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fundry times, and in divers Manners, to reveal bimself, and
to declare that his will unto the church c; and afterwards, for
the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for
the more fure establishment and comfort of the church against
the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the
world, to commit the same wholly unto writting d: Which
maketh the holy scripture to be most necessary e; chose former
ways of God's revealing his will unto his people, being now
ceased f.
II. Under the name of holy Scripture, or the word of

God

not in the words, which mans wif- that proceedeth outofthe mouth of dom teacheth, but which the holy God. y 7. Jesus said unto him, it Gholt teacheth, comparing spiri. is written again, thou shalt not tual things with spiritual. v, 14. tempt the Lord thy God. v. 10. Bue the natural man receiveth not Then faith Jelus unto him, Get the things of the spirit of God; thee hence Satan: for it is written, for they are foolishnels unto him: thou shalt worship the Lord thy neither can he know them because God, and him only shalt thouferve. they are Ipiritually discerned, Isa. 8. 19. And when theyshall fay

c Heb. 1.:. God who at sundry unto you, seek untothem that have times,and in divers manners,(pake familiar įpirits, and unto wizards in time past unto the fathers by that peep, and that mutter; should the prophets.

not a people leek unto their God? d Prov. 22, 19. That thy trust for the living to the dead? v. 20. may be in the Lord, I have made To the law and to the testimony: known to theerhisday,eventothee, if they speak not according to this v. 20. Haye not I written to thee word, it is because there isno light excellent things in counsels and in them. knowledge ; v. 21. That I might e 2 Tim. 3. 15. And that from a maketheeknow the certaintyof the child thou hastknownthe holy scri, words of truth; that thou mightest ptures, which are able to make thee answer the words of truth to them wise unto salvation, through faith that send unto thee? Luke. 1. 3. It which is in Christ Jesus. 2 1ět.1.19, Jeemed good to me allo, having We have also a more fure word of had perfect understanding of all prophesy, whereunto ye do well things, from the veryfirft, to write that ye take heed, as into a light unto thee in order, most excellent that thineth in a dark place,

until Theophilus,v4. Thatthoumightest the day dawn, and the day-star a knuw the certaintyof thole things, rise in your hearts. wherein thou haft been instructed, fHeb. 1.1. Fod, who at sundry Rom. 15,4,For whatsoever things times, & in divers manners, spake were written aforetime, were writ. în time past unto the fathers by ten for our learning; that we thro' the prophets; v.3. Hath in thele patience and comfort of the fcrip. !alt dayssppken unto us by his son, Zures might have hope. Matth, whom he hath appointedheir ofali 4. 4. But he answered and said, things, by whom allohe made the It is written, man shall not leaveby worlds. bread alone, but by every word

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God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testament, which are these :

Of the OLD TESTAMENT.

Genesis.
Exodus.
Leviticus,
Numbers.
Deuteronomy.
Joshua.
Judges.
Ruth.
I. Samuel.
II. Samuel.
I. Kings.
II. Kings.
I. Chronicles.

| II. Chronicles. Daniel.
Ezra.

Hofea.
Nehemiah.

Joel.
Esther,

Amos.
Job.

Obadiah,
Psalms.

Jonah.
Proverbs.

Micah.
Ecclesiastes.

Nahum.
The Song of Songs. Habakkuk,
Isaiah.

1 Zephaniah.
| Jeremiah.

| Haggai. Lamentations.

| Zechariah. Ezekiel.

Malachi.

Of the NEW TESTAMENT. The Gospels accor. Corinthians II. The epistle to the ding to Galatians.

Hebrews, Matthew.

Ephesians, The Epistle of
Mark.
Philippians,

James.
Luke.
Colossians,

The first and second, John.

Thessalonians I. Epistles of Peter. The Acts of the Thessalonians II. The

first second, and Apostles. To Timothy I. third epistles of Paul's Epistle to the To Timothy II. John. Romans. To Titus.

The epiftle of Jude, Corinthians I. I To Philemon. i The Revelation.

All which are given by inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life g.

III. The

Luke 16.29. Abraham faith un. ded, thoogh one rose from the to him, They have Moses and the dead. Eph. 2. 20. And are built u. prophets, let them hear them. pon the foundation of thea postles v. 31. And he said unto him,, If and prophets, Jesus Christ himself they hear not Moses and the pro being the chief corner stonc. Rev. phets, neither will beybe periwa. 22. 18. For I testify unto every

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III. The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the Scripture; and therefore are of no authority in the church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made ute of, than other human writings h,

IV. The authority of the holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man, or church; but wholly upon God (who is truth itself ) the author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the word of God.

V. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church, to an high and reverend esteem of the holy Scripture k. And the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the stile, the consent of all

the

man that heareth the words ofthe IV. i 2 Pet. 1.19. We have alprophecy of this book, If any man so a more fore word of prophecy, Thall add unto these things, God whereunto ye do well that ye take shall add unto him the plagues heed, as unto a light that ihineth that are written in thisbook.v.19, in a dark place, until the daydawn, And if any man shall take away & the day-star'arise in your hearts. froin the words of the bookofthis v. 21. For the prophecy came not prophecy, God shall take awayhis in old time by the will of man, part out of the book of life, and but holy inen of God (pake as they out of the holy city, and from the were moved by the holy Ghost. things which are written in this 2Tim. 3.16. All fcripture is given book. 2 Tim. 3. 16. All scripture by inspiration of God, and is prois given by inspiration of God, & fitable for doctrine, for reproof, is profitable for doctrine, for 're- for correction, for instruction in proof, for correction, for instructi- righteousness. 1 John s. 9. If we on in righteousness.

receive the witness of men, the Ill.h Luke24.27. And beginning witness of God is greater: for this at Moles, and all the prophets, he is the witness of God, which he expounded unto them in all the bath testified of his Son. i Theff. scriptures the things concerning 2. 13.For this cause also thank we himielt. v. 44. And he said unto God withoutceasing, becaule when them, these are the words which yereceived the wordof God, which I spake unto you, while I was yet ye heard of us, ye received it not with you, that all things must be as the word of men, but (as it is fulfilled which were written in the in truth,)the word of God, which law of Moses, and in the prophets effectually worketh alsoinyou that and in the pfalms concerning me. believe. Ron): 3.2. Much every way: clief Viki Tim,3.15. But if I tarry Jy becauseunto them werecommit- long, that thou mayst know how ted the oracles of God.2 Pet 1:21. thou oughtest to behave thy felf For the prophecy came not in old in the house of God, which is the. time by the will of man, but holy church of the living God, the pilmen of God spake as they were lar and ground of the truth. moved by the the holy Ghost.

1 1 John

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Chap. 1.
The Confeffion of Faith.

27 the parts, the scope of the whole (which is to give all glory to God) the full discovery it makes of the only way of man's Salvation ,the many other incomparable excellencies, and the intre perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the word of God; yet notwith standing our full perswalion and assurance of the infallible truth, and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the holy spirit, bearing witness by and with the word in our hearts 1

VI. The whole counsel of God, concerning all things ne, cessary for his own glory, man's falvation, faith and life, is either exprelly set forth in fcripture, or by good and necef sary consequence may be deduced from fcripture: Unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the spirit, or traditions of men m. Never

the11 John 2. 20. But ye have an venant with them, laith the Lord, unátion from the holy one, and ye My spirit that is upon thee, and know all things. v. 27, Kut the my words which I have pur in. anointing which ye bave received thy mouth, shall not depart out of him abideth in you, & ye need of thy mouth,nor out of the mouth not that any man teach you: But of thy feed, nor out of the muuth as thesameanointing teachcth you of thy seeds feed, faith the Lord, of all things, and is truth and is no from henceforth and for ever. lie;and even as it hath taught you,

VI. m 2 Tim.3. 15. And thatfrom ye shall abide in him, John 16.13:

a child thou hast known the holy Howbeit, whershethe spirit of truth scriptores, which are able to make is come, he will guide you into all thee wife unto falvation, through truth:for he hall not speak of him- faith, whichis in Christ Jesus.v. 16. Self, but whatsoever he shall hear, All scriptureis given byinspiration that shallhespeak;and he will few of God, and is profitable for doyou things to come.v. 14. Helhal! erine, for reproof, for correction, glorify me: for he shall receive of for instruction in righteoulness.v. mine, and shall fhew it unto you. 17. That the man of God may be 1Cor.2.10. But God hath revealed perfect thoroughly furnished unto them unto us by his spirit, for the all good works. Gal. 1. 8. But, {pirit fearcheth all things, yea, the though we, or an angel from headeep things of God. v. 11. For ven,preach any other gospel unto what man knoweth the things of a you, than that which we have man, fave the spirit of man which preached unto you, let him be acis in bịm ? even so the things of curled. v. 9. As we laid before, so God knoweth noman but the Spirit fay I now again : If any man of God. v. 12. Now we have re: preach any other gospel unto you, ceived, not the spirit of the word, than that yehave received, let

him bu: the Spirit which is of God, that be accursed. 2 Theff

. 2.2. That ye we might know the things that are be not foon thaken in mind, or be freely given to us of God. Isaiah, troubled, neitheş by spirit,

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the less, we acknowledge the inward illumination of the spirit
of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such
things as are revealed in the word n: And that there are some
circumstances concerning the worship of God, and govern-
ment of the church,common to human actions and Societies,
which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and christian
prudence, according to the general rules of the word, which
are always to be observed o.

VII. All things in fcripture are not alike plain in themselves,
nor alike clear unto all v; yet those things which are necessary
to be known, believed, and observed for salvation, and so clear-
ly propounded and opened in some places of fcripture or o-
ther that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use
of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient under-
standing of them a.

VIII. The old testament in Hebrew (which was the native language of the people of God of old) and the new testa. ment in Greek, (which at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations) being immediately in pired by God, and by his singular care and providence

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n John6 45.It is written in the Dorb not even nature itself teach
prophets, and they shall be all you, that if a man have long hair,
taught of God. Every man there. it is a lhameuntohim? Cor.14.26.
fore that hath heard, & hath lear. Howis it then, brethren, when ye.
ned of the Father,cometh unto me. come together, every one of you
1 Cor. 2.9. But asitiswritten, eye hath a psalm, háth a doctrine, hath
hath not leen, nor ear heard, nci. a tongue, hath a revelation, hath
ther have entred into the heart of an interpretation ? Let all things
man, the things which God hath be done unto edifying. v. 4. Let
prepared for them that love him. all things be done decently, and in
v.10. But God hath revealed them order.
unto us byhisfpirit : for the spirit VII. p 2 Pet. 3. 16. As also in all
fearcheth all things, yea the deep his epifties, speaking in them of
things of God, * v. 11. For what thele things, in which are some
man knoweth the things of a man things hard to Beunderstood, which
save the spirit of man which is in they that are unlearned and un.
him ? even fo the things of God stable wrelt, as they do also the
knoweth no man, but the spirit of other scriptures, unto their own
God. v, 12. Now we have received, destruction.
not the spirit of the world, but the g Pfal. 119. 105. Thy word is a
spirit which is of God, that we lamp unto my feet, anda light un-
might know the things that are to my path, v. 130. The entrance
freely given to us of God. of thy words givethlight, it giveth

o i Cor. 11. 13. Judge in your understanding unto the simple.
selves, is it comely that a woman

VIII, r Mat.

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