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man and wife i. The man may not marry any of his wife's kindred nearer in blood than he may of his own, nor the woman of her husband's kindred nearer of her blood than of her own k.
V. Adultery or fornication committed after a contract, be. ing detected before marriage, giveth just occasion to the indocent party to diffolve that contract l. In the case of adultery after marriage, it is lawful for the innocent party to sue out a divorcem, and, after the divorce, to marry another, as if the offending party were dead n.
VI. Ali Mark vi. 18. For John had faid covered his brother's nakedness, unto Herod, It is not lawful for thee they shall be childless. to have thy brother's wife. Lev. Vi1 Mat. i. 18. Now the birth of xviii. 24. Defile not yourselves in a- Jesus Christ was on this wise: When ny of these things: for in all these as his mother Mary was espoused to the nations are defiled which I cast Jofeph, before they came together, out before you. v. 25. And the land he was found with child of the hois defiled: therefore I do visit the ini- ly Ghost, v. 19. Then Joseph her quity thereof upon it, and the land husband being a just man, and not itself vonniteth out her inhabitants. willing to make her a publick examv. 26. Ye shall therefore keep my ple, was minded to put her away statutesand my judgments, and thall privily: v. 20. But while he thought not commit any of these abominati- on these things, behold the angel of ons; neither any of your own nati- the Lord appeared unto him in a on, nor any stranger that sojourneth dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of among you : v. 27. (For all these a- David, fear not to take unto thee bominations have the men of the Mary thy wife: for that which is land done, which were before you, conceived in her is of the holy and the land is defiled.) v. 28. That' Ghost. the land spue not you out also, when m Mat. v. 31. It hath been said, ye defile it, as it (pued out the nati- Whosoever shall put away his wife, ons that were before you.
let him give her a writing of divorce* Lev. xx. 19. And thou shalt not ment, v. 32. But I say unto you, uncover the nakedness of thy mo- that whosoever shall put away his ther's sister, nor of thy father's fif- wife, saving for the cause of forniter: for he uncovereth his near kin: cation, cauleth her to commit adulthey shall bear their iniquity. v. 20. tery: and whosoever shall marry her And if a man shall lie with his uncle's that is divorced, committeth adul
wife, he hath uncovered his uncle's tery. · nakedness: they shall bear their fin, * Mat. xix. 9. And I say unto you, they shall die childless. v. 21. And Whosoever thall put away his wife, if a man thall take his brother's wife, except it be for fornication, and shall it is an upclean thing: he hath un- marry another, committeth adulte
VI. Although the corruption of man be such as is apt to study arguments, unduly to put asunder those whom God hath joined together in marriage; yet nothing but adultery, or such wilful desertion as can no way be remedied by the church or civil magistrate, is cause sufficient of diffolving the bond of marriage o: wherein a publick and orderly course of proceeding is to be observed; and the persons concerned in it, not lefe to their own wills and discretion in their own case p.
CHAP. XXV. Of the Church.
consists of the whole number of the Elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered unto one, under Christ the head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all a.
ry: and whosoever marrieth her hath joined together, let no man which is put away, doth commit a. put asunder. dultery. Rom. vii. 2. For the wo- p Deut. xxiv, 1. When a man hath man which hath an husband, is taken a wife and married her, and it bound by the law to her husband so come to pass that she find no favour long as he liveth: but if the hus. in his eyes, because he hath found band be dead, she is loosed from the fome uncleanness in her: then let law of her husband. v. 3. So then, him write her a bill of divorcement, if while her husband liveth, she be and give it in her hand, and fend married to another man, she shall be her out of his house. v. 2. And wherr called an adulteress: but if her hus. She is departed out of his house, the band be dead, she is free from that may go, and be another man's wife. law; so that she is no adulteress, tho' v. 3. And if the latter husband hate she be married to another man. her, and write her a bill of divorce
VI.Mat. xix. 8. He faith unto ment, and giveth it in her hand, and them, Moses, because of the hardness sendeth her out of his house; or if of your hearts, suffered you to put the latter husband die, who took away your wives: but from the be- her to be his wife; v. 4. Her former ginning it was not so. v. 9. (See let- husband who sent her away may not terr.) i Cor, vii. 15. But if the un- take her again to be his wife, after believing depart, let bim depart. A that she is defiled: for that is abobrother or a sister is not under bon- mination before the Lord, and thou dage in such cases: but God hath fhalt not cause the land to fin, which called us to peace. Mat. xix. 6. the Lord thy God giveth thee for an Wherefore they are no more twain, inheritance. but one flesh. What therefore God 1. . Eph. i. 10. That in the dis
II. The viGble church, which is also catholick or universal under the gospel (not confined to one nation, as before under the law) conGsts of all those throughout the world, that profess the true religion b, together with their children c; and
is pensation of the fulness of times, he uttermost parts of the earth for thy might gather together in one all possession, Rev. vii. 9. After this I things in Chrift, both which are in beheld, and lo, a great multitude, heaven, and which are on earth, e- which no man could number, of all ven in him. v. 22. And hath put all nations, and kindreds, and people, things under his feet, and gave him and tongues, stood before the tirone, to be the head over ail things to the and before the lamb clothed with church,v.23. Which is his body, the white robes, and palms in their fulness of him that filleth all in all. hands. Rom. xv. 9. And that the Eph. v. 23. For the husband is the Gentiles might glorify God for his head of the wife, even as Christ is mercy, asit is written, For this cause the head of the church: and he is I will confefs to thee among the the Saviour of the body.v.27. That Gentiles, and sing unto thy name. he might present it to himself a glo- v. 10. And again he faith, Rejoice rious church, not having spot or ye Gentiles with his people. v. II. wrinkle, or any such thing; but that And again, Praise the Lord all ye it should be holy, and without ble. Gentiles, and laud him all ye peomish, v. 32. This is a great myste-, ple. v. 12. And again Efaias faith, ry: but I speak concerning Chrilt there shall be a root of Jesse, and he and the church. Col. i. 18. And he that shall rise to reign over the Genis the head of the body, the church: tiles; in him shall the Gentiles truft. who is the beginning, the first-born ci Cor. vii. 34. For the unbeliev. from the dead; that in all things he ing husband is fanctified by the wife, might have the pre-eminence. and the unbelieving wife is fanctifi
II.b 1 Cor.i. 2. Unto the church ed by the husband : else were your of God which is at Corinth, to them children unclean; but now are they that are fanctified in Christ Jelus, holy. Acts ii. 39. For the promise called to be faints, with all that in is unto you, and to your children, every place call upon the name of and to all that are afar off, even as Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs many as the Lord our God shall call. and ours. I Cor. xii. 12. For as the Ezek. xvi. 20. Moreover, thou hart body is one, and hath many mem- taken thy fons, and thy daughters, bers, and all the members of that whom thou hast born unto me, and one body, being many, are one bo- these halt thou sacrificed unto them dy: so also is Christ. v. 13. For by to be devoured: is this of thy whoreone Spirit, are we all baptized into doms a small matter, v. 21. That one body, whether we be Jews or thou hast Nain my children, and deGentiles, whether we be bond or livered them to cause them to pass free; and have been all made to through the fire for them? Rom, drink into one fpirit. Pfal. ii. 8. Aik xi. 16. For if the first fruit be holy, of me, and I fall give thee the hea- the lump is also holy; and if the then for thine inheritance, and the root be holy, so are the branches.
is the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ d, the house and family of Gode, out of which there is no ordinary poflibility of salvation f.
III. Unto this catholick visible church, Christ hath given the ministry, oracles, and ordinances of God, for the gathering and perfecting of the saints, in this life, to the end of the world: and doth by his own presence and spirit, according to his promise, make them effectual thereuntog. IV. This catholick church hath been sometimes more,
Gen. iii. 15. And I will put enmity hath set fome in the church, first abetween thee and the woman, and postles, secondarily prophets, thirdbetween thy feed and her feed: it ly teachers, after that miracles, then shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt gifts of healings, helps, governbruise his heel. Gen. xvii. 7. And I ments, diversities of tongues. Eph. will establish my covenant between iv, 11. And he gave some, apostles: me and thee, and thy feed after thee, and some, prophets: and fome, ein their generations, for an ever- vangelists: and fome, pastors and lasting covenant; to be a God unto teachers : v. 12. For the perfecting thee, and to thy seed after thee. of the saints, for the work of the mi.
Mat. xiii. 47. Again, the king- nistry, for the edifying of the body dom of heaven is like unto a net that of Christ: v. 13. Till we all come was cast into the sea, and gathered in the unity of the faith, and of the of every kind. Ifa. ix. 9. Of the in- knowledge of the Son of God, unto crease of his government and peace a perfect man, unto the measure of there shall be noend, upon the throne the stature of the fulness of Christ. of David and upon his kingdom, to Mat, xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and order it, and to establish it with teach all nations, baptizing them in judgment and with justice, from the name of the Father, and of the henceforth even for ever: the zeal Son, and of the holy Ghoft: v. 20. of the Lord of hosts will perform Teaching them to observe all things this.
whatsoever I have commanded you: . Eph. ii. 19. Now therefore ye and lo, I am with you alway, even are no more strangers and foreign- unto the end of the world. Amen. ers, but fellow-citizens with the Ifa.lix. 21. As for me, this is my cofaints, and of the houshold of God. venant with them, faith the Lord, Eph. ii. 15. Of whom the whole My spirit that is upon thee, and my family in heaven and earth is nam- words which I have put in thy ed.
mouth, shall not depart out of thy f Acts ii. 47. Praising God, and mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy having favour with all the people. seed, nor out of the mouth of thy And the Lord added to the church feeds feed, faith the Lord, from daily such as should be saved. henceforth and for ever. III. & 1 Cor. xii. 28. And God
sometimes less visible h. And particular churches, which are members thereof, are more or less pure, according as the doctrine of the gospel is taught and embraced, ordinances adminiftred, and publick worship performed more or less purely in themi.
V. The purest churches under heaven are subject both to mixture and errork: and some have so degenerated, as to become no churches of Christ, but synagogues of Satan I.
NeverIV. b Rom. xi. 3. Lord, they have unto them, saying, The kingdom of'. killed thy prophets, and digged heaven is likened unto a inan, who down thine altars; and I am left a- fowed good feed in his field: But lone, and they seek my life. v. 4. while men flept, hisenemy came and But what faith the answer of God fowed tares among the whcat, and unto him? I have reserved to my- went his way. But when the blade self seven thousand men, who have was sprung up, and brought forth not bowed the knee to the image of fruit, then appeared the tares allo, Baal. Rev. xii. 6. And the woman &c. v. 47. Again, the kingdom of fed into the wilderness, where the heaven is like unto a net that was hath a place prepared of God, that cast into the sea, and gathered of ethey should feed her there a thou- very
kind. fand two hundred and threescore Rev.xviii. 2. And he cried migli. days. v. 14. And to the woman were tily with a strong voice, saying, Bagiven two wings of a great eagle, bylon the great is fallen, is faller, that the might fee into the wilder- and is become the habitation of deness, into her place: where she is vils, and the hold of every foul fpinourished for a time, and times, and rit, and a cage of every unclear and half a time, from the face of the ser- . hateful bird. Rom. xi. 18. Boaft not pent,
against the branches: but if thou (Rev. ii.andiii.chapters through- boast, thou bearest not the root, but out.) 1 Cor. v. 6. Your glorying is the root thee. v. 19. Thou wilt fiay Dot good: Know ye not that a little then, The branches were broken off, leaven leaveneth the whole lump? that I night be grafted in. v. 20. 1.7. Purge out therefore the old Well; because of unbelief they were leaven, that ye may be a new lump, broken off, and thou landes by as ye are unleavened. For even faith. Be not high-minded, but fear. Christ our passover is sacrificed for 1.21. For if God spared not the 12
tural branches, take hced left he al. V. k i Cor, xiii. 12. For now we so spare not thee. V. 22. Behoki see through a glass, darkly; but therefore the goodness, and feverithen face to face: now I know in ty of God: on them who fell, sevepart; but then shall I know even as rity, but towards thee, goodness, if al o I am known. (Rev. ii. iii. chap- thou continue in his goodness: 0ters.) Mat. xiii. 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, therwise thou shalt be cut oil. 29,30. Another parable puthe forth