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Of God, and of the Holy Trinity. THERE is but one only a living apd true
God ; b who is infinite in being and pertection, c a most pure spirit, d invisible, e without body, parts, f or passions, g immutable, h immense, i eternal, k incomprehensible, l almighty, m most wise, n most holy, o most free, p most absolute, q working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will, r for his own glory, : most lov. ing, t gracious, merciful, long suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin; u the rewarder of them that diligently seek him ; w and withal, most just a:d terrible in his judgments, ac hating all sin, y and who will by no means clear the guil
a Deui. vi. 4. I Cor. viii. 4, 6. 61 Thes: i. 9. Jer. x. 10. c Job, i. 7, 8, 9, and xxvi, 14. d John, iv, 24. el Tim.j. 17. f Deut. ir. 15, 16. Jolin, iv. 24. Luke, xxiv. 39. § Acts, xiv. 11, 15. h James, i. 17. Mal. iii. 6. i I Kings, viji. 27. Jer. xxiii, 23, 24. k Rom. i. 20. J. Tim. i. 17. Psal. xc. 2. | Psal. cxlv. 3. Gen. xvii. 1. Reviv, 8. n Rom. xvi. 27. Isa. vi. 3. p Psal. cxv. 3. 9 Exod. iii. 14. q Eph.j. 11. & Rom. xi. 36. ( 1 John, iv. 8, 16. a Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7. w Heb. xi. 6.
Neh. ix. 32, 33. y Psal. vi. 5, 6.
z Exod. xxxiv. 7. Nah. i. 2. 3.
II. God hath all life, a glory, 6 goodness, cbles. sedness, d in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-stifficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made, e nor deriving any glory from them. f but only manifes. ting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things ; & and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth.h In his sight all things are open and manifest ; i his knowledge is in finite, 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, in all his works, and in all his commands. m To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience, as creatures, they owe into the Creator, and whatever he is further pleased to reguire of them.n
a John, v. 26. b Acts, vii, 2. c Psal, cxix. 68.d I Tim. vi. 15. Rom. ix. 5. e Acts, xvii. 24, 25. f Job, xxij. 2, 3. g Rom. II, 36. in Rev. iv. 11. I Tim. vi. 15. Dan. iv. 25, 31, 34, 35. i Heb. iv. 13. k Rom, xi. 33, 34. Psal. cxlvij. 5. Acts, 15. 18. Ezek. xi. 5. m Psal. exly, 17. Rom. vii. 12. n Rev. v, 12, 13, 14.
III. In the unity of the Godhead there by three persons of one substance, power, and eternity ; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Hos ly Ghost: 0 The Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding ; the son is eternally be. gotten of the Father ; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.! Which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and com. fortable dependence upon him.
o I John, v. 7. Mat. iii. 16, 17, chap. xxviii. 19. II Cor. xiij. 14. 12 John, i. 14, 18. q John, $v. 26. Gal. iv. 6. II Cor. xiii. 14.
Of God's Eternal Decree86
OD from all eternity did by the most wise
and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass ; a yet so as thereby neither is God the au. thor 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
k Eph. j, il. Rom. xi. 33. Hebo rio. 17.
Rom.ix. 15, 18.
6 James, i. 13, 14. I John, Ć Acts, ii. 23. chap. iv. 27, 28. Müt. xvij. 12. Johti, X. 11. Prov. xvi. 33.
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 future, or that which would come to pass, upon such conditions. e
d Acts, xv. 18; 15, aud xxiij. '11, 12. Mat xi. 21, 23. e Rom. ix. 11, 13, 16, 18.
III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels f are predestinated unto everlasting life, and others fore-ordained 10 everlasting death.g
fi Tim v. 21. Mat. xxv. 41. Eph. io 5, Prov. xvi. 4. g Rom. ix. 22, 23.
These angels and men, thus predestinated and fore-ordained, are particularly and unchangea. bly designed, and their number is so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished. h
k II Tim. ii. i9. John, 13. 18
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 choser, in Christ, unto everlasting glory, i out of his mere free grace and love, 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 graceol
i Eph. l. '*, 9, 11. Rom. xiii. 30,' II Tim. in 9. I Thes. v. 9. k Rom. ix. Ily 13,. 16. Eph. į. 4, 9. 1 Eph. j. 5, 12.
VI. As God hath appointed the elect unto glorya so hath he by iho eternal and most free purpose cf his will fore ordained all the means thereun, to, m Wherefore they who are elected, being fallen in Adam, arc recitemed by Christ, n are effectually callcu unto faith in Christ by his. Spirit working in due season, are justified, an dopted, sanctified, o and kept by his power, through faith unto salvation, f?
Neither are 2. by other redeenied by Christ, or effectually cala led, justified, adopted, sanctified, and saved, but the elect only,
m I Pet. 1, 2. Epli, j, 4, 5, and chap, ii. 10. II Thes, ü. 13. n I These V, 9, 10. Tit. ii. 14..
Rom. viii. 30, Eph, i, v. II Thes. ii. 13. to I Pet. j. 5. q John, vii. 9,-vi. 64, 65,-viii, 47, and x. 26. Rom. viii. 28, to the end, 1 Jolin, in p.