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11. God hath all life a, glory b, goodness c, bleffedness d, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-fuffi. cient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made e, nor deriving any glory from them f, but only manifesting his own glory, in, by, unco, and upon them: he is the alone fountain of all beings, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things g: and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth h. In his fight all things are open and manifest i; bis
the dust of his feet, Exod. xxxiv, 7. able unto God, as he that is wise may Keeping mercy for thousands, for- be profitable anto himself? v. 3. is giving iniquity, and transgression, it any pleasure to the Almighty that and fin, and that will by no means thou art righteous ? or is it gain to clear the guilty; visiting the iniqui: him, that thou makest thy ways perty of the fathers upon the children, fect ? and upon the children's children, g Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and unto the third and to the fourth ge- through him, and to him are all peration,
things : to whom be glory for ever, Il. a Joho y. 26. For as the Father Amen. hath life in himself, so hath be given h Rev. iv, 11. Thou art worthy, to the Son to have life in himself. O Lord, to receive glory, and ho
b Acts vii. 1. And he said, Men, nour, and power: for thou hast creo brethren, and fathers, hearken, Theated all things, and for thy pleasure God of glory appeared unto our fa- they are, and were created. i Tin. ther Abraham, when he was in Me. vi. 15. (See letter d'immediatelyforesopotamia, before he dwelt in Char- going.) Dan. iv. 25. That they fhall ran.
drive thee from men, and thy dwelc Psal. cxix. 68. Thou art good, Jing shall be with the beasts of the and doft good, teach me thy statutes. fields, and they hall make thee to eat
di Tin. vi. 25. Which in his grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee times he shall fhew, who is the bler- with the dew of heaven, and seven sed and only Potentate, the King of times Mall pass over thee, till thou kings, the Lord of lords, Rom. ix. know that the most High ruleth in 5. Whose are the fathers, and of the kingdom of men, and giveth it whom as concerning the fleth Chrift to whomsoever he will. v. 35. And came; who is over all, God bleed all the inhabitants of the earth are for ever. Amen.
reputed as nothing: and he doth ace Acts xvii. 24. God that made the cording to his will in the army of world, and all things therein, feeing heaven, and among the inhabitants that he is Lord of heaven and earth, of the earth : and pone can stay his dwelleth not in temples made with hand, or say unto him, What dust haods : v. 25. Neither is worshipped thou? with mens hands, as though he need- i Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there cd any thing, seeing be giveth to all any creature that is not manifest in life and breath, and all things. his Gght: but all things are naked Job xxü. 2. Can a man be profit
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, service 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 Ghost o. The Father is of none, nei. ther begotten nor proceeding: the Son is eternally begotten of the Father p, the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from
the and open unto the eyes of him with all that are in them, heard I, saying, whom we have to do.
Bleffing, and honour, and glory, and k Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the power be unto him that fitreth upon riches, both of the wisdom and the throne, and unto the Lamb for knowledge of God! how unsearch. ever and ever. v. 14. And the four able are his judgments, and his ways beasts said, Amen. And the four palt finding out ! v. 34. For who and twenty elders fell down and hath known the mind of the Lord, worshipped him that liveth for ever or who hath been his counfeller? and ever. Psal. cxlvii. s. Great is the Lord, IM. o Joho v. 7. For there are aod of great power : his under- three that bear record in heaven, the standing is infinite,
Father, the Word, and the Holy I Ads xp. 18. Known untó God Ghost: and these three are one : are all his works from the beginning Mat, iii, 16. And Jesus, when he of the world. Ezek. xi. 5. And the was baptized, went up straightway Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and out of the water : and lo, the hea. said unto me, speak, Thus faith the vens were opened unto him, and he Lord, thus have ye faid, o house of faw the Spirit of God defcending Israel: for I know the things that like a dove, and lighting upon him, come into your mind, every one of v. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, them.
saying, This is my beloved Son, in mPfal.cxlv.17. The Lord is righ whom I am well pleased. Mat. xxviii, teous in all bis ways, and holy in all 19. Go 'ye therefore and teach a'] his works. Rom. vii. 1 2. Wherefore nations, baprizing them in the name the law is holy, and the command of the Father and of the Sop, and of ment holy, and juít, and good. the Holy Ghott. 2 Cor. xii, 14. The
n Rev. v. 12. Saying with a loud grace of the Lord Jesus Chrilt, and voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was the love of God, and the communiNain, to receive power, and riches, on of the Holy Ghost, be with you and wisdom, and strength, and ho- all. Amen. nour, and glory, and blelling. v. 13. p Joho i. 143 And the Word was And every creature which is in hea. made flesh, and dwelt among lis, ven, and on the earth, and under the (and we beheld his glory, the glory earth, and such as are in the sea, and as of the only begotten of the fa:
the Father and the Son q.
Chap.NI. Of God's Eternal Decrees. OD from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy I counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably orPlain 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 creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established c.
ther) fall of grace and truth. v. 18. b James i. 13. Let do man say No man hath seen God at any time; when he is tempted, I am tempted the only begotten Son, which is in of God : for God cannot be tempted the bofom of the Father, he hath with evil, neither temptech he any declared him.
v. 17. Every good gift, and 9 Joho xv. 26. But when the Com- every perfect gift is from above, and forter is come, whom I will send uo- cometh down from the Father of to you from the Father, even the lights, with whom is no variableSpirit of truth, which proceedeth ness, neither thadow of turning. from the father, he shall testify of John i. 5. This then is the message me. Gal. iv. ó. And because ye are which we have heard, of him, and fons, God hath sent forth the Spirit declare unto you, that God is light, of his Son into your hearts, crying, and in him is no darkness at all. Abba, Father.
c Aets ii. 23. Him, being delivered I. a Eph. i. 11. In whom also we by the determinate counsel and forehave obtained an inheritance, being knowledge of God, ye have taken, predestinated according to the pur- and by wicked hands have crucified pose of him who worketh all shings and Nain. Mat. xvii. 12. But I say after the counsel of his own will
. unto you, That Elias is come alreaRom. xi. 33. Othe depthof the riches, dy, and they knew him not, but have both of the wisdom and koowledge done upto him whatsoever they liftof God! how unsearchable are his ed : likewise shall also the Son of man judgments, and his ways past find- fuffer of them. Acts iv. 27, For of a ing out ! Heb.vi. 17. Wherein Ged truth, against thy holy child Jesus, willing more abundantly to slew whom thou halt anointed, both Hevato the heirs of promise the immu- rod and Pontius Pilate, with the tability of his counsel, confirmed it Gentiles, and the people of Israel by an oath. Rom. ix. 15. For be were gathered together. v. 28, For faith to Moses, I'will have mercy on to whatsoever thy hand and th:y whom I will have mercy, and I will counsel determined before to be have compaffion on whom I will have done. John xix. 11. Jesus answered, compaffion. 5. 18. Therefore hath Thou couldst have no power at all he mercy on whom he will have mer. against me, except it were given thee cy, and whom he will, he hardpeth,
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 everlasting life, and others fore-ordained to everlasting death 8.
IV. These angels and men, thus predestinated and foreordained, are pariicularly and unchangeably designed; and their nu:nber is so certain and definite, thaç it cannot be either increased or diminished h.
from above : therefore he that de- have I hated. v. 16. So then, it is not livered me unto thee hath the great- of him that willeth, nor of him that er Gn. Prov. xvi. 33. The lor is runneth, but of God that the weth cast into the lap; but the whole dis. mercy. v. 18. Therefore hath he poling thereof is of the Lord. mercy on whom he will have mercy,
II. d Afts xv. 18. Knowo unto God and whom he will be hardnech. are all his works from the beginning II. 1 Tim. v. 21.) charge thee of the world. 1 Sam. xxii. 11. Will before God and the Lord Jesus Chrift, the men of Keilah deliver me up in and the elect angels, that thou observe to his hand ? Will Saul come down, these things, without preferring one as thy servant hath heard ? O Lord before another, doing nothing by God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy partiality. Mat. xxv.41. Then ihall servant. And the Lord said, He will lie say also unto them on the left: come down. v. 12. Then said David, hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, Will the men of Keilah deliver me into everlasting fire, prepared for and my men into the hand of Saul? the devil and his angels. and the Lord said, they will deli- & Rom, ix, 22. What if God, wil. ver thee up. Mat. xi. 21. Wo unto ling to thew his wrath, and to make thee Chorazin, wo unto thee Becho his power known, endured with faida : for if the mighty works which much long-suffering the vessels of were done in you, had been done in wrath fitted for destruction : 8.23, Tyre and Sidon, they would have And that he might make known the repented long ago in sackcloth and riches of his glory on the vessels of alhes. 1. 23. And thou Capernaum, mercy, which he had afore prepared which art exalted unto heaven, fhalt unto glory? Eph, i. 5. Having prebe brought down to hell: for if the destinated us unto the adoption of mighty works which have been done children by Jesus Christ to himself, in thee, had been done in Sodom, it according to the good pleasure of his would have remained until this day. will, v. 6. To the praise of the glory.
e Rom. ix. 11. For the children of his grace, wherein he hath made being not yet born, neither having us accepted in the Beloved. Prov. done any good or evil, that the purxvi. 4. The Lord hath made all pose of God according to election things for himself: yea, even the might stand, not of works, but of wicked for the day of evil. him that calleth. v.13. As it is writ- IV. h 2 Tim. iii 19. Nevertheless ten, Jacob have I loved, but Elau
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, unlo 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 other thing in the creature, as conditions, or caules moving him thereunto k; and all to the praise of his glorious grace l.
VI. As God hath appointed the ele&t unto glory, so hath he, by the eternal and most free purpose of his will, fore-ordained
all the foundation of God standeth sure, God hath not appointed us to wrath; having this seal, The Lord knoweth but to obtain salvation by our Lord them that are his. And let every one Jesus Christ. that nametb the name of Christ de- k Rom. ix. 11, 13, 16. (See lettere part from iniquity. John xii. 18. I immediately foregoing,) Eph.i.4,9. speak nor of you all; I know whom (See letter i immediately foregoing) I have chosen : but that the scrip 1 Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the ture might be fulfilled, He that eat. glory of his grace, wherein he hath eth bread with me, hath lift up his made us accepted in the beloved, v. beel against me.
12. Thắt we should be to the praise V. ; Eph. i. 4. According as he of his glory, who first trusted in bath cholep us in him, before the Chrift. foundation of the world, that we VI. m 1 Pet. ii 2. Elect according thonld be holy, and without blame to the foreknowledge of God the before him in love : v. 9. Having Father, through fanctification of the inade known onto us the mystery of Spirit unto obedience, and sprinkling bis will, according to his good of the bloud of Jesus Christ. Eph.i. pleasure, wbich he hath purposed in 4. According as be hath cholen us himself: v. 11. In whom also we in him, before the foundation of the bave obtained an inheritance, be. world, that we should be holy, and ing predestinated according to the without blame before him in love : purpose of him, who worketh all
V. 5. Having predeftinated us unto things after the counsel of his own the adoption of children by Jesus will. Rom. viii. 30. Moreover, whom Christ to himself, according to the he did predestinate, them he also good pleasure of his will. Eph. ii. 10. called : and whom he called, them For we are his workmanship, create he also justified: and whom he jufti- ed in Christ Jesus unto good works, fed, them he also glorified. 2 Tim. which God hath before ordained that i 9. Who hath saved us, and called we should walk in them, 2 Theff. ii, us with an holy calling, oot accord. 13. But we are bound to give thanks ing to our works, but according to alway to God for you, brethren, behis own purpose and grace, which loved of the Lord, because God bath was given us it Christ Jefus, before from the begioning cholen you to the world begao. 1 Theff. v.9. For falvation, through fanctification of