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Of God, and of the Holy Trinity.
"HERE is but one only a living and true
God ; b who is infinite in being and perfection, ca most pure spirit, d invisible, e without body, parts, f or passions, & immutable, A immense, i eternal, k incomprehensible, l almighty, m most wise, n most holy, o most free, fi most absolate, g working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will, r for his own glory, s most loving, i gracious, merciful, long suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin ; u the rewarder of them that diligently seek him ; w and withal, most just and terrible in his judgments, w hating all sin, y and who will by no means clear the guilty. Z
a Deul, vi. 4. I Cor. viii. 4, 6. 61 Thes. i.9. Jyr. x. 10. c Job, j. 7, 8, 9, and xxvi. 14. d John, iv, 24. ei Tim.j. 17. f Deut. iv. 15, ?h. Jobn, iv. 24. Luke, xxiv. 39. g Acts, xiv. 11, 13. James, i. 17. Mal. ij. 6. i I Kings, 1jj. 37. Jer. xxiii, 23 24. k Rom. j. 20. I. Tim. i. 17. Psal. xc. 2. < Psal. cxlv. 3. Gen. xvi. !, R-.11. 8. n Rom. xvi. 27. Isa. vi. s. * Ps:1. cxv. 3. 9 E:nd. jji. 14. * Eph. ;. 11. & Rom. xi. 36. il John, iv. 8, 16.
u Exod. xxsis. 6, 7 w Heb. xi. 6.
z Exod. XXXIV. 7. Nah. 1.2 3.
II. God hath Il life, a glorv, 6 goodness, c bles, sedness, d in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself ail-sufficient, not standing in need of iny creatures which he hath made, é nor de. riving any glory from them, f but only manifes. ting his own glory in, by, unto, and upon them. He is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whoin, and to whom are all things ; go and bath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them or upon them, whatsoever himself pleasethh. In his sight all things are open and manifest ; i his knowledge is infiniti, infallible, and independent upon the creature; k so is nothing to him contingent or uncerlairol He is most holv in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commandam To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience, as creatures, they owe into the Creator, and hatever he is further pleased to reGuire of theron
a John, v. 26. b Acts, vii, 2. c Psa!, cxix. 68. d I T; 1:15. Rom. iy. :
e Acts, xiii. 24, 25. f Jib, xxii. 2, 3. g Rom. ll, 36. Rv.ir. !!. I rin. vi. 15. Da!.!.. 25, 31, 34, 35. i Heh. iv. 13. k Rom, xi, 33, 34. Psal, cxlvi. 5. 14 15 18. Fz key:. 5. csly. 17. Rom. vii. 12. n Reve l. 12, 13, 14.
III. In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons of one substance, power, and eternity ; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Ho. ly Ghost. The Father is of none, neither begotten, nor proceeding; the son is eternally be. gotten of the Father;p the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Song Which doctrine of the Trinity is the foundation of all our communion with God, and comfortable dependence upon him.
o I John, v. 7. Mat. iii. 16, 17. chap. xxviii... 19. II Cor. xiii. 14. p John, i. 14, 18. 9 John,
. 26. Gal. iv. 6. II Cor. xiii. 14.
Of God's Eternal Decrees
OD from all eternity did by the most wise
and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass ; a yet so as thereby neither is God the au. thor of sin, 6 nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingen
of second causes taken away, but rather established.c
a Eph. i, ll. Rom. xi. 33. Heb. vi. 17.
Rom, ix. 15, 18. 6 James. in 13. 14. John. i. 5. c 1: S, L. 2. ch . , 27, 28, M. xvii 12. Johi, X. 11. Provo X?!. Jo
Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions ; d yei haih he not decreed ny thing, because he foresaw it as future, or.th i which would come to pass, upon such conditions, e
d Icts, xi. 18. 15, ind xxiii. '1, 12. Mat. xi. 21, 23. R!. ix. 11, 13, 16, 18.
111. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels f are predestinated unto everlasting life, and others fort-ordained to everlasting deitth...
fi fim 1,2'. Mr. X88. 41. Eph. i. 5, 6, Provo xvi. 4. g Rom. ! X• 22, 23.
IV. These angels and men, thus predestinated and for ordained, are particularly and unchanges. bly designed, and their number is so certain and di finite, that it cannot be either increased or di. minisher, h
h Il Tini. ii. i9. John, 13. 18.
V Those of mankind hat are predestinated unto life, God, before the foundation of the world
was l.id, according to his eternal and immuta. ble purpose, and the secret counsel and gold pleasure of his will, hath choser: in Christ, une to everlasting glory, è out of his
mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any other thing in the creature, as condita ons, or causes moving him thereunto, k and all to the praise of his glorious grac: al
i Eph. i. ib, 9, 11. Rom. vi. 30. II Tim. j. 9. I Thes. 1.9. k Rom. ix. lb, 13, 16. Eph. i. 4, 9. Eph. i., 12.
VI. As God hath appointed the elect unto glory, 80 hath he by the eternalard most free purpose of his will fore-ordained all the means thereure to. m
Wherefore they who are elected, b-ing fallen in Adar, are redeemed by Christ, nire effectually called unto fish in Christ by his Spirit working in due season, are justified, üdopted, sanctified, o and kept by his power, through faith unto salvatiot. n
Nrither are ao ny other redeemed by Christ, or (ff-ctually called, justified, adopted, sancufiic., and saved, but the elect only. 9
m I Pet. i. 2. Eph, , 4, 5, sind chip. ii. 10. II Thes, ii. 13. n I This,'., 10. Tilau, 4. o Rom. viii. 30, Epli., 1. li hes. i1. 13. R I Pet. j. 5. 9 Jolin, v. 9.-vi. 64. 65,- viii, 47, and X, 25. Ron. viii. 28, to the erda 1 John, 1ig, 19.