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CONFESSION OF FAITH.
OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURE.
Although 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 ; (1) yet they are not sufficient to give that knowledge of God, and of his will, which is necessary unto salvation ; (2) therefore it pleased the
(1) I. Rom. ii. 14, 15. For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves; which show the work of the law written in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness, and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing, or else excusing one another. Rom. i. 19, 20. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them: for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Psal. xix. 1, 2, 3. The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night showeth knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. See Rom. i. 32 with Rom. ii. 1. (2) 1 Cor. i. 21. For after that in the wisdom of God,
Lord, at sundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himself, and to declare that his will unto his church;(1) 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 same wholly unto writing ; (2) which maketh the Holy Scripture to be most necessary;(3) those former ways of God's re
the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. 1 Cor. ii. 13, 14. Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
(1) Heb. i. 1. God, who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets.
(2) Luke i. 3, 4. It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee ip order, most excellent Theophilus, that thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been instructed. Rom. xv. 4. For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning; that we, through patience and comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope. Isa. 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. Rev. xxii. 18.
(3) 2 Tim. iii. 15. And that from a child thou hast known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Pet. i. 19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, vealing his will unto his people being now ceased. (1)
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 :
OF THE OLD TESTAMENT.
Chronicles, II. Daniel.
Lamentations. Zechariah. Chronicles, I. Ezekiel.
OF THE NEW TESTAMENT. The Gospels ac- Galatians. The Epistle of cording to Ephesians.
James. Matthew. Philippians. The first and seMark. Colossians.
cond Epistles of Luke.
'Thessalonians, I. Peter. John.
Thessalonians, II. The first, second The Acts of the To Timothy, I. and third Epis
Apostles. 'To Timothy, II. tles of John. Paul's Epistles to To Titus. The Epistle of
the Romans. To Philemon. Jude. Corinthians, 1. The Epistle to the The Revelation. Corinthians, II. Hebrews.
as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day-star arise in your hearts.
(1) Heb. i. 1, 2. God who, at sundry times, and in
All which are given by inspiration of God, to be the rule of faith and life. (1)
III. The books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of divine inspiration, are no part of the canon of the Scripture; and therefore are of no authority in the church of God, nor to be any otherwise approved, or made use of, than other human writings. (2)
IV. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be believed and obeyed, de
divers manners, spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.
(1) II. Eph. ii. 20. And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone. Rev. xxii. 18, 19. For 1 testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man shall add unto these ihings, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book : And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. 2 Tim. iii. 16. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
(2) III. Luke xxiv. 27. And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, he expounded unto them in all the Scriptures, the things concerning himself. Ver. 44. And he said unto them, These are the words which I spake unto you, while I was yet with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in the prophets, and in the Psalms, concerning me. 2 Pet. i. 21. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.