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man and wife/. The man may not marry any of his wife'* kindred nearer in blood than he may of his own, nor the woman of her husband's kindred nearer of her blood than of her own k.
V. Adultery or fornication committed after a contract, being detected before marriage, giveth just occasion to the inno* cent party to dissolve that contract/. In the cafe of adultery after marriage, it is lawful for the innocent party to sue out a divorce772, and, after the divorce, to marry another, as if the offending party were dead ri.
i Mark vi. 18. For John had said unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. Lev. xviii. 24. Defile not yourselves in any of these things: for in all these the nations are defiled which I cart out before you. v. 2 5. And the land is defUed: therefore I do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants.
26. Ye shall therefore keep my statutes and myjudgments, and lhall not commit any of these abominations; neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sejourneth among you: v. 27. (Forall these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled.) v. 28. That the land spue notyou outalso, when ye defile it, as it spued out the nations that were before you.
* Lev. xx. 19. And thou shalt not uncover the nakedness of thy md* ther's filler, nor of thy father's sifter: for he uncovereth his near kin; they lhall bear their iniquity, v. 20; And if a man shall lie with his uncle's wise, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin, they shall die childless, v. 21. And if a man lhall take his brother's wife, ivis an unclean thing: he hath un
covered his brother's nakedness, they shall be childless.
V. / Mat. i. 18. Now the birth of Jesus Chrill was on this wise: When, as his mother Mary was espoused tcV Joseph, before they came together, (he was found with child of the holy Ghost, v. 19. Then Joseph her husband being a just man, and not willing to make her a publick example, was minded to put her away privily; v. 20. But while he thought on these things, behold the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the holy Ghost.
m Mat. v. 31. It hath been said. Whosoever shall put away his wife, le t him giv e her a writing of divorcement, v. 32. But I fay unto you, that whosoever lhall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery : and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced, committeth adultery.
n Mat. xix. 9. And I fay unto you, Whosoever lhall put away his wife, except it be for fornication, and lhall marry another, committeth adulte
. rys fry! and whosoever marrieth her which is put away, doth commit adultery. Rom. vii. 2. For the woman which hath an husband, is bound by the law to her husband so long as he liveth: but if the husband be dead, (he is loosed from the law of her husband, v. 3. So then, if while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, tho' she be married to another man.
VI. Although the corruption of man be such as is apt to" study arguments, unduly to put asunder those whom God hath joined together in marriage; yet nothing but adultery, or such wilful desertion as can no Way be remedied by the church or civil magistrate, is cause sufficient of dissolving the bond of marriage a: wherein a publick 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 case /.
CHAP. XXV. Of the Church.
THE catholick or universal church which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the Elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered unto one, under Christ the head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of him that filleth all in alia.
II. TheII. The visible church, which is also catholick or universal under the gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law) consists of all those throughout the world, that profess the true religions, together with their childrenc; and
VI. 0 Mat. xix. 8. He faith unto them, Moses, because of the hardness of your hearts, suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it wasnot'so. v. 9. (See letter*.) 1 Cor. vii. iy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. Mat. xix. 6. Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God
hath joined together, let no man put asunder.
f Deut. xxiv. 1. When a man hath taken a wife and married her, and it come to pass that ihe find no favour in his eyes, because he hath" found some uncleanness in her: then let him write her a bill of divorcement, and give it in her hand, and fend her out of his house, v. 2. And when* she is departed out of his house, lhe may go, and be another man's wise, v. 3. And if the latter husband hate her, and write her a bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and scndeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, who took her to be his wife; v. 4. Her former husband who sent her away may not take her again to be his wife, after that lhe is defiled: for that is abomination before the Lord, and thou slialtnot cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy G od gi veth thee for an inheritance.
I. * Eph. i. 10. That in the dispensationpensation os the fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him. v. 22. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the chuxch.v. 23. Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Eph. v. 23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body. V, 27. That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing t but that it should be holy, affd without blemish, v. 32. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. Col. i. 18. And he is the head ot the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence.
II. b 1 Cor. i. 2. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Jjoth theirs and ours. 1 Cor. xii. 12. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ, v. 13. For by one Spirit, are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one spirit. Psal. ii. 8. Ask of me, and I suall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the
uttermost parts.of the earth for thy posieffion. Rev. vii. 9. After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitudes which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the lamb clothed with white robes, and. palms in their hands. Rom. xv. 9. And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, asit is written, For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name, v. 10. And again he faith, Rejoice ye Gentiles with his people, v. 11. And again, Praise the Lord all ye Gentiles, and laud him all ye people, v. 12. And again Efaias faith, there shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles; in him shall the Gentiles trust.
c 1 Gor. vii. 34. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wise is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. Acts ii. 39. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. E/.ek. xvi. 20. Moreover, thou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou hast bom unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured: is thisofthy whoredoms a small matter, v. 21. That thou hast slain my children, and delivered them to cause them to pasil through the fire for them? Rom. xi. 16. For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so arc the branches.
Gen. Gen. iii. i j. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy feed and her leed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Gen. rvii. 7. And I •will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant; to be a God unto thee, and to thy feed after thee.
is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ d, the house and family of Gods, out of which there is no ordinary poffibility of salvation/". *
III. Unto this catholick visible church, Christ hath given -the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world: and doth by his own presence and spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual thereuntog.
IV. This catholick church hath been sometimes more,
some-. sometimes less visible^. 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 publick. worlhip performed more or less purely in them/.
J Mat. xiii. 47. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind. Isa. ix. 7. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be noend,upon the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for ever: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
« Eph. ii. 19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the houshold of God. Eph. iii. 15. Of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named.
/ Acts ii. 47. Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.
III./ 1 Cor. xii. 28. And God
hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after that miracles, then' gifts of healings, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Eph. iv, 11. And hi; gave some, apostles: and some, prophets: and some, evaneelists: and some, pastors and teachers: v. ft. For the perfecting of the faints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of ths body of Christ: v. 13. Till we all come; in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. Mat. xsviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost: v. 26. Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Iik.lix.21. As for me, this is my covenant with them, faith the Lord, My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out os thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seeds feed, faith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever.
V. The purest churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and errori: and some have so degenerated, as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan/.
IV. * Rom. 11'. 3. Lord, they have killed thy prophets, and digged down thine altars; and I am left alone, and they seek my life. v. 4. Bat what faith the answer of God onto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. Rev. xii. 6. And the woman fed into the wilderness, where lhe hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days. v. 14. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that lhe might flee into the wilderness, into her place: where she is nourished for a time, and times, and halfa time, from the face of the scr- • pent.
"(Rev. ii. and iii. chapters throughout.) 1 Cor. v. 6. Your glorying is not good: Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?
7. Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for as.
V. i 1 Cor. xiii. 12. For now we fee through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now } know in part; but then shall I know even as •lib I am known. (Rev. ii. iii. chapters.) Mat. xiii. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 19,30. Another parahle put he forth
uftto them, faying, The kingdom of. heaven is likened unto a man, who sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came anjl sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also, &c. v. 47. Again, the kingdom os heaven is like unto a net that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind.
/ReViXviii. 2. And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Ba~ bylon the great is fallen, is fallen', and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every sou! spirit, and a cage os every unclean and hateful bird. Rom.xi. 18. Boast not against the branches: but if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee. v. 19. Thou wilt fay then, The branches were broken off, that I might be grafted in. v. 20. Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear. V. 2 1. For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. v. 22. Behold therefore the goodness, and severity of God: on them who fell, severity, but towards thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwife thou (halt be cut off.