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The gospels ac- Galatians. The Hebrews.
Coloffans. The first & fe.' Luke. 1. Theffalo
cond Epistles John.
of Peter. The Acts of the II. Thesalo. The first, second Apostles.
nians. and third Epif. Paul's Epistles to To I. Timothy. tles of John.
the Romans. To II, Timothy. The Epistle of 1. Corinthians. To Titus. Jude. II. Corinthians. To Philemon. The Revelation.
The Epistle to
All which are given by inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life”.
III. The books commonly called Apocrypha not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the scripture; and therefore are of no authority in the church of God, nor to be aný
II. g Eph. 2. 20. And are shall take away, from the built upon the foundation of words of the book of this prothe apottles and prophets, fe- phecy, God fhall take away his sus Christ himself being the part out of the book of life, chief corner.ftone. Rev. 22. 18, and out of the holy city, and 19. For 1 testify unto every from the things which are man that hezreth the words of written in this book.
2 Tim. the prophecy of this book, if 3. 16-all scripture is given any man shall add unto these by inspiration of God, andis prothings, God shall add unto him fitable for doctrine, for reproof, the plagues that are written in for correction, for instruction this book; And if any mau in righteousncís.
otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings".
IV. The authority of the holy scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, dependeth not upon the testimony of any man or church, but wholly upon God, (who is truth itself) the au thor thereof; and therefore it is to be received, because it is the word of Godi
V. We may be moved and induced by the teftimony of the church to an high and reverend elteem for the holy scripture"; and the heavenliness of the matter, the efficacy of the doctrine, the majesty of the style, the consent of all the parts, the fcope of the whole, (which is to give all glory to God) the full discovery it makes of the only
III, h Luke 24. 27. And inftrudion in righteousness. i beginning at Moses and all the John. 5. 9. If we receive the prophets, he expounded unto witness of men, the witness of them in all the scriptures, the God is greater : For this is the things concerning himself. witness of God which he hath
And he said unto teftified of his Son. 1, Thicss. 2, them, These are the words 13. For this cause also thank which I fpake unto you, while we God without ceafing; beI was yet with you, that all cause, when ye received the things must be fulfilled which word of God, which ye heard were written in the law of Mo- of us, ye received it not us the fes, and in the prophets, and in word of men, but (as it is in the pfalms, concerning me. truth) the word of God, which 2 Pet. 1. 21. For the prophecy effectually worketh alfo in you came not in old time by the that believe. will of man, but holy nien of V. k i Tim. 3. 15. But if'i God spake as they were moved tarry long, that thou maycít by the Holy Ghost.
know how thou oughtcit to heiv. i Tim. 3. 16. All scripture have thyself in the house of is given by inspiration of God, God, which is the cherch of and is profitable for doctrine, the living God; the pillar and for reproof, for corrcction, for ground of the truth,
way of man's falvation, the many other incom. parable excellencies, and the entire perfection thereof, are arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence itself to be the word of God; yet, not withstanding, our full persuasion and assurance of the infallible truth, and divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit, bearing witness, by and with the word, in our hearts'.
VI. The whole counsel of God, concerning all things necessary for his own glory, man's falvation, faith and life, is either expressly set down in scripture, or by good and necessary consequence may be deduced from scripture: unto which nothing at any time is to be added, whether by new
1. John 2. 20, 27. But ye shall hear, tbat shall he speak; have an unction from the Holy and he will sew you things to One and ye know all things. come. He shall glorify me: But the anointing which ye have for he shall receive of mine, and received of him abideth in you, thall Thew it unto you.-i Cor. and ye need not that any man 2. 10, 11, 12. But God hath reteach you : but as the same a- vealed them unto us by his Spi. nointing teacheth you of all "rit ; for the Spirit searcheth all things, and is truth, and is no things, yea the deep things of lie; and even as it hath taught God. For what man knoweth you, ye shall abide in him. the things of a man, save the John 16. 13, 14. Howbeit, spirit of a man which is in him? wben he, the Spirit of truth, even fo the things of God krow. is come, he will guide you into eth ro man, but the Spirit of all truth : for he shall no: speak God. of himself; but whatsoever he
revelations of the Spirit or traditions of men". Nevertheless we acknowledge the inward illumination of the Spirit of God to be necessary for the saving understanding of such things as are reveal. ed in the word "; and there are some circum. stances concerning the worship of God, and government of the church, common to human actions and societies, which are to be ordered by the light of nature and christian prudence, according to the general rules of the word, which are always to be observed'.
VI. m 2 Tim. 3. 16. All to the heart of man, the things scripture is given by inspiration which God hath prepared for of God, and is profitable for them that love him - But God do&rine, for reproof, for cor. hath revealed them unto us by rection, for instruction in his Spirit : for the Spirit fearchrighteousness: Ver. 17. That eth all things, yea the deep the man of God may be perfea, things of God. Now we have thoroughly furnished unto all received, not the spirit of the good works.-Gal. 1. 8. But world, but the Spirit which is though we, or an angel from of God; that we might know heaven, preach any other gof- the things that are freely given pel unto you than that which to us of God. we have preached unto you, o i Cor 11, 13, 14. Judge let him be accursed. -2 Thess. in yourselves : Is it comely that 2. 2. That ye be not soon a woman pray unto God unfhaken in mind, or be troubled, covered ? Doch not even naneither by spirit, nor hy word, ture itself teach you, that if a nor by letter, as fron us, as man have long hair, it is a that the day of Chrif is at shame unto him? 1 Cor. 14. hand.
How is it then, bren John 6. 45. It is written thren ? when ye come togein the prophets, And they shall ther, every one of you hath a be all taught of God. Every psalm, hath a do&rine, ha:h a man therefore that hath heard, tongue, hath a revelation, hath and hath learned of the Father an interpretation. Let all cometh unto me. 1 Cor. 2.9, things be done to edifying. Let Jo. 12. But as it is written, all things be done decently and Eye hath not seen, nor ear in order. heard, neither have entered in
VII. All things in scripture are not alike plain in themselves, nor alike clear unto all" ; yet those things which are necessary to be known, believed, and observed, for salvation, are so clearly propounded and opened in some place of fcripture or other, that not only the learned, but the unlearned, in a due use of the ordinary means, may attain unto a sufficient understanding of them.
VIII. The Old testament in Hebrew, (which was the native language of the people of God of old) and the New testament in Greek, (which at the time of the writing of it was most generally known to the nations) being immediately inspired by God, and by his fingular care and providence kept pure in all ages, are therefore authentic cal'; .fo as in all controverfies of religion the church is finally to appeal unto them'. But be
VII. p. 2 Pet. 3. 16. As rily I say unto you. Till heaalso in all bis epifles, speaking ven and earth pass, one jot or in them of these things, in one tittle fhall in no wise pass which are fome things hard to from the law, till all be fulbe understood, which they that filled. are unlearned and unstable Isai, 8. 20, To the law and wrest, as they do also the other to the testimony; if they speak fcriptures, 'unto their own de- not according to this word, it struction.
is because there is no light in q Pfal. 119. 105. Thy word them, Acts 15. 15. And to is a lamp unto my feet, and a this agree the words of the prolight unto my path. Ver. 130, phets; as it is written, John 5. The entrance of thy words giv. 46. For had ye believed Mofes, eth light; it giveth understand- `ye would have believed me : ing unto the fimple.
for he wrote of nie. VIII, r Mat. 5. 18. For ve