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VI. Although the corruption of man be such as is apt to study arguments, unduly to put asunder those whom God hath joined together in marriage; yet nothing but adultery, or such wilful desertion as can no way be remedied by the church or civil magistrate, is cause sufficient of diffolving the bond of marriage® ;. wherein a public and orderly course of proceeding is to be observed ; and the persons concerned in it, not left to their own wills and discretion in their own cafel.
another, committeth adultery: 6. Wherefore they are no more and whosoever marrieth her twain, but ove flesh. What which is put away, doth com- therefore God hath joined mit adultery. Rom. 7. 2, 3. together, let no man put asun
VI, o Mat. 19. 8. He faith der. unto them, Moses, because of
p Ezra 10. 3. Now there. the hardness of your hearts, fore let us make a covenant with suffered you to put away your our God, to put away all the wives; but froni the beginning wives, and such as are born of it was not so. 1 Cor. 7. 15. them, according to the counsel But if the unbelieving depart, of my lord, and of those that let him depart. A brother or tremble at the commandment a fifter is not under bondage of our God, and let it be done in such cases: but God hath according to the law. called us to peace. Mat. 19.
CH A P. XXV.
Of the Church.
THE catholic or universal church, which is
invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all'.
II. The visible church, which is also catholic or universal under the gospel, (not confined to one nation as before under the law) conGfts of all those throughout the world, that profess the true religion", together with their children"; and is the
1. a Eph. i. To, 22, 23. led to be saints, with all that That in the dispensation of the in every place, call upon the fulness of times, he might ga name of Jesus Christ our Lord, ther together in one all things both theirs and ours. 1 Cor. 12. in Christ, both which are in 12, 13. "For as the body is one, heaven, and which
and hath many members, and earth, even in him. And hath all the members of that one put all things under his feet, boly, being many, are and gave him to be the head body; so also is Chrift. For by over all things to the church. one Spirit, are we all baptized Which is his hody, the fuiness into one body, whether we be of him that filleth all in all. Jews or Gentiles, whether we Col. 1. 18. And he is the be bond or free, and have head of the body, the church : been all made to drink into Eph. 5. 23, 27. 32.
one Spirit. Pfal. 2. 8. Aik I!. h I Cor. I. 2. Unto of me; and I shall give thee the church of God which is at the heathen for thine inherita Coinch, to them that are ance,
and the uttermoft parts sanerified in Christ Jesus, cal
kingdom of the Lord Jesus Chrift", the house and family of God', out of which there is no ordina. ry possibility of falvation.
III. Unto this catholic viGble 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 presence and Spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual theteunto.
of the earth for thy pofseflion. and foreigners, but fellow-citiRom. 15. 9, 10, 11, 12. zens with the saints, and of
ci Cor. 2.14. For the un- the 'houthold of God. Eph. believing husband is fan&ified 3.,15. Of whom the whole fa. by the wife, and the unbe- mily in heaven and earth is lieving wife is fan&ified by the named. Prov. 29. 18. Where hulbind: clfe were your chil. there is no vifion, the people dren unclean; bút now are perish: but he that keepoth they holy: Ads 2. 39. For the law, tiuppy is hie. the promise is unto you, and f Acts 2. 47. And the Lord to your children, and to all added to the Church daily luch that are afar off, even as many as should be saved. as the Lord ons 'God Wall
Ill. g Eph. 4. 11. And he call. Gen. '17. 7. 'And I will gave füme, apoft cs; and fome, eltablith my covenant between prophets: and lume, evangelists; me and thee; and thy seed af- and fome, pastors and teachers; ter thee, in their generations, Verse 12. For the perst Cling of for an everlasting covenant; the faints, for the work of the to be a God unto thee, and to ministry, for the ifying vf thy seed after thee. Rom. 11. the body of Ch:ift: verfe 13. 16. For if the first fruit be Till we all come in the unity holy, the lump is also body; and of the faith, and of the know. if the root be holy, fo are the ledge of the Son of God, uuto branches. Gál. 3. 7, 9, 14. a perfic man, unto the meaRome 4. throughout.
fure of the stature of the ful. d Mat. 13. 47. Again, the 'ness of Christ
. Ifai. 59. 21. kingdom of heaven is like un As for me, this is my covenant to a net that was cast into the with them, 'faith the Lord, sea, and gathered of every My Spirit that is upon thee, and kind. Ifa. 9. 7.
my words which i have put in e Eph. 2. 19, Now there. thy mouth, fhall not depart fore ye are no more (trangers
IV. This catholic church hath been fometimes more, sometimes less, visible". And par. ticular churches, which are members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the doctrine of the gospel is taught and embraced, ordinances administered, and public worship performed more or less purely in them'.
V. The purest churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and errork: and some have so degenerated, as to become no churches
out of thy mouth, por out of ii Cor. 5.6, 7. Your glo. the mouth of thy feed, nor rying is not good; know ye out of the mouth of thy feed's not that a little leaven leavenech seed, faith the Lord, from the whole lump? -Purge out henceforth and for ever. Mat. therefore the old leaven, that 28. 19, 20.
ye may be a new lump, as ye IV. h Rom. 11. 3, 4. Lord, are unlea vened. For they have killed thy prophets, Christ our passover is facrificed and digged down thine altars; for us. Rev. 2d and 3d chapand I am left alone, and they ters throughout. seek my life. But what faith the V. k 1 Cor. 13. 12. For answer of God unto him? I now we see through a glass have reserved unto myself darkly; but then face to face : seven thousand men, who now I know in part; but then have not bowed the knee to shall I know even as also I am ibe image of Baal. Rev. 12. 6, known. (Rev. 2d and 3d chap14. And the woman fed in- 'ters.) Mat. 13. 24, 25, 26, to the widerness, where the 27, 28, 29, 30, 47. Another hath a place prepared of God, -parable put he forth unto them, that they should feed her there 'saying, The kingdom of hea. a thousand two hundred and ven is likened unto a man threescore days. And to the which sowed good feed in his woman were given two wings field : But while men flept, of a great eagle, that he his enemy cane and fowed mighe flee into the wilderness tares among the wheat, and into her place: where she is went his way.-But when the nourished for * time, and blade was sprung up, and times, and half a time, from brought forth fruit, then apthe facc of the serpent. Acts peared the tares also, &c. 9. 31.
of Christ, but fynagogues of Satan'. Nevertheless, there shall be always a church on earth, to worship God according to his will".
VI. There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ". Nor can the pope of Rome, in any
sense be head thereof; but is that antichrist, that man of fin, and son of perdition, that exalteth himself, in the church, againit Christ, and all that is called God".
verse 47. Again, the kingdom the firft-born from the dead; of heaven is like unto à net that in all things he mighi that was cast into the fea, and have the pre-eminence, Eph. gathered of every kind. 1. 22. And hath put all things
I Rev. 18. 2. And he cried under his fett, and gave him mightily, with a strong voice, to be the head over all things faying, Babylon the great is to the church. fallen, is fallen, and is become o Mat. 23. 8, 9, 10. But the habitation of devils, and te not ye called 'Rabbi : fer the hold of every foul spirit, one is your master, even Chrift, and a cage of every unclean and all ye are brethren.„And and hatefal bird. Rom. 11. call no man your father upor 38, 19, 20, 21, 22.
the earth; for one is your Father m Mat. 16. 18. And I say which is in heaven. Neither allo unto thee, that thou att be ye called masters; for one Peter, and upon this rock ! is your master, ctuen Christ. is will build my church: and Theff. 1.2, 3, 4, 8, 9. Grace une the gates of het mall pot pre- to you, and peace from God vail against it. Pral. 102, 28. our Father, and the Lord Jetas "The children of thy fervanrs Christ. We are bound to thall continue, and their feed thank God always for you, shall be established before thee. brethren, as it i's meet, becatfe Mat. 28. 19, 20.
that your faith groweth exVI. n Col. 1. 18. And he teedingly, and the charity of is the head of the body, the every one of you all towarus church; si ho is the beginning, each other aboundeth.