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Sect. III. The considerations which should

bear up, stay, and comfort the spirits

of believers in their afflictions, and

under persecutions


Cons. I. God appoints them ; and

that for good ends


Cons. II. That such who are so ex-

ercised are blessed and happy ;

and so pronounced in scripture :
it is a seal of sonship, of God's

choice love, and of their salvation ib.

Cons. III. That God well knows

the designs and ways of Satan,

and of all the adversaries of be-

lievers: and that they can do no

more, nor proceed further against

us, than God permits. He turns

about their purposes

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Cons. IV. That God orders and de-

termines the measure, manner,

time, and continuance of afflic-

tions and persecutions ; and tbat

according to our necessities - 289

Cons. V. That God doth sometimes

make enemies and persecutors

themselves to attest the saints'

innocency when they suffer ; and

will surely avenge them of their


- 290

Cons. VI. That God will comfort,

uphold, and preserve his, in all

their troubles, and not lay more

upon them than they can bear - 291

See common calamities, chap.


Cons. VII. That the righteous are

near and dear to God in Christ;

so that he takes special notice of

their afflictions and troubles; and

is said to be persecuted and af-

flicted in their persecutions, &c. - 294

See union and relation between

Christ and his church, chap.


Cons. VIII. That the greater the

afflictions and distresses of the

righteous have been, the more

wonderful have their deliver-

ances been: and then hath salva-

tion appeared in their extremity - 295

Cons. IX. That afflictions and per-

secutions shall redound to the

benefit of God's children

See of the ends of God in afflict-

ing, sect. ii. and cons. v.

Cons. X. That God will not always

suffer his children to lie under

afflictions and persecutions ; but

will bring deliverance and re-

store joy -


Cong, XI. That afflictions and per-

in trouble, both toward God and


First. Toward God


1. To see God in them, as being

sent by him


See also common calamities,

chap. xxi.

II. To submit to God with an en-

tire resignation under troubles 303

III. To confess their sins, and jus-

tify God


See more of confession of sin,

chap. xiv.

IV. To hold fast to God, own the

Lord Jesus, his people and ways

in the midst of trouble and perse-



See Perseverance, chap. xiv,

V. To be cheerful under affliction,

and rejoice at being counted

worthy to suffer for Christ- 307

VI. To call upon the Lord for

help, support, and salvation 308

See more of prayer, chap. xiv.

In common calamities, chap. xxi.

VII. Not to fear, but believingly

commit their cause to God, and

quietly wait for his salvation 310

See also trusting in, and waiting

for God, chap. xiv.

Secondly. Duties of Believers

toward enemies and persecu-

tors in a time of suffering 312

1. To be patient, quiet, and sober

toward them; not revenge, or

return evil for evil, or reviling

for reviling ; but forgive them ib.

II. Not to desire or rejoice in the

hurt of enemies, &c. -


III. To pray for and do good to

persecutors and enemies


IV. To use lawful and honest means

for avoiding and delivering them-

selves and others from afflictions

and persecutions


V. To look to the cause of our

sufferings, that it be for well

doing, for Christ, and a good con-

science ; and not as busy bodies,

or evil-doers


Thirdly. The duties of others;

and how we ought to behave

toward such as are afflicted

and persecuted -

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To sympathize with them, visit,

help, comfort and pray for them ;

and take heed we add not to their



CHAP. XXI. Of public or common calami-

ties and judgments, whence they are 319

Sect. 1. That they are of God's appoint-

ment, and none can guard against them ib.

See also looking to God in affliction,

chap. xx.

Sect. 11. The privileges of the servants of

God in such a time


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secutions have been the lot of

Christ himself, and of the saints


Sect. IV. The duties of the saints, and

how they ought to behave themselves

in all ages

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See more in saints' privileges in ge-

neral, chap. xii.

Sect. 111. The duties of the righteous in

such times of distress


Chap. XXII. Of magistrates and magi-



Sect. I. That magistracy is an ordinance

of God: that by him magistrates are

advanced to offices; the titles given to



Sect. II. What they are in the sight of

God, and considered as men


Sect. ul. What are the duties of ma-

gistrates: what they should not be ;

and what they should be


Sect. iv. The duties of subjects to ma-

gistrates, with respect both to their

persons and decrees -


First. What they may not do: when

and wherein they may not obey



Secondly. What they ought to do,

or wherein they should acknow-

ledge and obey them


1. To submit to, and obey them

in things lawful


II. To give them due honour

and respect. Not contemn

their persons, or speak evil

of them


III. To pray for them


IV. To endeavour to get good



V. To discover treasons - ib.

VI. To submit to lawful magi-

strates which God hath set

up, although they be not such
as they should be

See also the kings of Israel

and Judah, chap. xlii.
Chap. XXIII. Of an oath for testimony,

confirmation, and ending of controver-

sies, and other occasions ; and evil oaths ib.

CHAP. XXIV. Of the gospel ; gospel

preachers in general ; their duty and



Sect. 1. What the gospel is; and its



Sect. 11. Of gospel preachers, their duty

and recompense


See more of church officers, chap. xxv.

Chap. XXV. of the church of Christ,

under the scveral notions thereof, and

the things belonging thereto, in general ;

and also with regard to particular

churches -


First. The several acceptations of the

church mentioned in scripture

I. General or universal


II. Universal, visible

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III, Particular visible churches of

believers, who are joined toge-

ther as one body, and usually

meet together in one place, for

the participation of the same or-

dinances, and exercising duties

prophesying, psalms, tongues, &c. which

the members of churches received : how

they used them in the church assem-

blies, and elsewhere, for the edification

one of another, and instruction of

others: the order how they should be

used, directed: such gifts to be desired

for this end


Eighthly. Of other acts done in and by

these particular churches, in sending

messengers to other churches ; and,

upon occasion, determining controver-

sies in religious matters, writing and

sending epistles and other affairs. Of

their meeting together in order hereto,

and hearing such epistles: the epistles

directed to the whole body


See church discipline in this chapter,

sect. xiii.

Ninthly. Of the ending of controversies

arising between the members of the

church ; to avoid going to law before

the infidels


Tenthly. Of the relief of the poor of the

churches, and their contributions to

the necessity of other churches, and

the order of it -


See distributing to the poor at large,

chap. xvii.

Eleventhly. Of the officers of particular

churches ; their power, duty, and re-

compense: how they should be quali-

fied for their office; and of the churches'

duty to them as such


1. Of the officers' power, duty, qua-

lification, and recompense


See more of gospel preachers in

general, chap. xxiv.

II. Complaints of, and threatenings

against evil officers or ministers

of the church


III. Of the churches' duty toward

their officers and those who labour

amongst them

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IV. Of the ordination of officers in Chap. XXXII. Of death ; or the laying

churches -

353 down of these tabernacles -


Twelfthly. Of laying on of hands upon Chap. XXXIII. Of the resurrection of the

the several occasions, and to the several



ends in scripture mentioned 354 Chap. XXXIV. Of Christ's second com-
Thirteenthly. Of the several ordinances ing to the judgment; and rendering
of Christ to be observed in and by the

unto every man according to his deeds

churches of Christ, and elsewhere ib. done in the body, whether good or bad 397

Ord. I. Prayers -

355 See waiting for Christ's coming, ch. xiv.

See more in prayers and praising Chap. XXXV. Of the glory prepared and

at large, chap. xiv.

reserved for believers, at the appearing

Ord. II. Reading, teaching, preach-

of the Lord Jesus Christ


ing of the word of God, prophe- See the end of the wicked, chap. iv.

ib. Chap. XXXVI. Of knowledge and under-
See more of ministers in general, derstanding in divine things, and of the
and of gifts of church mem-

want thereof: ignorance about such
bers, chap. xxiv.
things, and the evil thereof

See of the word of God, chap. i. See more of the sottish nature of man,

Ord. III. Baptism


chap. iv.

Ord. IV. Breaking of bread, or the See also the giver of knowledge, ch. xviii.

Lord's supper

359 Chap. XXXVII. Of this present world,

Ord. V. Discipline, church censures,

and the titles, honours, pleasures, and

or removing of scandals

360 other things in this world: the use of

See more of rebrikiny one another,

them ; the snares and temptations in

chap. xv.

them; our duty in relation to them 413

Chap. XXVI. Of hypocrites and hypo- CHAP. XXXVIII. Of idolatry, setting up

crisy: the spirit and practices of such, and worshipping strange gods, graven

who are very formal and earnest in and

images, &c.


about the external parts of worship and See worshipping the true God, chap. xiv.

profession, and in a show for God; yet Chap. XXXIX. Of angels; their appear-

high in their opposition of Christ, the ing to men ; what they are, and do 428

truth of the gospel, and power of god- CHAP. XL. Of the parables and similitudes

liness in others -

363 which Christ spake

· 432

See more of their persecuting temper, CHAP. XLI, Of the miracles, and wonder-

chap. xx.

ful things which were done by Christ

Sect. 1. The great danger of hypocrisy,

and his apostles


and formality, and the end of hypo- CHAP. XLII. Of the kings of Israel and

370 Judah ; their appointment and esta-

See sincerity, chap. xiv.

blishment divine


Chap. XXVII. Of the conscience

371 See magistrates at large, chap. xxii.
CHAP. XXVIII. Of the devil: of his CHAP. XLIII. Of sacrifices and altars,
subtilty by himself, and by his instru-

and calling upon the name of the Lord,

ments, wicked men, false teachers, de-

before the giving of the law


ceivers, and seducers. The description CHAP. XLIV. The importance of Chris-

of them

373 tianity, and the difficulty of being a

Sect. 1. Of Satan, the devil himself ib. Christian indeed

See more, sinners' bondage, chap. iv. Chap. XLV. Time or opportunity for spi-
Sect. 11. The instruments of Satan: se-

ritual improvement; not to be neg-

ducers, deceivers, &c.

· 376 lected


CHAP. XXIX. Of consideration, medita- CHAP. XLVI. Of the signs of the end of

tion, pondering upon, and serious weigh-

the world -


ing of the things of God, his word and Chap. XLVII. Encouragements to hope

works, &c.

380 in, and cry to God, when our case seems

Chap. XXX. Of the thoughts, mind, and

desperate -


affections -

384 CHAP. XLVIII. God takes notice of the

Chap. XXXI. Of repentance in general ;

first dawnings of amendment


in what sense God cannot repent, and Chap. XLIX. Of vows and promises to

how he is said to repent; of repent-



ance in man, and his turning to God Chap. L. Of blasphemy


from sin

386 Chap. LI. Of Israel's murmurings 447

Sect. 1. In what sense God cannot re- Chap. LII. Of diligence in our callings 449

pent; and how he is said to repent ib. | Chap. LIII. Of voices, dreams, and visions,

Sect. 11. Of repentance in man, and his

by which God declared his mind of

turning to God


old -


See God's reasonings with sinners, CHAP. LIV. Of the call and commission of

ch. xiv.

the apostles, equal




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Chap. LV. Of Israel's return from the Char. LXXI. Of resignation to, and con-

countries into which they are scattered 454 tentment with, all God's dispensations 473
CHAP. LVI. Of the seventh day, and the CHAP. LXXII. Of men truly wise, or of
laws about it; and the change to the

religious wisdom ; and folly as its op-

first day of the week -

457 posite


Chap. LVII. Of usury

459 CHAP. LXXIII. Of Antichrist


CHAP. LVIII. Of envy, hatred, emula- Chap. LXXIV. Neither external privi-
tion, discontent, strife

ib. leges, nor our righteousness alone, can
Chap. LIX. Of murder, and the taking

be our security against judgments here,

away of the life of man

461 or damnation hereafter ; no cause of

Chap. LX. Of adulteries


boasting in these only


CHAP. LXI. Of fornication and lascivious- CAAP. LXXV. Of words and actions that


are neither true nor good, spoken or un-

CHAP. LXII. Of drunkenness -

466 dertaken on the political views of com-

Chap. LXIII. Of covetousness

- 467 passing our designs, or avoiding dangers 480

CHAP. LXIV. Of theft

468 CHAP. LXXVI. Of words or sayings ex-

Chap. LXV. Of lying and equivocating 469 pressing choice, but not binding us to

CHAP. LXVI. Of tempting God ;

their observance


wherein men may be said to tempt him ib. CHAP. LXXVII. Of awakened sinners,
Chap. LXVII. Of witchcraft: or dealing

&c. such whom Christ came to seek and

with familiar spirits

470 heal -


CHAP. LXVIII. Of a hardened heart, and CHAP. LXXVIII. Of man's ignorance of

God's giving men up to hardness of heart 471 the men and things of this world after

CHAP. LXIX. Of vain curiosity, or being

his departure hence


wise above what is written

472 Chap. LXXIX. Of our Lord's kindred

Chap. LXX. Of God's providence in the

according to the flesh


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Section 1.-Shewing what Religion | God is to be worshipped, and what

is, and how the knowledge of it is those laws and ordinances are, which to be obtained.

he hath commanded us to observe. UNDER the name of Religion is com

And then, for our greater encouprehended all

that worship and serrice ragement to serve God, in all such which is due from men to God: what things as we shall find to be enjoined ever we ought or are bound to do in us, and to persevere in our obedience obedience to him ; whatever he will to him; it is requisite for us to know reward us for doing, or punish us for what happiness God hath prepared not doing.

for them who love and obey him, and In order, therefore, to worship and what misery he hath provided for serve God as we ought to do, we must How great, now certain, and of what

such as transgress his commandments. first believe that he is; that he hath given us laws and commandments to

continuance, both the joy and the

terror of the Lord are. keep; that he is a rewarder, of them who diligently seek him, and of such Sect. 2.The Necessity of Searchas do according to all that he hath commanded them: and that he taketh

ing the Scriptures. vengeance on them that obey him not. These are the things in which every And for the better understanding the man is concerned to be well instructed; nature and extent of our duty, in all and the truest and shortest way of atrespects, together with the grounds taining such knowledge as this, is, and reasons of our obligations; it searching the Scriptures : behoves us in the next place to inform For they are they which testify of ourselves as truly and particularly as God; which she us what is good, we can, who the Lord is whom we are and what the Lord doth require of to serve; what attributes and perfec- us; which set before us the way of tions belong to him, and what works life, and the way of death; and which he hath wrought; as also, what man- teach us what we must do to be saved ner of beings we ourselves are, who from the wrath to come, and to inherit are commanded to serve him ; what eternal life. capacities and inclinations we have; The way of man is not now in himwhat state and condition we are in, self: it is not in man that walketh to and in what relation we stand to God! direct his steps. Though we can by

After which it will be necessary for nature do many things contained in us to inquire, how and in what manner the law of God; and though we can


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