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tween great truth and gross errors, that it is visible: to every capacity; and an ordinary understanding that is not under a violent prejudice, or blinded by forme vice or fault of the will, may easily discern it. Indeed, in matters of lesser moment and concernment, and which have no such considerable and immediate influence upon the practice of an holy life, the difference betwixt truth and error is not always.
nary capacity, with the help of a teacher, may come to the knowledge of it. So, when we say that the scriptures are plain in all things necessary to faith and a good life, we do not mean, that every man, at first hearing or reading of these things in it, shall perfectly understand them ; but by diligent reading and confideration, if he be of good apprehension and capacity, he may come to a sufficient knowledge of them; and if he be of a meaner capacity, and be willing to learn, he may, by the help of a teacher, be brought to understand them without any great pains ; and such teachers God hath appointed in his church for this very purpose, and a succession of them to continue to the end of the world. In a word, when we say the scriptures are plain to all capacities, in all things necessary, we mean, that any man of ordinary capacity, by his own diligence and care, in conjunction with the helps and advantages which God hath appointed, and in the due use of them, may attain to the knowledge of every thing necessary to his salvation ; and that there is no book in the world more plain, and better fitted to
teach a man any art or science, than the Bible is to.