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are any other réedemed by Christ, effectually, called, justified, adopted, fanctified and faved, but the elect only q.
VII. The rest of mankind, God was pleased, according to the unfearchable 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
in the lalt time,
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 hast given me, for they I might fhew my power in thee, are thine, Rom. 8. 28. And we and that my name might be decla. jnow 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 vessel lieve not. For Jesus knew from unto honour, and another unto the beginning, who they werethat dishonour? v. 22. What if God, believed not, and who should be- willing to shew his wrath, and to tray him.v.65.And he said, There. make his power known, endured fore raid I unto you, that no man with much long-suffering the yescan come unto me, except it were fess of wrath fitted to destruction? given unto him of my Father, John 2Tim.2.19 Nevertheless, thefoun10. 26.But ye believe not,because dation of God (tandeth Cure, ha, ye are not of my-lheep, as I said ving this seal, The Lord knoweth unto you. ohn 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. I John 2. 19. a great house, there are not only they went out from us, but they vessels of gold and 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 continued 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 lascivi. Jesus answered and said, I thank oulness,& denying the only Lord thee, o Father, Lord of heaven God, and our Lord Jesus Chrilt and earth, because thou hast hid : Pet.2 8. And a stone of ftum. these things from the wise and pru- bling, and a rock of offence, even dent, and hast revealed themi unto to them which stumbleat the word, babes. v. 26. Even so, Father, for being disobedient, whereunto alla so it seemed good in thy fight, they were appointed.
is to be handled with special prudence and cares, that men attending the will of God revealed in his word, and yielding obedience thereunto, may, from the certainty of their efe fecual vocation, be assured of their eternal election t. So ftall this doctrine afford matter of praise, reverence, and dmiration of God v; and of humility, diligence, and a. bundant consolation to all that sincerely obey the gospel w,
CHAP. IV. Of Creation,
T pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghoft a, for
the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness b, in the beginning, to create, or
VIII. Rom, 9. 20. Nay but, o belief they were broken off, and man, who art thou that replielt a- thou standelt by faith.Benot highgainst God? shall the thing formed minded, but fear. 2 Pet. 1. 10:(See lay to him that formed it, Why halt letter t'immediately, foregoing.) thou made me thus? Rom. 11. 33. Ro.8.33. Who fhall lay any thing o the depth of the riches both of tothe charge of God’select?it is God the wildom & knowledge of God! that justifieth. Luke 10: 20. Nothow unsearchable are his judg withstanding in this rejoice not, ments, and his ways past finding that the spirits are subject unto out! Deut. 29. 29. The secret you: but rather rejoice because things belong unto the Lord our your names are written in heaven. God: but thole things which are I. a Heb. 1. 2. Hath in theie last revealed belong unto us, and to days spoken unto us by his Son, our children for ever, that we whom he hath appointed heir ofall may do all the words of this law., things, by whom also he madethe
t 2 Pet. 1. 10. Wherefore the worlds. John.1.2. Thelamewas in rather, brethren, give all diligence the beginning with God. v. 3. All to make your calling and election things were made by him; and lure: for if ye do these things, ye without him was not any thing shall never fall.
made, that was made.Gen. 1.2.And v Eph. 1. 6. To the praise of the earth was without form and the glory of his grace, wherein he void, and darkness was upon the hath madeus accepted in the belo- face of the deep: And the spirit of ved.Rom. !.33. (See lettet sim- Godmovedupontheface of the wamediately foregoing.)
ters. Job 26. 13. By his spirit he w Rom. 11. 5. Even so then at hath garnished the heavens: his this present time allo there is a hand hath formed thecrooked ser. remnant according to the election pent. Job 33.4. The spirit of God of grace. v. 6. And if by grace, hath made me. and the breatin of then is it no more of works other the Almighty hath given me life, wile grace is no more grace. But
b Rom. 1. 20. For the invisible if it be of works, then it is no more things of him from the creation grace : otherwise work is no more of the world are clearly seen, being work. v, 20. Well; because of uns understood by the things that are
make of nothing, the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invilible, in the space of fix days, and all very good c.
II. After God had made all other creatures, he created man, male and female d, with reasonable and immortal fouls e, endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true ho iness, after his own image f, having the law of God written in their hearts g, and power to fulfill it h; and yet
made, even his eternal power and became alivingsoul. WithEccl.12. Godhead; so that theyare without 7. Then shall thedultreturn to the excuse. Jer. 10.12. He hath made earth as it was : and the spiritshall the earth by his power, he hath return unto God who gaveit, And established the worldbyhiswisdom, Luke 23. 43. And jelus laid unto and hathftretched out the heavens him, Verily I sayunto thee, Today by his discretion. Pfal. 104. 24:0 halt thou be with me in paradise. Lord, howmanifold arethy works! And Mat 10.28 And fear not them in wisdom haft thoumade themall; which kill the body, but are not the earth is full of thy riches.Psal. able to kill the foul:but rather fear 33. 5. He loveth righteousness & him which is able to deltroy both judgment: the earth is full of the foul and body in hell. goodness of the Lord. v. 6.Bythe fGen. 1. 26. AndGod laid, Let word of the Lordwere the heavens us make man in our image, after made: and all the hosts of them, our likeness : and let them have by the breath of his mouth. dominion over the fish of the sea,
(ThewholefiritchapterofGen.) and over the fowl of the air, and Heb.11.5. Throughtaith we under- over the cattle, and over all the Itand that the worlds were framed earth, and over every creeping by the word of God, so that things thingthatcreepeth upon the earth. which are seen, were not made of Col.3,10.And haveput on the new things which dô appear.Col.1.16. man, which is renewed in knowFor by him were all thingscreated ledge, after the image of him that that are in heaven,and that are in created him. Eph.4. 24. And that earth,visible & invisible, whether ye puton the new man, whichafter they be thrones or dominions, or God is created in righteousness, principalitiesorpowers:all things and true holiness, were created by him and for him. g Rom.2.14. For when theGenActs 17. 24. God that made the tiles which have not the law,do by world, and all things therein, fee: nature the things contained in the ing that he is Lord of heaven and law, these having not the law,are earth,dwellethnot in temples made a law unto themelves: 7,15.which with hands.
Thew the work of the law written II. d Gen.1. 27. 30 God created intheirhearts, their conscience allo man.in bis ownimage in the image bearing witnels, & their thoughts of God created he him: male and themean while accusing, or ellefemale created he them.
excaling one another. e Gen, 2.7. And the Lord Gad
h Eccl.7.29. Lo, this only have formed man of the dust of the I found that God hath made man ground, and brcathed into his no- upright; but they have fought out Hrils the breath of lite ; and man many inventions,
under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject unto change i, Beside this law written in their hearts, they received a command, nt to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; vhich while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God k, and had dominion over the creatures l.
CHAP. V. Of Providence.
OD, the great creator of all things,
of all things, doth upG
hold a, direct, difpofe, and govern all creatures, actions, and things b, from the greatest even to the least c, by his most wise and holy providence d, according to his infallible foreknowledge e, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will f, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy g.
i Gen.3. 6. Andwhen thewoman, minion over the fish of the sea,and fawthat the tree was good forfood, over the fowl of the air, and over andthat it was pleasanttotheeyes, the cattle, and over all the earth. and a tree to be delired tomakeone andoverevery creeping thingthat wise; she took of the fruit thereof, creepethuponthe earth,?'.28. And and did eat,and gave also unto her God blessed them,and Godiaid unhusband with her, and he did eat, to them, Be fruitful,and multiply Eccl.7.29 (Seeletter h immediate- andreplenish the earth and fubdue ly foregoing.)
it: and have dominion over thefish k Gen, 2. 17. But of the tree of of the sea, and over the fowl of the the knowledge of good and evil, air, and over every living thing thou Thalt not eat of it: for in the that moveth upon the earth. day that thou eatelt thereof, thou Ia Heb. 1. 3. Who being the shaltsurelydie.Gen.3.18. And they brightnessof his glory and the exheard the voice of the Lord God preisimage of his perio., andupwalking in the garden in the cool holding all things by the word of of the day: and Adamand his wife his power, when hehad by himself hid themselves from the presence purgedoutour sins,lat down onthe of the Lord God amongst the trees right hand of the majesty on high. of the garden. v.9. And the Lord b Dan. 4. 34. And at the end of God called unto Adam,andlaidun thedays, I Nebuchadnezzar litt up to him, where art thou?v. 10. And mine eyes unto heaven, and mine he said, I heard thy voice in the underltanding returned untome, garden; and I was afraid, because and I hlelled the most high, and í Iwas naked; and I hid myself.v.1r, prailed and honoured him that lie And he said, Who told thee that veth for ever, whose dominion is thou wast naked? Halt thou eaten an everlasting duminion, and his of the tree, whereof I commanded kingdom is tromgeneration to gethee, that thou shouldest not eat? nation. v, 35. And all the inna. V.23. Therefore the Lord God fcnt bitants of the earth are reputed as himforthfromthe garden of Eden, nothing: and hedoch accordingto to till the ground, from whence be his will in the army of heaven, was taken.
and among theinhabitants of the I Gen. 1. 26, And God said, let parth:and none can Itay his hand, us make man in our image, after or lay unto tiin,What doit thou? ourlikeness: and let them havedo. Pfal, 135. 6, Whatloever the Lord
II, Although, in relation to the foreknowledge and decrec of God, the first cause, all things come to pais immutably and infallibly h: Yet, by the same providence he ordereth
pleased that did he in heaven and shall not be corre&t?he that teachin earth, in the seas, and all deep eth man knowledge, shall not he, places. Acts 17.25. Neither isworo knowv.11. The Lord knoweth thipped with mens hands, as tho' the thoughts of man,that they are he needed any thing, feeing he gi. vanity. veth to all life,and breath, and all f Eph.!. 14. In whom alio we things; v. 26. And hath made of havc obtainedanin heritance, being one blood,all nations of men, for predestinated according tothe purto dwell on all the face of theearth pole of himwho worketh allthings and hath determined the times be. after the counsel of his own will, fore appointed, and the bounds of Psalm 33. 10. The Lord bringeth their habitation: v.28. For in him the counsel of the heathen to welive, and move and have our nought: he maketh the devices of being: as certain also of your own the people of none effect. v. II, poets have said,l'or we are allo his The countel of the Lord standeth off-spring. Job.38,39,40,41. Chap. for ever, the thoughts of his heart ters.
to all generations. c Mat, 10.29. Are not two spar- gIsaiah 63.14. As a bealt goeth rows fold for a farthing ? and one down into the valley, the Spirit of of them shallnot fall on the ground the Lord caused him to rest : 10 without our Father. v. 30. But didit thou lead thy people,tomake the very hairs of your head are all thyself a gloriousname. Eph.3.10. numbred.v, 31, Fear ye not there. To the intent that now unto the fore, ye are of more value than principalities and powers in heamany sparrows.
venly places, might be known by d Prov. 15. 3. The eyes of the the church the manifold wisdom Lordare in every place,beholding of God. Rom.9. 17. For the scripthe evil and the good. Pfal. 104. ture faith unto Pharaoh, Even for 24. O Lord, how manifold are thy thisfamepurpose have I raised thee works! in wildom halt thou made up, that I might shew muy power them all; the earth is full of thy in thee, and that my name might riches. Psal, 145.17, The Lord is be declared throughout all the righteous in all his ways,and holy earth. Gen.45.7. And God sent in all his works.
me before you, to prelerve you a e Acts 15. 18. Known unto God posterity in the earih, and to save are all his works from the begin- your livesby a great, deliverance, ning of the world.Pfal.94. 8. Un- Psalm 145,7. They shall abundants derltand, yebruitishamongthe peo- ly utter the memory of thy great ple: and ye fools, when will ye be goodness, and shall sing of thy wile? v. 9. He that planteth the righteousness, ear, shall be not hear he that for. 11, h Acts 2.23. Him, being des med the eye, shall he not sce? v. livered by the determinatecountel 10. He that chailileth the heathen, and forcknowledge of God, ye have