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XXV.

XXVI.

XXVII.

XXVIII.

XXIX. XXX.

XXXI.

Sect.

Why we say, I believe the Church, not in the Church

By that expression, we profess our faith of the perpetuity

of the Church

The different periods of which, and the wonderful admi-

nistration of God respecting them, we should devoutly

consider

We are also to cultivate communion with the Church
From which we ought not to be deterred by some ble-

mishes, or by the faults of others
Provided she prove herself a true Church of Christ, by

the profession of evangelical truth
Which is nowhere more uncorrupted than in the society

of those who are usually called THE REFORMED
Whatever be the idle clamours of the Romanists with rea

gard to its being a society newly sprung up
Internal communion with the spiritual Church is necese

sary to a solid hope of salvation
Several properties and characteristics of this Church de-

tailed

Believers, for their own comfort, should meditate on the

happy condition of the Church

Since each of them shares of it, according to his measure XXXVII.

Faith respecting the Church, infers the offices of Charity

towards her

The article of the COMMUNION OF Saints, being nearly

the same with that of the CHURCH, is omitted in many

ancient copies of the Creed

God, Angels, Men, are called Holy

All of these have a certain communion with each other

But in the Creed, the Communion of holy men is chiefly

intended, which is either that of those in heaven with

one another

Or of those who live on the earth, with the inhabitants of

heaven

Or of saints living on the earth, amongst themselves
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XXXII. XXXV.

XLV.

XLVI.XLVIII.

DISSERTATION XXV.

On the Forgivoness of Sins.

Pages 385–406.

The Church, how holy soever, has always her faults on

earth, and needs the forgiveness of sins
The chief heads of this Dissertation
A description of Sin
In all sin there is infelicity and misery, which are express-

חטאה ed by the Hebrew word

As also a stain and guilt
In what sense guilt can, or cannot, be separated from sin
The forgiveness of sins
As to its substance, it is a blessing of the covenant of grace

equally pertaining to all believers in every age VIII.
With regard to circumstances, however, it is diversified

according to the difference between the Old and the

New dispensation
Even the forgiveness enjoyed chiefly under the New dis-

pensation, is distinguished by several steps
The faith of the forgiveness of sins comprises, 1. Con-

fession of the debt
2. Giving glory to God as able to justify the ungodly in

a manner worthy of his perfections
3. The soul's betaking itself to Christ to obtain pardon in

him
Which can only be done, according to the order God has

prescribed
4. Assurance of having obtained forgiveness
Which is to be carefully distinguished from bold presump-

tion, by certain signs-Antecedent
Concomitant
Consequent
The condition of those whose sins are not forgiven is ex-

tremely wretched
The state of those that are partakers of this blessing, is

truly happy

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XXVIII.

IV.

V.

On the Resurrection of the Body, and the

Life Everlasting

Pages 407-483.

SECT.

A threefold Resurrection

Civil

Spiritual

And that of the body
The resurrection is the great support of Christians
That there will be a resurrection of the body, is the doc-

VI.-IX.

X-XIV.

XXII. XXVII.

XXVIII.-XXXIII.

trine of Scripture, in both Testaments

Reason gives her suffrage, after she is subdued to the obe-

dience of faith

The same body, in regard to substance, is to rise again xv.–SXI.
It is vain to object the barbarity of Cannibals, and eaters

of one another's flesh

The body will be endowed, however, with very different

qualities

There will be a resurrection of all men, both righteous

and wicked

And that at one and the same time

Rev. xx. 4–6. not inconsistent with this assertion

LIFE EVERLASTING, the final object of our hope, denotes

not merely existence, but the endless felicity of the

whole man

It has its beginnings here
But greater happiness awaits separate spirits ; which, af-

ter the termination of the animal life, subsist

And live, understand, and feel

And immediately after death, are received into everlasting

habitations and delights

Where they enjoy great felicity
Yet by far the highest felicity, will be that of the whole

man after the last day

Which is to continue to eternity, without any apprehen-

sion of its coming to an end

XXXIV.XLVI.

XLVII. XLIX.

L.LVIII.

LIX.-LXIII.

LXIV.LXVI.

LXVII.

LXVIII.-LXX.

LXXI.

LXXII.

LXXIII.-LXXVI.

LXXVII. LXXVIII.

DISSERTATION XIV.

ON JESUS CHRIST,

CONCEIVED OF THE HOLY GHOST, AND

BORN OF THE VIRGIN MARY.

1. AMONGST the precious promises with which the God of heaven was graciously pleased to favour the people of Israel, that in which he assured them that he should “ walk in the midst of them,” is entitled to hold a distinguished place. The Lord made good this promise in various ways, and by several steps. Ist, He caused the tabernacle of the congregation to be erected, and the ark of the testimony and covenant to be made, and gave them to Israel as symbols of his special presence. With regard to the tabernacle he said: “ This shall “ be a continual burnt-offering throughout your gene“ rations, at the door of the tabernacle of the congre“gation, before the LORD; where I will meet with you “ to speak there unto thee. And there I will meet “ with the children of Israel, and the tabernacle shall

be sanctified by my glory.—And I will dwell amongst

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