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it is hid to them only that are lost, in whom the God of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious Gospel of Christ should shine unto them.
1 The Scriptures then being plain and easy, so far as is necessary to make us wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus; we ought to read them with the same sincerity with which they were written, not corrupting the Word of God, or perverting the Gospel of Christ, after our own lusts, which make us unwilling to endure sound doctrine.
? And having consented to wholesome 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 as teach things that they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake, or by unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, who being puffed up by their fleshly mind, intrude into those things which they have not seen, or by such as make the Word of God of none effect through their tradition.
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 us in the Scriptures, neither will he be persuaded any other way of the truth of religion, though one rose from the dead to assure him of it.
1 2 Tim. iii. 15. 2 Cor. ii. 17. Gal. i. 7. 2 Tim. iv. 3.
2 1 Tim, vị. 3. 2 Tim. iji. 14. Titus i. 11. Titus i. 10. Col. ii. 18. Mark vii. 13. & 1 Thess. iv. 1, 2, 3. 1 Thess. ii. 13. 1 Cor. ii. 4. Luke xvi. 31. Heb. xi. 4.
; '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 abideth for ever; this is that wisdom from above, which all the adversaries of it shall not be able to gainsay or resist; by which also we are saved, if we believe, and obey from the heart, that form of doctrine, which is delivered to us in the holy Scriptures.
? And as there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved, 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 we have received, and wherein we stand.
* If any man preach another Jesus; or if any man, or an angel from heaven, preach any other Gospel unto us than that which the apostles have preached unto us, let him be accursed.
Ye shall not add unto the word which God commandeth you, neither shall you diminish ought from it.
- Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar; for every word of
God is pure.
6 If any man shall 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.
i Rom. xvi. 25, 26. 1 Pet. i. 23. James iii. 17. Luke xxi. 15. 1 Cor. xv. 2. Rom. vi. 17. 2 Acts iv. 12. 10. 1 Tim. i. 3. 1 Cor. xv. I, 3 2 Cor. xi. 4. Gal. i. 9. 8. 4 Deut, iv. 2. 5. Prov. xxx. 6. 5.
| Rev. xxii. 18, 19.
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 when we sit in our houses, and when we walk by the way, when we lie down, and when we rise up.
? For the commandment which the Lord thy God commands thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 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 nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. And this is the Word which by the Gospel is preached unto us.
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 words of this law.
If therefore thou shalt ask, saying what shall 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.
5 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this book, and keep those things which are written therein.
1 Dan. X. 21. Deut. xi. 18, 19. 2 Kings xxii. 13. Deut. xi. 18, 19. 2 Deut. xxx. 11, 12, 13, 14. 1 Pet. i. 25.
3 Deut. xxix. 29. 4 Luke x. 25, 26. Isa. xxxiv. 16. Deut. xvii. 19. 5 | Rev. i. 3.
Concerning God : His Nature, Attributes, and
THAT which may be known of God is manifest : for the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth his handy-work. So that we are without excuse, if by the things that are made we do not clearly perceive and understand his eternal power and Godhead.
· The Lord is also known by the judgment which he executeth.
But the Scriptures having given us a plainer and fuller account of the Divine Being, than the reason of man can discover of itself, the best and easiest way of coming to the right knowledge 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 like him; and who is greater and more excellent than all other beings : that he is a Spirit, eternal and unchangeable ; and fills all places by his presence : that his happiness, knowledge, wisdom, and power, are infinite : that he is perfectly good and gracious, righteous and just, true and faithful, pure and holy: and that after all we can do or know of him, he is incomprehensible.
GOD IS THE CREATOR, MAKER, AND FORMER OF
* By him were all things created that are in
Psal. xix. 1.
Rom. i. 20.
2 Psal. ix. 16.
1 Rom. i. 19.
heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers : all things were created by him and for him.
He made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all 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.
? He formed the light, and created darkness, the day is his, and the night also is his; he hath prepared the light and the sun; and by his Spirit he hath garnished the heavens.
* He 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.
* The Lord hath founded the earth, and hung it upon nothing
He created it not in vain ; he formed it to be inhabited.
'He shut up the sea with doors, and said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no farther; and here shall thy proud waves be staid.
*He formed the mountains, and createth the wind.
"God made every living creature, beast and cattle, and creeping thing of the earth ; every winged fowl and moving creature which the waters bring forth; and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before
1 Neh. ix. 6. Psal. lxxxix. 11. Isa. xxxiv. I. 2 Isa. xlv. 7. Psal. lxxiv. 16. Job xxvi. 13.
3 Jer. xxxi. 35. Psal. viii. 3. Jer. xxxi. 35. 4 Psal. lxxiv. 17. Psal. Ixxxix. 12. 5 Prov. ii. 19. Job xxvi. 7. 6 Isa. xlv. 18. 7 Job xxxviii. 8. 11. & Amos iv. 13.
9 Gen. i. 21. 24, 25. Gen. ii. 5.