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these things in the hearts and spi-

the designs and ways of Satan,
rits of believers

and of all the adversaries of be-
Sect. 1. By his Spirit, whom he pro-

lievers; and that they can do no

. ib. more, nor proceed further against
Sect. Jl. Of the Spirit of God fur,

us, than God permits. He turns
ther; his being given to, and

about their purposes - - 286
dwelling in believers; working in

: Cons. IV. That God orders and de-
them, and upon others : the na-

termines the measure, manner,
ture and fruits thereof. Saints'

- time, and continuance of afflic-
duties toward the Spirit, &c. - 266 tions and persecutions; and that
I. Of the Spirit of God working

according to our necessities 289
in believers, and upon others - ib. Cons. V. That God doth sometimes
II. The nature, working, and fruits

make enemies and persecutors
of the Spirit - - - 270

themselves to attest the saints

Sect. ni. Saints' duties toward the

innocency when they suffer; and


will surely avenge them of their

1. To follow him, and make use

adversaries - - - 290

of him . • • ib.

Cons. VI. That God will comfort,

II. Not to sin against, a

uphold, and preserve his, in all

quench the Spirit . - 272 their troubles, and not lay more

upon them than they can bear 291

CHAP. XX. Of afflictions, troubles, and See common calamities, chap. xxi.

persecutions -

Cons. VII. That the righteous are

Sect. 1. To whom they belong, or

near and dear to God in Christ;

who may expect them

so that he takes notice of their

I. Common to all

afflictions and troubles; and is

II. More especially to Christian

said to be persecuted and afflicted

believers -

in their persecutions, &c. · 294

First. The Holy Ghost affirms it ib. See union and relation between Christ

Secondly. The saints have been

and his church, chap. xiii.

so exercised

- - 274 Cons. VIII. That the greater the

I. From God more immediately - ib. afflictions and distresses of the
II. From men, by persecutions - 275 · righteous have been, the more
First. From wicked men, hea-

wonderful have their deliver-
thens - • - ib

ances been : and then hath sal-

Secondly. From hypocritical pro-

vation appeared in their extre-

fessors, men palous of the

mity -

law and traditions -

• 277

Cons. IX. That afflictions and Per-

Sect. 11. For what ends God doth

secutions shall redound to the

correct his children, and suffer

benefit of God's children - 297

them to be persecuted - - 280 See of the ends of God in afflicting, sect.
L To exercise and try their faith

ii. and cons. v.
and obedience

- - ib Cons. X. That God will not always

II. To humble and purge them - 281 - suffer his children to lie under

III. To make them remember God

afflictions and persecutions; but

and things above; look to, own,

will bring deliverance and re-

and close with them . . ib. store joy - - - 298

IV. For God's glory, and the fur-

Cons. XI. That afflictions and per-
therance of the gospel

secutions have been the lot of

V. For the procuring of great good

Christ himself, and of the saints

and advantage to those who are

in all ages - - - 301

exercised with trouble, &c. - 283 Sect. iv. The duties of the saints, and

Sect. iii. The considerations which

how they ought to behave them-

should bear up, stay, and comfort

selves in trouble, both toward

the spirits of believers in their

God and Man: • • - 302

afflictions, and under persecutions 285

First. Toward God - - ib.

Cons. I. God appoints them; and

I. To see God in them, as being

that for good ends . . ib.

sent by him - - - ib.

Cons. II. That such who are so ex See also common calamities, chap. xxi.

ercised are blessed and happy ;

II. To submit to God with an en-

and so pronounced in scripture:

- tire resignation under troubles - 303

it is a seal of sonship, of God's

III. To confess their sins, and jus-

choice love, and of their salva-

- tify God -

- 305

tion -

- . ib. See more of confession of sin, chap. xiv.

Cons. III. That God well knows

IV. To hold fast to God, own the

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Lord Jesus, his people, and Sect. u. What they are in the sight

ways in the midst of trouble and

of God, and considered as inen - 324

persecutions - - - 305 Sect. III. What are the duties of ma-
See Perseverance, chap. xiv.

gistrates : what they should not

V. To be cheerful under affliction,

be; and what they should be -'- 325

and rejoice at being counted Sect. IV. The duties of subjects to

· worthy to suffer for Christ 307 magistrates, with respect both to

VI. To call upon the Lord for

their persons and decrees. We • 329

help, support, and salvation - 308 First." What they may not do:

See more of prayer, chap. xiv.

· when, and wherein they may not

In common calamities, chap. xxi.

obey them .. -


VII. Not to fear, but believingly

Secondly. What they ought to do,

commit their cause to God, and

or wherein they should acknow-

quietly wait for his salvation - 310 ledge and obey them


See also trusting in, and waiting for

I. To submit to, and obey them

God, chap. xiv.

in things lawful - '.

Secondly. Duties of Believers

II. To give them due honour

toward enemies and persecu.

and respect. Not contemn

tors in a time of suffering - 312

their persons, or speak evil of

I. To be patient, quiet, and sober


.. . . -

toward them; not revenge, or

III. To pray for them

return evil for evil, or reviling

IV. To endeavour to get good

for reviling; but forgive them ib.


II. Not to desire or rejoice in the

V. To discover treasons

hurt of enemies, &c - - 313 VI. To submit to lawful magis-

III. To pray for and do good to

trates which God hath set up,

persecutors and enemies - 314

although they be not such as

IV. To use lawful and honest

they should be - -

means for avoiding and deliver See also the kings of Israel and Judah,

ing themselves and others from

chap. xlii.

afflictions and persecutions - ib.

Chap. XXIII. Of an oath for testimony,

V. To look to the cause of our

si ferings, that it be for well do-

confirmation, and ending of contro-

versies, and other occasions; and

ing, for Christ, and a good con-

evil oaths - - - - ib.

science; and not as busybodies,

or evil-doers -

+316 CHAP. XXIV. Of the gospel : gospel

Thirdly. The duties of others; preachers in general; their duty and

and how we ought to behave recompense; . . - 334

toward such as are afflicted Sect. 1. What the gospel is; and its

and persecuted - - 317 efficacy -

To sympathise with them, visit,,, Sect. 11. Of gospel preachers, their

help, comfort, and pray for

duty and recompense - . - 335

them: and take heed, we add See more of church officers, chap. xxv.

not to their trouble - - ib. CHAP. XXV. Of the church of Christ,

CHAP. XXI. Of public or common ca-

under the several notions thereof,

lamities and judgments, whence they

and the things belonging thereto, in

are -

- 319 general; and also with regard to

Sect. 1. That they are of God's ap-

particular churches - - 339

pointment, and none can guard

First. The several acceptations of the

against them -

church mentioned in scripture ' ib.

See also looking to God in affliction,

I. General, or universal - - ib.


II. Universal, visible

chap. xx.

- - ib.

Sect. 11. The privileges of the ser-

III. Particular visible churches of

vants of God in such a time - 320

believers, who are joined toge-

See more in säints' privileges in general,

ther as one body, and usually

chap. xii.

meet together in one place, for

Sect. II. The duties of the righteous

the participation of the same or-

in such times of distress · 321

1 - dinances, and exercising duties

as a church, and one to another

CHAP. XXII. Of magistrates and ma-

as members thereof - " . ib.

gistracy -

Secondly. The dignity, privileges, and

Šect. 1. That magistracy is an ordi-

blessings belonging to the church

nance of God: that by him magis-

of Jesus Christ in general, as such 340

trates are advanced to office; the See union and relation between Christ
titles given to them. ..

ib. and his church, chap, xiv. bli me!



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Thirdly.Of the qualifications of mem-

the several ends in scripture men-

cbers of the church of God; what

tioned . .

- 354

they should be . . . - 343 Thirteenthly. Of the several ordi-

Fourthly. Of the property that parti-

nances of Christ to be observed in

a cular churches had in their mem-

and by the churches of Christ,

bers, and of others joining them-

and elsewhere - - . ib.

selves to them ." - - 344 Ord. I. Prayers

- 355

Fifthly. Of letters commendatory, See more in prayers and praising at

and the churches receiving of such

- large, chap. xiv.

as were recommended to them by

Ord. II. Reading, teaching, preach-

word or letter - - - - ib. ing of the word of God, prophe-

Sixthly. Of the order of the churches


. . . ib.

in their assemblies and meetings : See more of ministers in general, and of
their stated regulations in con-

stant worship . - - ib. See of the word of God, chap. i.
Seventhly. Of the gifts of prayer,

Ord. III. Baptism - - 358

prophesying, psalms, tongues, &c.

Ord. IV. Breaking of bread, or

which the members of churches re-

the Lord's supper -. - 359

ceived: how they used them in

- Ord. V. Discipline, church cen-

the church assemblies, and else-

sures, or removing of scandals 360

where, for the edification one of See more of rebuking one another chap.

another, and instruction of others :


the order how they should be

Chap. XXVI. Of hypocrites and hypo-

used, directed : such gifts to be

crisy : the spirit and practices of such,

desired for this end - - 345

who are very formal and earnest in

Eighthly. Of other acts done in and by

and about the external parts of wor-
these particular churches, in send-

ship and profession, and in a shew
ing messengers to other churches;

for God; yet high in their opposi-
and, npon occasion, determining

tion of Christ, the truth of the gospel,

controversies, writing and sending

and power of godliness in others - 363

epistles, and other affairs. of their

See more of their persecuting temper,

meeting together in order thereto,

chap. XX.

and hearing such epistles : the

Sect. i The great danger of hypo-

epistles directed to the whole body 347

crisy, and formality, and the end

See Church discipline in this chapter,

of hypocrites - -

sect. xiii.

Ninthly. Of the ending of controver-

See Sincerity, chap. xiv. .

sies arising between the members

Chap. XXVII. Of conscience - - 371

of the church; to avoid going to Chap. XXVIII. Of the devil : of his

law before the infidels - - 348 subtilty by himself, and by his in-
Tenthly. Of the relief of the poor of struments, wicked men, false teach-
the churches, and their contribu-

ers, deceivers, and seducers. The

tion to the necessity of other description of them

- . 373

churches, and the order of it - 349 Sect. i. Of Satan, the devil himself ib.

See distributing to the poor at large, See more, sinners' bondage, chap. iv. ;

chap. xvii.

Sect. 11. The instruments of Satan ;

Eleventhly. Of the officers of parti-

seducers, deceivers, &c. • ... 376

cular churches; their power, duty,

Chap. XXIX. Of consideration, me-
and recompense: how they should
be qualified for their office; and

ditation, pondering upon, and seri-
of the churches' duty to them as

ous weighing of the things of God,

such - - - - 350

his word and works, &c. . - 380

1. Of the officers' power, duty,

Chap. XXX. Of the thoughts, mind,

qualification, and recompense - ib. and affections -

- 384

See more of gospel preachers in general, Chap. XXXI. of repentance in the ge- 1

chap. xxiv.

neral : in what sense God cannot re-

II. Complaints of, and threaten-

pent, and how he is said to repent :

ings against evil officers or mi-

repentance in man, and of his turning

nisters of the church. .. - 351

to God from sin -

III. Of the churches duty toward Sect. 1. In what sense God cannot

their officers and those who la-

repent; and how he is said to re-

bour amongst them .. .

pent - -

. ib.

IV. Of the ordination of officers in

Sect. I. Repentance in man, and his


353 turning to God ... ."!- 387

Twelfthly. Of laying on, of hands

See Goďs reasonings with sinners, chap.

upon the several occasions, and to


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ation and lasci. 465

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CAAP. XXXII, of death ; or the laying CHAP. LI. Of Israel's murmurings - 447

down of these tabernacles. • 391 CHAP. LII, Of diligence in our calling: 449

Chap. XXXIII. Of the resurrection of CHAP. LIII. Of voices, dreams, and visi-

the dead - - - - 396 | ons, by which God declared his mind

Chap. XXXIV. of Christ's second com-

of old -



- 450

ing to the judgment; and rendering Chap. LIV. Of the call and commission

unto every man according to his of the apostles, equal - - 452

deeds done in the body, whether good CHAP. LV. Of Israel's return from the

or bad . . -

- 397 countries into which they are scat-

See waiting for Christ's coming, chap.





- 454


CHAP. LVI. Of the seventh day, and

CHAP. XXXV. Of the glory prepared the laws about it: and the change to

and reserved for believers, at the ap-

the first day of the week - - 457

pearing of the Lord Jesus Christ - 402 CHAP. LVII. Of Usury

See the end of the wicked, chap. iv. CHAP. LVIII. Of Envy, hatred, emula-

CHAP. XXXVI. Of knowledge and un tion, discontent, strife

derstanding in divine things, and of CHAP. LIX. Of murder, and the taking

the want thereof: ignorance about away of the life of man -

such things, and the evil thereof - 405 Chap. LX. Of adulteries -

See more of the sottish nature of man, CHAP. LXI. Of fornication and lascivi-

chap. iv.

ousness -

See also the giver of knowledge, chap. CHAP. LXII. Of drunkenness - - 466


CHAP. LXIII. Of covetousness

CHAP. XXXVII. Of this present world, CHAP. LXIV. Of theft .


and the titles, honours, pleasures, CHAP. LXV. Of lying and equivocating 469

and other things in this world : the CHAP. LXVI. Of tempting God; or
use of them; the snares and tempta-

wherein men may be said to tempthim ib.

tions in them; our duty in relation CHAP. LXVII. Of witchcraft: or dealing

to them - - - - 413 with familiar spirits - - 470

CHAP. XXXVIII. Of idolatry, setting Chap. LXVIII. Of a hardened heart,

up and worshipping strange gods, and God's giving men up to hardness

graven images, &c. - .422 of heart - - - - 471

See worshipping the true God, chap. xiv. CHAP. LXIX. Of vain curiosity, or

CHAP. XXXIX. Of angels ; their ap being wise above what is written - 472

pearing to men ; what they are, and CHAP. LXX. Of God's providence in


- - - - 428 the disposal of all events - - ib.

CHAP. XL. Of the parables and simili Chap. LXXI. Of resignation to, and

tudes which Christ spake - - 432 contentment with all God's dispensa-

Chap. XLI. Of the miracles, and won-





- 473

derful things which were done by CHAP. LXXIJ. Of men truly wise, or

Christ and his apostles - - 433 of religious wisdom; and folly as its

CHAP. XLII. Of the kings of Israel and

Judah; their appointment and esta CHAP. LXXIII. Of Antichrist - 476

blishment divine - - - 435 Chap. LXXIV. Neither external privi-
See magistrates at large, chap. xxii.

leges, nor our righteousness alone,

CHAP. XLIII. Of sacrifices and altars, can be our security against judgments

and calling upon the name of the here, or damnation hereafter; no

Lord, before the giving of the law - 437 cause of hoasting in these only - 477

CHAP. XLIV. The importance of Chris CHAP. LXXV. Of words and actions

tianity, and difficulty of being a that are neither true nor good, spo-
Christian indeed .

- 438

ken or undertaken on the politic

CHAP. XLV. Of time or opportunity views of compassing our designs, or

for spiritual improvement; not to be avoiding dangers - - - 480

neglected -

. - 440 CHAP. LXXVI. of words or sayings

CHAP. XLVL Of the signs of the end expressing choice, but not binding us

of the world - - - 442 to their observance - - - 481

CHAP. XLVII. Encouragements to hope CHAP. LXXVII. Of awakened sinners,

in, and cry to God, when our case &c. such whom Christ came to seek

seems desperate -


. ib. and heal -


- - 482

CHAP. XLVIII. God takes notice of the CHAP. LXXVIII. Of man's ignorance

first dawnings of amendment • 443 of the men and things of this world

CHAP. XLIX. Of vows and promises to after his departure hence - - ib.


444 Chap. LXXIX. Or our Lord's kindred

Cap. L. Of blasphemies

445 according to the flesh

- 483


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CHAPTER I. Section 1. Shewing what Religion

God is to be worshipped, and what is, and how the knowledge of it 18 he hath commanded us to observe.

those laws and ordinances are, which to be obtained.

And then, for our greater encourageUNDER the name of Religion is com- ment to serve God, in all such things, prehended all that worship and service as we shall find to be enjoined us, and which is due from men to God: what- to persevere in our obedience to him ; ever we ought or are bound to do in it is requisite for us to know what obedience to him ; whatever he will happiness God hath prepared for them reward us for doing, or punish us for who love and obey him, and what not doing.

misery he hath provided for such as In order, therefore, to worship and transgress his commandments. · How serve God as we ought to do, we must great, how certain, and of what confirst believe that he is; that he hath tinuance, both the joy and the terror given us laws and commandments to of the Lord are. keep; that he is a rewarder of them who diligently seek him, and of such Sect. II. The Necessity of Searching as do according to all that he hath

the Scriptures. commanded them: and that he taketh These are the things in which every vengeance on them that obey him not. man is concerned to be wellinstructed ; And for the better understanding the and the truest and shortest way of nature and extent of our duty, in all attaining such knowledge as this, is, respects, together with the grounds by searching the Scriptures : and reasons of our obligations; it For they are they which testify of behoves us in the next place to inform God; which show us what is good, ourselves as truly and particularly as and what the Lord doth require of we can, who the Lord is whom we are us; which set before us the way of to serve ; what attributes and perfec- life, and the way of death; and which, tions belong to him, and what works teach us what we must do to be saved. he hath wrought; as also, what manner from the wrath to come, and to inherit of beings we ourselves are, who are eternal life, commanded to serve him; what ca- . The way of man is not now in himself: pacities and inclinations we have; it is not in man that walketh to direct his what state and condition we are in, steps. Though we can by nature do and in what relation we stand to God, many things contained in the law of

After which it will be necessary for God; and though we can in many as to inquire, how and in what manner cases, even of ourselves, judge what

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