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ness d, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself 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 fovereign 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 l. He is most holy in all his counsels,
diTim.6,15.Which inhistimes thee to eat grass as oxen,and they he shallthew,whois the blessed and shall wet thee with the dewof heaonly potentate, the Kingof kings, ven,andseven 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 blefled for e- V. 35. And all the inhabitants of Ver. Amen.
the earth are reputed as nothing; e Acts 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 lord of heaven and the inhabitants of the earth; and earth, dwelleth notintemplesmadenone can stay his hand, or lay un. with hands: v.25. Neither is wor- to him, What doe't thou? shipped withmensbands ,asthough i Heb. 4. 13. Neither is thereany he needed any thing, seeing he gi. creature that is not manifest in his veth to all life, and breath, and all light: but all things are naked and things.
opened unto the eyes of him with f Job. 22, 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.3Is it any pleasure to the Al knowledge of God!how unsearch: mighty that thou art righteous ? able are his judgments, and his or is it gain to him, that thouma- ways past finding out! v. 34. For kelt thy ways perfeet?
who hath known the mind of the g Rom. ll. 36. For of hin, and Lord, or who hath been his counthrocgh him, and to him are all feller? Pfal. 147. 5. Great is our things:to whom be gloryfor ever. Lord, andof great power: his unAmen.
derstanding is infinite, h Rev. 4. 11. Thou art worthy I Acts 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 thy plea- The Spirit of the Lord fell upon fure they are, and were created. me,and laid unto me, speak, Thus i Tim.6.15 (lee 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 withthebeafts every one of them. of the field, and they fhall make
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.
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 beloved Son, 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 Sain to receive power,and riches, holy Ghost.2 Cor.13.14. Thegrace and wisdom, and strength,and ho- of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the nour,and glory,and blessing.v.13. love of God, and the communion And everycreaturewhich 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 P. Johnr. 14. And the wordwas sea,and all that are in them, heard made flesh, 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 Falitteth 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 fon, which And the four and twentyeldersfell is in the botom of the Father, he down and worshipped him that li- hath declared him. veth for ever and ever.
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 Ghoft; 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 ars baptized, went up straightwayout fons, God hath sent forth the spirit of the water : and lo, the heavens of his Son into your hearts, crywere 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 sin b, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes 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
I. a Eph. 1. 11. În whom also we fo the Son of man suffer of them. have obtained aninheritance, being Acts 4. 27.For of a truth, against predestinated according tothe pur- thy holy child Jesus, whom thou poleof himwho workethall things- haftanointed,both Herodand Ponafter the counsel of his own will. tius Pilaté, with the 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 th ycounsel de: able are his judgments, and his termined before to be done: John tays past finding out! Heb. 66 176 19.11. Jesus answered, thou couldst Wherein God 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 (in. 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 therehavemercy,and I willhave compaf- of is of the Lord. lion on whom I will have compal- II.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, hc bardneth. Will the men of Keilah deliver me
b James 1. 13. Let no man fay up into his hand? Will Saul come when he is tempted, I am tempted down, as thy servant hath heard! ofGod:for God cannot be tempted O Lord God of Israel, I beseech with evil, neithertempteth he any thee, tell thyservant, And the Lord man. v. 17. Every good gift, and said, He will come down. vi 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 inof lights with whomis no variable to the hand of Saul? And the Lord ness, neither shaddow of turningi faid, theywill deliver theeup. Mat, 1 John1.5. This then isthemeslage ir:21. Wo unto théeChorazin 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 doneinTyteand Sic Acts 2. 23. Him, being deliver- don,they would save repentedlong ed by the determinate counsel and agoin fackclothandalhes.v.23, And foreknowledge of God, ye have thou Capernaum, which art ex. taken, and by wicked bands have alted onto heaven, lhalt be brought crucified and Nain. Mat. 17. 12. down to heli: for if the mighty But I lay unto you, That Elias is works which have been done in corre already, and they knew him thee, had been done ir so jom, it not, but have done unto him what wouldhave remained up.til whisday. foeverthey listed; likewise shall als
would come to pass upon such conditions e.
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,
e Rom. 9. 11. For the children to himself according to the good being not yet torn,neitherhaving pleasure of his will, v.6. To the doncany goodorevi!, that the pur- praise of the glory of his grace, pole of God according to election wherein he hath madeus accepted might stand, not of works, but of in the beloved. Prov. 16. 4. The him that calleth. 2. 13. As it is Lord hath made all thingsforhiinwritten, Jacob have I loved, but felf: yea, even the wicked for the Esau have I hated, v. 16. So then, day of evil, it is not of him that willeth, nor IV.h2Tim.2,19. Nevertheless, of him that runneth, but of God thefoundationofGodftandeth fure, that sheweth mercy. v. 18 There-' having this seal, Thelordknoweth fore hath he mercy on whom he them that are his. And, Let every will have mercy, and whom he will one that nameth thenameofChrilt he hardneth.
depiirt from iniquity. John 13. 18, 111.fi Tim, s.21. I charge ihee 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- fhould 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 himself: 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 vel- 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
without any foresight of faith, or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as conditions, or causes moving him thereunto k; and all to the praise of his glorious grace l.
VI. As God hath appointed the elect unto glory, fo hath he, by the eternal and most free purpose of his will,foreordained all the means thereunto m. Wherefore they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, are redeemed by Christ n, effectually called unto faith in Christ, by his spirit working in due feason; are justified, adopted, fančtified o, and kept by his power through faith unto falvation p. Neither
led, them he also justified ; and should walkin them. 2 Thess.2.13. whom he justified, them he also But we are bound to give thanks glorified.2 Tim 1:9 Who hath al way to God for you, brythren, faved us,and called us with anho- beloved of the Lord,because God Jy calling, not according to our hath from the beginning cholen works, but acording to his o'yn you to lalvation, thro' lanctilica. purpose and grace, which was gi tion of the Spiritand belief of the ven us in Christ Jesus, before the truth. worldbegan i Thells.9.For God ni Thell. 5. 9. For Godbath not hath not appointed us to wrath ; appointed us to wrath, but to obbut to obtain salvation by our Lord tain lalvation by our Lord Jesus Jesus hriít.
Christ. v. 10. Who died for us, k Rom.126.96.36.199 (See lettere that whether we wake or sleep, ivé immediatelyforgoing. )Eph.1.4.0, should live together withhim. Tit. (Seeletter i immediately forgoing) 2. 14. Who gave laimself for us,
I Eph. 1.6. To the praise of the that he might redeem uis from ali glory of his grace, wherein hebath iniquity,and purify uuto himself a 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 firlt truft- o Rom. 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 jultified: and whom he juthe Father, through functification ftified, then be allo glorified. Eph. of the spirit unto obedience, and 1.5.Hiving pred stimated us unto Sprinkling of the blood of Jesus the adoption of children by Jelus Christ. Eph.1.4. According as he Uicilt to himlei,according to the hath cholen us in hinz, before the food pleasure of his will.2 Thell, foundation of the wo
2. 13. But we are bound to give should be boly,and without blame thanks to God alwayfor you, brebefore him in love: v. 5. Having thren, beloved of the Lord, bepredestinated usunto the adoption caufi Godhash from the beginning of children by Jesus Chrilt to himne chosen you to talvilion, through self, according to the good plea- fanctification of the fpirit, and be. sure of his will. Eph.2.10. F'or we lief of the the truth, are his workmanship, created in pi Pet. I 5. Who are kept by Chrilt Jesusuntogoodworks, which the power of God thro'faith unGod bath before ordained :hat we to salvation, ready to be revealed