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ble in his judgments ; hating all siny, and who wilt by no means clear the guilty.

II. God hath all life", gloryb, goodnessę, blessed nessa, in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all-sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made, nor deriving any

that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

• Neh. ix. 32, 33. Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who keepesi covenant and mercy, let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria, unto this day. Howbeit, thou art just in all that is brought upon us ; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly.

y Psal. v. 5, 6. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight : thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing : the Lord will abhor the bloody and de. ceitful man.

z Nahum i. 2, 3. God is jealous, and the Lord revengeth, and is furious; the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies.--The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked. See Exod. xxxiv. 7.

II. a John v. 26. For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.

b Acts vii. 2. And he said, Men, brethren, and fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran.

c Psal. cxix. 68. Thou art good, and doest good: teach me thy statutes.

d 1 Tim. vi. 15. Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Rom. ix. 5.-Who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. 1. Acts xvii. 24, 25! God that made the world, and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.

glory from them', but only manifesting his own glory, in, by, unto, and upon them: he is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom, and to whom, are all things; and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, and upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth". In his sight all things are open and manifest'; his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creaturek; so as nothing is to him contingent or uncertain'. He is most holy in all his counsels, in his works, and in all his commands". TO

f Job xxii. 2, 3. Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that thou art righteous ? or is it gain to him that thou makest thy ways perfect ?

8 Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things : to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

b Rev. iv. 11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created. Dan. iv. 25, 35. -The Most High ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whonisoever he will. And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth ; and none can stav his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? See 1 Tim. vi. 15. on the letterd.

· Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

* Rom. xj. 33, 34. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out !--For who hath known inc mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counsellor? Psal. cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

| Acts xv. 13. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Ezek, xi. 5. And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said unto me, Speak, Thus saith the Lord, Thus have ye said, O house of Israel; for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of them.

ro Psal cxlv. 17. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and

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him is due from angels and men, and every other

, creature, whatsoever worship, service or obedience, he is pleased to require of them".

III. In unity of the Godhead there he three persons of one substance, power, and eternity; God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost'. The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding; the Son is eternally begotten of the Fatherp; the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son?. holy in all his works. Rom. vii. 12. Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

* Rev. v. 12, 13, 14. Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.And every creature which is in heaven, and on the earth, and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever.--And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

III. • 1 John v. 7. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one. Matt. iii. 16, 17. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him :-And lo, a roice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matt. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and icach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

P John i. 14, 18. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

a John xv. 26. But when the Comforter is come, whom 1 will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth,

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CHAPTER III.

Of God's Eternal Decree.
GOD from all eternity did by the most wise and
holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchange-
ably ordain whatsoever comes to passa; yet so as
thereby neither is God the author of sin; nor is
violence offered to the will of the creatures, nor
is the liberty or contingency of second causes
taken away, but rather established.
which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. Gal.
iv. 6. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit
of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

I. a Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheri.
tance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who
worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Rom. xi.
33. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and know-
ledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his
ways past finding out! Heb. vi. 17. Wherein God, willing
more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immu-
tability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath. Rom. ix. 15,
18. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will
have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have
compassion.—Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have
mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

b Jam. i. 13, 17. Let no man say when he is tempted, I am
tempted of God; for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither
tempteth he any man.—Every good gift, and every perfect gift
is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with
whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. 1 John
i. 5. This then is the message which we have heard of him, and
declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at
all. Eccl. vii. 29.

c Acts ii. 23. Him, being delivered by the determinate
counsel and foreknowledge of God ye have taken, and by
wicked hands have crucified and slain. Matt. xvii. 12. But
I say unto you, that Elias is come already, and they knew him
not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed; likewise

II. Although God knows whatsoever may or can come to pass, upon all supposed conditions"; yet hath he not decreed any thing because he foresaw it as future, or as that which would come to pass, upon such conditions.

III. By the decree of God, for the manifestation of his glory, some men and angels' are preshall also the Son of man suffer of them. Acts iv. 27, 28. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done. John xix. 11. Jesus answered, Thou couldst have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above : therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. Prov. xvi. 33. The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord. Acts xxvii. 23, 24. compared with v. 34.

II. d Acts xv. 18. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. 1 Sam. xxiii. 11, 12. Will the men of Keilah deliver me up into his hand? Will Saul come down, as thy servant hath heard? O Lord God of Israel, I beseech thee, tell thy servant. And the Lord said, He will come down.-- Then said David, Will the men of Keilah deliver me and my men into the hand of Saul? And the Lord said, They will deliver thee up. Matt. xi. 21, 23. Wo unto thee, Chorazin! wo unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt le brought down to hell; for if the mighty works which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

Rom. ix. 11, 13, 16, 18. For the children being not yei born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth ;-As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. So then, it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that showeth mercy.—Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.

III. ' 1 Tim. v. 21. I charge thee before God and the Lord

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