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Church now; and that because extraordinary Revelation of Doctrine is ceased, and God hath bound us to the Scripture as the Test or Touchstone of Doctrine : If. viii. 20. " To the law and to the • testimony: if they speak not according to this ' word, it is because there is no light in them.' Neither will God ever give us another Rule : For the Scripture is a testamentary Word of God. Now, a Testament is the last Will of a dying Perfon. So the Scripture is Christ's Testament, confirmed by his Death : And as a Testament, it declares the last Will of God concerning Man's Salvation and Duty. Christ's Testament is twofold; namely, the Old Testament, and the New Testament. The Books beginning with Genesis, and ending with Malachi, are Chrill's Old Testament: Those beginning with Matthew, and ending with the Revelation, are Christ's New Testament. These two Testaments are one and the fame for Substance : For in both, Jesus Christ is the Testator ; eternal Life is the Legacy ; Sinners of Mankind are the Legatees; and Faith in Jesus Christ is the way of claiming and obtaining the Legacy : 1 John v. 11. 12. And this is the re
cord, that God hath given to us eternal life : and 6 this life is in his Son. He, that hath the Son,
hath life ; and he that hath not the Son of God, " hath not life. Prov. viii. 4. Unto you, O
men, I call, and my voice is to the sons of man.' But they differ in Circumstances; the new being more clear and full than the old one. Howbeit, neither the one nor the other can be savingly understood, without an inward Illumination of the Mind by the Spirit of Christ : 1 Cor. ii. 10. ' But "God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit :
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Quest. 3. What do the Scriptures
Ans. The Scriptures principally teach,
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Jesus.' The Faith which the Scriptures teach,
am the God of Abraham, and the God of Ifaac,
Queft. 4. What is God?
Ans. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his Being, Wisdom,
Power, Holiness, Justice, Goodness, and Truth.
EXPLICATION. No Creature can fully comprehend what God is : Job xi. 7. Canst thou by searching find out God?
canst thu find out the Almighty unto Perfection?' But he has revealed to much of himself in the Scriptures, as is neceísary for us to know. For his sort of Being, he is a Spirit : And a Spirit is an immaterial Substance, without Fleh or Bones. He hath not then a Body nor any bodily Parts: Johniv. 24. God is a
Spirit.' Luke xxiv. 29. 'Behold my hands and my 5 feet, that it is I myself: handie me, and see, for a
spirit hath not fitfh and bones, as ye fee me
have. Then Eyes, Ears, and such like bodily Parts ascribed to him in Scripture, are not to be understood properly :- But by them we are to un. deritand an infinite Perfection of those Powers, which those Members serve for in us. So the Eyes of God fignify his infinite Power of discerning Objects, as by the Eye: His Ears signify his infinite Power of discerning Voices, as by the Ear. Moreover, God cannot be seen with bodily Eyes; no not with the Eyes of gl rified Bodies in Heaven: Hence be is said to be invisible, and to dwell in the light which no man cun approach unto, wkom ni man huth fren, nor can fee, 1 Tim. i. 17. and vi. 16. But God can be seen with the Eyes of the Mind, enlightened with the Light of Grace here, and the Light of Glory in Heaven : Eph. i. 17. 18. ' That • the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of * glory, may give unto you the Spirit of wisdom + and revelation in the knowledge of him': the
cyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his call.
ing, and what the riches of the glory of his in• heritance in the saints. Finally, there is nothing which God is like: unto : f. xl. 18.' To whom " then will ye liken God? or what likeness will
ye compare unto him?' So we may not form any Imagination of him in our Minds, as we can do of an absent Man. Now, there are other Spirits besides God: And these are Angels and the Souls of Men. But the Difference betwixt God and them, lies here, that God is an infinite, eternal, and un. changeable Spirit; and they are not so. The Attri. butes of God, or Perfections of the divine Nature, are of two Sorts; incommunicable, and communicable. His incommunicable Attributes, whereof there is no Vestige in the Creature, are his Infinity, Eternity, and Unchangeableness. God is infinite, in that he is whatsoever he is, without any Bounds or Measure : Job. xi. 7. 'Canst thou by searching find out God?
canst thou find out the Almighty unto Perfection? He is eternal, in that he is without Beginning and without End : Psal. xc. 2. ' Before the mountains
were brought forth, or ever thou hadft formed the earth and the world: even from everlasting
to everlasting thou art God.' He is uncharge. able, in that he is, and cannot but be always the same, without any Alteration whatsoever : James i. 17. Every good gift, and every perfect gift is • from above, and cometh down from the Father
of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither • shadow of turning.' He is then said to repent, not in respect of the Affection of Repentance, but the Effect of it: Num. xxiii. 19.
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that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he
make it good?' in that, without any change of
can do all Things not inconlistent with his Nature :
Ter. xxxii. 17. 'Ah, Lord God, behold, thou.
thing too hard for, thee.' His Holiness is the