London Baptist Confession of Faith
Of those CHURCHES which are
commonly (though falsly)
Presented to the view of all that feare God, to
examine by the touchstone of the Word of Truth: As likewise for the
taking off those aspersions which are frequently both in Pulpit and
Print, (although unjustly) cast upon them.
We can not but speake the things which wee have seene and
To the Law and to the testimony, if they speake not according
to this Rule, it is because there is no light in them.
2 Cor. 1.9, 10
But wee had the sentence of death in our selves, that wee
should not trust in our selves, but in the living God which raiseth the
dead; who delivered us from so great a death, and doth deliver, in whom
wee trust that he will yet deliver.
Printed by Matthew Simmons in Aldersgate-street.
ALL THAT DESIRE
The lifting up of the Name of the LORD Jesus in
sincerity, the poor despised Churches of God in London send
greeting, with prayers for their farther increase in the knowledge of
We question not but that it will seem
strange to many men, that such as we are frequently termed to be, lying
under that calumny and black brand of Heretics, and sowers of division
as we do, should presume to appear so publicly as now we have done: But
yet notwithstanding we may well say, to give answer to such, what David
said to his brother, when the Lord's battle was a fighting,
1 Sam. 29:30. Is there not a cause?
Surely, if ever people had cause to speak
for the vindication of the truth of Christ in their hands, we have,
that being indeed the main wheel at this time that sets us awork; for
had anything by men been transacted against our persons only, we could
quietly have sitten still, and committed our Cause to him who is a
righteous Judge, who will in the great day judge the secrets of all
men's hearts by Jesus Christ: But being it is not only us, but the
truth professed by us, we cannot, we dare not but speak; it is no
strange thing to any observing man, what sad charges are laid, not only
by the world, that know not God, but also by those that think
themselves much wronged, if they be not looked upon as the chief
Worthies of the Church of God, and Watchmen of the City: But it hath
fared with us from them, as from the poor Spouse seeking her Beloved, Cant.
5:6, 7. They finding us out of that common roadway themselves walk,
have smote us and taken away our vail, that so we may by them be
recommended odious in the eyes of all that behold us, and in the hearts
of all that think upon us, which they have done both in Pulpit and
Print, charging us with holding Free-will, Falling away from grace,
denying Original sin, disclaiming of Magistracy, denying to assist them
either in persons or purse in any of their lawful Commands, doing acts
unseemly in the dispensing the Ordinance of Baptism, not to be named
amongst Christians: All which Charges we disclaim as notoriously
untrue, though by reason of these calumnies cast upon us, many that
fear God are discouraged and forestalled in harboring a good thought,
either of us or what we profess; and many that know not God encouraged,
if they can find the place of our meeting, to get together in Clusters
to stone us, as looking upon us as a people holding such things, as
that we are not worthy to live: We have therefore for the clearing of
the truth we profess, that it may be at liberty, though we be in bonds,
briefly published a Confession of our Faith, as desiring all that fear
God, seriously to consider whether (if they compare what we here say
and confess in the presence of the Lord Jesus and his Saints) men have
not with their tongues in Pulpit, and pens in Print, both spoken and
written things that are contrary to truth; but we know our God in his
own time will clear our Cause, and lift up his Son to make him the
chief cornerstone, though he has been (or now should be) rejected of
Master Builders. And because it may be conceived, that what is here
published, may be but the Judgement of some one particular
Congregation, more refined than the rest; We do therefore here
subscribe it, some of each body in the name, and by the appointment of
seven Congregations, who though we be distinct in respect of our
particular bodies, for convenience sake, being as many as can well meet
together in one place, yet are all one in Communion, holding Jesus
Christ to be our head and Lord; under whose government we desire alone
to walk, in following the Lamb wheresoever he goeth; and we believe the
Lord will daily cause truth more to appear in the hearts of his Saints,
and make them ashamed of their folly in the Land of their Nativity,
that so they may with one shoulder, more study to lift up the Name of
the Lord Jesus, and stand for his appointments and Laws; which is the
desires and prayers of the condemned Churches of Christ in London for
Subscribed in the Names of seven Churches in
Of Faith, of those Churches
which are commonly (though falsely)
That God as he is in himself, cannot be
comprehended of any but himself,1 dwelling in
that inaccessible light, that no eye can attain unto, whom never man
saw, nor can see; that there is but2 one God, one
Christ, one Spirit, one Faith, one Baptism;3 one Rule of
holiness and obedience for all Saints, at all times, in all places to
That God is4 of himself,
that is, neither from another, nor of another, nor by another, nor for
But is a Spirit, who as his being is of himself, so he gives6 being, moving,
and preservation to all other things, being in himself eternal, most
holy, every way infinite in7 greatness,
wisdom, power, justice, goodness, truth, etc. In this God-head, there
is the Father, the Son, and the Spirit; being every one of them one and
the same God; and therefore not divided, but distinguished one from
another by their several properties; the8 Father being
from himself, the9 Son of the Father from everlasting, the holy10
Spirit proceeding from the Father and the Son.
That God hath11 decreed in
himself from everlasting touching all things, effectually to work and
dispose them12 according to the counsel of his own will, to
the glory of his Name; in which decree appeareth his wisdom, constancy,
truth, and faithfulness;13 Wisdom is that whereby he contrives all things;14
Constancy is that whereby the decree of God remains always immutable;15
Truth is that whereby he declares that alone which he hath decreed, and
though his sayings may seem to sound sometimes another thing, yet the
sense of them doth always agree with the decree;16 Faithfulness
is that whereby he effects that he hath decreed, as he hath decreed.
And touching his creature man,17 God had in
Christ before the foundation of the world, according to the good
pleasure of his will, foreordained some men to eternal life through
Jesus Christ, to the praise and glory of his grace,18 leaving the
rest in their sin to their just condemnation, to the praise of his
19In the beginning God made all things very good,
created man after his own20 Image and
likeness, filling him with all perfection of all natural excellency and
uprightness, free from all sin.21 But long he
abode not in this honor, but by the22 subtlety of
the Serpent, which Satan used as his instrument, himself with his
Angels having sinned before, and not23 kept their
first estate, but left their own habitation; first24 Eve,
then Adam being seduced did wittingly and willingly fall into
disobedience and transgression of the Commandment of their great
Creator, for the which death came upon all, and reigned over all, so
that all since the Fall are conceived in sin, and brought forth in
iniquity, and so by nature children of wrath, and servants of sin,
subjects of25 death, and all other calamities due to sin in
this world and forever, being considered in the state of nature,
without relation to Christ.
All mankind being thus fallen, and become
altogether dead in sins and trespasses, and subject to the eternal
wrath of the great God by transgression; yet the elect, which God hath26
loved with an everlasting love, are27 redeemed,
quickened, and saved, not by themselves, neither by their own works,
lest any man should boast himself, but wholly and only by God of28
his free grace and mercy through Jesus Christ, who of God is made unto
us wisdom, righteousness, sanctification and redemption, that as it is
written, He that rejoiceth, let him rejoice in the Lord.
29This therefore is life eternal, to know the
only true God, and whom he hath sent Jesus Christ.30 And on the
contrary, the Lord will render vengeance in flaming fire to them that
know not God, and obey not the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The Rule of this Knowledge, Faith, and
Obedience, concerning the worship and service of God, and all other
Christian duties, is not man's inventions, opinions, devices, laws,
constitutions, or traditions unwritten whatsoever, but only the word of
God contained in the Canonical Scriptures.31
In this written Word God hath plainly revealed
whatsoever he hath thought needful for us to know, believe, and
acknowledge, touching the Nature and Office of Christ, in whom all the
promises are Yea and Amen to the praise of God.32
Touching the Lord Jesus, of whom33 Moses
and the Prophets wrote, and whom the Apostles preached, is the34
Son of God the Father, the brightness of his glory, the engraven form
of his being, God with him and with his holy Spirit, by whom he made
the world, by whom he upholds and governs all the works he hath made,
when the fullness of time was come, was made man of a36 woman, of
the Tribe of Judah, of the seed of Abraham and David,
to wit, of Mary that blessed Virgin, by the holy Spirit coming
upon her, and the power of the most High overshadowing her, and was
all things like unto us, sin only excepted.
Touching his Office,38 Jesus Christ
only is made the Mediator of the new Covenant, even the everlasting
Covenant of grace between God and Man, to39 be perfectly
and fully the Prophet, Priest and King of the Church of God for
Unto this Office he was foreordained from
everlasting, by the40 authority of the Father and in respect of his
Manhood, from the womb called and separated, and41 anointed
also most fully and abundantly with all gifts necessary, God having
without measure poured the Spirit upon him.
In this Call the Scripture holds forth two
special things considerable; first, the call to the Office; secondly,
the Office itself. First, that42 none takes
this honor but he that is called of God, as was Aaron, so also
Christ, it being an action especially of God the Father, whereby a
special covenant being made, he ordains his Son to this office: which
Covenant is, that43 Christ should be made a Sacrifice for sin,
that he shall see his seed, and prolong his days, and the pleasure of
the Lord shall prosper in his hand; which calling therefore contains in
choosing,45 foreordaining,46 sending.
Choosing respects the end, foreordaining the means, sending the
execution itself,47 all of mere grace, without any condition
foreseen either in men, or in Christ himself.
So that this Office to be Mediator, that is, to
be Prophet, Priest, and King of the Church of God, is so proper to
Christ, as neither in the whole, nor in any part thereof, it can be
transferred from him to any other.48
This Office itself to which Christ was called,
is threefold, of49 a Prophet, of50 Priest, and
a King: this number and order of Offices is showed; first, by men's
necessities grievously laboring52 under
ignorance, by reason whereof they stand in infinite necessity of the
Prophetical office of Christ to relieve them. Secondly,53 alienation
from God, wherein they stand in need of the Priestly Office to
reconcile them: Thirdly, our54 utter
disability to return to him, by which they stand in need of the power
of Christ in his Kingly Office to assist and govern them.
Touching the Prophesy of Christ, it is that
whereby he hath55 perfectly revealed the whole will of God out
of the bosom of the Father, that is needful for his servants to know,
believe, and obey; and therefore is called not only a Prophet and56
a Doctor, and the57 Apostle of our profession, and the58 Angel of the
Covenant; but also the very59 wisdom of
the treasures of wisdom and understanding.
That he might be such a Prophet as thereby to
be every way complete, it was necessary that he should be61 God, and
withal also that he should be man; for unless he had been God, he could
never have perfectly understood the will of God,62 neither had
he been able to reveal it throughout all ages; and unless he had been
man, he could not fitly have unfolded it in his63 own person
Touching his Priesthood, Christ64 being
consecrated, hath appeared once to put away sin by the offering and
sacrifice of himself, and to this end hath fully performed and suffered
all those things by which God, through the blood of that his Cross in
an acceptable sacrifice, might reconcile his elect only;65 and having
broken down the partition wall, and therewith finished and removed all
those Rites, Shadows, and Ceremonies, is now entered within the Vail,
into the Holy of Holiest, that is, to the very Heavens, and presence of
God, where he forever liveth and sitteth at the right hand of Majesty,
appearing before the face of his Father to make intercession for such
as come to the Throne of Grace by that new and living way; and not that
only, but66 makes his people a spiritual House, an holy
Priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifice acceptable to God through
him; neither doth the Father accept, or Christ offer to the Father any
other worship or worshippers.
This Priesthood was not legal, or temporary,
but according to the order67 of Melchizedek;68
not by a carnal commandment, but by the power of an endless life;69
not by an order that is weak and lame, but stable and perfect, not for a70
time, but forever, admitting no successor, but perpetual and proper to
Christ, and of him that ever liveth. Christ himself was the Priest,
Sacrifice and Altar: he was71 Priest,
according to both natures, he was a sacrifice most properly according
to his human nature:72 whence in the Scripture it is wont to be
attributed to his body, to his blood; yet the chief force whereby this
sacrifice was made effectual, did depend upon his73 divine
nature, namely, that the Son of God did offer himself for us: he was the74
Altar properly according to his divine nature, it belonging to the
Altar to sanctify that which is offered upon it, and so it ought to be
of greater dignity than the Sacrifice itself.
Touching his Kingdom,75 Christ being
risen from the dead, ascended into heaven, sat on the right hand of God
the Father, having all power in heaven and earth, given unto him, he
doth spiritually govern his Church, exercising his power76 over all
Angels and Men, good and bad, to the preservation and salvation of the
elect, to the overruling and destruction of his enemies, which are
Reprobates,77 communicating and applying the benefits,
virtue, and fruit of his Prophesy and Priesthood to his elect, namely,
to the subduing and taking away of their sins, to their justification
and adoption of Sons, regeneration, sanctification, preservation and
strengthening in all their conflicts against Satan, the World, the
Flesh, and the temptations of them, continually dwelling in, governing
and keeping their hearts in faith and filial fear by his Spirit, which
given it, he never takes away from them, but by it still begets and
nourisheth in them faith, repentance, love, joy, hope, and all heavenly
light in the soul unto immortality, notwithstanding through our own
unbelief, and the temptations of Satan, the sensible sight of this
light and love be clouded and overwhelmed for the time.79 And on the
contrary, ruling in the world over his enemies, Satan, and all the
vessels of wrath, limiting, using, restraining them by his mighty
power, as seems good in his divine wisdom and justice to the execution
of his determinate counsel, delivering them up to a reprobate mind, to
be kept through their own deserts, in darkness and sensuality unto
This Kingdom shall be then fully perfected when
he shall the second time come in glory to reign amongst his Saints, and
to be admired of all them which do believe, when he shall put down all
rule and authority under his feet, that the glory of the Father may be
full and perfectly manifested in his Son, and the glory of the Father
and the Son in all his members.80
That Christ Jesus by his death did bring forth
salvation and reconciliation only for the81 elect, which
were those which82 God the Father gave him; and that the Gospel
which is to be preached to all men as the ground of faith, is, that83
Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the ever blessed God, filled with the
perfection of all heavenly and spiritual excellencies, and that
salvation is only and alone to be had through the believing in his Name.
That Faith is the84 gift of God
wrought in the hearts of the elect by the Spirit of God, whereby they
come to see, know, and believe the truth of85 the
Scriptures, and not only so, but the excellency of them above all other
writings and things in the world, as they hold forth the glory of God
in his attributes, the excellency of Christ in his nature and offices,
and the power of the fullness of the Spirit in its workings and
operations; and thereupon are enabled to cast the weight of their souls
upon this truth thus believed.
Those that have this precious faith wrought in
them by the Spirit, can never finally nor totally fall away; and though
many storms and floods do arise and beat against them, yet they shall
never be able to take them off that foundation and rock which by faith
they are fastened upon, but shall be kept by the power of God to
salvation, where they shall enjoy their purchased possession, they
being formerly engraven upon the palms of God's hands.86
That faith is ordinarily87 begot by the
preaching of the Gospel, or word of Christ, without respect to88
any power or capacity in the creature, but it is wholly89 passive,
being dead in sins and trespasses, doth believe, and is converted by no
less power,90 than that which raised Christ from the dead.
That the tenders of the Gospel to the
conversion of sinners,91 is absolutely free, no way requiring, as
absolutely necessary, any qualifications, preparations, terrors of the
Law, or preceding Ministry of the Law, but only and alone the naked
soul, as a92 sinner and ungodly to receive Christ, as
crucified, dead, and buried, and risen again, being made93 a Prince and
a Saviour for such sinners.
That the same power that converts to faith in
Christ, the same power carries on the94 soul still
through all duties, temptations, conflicts, sufferings, and continually
whatever a Christian is, he is by95 grace, and
by a constant renewed96 operation from God, without which he cannot
perform any duty to God, or undergo any temptations from Satan, the
world, or men.
That God the Father, and Son, and Spirit, is
all believers in their98 fullness, in99 relations,100
as head and members,101 as house and inhabitants, as102 husband
and wife, one with him, as103 light and
love, and one with him in his inheritance, and in all his104 glory; and
that all believers by virtue of this union and oneness with God, are
the adopted sons of God, and heirs with Christ, co-heirs and joint
heirs with him of the inheritance of all the promises of this life, and
that which is to come.
That those which have union with Christ, are
justified from all their sins, past,105 present,
and to come, by the blood of Christ; which justification we conceive to
be a gracious and free106 acquittance of a guilty, sinful creature,
from all sin by God, through the satisfaction that Christ hath made by
his death; and this applied in the manifestation of it through faith.
That all believers are a holy and107 sanctified
people, and that sanctification is a spiritual grace of the108
new Covenant, and effect of the109 love of
God, manifested to the soul, whereby the believer is in110 truth and
reality separated, both in soul and body, from all sin and dead works,
through the111 blood of the everlasting Covenant, whereby he
also presseth after a heavenly and Evangelical perfection, in obedience
to all the Commands,112 which Christ as head and King in hits new
Covenant has prescribed to him.
All believers through the knowledge of113
that Justification of life given by the Father, and brought forth by
the blood of Christ, have this as their great privilege of that the new114
Covenant, peace with God, and reconciliation, whereby they that were
afar off, were brought nigh by115 that
blood, and have (as the Scripture speaks) peace116 passing
all understanding, yea, joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by117
whom we have received the Atonement.
That all believers in the time of this life,
are in a continual warfare, combat, and opposition against sin, self,
the world, and the Devil, and liable to all manner of afflictions,
tribulations, and persecutions, and so shall continue until Christ
comes in his Kingdom, being predestinated and appointed thereunto; and
whatsoever the Saints, any of them do posses or enjoy of God in this
life, is only by faith.118
That the only strength by which the Saints are
enabled to encounter with all opposition, and to overcome all
afflictions, temptations, persecutions, and trials, is only by Jesus
Christ, who is the Captain of their salvation, being made perfect
through sufferings, who hath engaged his strength to assist them in all
their afflictions, and to uphold them under all their temptations, and
to preserve them by his power to his everlasting Kingdom.119
That Christ hath here on earth a spiritual
Kingdom, which is the Church, which he hath purchased and redeemed to
himself, as a peculiar inheritance: which Church, as it is visible to
us, is a company of visible120 Saints,121
called and separated from the world, by the word and122 Spirit of
God, to the visible profession of the faith of the Gospel, being
baptized into that faith, and joined to the Lord, and each other, by
mutual agreement, in the practical enjoyment of the123
Ordinances, commanded by Christ their head and King.
To this Church he hath124 made his
promises, and given the signs of his Covenant, presence, love,
blessing, and protection: here are the fountains and springs of his
heavenly grace continually flowing forth;125 thither
ought all men to come, of all estates, that acknowledge him to be their
Prophet, Priest, and King, to be enrolled amongst his household
servants, to be under his heavenly conduct and government, to lead
their lives in his walled sheepfold, and watered garden, to have
communion here with the Saints, that they may be made to be partakers
of their inheritance in the Kingdom of God.
And all his servants are called thither, to
present their bodies and souls, and to bring their gifts God hath given
them; so being come, they are here by himself bestowed in their several
order, peculiar place, due use, being fitly compact and knit together,
according to the effectual working of every part, to the edification of
itself in love.126
That being thus joined, every Church has127
power given them from Christ for their better well-being, to choose to
themselves meet persons into the office of128 Pastors,
Teachers, Elders, Deacons, being qualified according to the Word, as
those which Christ has appointed in his Testament, for the feeding,
governing, serving, and building up of his Church, and that none other
have power to impose them, either these or any other.
That the Ministers aforesaid, lawfully called
by the Church, where they are to administer, ought to continue in their
calling, according to God's Ordinance, and carefully to feed the flock
of Christ committed to them, not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind.129
That the due maintenance of the Officers
aforesaid, should be the free and voluntary communication of the
Church, that according to Christ's Ordinance, they that preach the
Gospel, should live on the Gospel and not by constraint to be compelled
from the people by a forced Law.130
That Baptism is an Ordinance of the new
Testament, given by Christ, to be dispensed only upon persons
professing faith, or that are Disciples, or taught, who upon a
profession of faith, ought to be baptized. [Added in later editions:
"and after to partake of the Lord's Supper."]131
The way and manner of the132 dispensing
of this Ordinance the Scripture holds out to be dipping or plunging the
whole body under water: it being a sign, must answer the thing
signified, which are these: first, the133 washing
the whole soul in the blood of Christ: Secondly, that interest the
Saints have in the134 death, burial, and resurrection; thirdly,
together with a135 confirmation of our faith, that as certainly
as the body is buried under water, and riseth again, so certainly shall
the bodies of the Saints be raised by the power of Christ in the day of
the resurrection, to reign with Christ. [The word Baptizo,
signifying to dip under water, yet so as with convenient garments both
upon the administrator and subject, with all modesty.]
The persons designed by Christ, to dispense
this Ordinance, the Scriptures hold forth to be a preaching Disciple,
it being no where tied to a particular Church, Officer, or person
extraordinarily sent, the Commission enjoining the administration,
being given to them under no other consideration, but as considered
Christ has likewise given power to his whole
Church to receive in and cast out, by way of Excommunication, any
member; and this power is given to every particular Congregation, and
not one particular person, either member or Officer, but the whole.137
And every particular member of each Church, how
excellent, great, or learned soever, ought to be subject to this
censure and judgement of Christ; and the Church ought with great care
and tenderness, with due advice to proceed against her members.138
And as Christ for the139 keeping of
this Church in holy and orderly Communion, placeth some special men
over the Church, who by their office are to govern, oversee, visit,
watch; so likewise for the better keeping thereof in all places, by the
members, he hath given140 authority, and laid duty upon all, to watch
over one another.
That also such to whom God hath given gifts,
being tried in the Church, may and ought by the appointment of the
Congregation, to prophesy, according to the proportion of faith, and so
teach publicly the Word of God, for the edification, exhortation, and
comfort of the Church.141
Thus being rightly gathered, established, and
still proceeding in Christian communion, and obedience of the Gospel of
Christ, none ought to separate for faults and corruptions, which may,
and as long as the Church consists of men subject to failings, will
fall out and arise amongst them, even in true constituted Churches,
until they have in due order sought redress thereof.142
And although the particular Congregations be
distinct and several Bodies, every one a compact and knit City in
itself: yet are they all to walk by one and the same Rule, and by all
means convenient to have the counsel and help one of another in all
needful affairs of the Church, as members of one body in the common
faith under Christ their only head.143
That a civil Magistracy is an ordinance of God
set up by God for the punishment of evil doers, and for the praise of
them that do well; and that in all lawful things commanded by them,
subjection ought to be given by us in the Lord: and that we are to make
supplication and prayer for Kings, and all that are in authority, that
under them we may live a peaceable and quiet life in all godliness and
The supreme Magistracy of this Kingdom we
believe to be the King and Parliament freely chosen by the Kingdom, and
that in all those civil Laws which have been acted by them, or for the
present is or shall be ordained, we are bound to yield subjection and
obedience unto in the Lord, as conceiving ourselves bound to defend
both the persons of those thus chosen, and all civil Laws made by them,
with our persons, liberties, and estates, with all that is called ours,
although we should suffer never so much from them in not actively
submitting to some Ecclesiastical Laws, which might be conceived by
them to be their duties to establish which we for the present could not
see, nor our consciences could submit unto; yet are we bound to yield
our persons to their pleasures.
And if God should provide such a mercy for us,
as to incline the Magistrates' hearts so far to tender our consciences,
as that we might be protected by them from wrong, injury, oppression
and molestation, which long we formerly have groaned under by the
tyranny and oppression of the Prelatical Hierarchy, which God through
mercy hath made this present King and Parliament wonderful honorable,
as an instrument in his hand, to throw down; and we thereby have had
some breathing time, we shall, we hope, look at it as a mercy beyond
our expectation, and conceive ourselves further engaged forever to
bless God for it.145
But if God withhold the Magistrates' allowance
and furtherance herein;146 yet we
must notwithstanding proceed together in Christian communion, not
daring to give place to suspend our practice, but to walk in obedience
to Christ in the profession and holding forth this faith before
mentioned, even in the midst of all trials and afflictions, not
accounting our goods, lands, wives, children, fathers, mothers,
brethren, sisters, yea, and our own lives dear unto us, so we may
finish our course with joy: remembering always we ought to147 obey God
rather than men, and grounding upon the commandment, commission and
promise of our Lord and master Jesus Christ, who as he hath all power
in heaven and earth, so also hath promised, if we keep his commandments
which he hath given us, to be with us to the end of the world: and when
we have finished our course, and kept the faith, to give us the crown
of righteousness, which is laid up for all that love his appearing, and
to whom we must give an account of all our actions, no man being able
to discharge us of the same.
And likewise unto all men is to be given
whatsoever is their due; tributes, customs, and all such lawful duties,
ought willingly to be by us paid and performed, our lands, goods, and
bodies, to submit to the Magistrate in the Lord and the Magistrate
every way to be acknowledged, reverenced, and obeyed, according to
godliness; not because of wrath only but for conscience sake. And
finally, all men so to be esteemed and regarded, as is due and meet for
their place, age, estate and condition.148
And thus we desire to give unto God that which
is God's, and to Caesar that which is Caesar's, and to all men that
which belongeth unto them, endeavoring ourselves to have always a clear
conscience void of offence towards God, and towards man. And if any
take this that we have said, to be heresy, then do we with the Apostle
freely confess, that after the way which they call heresy, worship we
the God of our Fathers, believing all things which are written in the
Law and in the Prophets and Apostles, desiring from our souls to
disclaim all heresies and opinions which are not after Christ, and to
be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, as
knowing our labor shall not be in vain in the Lord.149
1 Cor. 1:24.
Not that we have dominion over your faith, but
are helpers of your joy: for by faith we stand.
Psalm 74:21, 22:
Arise, O God, plead mine own cause. Remember how the foolish
man blasphemeth Thee daily. O let not the oppressed return ashamed, but
let the poor and needy praise Thy name.
Come, Lord Jesus, come quickly.
 1 Tim. 6:16
 1 Tim.
2:5; Eph. 4:4-6; 1 Cor. 12:4-6, 13; John chap. 14.
 1 Tim.
6:3, 13, 14; Gal. 1:8, 9; 2 Tim. 3:15.
44:67; 43:11; 46:9.
 John 4:24.
 Ex. 3:14.
11:36; Acts 17:28.
 1 Cor. 8:6.
8:22, 23; Heb. 1:3; John 1:18.
15:16; Gal. 4:6.
46:10; Rom. 11:34-36; Matt. 10:29, 30.
 Co. 2:3.
10:10; Rom. 3:4.
1:3-7; 2 Tim. 1:9; Acts 13:48; Rom. 8:29, 30.
vs. 4, 6; Rom. 9:11-13; Prov. 16:4.
chap. 1; Col. 1:16; Heb. 11:3; Isa. 45:12
1:26; 1 Cor. 15:45, 46; Ecc. 7:31.
3:1, 4, 5; 2 Cor. 11:3.
 2 Pet.
2:4; Jude v. 6; John 8:44.
3:1, 2, 6; 1 Tim. 2:14; Ecc. 7:29; Gal. 3:22.
5:12, 18, 19; 6:23; Eph 2:3; Rom. 5:12 [sic].
3:15; Eph. 1:3, 7; 2:4, 9; 1 Thess. 5:9; Acts 13:38.
 1 Cor.
1:30, 31; 2 Cor. 5:21; Jer. 9: 23, 24.
17:3; Heb. 5:9; Jer. 23:5, 6.
 2 Thess
1:8; John 3:36.
5:39; 2 Tim. 3:15, 16, 17; Col. 21: 18, 23 [sic]; Matt. 15:9.
3:22, 23; Heb. 1:1, 2; 2 Tim. 3:15-17; 2 Cor. 1:20.
3:15; 22:18; 49:10; Dan. 7;13; 9:24-26.
8:23; John 1:1-3; Col. 1:1, 15-17.
7:14; Rev. 5:5 with Gen. 49:9, 10; Rom. 1:3; 9:5; Matt. 1:16 with Luke
3:23, 26; Heb. 2:16.
53;3-5; Phil. 2:8.
 2 Tim.
2:25; Heb. 9:15; John 14:6.
1:2; 3:1, 2; 7:24; Isa. 9:6, 7; Acts 5:31.
8:23; Isa. 42:6; 49:1, 5.
11:2-5; 61:1-3 with Luke 4:17, 22; John 1:14, 16; 3:34.
 1 Pet.
3:17; 9:27; 10:36; Isa. 61:1.
3:16; Rom. 8:32.
 1 Tim.
2:5; Heb. 7:24; Dan. 5:14; Acts 4:12; Luke 1:33; John 14:6.
18:15 with Acts 3:22, 23.
110:3; Heb. 3:1; 4:14, 15; 5:6.
26:18; Col. 1:3.
1:21; Eph. 2:12.
1:3; John 6:44.
1:18; 12:49, 50, 15[sic]; 17:8; Deut. 18:15.
23:10 [So reads the Geneva Bible].
 1 Cor.
 Col. 2:3
 1 Cor.
3:22 with Deut. 18:15; Heb. 1:1.
17:19; Heb. 5:7-9; 9:26; Rom. 5:19; Eph. 5:12; Col. 1:20.
2:14-16; Rom. 8:34.
 1 Pet.
2:5; John 4:23, 24.
10:10; 1 Pet. 1:18, 19; Col. 1:20, 22; Isa. 53:10; Matt. 20:28.
20:28; Rom. 8:3.
9:14; 13:10, 12, 15; Matt. 23:17; John 17:29.
 1 Cor.
15:4; 1 Pet. 3:21, 22; Matt. 28:18-20; Luke 24:51; Acts 1:11; 5:30, 31;
John 19:36; Rom. 14:17.
1:27; Heb. 1:14; John 16:7, 15.
5:26, 27; Rom. 5:6-8; 14:17; Gal. 5:22, 23; John 1:4, 13.
13:1; 10:28, 29; 14:16, 17; Rom. 11:29; Psa. 51:10, 11; Job 33:29, 30;
2 Cor. 12:7, 9.
chaps 1 and 2; Rom 1:21; 2:4-6; 9:17, 18; Eph. 4:17, 18; 2 Pet. chap. 2.
 1 Cor.
15:24, 28; Heb. 9:28; 2 Thess. 1:9, 10; 1 Thess. 4:15-17; John 17:21,
15:13; Rom. 8:32-34; 5:11; 3:25.
17:2 with 6, 37.
16:16; Luke 2:26; John 6:9; 7:3; 20:31; 1 John 5:11.
2:8; John 6:29; 4:10; Phil. 1:29; Gal. 5:22.
17:17; Heb. 4:11, 12; John 6:63.
7:24, 25; John 13:1; 1 Pet. 1:4-6; Isa. 49:13-16.
10:17; 1 Cor. 1:21.
2:1, 2; Ezek. 16:6; Rom. 3:12.
1:16; Eph. 1:19; Col. 2:12.
3:14, 15; 1:12; Isa. 55:1; John 7:37.
 1 Tim.
1:15; Rom. 4:5; 5:8.
5:30, 31; 2:36; 1 Cor. 1:22-24.
 1 Pet.
1:5; 2 Cor. 12:9.
 1 Cor.
2:12, 13; John 15:5; Gal. 19, 20 [sic].
Thess. 1:1; John 14:10, 20; 17:21.
2:9, 10; 1:19; John 1:17.
20:17; Heb. 2:11.
1:18; Eph. 5:30.
2:22; 1 Cor. 3:16, 17.
16:5; 2 Cor. 11:3.
1:7; Heb. 10:14; 9:26; 2 Cor. 5:19; Rom. 3:23.
13:38, 39; Rom. 5:1; 3:25, 30.
Cor. 1:1; 1 Pet. 2:9.
Cor. 5:19; Rom. 5:9, 10.
6:10-13; 2 Cor. 10:3; Rev. 2:9, 10.
6:33; Heb. 2:9, 10; John 15:5.
Cor. 1:1; Eph. 1:1.
1:7; Acts 26:18; 1 Thess. 1:9; 2 Cor. 6:17; Rev. 18:18.
2:37 with 10:37.
10:10; Acts 20:21; Matt. 18:19, 20; Acts 2:42; 1 Pet. 2:5.
Matt. 28:18-20; 2 Cor. 6:18.
8:16; 1 Tim. 3:15; 4:16; 6:3, 5; Acts 2;41, 47, Song 4:12; Gal. 6:10;
Cor. 12:6, 7, 12, 18; Rom. 12:4-6; 1 Pet. 4:10; Eph. 4:16; Col. 2:5, 6,
19; 1 Cor. 12:12 to the end.
1:2; 6:3 with 15:22, 25; 1 Cor. 16:3.
12:7, 8; 16:1; 1 Cor. 12:8, 28; 1 Tim. chap. 3; Heb. 13:7; 1 Pet. 5:1-3.
5:4; Acts 4:23; 1 Tim. 4:14; John 10:3, 4; Acts 20:28; Rom. 12:7, 8;
Heb. 13:7, 17.
Cor. 9:7, 14; Gal. 6:6; 1 Thess. 5:13; 1 Tim. 5:17, 18; Phil. 4:15, 16.
Matt. 28:18, 19; Mark 16:16; Acts 2:37, 38; 8:36-38; 18:8.
Matt. 3:16; John 3:23; Acts 8:38.
1:5; 7:14 with Heb. 10:22.
Cor. 15:28, 29.
8:16; Matt. 28:16-19; John 4:1, 2; Acts 20:7; Matt. 26:26.
2:47; Rom. 16:2; Matt. 18:17; 1 Cor. 5:4; 2 Cor. 2:6-8.
Matt. 18:16-18; Acts 11:2, 3; 1 Tim. 5:19-21.
20:27, 28; Heb. 13:17, 24; Matt. 24:25; 1 Thess. 5:14.
13:34, 37; Gal. 6:1; 1 Thess. 5:11; Jude v. 3, 20; Heb. 10:34, 35;
Cor. chap. 14; Rom. 12:6; 1 Pet. 4:10, 11; 1 Cor. 12:7; 1 Thess.
chaps. 2 and 3; Acts 15:12; 1 Cor. 1:10; Eph. 2:16; 3:15, 16; Heb.
10:25; Jude v. 15; Matt. 18:17; 1 Cor. 5:4, 5.
Cor. 4:17; 14:33, 36; 16:1; Matt. 28:20; 1 Tim. 3:15; 6:13, 14; Rev.
22:18, 19; Col. 2:6, 19; 4:16.
13:1-4; 1 Pet. 2:13, 14; 1 Tim. 2:2.
Tim. 1:2-4; Psa. 126:1; Acts 9:31.
2:40, 41; 4:19; 5:28, 29, 41; 20:23; 1 Thess 3:3; Phil 1:27-29; Dan.
3:16, 17; 6:7, 10, 22, 23.
Matt. 28:18-20; 1 Tim. 6:13-15; Rom. 12: 1, 8; 1 Cor. 14:37; 2 Tim.
4:7, 8; Rev. 2;10; Gal. 2:4, 5.
13:5-7; Matt. 22:21; Titus 3. [sic]; 1 Pet. 2:13; Eph. 5:21, 22; 6:1,
9; 1 Pet. 5:5.
Matt. 22:21; Acts 24:14-16; John 5:28; 2 Cor. 4:17; 1 Tim. 6:3-5; 1