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Seventhly. Presbyterian. The Pope, since his exorbitant UPresbyterian. surpation of all power, the spiritual dire&ly, the temporal in
directly (as Bellarmine truly phraseth it) is as Herod upon the Throne tickled by the Jesuites among other blasphemous titles, with this of a secondary Legislatorship, fo Chrift;first and he se
condly, may impose Ordinances by virtue of their Legislative Legislatoris office. But Amesius strongly checks Cardinal Bellarmine for his proprium fit, fawciness, and unanswerably faith. A Legislator properly bath primarium the primary authority, neither wil ecclesiastical affairs admit of a Harem Secun- Secondary Lap-giver, because the primary authority of King of the Matem fecun- Church, is communicated by Christ unto no man. tur legislator in rebus ecclefiafticis, quia primaria illa authoritas, nemini a Christo communicatur. Ames. Bellar. enerv. Tom. I. p. 237. Eph.2.20. ob No Scripture is really, and there is but one seemingly repugje&ted ,, And nant to Christs fole Legislatorship : It is Ephef.2.20. And are are built upon built upon
the foundation of the Apostles and Prophets, Jesus Christ the foundation
being the chief corner-stone.
A Reader newly entered into the controversies betwixt us, and the papists, will soon and easily reconcile this seeming diffe
rence : But for the sake of others. Answer 1.
I answer, First, Reason faith Apostles were not, neither could Apostles were they be (as Christ is) a personal foundation; for whatever had not a personal been in that respect built upon them, would have long fince sunk foundation.
and vanished with the consumıption and corruption of their Bo
dies. 2. hot an official Secondly, Scripture and Reason joyntly say, They were not foundarion.
an Official Foundation; i. e. the Apoftolick office was not the foundation of Church Government, because then there would not onely have been several foundations, Christ and they while they lived, but a succession of several foundations, from their times into ours, and thenceforward so long as the Church coltinues militant. But the foundation of the Church, and of her Ministry is but one, and the Apostles built upon it, 1 Cor.3.10. According to the grace of God given unto me, as a wife master builder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon, but let eves ry one take heed bow be buildeth thereupon : for other foundation can
no man lay, then that which is laid, which is Jefus Christ. 3. They were. Thirdly, They were a Doctrinal foundation : I explain my à Do&rinal meaning thus: The apostles and prophets were do&rinally the foundation.
Churches foundation, because they penn'd and published the
Dei.lib 3. cap.
foundation : This is true of prophets,. 1 Pet. 1. 10, 11. Of which
negantes, verthe Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father shall send bum Dei minain my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to ftratum per Ayour remembrance, whatsoever I have faid unto you. All protestant Poftolos & proDivines thus expound the apostles to be a foundation; and Bel- phetos, esle larmine doth not much diffent from them : He faithy We deny fundamentuin not, but are ready to defend against gain-Sayers, That the word of God noftræ fidei. dispensed by the Apostles and Prophets, is the next foundation of our Bell
. de verbo Faith. I adde it is so, not as their word, but as the word of
10. responChrist, into or by them : Besides, others not of the number deo ad hoc arof the twelve Apostles were a foundation nnto the Church in this gumentum fense; as S. Paul, S. Luke, S. Mark, and the Author of the E- quod Jepe, &c. pistle to the Hebrews, (if it were not S. Paul.) Suffice this in Lugduni 1610. confirniation of the firt Allertion.
2. Affertion. Christ ordained the Apoftolick office while he 2: Aftertion. was upon Earth. This is a Truth which we suppose needs no ed the Apoproof to any who have but read of Christ, or of his Apostles : Ntles. Nor shall we lo far question our Reiders unacquaintedness with holy Writ, as to burden hini with many Quotations in this matter. Consider that one Text , Luc. 6. 12; 13. And it came to pals in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God, and when it was day he called un.. to him his disciples, and of them he chose twelveg robom be named apostles. In this Text are observable,
The Acts preparative to the Ordination of the Apofles : which are two-fold,
1. More remote, He went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.
2. More nigh, He called his disciples unto him. This is the first observeable.
Secondly, Their Ordination : which also hath two parts,
1. Their Election, He chose out of them twelve, i. e. out of the rest of his disciples. These twelve were disciples before, and if while they were disciples, they did the works mentioned, John 4. 1,2. When therefore the Lord knew how that the pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples then John, though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples ; then the twelve apo
stles, as well as Mathias, St. Paul, Sylas, Timothy, &c. ascendo ed from one ecclefiaftical order to another ; but let the Rea
der judge of this, and consider, In loc,
2. Their designation in these words he named them Apoftles. This text is parallel, and contemporary with Mark 3214. Sebastian Barradius, and Lightfoctrina Jansenius and Calvin joyntly agree. Upon which Text of St. Marks, Calvin faith nonnulli, or some (he might have said quamplurimi, or very many) understand the recording ofour Saviovrs ordination of his Apostles. All whose opinions, and expositions he turns off peremptorily with an Hallucinati sunt, or, they made a wrong
conjecture, and were deceived; which notwithstanding, in the Hoc autem words immediatly following he allows, that Chrift in his prayexemplum no- er, antecedent to their vocation, gives a standing rule oblerbis perpetue vable by the Church, in her subsequent ordination of Ministers; regule inftar his words are: But this example ought with us to have the force of effe debet, ut a
a perpetual rule, that we begin with prayer so.often as the Pastors of precatione.ordiamur quoti
the Church are to be elected, otherwisè mihat we attempts will be imes eligendi prosprous,fur in truth the Lord did not pray fo much upon his own acSunt ecclefic count, as to prescribe a law unto us. Whence is as evident as light at Paftores. Ali- high noon, that he makes this paffage a pattern to the Church in oqui in aufpi- her ordinations, which can never handsomely be drawn, unless quicquid ren-the original creat of the fame matter.. I readily acknowledge, tabinus. Nec that our Saviour in several other (and perhaps pofterior) Sane dominus passages of his Gorpel, gives several commands to his Apostles, tam sua causa and from thence, and the undoubted conformity of the Apoftles quam ut le unto them, several official ads are colligible. But if the Apogem nobis pre- ftles were not Church-officers, till he gave those fubsequent fcriberet. conimands, those observations of St Luke, and St. Mark will Calv, ad mar, contain nothing but what was needless to te mentioned ; and 3.12 in the other Scriptures, our Saviour must be understood to
command his Apoftles upon office work,ere they were in orders; whereas that the Apostles were appointed to that high cal
ling by the ordination, meiitioned by St. Luke, and St. Mark, St. Ex Mald. Cbryfoftom and Theophyla&t rest affured. And St. Lukes and Sc.
Mark: say enough to resolve any orie, who is not resolved to give no credit to their testimony, that he not only designed them to that Office, but actually admitted them anto it; that'he designed them to it ; over and beside what hath been instanced of St. Lukes, St. Mark faith, Mar. 3. 13. He called unto him whom he would; which phrae cannot importany thing elfe; then the selection of some in the rejection of
ochers; that he admitted them to Office!? St. Luke faith he named them Apoftles i.e. gave them a title, and office diftinét, and distinctive from others. St. Mark faith he conferred upon them both a faculty co do ads of office, and to receive ex's traordinary gifts, Mar. 3. 14. 15. And be ordained twelve, that they fhould be with bim, and that he might find them forth topregeby and to have power to besi ficknesses, and to Caft but devils: The fore malicy of this ordination no doubt occafioned Sts. Peter to say ofhimself, and the reft of the twelve A pokles, that they were més tuor store delegtové
pávous or witnesses cholen before of God, A&. 10.4K a decompounded word formed as it were of purposeto filence the popular viction of laical fiiffrages, as effential to the ordi nation of Church-officers, whose chief bafis is its compound Serestorów when used in the writings of heathen Authors, who lie ved in popular, or democratical Naçes, for our Saviour acted single in the ordination of his Apoftles without the peoples fuffraging by holding ip of hands, or balloting with pebbles; if he had not the foundation of Church-government beareth not upon the tin&tion of a divine Legiflator; bue apon the plea• sure of Jewish, or Heathenith people ; who was they might have refused the first ecclefiaftical Government, to allo mighe they have altered it after their acceptance, by their own new choice ar:d fan&ion, or their fucceflors may now do it'; and intro duce another and different form of Church Government, when and so often as they please.! This Thall terminate dar fecond Affertion. 23130 SU 250 1951 1950 19010 is an
Third Affert. Chrift confirmed the Apoftoliek office at, and Third At Sfter his afcenfion, as a standing office to be continued with his sert. Christ Church. This if we examin modern wrider's is a bold and un confirmed th ufaal Affertion, but most approved and ordinary, if we fibi A postolate a mit either to the testimonies of Scripture; or of Antiquity: lice, after his The latter hath
been briefly evidenced already, and its larger ascension. certificate is referred to be produced in another trad, to which Proved by (willing our Reader to consider what hath been laid, sand paa two instances. tiently to expect what may be, kuded) we referit. The fora mer, or therestimony of Scripture unto this truth, we shall
demonstrate by two instances.
11 A Firft, Our Savicurs promise made, and given after bis Re-Ficofiles Turre&ion, is to be with the Apostles' uinto the worlds ends in St. Pauls exthe discharge of those works, without which the Church can position of it. neither be (as Baptifme, which is the initial seal of the Gospel Covenant) or continue (as seaching, which equally regards the
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confór yadion, as the rifonftitution of Church. This issFME dentibij she famous land off instanced Text Mata 28 Barce I know the phase of going to all. Nations, to reach them is there ufed, but that will not evince the temporariness of the Apoftolick Office, because this work is performable unto this day and will continue fohenceforward every day unto the end of the world's Take we the nations spoken of in the Texceicher for Chriftfan,201 Infidel: All the former need it fan their;CONT firmatiod inéhę Faitha All the latter want it for theit
Gong version. Bo itaɔ This Scripture is plain, and full enough to prove this brf inltances by least any lhould exre& that a Gole petrath, as well as a law mateiz,Aught to be confirmed in the mouth ofitwo witnesses St. Paul JonBut the bufiuiefs out efl dispute; faitha Gbrils both defcended and alcended, gere the Apoftles to the Church, Fon gbe perfecting of the saints, work of the Minifery, sod-edifying of the body of Chrifiii Till we all come gosi Ephef. 4: 11, 12, 1370 And moreoverom God jbath set (in the Church) first Apoftlesz fecandarily Prophetsapo to where the meorod akta tendred let, notes both prdination at tim, b 2 hereantal Islamia or deineda preacher essere may
dan dia i que and Fixation.Aft 79.28.19
Take heedatberefore, un jour selvesaand tatbe mohole flock. evin mohiebstbe bely: Ghost figure monóxs hath made you Buerseers And here (with the Readers patience) I canyot, buit, enter a dillent againit thstropinion which makech the Apoftkes sight of Chrift Anthe flethetnicke Prandeniable character, dj kerencing them from all other Ministers, whereas the Apostles commifliong at
the giving thereofthey ngo-only saw. but, received their auftiudo .1.9. thority, hade ioffice from, Chrißt includes Successors. And is born in a whereas such pifion of the insuunate Melliah xx as no office-work; : 735100701A igbeing ng where inserted in afdeguired by the commillion ogranother of the Apafles yooraf any other Minifferas, Much Tes was is -680*1950 per office works peruljar to the twelve Apostles, funce mulsinides of eaker Bercom both poreza
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and Subje&$o Mjqiteqaud private Chriftians were made par, tgkets of that benefit, cu Nestheti have those interrogatorie;
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