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the designs and ways of Satan,
and of all the adversaries of be-
lievers; and that they can do no
. ib. more, nor proceed further against
us, than God permits. He turns
about their purposes - - 286
: Cons. IV. That God orders and de-
termines the measure, manner,
- time, and continuance of afflic-
according to our necessities 289
make enemies and persecutors
themselves to attest the saints
innocency when they suffer; and
I. From God more immediately - ib. afflictions and distresses of the
wonderful have their deliver-
ances been : and then hath sal-
law and traditions -
Cons. IX. That afflictions and Per-
them to be persecuted - - 280 See of the ends of God in afflicting, sect.
ii. and cons. v.
- - ib Cons. X. That God will not always
IV. For God's glory, and the fur-
Cons. XI. That afflictions and per-
secutions have been the lot of
exercised with trouble, &c. - 283 Sect. iv. The duties of the saints, and
Cons. III. That God well knows
persecutions - - - 305 Sect. III. What are the duties of ma-
gistrates : what they should not
and rejoice at being counted Sect. IV. The duties of subjects to
them: and take heed, we add See more of church officers, chap. xxv.
not to their trouble - - ib. CHAP. XXV. Of the church of Christ,
trates are advanced to office; the See union and relation between Christ
ib. and his church, chap, xiv. bli me!
Thirdly.Of the qualifications of mem-
the several ends in scripture men-
they should be . . . - 343 Thirteenthly. Of the several ordi-
in their assemblies and meetings : See more of ministers in general, and of
stant worship . - - ib. See of the word of God, chap. i.
Ord. III. Baptism - - 358
Eighthly. Of other acts done in and by
and about the external parts of wor-
ship and profession, and in a shew
for God; yet high in their opposi-
tion of Christ, the truth of the gospel,
Ninthly. Of the ending of controver-
See Sincerity, chap. xiv. .
of the church; to avoid going to Chap. XXVIII. Of the devil : of his
law before the infidels - - 348 subtilty by himself, and by his in-
ers, deceivers, and seducers. The
cular churches; their power, duty,
Chap. XXIX. Of consideration, me-
ditation, pondering upon, and seri-
ous weighing of the things of God,
Twelfthly. Of laying on, of hands
See Goďs reasonings with sinners, chap.
ation and lasci. 465
Chap. XXXIII. Of the resurrection of CHAP. LIII. Of voices, dreams, and visi-
the dead - - - - 396 | ons, by which God declared his mind
and other things in this world : the CHAP. LXVI. Of tempting God; or
wherein men may be said to tempthim ib.
CHAP. XL. Of the parables and simili Chap. LXXI. Of resignation to, and
tudes which Christ spake - - 432 contentment with all God's dispensa-
derful things which were done by CHAP. LXXIJ. Of men truly wise, or
Christ and his apostles - - 433 of religious wisdom; and folly as its
blishment divine - - - 435 Chap. LXXIV. Neither external privi-
leges, nor our righteousness alone,
CHAP. XLIV. The importance of Chris CHAP. LXXV. Of words and actions
tianity, and difficulty of being a that are neither true nor good, spo-
ken or undertaken on the politic
THE HOLY BIBLE.
CHAPTER I. Section 1. Shewing what Religion
God is to be worshipped, and what is, and how the knowledge of it 18 he hath commanded us to observe.
those laws and ordinances are, which to be obtained.
And then, for our greater encourageUNDER the name of Religion is com- ment to serve God, in all such things, prehended all that worship and service as we shall find to be enjoined us, and which is due from men to God: what- to persevere in our obedience to him ; ever we ought or are bound to do in it is requisite for us to know what obedience to him ; whatever he will happiness God hath prepared for them reward us for doing, or punish us for who love and obey him, and what not doing.
misery he hath provided for such as In order, therefore, to worship and transgress his commandments. · How serve God as we ought to do, we must great, how certain, and of what confirst believe that he is; that he hath tinuance, both the joy and the terror given us laws and commandments to of the Lord are. keep; that he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him, and of such Sect. II. The Necessity of Searching as do according to all that he hath
the Scriptures. commanded them: and that he taketh These are the things in which every vengeance on them that obey him not. man is concerned to be wellinstructed ; And for the better understanding the and the truest and shortest way of nature and extent of our duty, in all attaining such knowledge as this, is, respects, together with the grounds by searching the Scriptures : and reasons of our obligations; it For they are they which testify of behoves us in the next place to inform God; which show us what is good, ourselves as truly and particularly as and what the Lord doth require of we can, who the Lord is whom we are us; which set before us the way of to serve ; what attributes and perfec- life, and the way of death; and which, tions belong to him, and what works teach us what we must do to be saved. he hath wrought; as also, what manner from the wrath to come, and to inherit of beings we ourselves are, who are eternal life, commanded to serve him; what ca- . The way of man is not now in himself: pacities and inclinations we have; it is not in man that walketh to direct his what state and condition we are in, steps. Though we can by nature do and in what relation we stand to God, many things contained in the law of
After which it will be necessary for God; and though we can in many as to inquire, how and in what manner cases, even of ourselves, judge what