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50 The Confession of Faith.
them to a more close and constant dependance for their support upon himself, and to make them more watchful against all future occasions of sin, and for sundry other
just and holy ends".
VI. As for those wicked and ungodly men, whom God
/as a righteous judge, for former sins, doth blind and
harden", from them he not only withholdeth his grace, whereby they might have been enlightened in their under
wonder that was done in the land, God left him, to try him, that he might know all that was in his heart. 2 Sam. xxiv. 1. And again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he moved David against them to say, Go, number Israel and Judah. * 2 Cor. xii. 7. And lest I should be exalted above measure, through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. Ver. 8. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. Ver. 9. And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Psal. lxxiii. throughout. * Psal. lxxvii. 1. I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me. Ver. 10. And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember, the years of the right hand, of the most High. Ver. i2. I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings, [Read the intermediate Perses in the Bible.] Mark xiv. from the 66th verse to th: end, with John xxi. 15. So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Sinion, son of Jonas, lovest
thou me more than these ? He saith
unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. Ver. 16. He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith, unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Ver, 17. He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me * Peter was grieved, because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
vi. w Rom. i. 24. Wherefore God. also gave them up to uncleanness, through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies bo tween themselves. Ver. 26. For this cause God gave them up unto vil" affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature. Ver. * And even as they did not like retain God in their knowledge, Go gave them over to a reprobate min to do those things which are no convenient. Rom. xi. 7. What them; Israel hath not obtained that which he seeketh for, but the election h; obtained it, and the rest were blin Ver. 8. (According as it is writto God hath given them the spirit slumber, eyes that they should " see, and ears that they should " hear.) unto this day.
standings, and wrought upon in their hearts *; but sometimes also withdraweth the gifts which they had y, and exposeth them to such objects as their corruption makes occasion of sin”; and withal, gives them over to their own lusts, the temptations of the world, and the power of Satan": whereby it comes to pass, that they harden themselves, even under those means which God useth for , VII. As the providence of God doth, in general, reach to all creatures; so, after a most special, manner, it taketh care of his church, and disposeth all things to the
the softening of others".
*Deut. xxix. 4. Yet the Lord hath not given you an heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day.
* Matth. xiii. 12. For whosoever lath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance : but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Matth. xxv. 29. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he hall have abundance; but from him that hath not, shall be taken away even that which he hath.
*Deut. ii. 30. But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass by him; for the Lord thy God hardened his spirit, and made his heart obstilate, that he might deliver him into to hand, as appeareth this day. ! Kings viii. 12, And Hazael said, Why weepeth my Lord And he answered, Because I know the evil that thou wilt do unto the children of Israel; their strong holds wilt thou set on fire, and their young men wilt thou slay with the sword,
ind wilt dash their children, and
tip up their women with child, Yet, 13. And Hazael said, But what! othy servant a dog, that he should *this great thing?' And Elisha anwered, The Lord hath shewed me that thou shalt be king over Syria. "Psal, lxxxi. 11. But my people would not hearken to my voice, and lifel would none of me. Ver, 12. *I gave them up unto their own
VII. As good thereof *.
hearts' lust; and they walked in their own counsels. 2 Thess. ii. 10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. Ver. 11. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie; V, 12. That they all night be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness. b Exod. vii. 3. And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. With Exod. viii. 15. But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the Lord had said. V. 32. And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go2 Cor. ii. 15. For we are unto God
a sweet savour of Christ, in them
that are saved, and in then that
perish. Ver, 16. To the one we are.
the savour of death unto death, and to the other the savour of life unto life; and who is sufficient for these things Isa, viii. 14. And he shall be for a sanctuary : but for a stone of stumbling, and for a rock of offence, to both the houses of Israel; for a gin, and for a snare, to the inhabitants. of Jerusalem. 1 Pet. ii. 7. Unto you therefore which believe he is precious : but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the
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CHAP. VI of the Fall a
f Man, of Sin, and of the
UR first parents being seduced by the subtilty and temptation of Satan, sinned in eating the forbidden fruit *. This their sin God was pleased, according to his
loved thee; therefore will I give
God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord. Ver, 9. For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth. Rom. viii. 2; And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Isa. xliii.3. For I am the Îlord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee. Ver, 4. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honourable, and I have
men for thee, and people for thy lift ver, 5. Fear not; for I am with thee; I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west. Wer. 14. Thus saith the Lord, your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, For your sake I have sent to Babylo", and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whos”
cry is in the ships. i.” Gen. iii, is, And the Lord God said unto the woman, What" 11 this
order it to his own glory".
this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled of me, and I did eat, "2 Coroi. 3. * But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Éve through - his subtilty, so your minds should be orrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ, . . . "Rom, xi, 32. For God hath con| duded them all in unbelief, that he | light have mercy upon all ll. ‘Gen. iii.6. And when the Woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise; she took of the fruit thereoi, and did eat; and gave also into her husband with her, and he is at Ver, 7. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig-leaves together, and made themselves aprons. Ver, 8. And they heard the voice of the lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day; and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the Ponce of the lord God amongst , the trees of the garden. Eccl. vii. 29. | |&this only have I found, that God lath made man upright; but they * tought out many inventions. Rom, iii. 23. For all have sinned, old, come short of the glory of God. *Gen. ii. 17. But of the tree of *knowledge of good and evil thou * not eat of it; for in the day
| wise and holy counsel, to permit, h
| II. By this sin they fell from their orig
in, and wholly defiled in all the faculties and parts o - 501 and body *.
III. They being the root of all mankind, the guilt of
this sin was imputed', and the same death in sin and ' . corrupted nature conveyed to all their posterity, descending from them by ordinary generation".
that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die. Eph. ii. 1. And you hath he quickened, who were dead
in trespasses and sins. * Tit. i. 15. Unto the pure all things are pure : but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure, but even their mind and conscience is defiled. Gen. vi. 5. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. Jer. xvii. 9. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked, who can know it Rom. iii. 10. As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: Ver. 11. There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God: Ver. 12. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Ver. 13. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Ver, 14. Whose mouth, is full of cursing and bitterness: Ver. 15. Their feet are swift to shed blood', Ver. 16. Destruction and misery are in their ways: Ver. 17. And the way of peace have they not known : Ver, 18. There is no fear of God before their eyes. III. f Gen. i. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him : male and - C 3 female
VIV. From this original corruption, whereby we are utterly indisposed, disabled, and made opposite to all good",
female created he them. Ver. 28. And God blessed them; and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply and replenish the earth, and subdue it : and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. And Gen. ii. 16. And the Lord God
commanded the man, saying, Of every ,
tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat : Ver. 17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil thou shalt not eat of it : for in the day that thou eatest thereof, thou shalt surely die. And Acts xvii. 26. And hath made of one blood all nations
of men, for to dwell on all the face
of the earth, and hath determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation. With Rom. v. 12. Wherefore, as by one man sin, entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Ver. 15. But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead; much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. Ver. 16. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift : for the judgment was by one to condemnation; but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. Ver. J'7. For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace, and of the gift of righteousness, shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ. Vir. 18. Therefore, as by
the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so, by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. Ver. 19. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners; so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. And I Cor. xv. 21. For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. Ver. 22. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. * Ver. 45. And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. *V.49. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. . & Psal. li. 5. Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. Gen. v. 3. And Adam lived an hundred and thirty years, and begat a son in his own likeness, after his image, and called his name Seth. Job xiv. 4. Who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean not one. Job xv. 14. What is man, that he should be clean and he which is born of a woman, that he should be righteous 2 IV. h Rom. v. 6. For when We were yet without strength, in due time Čhrist died for the ungodly. § Rom. viii. 7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Rom. vii. 13. iFor I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me o: