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II. After God had made all other creatures, he created man, male and female", with reasonable and immortal fouls, endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness, after his own image, having the law of God written in their hearts", and power to fulfil it'; and yet under a possibility of transgresling, being left to the liberty of their own will which
was subject unto change'. Besides this law writ
' ten in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil; which while they kept they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures!
was; and the spirit shall re- made man upright; but they turn unto God who gave it. have fought out many inventions And, Mat. 10. 28. And fear i Gen. 3. 6. And when the not them which kill the body, woman saw that the tree was but are not able to kill the good for food, and that it was
but rather fear himpleasant to the eyes, and a which is able to destroy both tree to be defired to make soul and body in hell.
one wife, the took of the fruit f Gen. 1. 26, And God said, thereof, and did eat, and gave Let us make man in our image, also unto her husband with after our likeness.
her; and he did eat. See g Rom. 2. 14, 15.
For Eccl. 7. 29. when the Gentiles, which have k Gen. 2. 17. But of the not the law, do by nature the tree of knowledge of good and things contained in the law, evil, thou shalt not eat of it; these having not the law, for in the day thou eateft there. are a law unto themselves.- of, thou shalt furely die. See Which shew the work of the Gen. 3. 8. -II. 23. law written in their hearts, 1 Gen. 1. 28- And have their conscience also bearing dominion over the fiih of the witness, and tbeir thoughts the fea, and over the low) of the mean while accusing, or else ex- air, and over every living cusing one another.
thing that moveth upon the h Eccl. 7. 29. Lo, this only earth. See Pfal. 8. 6, 7, 8. have I found, that God hath verses.
OD, the great Creator of all things, doth Juphold', direct, dispose, and govern all creatures, actions and things", from the greatest even to the least“, by his most wise and holy providence", according to his infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable coun
1. a Heb. 1, 3. Who being 26, 28, and Job 38, 39, 40, the brightness of his glory, 41 chapters. and the express image of his c Mat. 10. 29, 30, 31. Are person, and upholding all not two fparrows sold for a things by the word of his farthing? And one of them power,
shall not fall on the ground 'b Dan. 4. 34, 35.-I bles- without your Father. But the sed the Most High, end I prais- very hairs of your head are all ed and honoured him that numbered.Fear ye not thereliveth for ever, whose domi- fore, ye are of more value nion is an everlasting dominion, thap many sparrows. See also and his kingdom is from ge. Mat. 6. 26, 30. neration to generation.-And d Prov. 15. 3. The eyes of all the inhabitants of the earth the Lord are in every place, are reputed as nothing and beholding the evil and the he doeth according to his good. 2 Chron. 16. ģ. For the will in the army of heaven, eyes of the Lord run to and and among the inhabitants of fro throughout the whole earth, the earth : and none can stay to fhew himself strong in the his hand, or say unto him, behalf of them whole heart is What doeft thou? Pfal. 135, 6. perfect towards him. See also Whatsoever the Lord pleased, Psal. 145. 17, and 104. 24. that did he in heaven and in e Acts 15. 18. Known unto earth, in the seas, and all deep God are all his works from the places. See also, Acts 17. 25, beginning of the world.
sel of his own will', to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness and mercy.
II. Although in relation to the foreknowledge, and decree of God, the first cause, all things come to pass immutably and infallibly", yet, by the same providence, he ordereth them to fall out according to the nature of second causes, either necessarily, freely or contingently'.
.f Eph, I.
Who harvest, and cold and heat, worketh all things after the and summer and winter, and counselof hisown will. Psal. 33. day and night shall not cease. 11. The counsel of the Lord Jer. 31. 55. Thus faith the ftandeth for ever, the thoughts Lord which giveth the fun for of his heart to all generations. a light by day; and the ordin
g Eph. 3. 10. To the in- ances of the moon and of the tent that now unto the prin- - Itars for a light by night, cipalities and powers in 'hea- which divideth the sea when venly places, might be known
the waves thereof roar; the by the church the manifold 1.ord of hosts is his name. wisdom of God. Rom. 9. 19. Exod. 21. 13. If a man lie For the scriprure faith' unto not in wait, but God deliver Pharoah, Even for this fame bim into his hand, then I will purpose have I raised thee up, appoint thee a place whither that I might thew my power he thall.fçe, 1 Kings 22. 34. in thee, and that my name
And a certain pian drew a bow might be declared throughout at a venture, and smote the all the earth. Pfal, 145.7. king of Israel between the They shall abundantly utter the joints of the harness : wherememory of thy great good- fore he said unto the driver of ness, and shall ling of thy his chariot, Turn thine hand, righteousness.
and carry me out of the hoft; II. h Acts 2. 23. Him being for I am wounded. Isai. 10. delivered by the determinate 6, 7. I will send him against coupsel and foreknowledge of an hypocritical nation; and aGod ye have taken, and by gainst the people of my wrath wicked hands have crucified will I give him a charge, to and flain,
take the spoil, and to take the i Gen. 8. 82. While the prey, and to tread them down. earth remaineth, feed-time and Howbcit, he meaneth
III. God, in his ordinary providence, maketh use of means", yer is free to work without', above and against them, at his pleasure".
IV. The almighty power, unsearchable wisdom, and infinite goodness of God, so far manifest themselves in his providence, that it extendeth itself even to the first fall, and all other lins of angels and men', and that not by a bare per
not so, neither doth his heart m Rom. 4. 19, 20, 21. And thiuk so, but it is in his heart being not weak in faith, he to destroy, and cut off nations conlidered not his owu budy not a few.
now dead; when he was aIII. k Acts 27. 24, 31. Say- bout an hundred years old, ing, Fear not, Paul; thou neither yet the deadness of Samust be brought before Cæfar: rah's womb.He staggered and lo, God hach given thee not at the promise of God all them that fail with thee. through unbelief; but was Paul said to the centurion, strong in faith, giving glory and to the soldiers, Except to God. And being fully perthese abide in the ship, ye can- suaded that what he had pronot be saved. Ifai. 55.10, 15. mised, he was able also to For as the rain cometh down, perform. and the snow, from heaven, n 2 Kings 6.6. And the and returneth not thither, but man of God said, Where fell watereth the earth, and maketh it? And he fhewed him the it bring forth and bud, that it place. And he cut down a may give feed to the fower, stick, and cast it in thither, and bread to the eater.So and the iron did swim, Dan. fhall my word be that goeth 3. 27. And the princes, go. forth out of my mouth; it shall vernors and captains, and the not return unto ne void, but king's counsellors being ga. it shall accomplish that which thered together, saw these men, I please, and it shall prosper upon whose bodies the fire in the thing whereto I sent it. had no power, nor was an
1 Hof. 1. 7. But I will have hair of their head finged, neimercy upon the house of Judah, ther were their coats changed, and I will save them by the nor the smell of fire had pafLord their God, and will not fed on them. fave them by bow, nor by IV. o Rom. II. 32, 33. sword, nor by battle, by For God hath concluded them horses, nor by horsenien. all in unbelief, that he might
mission, but such as hath joined with it a most wife and powerful bounding", and otherwise ordering and governing of them, in a manifold
have mercy upon all.- the Jesus whom thou hast anointed, depth of the riches both of the both Herod and Pontius Pilate, wisdom and knowledge of with the Gentiles and the peoGod! how unsearchable are ple of Israel, were gathered his judgments, and his ways together. For to do whatsopaft finding out! 2 Sam. 24. ever thy hand and thy counsel j. with 1 Chron. 21. I. And determined before to be done. again the anger of the Lord p Pfal. 76. jo. Surely the was kindled against Israel, and wrath of man fhall praise thee; he moved David against them, the remainder of wrath fhalt to say, Go number Israel and thou restrain. 2. Kings 19. 28. Judah, 1 Chron. 10. 4. 13, 14. Because thy rage against me Then said Saul to his armour- and thy tumult is come up in. bearer, Draw thy sword, and to mine ears, therefore I will thrust me through therewith; put my hook in thy nose, and left these uncircumcised come, my bridle in thy lips, and I and abuse me. But his ar. will turn thee back by the way mour-bearer would not, for he which thou cameft. was fore afraid. So Saul took q Ger. 50. 20. But as for a sword, and fell upon it. you, ye thought evil against So Saul died, for his tranf. me; but God meant it unto gression which he committed good, to bring to pass, as it is against the Lord, cven against this day, to save much people the word of the Lord which he alive. Ifai. 10. 6, 7, 12. kept not, and also for asking will send him against an hypocounsel of one that had a familiar critical nation, and against the spirit to enquire of it; and en- people of my wrath will I give quired not of the Lord; there. him a charge, to take the fore he flew him, and turned spoil, and to take the prey, the kingdom unto David the and to tread then down like fon of Jeffc. 2 Sam. 16. 10. the nire of the streets. Howe And the king faid, What beit, he meaneth not fo, neihave I to do with you, yether doth his heart think so; tons of Zeruiah? So let him but it is in his heart to destroy curli, because the Lord hath and cut off nations not a few. Said unto him, Curse David. Wherefore it shall come to Who shall then say, Where. pafs, that when the Lord hath fore haft thou done to ? See performed his whole work upalso Ads 4. 27, 28. For of a on mount Zion, and on Jeru. truth against thy holy child falem, I w.ll punish the fruit