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after our own Lusts, whkh make us unwilling to endure found Doctrine.
'And, having consented to wholsome Words, even the Words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the Doctrine which is according to Godliness, -we ought to continue in the things which we have learned, and have been assured of; without regarding what is said, either by such at teach things that they ought not, for f1lthy Lucre's fake; or by unruly and vain Talkers and Deceivers, who being pufft up by their sleshly Mind, intrude into those things which they have not seen, or by such at make the Word of God of none Effect through their Tradition.
b Having therefore received of the Apostles, by the Lord Jesus, how we ought to walk and to please God, Let us receive that which we have heard of them, not as the Word of Men, but (as it is in truth) the Word of God, which effectually worketh in them that believe: The Power and Demonstration of which is such, that, whosoever will not hear Moses, and the Prophets, Christ, and his Apostles, yet speaking to m in the Scriptures, neither will he be persuaded any other way, of the Truth of Religion, tho' one rose from the dead to assure him of it.
c The Gospel of Jesus Christ, which., according to the Commandment of the Everlasting God, was made known to all Nations for the Obedience of Faith, This is the Word of God, which liveth and abidetl) for ever: This is that Wisdom from above, which all the Adversaries os it shall not be .able to gainsay, or relist; by which also wearesav'd, if we believe, and obey, from the Heart, that Form of Doctrine, which is delivered to us in the Holy Scriptures.
2Tim. 4. 3. a1Tim. 1. j. 2 T1m. j. 14. T1t. r. 11.
Tit. 1.10. Col. 2 18. Mar. 7. 1j. b 1 Thess. 4. 1,2,1.
1ThelT. 2. 13 1Cor. 2.4. Luke 1«. Jr. Heb. 11.4;
«Rom. 16. 2j,26. 1Pet. 1.2j. Jam.j.17. Luke2r.1j.
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'And, as there is none other Name nnder Heaven, given among Men, whereby we must be sayed, but the Name of Jesus Christ; so neither is there any other Doctrine to be taught, but what is declared unto us in the Gospel which wehave received, and wherein we stand. ."
b If any Man preacheth another Jesus; or if any Man, Ot an Angel from Heaven, preach any other Gospel unto us than that which the Apostles have preached unto us, let him be accursed.
c Ye shall not add unto the Word which God commandeth you, neither shall you dimin1sh ought from it.
d Add thou not unto his Words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a Liar; for every Word of God is pure.
e If any Man mall add unto the Words of this Book of the New Covenant, God shall add unto him the Plagues that are written in this Book: And if any Man shall take away from the Words of this Book, God shall take away his part out of the Book of Life.
f Wherefore, let us mark that which is noted in the Scripture of Truth, and lay up the Words of this Book in our Heart, and in our Soul; and let us teach them our Children, speaking of them
Luke 21.15. 1 Cor. 15.1. Rom. 6.17. a Acts 4.12.10.
1 T1m. 1. 3. 1 Cor. 15. 1. b 2 Cor. 11.4. Gal. 1. 9, »•
,'« Deut. 4. 2. <»Prov. 30. 6,5. ef Rev. 22.18, 19.
fDan. 10. 21. Dent, n. 1S, 1j. 2K1n. 22. 13. Deut.
when we fit in our Houses, and when we walk by the way, when we lie down, and when we rife up.
'For the Commandment, which the Lord th7 God commands thee this. Day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it sar osf. It is not in Heaven, that thou shouldst say, who shall go up for us to Heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it and do it? Neither is it beyond the Sea, that thou shouldst say, who shall go over the Sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it and do it? But the Word is very High unto thee, in thy Mouth, and in thy Hearr, that thou may'st do it. And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preach'd unto us.
b Secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but those things which are Revealed belong unto us and to our Children , for ever, that we may do all the Works of this Law.
c If therefore thou Jhalt a/k, saying, What shalr I do to inherit Eternal Life? The plain Answer is, what is written in the Law, and in the Gospel? How readest thou? Seek ye out of the Book of the Lord, and read therein all the Days of your Life, that ye may learn to fear the Lord your God, and to keep all the words of this. Law, and these Statutes, to do them.
d Blessed is he that teadeth, and fhey that hear the words of this Book, and keep those, things which are written therein.
Peut.11.18 19. 'Deut. 30. n, 12,13,14. 1Pet.1.25. b Deut. 1». 1f. « Luke 1o. 25, 16. Isa. 3+. 1<5.
Deut. 17- »«- 'f Rev. 1. i,
B f Chap.
Concerning GOD; His NATURE, Ar?R IB UTE S, and WO R K S.
• ' I VHAT which may be known of God, X is manifest: For the Heavens declare the Glory of God, and the Firmament shewerh his Handy-work: So that we are without excuse, //, by the things that are made, we do not clearly perceive, and understand his eternal Power and Godhead.
b The Lord is also known by the Judgment which he executeth.
hut the Scriptures having given us a plainer and fuller Account of the Divine Being, than the Reason of Man can discover, of it self, the bell, and easiest way of coming to the right Knowltdge of God, is, by his Word.
From whence we learn,
That he is the Maker, Preserver, and Governor of all things; That he is a Being every way perfect; the only God; who hath none other l1ke him; and who is greater, and more excellent, than all other Beings: That he is a Spirit, Eternal and Unchangeable, and f1lls all Places by his Presence; That his Happiness, Knowledge, Wisdom, and Power, are Infinite; That he is perfeclly Good and Gracious, Righteout and Just, True and Faithful, Pure and Holy: And, that after all we do, or can know of him, he is incomprehens1ble.
* Rom. 1.19. Ps. 3g, 1, Rom. i. 2o. » Ps 9. 1«.
GOD is the Creator, Maker, and Former. of all things.
a By him were all things created , that are in Heaven, and that are in Earth, vifible and invisible, whether they be Thrones, or Dominions, or Principalities, or Powers: All things were created by him, and for him.
b He made Heaven, the Heaven of Heavens, with Jki their Host; the Earth , and all things that are therein, the Seas, and all that is therein: As for the World, and the Fulness thereof, and all ,things that come forth of it, he hath founded them.
cHe formed the Light, and created Darkness: the Day is his, the Night also is his; He hath prepared the Light and the Sun: And by his Spirit he hath garnished the Heavens.
dHe gave the Sun for a Light by Day, and ordained the Moon and the Stars, for a Light by Night.
* He hath made Summer and Winter: the.North and the South, he hath created them.
f The Lord hath founded the Earth, and hung it upon nothing.
g He created it not in vain; he formed it to' be inhabited.
*i He lhut up the Sea with Doors, and faid,, hitherto shalt thou come but no farther, and here shall thy proud Waves be staid.
*Col. 1. 16. "Neh. 9.6. Ps. S». 11. Is. 3* 1.
«Ifa. 4j. 7. Ps 74.1*. Job 26.1j. *Jer. J2.jj. Psi.j,
}er. Jj. 3 j. • Is. 74.17: Ps. 15.. 12. « Prov. U 1JV ob26.7. >lsa.4j,.1». Mob 38, j, n.
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