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xxii. 19, 20, 21. Luke i. 3, 4. Rom. XV. 4 Mat. iv. 4, 7, 10. Isa. viii. 9, 20. ell. Tim. iii. 15. Il Per. i. 19. f Heb. i. 1, 2.
II. Under the name of Holy Scripture, or the word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New Testament, which are these ;
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuler. onomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruih, I. Samuel, II. Sam. uel, 1. Kings, II, Kings, I. Chronicles, II. Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiasies, The Song of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zachariah, Malachi.
OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, The Acts of the Apostles, Paul's Epistle to the Romans, I. Corin. thians, II. Corinthians, Galariuns, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, I. Thessalonians, II Thes. salonians, I 10 Timothy, Il to Timothy, 10 7'2'1u8, 10 Philemon, the Episile to the Hebrews, the Epistle of James, the first and second Epistles of Peter, the first, second, and third Efistles of John, the Epistle of Jude, the Revelacion.
All which are given by the inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life. g
Luke xvi. 29, 31. Eph. ii. 30. Rev. xxii. 18, 19. II Tim. iii. 16.
III. The books commonly called Apocrypha not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the scripture ; and therefore are of no authority in the Church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or trade use of, than other human writings. h
h Luke xxiv. 27, 44. Rom. iii. 2. II Peter,
IV. The authority of the holy scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God, (who is truth itself) the author thereof; and therefore it is to be received because it is the word of God. i
i II. Pet i, 19, 21. II. Tim. üi. 16. I. John V. 9. l. Thes. ii. 13.
V. We may be moved and induced by the testimony of the church, to a high and reverend esteem of the holy scripture ; k and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the scope of the whole, (which is to give
all glory to God) the full discovery it makes of the only way of man's salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the word of God ; yet notwithstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit, bearing witness by and with the word, in our hearts. I
kl Tim. ii. 15. ll John, ji. 20, 27. John, xvi. 13, 14. I Cor. ii, 10, 11, 12. Isa. lix. 21.
VI. The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man's salvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary conseqence may be deduced from scripture ; unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new revelations of the Spirit, or traditions of men. m Nevertheless we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understand. ing of such things as are revealed in the word in and there are some circumstances concerning the worship of God, and government of the church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature, and christian prudence, according to the general rules of the word, which are always to be observed.
m II Tim. iii. 15, 16, 17. Gal. i. *8, 9. II. Thes. ij. 2, 15. n John, vi. 45. I Cor. ii. 9, 10, 11, 12. ol Cor. si. 13, 14, and chap. xiv. 26, 40.
VII. All things in scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all ;p yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed, for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of scripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due sense of the ordinary means may attain unto a sufficient undei standing of them. 9
n II Pet. iii. 16. q Psal. cxix. 105, 130. Heb. ii. 2.
VIII. "! he Old Testament in Hebrew, (which was the native language of ihe people of God of old) and the New Testament in Greek, (which at the time of writing of it was most generally krown to the nations) being immediately inspired by God, and by his singular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentical; r so as in all controversies of religion the church is finally to appeal unto them. 8 But because these original tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have right 010 and interest in the scriptures, and are cornmanded in the fear of God to read and search
them, i therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar language of every nation unto which they come, t that the word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him in an acceptable manner, w and through patience and comfort of the scriptures may have hope. x
g Mat. v. 18. & Isa. viii. 20. Acts, xv. 15. Joh. v. 39, 46. t John, v. 89. u I Cor. xiv. 6, 9, 11, 12, 24, 27, 28. w Col. iii. i 6. x Rom. xv. 4.
IX. The infallible rule of interpretation of scripture, is the scripture itself; and therefore, when there is a question about the true and full sense of any scripture (which is not manifold, but one it must be searched and known by other places, that speak more clearly. y
y II Pet. 1, 20, 21. Acts, xv. 15, 16.
X The Supreme Judge, by whom all controversies of religion are to be determined, and all decrees of councils, opinions of ancient writers, doctrines of men, and private spirits, are to be examined, and in whose sentence we are to rest, can be no other but the holy scripture delivered by the Spirit, into which scripture so delivered, our faith is finally resolved. z
z Mat. xxii. 29. 31. Eph. ii. 20. Acts, xxviii.