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in all his works, and in all his commands m. To him is due from angels and men, and every other creatyre, whatsoever worship, service or obedience he is pleased to require of them n.

III. In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power and eternity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the holy Ghost o. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding: The Son is eternally begotten of the Father p, the holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and Son q.

CHAP. III. Of God's eternal decree.

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mPfal.145:17. The Lordis righ- dove and lighting upon him.v.17. teous in all his ways, and holy in And lo,avoicefromheaven, saying, all his works, Rom. 7.12, Where. This is my belovedson,inwhomi fore the law is holy, and the com am well pleased. Mat. 28. 19. GO mandment holy, and juft,& good. ye therefore and teach allnations,

n Rev. 5. 12.Saying with a loud baptizing them in the name of the voice, Worthy is the Lamb thatwas Father, and of the Son,and of the hain,to receive power and riches, holy Ghost.2Cor.13.14. Thegrace and wisdom, and strength and ho- of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the nour,and glory,and blefling.v.13. love of God, and the communion Andeverycreaturewhich is in hea. of the holy Ghost, be with you all. ven, and on the earth, and under Amen. the earth, and such as are in the Johnr. 14. And the wordwas sea,and all that are in them, heard made felh, and dwelt among us, I, saying,Blessing and honour, and (and we beheld hisglory,theglory glory and power be unto him that as of the only begotten of the FaItteth upon the throne, and unto ther)full of grace and truth. v. 18. the Lamb for ever and ever.v.14. No man hath seen God at any And the fonr beasts faid, Amen. time; the only begotten son, which And the four and twentyeldersfell is in the botom of the Father, he down and worshipped him that lie hath declared him. vethi for ever andever.

2 John 15.26.But whentheComIII.o 1 John 5. 7. For there are forter is come, whom I will send three that bear record in heaven, untoyou from the Father,even the the Father the word, and the holy Spirit of truth, which proceedeth Ghost; and these three are one. from the Father, he shall testifyof Mat.3.16. And Jesus, when hewas me. Gal. 4.6. And because ye are baptized, went üp straightwayout fons, God hath sent forth the spirit of the water: and lo, the heavens of his Son into your hearts, cry. were opened unto him, and hefaw ing, Abba, Father, thespirit of God descending like a

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dain whatsoever comes to pass a; Yet so, as thereby neither
is God the author of fin b, nor is violence offered to the will
of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second
cules taken away, but rather established c.
II

. Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to
pass upon all supposed conditions d: yet hath he not decreed
any thing because he foresaw it as was future, or that which

would
1. a Eph. i. 11. In whom also we to the Son of man fuffer of thein.
have obtained aninheritance, being Acts. 4. 27.For of a truth, against
predestinated according tothe pur- thy holy child Jesus, whom thou
poleof him who workethall things hastanointed;both Herodand Pon-
after the counsel of his own will. tius Pilatê,withthe Gentiles, and
Rom. 11.33. O the depth of the the people of Israel were gathered
riches both of the wisdom and together. v. 28.For to do whatso-
knowledge of God! how unsearch• ever thy hand and thøcounsel deá
able are his judgments, and his termined before to be done. John
ways past finding out! Heb. 6617 19.11. Jesus answered thou couldst
WhereinGod willing more abun. have no power at all against me,
dantly to thew unto the heirs of except itwere given thee from aó
promise the immutability of his bove: therefore he that delivered
counsel, confirmed it by an oath. me unto thee hath the greater sin.
Rom.9.15.For he faith to Mofes, Prov. 16.33. The lot iscastintothe
I will have mercy on whom I will lap: butthe whole disposing there.
havemercy,and I will have compaf- of is of the Lord.
ljon on whom I will have compal Il.dActs 15.18.Knownunto God
fion,.18. Therefore hath he mer are all his works from the begin-
cy on whom he will have mercy, ning of the world. 1 Sam. 23. 11.
and whom he will,he hardneth. Will the men of Keilah deliver me

b James 1. 13. Let no man fay up into his band? Will Saul come
when he is tempted, I am tenipted down, as thy servant hath beard!
ofGod:for God cannot be tempted O Lord God of Israel, I beseech
with evil, neitherteripteth he any thee,tell thy servant, And the Lord
nan. 7. 17. Every good gist, and faid, He will come down. 2. 12.
every perfect gift is from above, Then said David; will the men of
and cometh down from the Father Keilah deliver me and my men in-
of lights withwhomis no variable to the hand of Saul? And the Lord
ness, neither shaddow of turning, faid, theywill deliver theeup. Mat,

John1.5.This then isthemeslage ir:21. Wo unto thée Chorazin wo which we have heard of him, and unto thee Bethlaida : for if the declare unto you, that God is light mighty works which were done in and in him is no darkness at all. you, had been donein Tyreand Si. . Acts 2. 23. Him, being deliver- don, they would save repentedlong ed by the determinate counsel and agoin fackclothandafhes.v.23, And forcknowledge of God, ye have thou Capernaum, which art ex. taken, and by wicked bands have alted onto heaven,shalt be brought crucified and flain. Mat. 17. 12. down to helí : for if the mighty But I fay unto you, That Elias is

works which have been donc in corre already, and they knew him thee, had been done in so jom, it not, but have done unto him what wouldhave remained up.til inisday. foever they listed; likewise shall alo

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III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, fome men and angels f are predestinated unto everlasting life, and others fore-ordained to everlasting death g.

IV. These angels and men, thus predestinated and foreordain d, are particularly and unchangeably designed; and their number is so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished h.

V. Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world was laid, according to his eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of his will, hath chofen, in Chrift, unto everlasting glory i, out of his mere free grace and love,

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e Rom. 9. 11. For the children to him?elf, according to the good being not yet torn,neither having pleasure of bis will, v.6. To the doncany goodorevi!, that the pur- praise of the glory of his grace, pose of God according to clection wherein he hath madeus accepted might stand, not of works, but of in the beloved. Prov. 16. 4. The him that calleth. , 13. As it is Lord hath made all thingsforhiinwritten, Jacob have I loved, but felf: yea, even the wicked for the Efau have I hated, v. 16. So then, day of evil. it is not of him that willeth, nor

IV.h2 Tim.2.19. Nevertheless, of him that runneth, but of God thefoundationofGodstandeth lure, that sheweth mercy. v. 18 There-' having this seal, Thel ordknoweth fore hath he mercy on whom he them that are his. And, Let every will have mercy, and whom he will one that nameth thenameofChrist he hardneth.

depart from iniquity. John 13. 18. Ill.fi Tim, 5.21. I charge thee I speak not of you all ; I know before Cod and the Lord Jesus whom I have chosen; but that the Christ, and the elect angels, that scripture might be fulfilled, He thou observe thele things without that eateth bread with me,hathlift preferring one before another.do- up his heel against me. ing nothing by partiality.Mat.25. V. i Eph. 1.4. Accordingas he 41. Thenihallhe layaliounto them hath cholen us in him, before the on the left hand, Depart from me, foundation of the world, that we ye cursed, into everlasting fire pre- lould be holy,and without blame pared for the devil and hisangels. before him in love.v.9. Having

g Rom. 9. 22. Whatif. Cod, wil- made known unto us the mystery ling to shew hiswrath,and to make of his will, according to his good his power known, endured with pleasure, which he hath purposed much long-suffering the vellels of in himielt: v. il. In whom also wrath fitted to destruction: v.23. we have obtained an inheritance, And that he might make known being, predestinated according to the riches of his glory on the ves. the purpose of him, who worketh fels of mercy, which he had afore all things after the counsel of his prepared unto glory? Eph. 1.5. own will. Rom. 8. 30. Moreover, Having predeltinated us unto the whom he did predestinate, them adoptionofChildrcaby Jesus Christ he altu called: and whom he cal

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without any foresight of faith, or good works, or perseverance
in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as con-
ditions, or causes moving him thereunto k; and all to the
praise of his glorious grace ).
VI. As God hath appointed the elect unto glory, fo hath
he, by the eternal and most free purpose of his will, foreordain-
ed all the means thereuntom. Wherefore they who are elec-
ted, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ n,
effectually called unto faith in Christ, by his fpirit working
in due season; are justified, adopted, fančtified o, and
kept by his power through faith unto falvation p. Neither

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, them he also justified: and should walkin them. 2Thell.2.13.
whom he justified, them he allo' But we are bound to give thanks
glorified. 2 Tim. 1.9. Who hath a way to God for you, brethren,
saved us, and called us with an ho- beloved of the Lord,because God
ly calling, not according to our hath front the beginning cholen
works, but acording to his ovn you to lalvation, thro' lanctilica.
purpose and grace, which was gi tion of the Spirir,and belief of the
ven us in Chrift Jefus, before the truth.
worldbegan. I Thell.5.9. For God ni Thell. 5.2.For Godbath not
hath not appointed us to wrath appointed us to wrath, but to ob-
but to obtain salvation by our Lord tain salvation by our Lord Jelus
Jesus c. hrist.

Christ. v, 10. Who died for us,
k Rom.9,11,13,26 (See lettere that whether we wake or sleer,vé
immediately forgoing. )Eph..4.0, should live together withhim. Tit.
(Seeletter i immediately forgoing) 2. 14. Who gave limfell for us,
1 Eph. 1. 6. To the praise of the that he might redeem is from all
glory of his grace, wherein hebath iniquity,and purify unto himlelta
made us accepted in the beloved. peculiar people, zealous of good
V. 12. That we should be to the works,
praise of his glory,who first trust o Roin. 8. 30. Moreover,whom
ed in Christ.

he did predestinate, them he also
VI. m 1 Pet. 1.2. Elect accor- called; and whom he called, then
ding to thefore-Knowledgeof God he also justified: and whom he ju-
the Father, through fan&tification stified, then be allo glorifieri. Eph.
of the spirit unto obedience, and 1.5. Having predestinated us unto
sprinkling of the blood of Jesus te adoption of children by Jelus
Christ. Eph.1.4. According as he Christ to himleli according to the
hath cholen us in hinz, before the food pleasure of his will. 2 Thell.
foundation of the world, that we 2. 13. But we are bound to give
should be boly,and without blame thanks to God alwayfor you, bre-
before him in love: v. s. Having thren, beloved of the Lord, be-
predestinated usunto the adoption caufiGodhath from the beginning
of children by Jesus Christ to hiin- chosen you to falvation, through
felf

, according to the good plea- fanctification of the fpirit, and be
sure of his will. Eph.2.10. For we lief of the the truth,
are his workmanship, created in pi Pei. 1 5. Who are kept by
Chrilt lefusuntogoodworks, which the power of God thru'faith in-
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are any other récdemed by Christ, effectually, called, justified, adopted, fanctified and saved, but the elect only q.

VII. The rest of mankind, God was pleased, according to the unsearchable couniel of his own will, whereby he extendeth or withholdeth mercy as he pleaseth, for the glory of his sovereign power over his creatures, to pass by, and to ordain them to dishonour and wrath for their fin, to the praise of his glorious justice r. VIII. The doctrine of this high mystery of predestination

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Rom.9. 17. For the scripture faith 9 John 17.9. I pray for them:I unto Pharaoh, Even for this fanie praynotfor the world, but for them purpose have I raised thee up, that which thou halt given me, for they I might fhew my power in thee, are thine, Rom. 8. 28. And we and that my name might be declajnow that all things work toge- red throughout all the earth.v.18. ther for good, to them that love Therefore hath he mercy onwhom God, to them who are the called he will have mercy, and whom he according to his purpose, &c. (to will, he hardneth. v.21.Hath not the end of the chapter.) John6.64. the potter power over the clay, of But there are some of you that be the same lump to make one vcstel lieve not. For Jesus knew from unto honour, and another unto the beginning, who they werethat dishonour? y. 22. What if God, believed not, and who should be- willing to shew his wrath, and to tray him.3.65. And he faid, There. make his power known, endured fore said I unto you, that no man with much long-suffering the vescan come unto me, except it were fess of wrath fitted to destruction ? given unto him of my Father, ohn 2Tim.2.19 Nevertheless, thefoun. 10. 26. But ye believe not, because dation of God (tandeth sure, ha, ye are not of my-sheep, as I said ving this seal, The Lord knoweth unto you. John 8.47. He that is them that are his. And, Let every of God, heareth Gods words: ye one that name the name of Christ therefore hear them not, because depart from iniquity. v. 20. But in ye are not of God. į John 2. 19. a great house, there are not only they went out from us, but they vellels of goldand offilver,but allo were not of us : for if they had of woud, and of earth; and some been of us, they would no doubt to honour,andsome to dishonour. have conținued with us; but they Jude 4. For there are certain men went out, that they might be made crept in unawares, who were bemanifelt, that they were not all of forc of old ordained to this con. us,

demnation, ungodly men,turning, VII. F Mat.11. 25. At that time the grace of our God into lasciviJesus answered and said, I thank ou iness,& denying the only Lord thee, O Father, Lord of heaven God, and our Lord Jelus Chrilt and earth, because thou hast hid 1 Pet.2 8. And a stone of stum. these things from the wise and pru: bling, and a rock of offence, even dent, and haft revealed them unto to them which stumbleat the word, babes. v. 26. Even so, Father, for being disobedient, whereunto allo fo it seemed good in thy fight, they were appointed.

VIII, Rom,

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