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IV. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of confanguinity or affinity forbidden in the word h; nor can such incestuous marriages ever be made lawful by any law of man, or consent of parties, so as those persons may live together as man and wife i. The inan may not marry any

of his wife's kindred nearer in blood than he may of his own, nor the woman of her husband's kindred nearer in blood than of her own k.

V. Adultery or fornication committed after a contract, being detected before marriage, giveth just occasion to the innocent party to diffolve that contract 1. In the

cafe lem: for Judah hath prophaned the and the land itself vomiteth out her holiness of the Lord wliich he loved, inhabitants. v. 26. Ye shall there. and hath married the daughter of a fore keep my statutes and my judg. strange god. v. 12. The Lord will ments, and shall not commit


of cut off the man that doth this : the these abominations ; neither


of master and the scholar out of the your own nation, nor any stranger tabernacles of Jacob, and him that that sojourneth among you: V. 27. offereth an offering unto the Lord (For all thefe abominations have the of hosts.

2 Cor. vi. 14. Be ye not men of the land done, which were unequally yoked together with un before you, and the land is defiled) believers : for what fellowship hath v. 28. That the land spue not you righteousness with unrighteousness? out also, when ye defile it, as it and what communion hath light with {pued out the nations that were bedarkness ?

IV. b (Lev. xviith chapter. ) k Lev. xx. 19. And thou shalt 1 Cor. v. 1. It is reported common not uncover the nakedness of thy ly that there is fornication among mother's fifter, nor of thy father's you, and such fornication, as is not filter: for he uncovereth his near so much as named amongst the Gen- kin: they shall bear their iniquity. tiles, that one should have his fa V. 20. And if a man shall lie with ther's wife. Amos ii. 7. That pant his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered after the dust of the earth on the his uncle's nakedness: they hall head of the poor, and turn aside bear their sin, they shall die child. the way

of the meek: and a man less. v. 21. And if a man shall take and his father will go in unto the same his brother's wife, it is an unclean maid, to prophane my holy name. thing: he hath uncovered his bro

i Mark vi. 18. For John had said ther's nakedness, they shall be childunto Herod, It is not lawful for less. thee to have thy brother's wife. Lev. V.1 Matth. i. 18. Now the birth xviii. 24. Defile not you yourselves of Jesus Christ was on this wise : in

any of these things : for in all When as his mother Mary was ethese the nations are defiled which spoused to Joseph, before they came I cast out before you. v. 25. And together, she was found with child the land is defiled therefore I do of the Holy Ghost. visit the iniquity thereof upon it, Joseph her husband being a just


fore you.

vi 19. Then

case of adultery after marriage, it is lawful for the innocent party to sue out a divorce ni, and, after the divorce, to marry another, as if the offending party were

dead n.

VI. Although the corruption of man be such as is apt to study arguments, unduly to put afunder those whom God hath joined together in marriage ; yet nothing but adultery or fuch wilful desertion as can no way be remedied by the church or civil magistrate, is cause fufficient of diffolving the bond of marriage 0; wherein a public and orderly course of proceeding is to be observed, and the persons concerned in it not left to their own wills and discretion in their own cafe p.



man, and not willing to make her if while her husband liveth, she be a public example, was minded to married to another man, the shall put her away privily. v. 20. But be called an adulteress : but if her while he thought on these things, husband be dead, she is free from behold, the angel of the Lord ap- that law; so that she is no adulteress, peared unto him in a dream, saying, though she be married to another Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife : VI. o Matth. xix. 8. He faith for that which is conceived in her, unto them, Moses, because of the is of the Holy Ghost.

hardness of your heart, suffered you m Matth. v. 31. It hath been

to put away your wives: but from faid, Whosoever shall put away his the beginning it was not fo. v.9. wife, let him give her a writing of (See letter n.) 1 Cor. vii. 15. But divorcement. v. 32. But I say unto if the unbelieving depart, let him you, that whosoever shall put away depart. A brother or a fister is not his wife, saving for the cause of for- under bondage in such cases : but nication, causeth her to commit a God hath called us to peace. Matth. dultery: and whosoever shall marry xix. 6. Wherefore they are no more her that is divorced, committeth a twain, but one flesh. What there dultery.

fore God hath joined together, let n Marth. xix. 9. And I say unto no man put

asunder. you, Whosoever shall put away his p Deut. xxiv. 1. When a man wife, except it be for fornication, hath taken a wife and married her, and shall marry another, commit- and it come to pass that she find no teth adultery: and whosoever mar favour in his eyes, because he hath rieth her which is put away, doth found some uncleanness in her : commit adultery. Rom. vii. 2. For then let him write her a bill of dithe woman which hath an husband, vorcement, and give it in her hand, is bound by the law to her husband and send her out of his house. v. 2. so long as he liveth : but if the hus. And when she is departed out of his band be dead, she is loosed from the house, she may go and be another law of her húsoand. y. 3. So then, man's wife. y. 3. And if the latter


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Chap. XXV. Of the Church.
HE catholic or universal church, which is invisible,

consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ the head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all a.

II. The visible church, which is also catholic or universal under the gospel, (not confined to one nation, as be ore under the law), consists of all those throughout the world that profess the true religion b, together with

their husb nd hate her, and write her a beginning, the first-born from the bill ut divorcement, and giveth it dead; that in all things he might in her hand, and sendeth her out of have the pre-eminence. his house; or if the latter husband II. b 1 Cor.i. 2. Unto the church die, which took her to be his wife; of God, which is at.Corinth, to them v. 4. Her former husband which sent that are fan&tified in Christ Jesus, her away may not take her again to called to be faints, with all that be his wife, after that she is defiled: in every place call upon the name for that is abomination before the of Jesus Christ our Lord, both Lord, and thou shalt not cause the theirs and ours. 1 Cor. xii. 12. land to sin, which the Lord thy God For as the body is one, and hath giverh thee for an inheritance. many members, and all the mem

I. a Eph. i. 10. That in the dis- bers of that one body, being many, pensation of the fulness of times, he are one body: so also is Chrift. might gather together in one all v, 13. For by one Spirit are we all things in Christ, both which are in baptized into one body, whether heaven, and which are on earth,even we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we in him. v. 22. And hath put all be bond or free; and have been all things under his feet, and gave him made to drink into one spirit. Pfal. to be the head over all things to ii. 8. Ask of me, and I shall give thee the church. v. 23. Which is his the heathen for thine inheritance, body, the fulness of him that filleth and the uttermost parts of the earth all in all. Eph. v. 23. For the hus- for thy poffeffon. Rev. vii. 9. Alter band is the head of the wife, even this I beheld, and lo, a great mulas Christ is the head of the church: titude, which no man could numand he is the Saviour of the body. ber, of all nations, and kindreds, v. 27. That he might present it to and people, and tongues, stood be. himself a glorio!is church, not ha- fore the throne, and before the ving spot or wrinkle, or any such Lamb, clothed with white robes, and thing; but that it should be holy, palms in their hands. Rom. xv. 9. and withour blemish. V. 32. This And that the Gentiles might glorify is a great mystery : but I speak God for his mercy; as it is written, concerning Christ and the church. For this cause I will confess to thee Col. i. 18. And he is the head of anong the Gentiles, and sing unto the body, the church : who is the thy name. v. 10. And again he



their children c; and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ d, the house and family of God e, out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation f.

III. Unto this catholic visible church, Christ hath given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the faints in this life, to the end of the world ; and doth, by his own presence and Spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual thereunto


IV. This Saith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his tions, for an everlasting covenant ; people. v. And again, Praise to be a God unto thee, and to thy the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and laud feed after thee. him, all ye people. v. 12. And a

d Matth. xiii. 47.

gain, the gain, Efaias faith, There shall be a kingdom of heaven is like unto a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise ner that was cast into the sea, and to reign over the Gentiles, in bim gathered of every kind. If, ix. 7. fhall the Gentiles trust,

Of the increase of his government c I Cor. vii. 14. For the unbe.


there shall be no end, uplieving husband is sanctified by the on the throne of David, and upon his wife, and the unbelieving wife is kingdom, to order it, and to estafan&tified by the husband : else were blish it with judgment, and with your children unclean; but now justice, from henceforth even for are they holy. Acts ii. 39. For ever : the zeal of the Lord of hosts. the promise is unto you, and to will perform this. your children, and all that e Eph. ii. 19. Now therefore ye are afar off, even as many as the are no more strangers and foreignLord our God shall call Ezek. ers, but fellow citizens with the xvi. 20. Moreover, thou hast taken faints, and of the household of God. thy sons and thy daughters, whom Eph. iii. 15. Of whom the whole thou hast born unto me, and these family of heaven and earth is nahalt thou sacrificed unto them to be med. devoured : is this of thy whore f Acts ii. 47. Praising God, and doms a small matter,

v. 21. That having favour with all the people. thou hast Nain my children, and And the Lord added to the church delivered them to cause them to daily such as should be saved. pass through the fire for them; III. g 1 Cor. xii. 28. And God Rom, xi. 16. For if the first-fruit hath set fome in the church, first be holy the lump is also holy; apostles, secondarily prophets, third and if the root be holy, so are the ly teachers, after that miracles, branches. Gen. iii. 15. And I will then gifts of healings, helps, goput enmity between thee and the vernments, divertities of tongues. wonan, and between thy feed and Eph. iv. 11. And he gave fome, aher feed: it shall bruise thy head, postles: and fome, prophets: and and thou shalt bruise his heel. Gen. fome, evangelists: and some, pastors xvii. 7. And I will establih my co and teachers; v. 12. For the pervenant between me and thee, and fecting of the saints, for the work they feed after thee, in their genera- of the ministry, for the edifying of



IV. This catholic church hath been fometimes more, sometimes leis visible h. And particular churches, which are members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the doctrine of the gospel is taught and embraced, ordinances administred, and public worship performed more or lefs purely in them i.

V. The purest churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and error k; and fome have so degenerated, as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan l.

Neverthe body of Christ ; v.

13. Till we man were given two wings of a all come in the unity of the faith, great eagle, that she might fly into and of the knowledge of the Son of the wilderness, into her place : where God, unto a perfect man, unto the she is nourished for a time and times, measure of the stature of the fulness and half a time, from the face of the of Christ. Maith. xxviii. 19. Go serpent. ye therefore and teach all nations, i (Rev. ii. and iii. chapters baptizing them in the name of the throughout.) i Cor. v. 6. Your Father, and of the Son, and of the glorying is not good : know ye nut Holy Ghost : v. 20. Teaching them that a little leaven leaveneth the to observe all things whatsoever I whole lump? v. 7. Purge out therehave commarded you: and lo, I am

fore the old leaven, that ye may be with you alway even unto the end a new lump, as ye are unleavened. of the world. Amen. Is. Jix. 21. For even Christ our passover is facriAs for me, this is my covenant with ficed for us. them, faith the Lord, My fpirit V. k 1 Cor. xiii. 12. For now we that is upon thee, and my words see through a glass, darkly; but which I have put in thy mouth, then face to face : now I know in fhall not depart out of thy mouth, part; but then shall I know even as nor out of the mouth of thy feed, also I am known. (Rev. ii. and iii. por out of the mouth of thy feeds chapters.) Matth. xiii. 24.-30. feed, saith the Lord, from henceforth Another parable put he forth unto and for ever.

them, saying, The kingdom of hea. IV. h Rom. xi. 3. Lord, they ven is likened unto a man, which have killed thy prophets, and dig fowed good feed in his field; but ged down thine aitars; and I am while men slept, his enemy came Jeft alone, and they seek niy life, and sowed tares among the wheat,

But what faith the answer of and went his way. But when the God unto him? I have reierved to blade was sprung up, and brought myself seven thousand men, who forth fruit, then appcared the tares have not bowed the knee to the alfo, &c. v 47. Again, the king. iinage of Baal. Rev. xii. 6. And dom of heaven is like unto a ret the woman fed into the wilderness, that was cast into the sea, and ga. where the hath a place prepared of thered of every

kind. God, that they should feed her there 1 Rev. xviii. 2. And he cried a thousand two hundred ard three mightily with a strong voice, saying, Score days. V. .14. And to the wo- Babylon she grcat is fallen, is fall

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