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We are not as many, who corrupt taught, whether by word, or our the word of God (or deal falsely with epistle-2 Thess. ii. 15. the word).—2 Cor. ii. 17.

These things write l unto thee, &c. God who commanded the light to that thou mayest know how thou shine out of darkness, hath shined oughtest to bebave thyself in the in our hearts, to give the light of the house of God, &c.—1 Tim.ji. 14,15. knowledge of the glory of God in the If thou put the brethren in rememface of Jesus.--2 Cor. iv. 6. iii. 18. brance of these things, thou shalt be 2 Tim. i. 10.

a good minister of Jesus, &c.--1 Tim. There are some who would pervert iv. 6. the gospel, &c. But though we, or I charge thee before God, and the an angel from heaven preach any other Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angospel than that which we have gels, that thou observe these things, preached unto you, let him be ac- without preferringone before another, cursed: as we said before, so say I &c.-1 Tim. v. 21. vi. 13, 14. now again; if any man preach- any If any man teach otherwise, and other gospel unto you than that ye consent not to wholesome words, the have received, let him be accursed. words of our Lord Jesus, and to the The gospel, &c. I neither received it doctrine which is according to godof man, &c. but by the revelation of liness; he is proud (or a fool), Jesus.-Gal. i. 7-9. 11, 12. knowing nothing, but doting about

The Scripture foreseeing that God questions, and strifes of words, &c. would, &c. The Scripture hath con- -I Tim. vi. 3, 4. 2 Tim.fii. 14-17. cluded all under sin.-Gal. iii. 8. 22. Hold fast the form of sound words, James iv. 5.

which thou hast heard of me, &c.Nevertheless, what saith the Scrip- 2 Tim. i. 13. ture? Cast out the bond-woman. Continue thou in the things which Gal. iv. 30.

thou hast learned, and hast been as. Having your feet shod with the sured of, knowing of whom thou hast preparation of the gospel of peace, learned: and that from a child thou and take, &c, the sword of the Spirit, hast known the holy Scriptures, which which is the word of God.-Ephes. are able to make thee wise unto salvi. 15. 17.

vation, &c. All Scripture is given by Those things which ye have both inspiration of God, and is profitable learned, and received, and heard, and for doctrine, &c. That the man of God seen in me, do: and the God of peace may be perfect; thoroughly furnished shall be with you.-Phil. iv. 9. unto all good works.--2 Tim. iii. 14.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you -17. richly, in all wisdom, teaching, and, Preach the word, &c. for the time &c. - Col. iii. 16 9.

will come when they will not endure Ye received the word of God, which sound doctrine, &c.—2 Tim.iv. 2-4. ye heard of us; ye received it not as God, who at sundry times and in the word of men, but as it is in truth, divers manners spake in tiine past the word of God, which effectually unto the fathers by the prophets, hath worketh also in you who believe.-) in these last days spoken unto us by Thess. ii. 13.

his Son, &c.—Heb. i. 1, 2. As ye have received of us how ye Therefore ought we to give the more ought to walk, and to please God, so earnest heed to the things which we ye would abound, &c. Wherefore have heard, lest at any time we should comfort (or exhort) one another let them slip: for, if the word spoken with these words.- Thess, iv. I. by angels was stedfast, &c. how shall 18.

we escape, if we neglect so great salHold the traditions ye have been vation ; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, was con- minds by way of remembrance ; that firmed unto us by them who heard, ye may be mindful of the words which God also bearing witness both with were spoken before by the holy prosigns, &c.—Heb. ii. 1-4. xii. 25. phets, and of the commandment of us

Wherefore, as the Holy Ghost saith, the apostles of the Lord and Saviour. To-day if ye will hear his voice.--Heb. Paul also, according to the wisdom ii. 7.

given unto him, hath written unto The word of God is quick and you, as also in all his epistles, &c. powerful, and sharper than any two- in which are some things hard to be edged sword; piereing even to the understood, which they who are un. dividing asunder of soul and spirit, &c. learned, and unstable, wrest, as they -Heb. iv. 12.

do also the other Scriptures, unto Every one who useth milk, is un- their own destruction.-2 Peter üit. skilful in the word of righteousness. 1, 2. 15, 16. -Heb. v. 13.

And these things write we unto Begat he us with the word of truth, you, that your joy may be full. I &c. Be swift to hear, &c. the en- John i. 4. v. 13. grafted word, able to save, &c. He who doth not abide in the docJames i. 18, 19.21. Eph. i. 13. v. 26. trine of Christ, hath not God, &c. 2 Tim. ii. 15.

If there come any unto you, and • If ye fulfil the royal law, according bring not this doctrine, receive him to the Scripture, Thou shalt love, not into your house, neither bid him &c.-James ii. 8.

God-speed: for he who bids him · Being born again not of corruptible God-speed, &c.—2 John 9.11. seed, but, &c. by the word of God, It was needful for me to write to which liveth and abideth for ever, you, and exhort you, that ye should And this is the word which by the earnestly contend for the faith which gospel is preached unto you.—1 Peter was once delivered unto the saints. 1. 23. 25.

I will put you in remembrance, though · As new born babes, desire the ye once knew, &c. Remember ye sincere milk of the word, that ye may the words which were spoken before grow thereby.—1 Peter ii. 2. of the apostles of our Lord Jesus · I will not be negligent to put you Christ; That they told you there always in remembrance of these things, should, &c.—Jude 3. 5. 17, 18. though ye know them, and be esta Christ sent and signified by his blished in the present truth, &c. angel unto his servant John, the Moreover, I will endeavour that you things which must shortly come to may be able after my decease to have pass, &c. Blessed is he who readeth, these things always in remembrance: and they who hear the words of this for we have, &c. We have also a prophecy, and keep those things which more sure word of prophecy, where- are written therein, &c. Write the unto ye do well that ye take heed, as things which thou hast seen, &c.unto a light which shineth in a dark Rev. i. 1. 3. 19. place, &c. Knowing this first, that Ye shall not add unto the word no prophecy of the Scripture is of any which I comipand you, neither diprivate interpretation, for the pro- minish from it.-Deut. iv. 2. Matt. phecy came not in old (or at any) xv. 3-6. time by the will of man; but holy Every word of God is pure, &c. men of God spake as they were moved Add thou not unto his words, lest he by the Holy Ghost.—2 Peter i. 12, reprove thee, and thou be found a 13.15, 16. 19-21.

liar.-Prov. xxx. 5, 6. This second epistle I write unto I testify, &c. if any man shall add you, in both which I stir up your pure unto these things, God shall add unto

him the plagues which are written none other like him; and who is in this book. And if any man shall greater, and more excellent than all take away from the words of the book other Beings: that He is a Spirit, of this prophecy, God shall take away eternal and unchangeable, and fills his part out of the book of life, &c. all places by his presence; that his -Rev. xxii. 18, 19.

happiness, knowledge, wisdom, and Secret things belong to God, re- power are infinite ; that he is pervealed things to us and our children, fectly good and gracious, righteous that we may do all the words of this and just, true and faithful, pure and law.- Deut. xxix. 29.

holy; and that, after all we do, or Pray for us, that the word of the can know of him, he is incompreLord may run, and be glorified.-2 hensible. Thess. ii.l. See that ye refuse not him who

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Sect. 1. His Names, and Titles. speaketh : for if they escaped not, In the beginning God created the who refused him who spake on earth; heavens, &c.—Gen.i. 1. much more shall not we escape, if And the Lord God formed man, we turn away from him who speaketh &c.—Gen. ii. 7. xv. 7. xxviii. 13. from heaven.-Heb. xii. 25.

Then began man to call upon the The parable of the good seed, sown name of the Lord.—Gen. iv. 26. in good and bad ground; and the And he was the priest of the Most success thereof.—Matt. xiii. 3, &c. High God, &c.—Gen. xiv. 18—20.

Men by their traditions make void The Lord appeared unto Abraham, the word of God, reject the command and said, I am the Almighty God, of God, making the word of God of &c.-Gen. xvii. 1. xxviii. 3. Rev. none effect.-Mark vii. 7-9, 13. xxi. 22. , See preaching of the word, CHAP. The Name of the Lord, the everXXV. id

lasting God.-Gen. xxi. 33.

The Lord, the God of heaven, and CHAP. II.

the God of the earth.-Gen. xxiv.

3.7. Of God; His Nature, Attributes, And God said unto Moses, I AM and Works.

that I Am, &c. Thus shall you say, That which may be known of God &c. I am hath sent me unto you. is manifest: for, the heavens declare The Lord God of your fathers, the the glory of God, and the firmament God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, sheweth his handy work : so that we and the God of Jacob hath sent me, are without excuse, if, by the things &c. This is my name for ever; and which are made, we do not clearly this is my memorial unto all generaperceive and understand his eternal tions. The Lord God of the Hebrews, power and Godhead.

&c.—Exod. iii. 6. 14, 15. ix. 1. 13. The Lord is also known by the I appeared unto Abraham, &c. by judgment which he executeth. the name of God Almighty; but by

But the scriptures having given us my name JEHOVAH was I not a plainer and fuller account of the known unto them.-Exod. vi. 2, 3. divine Being, than the reason of man Isa. xii. 2. xxvi. 4. can discover of itself; the best and And the Lord, &c. proclaimed easiest way of coming to the right the name of the Lord. The Lord knowledge of God, is by his word. God, merciful and gracious, &c. The From whence we learn, that He is Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a the Maker, Preserver, and Governor jealous God.—Exod. xxxiv. 5, 6.14, of all things: that he is a Being every xxxiii. 19. way perfect; the only God; who hath The Lord, the God of the spirits,

of all flesh.-Numb, xxvii. 16. xvi. .Now the God of peace be with you 22.

all, &c.—Rom. xv. 33. That thou mayest fear this glorious God is not the author of confusion, and fearful name, The Lord thy God. but of peace.-1 Cor. xiv. 33. Heb. -Deut. xxviii. 58.

. xiii. 20. The Lord God of gods, the Lord God is light; and in him is no God of gods, &c.-Josh. xxi. 22. darkness.—1 John i. 5. Jam. i. 17.

To sacrifice to the Lord of hosts God is love.- 1 John iv. 8. 16. in Shiloh, &c.--1 Sam. i. 3. 11. Jer. And the Lord God of the holy proxlvi. 18.

phets sent, &c.—Rev. xxii. 6. The Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, &c.—1 Sam. xvii.

Sect. II. He is a Spirit. 45. Isa. xxviii. 29.

God is a Spirit.—John iv. 24. The God of Israel said, the Rock of Israel spake to me, &c.—2 Sam. Si

Sect. 111. His Excellency, Majesty, xxii. 3.

Greatness, Perfection, Glory, Sovea Extol him who rideth upon the reignty, and Absoluteness. His Proheavens, by his name Jah, &c.—Ps. viden Ixçüi. 4.

He created the world, and all things That men may know that thou, in it.-Gen.i. ii. Ps. c. 3. civ. cxxxvi. whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art 5, 6, &c. Prov. xxii. 2. Ps. cxxxix. the Most High over all the earth. - 13, 14. Ps. lxxxiii. 18.

And the fear of you, &c. shall be · Let them praise thy great and ter- upon every beast, &c. Into your rible name, for it is Holy.-Ps. hand are they delivered, &c. Every xcix. 3.

moving thing that liveth shall be Holy and Reverend is his name. meat for you, &c. I have given you -Ps. cix. 9.

all things. Neither shall there be any They have provoked the Holy One more a flood to destroy the earth. of Israel.-Isa. i. 4. Ezek. xxxix. 7. Gen. ix. 2, 3. 11.

I am the Lord, That is my name; When men endeavoured to prevent and my glory will I not give unto their being scattered, God scattered another.-Isa. xlii. 8. Jer. xvi. 21. them by confounding their language.

As for our Redeemer, the Lord Gen. xi. 4, 5, &c. of hosts is his name, The Holy One And the Lord said to Abraham, &c. of Israel.-Isa. xlvii. 4. liv. 5. Jer. Lift up thine eyes, &c. For all the xxxii. 18.

land which thou seest, to thee will O the Hope of Israel, the Saviour I give it, and to thy seed for ever. thereof, &c.—Jer. xiv. 8.

-Gen. xiii. 14–17. Exod. ix. 29. I will sanctify my great name, &c. Ps. xxiv. I. 1 Cor. x. 26. 28. And the heathen shall know that I The priest of the most high God. am the Lord.—Ezek. xxxvi. 23. The most high God, possessor of

So will I make my holy name heaven and earth.-Gen. xiv. 18— known in the midst of my people 20. 22. Ps. ix. 2. Josh. iii. ll. Israel: and the heathen shall know Who hath made man's mouth? or that I am the Lord, the holy One of who hath made the dumb, or deaf, Israel.—Ezek. xxxix. 7.

or the seeing? &c. Have not I the : The Lord the God of hosts is his Lord ?-Exod. iv. 11. name.-Amos iv, 13. v. 27.

I am the Lord: and I will bring The Lord hath sworn by the ex- you out from under the burdens of the cellency of Jacob.—Amos vii. 7. Egyptians, and I will rid you out

Now the God of patience and con- of their bondage, and I will redeem solation grant, &c.-Rom, xv. 5. 33. you with a stretched-out arm, and

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with great judgments, &c.---Exod. As truly as I live, all the earth vi. 6, 7.

shall be filled with the glory of the That thou mayest know, that there Lord; because all those men who is none like unto the Lord our God. have seen my glory, and my miracles, I will sever, &c. To the end thou &c.- Numb. xiv. 21, 22. mayest know that I am the Lord in Balaam said, &c. All that the Lord the midst of the earth.--Exod. viii. speaketh, that I must do.-Numb. 10. 22. ix. 14. 16. x. 2.

xxiii. 26. Thy right hand, O Lord, is become Let the Lord God of the spirits of glorious in power, &c. hath dashed all flesh set a man, &c.—Numb.xxvii. in pieces the enemy; and in the 16. xvi. 22. greatness of thine excellency thou O Lord God, thou hast begun to hast overthrown, &c. With the blast shew thy servant thy greatness and of thy nostrils the waters were ga, thy mighty hand: for what God is thered, &c. Who is like unto thee, there in heaven, or in earth, that can Lord, amongst the gods ? &c. Glo- do according to thy works, and acrious in holiness, fearful in praises, cording to thy might?-Deut. iii. 24. doing wonders, &c. The Lord shall The Lord thy God is a consuming reign for ever and ever.- Exod. xv. 6 fire, a jealous God. Did ever people

-8. 11. 15–18. Ps. cxlvi. 10. Rev. hear the voice of God, speaking out xix. 6.

of the midst of the fire, as thou hast I know that the Lord is greater heard and live? The Lord he is God than all gods: for in the thing they in heaven above, and upon the earth dealt proudly he was above them.- beneathr, there is none else. Deut. Exod. xviii. 11.

. iv. 24. 33. 39. v. 24-26. And mount Sinai was altogether on The Lord thy God is among you, a smoke, because the Lord descended, a mighty God and terrible. Deut. &c. And the whole mount quaked vii. 21. Nehem. i. 5. iv. 14. greatly.—Exod. xix. 18. xx. 18, 19. The Lord thy God, he who goeth

And the glory of the Lord abode before thee, is a consuming fire, &c. upon mount Sinai, &c. And the sight Thine inheritance, which thou hast of the glory of the Lord was like de. redeemed tlirough thy greatness, &c. vouring fire on the top of the mount, -Deut. ix. 3. 26. Isa. Ix. 16. &c.—Exod. xxiv. 16, 17. Ezek. ii. Behold the heaven, and the heaven 23. viii. 4. ix. 3.

of heavens is the Lord's thy God; the There will I meet with the children earth also with all that therein is. of Israel, and they shall be sanctified For the Lord your God is God of by my glory.- Exod. xxix. 43. gods, and Lord of lords; a great · I beseech thee, shew me thy glory. God, mighty and terrible; who reThou canst not see my face; for there gardeth not persons, nor taketh shall no man see me, and live. And reward. — Deut. 8. 14. 17. Josh. it shall come to pass while my glory xxii. 22. passeth by, that I will put thee in à And know you, &c. The Lord clift, &c. Exod. xxxiii. 18. 20. 22. your God, his greatness, his mighty · I will do marvels, such as have not hand, and his stretched-out arm, and been done in all the earth, &c. And his miracles, and his acts which he all the people, &c. shall see the work did, &c.—Dent. xi. 2, 3. . of the Lord, for it is a terrible thing Thou mayest fear this glorious and that I will do with thee. Exod. fearful name, The Lord thy God. xxxiv. 10.

Deut. xxviii. 58. The glory of the Lord filled the Ascribe ye greatness onto our God, tabernacle.Exod. xl. 34, 35. Levit. the Rock; his work is perfect; all ix. 23. Numb. xiv. 10. xvi. 42. his ways are judgment, &c. When

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