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That there is one Onely true God, who is a
Omnipresent, or every where present,
Mercifull) Thirdly, His Works which are principally
I. Creation : Concerning which we malt
know, 1. Thar God made che world, and all che
Creatures cherein, (both visible, and invisible,) by his Almighty power, and Created them all
Angels, 2. The chief of his Creatures are
Mea. 3. All the Angels were at firft made holy and happy Spirics : Some continued in their obedience to God, and are still Angels of Lights Others fell from God through Pride, or some other sin, and are become Devils of Darknes.
Concerning the Creation of Man, see farther in the next Chapter.
As God Created the World, and all the Creatures therein by his Almighty Power, So he upholds, directs, disposes, and governs them all by his Providence. Nothing To Casual, but he diíposes of ic; No Agent so free,as to be exempted from his Controule; No affliction or Evil of Punishment, but he hach a hand in it; But as for sin, he neither is, nor poffibly can be the Auchor, or Approver of is.
Concerning Man. Concerning Man we are to know and under
1, The happy Condition in which he was made,
1. The Holy and happy estate in which God created man at first, Namely, after his own Image, in Knowledge, Holinesse, and Righteousnesse, with Dominion over the Creatures here below, writing bis Law on mans heart, requiring perfect obedience from him and giving him power to perform it, promising the continuance of him in that happy ettate if he obeyed, and threatning him with death if he disobeyed ; which is called the Covenant of works.
2. The miserable Condicion into which màn threw himself by sin: Our first Parents (by the temptacion of Sachan) disobeyed God, broke his righteous Law and Commandement ; and thereby cast themselves out of the Favour of God, became the Slaves of Sacan, and liable to che curse of the Law, and brought a great depravation of soul and body upon themselves ; And such as our first Parents were, such must
their posterity needs be: For who can bring a clean thing out of an unclean, says fob, Chap. 14.4.
They having lost the Image of God themfelves, the holinesse and happinesse in which they were made, could not conveigh ic to their posterity. So that the nacure of man is now become corrupt, prone to evil, backward to good. And this miserable condition is derived to us from Adam by our immediate Parents ; and as men come to be born in several Ages, and generacions, so they actually participace of the lap that comes from the firft root ; we being therefore all of us in so bad a Condition by mature, and by castome and practice in sin haying made our selves much worse, and more abominable in the light of God, more guilty and liable to his wrach;
we are to know and consider that this woful ftace of fin and misery is by no means to be rested in ; But seeing we are fallen into so lamentable a condition, we must speedily endeavour to get out of it. And therefore let us remember that without Conversion there is no hope of Salvacion ; Except a man be born again, and made a new Creature, he cannot enter into the Kingdome of God. 3. The blessed
way found out and appointed by God for mans Recovery out of this miserable stare, which is by the undercaking and mediation of his onely Son,
Concerning the Mediator between God and
Man. Concerning the Mediator between God
and man, Christ Jesus ; We must know and understand these seaven things.
1. What manner of person he was ; He was God and Man in the same person. The Ecernal Son of God, The second Person in the Trinity took to himself our humane Nature (a humane soul and body) and aniced it after a wonderfull manner to his Godhead; And so God and Man became one person.
2. How he became man; He was born (about sixteen hundred and odd years ago) of the Virgin Mary, who was of the seed of Abraham, and of the Family of David, as was foretold in the Scriptures, being Conceived in her by the Almighty power of che Holy Ghost, without che help of man, and without sin; and was Called Jesus Christ.
3. How he Lived ; He Lived about three and thirty years here upon Earth, a most holy, innocent, finless Life, performing perfect obedience to the Law of God. And as the great Prophet of God (who was promised, Deut.18. 15. Afts 3, 22.) he declared his Fathers will