ, gain to be his wife, after that she one Spirit, are we all baptized into is defiled: for that is abomination one body, whether we be Jews or before the Lord, and thou shalt Gentiles, whether we be bound or not cause the land to fin, which free ; and have been all made to the Lord thy God giveth thee for drink into one {pirit. Pfal. 2.8. an inheritance.

Ask of me, and I shall give thee 1. a Eph. '. 10. That in the dis- the heathen for thine inheritance, pensation, of the fulness of times, and the uttermolt parts of theearth he mightgather together in one all for thy poffefion. Rev. 7. 9 After things in Christ, both which are in this I beheld, and lo, a great mulheaven, and which are on earth, titude, which no man could num. even in him. v. 22. And bath put ber, of all nations, and kindreds all things under his feet, and gave and people, and tongues.stood behim to be the head over all things fore the throne, and before the to the church. v. 23. Which is his lamb, clothed with white robes body, the fulness of him that file and palms in their hands. Rom. lethallinall. Eph 5.23. For the huf 15.9. And that the gentilesmight band is the head of the wife, eyen glorify God for his mercy, as it is as Christ is the head of the church; written, For this cause I will conand he is the Savour of the body. fess to thee among the Gentiles, & v: 27. That he might present it to sing unto thy name, v. 10 And himself a glorious church, not ha. again he saith, rejoice ye Gentiles ving spot or wrinkle, or any such with his people. 7.11. And again, thing; but that it fhould be holy, praise the Lordall yéGentiles, and and without blemish. ? 32. This laud him all ye people.7. 12. And is a great mystery : but I speak again; Efaias faith, There shall be concerning Christ andthe church. a root of Jelle, and he that shall Col. 1. 18. Andhe isthe headofthe rise up to reign over the Gentiles body, the church : who is the be- in him shall the Gentiles truit. ginning, the first born from the c I Cor. 7. 34. Fortheunbelieving dead; that in all things he might husband is fanétified by the wife, have the pre-eminence.

and the unbelieving wife is fancti: Il.b Cor, 1.2. Unto thechurch fied by the husbind: clic were ofGod which isat Corinth, to them your children unclean:butnoware that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, they holy. Acts2.39. For the procalled to be saints, with all that in milé is unto you, and to yourchilevery place call up to the name of dren, and to all that are afar of, Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs even as many as the Lord our God and ours. I Cor. 12.12.For as the shell call. Ezek. 16. 20. Moreover body is one, and hath many mem- thou hast taken thy fons and thy bers, and all the members of that daughters, whom thou halt born, one body,beingmany, are onebo- unto me, and these hart thousacridy: so allo is Christ, v. 13. For by ficed unto them to bedevoured: is

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this Christ d, the house and family of God e, out of which there is no ordinary po Tibility of Salvation t.

III Unto this catholic visible church, Christ hath given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world : and doth by his own pre ence and spirit, according to his promise, make thi mn effcctual thereunto g.

IV. This catholic church hath been sometimes more, Sometimes less visible h, and particular churches, which are


this of thy whoredoms a small mat- III.g Cor.12.28.And God hath ter, ?', 21. That thou haft flain my fet some in the church, first apochildren, and delivered them to stles, secondarily, prophets,thirdly caufe them to pass through the fire teachers, after that miracles, then for them? Rom. 11. 16. For if the gifts of healings, helps, govern. first fruit be holy, the lump is also ments,diversities of tongues.Eph. holy; and if the root be holy, fo 4. 11. And he gave some, apostles: are the branches. Gen. 3.15. And and some, prophets, and some, eI will put enmity between thee and vangelists; and fome, pastors and the woman, and between thy feed teachers. 0. 12. For the perfecting and her feed : it shall bruile thy of the saints, for the work of the head, and thou shalt bruile his heel. ministry, for the edifying of the Gen.17. 7. And I will eltablish my body of Christ : 7. 13. Till we all covenant between me and thee, come in the unity of the faith, and and thy feed after thee, in their of the knowledge of the Son of generations, for an everlasting co. God, into a perfect man, unto the yenant; to be a God unto thee, measure of the stature of the ful. and to thy feed after thee. ness of Christ, Mat. 28. 19. Go ye

d Mat, I s. 47. Again, the king. therefore and teach all nations, dom of heaven is like unto a net baptizing them in the name of the that was cast into the sea, and ga- Father, and of the Son, and of the thered of every kind, Ila. 9.7.0f holy host. v, 20. Teaching themi the increase of his government to observe all things whatsoever I and peace there shall be no end, have commanded you; and lo, I upon the throne of David,andupam with you alway, even onto the on his kingdom, to order it, and end of the world. Amen. Ila, 59. to eltablish it with judgment and 21. As for me, this is my covenant with justice, from henceforth even with them, saith the Lord, My spi. for ever: the zeal of the Lord of rit that is upon thee,and my words hosts will perform this.

which I have put in thy mouth, e Eph, 2 19. Now therefore ye shall not depart out ofthy mouth, are no nore strangers & foreign; nor out of the mouth of thy feed, ers, but fellow-citizens with the nor out of the mouth of thy feeds saints, and of the houshold of God. seed, faith the Lord, from hence Eph.3. 15. Of whom the whole fa- forth and for ever. mily in heaven and earth is named. IV, h Rom. 11. 3, Lord, they

f Acts 2. 47. Praising God, and have killed thy prophets,& digged having favour with all the people down thine altars; and I am left And the Lord added to church alone, and they seek my life. daily such as should be saved, But what saith the answer of God



members thereof, are more less pure, according as the do. Etrine of the gospel is taught and embraced, ordinances administred,and public worship performed more or less purely in them i.

V. The purest churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error k: and some have so degenerated, as to become no churches of Christ, but fynagogues of Satan la Nevertheless, there shall be always a church on earth, to worship God according to his will m.

VI. There anto him? I have reserved to my to a ner that was cast into the sea, self seven thousand men who have and gathered of every kind. not bowed the knee to the image | Rev 18.2. And he criedmighof Raal. Rev. 12.6. And the woman tily with a strong voice, laying, Ba. fled into the wilderness, where the bylon the great is fallen,is fallen, hath a place prepared of jod, that and is become the h.:bitationofde they should feed her there a thou- vils,and the hold of every foul spi. sand two hundred and threescore rit,and a cage of every unclean & days, v. 14. And to the woman hateful hird, Rom.11.18.Boast not were given two wings of a great against the branches : but if thou eagle, that she might filee into the boat, thou bearest not the root, wilderness, into her place: where but the root thee, v.19. Thou wilt she is nourished for a time, and say then, the branches were brotimes, and half a time, from the ken off,that I might be graffedin, face of the ferpent.

V. 20. Well; because of unbelief i( Rev.2 and 3.chaptersthrough- they were broken off, and thou out.).Cors.6. Yourgloryingisnot standest by faith. Be not high good; Know ye not that a little minded, but fear. v. 21. For if leaven Icaveneth the whole lump. God fpared not the natural bran. v.7. Purge out therefore the old ches, take heed left he also ipare Jeaven,that ye may be a new lump not thes, v. 22. Behold therefore as ye are unleavened, For even the goodness and severity of God: Christ our pallover is sacrificedfor un thèm which fell, severity ; but

towards thee, goodness, if thou V.k 1 Cor. 13. 12. For now we continue in his goodness : other see through a glass, darkly; but wisë thou shalt be cut off. then face to face: now I know in ni Mat 16.18. And I say also unpart; but then shall I know evenas to ihee, That thou art Peter, and allo I am known.(Rev. 2-3. chap- upon this rock I will build ny ters.) Mat. 13. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, church: and the gates of hell shall 29,30. Anotherparableput he forth not prevail againtt it. Pfal. 72. unto them, saying, The kingdom !?.His name hall endure for ever: of heaven is likened unto a man hisname shall be continued as long which sowed good feed in hisfield; as the sun: and men shulbe biella But while men slept, his enemy in him: all nations shall call isun came and lowed tares among the blelled. Pfalm 102, 28. The chil. wheat, and went his way. But dren of thylervants shall continue, when the blade was sprung up,and and their leell shall be estabied brought forth fruit, then appeared before thee. Mat.28. 19. 20. (See the tears also, &c. V. 47. Again, in letter g.) the kingdom of heaven is like un

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VI. There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ n, nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself in the chrurch against Christ, and all that is called God o.

CHAP. XXVI. Of the communion of saints.

LL Saints that are united to Jesus Christ their head, by

his spirit and by faith, have fellowship with him in his graces, sufferings, death, resurrection and glory a:

And VI.n Col. 1. 18. And heis the gainst God, to blaspheme his name head of the body, the church ; and his tabernacle, and them that whois the beginning, the first-born dwell in heaven. from the dead: that in all things I. a I John 1.3. That which we he might have the pre eminence, have seen and heard, declare we Eph.1,22.And hath put all things unto you, that ye also may have under his feet and gave him to be fellowship with us: and truly our the head over all things to the fellowship is with the Father, and church.

with his Son Jelus Chrilt. Eph. 3. o Mat. 23. 8. But be not ye cal. 16. That he would grant you acled Rabbi: for one is your master, cording to the riches of hisglory, even Christ and all ye are brethren. to be Itrengthned with might, by v.9. And call no man your father his fpirit in the inner-man ; v. 17. upon earth: for one is your Father That Christ may dwell in your which is in heaven. v, 10. Neither hearts by faith; that ye being rootbe ye called masters ; for one is ed and grounded in love, 7. 18. your malter, even Christ.2. Thes. May be able to comprehend with 2. 3. Let no man deceive you by all laints, what is the breadth, and any means : for that day shall not length, and depth, and height; come except there come a falling v. 19. And to know the love of away first, and that man of fin be Christ, which passeth knowledge, revealed, the son of perdition:7.4. that ye might be fiHed with all the Who opposeth and exalteth him- fulnels of God. John 1, 16. And, self above all that is called God, of his fulness have all we received, or that is worshipped: fo that he & grace for grace. Eph. 2.5. Even as God litteth in the temple of when we were dead in sins, hath God, the wing himself that he is quickned us together with Chrift, God. v. 8. And then shall that (by grace ye are saved,)v. 6. And wicked be revealed, whom the hath railed as up together, and Lord shall consume with the spirit made us sit together in heavenly of his mouth, and shall deltroy places in Chrilt Jefus. Phil.- 3. 10. with the brightness of his coming: That I may know him, and the V. 9. Even him whose coming is power of his resurrection, and the after the working of Satan, with fellowship of his fufferings, being all power, and signs, and lying made conformable unto his death. wonders. Rev. 13. 6. And he o. Rom.6.5.For if we havebeen plan. pened his mouth, in blasphemy a. ted together in the likeness of his


and, being united to one another in love, they have commu. nion in each others gifts and graces b; and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, as do con duce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward

II. Saints, by profession, are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in perfoming such other spiritual Services as tend to their mutual edification d, as also in relieving each other in outward


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death: we shall be also in the like. weak, be patient toward all men, nelsof his resurrection. .6.Know. Rom.1, 1. For I long to tee you, ing thisthat our old man is cruci- that I may impart unto you fome fied with him, that the body of fin fpiritual gift, to the end ye may might be destroyed, that hence- be established: 7. 12. That is, that forthweshould notferve sin 2Tim. I may be comforted together with 2,12.If we fuffer, we shallalso reign yo'l, by the mutual taith both of with him: if we deny him, he also you and me 14. I am debtor will deny uś,

both to the Greeks, and to the b. Eph. 4. 15. But speaking the Barbarians, both to the wife, and truth in love, may grow up into to the unwise 1.John 3. 16. Herea him inallthings,which is the head, by perceive we the love of God, even Chrift. 716: From whom the becaule he laid down his life for whole body fitly joined together, us: and we ought to lay down our andcompactedbythat which every lives for the brethren. v. 17. But joint supplieth, according to the whoso hath this worlds good, and effectualworking in the measure of feeth his brother have need, and every part, maketh increase of the fhutteth up his bowels of compasbody unto the edifying of it self fion from him, how dwelleth the in love. 1 Cor.12.7.But the mani: love of God in hin? v. 18. My feftation of the spirit is given to little children, let us not love in every man to profit withal. 1 Cor.word, neither intongue,butin deed 3. 21.Therefore let no manglory and in truth.Gal 6. o.As we have in men: for all things are yours: therefore opportunity, let us do 0:22. Whether Paul, or Appollos, good unto all men, especially un. or Cephas,or the world,or life,or to them who are of the houshold death, or things prefent, or things of faith, to come, all are yours; v. 23. And II d Heb.10.24.And let uscon. ye areChrifts; and chrift is Gods, fiderone another, to provoke unto Col.2 19, Andnot holding thehead love, andto good works.v. 25. Nou from which all the body by joints forlaking the assembling of our. and bands having nourishmentmi- lelves together, as the manner of niftred and knit

together, increa- some is; but exhorting one anos seth with the increase of God. ther: and so much themore,asyou

c Thess.g.11. Wherefore com- . fee the dayapproaching.Acts 2.42. fort your 'elves together,and edi? And they continued ItedfasHy in fy one another.eyen as also ye do, the apostles doctrine & fellowship, V.14. Nowwe exhort youbrethren, and in breaking of bread, and in warn them that are unruly, comé prayer. 7. 46. And they continue fort thefaeble minded, fupport the ing daily with one accord in the


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