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Of the Holy Scripture. LTHOUGH the light of nature, and the

works of creation and providence, do so far manifest the goodness, wisdom and power of God, as to leave men inexcusable"; yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salva


1. a Rom. 2. 14, 15. For invisible things of him from the when the Gentiles, which have creation of the world are clearnot the law, do by nature the ly seen, being understood by things contained in the law, the things that are anale, even these, having not the law, are a his eternal power and Godhead; law onto themselves; which so that they are without exshew the work of the law cuse.-Pfal. 19.

1, 2, Thie written in their hearts, their heavens declare the glory of conscience also bearing wit- God; and the firmament fhewness, and their thoughts the eth his handy work, Day unto mean while accusing, or else ex- day uttereth speech, and night cusing one another. Rom. 1. upio night showeth knowledge. 19, 20.

Because that which Ver. 3, There is no speech nor may be known of God, is mani language, where their voice is fest in them; for God hath not heard. See koni. 1. 32. shewed it unto them. For the with Rom. 2. I.


tion'; therefore it pleased the Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal him. self, and to declare that his will unto his church'; and afterwards, for the better preserving and propagating of the truth, and for the more sure establishment and comfort of the church against the corruption of the flesh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the fame wholly unto writing"; which maketh the holy scripture to be most neceffaryo; those former ways of


bi Cor. I. 21. For after excellent

Theophilys, that that, in the wisdom of God, the thou mightest know the cerworld by wisdom knew not tainty of those things wherein God, it pleased God by the thou hast been instructed. foolishness of preaching to Rom. 15. 4.

For whatsoever fave them that believe. I Cor. things were written afore. 2. 13, 14. Which things also time, were written for our we speak, rot in the words learning; that we, through. which man's wisdom teacheth, patience and comfort of the but which the Holy Ghost scriptures might have hope. teacheth; comparing spiritual Ifa. 8. 20. To the law and to the things with spiritual. But the testimony: if they speak not natural

receiveth not according to this word, it is the things of the Spirit of God; because there is no light in for they are fowishness unto them. Rev, 22. 18. him : neither can he know e 2 Tim. 3. 15. And that them, because they are spi- from a child thou hast known ritually difcerned.

the holy scriptures, which c Heb, 1. 1. God, who at are able to make thee wise. sundiy times, and in divers unito salvation, through faith manners, spake in time past which is in Christ Jesus.unto the fathers by the pro- 2 Pet. 1. 19. We have also a phers.

more sure word of prophecy ; d Luke 1. 3, 4. It seemed whereunto ye do well that ye good to me also, having had take heed, as unto a light that perfect understanding of all thineth in a dark place, until ihings from the very first, to the day dawn, and the day, write unto thee in order, most ftar arise in your hearts :

God's revealing his will unto his people being now ceased'.

II. Under the name of holy scripture, or the word of God written, are now contained all the books of the Old and New testament, which are these:


Genesis. Exodus. Leviticus. Numbers. Deuteronomy. 72lbuа. Judges. Ruth. 1. Samuel. II. Samuel. 1. Kings. II. Kings. 1. Chronicles. II. Chronicles.

The Song of



f Heb. 1. 1, 2. God, who days spoken unto us by his Son, 'at supdry times, and in di- whom he 'hath appointed lcir vers manners, ipake in time of all things, by whon alto nie past unto the fathers by the made the worlds. prophets, hath in these laft

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