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kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical r; so as, in all controversies of religion, the church is finally to appeal unto them s. But because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have right unto and interest in the scriptures, and are commanded, in the fear of God to read and search them t; therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come v, that, the word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him in an acceptable manner w, and, thro patience and comfort of the Scriptures,may have hope x.
IX. The infallible rule of interpreptation of Scipture,is the Scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full fenfe of any Scripture (which is not manifold, but one) it must be searched and know by other
places VIII.r Mat. 5:18. For verily I not the meaning of the voice, I say unto you, till heaven and earth fhall be unto him that speaketh a pass, one jot, or onc title shall in barbarian; and he that speaketh now wise pass from the law,till all shall be a barbarian unto me.v. 12. be fulfilled.
Even so ye, forasmuch as ye are 1 Ilaiah 8.20. To the law, and zealous of fpiritual gifts, seek that to the testimony: if they speak ye may excel to the edifyingofthe not according to this word, itisbe- church.v. 24. But if all prophesy, cause there is no light in them. and there come in one that belie. Acts 15.15. And to this agree the veth not, or one unlearned, he is words of theprophets, as it is writ: convinced of all, he is judged of ten. John 5. 39. Search the scrip- all.z. 27, If any man speak in an tures,for in theni ye think yehave unknown tongue, let it be by two, eternal life,andtheyare they which or at the moft by three, and that testify of me,v.46. For had ye be- by course, and let one interpret. lieved Moses,ye would have belie- v. 28. But it there be no interpreved me ; for he wrote of me. ter, let him keep silence in the
t John. 5. 39. Search the scrip, church; and let him speak to him. tures, for in them ye thinkye have self and to God. eternal life, and they are they w Col. 3, 16. Let the word of which testify of me.
Chrilt dwell in you richly in all vi Cor.14.6. Now, brethren, if wisdom, teaching, and admonishI come unto yon speaking with ing one another in pfalms, and tongues, what ihalli profityou,ex- hymns and spiritual fons, singing cept I Mall speak to you either by with grace in your hearts to the revelation, or by knowledge, orby Lord. prophesying, or by doctrine? v.9. x Rom. 15. 4. For whatsoever So likewise you,except ye utterby thingswerewritten aforetime, were the tongue wordsealy to be under. written for our learning, that we food, how shall it be known what through patience and comfort of is spoken? for ye shall speak into the Scripture might have hope. the air. v, 11. Therefore if I know
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X. The supreme judge,by which all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opini
of antient writers, doctrines of men, and private fpirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest; can be no other but the holy spirit speaking in the Scripture z.
CHAP. II. Of God, and of the holy Trinity.
HERE is but one only a, living and true God b, who is infinite in being and perfections cya most pure spirit d,
IX.y 2 Pet. 1:20. Knowing this of those things that are offered in firit that no prophecy of thescrip. facrifice unto idols, we know that ture is ofany privateinterpretation an idol is nothing in the world, & v. 21. For the prophecy came not that there is none other God but in old time by the will ofman: but one.v.6.But to us there is but one holy menot Godspake as they were (i God, the Father, of whom are all moved bythe holy Ghost. Aetsis. things, and we in him ; and one 15. And to this agree the words of Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all the prophets,as is written, v. 16. things, and we by him. After this I will return, and will biThef.1.9. For theythemselves build again the tabernacleof David Mew of us what manner ofentring which is fallen down, and I will in we had unto you, and how ye build again the ruins thereof, and turned to God from idols to serve I will set it up,
theliving and true God. Jer, 10.10.
d John 4.24. God is a spirit, and
invisible e, without body, parts f, or passions g, immutable he immensei, eternal k, incomprehensible 1, almighty m, most wise a, moit holy o, most free p, most absolute 9, working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable
ei Tim. 1. 19. Now unto the 23. 23. Am I a God at hand, faith King eternal, immortal, invisible, the Lord, and not a God afar off? the only wise God, be honour and v. 24. Can any hide himself in seglory,for ever and ever. Amen. cret places, that I shall not see him;
f Dut. 4.15. Take ye therefore faith the Lord: do not I fill heaven good hecd unto yourselves( forye and earth? faith the lord. law no manner of fimilitude on the k Plalm90.2, Before the mounday that the Lord (pake unto you tains were brought forth, or ever in Horeb, out of the midst of the thou hadst formed the earth & the fire.) 2. 16, Left ye corrupt your world,even from everlasting to e. lelves, and make you a graven i- verlatting, thou art God.. Tim.. mage, the fimilitude of any figure, 17. Now unto the king eternal,imthe likeness of maleorfemale. Johnmortal, invisible,theonly wile Cod, 4. 24. God is a spirit and they that be honour and glory,for ever and worthip him muft worship him in ever. Amen. Spirit and in truth. With Luke24. 1 Pfalm 145-3.Great is the Lord, 39. Behold my hands and my feet, and greatly to be praised; and his that it is I myself: handle me, and greatness is un'earchable. See, for a spirit hath not helh and m Gen.17, 1. And when Abram bones, as ye see me have.
was ninety years old and nine, & a&ts 14.11.
Andwhen the peo the Lord appeared to Abram, and ple faw what Paul had done, ihey said unto him, I am the Almighty lift up their voices, saying, in the God; walk before mc,and be thou Speech of Lycaonia, The gods are perfect. Rev. 4, 8, And the four come down to us in the likenels beasts bad each of them six wings of men. 9.15. And saying, Sirs, about him, and they were full of why do ye these things? We also cyes within, and they rest not day are men of like pallionswith you, andnight, laying, Holy,holy, holy, andpreachunto you, thatye should Lord God Almighty, which was, turn from these vanities unto the and is, and is to come. living God, which made heaven n Rom. 16.26.ToGod only wise, and earthand the sea,and allthings be glory through Jesus Christ for that are therein.
ever. Amen. h Jam. 1. 17. Every good gift, olla. 6. 3. And one cried unto andevery Perfect gift is from above another, and laid, Holy,holy,holy and cometh down from the Father is the Lord of hoftsthe whole earth of lights, with whom is novariable: is full of his glory. Rev. 4.8. See nels, neither shaddow of turning. letter m immediately foregoing.) Mal. 3. 6. For I am the Lord, I p Pfal. 115. 3. But our God is in change not; therefore ye sons of the heavens; he hath done whatlo. Jacob are not consumed,
ever he plealeth i i Kings 8.27. But will God in q Exod. 3. 14. AndGod said unto deed dwell on the earth? behold, Moles, I AM THAT I AM: the heaven,and heaven of heavens And he said, thus shalt thou say cannot contain thee, howmuchless onto the children of Israel, I AM this house that I have builded? Jer. hath sent me unto you.
and most righteous will r, for his own glory f; most loving
art jult in all that is broughtupon
ti John4.8.He that loveth not, fing the Lord willabhorthe bloody
saries, and he referveth wrath for
forgiving iniquity & tranf-
children, unto thethird and to the
x Neh..32.Now therefore,our thren,& fathers, hearken, the God
nefs d, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himsels All-fufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made e; nor deriving any glory from them f, but only manifesting his own glory, in, by, unto, and upon them: He is the alone fountain of all beings, of whom, through whom,and to whom are all things g; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth h. In his fight all things are open and manifest i; his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature k, so as nothing is to him contingent or uncertain 1. He is most holy in all his counsels,
ditim.6.15. Whichinhistimes thee to eat grass as oxen,and they he shallshew,whois the blessed and shall wet thee with the dewof heaonly potentate, the Kingof kings, ven,andfeven times shall passover and Lordof lords.Rom.9.5., Whose thee, till thou know that the most are the fathers, and of whom as highrulethinthe kingdomof men, concerning the Heih Christ came; andgivethittowhomloever hewill. who is over all, God blested for e V. 35. And all the inhabitants of ver. Amen.
the earth are reputed as nothing; e A&ts 17. 24. God that made the and he dothaccordingto hiswillin world, and all things therein, see, the army of heaven, and among ing that he is l.ord of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth; and earth, dwelleth notintemplesmade none can stay his hand, or say unwith hands: 7.25. Neither is wor to him, What doelt thou ? hipped withmensbands ,asthough i Heb. 4. 13. Neither is thereany he needed any thing, seeing he gicreature that is not manifest in his veth to all life, and breath, and all fight: but all things are naked and things.
opened unto the eyes of him with f Job. 24, 2. Can a man be profi- whom we have to do. table unto God, as he that is wise k Rom, 11.33.0 the depthof the may be profitable unto himself? riches, both of the wisdom and V.3. Is it any pleasure to the Al- knowledge of God!how unsearchmighty that thou art righteous ? able are his judgments, and his or is it gain to him, that thouma- ways past finding out! ý. 34. For kelt thy ways perfect?
who hath known the mind of the g Rom. 11. 36. For of hini, and Lord, or who hath been his counthrough him, and to himn are all seller? Pfal. 147.5. Great is our things:to whom be gloryfor ever. Lord, andoh great power: his unAmen.
derstanding is infinite, h Rev. 4. 11. Thou art worthy TAets. 15. 18. Known unto God O Lord,to receive glory, and ho- are all his works from the beginnuur, and power; for thou hast ning of the world. Ezek. 11.5. created all things andfor thyplea- The Spirit of the Lord fell upon sure they are, and were created. me and said unto me,fpcak, Thus I Tim. 6.15 (see letterd immedi- faith the Lord, Thus have ye faid atelyforegoing )Dan. 4.25. That O house of Israel : for I know the they shall drive thee frommen,and things that come into your mind thydwellingshall be withthebeasts every one of them. of the field, and they fhall make