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“ blessings of an indulgent providence,” that they might be “eminently useful, “ and extensively happy;" which, by the help of transposition, would make a beautiful sentence; and that, “ at last,” they might " receive a distinguishing “ crown:” but whether he means one different from that in the text, I cannot fay. I fubjoin to this, that I apprehend it would not have been amiss, if he had had the ingenuity to have acknowledged, that the character which he gave in his fermon of the deceased lady, was drawn up by this gentleman to whom the dedication is made; whereas, he has published it to the world as his own, without giving the least hint of it.

And now, Sir, I shall detain you no longer ; excuse the freedom I have taken with you. If the reading these lines gives you any facisfaction, or the publishing of them may be a means to reform this vain man, I shall heartily rejoice : only I desire you would observe, that Mr Richardson is entirely igno. rant of the contents of this letter, that he knows nothing of my writing to you on this subject, nor of my design to do so ; nor has he in the least inftigated me to it.

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AVING been enabled, through divine grace, to give up ourselves to I. We believe, That the Scriptures of the Old and New Testament, are the word of God, and the only rule of faith and practice.

the Lord, and likewise to one another by the will of God; we account it a duty incumbent upon us, to make a declaration of our faith and practice, to the honour of Christ, and the glory of his name ; knowing, that as with the beart man believeth unto righteousness, so with the mouth confeffion is made unto falvation " ; which declaration is as follows, namely,

I. We

* Rom. 10. 10.

II. We believe, That there is but one only living and true God: that there are three persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, who are equal in nature, power, and glory; and that the Son and the Holy Ghost are as truly and properly God as the Father. These three divine persons are distinguished from each other, by peculiar relative properties : The distinguishing character and relative property of the first person is begetting ; he has begotten a Son of the same nature with him, and who is the express image of his person"; and therefore is with great propriety called the Father : The distinguishing character and relative property of the second person is that he is begotten; and he is called the only begotten of the Father, and his own proper Soni; not a Son by creation, as angels and men are, nor by adoption, as faints are, nor by office, as civil magistrates are ; but by nature, by the Father's eternal generation of him in the divine nature ; and therefore he is truly called the Son : The distinguishing character and relative property of the third person is to be breathed by the Father and the Son, and to proceed.from both', and is very properly called the Spirit, or breath of both. These three distinct divine persons,, we profess to reverence, serve, and worship as the one true God".

III. We believe, That before the world began, God did elect" a certain number of men unto everlasting falvation ; whom he did predestinate to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ of his own free grace, and according to the good pleasure of his will; and that in pursuance of this gracious des he did contrive and make a covenant of grace and peace with his son Jesus Christ, on the behalf of those persons; wherein a Saviour P was appointed,

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, Tim. 3. 15–17.

2 Pet. 1. 21. • John 5. 39. Acts 17. 11. 2 Pet. 1. 19, 20. d Deut. 6.

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i Cor. 8. 6. 1 Tim. 2: 5. Jer, 10. 10. 1 John 5. 7. Matt. 28. 19. John 10. 30. Phil, 2. 6.

1 John 5. 20. 6 A&ts 5. 3, 4. ' i Cor. 3. 16, 17. 2 Cor. 3. 17, 18.

Pfal. 2. 7.. Heb. 1. 3. John 1. 14. Rom. 8. 31. 32.

k Pfal. 2. 7. Job 33. 4. Pfal. 33. 6. John 15. 26. & chap. 20. 26. & chap. 20. 22. Gal. 4. 6.

1 John 5.7. Matt: 4 10. + Eph. 1. 4. 1 Theff. 1. 4. and chap. 5. 9.

2. Thel, 2. 13.

Rom. 8. 30. Eph. 1. 5. 1 John 3. 1.

Gal. 4. 4, 5. John. 12, • 2 Sam. 23, 5. Pfal. 89. 3, 28, 34, Isa. 42. 6.

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and all spiritual : blessings provided for them; as also that their' persons, with all cheir

grace and glory, were put into the hands of Christ, and made his care and charge.

IV. We believe, That God created the first man, Adam, after his image, and in his likeness, an upright, holy, and innocent creature, capable of serving and glorifying him': but he sinning, all his posterity sinned in him, and came hort of the glory of God"; the guilt of whose sin is imputed"; and a corrupt nature derived to all his offspring descending from him by ordinary and natural generation' : that they are by their first birth carnal and unclean ; averse to all that is good, incapable of doing any, and prone to every - lin: and are also by nature children of wrath, and under a sentence of condemnation; and so are subject, not only to a corporal death ", and involved in a moral one, commonly called spiritual; but are also liable to an eternal death", as considered in the first Adam, fallen and finners; from all which there is no deliverance, but by Christ, the second Adam.

V. We believe, That the Lord Jesus Christ, being set up from everlasting as the Mediator of the covenant, and he having engaged to be the Surety of his people, did in the fulness of time really affume human nature, and not before, neither in whole, nor in part; his human soul being a creature, exifted not from eternity, but was created and formed in his body by him that forms the spirit of man within him, when that was conceived in the womb of the virgin ; and so his human nature consists of a true body and a reasonable soul; both which, together and at once the Son of God assumed into union with his divine person, when made of a woman, and not before ; in which nature he really suffered, and died as the substitute of his people, in their room and stead ; whereby he made all that satisfactions for their fins, which the law and justice of God could require; as well as made way for all those bleffings' which are needful for them both for time and eternity,

nature 9 2 Sam. 23. 5: Isa. 55. 3. Eph. 1. 3. ! Deut. 33. 3. John 6. 37, 39. and chap. 10. 28, 29. Jude 1. $ 2 Tim. 1. 9. Eph. 1. 3. Col. 3. 3, 4. 1 Gen. 1, 26, 27. Ecclef. 7. 29. Psal. 8. 5. • Rom. 5. 12. and chap. 3. 23. * Rom. 5. 12, 14, 18, 19. 1 Cor. 15. 22. Eph. 2. 3.

Job 14. 4. Pfal. 51. 5. John 3. 6. Ezek, 16. 4-6. z Rom. 8. 7, 8. and chap. 3. 10-12.

Gen. 6. 5. - Eph. 2. 3:

Rom. 5. 12, 18. b Gen. 2. 17. Rom. 5: 12, 14. Heb. 9. 27. • Matt. 8. 21. Luke 15. 24, 32. John 5. 25. Eph. 2. 1. d Rom. 5. 18. and chap. 6. 23. Eph. 2. 3. • Rom. 6. 23. and chap. 7. 24, 25, and chap. 8. 3. 2 Tim. 1. 10.

1 Cor. 15. 45, 572 * Prov. 8. 22, 23. Heb. 126 24 : Pfal, 40, 6–8. Heb. 7. 22.

John 1. 24. Gal. 4. 4. Heb. 2. 14, 16, 17,

VI. We believe, That that eternal Redemption which Christ has obtained by the shedding of his blood * is special and particular : that is to say, that it was only intentionally designed for the elect of God, and sheep of Christ, who only share the special and peculiar blessings of it.

VII. We believe, That the justification of God's elect, is only by the righteousness" of Christ imputed to them, without the confideration of any works of righteousness done by them, and that the full and free pardon of all their fins and transgressions, past, present, and to come, is only through the blood of Christ', according to the riches of his grace.

VIII. We believe, That the work of regeneration, conversion, fanctifica. tion, and faith, is not an act of " man's free-will and power, but of the mighty, efficacious, and irresistable grace of God.

IX. We believe, That all those, who are chosen by the Father, redeemed by the Son, and fanctified by the Spirit, shall certainly and finally' perfevere ; so that not one of them shall ever perish, but shall have everlasting life.

X. We believe, That there will be a resurrection of the dead', both of the just and unjust; and that Christ will come a second time to judge' both quick

- and i Rom. 4. 25.

1 Cor. 15. 3. Eph.5. 2, 1 Pet. 3. 18. * Rom. 8. 3, 4. and chap. 10. 4. Isa. 42, 21. Rom. 8. !, 33, 34, 1 Çor, 1, 39. Eph. 1,70 * Matt. 20. 28. John 10. 11, 15. Rev. 5. 9. Rom. 8. 30. * Rom 3. 28. and chap. 4. 6. and chap. 5. 16-19. • Rom. 3..25. Eph. 1. 7. Col. 2. 13. 1 John 1, 7, 9.

John 1. 13. Rom. 9. 16. and chap. 8. 7.

Phil. % 13. 2. Tim. 1. 9. James i. 18. 1 Pet. 1. 3. Eph. i. 19. fa. 43: 13. • Matt. 24 24. John 6. 39, 40. and chap. 10. 28, 29. Matt. 16. 18. Pal. 125. 1, 2,

1 Pet. 1. 5. Judc. 24. Heb. 2. 13. Rom. 78. 30. • A&s 24. 15. John 5o 28, 29. Dan. 12. 2. : Heb. g. 28. A&s 17. 31. a Tim. 4. 1. 2 The&. 1. 7-10. 1 Thess. 4. 45174

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