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drehir; and is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ"d, ihm house and family of God e, out of which there i& no ordinary poffibiliry of salvation f.
111. Unto this catholic 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 thereunto g.
among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy Mine. v. to. And again he faith, Rejoice ye Gentiles with his people, v.it. And again, Praise the Lord all ye centiles, and laud lifrn alt ye people, v. 12. And again Sfaias faith, there (hall be a root of Jesse, and he that (hall rife to reign over the Gentiles; in him (hall the centiles trad.
c r Cor. vii. 34, For the unbeliering husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. Acts, ii, 37. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar •ff, even as many as the Lord our cod shall call. Ezek. xvi. 20. Moreover tbou hast taken thy sons and thy daughters, whom thou haft born unto me, and these hast thou sacrificed unto them to be devoured: is this of thy whoredoms a small matter ? v. 21. That thou hast slain my childrea, and delivered them to cable them to pass through the (ire for them? Rom. xi. 16. For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root be holy, so are the branches. Gen. iii. 1 5. And I- trill put enmity between thee and the woman, between thy feed and her feed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou, shalt brarse his heel. Cen. xrff. 7. And I will establish my cotenant between me and thee, and <hi fiat iistiir tliei!. in their genera
tions, for an everlasting covenant; to be a God unto thee, and to thy feed after thee.
d Mat. xiii, 47. Again, the ki«gdom of haaven is like unto a set that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind. Isa. ix. 7. Of the increase of his government ac4 peace there shall be no end, upon, the throne of David and upon his kingdom, to order it, and 10 establish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for e-; ver: the zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.
e Eph. ii. 19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigaers, but fellow-citizens with th« faints, and of the houlhold 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 at should be saved.
III. g 1 Cor. xii. 28. And cod hath set some in the church, first apostles, secondarily prophets, thirdly teachers, after tLat miracles, then gifts of healing, helps, governments, diversities of tongues. Eph.; iv. 11. And he gave seme, apostles: and some, prophets: and seme, e« vangelists: and seme, pastors and teachers: y. 12. For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of th« • ministry, for the edifying of tb.e body of Christ: v. 13. TiU, we all,:
... ,IV.. This catholic church hath been sometimes more; sometimes less visible b. 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 left purely in them /.
V. The purest churches under heaven are subject both te» mixture and error k; and some have so degenerated, as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan /. Nevertheless,
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c*me hi the unity of the faith, and given two wings of a great eagle, of the knowledge of the Son of God, that (he might flee into the wildermrto- a perfect roan, unto the mea- ness, into her place: where she ij sure of the stature of the fulness of nourished for a time, and times, and Christ. Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye half a time, from the face of the therefore and tench all nations, bap- serpent.
siting them in the name of the Fa- / (Rev. ii. and iii. chap, throughther, and of the Son, and of the out.) 1 Cor. v. 6. Your glorying is Holy Ghost: r. 20. Teaching them not good: Know ye not that a little to observe all things whatsoever I leaven leaveneth the whole lump? have commanded you : and lo, I am v. 7'. Purge out therefore the old with you alway, even unto the end Ie'aveh, that ye may be a new lump, of the world. -Apen. Isa. lix. 21. as" ye are unleavened. For even As for me, this is my covenant with Christ our paiTover is sacrificed for tkerai faith the Lord, My Spirit that us.
it opon thee, and my words which 'V. & 1 Cor. xiii. 12. For now we Itilve put in thy mouth, (hall not see through a glass, darkly; but then depart out of thy mouth, nor out face to face : now 1 know in part; of the mouth of thy feed, nor out of but then (hall I know even as also I the mouth of thy seeds seed, faith am known. (Rev. ii. iii. chapters.) the Lord, from henceforth and for Mat. xiii. 24, 2;, 2/1, 27, 28, 29, 301 ever. Another parable put he forth unto
IV. h Rom. xi. 3. Lord, they them, faying, The kingdom of heahave killed thy prophets, aud digg- ven is likened unto a roan, who ed down thine altars; and I am left sowed good seed in his field: Bnt alone, and they seek my life. v. 4. while men slept, his enemy came But what faith the answer of God and sowed tares among the wheat, trnto him? I have reserved to my- and went his way. But when the self seven thousand men, who have blade was sprung up, and brought not bowed the knee to the image of forth fruit, then appeared the tares Baal. Rev. xii. 6. And tr>e Woman also, ice. v. 47. Again, the king(fed into the wilderness, where she dom of heaveu is like unto a net bath a place prepared of God, that that was cast into the sea, and gatbey (houkl feed her there a thou- thered of every kind, find two hundred and threescore '/Rev. xvifi. 2. And he cried migh«fayj. v. 14. And to the woman were tily with a strong voice, frying, Ba
bylta thcless, there (hall bc-always a church cm earth, to worship God according to his will m. ..
VI. There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ n. Nor can the pope of Rome in any fense be head thereof; but is that antichrist, that man of sin, and son of perdition that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called God o.
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bylon the great is fallen, is fallen, is the beginning, the first-bora froni and is become the habitation of de- the dead: that in all things he might Tils, and the hold of every foul fpi- have the pre-eminence. Eph. i. 22, rit, and a cage of every unclean and And hath put all things under his harefal bird. Rom. xi. 18. Boast feet, and gave him to be the head, not against the branches: but if over all things to the church, thou boast, thou bearest not the 0 Mat. xxiii. 8. But be not yecalroOt, but the root thee. v. 19. led Rabbi; for one is your Master, Thou wilt fay then, The branches even Christ, and all ye are brethren, were broken off, that I might be y. 9. And call no man your Father, grafted in, v. 20. Well; because upon earth; for one is your Father, of unbelief they were broken off, who is in heaven, v. 10. Neither and thou staodest by faith. Be not be ye called masters; for one is your high-minded, but fear. v. 21. For Master, even Christ. 2 Thess. ii. 3. if God spared not the natural Let no man deceive you by any branches, take heed lest he also spare means; for that day shall not come not thee. v. 221 Behold therefore except there come a falling away the goodness, and severity of cod: first, and that man of sin be revealon them who fell, severity; but to- ed, the son of perdition; v. 4. Who Wards thee, geodnefs; if thou con- opposeth and exalteth himself above tjnue in his goodness: otherwise all that is called God, or that is thou (halt be cut off. worshipped; so that he as God sit
in Mat. xvi. 18. And I fay also teth in the temple of God, shewing unto thee, That thou art Peter, and himself that he is God. v. 8. And upon* this rock I will build my then shall that wicked be revealed, church: and the gates of hell shall whom the Lord shall consume with iiot prevail against it. Psal. lxxii. the Spirit of.his mouth, aud (hall 17. His name (hall endure for ever: destroy with the brightness of his his name (hall be continued as long coming; v. 9. Even him whose as the fun: and men shall call him comiog is after the working of Sablessed. Psal. cii. 2S. The children tan, with all power, and signs, and of thy servants (hall continue, and lying wonders. Rev. xiii. 6. And their feed (hall be established before he opened his mouth, in blasphemy thee. Mat, xxviii. 19, 20. (See in against cod, to blaspheme his name letter£.} and his tabernacle, and them that
VI. n Col. i. 28. And he is the dwell in heaven, head of the body, the church.; who ,
i.s Joha Chap. XXVI. Of the Communion of Saints.
ALL saints that are united to Jesus Christ their head, by his Spirit and by faith, have fellowship with him iu hit graces, sufferings, death, resurrection and glory a: and, being united to one another in love, they have communion in each others gifts and graces b; and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, boih in the inward and outward man c. .,
I. it jobn i. 3. That which we that the body of sin might be dehave seen and heard, declare we stroyed, that henceforth we should unto you, that ye also may have not serve sin. 2 Tim, ii. 12. Is we fellowship with us: and truly our suffer, we shall also reign with himi fellowship is with the Father, and if we deny him, he allo will deny with his Sen jefus Christ. Eph. Hi, 'us.
16. That he would grant you ac- b Eph. iv. 15. Rut speaking the cording to the riches of his glory, truth in love, may grow up into to be strengthoed with might, by him in all things, which is the head, his Spirit in the inner-man; v. even Christ, v. 16. From whom*
17. That Christ may dwell in your the whole body fitly joined togehedi ts by faith; that ye being root- ther, and compacted by that which ed and grounded in love, r. 18. every joint fupplieth, according to May be able to comprehend with the effectual working in the measiire all saints, what is the breadth, and of every part, maketh increase of length, and depth, and height; v. the body, unto the edifying of itself
* 19. ABd to know the love oschrist, in love. 1 Cor. xii. 7, But the mawhich passeth knowledge, that ye nisestation of the Spirit is given to might be filled with all the fulness every man to prosit withal. 1 Cor< of cod. Johni, i6.Wnd of his fulness iii. 21. Therefore let no man glory have all we received, and grace for in men, for all things are yours: grace. Eph. ii. 5. Even when we v. 22. Whether Paul^ or A polios,' wer< dead in fins, hath quickened or Cephas, or the world, or life, or" us together with Christ; (by grace death, or things present, or things ye are saved). v. 9. And hath raised to come, all are yours; v. 23. And 01 up together, and made us sit to- ye are Christ's, and Christ is cod's, gether in heavenly places in Christ Col. ii. 19. And not holding the jefus. Phil. iii. 10. That I may head, from which all the body by know him and the power of his re- joints and bands having nourishment sunection, and the fellowship of his ministred, and knit together, insufferings, being made conformable craafeth with the increase os cod. unto his death, Rom. vi. 5. For *• 1 Thess. v^ 11. Wherefore comif we have been planted together in fort yourselves together, and edify the likeness of his death; we shall one another, even as also ye do. v, be alfa in the likeness of his resur- 14. Now we exhort yoti, brethren, xection. T. 6. Knowing this, that warn them that arc unruly, comfort our old man is crucified with him, the
II. Saints, by profession, are bound to maintain an holy fellowshipand communion in the worship of God, and in persorm
-ing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification d, as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their several abilities and necessities. Which communion, as God offercth opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who in ever)' place call upon the name of the Lord Jesus e.
III. This communion which the saints have with Christ, doth not make them in any wise partakers of the substance of his Godhead, or to be equal with Christ in any respect: either of which
I \e fceb'e-minded, support, the weak-, the. day approaching: Acts ii. 42,, be patient toward al! men. Rom. i. And they continued (tedfalUy in the It. For I Jong to fee you, that I apostles doctrine and fellowship, and may impart unto you some spirit- in breaking os bread, and in prayual gift, to the end ye may be esta- er. v. 46. And they continuing biiihed: v. 12. That is, that I may daily^with one accord in the temple, be consorted together with you, by aud breaking of bread from house the murual faith both of you" and to house, did eat their meat with ms. v. 14. I am debtor both to gladness and singleness of heart. Isa. the Greeks, and to the Barbarians, ii. 3. And many people shall go both to the wise, and to the unwise, and say: Come ye and let us go 1 John iti. 16. Hereby perceive we up to the mountain of the Lord, to the love of cod, because he kid the house of the God of Jacob, and down his life for us: and we ought he will teach us of his ways, and 10 lay down our lives for the bre- we wilswak in his paths: for out thren. v, 17. Rut whoso hath this of Zion shall go forth the law, aod world's good, and sceth bis brother the word of the Lord from Jerusahave need, aod shutteth up his bow- lera. 1 Cor, xii 20. When ye come f|s of compassion from him, how together therefore into one place, dwelleth the love of God in him? this is not to eat the Lord's supper, v. 18. My little children, let us not e Acts ii. 44. And all that believlove in word, neither in tongue, ed were together, and had all thing* but in deed and in truth, cal. vi. common, v. 45. And fold their 10. As we have therefore opportu- possessions and goods, and parted nity, let us do good unto all men, them to all men, as every man had especially unto them who are os the need. I John iii. 17. (See in let! houfhold of faith. terr.) (2 Cor. viii. and ix. chap
II. d Heb. x. 24. And let us con- ters.) Acts xi, 291 Then the difsider one another, to provoke unto ciples, every man according to his lp*e and to 'good worki. ver. 2 J. ability, determined to fend relief Not forsaking the assembling of our- unto the brethren who dwelt in Juselves together, as the manner of dea. Vi 30. Which also th^-y did, some is ; but exhort'ng one another: and sent it to the elders by the hands and so such the mara, as >ou fee of Barnabas and Saul. ,