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needs no Addition, for The Law of the Lord is Perfed; and
2dly. Is so Evident that it needs no Infallible Judge for its Interpretation, for it makes Wife the Simple.
Both which I shall endeavour to make out both from Scripture and Reason; and that breifly and didactically; entring as little into Controversy as I well can.
3dly. Ifhall then shew how he ought to be qualify'd, that would read the Scripture with profit; imply'd in this Word of the Text, the Simple.
ist. Then, We affirm That the Holy Scri-. ptures contain in them all things necessary to be believ'd or Practis'd, in order to the obtaining of Everlasting Salvation.
I. This Proposition might be undeniably prov'd by Induction, that is, by a bare recital and enumeration of all the Articles of Christian Faith, and all the Rules of Chriftian Obedience; and by shewing where each, and every of them is particularly and expressly taught and commanded in several places of Holy Writ; but this would amount to no less than a whole Body of Divinity,
and being too large an Undertaking for this Time and Place, I shall wave it at present, leaving it to every Man's own Observation and Experience to fatisfy Himself of the Truth of it; and challenging the Adversaries of the Truth of it to produce One fingle Point absolutely necessary to Salvation, relating either to Belief or Practice, which is not somewhere or other clearly set down and deliver’d to us in Scripture.
That the Law of Moses was, as the Pfal. mift here stiles it, a Perfe&t Law; that is, that it contain'd all things that were necessary for God's People the Jews to Believe and to do in order to obtaining the Promises of it, is plain from the frequent and pressing admonitions of Moses to the Children of Israel to the moft Religious, ftrict, and Inviolable Observation of it; And that they might know that That was the entire Will of God, and to which Only he expected their Exact Obedience, how often through the whole Book of Deuteronomy do's he repeat, These are the Testimonies, and the Statutes, and the Judgments, and Hear, 0 Ifrael, the Statutes and the Fudgments which I peak in your ears this Day: Nero these are the Commandments, These and none else, the Statutes and the Judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that thous
mights fear the Lord to keep all his Statutes ? And that none might doubt but that All his Statutes were herein contain'd, that nothing more was to be expected to make up the Perfection of the Law, or supply any imaginable defect in it; what a peremptory Caution do's he give? Ye shall not Add unto the Word that I command, neither shall ye Diminish ought from it, Deut. 4. 2. and again, repeating the same prohibition, What thing foever I command you, observe to do it, thou shalt not Add thereto, nor Diminish from it. Chap. 12. 32. Since therefore no Additions might be made to it, it must be concluded to have been already Perfect: Perfect both as a full direction of Life and Manners, and as a compleat Sum of all they were to Believe and expect. To these Scriptures therefore it was that our Saviour, while he was upon Earth , upon All occafions appeald, from These he convinc'd the Jews of their Unbelief, These he commanded all to Search, Search the Scriptures for in Them Ye think ye have Eternal Life, and they are they that testify of me. John s. 39. It was to These Scriptures that Father Abraham referr'd the Brethren of the Rich Glutton, as to a sure guide, to direct'em to the perfect Bliss which he himself enjoy'd, and to fecure them from that place of Torment
where their Brother lay. They have Moses and the Prophets let them hear Them. If these were not sufficient for their Conversion, no other means would be available. If they hear not Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded tho One rose from the Dead. It was to these Scriptures, as to a sufficient . Rule exclusive of all Others, the Prophet Isaiah commands to have recourse in all Cases for Infallible Counsel and Direction, To the Law and to the Testimony. Ifai. 8. 20.
Now if in the First Covenant and in the Old Law, there was such perfection; can we imagine that in the more full discovery which God has made of his Will, when in these last Days he has spoke to us by his Son, there should be any thing wanting, any thing necessary to Everlasting Life omitted, any defect left to be made up by Human Additions and Devices ? No certainly, but as our Saviour fully instructed his Apostles in every particular that was necessary to be Known, Believ'd, Hop'd, or Practis d in order to the Salvation of his Church, as he himself Testifys, speaking to the Father, I have manifested thy Name unto the Men which thou gavest me out of the World, I have given unto Them the Words which thou gavest me and they have received them, and have known surely that I have come out from thee. John 17. 6,8. and speaking to those Apostles them
selves, All things that I have heard from my Father I have madę known unto You, John 15.15. So they as faithfully deliver'd what they had been taught by their Great Master, keeping nothing back that was necessary, nor adding any thing of their own; but dispensing entirely, as faithful Stewards, all that Truth, and nothing but that Truth, which they had receiy'd from Chrift. And This they did, both by their Preaching to thofe, with whom they were here conversant upon Earth; and also by Writing to all succeeding Ages of the Faithful. For since the extraordinary Gifts, with which they were endu'd from above, were to cease and dye with them, it was necessary that they should leave behind them á full and compleat Summary of all the Doctrine they had receiv'd, and in Their Writings preach to the end of the World, and being Dead yet speak. To this End they were mov'd by the Holy Ghost to Compose those Books which make up
the Canon of the New Testament: and that nothing material might thro' Human frailty, out of Ignorance or Forgetfulness, Negligence or inadvertency be omitted, Our Saviour gives 'em this Promise, The Comforter which is the Holy Ghost whom the Father will send in my Name, He shall teach you All things, and bring All things to your remembrance , whatsoever I have said unto You.