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of Satan and of the World, to com same wholly to writiag :. 4 which the holy Scripture to be moft necef
those former ways of God's revealing áll unto his People now ceased. s . Rom. 2.14,15. Rom. 1.19,20.Pfal.19.1,2,3: .om. 1.32. chap. 2.1. biCor.1. 21. 1Cor.2.13. 14. 'Heb. 1. 1,2. Pro. 22.19, 20, 21. Luk. i. 3,4: Rom. 15. 4. Mar. 4 4:7,10. ijai.8.19,20. 2 Tim. 3.15. 2.Pet. 1.19.' Heb.1.1,2.
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;
Of the Old Testament. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus Numbers, Deuteronamy, Foshua, Judges, Rutb, i Samuel, 2 Samuel, i Kings, 2 Kings, i Cbroxicles, 2Chronicles, Ezra, Nebemiab, Eliber, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, EcclefiaffesTheSong of Songs, Isaiah, Jeremiab, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hofea, Joel, Amos Obadiah, Fonab, Micab, Nabum, Habakkuk, Zepbaniab, Haggai, Zacbariab, Malachi.
Of the New Testament,
Mattbew, Mark, Luke, Jobn, The Aas of the Apoftles . Pauls Epistle tothe Romans, 1 Corinthians,
2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colafians, 1 Thesalonians, 2Tbessalonians, i toTimetby, 2toTimotby,toTitus,toPbilemcil, tbc Epifile to the Hebrews, the Epissle of James,ibe for & sem cond Epistles of Peter,the firfi, second, and tbird Epistles of Fobn, the Epifle of Jude, the Revelation.
All which are given by the Inspiration of God, to be the Rule of Faith and Life. 5
: Luk. 16.29,31. Eph.2.20. Rev. 22. 18,19, 6Tim. 3.16.
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 made ula of, than other human Writings. Luke 24.27,44. Rom. 3.2. 2 Pet. 1.21.
IV. The Authority of the Hoiy 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 it felf) the Author thereof, and therefore it is to be received, because it is the Word of God. 2 Pet. 1. 19, 21, 2 Tim. 3: 16. 1 John 5.9. 1 I bef. 2, 13.
V. We may be moved and induced by the Teftimony of the Church, to an high and reverent esteem of the holy Scripture. * And the heavenliness of the Matter, the efficacy of the Doctrine, the majefty of the Style, the consent of all the parts, the Scope of the whole ( which is to give all glory co God ) the full discovery it makes of the only way of mans Salvation, the many other incomparable excellencies, and the intire perfc&ion thereof, are Arguments whereby it doch abundantly evidence it self to be the word of God: Yet notwithstanding, our full perswafion and afTurance 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. Ik 1 Tim. 2. 15190b. 2. 20, 27. Job. 16. 13, 14.
1 Cor. 2. 10, 11, 12. Ifa. 59. 21.
VI. The whole Counsel of God concerning all things necessary for his own Glory, Mans Salvation, Faith and Life is either expresly fec down in Scripcure, or by good and neceffary consequence may be deduced from Scripture; unto which noching at any time is to be added, whether by new Kevelations of the Spirit, or Traditions of men. - Nevertheless we acknow
ledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be neceffary for the saving underftanding of fuch things as are revealed in the Word," and there are some. Circumftances concerning the Worship of God and Government of the Church, common to humane actions and Saciecies, which are to be ordered by the Light of Nature, and Christian Prudence, according to the general Rules of che Word, which are always to be observed. • * 2 Tim. 3 15, 16. 17. Gal. 1.8.9. 2 Thef. 2; 2, 15. "Jobu 6.45. i Cor. 2. 9, 10, 11, 12. Cor. 11. 13, 14. i Cor. 14. 26, 40.
VII. All things in Scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all : P Yec those things which is necessary to be known, believed and observed for Salvation, are lo clearly propounded und opened in some place of Scripture or other, that not only the Icaraed, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a fufficient un derstanding of them P 2 Pet. 3. 16. Pfal. 119 105, 130. Hab. 2. 2.
VIII. The Old Testament in Hebrew (which was the native Language of the People of God of old) and the New Teftament in Greek (which
at the time of writing of it was most generally known to the Nations) being immediately inspired by God, and by his fingular care and grovidence kept pure in all Ages, are therefore Authentical ; ' so as in all Controverfies of Religion the Church is finally to appeal unto them. · But because these Original Tongues are not known to all the people of God, who have right unto the interest in the Scriptures, and are commanded in the fear of God to read and fearch them ; . therefore they are to be translated into the vulgar Language of every Nation unto which they come, " That the Word of God dwelling plentifully in all, they may worship him ia an acceptable manner, " and through Patience and Comfort of the Scriptures may have hope.* *Mat. 5. 18. 110. 8. 20. Aits 15. 15. Fobn 5. 39, 46. Fobn 5. 39
u i Cor, 14.6, 9, 11, 12, 24, Col. 3. 16.
IX. The Infallible Rule of Interpretation of Scripture, is the Scripture it self ; and therefore when there is a queftion about the true and full senle of any Scripture ( which is not manifold but one ) it must be searched and known by other places, that speak more clearly. ! 2 Pet. 1. 20, 21. Afts 15. 15,16
* Rom. 15. 4.