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fection describd in holy scripture historically, legislatively and prophetically, as to the system of creation and providence regarding man. Where, by laying the foundation in moral-virtúe, it has the præeminence in strength and dignity, as being the older habit : and the causal has the middle place : and the vital tri.union or executive virtue ihe third and last place in strength and dominion. Yet all sublilt in one fubitantial undivided mind : and therein constitute living-goodness wise and powerful, living-wisdom good and powerful, living-power good and wife ; original and eternal in God; deriv'd of God in successive duration in the beatified creature.
The following Paraphrafe and Comparison of the
Apostles and Nicene Creeds are also thought need...ful, to illustrate and establish what is affirm'd
concerning them in p.. . & 1o. of the foregoing · Discourse. g er . . .
1. I Believe (as a foundation for suitable practice
in my Catechumen-state of outward works in the porch of the temple or spirituál building, 1, 6, as a member of the visible church1 in God (all-perfect fount of frec-fæderal-dominion] the Father almighty (supreme generator and regenerator of the divine-life in all his obedient people; to as to constitute them his freely-imitative fons, in the state of the Faithful, where they thall be drawn by the cords of love in the invisible-churchmembership, paternal on the part of God, filial on the part of his church (private in the breast or heart of every true christian, publick in the inviable society of all the true members of Christ's mystical-body) : being no longer in bondage to
the genes conceivation as odore alone cellary
outward co-ércive rewards and punishments forc-
visibly to chosen incarnate witnesses (Mat, xxviij, Mar. xvi. Luk. xxiv. John XX. 21. Acts i, 1.-II. vii. 55, 56-60); that his followers may be alsur'd, by fufficient testimony, of the perpetuity
of his supreme dominion next under God the 6. Fatherl; from thence He shall come to judge
the quick and the dead [allo visibly; Acts i. 11,
Rev.1.7. Mat. xxiv. 3–30, 31,-42. i Thesiv, 16.) 7. I believe in the Holy-ghost [as the operator in
the Godlike regimen of the visible Christianchurch] fr Cor. xii. 1-3-13, &c. xiii]; the holy Catholick-church (visible, united in re
giminal co-operation by powers receiy'd of the 9. Holy-ghoit]; the communion of saints [in mu
tual communication of all visible good-offices and
temporal superfluities to each other, as need re10. quireth, in visible-church-membership); the for
givenness of sins (against cach other mutually as God, for Chritt's fake, forgives the sins of every true penitent in the visible-church, restora
ing him to Church-membership] [Mar, vi, 12 11.157; the resurrection of the body (visibly, in the
visible Church ; as Christ rose visibly. I Cor. 15]; 12. and the life everlasting (in that resurrection-body
immortal, spiritual, powerful,incorruptible, i Cor. XV. 42.-~45. Rev.xx.6.] Amen (faith the faithful and true witness, Chrift Himself. Rev. iii. 14).
The NICENE-CRLED Paraphras’d.
I state of the Faithful; which, by faithful spiritual works building up the Holy-place or middle- state in the spiritual temple or inward Kingdom of God (i. e. the invisible church within), goes on conquering and to conquer its fpiritual
enemies. Rev. vi. 2. xix. 8-11-147 in t. God [fontal one only self-existent all-perfect free
ruler] the Father-almighty (the one only supreme generator and regenerator of the divinelife in all his obedient people ; so as, &c. as in the Apostles-creed paraphras'd above], maker 2. of heaven and earth (both this visible world inhabited by man, with its atmosphæric heaven; and the invisible political or spiritual heayen and earth also belonging to mankind generated or regenerated Godlike, i. e, the legislative and executive systems in political-life; the causal and viral systems in private-life. For the legal system or legal tri-union in publick politicallife, and the moral-system in private-life ; was that part of the divine life deriv'd of God as Father-Almighty], and of all things visible and invisible [i. e, creator and supreme ruler of all other beings, whether material or immaterial, active or paflive, free or enllav'd, upright or lapsed thro' abuse of liberty] (hence this creed is throughout to be understood of the invisible life and church-itate, as well as of the visible].
AND in one Lord [absolute ruler over his servants, or absolute master over his disciples] Jesus Christ [anointed with fulness of spiritual gifts and graces of the Holy-spirit in his human-nature, to qualify him for being visible Saviour of the world visible, and invisible or inward Saviour of the invisible-world], the only begotten Son of God (as to his invisible divine-nature manifestcd to the invisible world, thro' the eye of the mind or understanding, by his doing the works of his Father, such divine-works as none other man ever did. John i. 8. xv, 24. X. 25. ix. 32, , 33. xiv. 1], begotten of his Father before all worlds [Accl'way, i. e, divine dispensations generative or regenerative of the divine-life in the creatures. Heb. i. 1, 2, &c.] (Mat. xxii. 44],
God of God (paternal to the inward invisible kingdom of God. Heb. i. 3--6--8. ii. 13), light of light [filial-divine' to the inward invisible kingdom of God John i. 1-4-12
14), very God of very God [fpiritually operative in the same inward invisible kingdom of God. John i, 18-23—27-33, 34. xiv. s], begotten, not made [out of nothing, by creative power exerted in place and time; as the creatures were), being of one substance with the [invisible? Father (John i. 1-3--18. xiv. 7. X. 30], by whom all things [visible and invisible] were made [John i. 1-3]: who for us men [as to our temporal welfare in this visible world], and for our salvation (as to our eternal welfare in the inward invisible world] came down from Heaven] 1 Tim. iv. 8—10. John vi. 5157], and was incarnate by the Holy-ghost of the Virgin Mary (in both the visible and invisible worlds; Luke i, 31–35. Gal. iv. 19), and was made man (in both visible and invisible worlds ;
1 Cor. xv, 21, 22--44, 45. i Per. iii, 18, 194. 227, and was crucified also for us under Ponti
us Pilate [both visibly and invisibly ; on the cross, and by assaults of the invisible powers of darkness : Luk. xxii. 40-42-44–53. xxii.
33, &c ). He suffered and was buried [1 Cor. 5. xv. 3, 4, &c.], and the 3d. day He rose again
according to the scriptures' [both as to his outward visible lite, and inward invisible understood by the eye of faith or intellectual-vision , 2 Cor. iv. 10–14--187, and ascended into Heaven, and fitteth on the right-hand of the Father [both visibly to incarnate bodily eyes ; Acts i. 9. vii. 5o. and invisibly to them, tho’seen
intellectually by the effects of his supreme do.. minion foretold in the Apocalypse and since ful. 6. fill?d]. And He shall come again with glory