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is the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ, the House and Family of God, out of which there is no ordinary Possibility of Salvation f.

III. Unto this Catholick Visible Church, Christ hath given the Ministry, Oraçles, and Ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfe&ing of the Saints in this Life to the End of the World ; and doth by his own Presence and Spirit, according to his Promise, make them efteccual thereunto 8.

IV. This first fruit be holy; the lump is also III. $ I Cor. 12, -28. And God holy: and if the root ve holy, fo are hath set fome in the church, first the branches. Gen. 3. IS. And I apostles,secondarily prophets,thirdwill put enmity between thee and ly teachers, after that miracles, then the woman, and between thy seed gifts of healings, helps, govern, and her feed : it shall bruife thy ments, diversities of tongues. Ephe head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. 4. 11. And he gave some, apostles: Gen. 17.7. And I will establish my and some, prophets : and some, covenant between meand thee, and evangelists: and fome, pastors and thy seed after thee, in their genera- çeachers; V.12. For the perfe&ting tions, for an everlasting covenant; of the saints, for the work of the to be a God unto thee, and 10thy ministry, for the edifying of the {eed after thee.

body of Chrift: 4. 13 Till weall 4 Mat. 13. 47. Again, the king- come in the unity of the faith, and dom of heaven is like unto a net of the knowledge of the Son of that was cast into the sea, and ga- God, unto a perfect man, unto the thered of every kind. Ifai, 9.7. Of measure of the stature of the ful the increase of his government and ness of Christ. Mat. 28. 19. GO peace there shall be no end, upon the ye therefore and teach all nations, throne of David and upon his king, baptizing them in the name of the dom, to order it, and to establish Father, and of the Son, and efthe it with judgment and with justice, holy Ghost, v. 20, Teaching them from henceforth even for ever; the to observe all things whatsoever i zeal of the Lord of hosts will per- have commanded you : and lo, 1 form this.

am with you alway even unto the Eph, 2.19. Now therefore ye end of the world. Amen. Ya se are no more strangers and foreign- ?!. As for me, this is my covenant ers, but fellow-çitizens with the with them, saith the Lord, My Spi saints, and of the houshold of God. rit that is upon thee, and my words Eph. 3. 15. Of whom the whole fa- which I have put in thy mouth, thal mily in heaven and earth is named. not depart out of thy mouth, nor at

Acts 2:47. Prailing God, and of the mouth of thy feed, noroutof having favour with all the people, the mouth of thy feeds feed, faith the And the Lord added to the church Lord, from henceforth and for ever. daily such as should be saved,

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IV. This Catholick Church hath been sometimes nore, fometimes less visible b.

And particular Churches, which are Members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the Do&rine of the Gopel is taught and embraced, Ordinances adminitred, and publick Worship performed more or less purely in them..

V. The purest Churches under Heaven are subea both to Mixture and Error k: and some have o degenerated as to become no Churches of Christ, but fynagogues of Satan!. Nevertheless there shall

be IV. Rom. 11. 3. Lord, they have am known. [Rev. 2. 3. chapters. killed thy prophets, and digged Mat. 13. 24, 25,

26, 27, 28, 29, 30, down thine altars ; and I am left Another parable put he forth unto alone, and they seek my life. v, 4. them, saying, The kingdom of heaBut what faith the answer of God ven is likened unto a man which ginto him ? I have reserved to my lowed good feed in his field : Bug self seven thousand men, who have while men slept, his enemy came not bowed the knee to the image of and lowed tares among the wheat, Baal. Rev. 12. 6. And the woman and went his way. But when the fied into the wilderness, where she blade was sprung up, and brought hath a place prepared of God, that forth fruit; then appeared the tares they should feed her there a thou- also, &c. v.47. Again, the kingfand two hundred and threefçore dom of heaven is like unto a net days. . v. 14. And to the woman that was cast into the sea, and gawere given two wings of a great thered of every kind. cagle, that she might Ace into the Rev. 18.2. And he cried mighwilderness, into her place : where tily with a strong voice, saying, Bathe is nourished for a time, and bylon the great is fallen; is fallen, times, and half a time, from the and is become the habitation of deface of the serpent.

vils, and the hold of every foul spi[ Rev.2.

2. and 3. chapters throughout. ) rit, and a cage of every unclean and I Cor. 5. 6. Your glorying is not hateful bird. Rom. 11. 18, Boast good : Know ye not that a little lea- not against the branches: but if thou ven leaveneth the whole lump?v.7. boast, thou bearest not the root, but Purge out therefore the old leaven, the root thee. v, 19. Thou wilt say that ye may be a new lump, as ye then, The branches were broken off, are unleavened. For even Chțist that I might be grafted in. Dur passover is sacrificed for us. Well ; because of unbeliefthey were

V, k 1 Cor. 13. 12. For now we broken off, and thou standest by fecthorow a glass, darkly; but then faith. Be not high-minded, but face to face: now I know in part ; fear. v.28. For if God spared not but then shall I know even as also I





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be always a Church on Earth, to worship God according to his Will.m.

VI. There is no other Head of the Church but the Lord Jesus Christ". Nor can the Pope of Rome in any sense be Head thereof; but is that Antichrift, that Man of Sin, and Son of Perdition, that exalteth himself in the Church against Christ, and all that is called Godo,


the natural branches, take heed left Mar. 23. 8. But be not ye cale: he also spare not thee. v. 22. Be- led Rabbi: for one is your Master, hold therefore the goodness, and even Christ, and all ye are brethren. severity of God : on them which v.9. And call no man your father fell, feverity ; but towards thee, upon earth: for one is your Father, goodness, if thou continue in his which is in heaven. V, 10. Neigoodness : otherwise thou shalt be ther be ye called masters : for one cut off,

is your Master, even Christ, 2 Thele * Mat, 16. 18. And I say also un- 2. 3. Let no man deceive you by to thee, That thou art Peter, and any means ; for that day jhall not upon this rock I will build my come except there come a falling church: and the gates of hell shall away first, and that man of lin be not prevail against it, Psalm 7,2. revealed, the son of perdition : v.4. 17. His name shall endure for ever: who opposeth and exalteth himself his name shall he continued as long above all that is called God, or as the sun: and men shall be blessed that is worshipped ; so that he as in him ; all nations shall call him God fitteth in the temple of God, blessed. Psalm 102. 28. The chil- shewing himselfthat he is God, v. 8. dren of thy servants shall conti- And then shall that wicked be renue, and their feed shall be esta- vealed, whom the Lord thall conblished before thee, Mat, 28. 19, sume with the spirit of his mouth, 20. [Sce in letter 8. ]

and thall destroy with the brightvi. " Col. 1. 18. And he is the ness of his coming; v.9. Even him head of the body, the church: whose coming is after the working who is the beginning, the first-born of Satan, with all power, and Gigos, from the dead ; that in all things and lying wonders, Rev. 13. 6. And he might have the preeminence. he opened his mouth in blasphe. Eph. 1. 22. And hath put all things my against God, to blaspheme his under his feet, and gave him to be the name and his tabernacle, andthem head over all things to the church. that dwell in heaven.

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CHA P. XXVI. Of Communion of Saints. LL Saints that are united to Jesus Christ their A

Head by his Spirit and by Faith, have Fel. lowinip with him in his Graces, Sufferings, Death, Refurre&tion and Glorya : And being united to one another in Love, they have Communion in each others Gifts and Graces b; and are obliged to the Performance of such Duties, publick and private,

as 1: Fohn 1. 3. That which we ed together in the likeness of his have seen and heard, declare we death: we shall be also in the likeunto you, that ye also may have nefs of his resurrection. v. 6. Knowfellowship with us : and truly our ing this, that our old man is crucifellowship is with the Father, and fied with him, that the body offin with his Son Jesus Christ. Eph. 3. might be destroyed, that hence16. That he would grant you ac- forth we should not servesin. Tim. cording to the riches of his glory, 2. 12. If we suffer, we shall also reign to be strengthned with might, by with him : if we deny him, he allo his spirit in the innerman ; v. 17. will deny us. That Christ may dwell in your

Eph. 4. 15. But speaking the hearts by faith; that ye being root- truth in love, may grow up into ed and grounded in love, v.18.

May him in all things, which is the head, be able to comprehend with all even Chrift, v.16. From whom the faints

, what is the breadth, and whole body fitly joined together, length, and depth, and height; and compacted by that which every v. 19. And to know the love of joint supplieth, according to the Chrift, which pafseth knowledge, effe&ual working in the measure of that ye might be filled with all the every part, maketh increase of the fulness of God. John 1. 16. And body, unto the edifying of its selfin of his fulness have all we received, love.

I Cor. 12. 7. But the maniand grace for grace. Eph.2. s. Even feftation of the spirit is given to when we were dead in lins, hath every man to profit withal. 1 Cor. quickned us together with Christ, 3.21. Therefore let no manglory

by grace ye are saved.) v.6. And in men : for all things are yours: hath raised us up together, and v. 22. Whether Paul, or Apollos, made ws sit together in heavenly or Cephas, or the world, or life, or places in Chrift jesus. Phil. 3. 10. death, or things.present, or things That I may know him, and the to come ; all are yours : v. 23. And power of his resurrection, and the ye are Chrifts; and Christ is Gods, fellow hip of his sufferings,

being col.z.19. And not holding the head, made conformable unto his death, from which all the body by joints Rom, 6.s. For if we have been plaar



as do conduce to their mutual Good, both in the inward and outward Man.

II. Saints by Profession are bound to maintain an holy Fellowship and Communion in the Worfhip of God; and in performing such other spiritual Services, as tend to their mutual Edification d; as also in relieving each other in outward Things, according to their several Abilities and Necessities. Which Communion, as God offereth Opportunity, is to be extended unto all those, who in every Place call upon the Name of the Lord Jesus ?

III. This and bands having nourishment mi- unto all men, especially unto them niftred, and knit together, increa- who are of the houlhold of faith. feth with the increase of God.' II. d Heb. 10. 24. And let us cone

is i Thef. 5. 11. Wherefore com- sider one another to provoke unto fort your felves together, and edi- love, and to good works: v. 250 fy one another, even as also ye do. Not forsaking the assembling of ouç v.14. Now we exhort you,brethren, selves together, as the manner of warn them that are unruly, comfort fome is; but exhorting one another : the feeble minded, support the weak, and fo much the more, as you see be patient toward all men. Rom. 1, the day approaching. Als 2. 42. 11. For I long to see you, that I And they continued stedfaftly in the may impart unto you some spiri- apoftles do&rine and fellowship, tual gift, to the end ye may be efta- and in breaking of bread, and in blished; v. 12. That is, that I may peayer. v. 46. And they continube comforted together with you, by ing daily with one accord in the the mutual faith both of you and le, and breaking of bread from me. 0.14. I am debror both to the house to house, did eat their meat Greeks, and to the Barbarians, both with gladness and singleness of to the wise,and to the unwise. a folin heart. Ifa. 2. 3. And many peo. 3. 16. Hereby perceive we'the lové ple shall go and say, Come ye, and of God, because he laid down his let us go up to the mountain of the life for us : and we ought to lay Lord, to the house of the God of down our lives for the brethren. Jacob, and he will teach us of his N. 17. But whoso hath this worlds ways, and we will walk in his paths, good, and seeth his brother have for out of Zion shall go forth thelaw, nced, and shutteth up his bowels of and the word of the Lord from Jerucompaffion from him, how dwelleth falem. I Cor. 11. 2:0. When ye come the love of God in him? v. 18. My together therefore into one place, little children, let ius not love in this is not to eat the Lords fupper. word, neither in tongue, but in deed e Acts 2. 44. And all that beand in truth. Gal. 6.10. As we have dieved were together, and had all therefore opportunity,let us do good


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