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CONFESSION OF FAITH,
CH A P. I.
Of the Holy Scripture. LTHOUGH the light of nature, and the
works of creation and providence, do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable"; yet they are not fufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salva
a Rom. 2. 14, 15. For invisible things of him from the when the Gentiles, which have creation of the world are clearnot the law, do by nature the ly seen, being understood by things contained in the law, the things that are male, even these, having not the law, are a hiseternal power and Godhead; law onto themselves; which so that they are without exfhew the work of the law cuse.-Pfal. 19. 1, 2, Tlie written in their hearts, their heavens declare the glory of conscience also bearing wit- God; and the firmament shewness, and their thoughts the eth his handy work, Day unto mean while accusing, or else ex- day uttereth speech, and night cusing one another. Rom. 1. upio night sheweth knowledge. 19, 20.
Because that which Ver. 3, There is no speech nor may be known of God, is mani- language, where their voice is fest in them; for God hath not heard. See kon. 1. 32. Thewed it unto them. For the with Rom. 2. I.
tion'; therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church'; and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the same wholly unto writing'; which maketh the holy scripture to be most neceffaryo; those former ways of
b i Cor. 1. 21. For after excellent Theophilus, that that, in the wisdom of God, the thou mightest know the cerworld by wisdom knew not tainty of those things wherein God, it pleased God by the thou hast been instructed. foolishness of preaching to Rom. 15. 4. For whatsoever fave them that believe. I Cor. things were written afore2. 13, 14. Which things also time, were written for our we speak, not in the words learning; that we, through which man's wisdom teacheth, patience and comfort of the but 'which the Holy Ghost scriptures might have hope. teacheth; comparing spiritual lfa. 8. 20. To the law and to the things with spiritual. But the testimony: if they speak noc natural
receiveth not according to this word, it is the things of the Spirit of God; because there is no light in for they are fouilhness unto them. Rev, 22. 18. him : peither can he know e 2 Tim. 3. 15. And that them, because they are fpi- from a child thou hast known ritually difcerned.
the holy scriptures, which c Heb, 1. 1. God, who at are able to make thee wife sundiy times, and in divers urto salvation, through faith manners, spake in time past which is in Christ Jesus.unto the fathers by the pro 2 Pet. 1. 19. We have also a phers.
more sure word of prophecy ; d Luke 1. 3, 4. It seemed whereunto ye do well that ye good to me also, having had take heed, as unto a light that perfect understarding of all thineth in a dark place, until ihings from the very first, to the day dawn, and the day., write unto thee in order, most ftar arise in your hearts :
God's revealing his will unto his people being now ceased.
II. Under the name of holy scripture, or the word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New testament, which are thefe :
OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
Genesis. *Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy. Juhua. . Judges. Ruth. 1. Samuel. II. Samuel. 1. Kings. II. Kings. 1. Chronicles. II. Chronicles.
f Heb. I. 1, 2. God, who days spoken unto us by his son, at sundry times, and in di- whom he 'hath appointed livir vers manners, pake in time of all things, by whom alto ne past unto the fathers by the made the worlds. prophets, hath in these last