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Christ d, the house and family of God e, out of which there is no ordinary po libility 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 thc in effectual 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 hast sain my set some in the church, first apo. children, and delivered them to ales secondarily, prophets,thirdly cause them to pass through the fire teachers, after that miracles, then for them? Rom. 11. 16. For if the gifts of healings, lielps, governfirst fruit be holy, the lump is also ments,diversities of tongues. Eph. holy; and if the root be holy, so 4. II. And he gave fome, apostles: are the branches. Gen. 3.15. And and some, prophets: and some, eI will putenmity 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 bruise his heel. ministry, for the edifying of the Gen.17.7. And I will establish my body of Christ ; 2. 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 venant; to be a God unto ihee, measure of the stature of the ful. and to thy feed after thee. ness of Christ, Mat. 28. 19. Go ye
d Mat, 1 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 uhoft. , 20. Teaching theni 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,andup am with you alway, even unto 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, thịs is my covenant with justice, from henceforth even with them, saith the Lord, My spifor 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 niore strangers & foreign: nor out of the mouth of thy feed, ers, but fellow-citizens with the nor out of the mouth of thy reeds faints, 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. II. 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. 7. daily such as should be fayed, But what saith the answer of God
members thereof, are more less pure, according as the do. &trine 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 fo 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 net that was cast into the sea, self seven thousand men who have and gathered of every kind. not lowed the knee to the inage I Rey 18.2. And he criedmighof Raal. Rev. 12.6. And the woman tily with a strong voice, saying, Bafled into the wilderness, where the bylon the great is fallen,is failen, hath a place prepared of God, that and is become the habitationofde. they should feed her there a thou- vils,and the hold of every foul spi. fand 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 fee into the boast, 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; becaufe of unbelief i(Rev.2.andz.chaptersthrough they were broken off, and thou out.).Cors.6. Yourgloryingisnot standest by faith. Be not highgood; Know ye not that a little minded, but fear. v. 21. For if leaven leaveneth 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 paflover 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 : othersee through a glass, darkly; but wilë thou shalt be cut off. then face to face: now I know in ni Mat. 16.18. And I say also un-part; 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 niy ters. Mat. 13. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, church and the gates of hell shall 29,30. Anotherparableput he forth not prevail again't it. Pfal. 72, unto them, saying, The kingdom 17.His name ihall endure for ever: of heaven is likened unto a man hisname shall be continued as long which sowed good seed in hisfield; as the sun: and men shall be bielled But while men slept, his enemy in him: all nations shall call him came and lowed tares among the bletled. 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 feet shall be estab.iihed brought forth fruit, then appeared belore thee, Mat.28. 19. 20. (See the tears also, &c. v. 47. Again, in letter g.) the kingdom of heaven is like on
VI, n Col.
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 saintsa
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:
VI.n Col. 1. 18. And he is 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 1 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 fellow hip with us: and truly our the head over all things to the fellowship is with the Father, and church.
with his Son Jesus 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 ftrengthned 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, v. 18. your master, even Christ.2. Thef. May be able to comprehend with 2. 3. Let no man deceive you by all iaints, what is the breadth, and any means : for that day hall 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 sin be Christ, which passeth knowledge, revealed, the son of perdition:v.4. that ye might be fiHed with all the Who oppofetli and exalteth him- fulnels of God. John 1, 16. And, felf above all that is called God, of his fulness have all we received, or that is worshipped: so that he & grace for grace. Eph. 2.5. Even as God sitteth in the temple of when we were dead in sins, hath God, Thewing himself that he is quickned us together with Christ, God, v. 8. And then shall that (by grace ye are faved.).v. 6. And wicked be revealed, whom the hath railed us up together, and Lord shall consume with the spirit made us fit together in heavenly of his mouth, and shall destroy places in Christ Jefus. Phil.-3.10. with the brightness of his coming: That I may know him, and the 7. 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 figns, and lying made conformable unto his death, wonders. Rev. 13. 6. And he oo 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 lervices as tend to their mutual edification d, as also in relieving each other in outward
death: we hhall be also in the like. weak, be patient toward all men, nelsof his resurrection. .6. Know. Rom.1, 1. For I long to lee you, ing thisthat our old man is cruci. that I niay impart unto you fome fied with him, that the body of Gin fpiritu: 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 you, by the mutual faith both of with him: if we deny him, he also you and me 7. 4. I am debtor will dony 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 I. John 3. 16. Herem him inallthings,which is the head, by perceive we the love of God, even Christ. 7 16: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 foeth his brother have need, and every part, maketh increale of the shutteth op his bowels of compare body unto the edifying of it self fion from him, how dwelleth the in love. I Cor.12.7. But the mani- love of God in him ? 0.18. My feftation of the spirit is given to little children, let us not love in every man to profit withal. 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 7:22. Whether Paul, or Árpollos, 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. 29. And II d Heb. 10.24.And let uscon. ye areChrifts; and Christ is Gods, liderone 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 nourilhmentmi. felves together, as the manner of nistred and knit
together, increa- fome is; but exhorting one anos seth with the increale of God. ther: and so much themore,asyou
c iTheff.g.11. Wherefore com- see the dayapproaching. Acts 2.42a? fort your 'elves together and edi. And they continued Itedfasty in fy one another.even as alfo ye do, the apoltles doctrine & fellowship, 1.14. Nowwe exhort youbrethren, and in breaking of bread, and in warn them that are untuly, com prayer. V. 46. And they continua fort thefeeble minded, fupport the ing daily with one accord in the
things, according to their several abilities and necessities. Which communion, as God offereth opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who in every place call upon the name af the Lord Jesus e,
III. This communion which the faints have with Christ, doth not make them in any ways partakers of the substance of his Godhead, or to be equal with Christ in any respect; either of which to affirm, is impious and blasphemous f, Nor doth their communion one with another, as faints, take away or infringe the title or property which each man hath in his goods and possessions 6.
temple,and breakingof bread from all things, and we in him, and one house to houle, did eat their neat Lord Jesus Christ, by whom areall with gladeness and singleness of things, and we by him. Isa. 42.8. heart. Ila. 2. 3. And many people I am the Lord, that is my name, & shall go and say, Come ye, and let my glory will Inot givetoanother, us go up to the mountain of the neithermy praisetograven images. Lord, to the house of the God of 1 Tim.6.15. Whichin his times he Jacob, and lie will teach us of his shall shew, who is the blessed and ways, and we will walkin his paths: only potentate, the King of kings, for out of Zion Mall go forth the and Lord of lords. 71, 16. Who onlaw, and the word of the Lord ly hath immortality, dwelling in from Jerusalem. I Cor. II. 20. the light which no man can apWhen ye come together there proach unto, whom no man hath fore into one place, this is not to seen, nor can see : to whom be hoeat the Lords supper.
nourand power everlasting. Amen. e Acts 2. 44. And all that belie- Plal. 45.9. Thou lovest righteousved, were together, and had all ness, and hateft wickedness: therethings common. v.45. And fold fore God, thy God, hath anointed their poffessions and goods, and thee withthe oil ofgladeness above. parted them to all men, as every thy fellows. With Heb. 1. 8, But man had need. i John 3, 17. (See unto the Son hesaith, Thy throne, in letter c.) (2 Cor. 8. ando. chap- O God,is for ever and ever:afcepters.) Acts 11. 29. Then the disci- tre of righteousness is the Sceptre ples, every man according to his of thy kingdom ; v. 9. Thou hast. ability, determined to send relief loved righteoulness, and hatedini-, vnto the brethren which dwelt in quity; therefore God, even thy Judea. 7. 30. Which alsothey did, God hath annointed thee with the and sent it to the elders by the oilofgladeness above thy fellows. hands of Barnabas and Saul.
g Exod. 20, 15. Thou shalt not HII. f Col. 1.'18. And he is the steal. Eph. 4. 28.Lethim thatítole, head of the body, the church; who steal no more: but rather let him is the beginning, the first-born labour,working with his hands the from the dead ; that in all things thing which is good, that he may he might have the pre-eminence. have to give to him that needeth. v. 19. For it pleased the Father Acts 5. 4. Whiles it remained, was that in him shouldall fulness dwell, it not thine own! and after it was I Cor. 8. 6 Buz to us there is but fold,wasit not in tliineownpower? one God, the father of whom are why haltthoucunceivedthisthing