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ft God hath all life a, glory b, goodness c, blessedness d, in and of himself; and is alone in and unco himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made e, nor deriving any glory from them /, but only manifesting his own glory, in, by, unto, and upon them: he is the alone fountain of all beings, of whom, through whom, and to whom are all things g: and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth h. In his sight all things are open and manifest i; his

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tile dnit of his feet. Exod. xxxiv. 7. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, onto the third and to the fourth generation.

W.a John v. 26. For as the Father hath life in himself, so hatli he given to the Son to have life in himself.

b Acts vii. 1. And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken, The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran.

c Psal. cxix. 68. Thou art good, and dost good, teach me thy statutes.

d 1 Tim. vi. a j. Which in his times he (hall /hew, who is the bitsfed and only Potentate, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, Rom. ix. 5. Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the Heth Christ came; who is over all, Cod blelsed for ever. Amen,

e Acts xvii. 24. God that made the world, and all things therein, feeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with bands: v. 25. Neither is worshipped with mens hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life and breath, and all things. /"Job xxii. 2. Can a man be profit

able unto God, as he that is wife may be profitable anto himself? v. 3. Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that thou art righteous i or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?

g Rom. xi. jrf. For of him, and through him, and to him are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. ,

h Rev. iv, II. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created. 1 Tim. vi. i j. (See letter d immediatelyforegoing.) Dan. iv. 25. That they (hall drive thee fiom men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the fields, aud they (hall make thee to eat grafs as oxen, and they {hall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times (hall pass over thee, till thou know that the molt High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoevei he will. v. 35. And all the inhabitants of the earth ate reputed as nothing: and he doth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or fay unto him, What dost thou?

i Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his fight: but all things are naked

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knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature i, so as nothing is to him contingent or uncertain /. He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands m. To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worsliip, service or obedience he is pleased to require of them n.

III. In the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power and eternity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost o. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding: the Son is eternally begotren of the Fatherp, the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from

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and open unto the eyes of him with all that are in them, heatd I, faying, whom we have to do. Blessing, and honour, and glory, and

/ Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the power be unto him that sitteth upon riches, both of the wisdom and the throne, and urtto the Lamb for knowledge of God! how unsearch- ever and ever. v. 14. And the four able are his judgments, and his ways beasts said, Anxn. And the four past finding out! v. 34. For who and twenty elders fell down and hath known the mind of the Lord, worshipped him that liveth for ever or who hath beeu his counfeller? and ever.

Pfal. cxlvii. 51 Great is the Lord, Iff. a John v. 7. For there are and of great power: his under- three that bear record in heaven, the standing is infinite, • Father, the Word, and the Holy

/Acts xv. 18. Known unto God Ghost: and these three are one: are all his works from the beginning Mat iii. 16. And Jesus, when he of the world. Ezek. xi. 5. And the wa3 baptized, went up straightway Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and out of the water: and lo, the heafaid unto me, speak, Thus faith the vens were opened unto him, and he Lord, thus have ye said, O house of saw the Spirit of God descending Israel: for I know the things that Kke a dove, and lighting upon him. come into your mind, every one of v. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, thera. faying, This is my heloved Son, m

wPsal. cxlv.i7.TheLordisrigh- whom I ?m well pleased. Mat.xxviif, teous in all bis ways, and holy in aJl 19. Go y« therefore and teach all his works. Rom, vii. 12. Wherefore nations, baptizing them in the njine the law is holy, and the command- of the Father and of the Son, and of ment holy, and just, and good. the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The

n Rev. v. 12. Saying with a loud grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was the love of G«d, and the communislain, to receive power, and riches, on of the Holy Ghost, be with you and wisdom, and strength, and ho- all. Amen.

nour, and glory, and blessing, v. 13. p John t. i/ii And the Word was And every creature which is in hea- made slefh, and dwelt among us, ven, and on the earth, and under the (and we beheld his glory, the glory earth, aud such as are in the sea, and a* os the only begotten of th: Fatter) Chap. 111. Of God's Eternal Decrees.

the Father and the Son q.

G1 OD from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy f counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably or%lain whatsoever comes to pass a: yet so, as thereby neither is God the author of sin b, nor is violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor is the liberty or contingency of second causes taken away, but rather established c.

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ther) fall of grace and truth, y. 18i No man bath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

q John xv. 26. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will fend unto you from the Father, even the Sprit of truth, which proceedeth from- the father, he shall testify of me. Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, ciying, Abba, Father.

I. a Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who woiketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Rom.xi.33. Othedepthofthe riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out ! Heb.vi. 17. Wherein God willing more abundantly to (hew onto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath. Rom. ix. I j. For be faith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will nave companion on whom I will have compassion, v. 18. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will, he lurdceth,

b James i. 13. Let no man fay when he is tempted, 1 am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. v. 17. Every good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, witk whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 1 Johni. 5. This then is the message which we have heard,of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

? Actsii. 2 J. Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain. Mat. xvii. 12. But 1 fay unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed : likewise lhall also the Son of man suffer of them. Acts iv. 27. For of a truth, against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were gathered together, v. 28. For to whatsoever thy hand and thjr counsel determined before to be donei John xix. 11. Jesus answered, Thou couldst have no power at all against me, except it were given thee C from

IT. Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass upon all supposed conditions d; yet hath he not decreed any thing because he foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass upon such conditions e.

III. By the decree of God. for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels /are predestinated unto everlasting life, and others fore-ordained to everlasting death <r. ''

IV. These angels and men, thus predestinated and foreordained, are particularly and unchangeably designed; and their number is .so certain and definite, that it cannot be cither increased or diminished b. * :' "V. Those

from above: therefore he that de- have I hated, v. 16. So then, it is not

livered me unto thee haih the great- of him that willeth, nor of him that

er sin. Prov. xvi. 33. The lot is runneth, but of God that stieweth

cast into the lap; bat the whple dis- mercy, v. 18. Therefore hath he

poling thereof is of the Lord. mercy on whom he will hive mercy,

II. d Acts xv. 18. Known unto God and whom he will he hardneth.

are. all his works from the beginning III./1 Tim. v. 21.1 charge thee

of the world. iSam. xxiii- ti. Will before God and the Loid Jesus Christ,

the men of Keilah deliver me up in apd the elect angels,that thou observe

to his hand? Will Saul come down, these things, without preferring i.ne

as thy servant hath heard? O Lord before another, doing nothing by

God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy partiality. Mat. xxv. 41. Then lhall

servant. And the Lord said, He will lie say also unto them on the left

come down. v. 12. Then said David, hand, Depart from me, ye cursed,

Will the mett of Keilah deliver me into everlasting fire, prepared for

aud my men into the hand of Saul? the devil and his angels.

And the Lord said, they will deli- g Rom.ix. 22. What if God.wil

ver thee up. Mat. xi. 21. Wo unto ling to shew his wrath, and to make

thee Chorazin, wo unto thee Beth- his power known,, endured with

saida: for if the mighty works which much long-suffering the vessels of

Were done in you, had been done in wrath fitted for destruction: v. ?j.

Tyre and Sidon, they would have And that he might make known the

repented long ago in sackcloth and riches of his glory on the vessels of

ashes, v. 23. And thou Capernaum, mercy, which he had afore prepared

which art exalted unto heaven, shalt unto glory! Kph. i. 5. Having pre

be brought do *n to hell: for if the destinated us unto the adoption cf

mighty works which have been done children by Jesus Christ to himself,

in thee, had been done in Sodom, it according to the good pleasure of bis

would have remained until this day. will, v. 6. To the praise of the glory

e Rom. ix. 11. For the children of his grace, wherein he hath made

being -not yet born, neither having us accepted in the Beloved. Prov.

done any good or evil, that the pur- xvi. 4. The Lord hath made all

post of God according to election things for himself: yea, even the

might stand, not of works, but of wicked for the day of evil,

him that calleth. v. 13. As it is writ- lVi h 2 Tim. ii. 19. Nevertheless

ten, Jacob hare I loved, but Esau. * the

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