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be spoken by the Lord, was confirmed unto us by them who heard, God also bearing witness both with signs, &c. Heb. ii. 1-4. xii. 25.

Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, Today if ye will hear his voice.-Heb, iii. 7.

The word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword; piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, &c.-Heb, iv. 12.

Every one who useth milk, is unskilful in the word of righteousness. Heb. v. 13.

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Begat he us with the word of truth, &c. Be swift to hear, &c. the engrafted word, able to save, &c.-James i. 18, 19. 21. Eph. i. 13. v. 26. 2. Tim. ii. 15.

If ye fulfil the royal law, according to the Scripture, Thou shalt love, &c.-James ii. 8.

Being born again not of corruptible seed, but &c. by. the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you.-1 Peter

i. 23. 25.

. As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.1 Peter й. 2.

I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth, &c. Moreover, I will endeavour that you may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance: for we have, &c. We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light which shineth in a dark place, &c. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the Scripture is of any private interpretation, for the prophecy came not in old (or at any) time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.-2 Peter i. 12, 13.-15, 16. 19-21.

This second epistle I write unto you, in both which I stir up your pure

minds by way of remembrance: that ye may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us the apostles of the Lord and Saviour. Paul also, according to the wisdom given unto him, hath written unto you, as also in all his epistles, &c. In which are some things hard to be understood, which they who are unlearned, and unstable, wrest, as they do also the other Scriptures, unto their own destruction,-2 Peter iii. 1, 2, 15, 16,

And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.-1 John i. 4, v. 13.

He who doth not abide in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God, &c. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God-speed: for he who bids him God-speed, &c.—2 John 9. 11.

It was needful for me to write to you, and exhort you, that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. I will put you in remembrance, though ye once knew, &c. Remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; That they told you there should, &c.-Jude 3. 5. 17, 18.

Christ sent and signified by his angel unto his servant John, the things which must shortly come to pass, &c. Blessed is he who readeth, and they who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein, &c. Write the things which thou hast seen, &c.-Rev. i. 1. 3. 19.

Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither diminish from it.Deut. iv. 2. Matt. xv. 3-6.

Every word of God is pure, &c. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar. Prov. xxx. 5, 6.

I testify, &c. if any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto

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See that ye refuse not him who speaketh for if they escaped not, who refused him who spake on earth; much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him who speaketh from heaven.-Heb. xii. 25.

The parable of the good seed, sown in good and bad ground; and the success thereof.-Matt. xiii. 3, &c.

Men by their traditions make void the word of God, reject the command of God, making the word of God of none effect.-Mark vii. 7-9. 13. See preaching of the word, CHAP.



Of God: His Nature, Attributes, and Works.

THAT which may be known of God is manifest: for, the heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth his handy work: so that we are without excuse, if, by the things which are made, we do not clearly perceive and understand his eternal power and Godhead.

The Lord is also known by the judgment which he executeth.

But the scriptures having given us a plainer and fuller account of the divine Being, than the reason of man can discover of itself; the best and easiest way of coming to the right knowledge of God, is by his word. From whence we learn, that He is the Maker, Preserver and Governor of all things that he is a Being every way perfect; the only God; who hath


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none other like him; and who is greater, and more excellent than all other Beings: that He is a Spirit, eternal and unchangeable, and fills all places by his presence; that his happiness, knowledge, wisdom, and power are infinite; that he is perfectly good and gracious, righteous and just, true and faithful, pure and holy; and that, after all we do, or can know of him, he is incomprehensible.

SECT. I. His Names, and Titles.

In the beginning God created the heavens, &c.-Gen. i. 1.

And the Lord God formed man, &c.-Gen. ii. 7. xv. 7. xxviii. 13.

Then began man to call upon the name of the Lord.-Gen. iv. 26.

And he was the priest of the Most High God, &c.-Gen. xiv. 18-20. ·

The Lord appeared unto Abraham, and said, I am the Almighty God, &c.-Gen. xvii. 1. xxviii. 3. Rev. xxi. 22.

The Name of the Lord, the everlasting God.-Gen. xxi. 33.

The Lord, the God of heaven, and the God of the earth.-Gen. xxiv. 3.7.

And God said unto Moses, I AM that I AM, &c. Thus shall you say, &c. I AM hath sent me unto you. The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob hath sent me, &c. This is my name for ever; and this is my memorial unto all generations. The Lord God of the Hebrews, &c.-Exod. iii. 6. 14, 15. ix. 1. 13..

I appeared unto Abraham, &c. by the name of God Almighty; but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known unto them.-Exod. vi. 2, 3. Isa. xii. 2. xxvi. 4.

And the Lord, &c. proclaimed the name of the Lord. The Lord God, merciful and gracious, &c. The Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.-Exod. xxxiv. 5, 6. 14. xxxiii. 19.

The Lord, the God of the spirits,

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of all flesh.-Numb. xxvii. 16. xvi.
..That thou mayest fear this glorious
and fearful name, The Lord thy God.
-Deut. xxviii. 58.

The Lord God of gods, the Lord
God of gods, &c.-Josh. xxii. 22.

To sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh, &c.-1 Sam. i. 3. 11. Jer. xlvi. 18.

The Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, &c.-1 Sam. xvii. 45. Isa. xxviii. 29.

The God of Israel said, the Rock

of Israel spake to me, &c.-2 Sam.

xxiii. 3.

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Holy and Reverend is his name. -Ps. cix. 9.

. They have provoked the Holy One of Israel.-Isa. i. 4. Ezek. xxxix. 7.

I am the Lord, That is my name; and my glory will I not give unto another. Isa. xlii. 8. Jer. xvi. 21.

As for our Redeemer, the Lord of hosts is his name, The Holy One of Israel.—Isa. xlvii. 4. liv. 5. Jer. xxxii. 18.

O the Hope of Israel, the Saviour thereof, &c. Jer. xiv. 8.

I will sanctify my great name, &c. And the heathen shall know that I am the Lord.-Ezek. xxxvi. 23.

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Now the God of peace be with you all, &c.-Rom. xv. 33.

God is not the author of confusion, but of peace.-1 Cor. xiv. 33. Heb xiii. 20.

God is light; and in him is no darkness. John i. 5. Jam. i. 17. God is love.-1 John iv. 8. 16. And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent, &c.-Rev. xxii. 6.

SECT. II. He is a Spirit.
GOD is a Spirit.-John iv. 24.
SECT. III. His Excellency, Majesty,
Greatness, Perfection, Glory, So-
vereignty, and Absoluteness. His

He created the world, and all things
in it.—Gen. i. ii. Ps. c. 3. civ, cxxxvi.
5, 6. &c. Prov. xxii. 2. Ps. cxxxix.
13, 14.

And the fear of you, &c. shall be upon every beast, &c. Into your hand are they delivered, &c. Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you, &c. I have given you all things. Neither shall there be any more a flood to destroy the earth.Gen. ix. 2, 3. 11.

When men endeavoured to prevent their being scattered, God scattered them by confounding their language, Gen. xi. 4, 5, &c.

And the Lord said to Abraham, &c. Lift up thine eyes, &c. For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. -Gen. xiii. 14-17. Exod. ix. 29. Ps. xxiv. 1. 1 Cor. x. 26. 28.,.


The priest of the most high God, The most high God, possessor of heaven and earth.-Gen. xiv. 1820. 22. Ps. ix. 2. Josh. iii. 11.

So will I make my holy name known in the midst of my people Israel and the heathen shall know that I am the Lord, the holy One of Israel. Ezek. xxxix. 7. The Lord the God of hosts is his Lord-Exod. iv. 11. name.-Amos iv. 13. v. 27.

The Lord hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob.-Amos viii. 7.

Now the God of patience and consolation grant, &c.-Rom. xv. 5. 33.

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Who hath made man's mouth? or who hath made the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing? &c. Have not I the

I am the Lord; and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched-out arm, and


with great judgments, &c.-Exod. vi.
6, 7.

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That thou mayest know, that there is none like unto the Lord our God. I will sever, &c. To the end thou mayest know that I am the Lord in the midst of the earth.-Exod. viii. 10..22.. ix. 14. 16. x. 2.

-Thy right hand, O Lord, is become glorious in power, &c. hath dashed in pieces the enemy; and in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown, &c. With the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gahered, &c. Who is like unto thee, O Lord, amongst the gods? &c. Glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders, &c. The Lord shall reign for ever and ever.-Exod. xv. 6 8. 11. 15—18. Ps.cxlvi. 10. Rev. xix. 6.

I know that the Lord is greater than all gods: for in the thing they dealt proudly, he was above them.Exod. xviii. 11.

And mount Sinai was altogether on a smoke, because the Lord descended, &c. And the whole mount quaked greatly. Exod. xix. 18. xx. 18, 19.

And the glory of the Lord abode upon mount Sinai, &c. And the sight of the glory of the Lord was like devouring fire on the top of the mount, &c.-Exod. xxiv. 16, 17. Ezek. iii. 23. viii. 4. ix. 3.

There will. I meet with the children of Israel, and they shall be sanctified by my glory.-Exod. xxix. 43.

I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me, and live. And it shall come to pass while my glory passeth by, that I will put thee in a clift, &c.-Exod. xxxiii. 18. 20. 22.

I will do marvels, such as have not been done in all the earth, &c. And all the people, &c. shall see the work of the Lord, for it is a terrible thing that I will do with thee.-Exod. 'xxxiv. 10.

The glory of the Lord filled the tabernacle. Exod. xl. 34, 35. Levit. ix. 23. Numb. xiv. 10. xvi. 42.


As truly as I live, all the earth Lord; because all those men who shall be filled with the glory of the have seen my glory, and my miracles, &c.-Numb. xiv. 21, 22.

speaketh, that I must do.-Numb. Balaam said, &c. All that the Lord xxiii. 26.

all flesh set a man, &c.-Numb. xxvii. Let the Lord God of the spirits of 16. xvi. 22.

shew thy servant thy greatness and O Lord God, thou hast begun to thy mighty hand: for what God is there in heaven, or in earth, that can do according to thy works, and according to thy might?-Deut. iii. 24.

fire, a jealous God. Did ever people The Lord thy God is a consuming hear the voice of God, speaking out heard and live? The Lord he is God of the midst of the fire, as thou hast in heaven above, and upon the earth beneath, there is none else.-Deut. iv. 24. 33. 39. v. 24-26.

a mighty God, and terrible.-Deut. The Lord thy God is among you, vii. 21. Nehem. i. 5. iv. 14.

before thee, is a consuming fire, &c. The Lord thy God, he who goeth Thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed through thy greatness, &c. -Deut. ix. 3. 26. Isa. lx. 16.

Behold the heaven, and the heaven earth also with all that therein is. of heavens is the Lord's thy God; the For the Lord your God is God of God, mighty and terrible; who regods, and Lord of lords; a great gardeth not persons, nor taketh reward-Deut. x. 14. 17. xxii. 22. Josh.

And know you, &c. The Lord
hand, and his stretched-out arm, and
your God, his greatness, his mighty
his miracles, and his acts which he
did, &c.-Deut. xi. 2, 3.

fearful name, The Lord thy God.-
Thou mayest fear this glorious and
Deut. xxviii. 58.

the Rock; his work is perfect; all
Ascribe ye greatness unto our God,
his ways are judgment, &c. When

the most High divided, &c. See now the gods of the people are idols; but the Lord made the heavens. Glory and honour are in his presence, strength and gladness are in his place. Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name.-1 Chron. xvi. 24, &c. Ps. xcvi. 4, 5.

that I, I am he, and there is no god with me; I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any who can deliver out of my hand. For I lift up my hand to heaven, &c. -Deut. xxxii. 3, 4. 8. 39, 40. &c.

There is none like unto the God of Jeshurun, who rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and in his excellency on the sky: the eternal God is thy refuge; and underneath are the everlasting arms, and he shall thrust ont, &c.—Deut. xxxiii. 26, 27,

There is none beside thee; neither is there any rock like our God, &c. The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed, &c. The Lord killeth, and maketh alive; he bringeth down to the grave, and bringeth up. The Lord maketh poor, and maketh rich; he bringeth low, and lifteth up: he raiseth up the poor, &c. So the pillars of the earth are the Lord's, and he hath set the world upon them. He will keep the feet of his saints, &c.-1 Sam. ii. 2, &c. Job ix. 9.

Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God?-1 20.

Thou art great, O Lord God: for there is none like thee; neither is there any God beside thee.-2 Sam. vii. 22. 1 Chron. xvii. 20.

The earth shook and trembled, the foundations of heaven moved and shook, because he was wrath. There went up a smoke out of his nostrils; and fire out of his mouth devoured, &c.-2 Sam. xxii. 8-12. Ps. xviii. 7, &c.

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Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty; for all in heaven and in earth is thine: thine is the kingdom, O Lord; and thou art exalted above all. Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou reignest over all, and in thine hand is power and might, and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.-1 Chron. xxix. 11, 12.

Blessed be thy glorious name, who art exalted above all blessing and praises: thou, thou art Lord alone; thou hast made heaven, &c. And thou preservest them all. Nehem, ix. 5, 6.

The Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away. Job i. 21.

God, &c. who doeth great things and unsearchable, without number: who giveth rain upon the earth, and sendeth waters upon the fields, to set up on high those who are low, &c. He disappointeth the devices of the crafty, so that their hands cannot perform, &c.-Job v. 8—12, &c.

Canst thou by searching find out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty to perfection? &c. If he cut off (or make a change), and shut up, or gather together, then who can hinder him? &c.-Job xi. 7-10. ix. 10 -13, &c. xxiii. 13, 14. xxxvii. 23.

The glory of the Lord hath filled Ps. lxxvii. 19. the house. 1 Kings viii. 11.

Thou art the God; thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth; thou hast made heaven and earth.-2 Kings xix. 15.

The heaven and heaven of heavens cannot contain him.-2 Chron. in 6. vi. 18.

Declare his glory, &c. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; to be feared above all gods: for all

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Who knoweth not in all these, that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? in whose hand is the soul of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind, &c. With him is wis dom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. Behold, he breaketh down, and it cannot be built up again; he shutteth up a man, and there can be no opening; he withholdeth the waters, and they dry up, &c. he leadeth

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