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"of wisdom*. For this cause I bow my knees unto "the Father of our lord Jesus Christf. Brethren, "my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israelis, "that they might be savedj."
Their doxologies, as they are called, or forms of giving praise and glory to God, point out equally the fame object of worship, the God of our lord Jesus Christ. "Now unto him that is of power to esta-' *' blish you according to my gospel, and preaching *' of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the *' mystery, which was kept secret since the world *' began:—To God only wise, be glory through "Jesus Christ, for ever, Amen§. Blessed be God, "even the Father of our lord Jesus Christ, the "Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort ||. "Now unto the king eternal, immortal, invisible, "the only wise God, be honour and glory, for ever ** and ever, Amenfl. But the God of all grace, who "hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Je"sus, after that ye have suffered awhile, make you "persect, stablish, strengthen, settle you; to him be *' glory and dominion for ever and ever *. Now the
* Eph. i. 15, 16, 17. Phil. i. 3. iii. 3. 2 Thess. i. 3,
f Eph. iii. 14. Col. i. 3. iv. 3. 1 Thess. i. 2,9. J Rom. x. 1. i. 8, 9. 2 Cor. xiii. 7. i Cor. i. 4. 2 Tim. i. 3.
§ Rom. xvi. 25, 27. Eph. iii. 20.
|J 2 Cor. i. 3. ii. 14. Eph. i. 3. 1 Pet. i. 3.
fl 1 Tim. i. 17. vi. 16. Phil, iv. 20. ^ "God of peace, that brought again from the dead "our lord Jesus Christ, that great shepherd of the u sheep, through the blood of the everlasting cove"nant, make you persect unto every good work, to K. do his will, working in you that which is pleasing "in his fight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be "glory for everf."
Such, my brethren, are the scripture forms—and now let me ask you, where are yours to be found? Not in scripture, I assure you, but in mass-books, in prayer-books established by authority, in decrees of popes and ccuncils, and in acts of parliament.. Are mass-books, decrees of popes and councils, or acts of parliament, the laws of christians? I detest and abjure them all; for neither the pope nor council, nor king, nor bishop, nor synod, nor parliament, have power to impose any form whatever, much less their impious forms on christians. I myself have indeed obeyed these things. I have been a servant of antichrist: but I thank God, even the God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ, that he has enabled me to tear from my forehead the accursed mark. In matters of religion, I declare myself the subject of Jesus Christ alone; in civil matters I am the subject of the civil magistrate, whom, according to the-scriptures, I willingly obey.
* i Pet. v. io, Ii. compare 2 Cor. ix. 10. &c. Rom. xi. 36.
+ Heb. xiii. 20, 21. Rom. xv. 13. 2 Tim. iv. 18. 1 Pet. iv. 11.
Is it not astonishing, brethren, that, notwithstanding the variety of excellent forms in the new Testament, many of your clergy and ministers should adopt a form equally repugnant to scripture and to common sense; it is usual for them to add at the close of their sermons, "now to God the Father, God the son, and God the holy ghost, be ascribed, as is most due, all honour and glory, now and for ever." Thus they scruple not to offend the majesty of heaven, and instead of obeying the scriptures, they follow the vain traditions of men.
Brethren, I speak plainly to you, because I lament the state into which you are fallen. I would exhort you to turn from your wicked errors, and to read with attention the words of Christ and his apostles. There are passage?, it is certain, in your Testament illtranslated, but an honest mind cannot fail of coming to the truth, if he compare scripture with scripture; but if you are resolved to be led away by the difficulties, which, from an obscure or ill-translated text, a priest may throw in your way, be assured that you are far gone from the simplicity of the gospel, and make the scripture a source of insinite confusion.
Having shewn to you, brethren, that Christ and his apostles worshipped one God, the father of us all, I shall remove a difficulty, which evil men frequently throw in your way, slandering Uf, as if we degraded our saviour. Because we worship only one God, they say, that we dishonour Christ. We give Christ
all all due honour, but we cannot, without blasphemy,. make him equal to our maker. The scriptures are our guide in this respect also. They teach us that, "Jesus Christ was a man like ourselves, sin only ex"cepted*, that he is the beloved son of Gods—the "holy one, the just, the prince of lise, the lord of <c allj—that he is the lamb of God, that taketh away "the sins of the world§—that in him, and no other, is u salvation; for there is no other name under heaven ** given among men, whereby we must be saved (j—that M God hath exalted him, and given him a name, "which is above every name, that at the name of "Jesus every knee should bow, and that every tongue "should consess, that Jesus is lord, to the glory of "God the Fathers—that he is made of God, unto "us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, "and redemption**—that he is ordained of God to "be the judge of quick and deadff."—In short, we fay with St. Paul, "that, when God raised him from "the dead, he set him at his own right hand in the "heavenly places, far above all principality and "power, and might, and dominion, and every name "that is named, not only in this world, but the world *' to come, and put all things under his seet, and gave "him to be the head over all things to the church,
* Heb. iv. 15. f Matth. iii. 17.
J Acts iii. (^ 15. ii. 36. § John i. 29.
** i Cor. i. 30. ff Acts x. 42.
"which is his body, even the sullness of him that « filleth all in all*."
Thus we give Chiist all glcry, honour and power, that the scriptures direct to be given, still believing that, "there is one God and Father of all, who is "above all, and through all, and in you all t—that "there is one God, and one mediator between God "and man, the man Christ Jesus J."
We believe sarther, "that Christ shall return to "this earth, shall have dominion over all, putting all "enemies under his sett: aster which, cometh the "end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom "to God, even the Father—then shall the sen also "himself be subject unto him, that put all things un"der him, that God may be all in all§."
Of true christians we say, "that they are the "children of God ||; heirs of God, and joint heirs "with Christy. We are no more strangers and fc"rcigners, but sellow-citizens with the saints, and "are built upon the foundation of the apostles and "prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cor*' ner stone**". We believe, "that eternal life is "the free gift of God, through Jesus Chiist our
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But, brethren, if our privileges are great, we know also that we must attend to our conduct, and "that
"the • Eph. i. io, &c. f Epli. iv. 6.
t i Tim. ii. 5. §1 Cor. xv. 24.
|| Gal. iii. 26. fj Rom. viii. :6, 17
,Jf* Eph. ii. ig, 20- tl' Rom. vi. 23.