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Sound speech that cannot be condemned ; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
These things speak and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Hebrews 13. 17
and submit your selves : for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account : that they may do it with joy, and not with grief : for that is unprofitable for you.
Peter '5. I-----4. The elders which are among you, I exhort, who am also an elder, and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that shall be revealed :
Feed the fock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for 'filthy lucre, but of a ready
Neither as being lords over Gods heritage, but being ensamples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
2 Pet. 1. 12----15. I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, tho' ye know them, and be established in the present truth.
Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up, by putting you in remembrance,
Knowing that shortly I must
off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shewed
Moreover, I will endeavour, that you may be able after my decease, to have these things always in remembrance.
The FIRST ARTICL E.
Of Faith in the Holy Trinity.
HERE is but one living and true God, ever
lasting, without body, parts, or pasions ; of infinite power, wisdom, and goodness, the
maker and preserver of all things both visible and invisible. And in Unity of this Godhead there be three persons of one substance, power, and eternity; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
This Article contains Eight Propositions.
3. The living and true God is without Body,
Parts, or Passions. 4. The living and true God is of infinite Power,
Wisdom, and Goodness. 5. The living and true God is the Maker and Pre
server of all things both visible and invisible. 6. There is but one such living and true God,
as is above describ'd. 7. In Unity of this Godhead (viz.. the Divine
Nature of the One living and true God before mention'd) there be Three Persons, viz. the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. 8. These Three Persons (viz. the Father, the
Son, and the Holy Ghost) are of one Substance, Power and Eternity.
The word God is taken in different Senses. Sometimes it betokens a fictitious Deity of the Heathens, at other times the Image of such a suppos'd Deity, at other times an Angel, at other times a Magistrate. For this reason there are Gods many, as the Apostle speaks, 1 Cor. 8.5. Our Church therefore determins the Meaning of the Word, and shews in what Sense she is here to be understood, by adding the Epithets living and true. Wherefore the treats in this Article of that one independent, immutable, and self-existent Being, who does in the highest Sense deserve to be called GOD; and The gives him the Appellation of the true God, to distinguish him, 1. from those Gods or Images of the Heathen, which have not an independent, immutable, and self-existent Nature, and are for that reason no Gods, that is, no true Gods, but false and pretended Deities, or the Images of such fanfied Beings. 2. From those Angels or Magistrates, who tho they have the same Appellation, never
theless are not true Gods, that is, they are not Gods in a strict and proper Sense, but in a borrowed and Metaphorical one. She gives him also the Appellation of a living God, to distinguish him from those lifeless Idols which the Pagans ador'd, and from all other Beings, which thơ they have Life, yet receive it from another. Whereas God has in himself an essential self-existent Life, that is (not any such grofs thing as what we call an animal Life, which depends upon an organiz'd Frame, and a Disposition of corporeal Parts ; but) an internal active Principle of his own, which is inseparable from him. So that God is living, or does live (not as the Creatures do, by virtue of a superior sustaining Power ; but) absolutely, necefsarily, and of himself.
The First Propofition contain'd in this First Article, viz. That there is a living and true God, Dr. Clarke has proved in the Four First Propositions of his Demonstration.
The Second Proposition. See the Fifth Propofition of the fame Book.
The Third Proposition. See the Eighth Proposition of it. For since he has shewn, that God is immaterial, therefore he can have no Body or Parts, and consequently he can have no Passions, which are bodily Affections. But because God, in condescension to human Weakness, is sometimes represented in Scripture, as having the Passions of Love, Anger, &c. therefore the Tenth, Eleventh, and Fourteenth Chapters of the Second Book of Limborch's System may be perused.
The Fourth Proposition. See Bishop Pearson on the First Article, beginning at I believe in God the Father Almighty, and ending at. Maker of Heaven and