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rriagt and Divorce. i
MARRIAGE is to be between one man and one woman; neither is it lawful for a man to have more than one wife, nor for any woman to have more than one husband" at the fame time a.
t II. Marriage was ordained for the mutual help of husband and wife b; for the increase of mankind with a legitimate issue, and of the church with an holy seed c\ and for preventing of uncleanuefs d.
body of Moses, durst not bring agaiost him a railing accusation, but laid, the Lord rebuke tbee. v. 10. But thele speak evil of those things which ihey know not; but what they know naturally, as brute beasts in those things they corrupt themselvesi v. 11. Wo unto them, for they have goue in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gnii-saying of Core.
a a Thesl. ii. 4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself' abova all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as cod litteth in the temple of God, (hewing himself that he is Go J. Rev. xiti. 1;. And he had power to give life unto the image of tht beast, that the image of the beast should both speak, and cause that as nuny would not worship the image of the beast should be killsd. v. 16. And he causeth all, bojh small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their fnrehejds: v. 17. And that no man might buy or fell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, •1 the cumber of bis name«
I. a Gen. ii. 24. Therefore (hall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they (hall be one flesh. Mat. xix. 5. And said, For this cause (hall a man leave his father and mother, and (hall cleave to his wife: and they twain (hall be one flesh: v. 6. Wherefore they are no more twain but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asurder. Prov. ii. 17. Which forsaketh the guide of her youth, and forgetteth the covenant of her God.
II. b Gen. ii. 18. And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone: I will make him an help meet lor him.
c Mai. ii. 15. And did not he make one? yet had he the residue of the Spirit: and wherefore one? that he night seek a godly seed: therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.
d J Cor. vii. 2. Nevertheless, to avoid fornication, let every man have his own wife, and let every
woman have her own husband.
* III. It is lawful for all forts of people to marry, who<areabIe ■with judgment to give their consent e. Yet it is the duty of Christians to marry only in the Lord f; and therefore such as profess the true reformed religion, mould not marry with infidels, papists or other idolaters: neither mould such as are godly be unequally yoked, by marrying with such as are notoriously wicked in their life, or maintain damnable heresies, g.
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•in,*". •: -• .. ;• c ■• i\9» But if they cannot centain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn.
1 III. f Heb. xiii. 4. Marriage ishonourable in all, and the bed undefined: bat whoremongers -and adulterers God will judge. 1 Tim. iv. 3. Forbidding to massy, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God 'liatbi created to be received with thanksgiving, of them who believe and know the truth. 1 Cor. vii. 36. But if any man think that he behaveth himself uncomly towards his virgin, if (he pass the. flower as her age, and need so require, let him do what he will, he finneth not: let them marry. \r. 37. Nevertheless, he that standeth (redraft in his heart, having no neceffity, but hath power over his own will, and bath so decreed io his heart that he will keep his virgin d«th well. v. 38. So then, he that giveth her in marriage, doth well; but he that giveth tier not in marriage doth better. Gen. xxivi 57. And they said, We will call the damsel, and enquire at her mouth. v. 58. And they called Rebekah, (aid unto her, Wilt thou go th this man? and she (aid, I will go.
s\ Gor.vii. 39. The wife is bound .by the law as-long-as her husband liveth: bat if her husband be dead, she ig at liberty to be married to whom she wilt; only in the Lord.
g Gen, xxxiv. 14. And they said
unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised: for that were a reproach unto us. Exod. xjcxiv. 16. Aud thou take of their daughters unto thy sens, and their daughters go a whoring after their gods, and make, thy sens go a whoring after their gods. Deut. vii. 3. Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give^ unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy Ion. v. 4. For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the Lord be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddently. 1 Kings xi. 4. For it came to pass when Solomon was old, that his v.'ives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not peufcct with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his Father. Neh. xiii. 2 j.; And I contended with them, and cursed them, and smote certain of th«m< and pluckt off their hair, and made them swear by God, saying, Ye shall ■ not give your daughters unto their sons, nor take their daughters unto your sons, or for yourselves, v. 26, Did not Solomon king of Israel sin by these things? Yet among many nations was there no king like him, who was belpved of his God, and God made him king over all Israel: nevertheless, even him did outlandish women cau/e to fin* Ti 27. Shall we then hearken .:* '«nt#
IV. Marriage ought not to be within the degrees of consanguinity or affinity forbidden in the word h; nor can such in* cestuous marriages ever be made lawful by any law of man, of consent of parties, so as those persons may live together as man and wife r. The man 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
solve that contract/. In the cafe of adultery after : marriage,
unto you to do all this great evil, to transgress against our God, in marrying strange wives? Mai. ii. it. Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is commited in Israel, and in Jerusalem: for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord, which he loved, aod hath married the daughter of a strange god. v. ia. The Lord will cut off the man that doth this; the master and the scholar out of the tabernacles of Jacob, and him that offereth an offering unto the Lord of hosts, 2 Cor. vi. 14. Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellow(hip hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness }
IV. 6 (Lev. xviii. chapter.) 1 Cor. *. a. It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named amongst the Gentiles, that one mould have his fath«r's wife, Amos ii. 7. That pant after the dust of the earth on the head of the poor, and tutn aside the way of the merit: and a man, and his father ui'l go in unto the fame maid, to profane my holy name. • r i Mark vi. 18. For John had said iptto Herod, It is not lawful for thee to have thy brother's wife. Lev, xviii. 34. Defile not yourselves in any of these —:for is all
these the nations are deGled which I cast put before you. v. 25. Atid the land is defiled: therefore 1 do visit the iniquity thereof upon it, and the land itself vomiteth out her inhabitants, v. 26. Ye (hall therefore keep my statutes and my judgments, and shall not commit any of these abominations: neither any of your own nation, nor any stranger that sojourneth among you: v. 27. (For all these abominations have the men of the land done, which were before you, and the land is defiled.) v. 28. That the land spue not you out also, 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 mother's sister, nor of thy father's sister: for he uncovereth his near kin • they (hall bear their iniquity, v. 20. And if a man shall lie with, his uncle's wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's nakedness: they shall bear their sin, they shall die childless, v. 21. And if a man shall take his brother's wise.it is an unclean thing 1 he hath uncovered his brother's nakedness, they (hall be childless.
V. 1 Mat. i. 18. Now the birth •f Jesus Christ was on this wife: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came
THEcathollc 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 fulnessof 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 before under the law) consists of all those throughout the world, tfcat profess the true religion h, together with their children c;
bill of divorcement, and giveth it in her hand, and sendeth her out of his house; or if the latter husband die, who took her to be his wife; T. 4. Her former husband who sent her away may not take her again to be his wife, after that she it defiled: for that is abomination before the Lord, and thou shalt not cause the land to sin, which the Lord thy Cod giveth,thee for an inheritance.
I. a Epb. i. 10. That in the dis* pensation of 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. y. 22. And hath put all things under his feet, anil gave him to be the head over all things to the church, 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 chnrch: and he is the Saviour of the body. v. 27. That he might present it tq himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy, and without blemish, v. 32/This it a great mystery : but ! speak concerning Christ and the church. Col. i. 18. And he is the kead of the body, the church: who
is the beginning, the first born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminenee.
II. * 1 Cor. i. 2. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, tc 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, both theirs and ours. 1 Cor. xii. 12. For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the mem. bers of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christi v», 13. For by one Sp.rit, 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 mo, and I thai] give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, aiid the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Rev. vii. 9. After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, 1 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, as it is written. For this cause 1 will confess to thee among