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Will. The counsel of God's will is moll wife and holy ,f on. iii. i. cat. 12. ' It '13 unsearchable, con ili. 7. cat. 13. Ic Is free and immutable, con v. 1. cat. 14 : and molt, righteous, con. ii. 1. How the will of God is to be done and submitted to, cat. 192. The will of God, revealed in the scriptures, is the only rule of faith, worfnip, and ■practice. See scripture. Christ revealeth to his church by his Spirit and word the whole will of God, In a!l things concerning their edification and salvation, cat. 48. JFree-will. The will of man is neither forced, nor by any absolute nccelRty of nature determined to do good or evil, con. iii. 1. ix. !. . Man in his (late of innocency had freedom and power to will and do good, con. iv. 2. ix. 2. cat. 17. By his fall he loll all ability of ■will to any spiritual good accompanying salvation, con. vi. 2. 4. ix. 3. cat. 2 j. 192. The will is renewed in conversion, con, ix. 4; x. 1. cat. 6". It is made perfectly and immutably free to do good alone in the state of glory, c. ix. 5. Word, See scripture, reading, preach- ,
.shearing." Worldly miodedness, sinful, cat. 105. 142.
Works. What are good works and what not, con. xvi. 1. Good works are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith; con. xvi. 2. The uses and ends of good works, ib. Ability to do good works is wholly from the Spirit of Christ, con. xvi. 3, The actual influence of the Spirit
\ is required for the performance of them, ib. This no plea for negligence, ib. Supererogation, impossible, con. xvi. 4. We cannot by our best works merit pardon of fin or eternal life at the hand of God, aud why, con. xvi. j. Yet
the good works of believers zre
accepted by God in Christ, ar.d r ewarded, con. xvi. 6. The works of unregenerate men cannot please God, and why, con xvi. 7. But to neglect to do what God commands, is more sinful, ib. All persons shall, in thf tlay of judgment, receive accdiQfrg to what they have done io the body, whether good or evil, con. xxxiii* 1. Worship. To God is due from his creatures, whatever worship- he is pleased to require, con. ii. 2. The light of nature flieweth that God is to be worshipped, con. xxf. I. But the acceptable way of worshipping God, is instituted by himself in the scriptures, ib. He may not be worshipped according to the imaginations and devices of men, con. xxi. I. cat. 109. Fals; worship is to be opposed, cat. 10S. As also any worship not instituted by God himself, cat. 109. But there are some circumstances concerning the worship ot God which are to be ordered by the light ofnature and Christian prudence, according ro the, general rules of the word, con. i. 6 Religious worfnip is to be given to God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, to him alone; and that only in the , • mediation of Christ, con. xxi. 2. cat. 179, 181- The parts of religious worlhip, con. xxi. 3, Religious worlhip not tied to aoy place, but God is to be worshipped every where in spirit and truth, as in private families daily, and in secret, each one by himself; so more solemnly in the public aflerablies, which are not to be'neglected, con. xxi. 9Wrath. See curse.
ZEAL for God, a duty, cat. 104. Corrupt, blind, and incUscrecx
zeal, sinful, cat.