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them, and overcame them, and prevailed Rev. xii. 11. They overcame Satan against them, so that they fled out of that by the blood of the Lamb, and by the house naked and wounded.

word of their testimony. See Rom. viii.

37, 38. XXXVII. They know the sacred scriptures. Matt. iv. 6. They produce the

XL. Promises to them that overcome words of Ps. xci. 11, saying, It is written, Satan. Rev. ii. 7. They shall eat of the He shall give his angels charge concern tree of life.-11. Shall not be hurt of ing thee, and in their hands they shall the second death.-17. Shall have hid. bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash den manna.—26. Shall have power over thy foot against a stone.

the nations. Ch. üi. 5. Shall be clothed

in white.-12. Shall be made a pillar in XXXVIII. Satan was overcome by the temple of God.-21. Shall sit with Christ. Matt. iv. I to 12. When Jesus was Christ in his throne. Ch. xxi. 7 Shall forty days tempted of the devil, the devil inherit all things. 1 Cor. vi. 3. Shall leaveth him without succeeding. judge fallen angels.

John xii. 31. Jesus said, Now shall the prince of this world be cast out. XLI. Duties exhorted in opposition

xiv. 30. Jesus said, The prince of this to Satan. 1 Cor. vii. 5. Let the husband world cometh, and hath nothing in me. and wife come together, that Satan tempt

xvi. 11. The prince of this world is you not for your incontinency. judged.

2 Cor. ii. 11. Let us receive an of. Col. ii. 15. He spoiled principalities fender, when become penitent, lest Satan and powers, triumphing over them. get an advantage of us; for we are not

Heb. ii. 14. Christ destroyed him that ignorant of his devices. had the power of death, that is, the devil. xi. 2. Paul said, I am jealous over you,

1 John iii. 8. For this purpose the Son with a godly jealousy-Ver. 3. I 'fear of God was manifested, that he might de- lest by any means as the serpent beguiled stroy the works of the devil.

Eve, through his subtlety, so your minds Rev. xvii. 14. The Lamb shall over should be corrupted from the simplicity come them, i. e. the servants of Satan. that is in Christ. See Rev. xii. 7. 9, 10, 11.

Ver. 14, 15. For Satan himself is

transformed into an angel of light. XXXIX. Satan is overcome by Chris. Therefore it is no great thing if his tians, through divine power communicated. ministers also be transformed, as the Matt. x. 1. Jesus gave his disciples pow. ministers of righteousness; whose end er against unclean spirits, to cast them shall be according to their works. out. Mark iii. 15. vi. 7.

Eph. iv. 26, 27. Let not the sun go Luke x. 17. The disciples returned down upon your wrath. Neither give with joy, saying to Jesus, Even the de- place to the devil

. vils are subject to us through thy name. vi. 11, 12. Put on the whole armour

Acts xxvi. 17, 18. Jesus said to Paul, of God, that ye may be able to stand I send thee to open men's eyes, to turn against the wiles of the devil. For we them from darkness to light, and from wrestle not against flesh and blood, but the power of Satan unto God.

against principalities, against powers, Rom. xvi. 20. The God of peace shall against the rulers of the darkness of this bruise Satan under your feet.

world, against spiritual wickedness in 2 Tim. ii. 25, 26. If God will give them high places.- Ver.16. Take the shield of repentance to the acknowledgment of the faith wherewith ye shall be able to quench truth ; that they may recover themselves all the fiery darts of the wicked one. out of the snare of the devil, who are taken James iv. 7. Resist the devil, and he captive by him at his will. Col. i. 13. will flee from you.

1 John ii. 14. I have written unto you 1 Pet. v. 8, 9. Be sober, be vigilant ; young men, because ye are strong, and because your adversary the devil, as a the word of God abideth in you, and ye roaring lion walketh about, seeking whom have overcome the wicked one. Ver. 13. he may devour. Whom resist steadfast Eph. vi. 10, 11.

in the faith. v. 18. He that is begotten of God, Jude 9. Michael the archangel said, keepeth himself, and that wicked one The Lord rebuke thee, Satan. Zech. toucheth him not. Ch. iv. 4.

iii. 2.

CHAPTER III.

GOD'S GOVERNMENT.

1. HE is the King, Ruler, and Gover. Isa. xxxvii. 16. Thou art God, even thou nor of the world ; having a throne, king. alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth. dom, dominion, government. 2 Kings xix. Ch. vi. 5. The King, the Lord of hosts. 15. Thou art the God of all the kingdoms Ixvi. 1. The heaven is my throne, and of the earth.

the earth is my footstool. 2 Chron. xxix. 11. Thine is the king. Jer. x. 10. The Lord, he is the true dom, the power, and the glory; and thou God, he is the living God, and an ever. art exalted as head above all. Matt. lasting King: at his wrath the earth shall vi. 13.

tremble, and the nations shall not be able xx. 6. Art thou not God in heaven ? to abide his indignation. and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms Dan. iv. 3. His kingdom is an ever. of the heathen ? and in thine hand is lasting kingdom, and his dominion is there not power, and might, so that none from generation to generation. Ver. 34. is able to withstand thee?

vi. 26. He is the living God, and stead. Job xxv. 2. Dominion and fear are fast for ever; and his kingdom is that with him: he maketh peace in his high which shall not be destroyed, and his doplaces.

minion shall be ever unto the cnd. Ch. Ps. x. 16. The Lord is King for ever vii. 14. 27. and ever.

1 Tim. vi. 15. He is the blessed and xi. 4. The Lord's throne is in heaven: only Potentate, the King of kings and his eyes behold, his eye-lids try the chil. Lord of lords. dren of men.

xxii. 28. The kingdom is the Lord's; II. God is the largirer. Isa. xxxiii. 22. and he is the governor among the na- The Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our tions.

king. xlv. 6. Thy throne, O God, is for ever

James iv. 12. He is the one lawgiver, and ever; the sceptre of thy kingdom is a who is able to save and to destroy. right sceptre. xlvii. 2. The Lord most high, is a

III. God is the judge of the earth. great King over all the earth. — Ver. 8. Gen. xviii. 25. The judge of all the God reigneth over the heathen: God sit. earth. Ps. xciv. 2. Heb. xii. 23. teth on the throne of his holiness.

Deut. xxii. 16. The Lord shall judge lxvi. 7. He ruleth by his power for his people. Eccl. iii. 17. He shall judge ever ; his eyes behold the nations. the righteous and the wicked. lxxxix. 14. Justice and judgment are

1 Sam. ii. 10. The Lord shall judge the habitation of thy throne.

the ends of the earth. xcv. 2. The Lord is a great God, and

Ps. ix. 4. Thou sittest in the throne a great King above all gods.

judging right. xcvii. 9. Clouds and darkness are 1. 6. God is judge himself. Ps. lxxvi. 8. round about him; righteousness and

xcvi. 13. He shall judge the world judgment are the habitation of his with righteousness, and the people with throne.

his truth. ciii. 19. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom

COUNSELS OF GOD. ruleth over all.

IV. God has his counsels. Ps. xxxiii. cxlv. 13. Thy kingdom is an everlast. 11. The counsel of the Lord standeth ing kingdom, and thy dominion endureth for ever, and the thoughts of his heart to throughout all generations.

all generations. Prov. xix. 21. Prov. viii. 16. By me princes rule, Prov. viii. 14. Counsel is mine, and even all the nobles of the earth.

sound wisdom; I am understanding.

Isa. xxv. 1. Thy counsels of old are and what his soul desireth that he doeth. faithfulness and truth.

Ps. xxxiii. 11. xxviii. 29. The Lord of hosts is won Dan. iv. 35. All the inhabitants of the derful in counsel, and excellent in work. earth are reputed as nothing, and he doeth. ing. Jer. xxxii. 19.

according to his will, in the army of hea. xl. 14. With whom took he counsel, ven, and among the inhabitants of the and who instructed him ?-Ver. 17. All earth; and none can stay his hand, or say nations before him are as nothing. unto him, What dost thou ? Job xxxiii. 13.

xlvi. 10. My counsel shall stand, and Isa. xlvi. 10. My counsel shall stand, I will do all my pleasure.

and I will do all my pleasure. Jer. xxxii. 13. The Lord of hosts, great lv. 11. My word shall accomplish that in counsel, and mighty in work. which I please.

Acts ii. 23. Jesus was delivered by the determinate counsel and fore-knowledge VII. Determinations of God. Job xiv.. of God.

5. Man's days are determined, the num. iv. 27, 28. Against thy holy child Jesus, ber of his months are with thee; thou whom thou hast anointed, both Herod and hast appointed his bounds that he cannot Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the pass. Ver. 14. Acts xvii. 26. people of Israel, were gathered together; Isa. X. 23. The Lord God of hosts shall for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy make a consumption, even determined in counsel determined before to be done. the midst of all the land. Ch. xxviii. 22.

Heb. vi. 17. God, willing to shew the Zeph. iii. 8. immutability of his counsel, confirmed Dan. ix. 24. Seventy weeks are deter. [his promise] by an oath.

mined upon thy people, and upon thy holy

city, to finish transgression, and to make V. Purpose of God. Jer. li. 29. Every an end of sins, and to make reconciliation purpose of God shall be performed. See for iniquity, to bring in everlasting righ. purposes of God concerning particular teousness, and to seal up the vision and nations. Isa. xiv. 24. 27.-xix. 12.-xxiii. prophecy, and to anoint the most holy. 9.-xlvi. 11.-xlix. 20.

Ver. 26, 27. Rom. viii. 28. All things work together xi. 36. That that is determined shall for good to them that love God, to them be done. who are the called according to his pur Zeph. iii. 8. My determination is to pose.

gather the nations, to pour upon them ix. 11, 12. That the purpose of God mine indignation. according to election might stand, it was Matt. xxvi. 24. The Son of man goeth said, The elder brother) should serve the as it is determined of him. Acts iv. 28. younger.- Ver. 17. Concerning Pharaoh God said, For this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my

ORDINATIONS OF GOD. power in thee.

Eph. i. 11. In Christ we have obtained VIII. Things ordained of God. Ps. an inheritance, being predestinated ac- cxxxii. 17. I have ordained a lamp for cording to the purpose of him who work- mine anointed. eth all things after the counsel of his own Jer. i. 5. I ordained thee to be a prowill.

phet to the nations. 2 Tim. ii. 7. iii. 11. According to the eternal pur. Hab. ii. 12. Thou hast ordained them, pose, which God promised in Christ Jesus (the enemy,) for judgment; and, O mighty our Lord.

God, thou hast ordained them for correction. 2 Tim. i. 9. God hath saved us, and xv. 16. Jesus said, I have ordained you, called us with an holy calling ; not ac- that ye should go and bring forth fruit. cording to our works, but acording to his Eph. ii. 10. own purpose, and grace, which was given Acts i. 21, 22. Of those men must one us in Christ Jesus before the world began. be ordained, a witness with us of Christ's

resurrection.

Ver. 23–26. And the apostles apWILL OF GOD.

pointed two, Joseph an Matthias. And

they prayed, and said, Thou, Lord, which VI. God doth will. Job xxiii. 13. He knowest the hearts of all men, shew is of one mind, and who can turn him ? | whether of these two thou hast chosen;

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Decrees of GodPredestination-Election. CHAP. III. that he may take part of this ministry. (over, whom he did predestinate, them he And they gave forth their lots, and the also called; and whom he called them he lot fell upon Matthias ; and he was num- also justified; and whom he justified, bered with the eleven apostles.

them he also glorified. Jude 14. There are certain men crept in Eph. i. 5. God having predestinated us unawares, who were before of old ordained to the adoption of children, by Jesus Christ, to this condemnation, ungodly men, turn. according to the good pleasure of his will. ing the grace of God into lasciviousness,&c. Ver. 11, 12. In him we have obtained

an inheritance, being predestinated ac

cording to the purpose of him who work. DECREES OF GOD.

eth all things according to the counsel of

his own will; that we should be to the IX. Things decreed of God. Job xxviii. praise of his glory. 26. He made a decree for the rain. Ps. cxlviii. 6. xxxviii. 10. He broke up for the sea

ELECTION his decreed place, and set bars and doors. Prov. viii. 29. Jer. v. 22.

XII. Election of the Jews. Neh. ix. 7, Dan. iv. 24. This is the decree of the 8. Thou are the Lord, the God who didst most high God, that is come upon the king. choose Abram, and broughtest him forth

Zeph. ii. 2. Before the decree break out of Ur of the Chaldees, and gavest him forth, before the day of the Lord's anger the name of Abraham: And madest a come upon you.

covenant with him. Compare Gen. xi. 31.

--xii. 1, 2, 3. Acts xiii. 17. X. Things appointed of God! 2 Sam. Deut iv. 37. Because the Lord loved xvii. 14. The Lord had appointed to de- thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed feat the counsel of Ahitophel.

after them, and brought thee out of Egypt. Job vii. 1. Is there not an appointed vii. 6. The Lord thy God hath chosen time for man upon the earth? are not his thee to be a special people unto himself

, days like the days of an hireling ? Ch. xiv. above all the people that are upon the face 5. 14.

of the earth. Ch. xiv. 2. Prov. viii. 29. He appointed the foun. Ver. 7, 8. The Lord did not set his love dations of the earth.

upon you, nor choose you because ye were Dan. viii. 19. At the time appointed, more in number than any people, (for ye the end shall be. Ch. xi. 27. 35.

were the fewest of all the people :) But be. Mic. vi. 9. He hath appointed the rod. cause the Lord loved you, and because he

Hab. ii. 3. The vision is for an ap- would keep the oath which he had sworn pointed time.

to your fathers. Ch. x. 15. Luke xxii. 29. He appointed unto i Kings iii. 8. Thy servant is in the Christ a kingdom.

midst of thy people, whom thou hast Acts xvii. 31. He hath appointed a chosen. day, in which he will judge the world by 1 Chron. xvi. 13, 14. O ye seed of Jesus Christ.

Israel his servant, ye children of Jacob Gal. iv. 4. When the fulness of time his chosen ones : He is the Lord your was come, God sent forth his Son made God. Ps. cv. 6, 7, of a woman.

Ps. xxxiii. 12. Blessed is the nation 1 Pet. ii. 8. Christ is a stone of stum. whose God is the Lord, and the people bling, and a rock of offence, to them whom he hath chosen for his own inhewhich stumble at the word, being disobe- ritance. dient; whereunto also they were appoint Ixv. 4. Blessed is the man whom thou ed. Jude 4.

choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts.

cv. 43. The Lord brought forth his peoPREDESTINATION. ple with joy, and his chosen with gladXI. Things predestinated of God. Rom. cvi. 4, 5. Remember me, O Lord, with viii. 29, 30. Whom God did foreknow he the favour that thou bearest unto thy did predestinate to be conformed to the people : 0 visit me with thy salvation: image of his Son, that he might be the That I may see the good of thy chosen, first-born among many brethren. 'More that I may rejoice in the gladness of thy

ness.

nation, that I may glory with thine in- | 31. The Son of man shall [at the last day] heritance.

send his angels with a great sound of a Ps. cxxxii. 13. The Lord hath chosen trumpet, and they shall gather together Zion, he hath desired it for his habitation. his elect, from the four winds, from the -Ver: 15. I will abundantly bless her one end of heaven to the other. provision, &c. Ps. lxxviii. 68.

Luke xviii. 7. Shall not God avenge cxxxv. 4. The Lord hath chosen Jacob his own elect, which cry day and night unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar unto him ? treasure.

John vi. 37. Jesus said, All that the Isa. xiv. 1. The Lord will yet choose Father hath given me, &c. Israel, and set him in his own land. Ch. xiii. 18. Jesus said, I speak not of you xlix. 7. Zech. i. 17.-ii. 12.

all, I know whom I have chosen : but xli. 8, 9. Thou Israel art my servant, that the scripture might be fulfilled, He Jacob whom I have chosen. I have that eateth bread with me hath lifted up chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

the heel against me. xliii. 20. I give waters in the wilder. xv. 16. I have chosen you, and ordained ness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink you, that ye should go and bring forth to my people, my chosen.

fruit-Ver. 19. I have chosen you out xliv. 2-4. Thus saith the Lord that of the world, therefore the world hateth made thee, and formed thee from the you. womb, which will help thee, Fear not, O Rom. viii. 33. Who shall lay any thing Jacob, my servant, and Jeshurun whom I to the charge of God's elect ? It is God have chosen. For I will pour water upon that justifieth. him that is thirsty, and floods upon the ix. 6. They are not all Israel which are dry ground; I will pour my Spirit upon of Israel. thy seed, and my blessing upon thine off. Ver. 10–13. When Rebecca had con. spring. And they shall spring up, &c. ceived by Isaac, (the children being not

xlv. 4. For Jacob my servant's sake, yet born, neither having done any good and Israel mine elect, I have called thee or evil, that the purpose of God according by thy name (Cyrus]: I have surnamed to election might stand, not of works, but thee, though thou hast not known me. of him that calleth ;) it was said unto her,

xlviii. 10. I have refined thee, but not The elder shall serve the younger. As it with silver; I have chosen thee in the is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau furnace of affliction.-Ver. 17. I am the have I hated. Lord thy God, which teacheth thee to Ver. 16. It is not of him that willeth, profit, which leadeth thee by the way that or of him that runneth, but of God that ihou shouldest go.

sheweth mercy.-Ver.18. He hath inercy lxv. 9. Mine elect shall inherit my on whom he will have mercy, and whom mountain, and my servants shall dweil he will he hardeneth. here.-Ver. 22. Mine elect shall long

Ver. 21. Hath not the potter power over enjoy the work of their hands.

the clay? Ezek. xx. 5. Thus saith the Lord God, xi. 2. God hath not cast away his peoI chose Israel, and lifted up mine hand ple, which he foreknew. unto the seed of the house of Jacob, and Ver. 4–6. Seven thousand were remade myself known unto them.

served in Israel, who had not bowed the Zech. iii. 2. O Satan, the Lord that knee to the image of Baal. So at this hath chosen Jerusalem, rebuke thee: time there is a remnant according to the Is not this a brand plucked out of the election of grace: And if by grace, it is fire ?

no more of works.

Ver. 7. Israel hath not obtained that XIII. Election of Christians. Matt. which he seeketh for, but the election xx. 16. Jesus said, Many be called, but hath obtained it, and the rest were few chosen.

blinded.—Ver. 28. As touching the elec. xxiv. 22. For the elect's sake, those tion, the Jews are beloved for the fathers' days (of calamity) shall be shortened. sake. Mark xiíi, 20.

Eph. i. 4, 5. God hath chosen us in Ver. 24. False Christs, and false pro- Christ, before the foundation of the phets, shall shew great signs and won world, that we should be holy and with. ders, insomuch, that (if it were possible) out blame before him in love. Having they shall deceive the very elect.-Ver. I predestinated us to the adoption of chil.

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