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II. God hath all life a, glory b, goodness c, blessednefs d, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-fufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made e, por deriving any glory from them f, but only manifesting his own glory, in, by, unto, and upon them: he is the alone fountain of all beings, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all thingsg; and hath most sovereigo dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth h. In his fight all things are open and ma
nifesti; workers ofiniquity.v.6. Thou shalt di Tim. vi. 15. Which in his destroy them that speak leasing: the times he shall shew, who is the blesLord will abhor the bloody and de- fed and only Potentate, the King of ceitful man.
kings, and Lord of lords. Rom. ix. z Nahumi. 2. God is jealous, and 5. Whose are the fathers, and of the Lord revengeth, the Lord reven- whom as concerning the flesh Chrift geth and is furious, the Lord will came; who is over all, God blessed take vengeance on his adversaries, for ever, Amen. and he reserveth wrath for his ene- e Acts xvii.
God that made the mies. v. 3. The Lord is flow to an, world, and all things therein, seeing ger, and great in power, and will that he is Lord of heaven and earth, not at all acquit the wicked: the dwelleth not in temples made with Lord hath his way in the whirlwind, hands : v.25. Neither is worshipped and in the storm, and the clouds are with mens hands,as though he needthe dust of his feet. Exod. xxxiv. 7. ed any thing, feeing he giveth to all Keeping mercy for thousands, for life, and breath, and all things. giving iniquity, and transgression, f Job xxii. 2. Can a man be profitand fin, and that will by no means able unto God, as he that is wise may clear the guilty; visiting the iniqui- be profitable unto himself? v. 3. Is ty of the fathers upon the children, it any pleasure to the Almighty that and upon the children's children, thou art righteous ? or is it gain to unto the third and to the fourth ge- him, that thou makest thy ways perDeration.
fect? II. John v. 26. For as the Father
Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and hath life in himself, so hath he given through him, and to him are all to the Son to have life in himself. things: to whom be glory for ever.
b Acts vii. 2. And he said, Men, Amen. brethren, and fathers, hearken, The b Rev. iv. 11. Thou art worthy, God of glory appeared unto our fa. O Lord, to receive glory, and hother Abraham, when he was in Me- nour, and power; for thou haft cre.. sopotamia, before he dwelt in Char. ated all things, and for thy pleasure
they are, and were created. 1 Tim. «Pfal. cxix. 68. Thou art good, vi. 15. (See letter d immediately and doft good, teach me thy statutes. foregoing. Dan. iv, 25. That they
nifest i; his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature k, so as nothing is to him contingent or uncertain l. He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands m. To him is'due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, fervice or obedience he is pleased to require of them n.
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 Holy Ghosto. The Father is of none, ,
pei. shall drive thee from men, and thy said unto me, speak, thus faith the dwelling shall be with the beasts of Lord, thus have. ye faid, O house of the field, and they shall make thee Ifrael: for I know the things that to eat grass as oxen, and they shall come into your mind, every one of wet thee with the dew of heaven, them. and seven times shall pass over thee, m Psal. cxlv. 17. The Lord is till thou know that the most High righteous in all his ways, and holy ruleth in the kingdom of men, and in all his works. Rom. vii. 12. giveth it to whomsoever he will. Wherefore the law is holy, and the V.35. And all the inhabitants of the commandment holy, and juit, and earth are reputed as nothing: and good. be doth according to his will in the » Rev. v. 12. Saying with a loud army of heaven, and among the in- voice, Worthy is the Lamb that habitants of the earth: and none was flain, to receive power, and can stay his hand, or say unto him, riches, and wisdom, and strength, What doft thou ?
and honour, and glory, and blesį Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there a- fing. v. 13 And every creature ny creature that is not manifest in which is in heaven, and on the his fight: but all things are naked , earth, and under the earth, and and
open unto the eyes of him with fuch as are in the sea, and all that whom we have to do.
are in them, heard I, saying, Blefk Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the fing, and honour, and glory, and riches, both of the wisdom and power be unto him that sitteth upon knowledge of God'! how unsearch- the throne, and unto the Lamb for able are his judgments, and his ever and ever, v. 14. And the four ways past finding out! v. 34. For beasts said, Amen. And the four and who hath known the mind of the twenty elders fell down and worLord, or who hath been his counsel- shipped him that liveth for ever and ler? Pfal. cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his un- : III. o 1 John v.7. For there ar derstanding is infinite.
three that bear record in heaven, 1 Acts xv. 18. Known unto God the Father, the word, and the holy are all his works from the beginning Ghost: and these three are one. Mat. of the world. Ezek. xi. 5. And the iii. 16. And Jesus, when he was bapSpirit of the Lord fell upon me, and tized, went up Itraightway out of
neither begotten nor proceeding : the Son is eternally begotten of the Father p, the holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son
CHAP. III. Of God's Eternal Decree.
counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever comes to pass a: yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of fin b, nor is violence offered to the will
of the water: and lo, the heavens were have obtained an inheritance, being opened unto him, and he faw the predestinated according to the purSpirit of God descending like a dove, pote of him who worketh all things and lighting upon him. v. 17. And after the counsel of his own will. lo, a voice from heaven, saying, Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the richThis is my beloved Son, in whom I es, both of the wisdom and knowam well pleased. Mat. xxviii. 19. ledge of God! how unsearchable are Go ye therefore and teach all nati- his judgments, and his ways past ons, baptizing them in the name of finding out! Heb. vi. 17. Wherein the Father, and of the Son, and of God willing more abundantly to the holy Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The fhew unto the heirs of proinise the grace of the Lord Jesus Chriit, and immutability of his counsel, conthe love of God, and the commu- firmed it by an oath. Rom. ix. 15. Dion of the holy Ghost, be with you For he faith to Moses, I will have all. Amen.
mercy on whom I will have mercy, Johni. 14. And the Word was and I will have compassion on whom made fleth, and dwelt among us, I will have compallion.v. 18. There(and we beheld his glory, the glory fore hath he mercy on whom he will as of the only begotten of the Fa- have mercy, and whom he will, he ther) full of grace and truth. v. 18. hardneth. No man hath feen God at any time; b James i. 13. Let no man say the only begotten Son, which is in when he is tempted, I am tempted of the botom of the Father, he hath God: for God cannot be tempted declared him.
with evil, neither tempteth he any 9 John xv.26. But when the Com
man, v. 17. Every good gift, and forter is come, whom I will send un- every perfect gift is from above, and to you from the Father, even the cometh down from the Father of Spirit of truth, which proceedeth lights, with whom is no variablefrom the Father, he shall testify of ness, neither shadow of turning. me. Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are 1 John i. 5. This then is the melfons, God hath sent forth the Spirit fage which we have heard of him, of his Son into your hearts, crying, and declare unto you, that God is Abba, Father.
light, and in him is no darkness at 1. Eph. i. 11 In whom also we all.
of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established c.
II. Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions d; yet hath he not decreed any thing because he foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions e.
III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels f are predestinated unto ever
lafting ¿ Acts ii. 2 3. Him, being deliver- into the hand of Saul? And the ed by the determinate counsel and Lord said, They will deliver thee foreknowledge of God, ye have ta- up. Mat. xi. 21. Wo unto thee Choken, and by wicked hands have cru- razin, wo unto thee Bethsaida: for cified and slain. Mat. xvii. 12. But if the mighty works which were done I say unto you, That Elias is come in you, had been done in Tyre and already, and they knew him not, Sidon, they would have repented but have done unto him whatsoever long ago in sackcloth and ashes. v. they liited: likewise shall also the 23. And thou Capernaum, which Son of man suffer of them. Acts iv. art exalted unto heaven, shalt be 27. For of a truth, against thy holy brought down to hell: for if the child Jesus, whom thou hast anoint- mighty works which have been done ed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, in thee, had been done in Sodom, with the Gentiles, and the people of it would have remained until this Ifrael were gathered together, v. day. 28. For to do whatsoever thy hand e Rom, ix. 11. For the children and thy counsel determined before being not yet born, neither having to be done. John xix. 11. Jesus an- done any good or evil, that the purswered, Thou couldit have no pow. pose of God according to election er at all against me, except it were might stand, not of works, but of given thee from above: therefore he him that calleth. v. 13. As it is that delivered me unto thee hath the written, Jacob have I loved, but Egreater fin. Prov. xvi. 33. The lot fau have I hated. v. 16. So then, it is cait into the lap: but the whole is not of him that willeth, nor of him difpofing thereof is of the Lord. that runneth, but of God that shew
II. d Acts iv. 18. Known unto eth mercy. v. 18. Therefore hathi God are all his works from the be- he mercy on whom he will have ginning of the world. 1 Sam. xxiii. mercy, and whom he will he hard1. Will the men of Keitah deliver neth, me up into his hand? Will Saul III. f 1 Tim.v. 21. I charge thee come down, as thy servant hath before God and the Lord Jesus heard? O Lord God of Israel, I be- Christ, and the elect angels, that feech thee, tell thy servant. And the thou observe these things, without Lord said, He will come down. v. preferring one before another, do12. Then said David, Will the men ing nothing by partiality. Mat. xxv. of Keilah deliver me and my men 41. Then thall he fay also unto them
lasting life, and others fore-ordained to' everlasting death g:
IV. These angels and men, thus predestinated and fore ordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed; and their number is so certain and definite, that it cannot be either increased or diminished h.
V. Those of mankind that are predestinated unto life, God; before the foundation of the world was laid, according to his eternal and immutable purpose, and the secret counsel and good pleasure of his will, hath chosen, in Christ, unto everlasting glory i, out of his mere free grace and love, without any foresight of faith, or good works, or perseverance in either of them, or any oiher thing in the creature, as condi
on the left hand, Depart from me, bread with ine, hath lift up his heel ye cursed; into everlasting fire, pre- against me. pared for the devil and his angels. V. i Éph, i. 4. According as he
& Rom. ix. 22. What if God, wil- hath chosen us in him, before the ing to thew his wrath, and to make foundation of the world, that we his power known, endured with should be holy, and without blame much long-suffering the vessels of before him in love: v. 9. Having wrath fitted for deltruction: v. 23. made known unto us the mystery of And that he might make known the his will, according to his good pleariches of his glory on the vessels of fure, which he hath purposed in mercy, which he had afore prepared himself: v. ili in whom also we unto glory? Eph. i. 5. Having pre- have obtained an inheritance, bedeitinated us unto the adoption of ing predestinated according to the children by Jesus Christ to himself, purpose of him, who worketh all according to the good pleasure of things after the coursel of his own his will, v. 6. to the praise of the glo- will, Rom. viii. 30. Morover, whom fy of his grace, wherein he hath he did predestinate, them he also calmade us accepted in the Beloved. led: and whom he called; them he Prov. xvi. 4. The Lord hath made also justified: and whom he justified, all things for himself: yea, even the them he also glorified. 2 Tim. i.9. wicked for the day of evil. Who hath faved us, and called us
IV. b 2 Tim, ii. 19. Nevertheless, with an holy calling, not according the foundation of Godstandeth fure, to our works, but according to his having this seal, The Lord knoweth own purpose and grace, which was them that are his. And, Let everyone given us in Christ Jesus, before the that nameth the name of Chrilt de- world began. 1 Thess.v.9. For God part from iniquity. John xiii. 18. I hath not appointed us to wrath; but ipeak not of you all; I know whom I to obtain falvation by our Lord Jehave chosen; but that the scripture sus Christ. åright be fulfilled, He that eateth
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