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& I Cor. i. 21. Rom. x. 14, , 15. Prov. xxix, 18.
III. The Revelation of the gospel unto sinners, made at divers times, and by sundry parts, with the addition of promises and precepts for the obedience required therein, as to the nations and persons to whom it is granted, is merely ofthe sovereign will and good pleasure of God, iz not being annexed by virtue of any promise to the due improvement of men's natural abilities, by virtue of common light received without it, which none ever did make, or can so do. ¿ And therefore in all ages, the preaching of the gospel hath been granted unto persons and nations, as to the extent or straitening of it, in great variety, according to the counsel of the will of God.
h Heb. i. 1, 2. Deut. vii. 7, 8. Psa. cxlvii. 19, 20. Mat. xxi. 43, and xi. 25, 26. i John, i. 13, and iii. 6. Rom. ix. 16. Phil. ii. 13. John, xv. 5. I Cor. ii. 14. Rom. viii. 7. k Amos, iii. 2. Mat. xxviii. 19, and xxi. 43. Eph.
IV. Although the gospel be the only outward means of revealing Christ and saving grace, and is as such, abundantly sufficient thereunto; yet that men who are dead in trespasses, may be born again, quickened or regenerated, there is moreover necessary, an effectual, irresistible; work of the Holy Ghost upon the whole souły for be producing in them a new spiritual life, without which no other means are sufficient for their conversion unto God. I
1 Eph. ii. 1 5. Tit. iii. 3. John, xvi. 7 to 12. Acts, vi. 14. Eph. i, 19, 20. I Thes. v. 231 John, iii. 6. Gal. ii. 8. I Cor. iii. 6, 7.
Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience
HE liberty which Christ hath purchased
for believers under the Gospel, consists in heir freedom from the guilt of sin, the condernning wrath of God, the rigour and curse of the law, a and in their being delivered from this present evil world, bondage to Satan, and doininion of sin, froin the evil of afflictions, the fear and sting of death, the victory of the grave, and everlasting damnation, c as also in their frie access to God, d and their yielding obedience unto hiin, not out of slavish fear, but a child-like love and willing mind : e All which were common also to believers under the law, for the substance of them, but under the new testament, the liberty of christians is further en. larged in their freedom from the yoke of the
ceremonial law, the whole legal administration of the covenant of grace, to which the Jewish church was subjected, g and in greater access to the throne of grace, h and in fuller communications of the free spirit of God, than believers under the law did ordinarily partake of. i
a Tit. ii, 14. I Thes, i, 10. Gal. ii. 13. • Gal. i, 4. Col. i. 13. Acts, xxvi, 18. Rom. vi, 14. c Rom. viii. 28. P3 il. cxix, 71. I Cor. xv. 54, to 57. Rom. vi, 1. d Rom v. 1, 2. e Rom. viii, 14, 15. I John, iv, 18. fGal iii. 13, 14. g Gal. iv, 1 to 7, and v, 1. Acts, xv, 10, 11. h Heb. iv, 14, 16, and x, 9, to 22. i John, vii, 38, 39. II Cor. xiii, 17, 18.
II. God alone is Lord of the conscience, k and hath left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men, which are in any thing contrary to his word, or not contained in il;l so that to believe such doctrines, or to obey such commands out of conscience, is to betray true liberty of conscience, m and the requiring of an implicit faith, and an absolute and blind obedience, is to destroy liberty of conscience, and reason also. n
k James, iv, 12. Rom. xiv, 4. Acts, iv, 19, and v, 29 I Cor. vii, 23. Mat. xxiii, 8, 9, 10, II Cor. i. 24
9. m Col. ii, 10. 22, 23. Gal. i, 10, and ii, 2, 4, 5, and v, l. n Rom. x, 11, and xiv, 23. Isa. viii, 20. Acts, xvii, 1: John, iv, 22. Hosea, v, 11. Jer. viii, 9.
III. They who upon pretence of Christian liberty do practice any sin, or cherish any lust, as they do thereby pervert the main design of the grace of the gospel to their own destruction ; 80 'hey wholly destroy the end of christian libe erty, which is that being delivered out of the hands of our enemies. we might serve the Lord without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him all the days of our life. O
o Gal. v, 13. I Pet. ij. 16. II Pet. ii, 19. Johns viii, 34. Luke, i. 74, 75.
Of Religious Worship, and of the Sabbath Day.
HE light of nature sheweth that there is
a God, who hath lordship and sovereignty over all, is just, good, and doth: good unto : ll, and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served with all the heart and all the soul, and with all the might ; a But the acceptable way of worshipping the true God, is instituted by himself, and so limited by his own revealed will, that he may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and de. vices of men, or the suggestions of Satan, under
any visible representations, or any other way not prescribed in the holy scripture. 6
a Rom, i. 20. Acts, xvii, 24. Psal cxix, 64. Jer. x, 7. Psal. xxxi. 23, and xviii, 3. Rom. x, 12. Psal. Ixii, 8. Josh. xxiv, 14. Mark xii, 33. b Deut. xii, 32. Mat. xv, 9. Acts xvii. 25. Mat. iv, 9, 10. Deut. iv, 15 to 20. Exod. xx, 4, 5, Col. ii, 23.
II. Religious worship is to be given to God the Father, Son, and holy Ghost, and to him alone ; of not to Angels, Saints, or any other creatures ; d and since the fall, not without a Mediator, nor in the mediation of any other but of Christ alone, e
c Mat. iv, 10. John v, 23, and II Cor. xiii, 14. d Col. ii, 18. Rev, six, 10. Rom, i, 25. John xiv, 6. I Tim. ii, 5. Eph. ii, 18, Col. iii, 17.
III. Prayer with thanksgiving, being one special part of natural worship, f is by God required of all men; g but that it may be accepted it is io be made in the name of the Son, h by the help of the Spirit, i according to his will, k with understanding, reverence, humility, fervency, faith, love, and perseverance : 2 and when with others in a known tongue. m
f Phil. iv, 6. g Psal. Ixv, ii. h John xiv, 13, 14. I Pet. ii, 5. i Rom. viii, 26. k I John v, .14,
! Psal. xlvii, 7. Eccl. v, i, 2. Heb. xii,