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H: As Magiftrates may lawfully call a Synod of Ministers and other fit Persons, to consult and advise with about Matters of Religion. So if Magistrates be open Enemies to the Church, the Ministers of Christ,of themselves by Virtue of their Office or they with other fit Persons, upon Delegation from their Churches, may meet. together in fuch Assemblies
III. It belongeth to Synods and Councils, ministerially to determine Controversies of Faith and Cases of Conscience; to set down Rules and Dire&ions for the better ordering of the publick Worfhip of God, and Government of his Church; to receive Complaints in Cases of Mal-administration and authoritatively to determine the same: Which
they determined that Paul and Bar- and peaceable life in all godliness nabas, and certain other of them, and honesty. [z Chron. 19. &. to the should go up to Jerusalem unto the end. ] [ 2 Chron. 29. and 30. chapteri apostles and elders about this que throughout. ) Mat. 2.4. And when he stion.v.4.And when they were come had gathered all the chief prieks to Jerufalem, they were
received of and scribes of the people together, the church, and of the apostles and he demanded of them where
Chrift elders; and they declared all things should be born..7.5. And they said that God had done with them. v. 6. unto him, In Bethlehem of Judes: And the apostles and elders came for thus it is written by the prophet together for to confider of this Prov. II. 14. Where no counsel
the people fall : but in the multiII. \ Isa. 49.23. And kings shall tude of counsellers there is safety. be thy nursing fathers, and their © Acts 13. 2. 4. [ See in letter 1 queens thy nursing mothers: they v. 22. Then pleased it the apostles fhall bow down to thee with their and elders, with the whole church,10 face toward the earth, and lick up fend chosen men of their own comthe dust of thy feet, and thou shalt pany to Antioch, with Paul and Batknow that I am the Lord: forthey nabas; namely, Judas sirnamed BarThall not be ashamed that wait for fabas, and Silas, chief men among me. 1 Tim. 2. 1. I exhort therefore, the brethren: v.23, And wroteletthat first of all, supplications, pray- ters by them after this manner, The ers, intercesions, and giving of apofties, and elders, and brethren thanks be made for all men. v. 2. send greeting unto the brechren For kings, and for all that are in which are oftheGentiles in Antioch, authority; that we may lead a quiet and Syria, and Cilicia. Ve 25, 1
Decrees and Determinations, if consonant to the
V. Synods and Councils are to handle or conclude nothing but that which is Ecclefiaftical : And are not to intermeddle with Civil Affairs which con. cern the Common-wealth, unless by way ofhamble Petition in Cafes 'extraordinary; or by way of Advice for Satisfa&ion of Conscience, if they be thereunto required by the Civil Magistrate *.
CHAP. seened good unto us, being affem- is in heaven. v. 20. For where two bled with one accord, to send chosen or three are gathered together in men unto you, with our beloved my name, there am I in the midst Barnabas and Paul,
of them. TII. Acts 1S. I'); 19, 24, 27, 28, IV. Eph. 2.20.And are built-up29, 30, 31. [ See in the Bible
. ] Acts on the foundation of the apostles 16.4. And as they went through the and prophets, Jesus Christ himself cities, they delivered them the de- being the chief.corner-stone, Acts 17. crees for to keep, that were ordained 11. These were more noble than of the apostles and elders which those in Thessalonica, in that they were at Jerusalem. Mat. 18. 19. And received the word with all readiness if he shall negle& to hearthem, tell ofmind, and searched the scriptures it unto the church : but ifhe neglect daily, whether those things were fo. to hear the church, let him be unto i Cor. 2.'s. That your faith Mould thee as an heathen man and a publi- not stand in the wisdom of men, but can, v. 18. Verily i fay unto you, in the power of God. 2 Cor. 1. 24. Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth, Not for that we have dominion over shall be bound in heaven: and what- your faith, but are helpers of your soever ye fhall loose on earth, shall joy: for by faith ye stand. be loofed in heaven. 0.19. Again v. f Luke 12, 13. And one ofthe I say unto you, that if two of you company faid unto him, Mafter, thall agree on earth as touching any speak to my brother, that he divide thing that they shall ask, it shall be the inheritance with me. v. 14. And done for them of my Father which
CHA P.' XXXII. Of the State of Men after Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead.
HE Bodies of Men after Death return to T
Dust and see Corruption"; but their Souls (which neither die nor fleep) having an immortal Subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them. The Souls of the Righteous, being then made perfect in Holiness, are received into the highest Heavens, where they behold the Face of God in Light and Glory, waiting for the full Re. demption of their Bodies : And the Souls of the Wickedare castinto Hell, where they remain in Tor ments and utter Darkness, reserved to the Judgmen
of he said unto him, Man, who made born which are written in heaven, me a judge, or a divider over your and to God the judge of all, and to John 18. 36. Jesus answered," my the spirits of juft mca made perfeâ. kingdom is not ofthis world: if my 2 Cor. 5. 1. For we know, that if our kingdom were of this world, then earthly house of this tabernacle werç would my servants fight, that I diffolved,we have a building of God, should not be delivered to the Jewş: an house not made with hands etero but now is my kingdom not from nal in the heavens. v.6. Therefore hence.
we are always confident, knowing 1. . Gen.3.19. In the sweat of thy that whilft we are at home in the boface shalt thou eat bread, tillthou dy, we are absent from the Lord, return unto the ground; for out of v. 8, We are confident, I say, and it waft thou taken: for duft thou art, willing rather to be absent from the and unto dust thou ihalt return. Acts body, and to be present with the 13. 36. For David after he had ser- Lord, Phil, 1, 23. For ļ am in ved his own generation by the will ftrait betwixt two, having a delire to of God, fell on seep, and was laid depart, and to be with Chrift; which unto his fathers,and saw corruption, is far better. With Acts 3.21. Whom
Luke 23:43. And Jesus said un- the heaven nust receive, until the to him, Verily I say unto thee, To times of restitution of all things, day shalt thou be with me in para- which God haih spoken by che dise. Ecclef. 12. 7. Then shall the mouth of all his holy prophets,lince dust return to the carth as it was: and the world began, And Eph.4.10. He the spirit shall return unto
God who that descended, is the tànic also that
ascended up far above all heaver, • Heb. 12. 23. To the general that he might fill all things. assembly and church of the first
of eternal fire. Pei. 3.19. By which is a spiritual body. Chap. 32. and of the Refurreétion. 157 of the Great Day & Belides these Two Places for Souls separated from their Bodies, the Scripture acknowledgeth none.
II. At the Last Day such as are found alive shall jot die but be changed * And all the Dead shall be ailed
up with the self fame Bodies, and none other, lthough with different Qualities, which shall be inited again to their Sonls for ever f. III. The Bodies of the Unjust shall by the Power of Christ be raised to Dishonour; the Bodies of the Just by his Spirit unto Honour, and be made confórm able to his own glorious Body 8.
Liske 16.23.And in hell he lift up shall we ever be with the Lord 1 Cor. his eyes,being in torments and seeth 15.51. Behold, I shew you a mystery; Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his we shall not all sleep, but we shall all bofom .4.24. And he cried, and said, be changed, v. 52. In a mome.it, in father abraham, have mercy on me, the twinkling of an eye, at the last and send Lazarus that he may dip trump, for the trumpet shall sound, the tip of his finger in water and and the dead thall be raised incorcool my tongue; for I am tormented ruptible, and we shall be changed. in this fame. Acts 1.25.That he may
* Jol 19.26 Andihouzh after my take part of this ministry and apo- skin, worms destroy this body, yet in klelhip
, from which Judas by tranf- my fielh shall I fee God: 1:27. kelion fell, that he might go to Whom I shall see for my self, and his own place. Jude 6.And the angels mine eyes shall behold, -and not an
not their first estate, but other; though my reins be consumed teft their own habitation, he hath re- within me. 1 Cor. 15. 42. So also is ferred in everlasting chains under the resurre&ion of the dead. It is darkness
, unto the judgment of the sown in corruption, it is raised in great day. v. 7. Even as Sodom and incorruption : v. 43. It is sown in Gomorrah, and the cities about dishonour, it is raised in glory; it is them in like manner giving them- sown in weakness, it is raised in felves over to fornication, and going power: v.44. It is fown a natural after strange flesh, are set forth for body, it is raised a spiritual body.
example, suffering the vengeance There is a natural body, and there also he went and preached unto the
III, 8 Acts 24. IS. And have hop:
towards God,which they themselves II. . i Thell. 4.17. Then we which also allow, that there shall be a reare alive and
remain, shall be caught furrection of the dead, both of the up together with them in the clouds, just and unjust. John' s28. Marvel to meet the Lord in the air : and so
spirits in prison.
CH A P. XXXIII.
Of the Last Judgment.
judge the World in Righteousness' by Jesus Christá, to whom all Power and Judgment is given of the Father 6. In which Day,not only the apostate Angels shall be judged; but likewise all Persons that have lived upon Earth, shall appear before the Tribupal of Christ, to give an Account of their Thoughts Words,and Deeds; and to receive according to what they have done in the Body, whether Good or Evil
II. The not at this: for the hour is coming, Jude 6. [ See letter & chapter foregoing. I in the which all that are in the 2 Pet. 2. 4. For if God spared not graves shall hear his voice, v. 29, the angels that sinned, but cast them And shall come forth,they that have down to hell, and delivered them in done good, unto the resurrection of to chains of darkness, to be reserved life; and they that have done evil, unto judgment." unto the resurrection of damnation. d 2 Cor. 5. 10. For we must all ap' I Cor. 15. 43. [ See letter f. ] Phil. pear before the judgment seat 3. 21. Who shall change our vile Christ, that every one may receive body, that it may be fashioned like the things done in his body, accordunto his glorious body, according ing to that he hath done, whether to the working whereby he is able it be good or bad. Eccl. 12. 14. For even to fubdue all things unto him- God shall bring every work into self,
judgment, with every secret thing * 'I. a Acts 17. 31. Because he hath whether it be good, or whether itte appointed a day in the which he will evil. Rom. 2. 16. In the day when judge the world in righteousness, by God shall judge the secrets of men that man whom he hath ordained; by Jesus Chrift, according to my whereof he hath given assurance un- gospel. Rom. 14.10. But why doll to all men, in that he hath raised thou judge thy brother? or why doft him from the dead.
thou set at nought thy brother: we 6 John S. 22. Forthe Father judg: shall all ftand before the judgment eth no man ; but hath committed seat of Christ. v. 12. So then every all judgment unto the Son: v. 27. one of us shall give account of himAnd hath given him authority to self to God. Mat. 12. 36. But I faf 'execute judgment also, because he unto you, that every idle word that is the son of man.
men shall speak, they shall give ac ci Cor. 6. 3. Know ye not that count thereof in the day of judewe shall judge angels, how much ment.
v. 37. For by thy words more things that pertain to this life: