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CH A P. XV.
A fhort Introduction to the Confession of
HAVING thus largely and evidently performed the chief part of that which Í promised in this treatise, in giving a full account of our principles in plain fcripture words, and also answering by the scriptures the chief and main objections made against us, I come to a Confession of Faith, in which I shall not be so large; for that I judge it not convenient to make an interpretation of all the scriptures before-mentioned, which, if needful, the reader may easily observe, were not very difficult to do. But whereas a Confeffion of Faith called rather for an affirmative account of one's own faith, than for the solution of objections, or any thing of debate in a discursive way, which is both more properly and pertinently performed in a Catechism; therefore I have here only done so. I am necessitated sometimes to intermix some words for coherence of the matter, as sometimes and, and sometimes therefore, and the like; but not such as any ingenuous person can affirm do add to the matter ; or that may wife justly be reckoned a comment or meaning: and therefore to avoid the cen. sure of the most curious carping critics, these are marked with a different character. Likewise, unless I should have ridiculously offered to publifh incongruous grammar, there was a true need sometimes to change the mood and person of a verb : in all which places, whosoever will look to the words, shall find it is done upon no design to alter any whit the naked import of them: as for inftance, where Christ says, I am the light of the world : were it proper for me to write thus, I am the light, &c. ? Or can it be reckoned any whit contradicting to my purpose or promise to write, Christ is the light, where the first person is changed to the third ? Also, fometimes I express things which are necessarily understood, as when any of the apostles fay, we; there, instead of w., I write, apostles; and where they fay, You, speaking of the saints, there I mention saints instead of it; for the con. nection of the sentence sometimes requires it; as in the first article, in mentioning that of 1 John i. 5. concerning God's being light, and in such like cases, which I know no impartial reader would have quarrelled, though wanting this apology: which í judged meet to premise, knowing there is a generation who, when they cannot find any real or substantial ground-against truth and its followers, will be cavilling at such little nicities; therefore such may see this objection is obviated.
:CHA P. XVÍ.
A Confeffion of Faith, containing XXIII
Concerning God, and the true and saving
Knowledge of Him.
THERE is one God(a), who is a fpirit . Eph. (b). And this is the message which the 4 apostles heard of him, and declared unto 8. 4.6. the saints, that he is light, and in him is no 6 John darkness at all (c). There are three that I John bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Son, 1.5. and the Holy Ghoft, and these three are one (d). The Father is in the Son, and a Ch. $. the Son is in the Father, (e). No man? John knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither 10. 38. knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, 10, 11. and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal & 5. 26. him (f): The spirit searcheth all things, f Mat. yea, the deep things of God (8).' For the II, 27 things of God knoweth no man; but the ro. 22. spiriti of God: Now the saints have re- Cor. ceived not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God, that they might know the things which are freely given them of God (b). For the Comforter, b 1 Cor. which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father sends in Chrift's name, he teacheth them
all things, and bringeth all things to their John remembrance (i).
Concerning the Guide and Rule of
CHRIST prayed to the Father, and he gave the saints another Comforter, that was to abide with them for ever, even the spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it feeth him not, nor knoweth him; but the saints know him ; for he
dwelleth with them, and is to be in them John (k). Now if any man have not the spirit 14. 16,
of Christ, he is none of his: for as many
as are led by the spirit of God, they are Rom. the sons of God (1). For this is the cove8.9. 14.
nant that God hath made with the house of Israel, be bath put his laws in their mind,
and writ them in their hearts; and they 7. Heb. are all taught of God (m). And the
anointing which they have received of him, abideth in them; and they need not that any man teach them, but as the same
anointing teacheth them of all things, and ni John is truth, and is no lie (n).
Concerning the Scriptures.
WHATSOEVER things were written aforetime; were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope 6). Which • Rom. are able to make wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus: all scripture being given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works (p). No prophecy of p2 Tim. the scripture is of any private interpretation; 16, 17. for the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost (9).
9 2 Pet.
Concerning the Divinity of Christ, and his
being from the Beginning.
IN the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God; the same was in the beginning with God; all things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that