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Of God, and of the Holy Trinity.

De Deo et Sacro-sancta Trinitate. I. There is but one only living I. Unus est unicusque,' vivens ille and true God, who is infinite in be- et verus Deus :' qui idem est essening and perfection,ʻa most pure spir- tia et perfectione infinitus," Spiritus it, invisible, without body, parts," purissimus, invisibilis, sine coror passions,' immutable,' immense," pore, sine partibus,' sine passionieternal," incomprehensible," al- bus, immutabilis, immensus,'' vetermighty," most wise," most holy," nus," incomprehensibilis," omnipomost free, most absolute," work- tens," summe sapiens," summe ing all things according to the sanctus," liberrimus, maxime abcounsel of his own immutable and solutus ; " operans omnia secundum most righteous will, for his own consilium immutabilis suæ ac justisglory;" most loving, gracious, simæ voluntatis, ad suam ipsius merciful, long-suffering, abundant gloriam ;' idemque summa benigniin goodness and truth, forgiving tate, gratia, misericordia, et loniniquity, transgression, and sin;" ganimitate; bonitate abundans et the rewarder of them that diligent- veritate; condonans iniquitatem, ly seek him;" and withal most just transgressionem et peccatum ;" stuand terrible in his judgments ; " diose quærentium ipsum remunera

tor ; a sed et in judiciis suis justissimus idem ac tremendus macime;"

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Matt. xxii. 29, 31; Eph. ii. 20; Acts xxviii.

25. · Deut. vi. 4; 1 Cor. viii. 4, 6. : 1 Thess, i. 9; Jer. x. 10. * Job xi. 7, 8, 9; xxvi. 14.

John iv, 24. 61 Tim. i. 17. ?Deut. iv. 15, 16; John iv. 24; Luke xxiv. 39. • Acts xiv. 11, 15. · James i. 17; Mal. iii. 6. 10 1 Kings viii. 27; Jer. xxii23, 24, » Psa. xc. 2; 1 Tim. i. 17.

12 Psa. cxlv. 3.
13 Gen. xvii. 1; Rev. iv. 8.
14 Rom. xvi. 27.
15 Isa. vi. 3; Rev. iv. 8.

Psa. cxv. 3.
17 Exod. ii. 14.

Eph. i. 11.

Prov. xvi. 4; Rom. xi. 36; [Am. ed. Rev. 20 1 John iv. 8, 16.

iv.11]. 21 Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7. 22 Heb. xi. 6. 93 Neh. ix. 32, 33.

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hating all sin,' and who will by peccatum omne perosus,' et qui sonno means clear the guilty.' tem nullo unquam absolvet modo."

II. God hath all life,' glory,' II. Omnem vitam, omnem glogoodness, blessedness,' in and of riam," bonitatem,' beatitudinemque himself; and is alone in and unto omnem in sese habet et a seipso himself all-sufficient, not standing Deus; qui solus in se sibique est in need of any creatures which he ad omnia sufficiens ; creaturarum, hath made, nor deriving any glory quas ipse condidit, nullius egens, from thein, but only manifesting nec gloriam ab eis derivans ullam, his own glory in, by, unto, and verum in iis, per eas, iis ipsis, ac upon them: he is the alone foun- super eas propriam ipsius gloriam dation of all being, of whom, tantummodo manifestans. Is omthrough whoin, and to whom are nis entitatis fons est unicus, a quo, all things;' and hath most sover- per quem et ad quem omnia ;' sumeign dominion over them, to do mumque in ea dominium habet, ac by them, for them, or upon them per illa, pro illis, in illa pro suo whatsoever himself pleaseth." In arbitrio quidlibet agendi potestahis sight all things are open and tem. In conspectu ejus aperta manifest;" his knowledge is infi- sunt omnia ac manifesta ;" scientia nite, infallible, and independent ejus infinita est, infallibilis, atque a upon the creature ;* so as nothing creatura independens," adeo ut illi is to him contingent or uncertain," contingens incertumve nihil sit ;": He is most holy in all his counsels, in omnibus ejus consiliis, operibus in all his works, and in all his com- et mandatis est sanctissimus." Quicmands." To him is due from an- quid cultus, quicquid officii, quicgels and men, and every other quid obsequii ab Angelis illi, ab creature, whatsoever worship, sery- hominibus, aut a quavis creatura ice, or obedience, he is pleased to exigere placet, id illi omne jure oprequire of them."

timo debetur." III. In the unity of the God III. In Deitatis unitate persona

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* Psa. v. 5, 6.
• Nahum i. 2, 3; Exod. xxxiv. 7.

John v. 26.
• Acts vii. 2.
* Psa. cxix. 68.
• 1 Tim. vi. 15; Rom. ix. 5.
* Acts xvii. 24, 25.
6 Job xxii. 2, 23.

9 Rom. xi. 36.
10 Rev. iv. 11; 1 Tim. vi. 15; Dan. iv, 25, 35.
11 Heb. iv. 13.

Rom. xi. 33, 34; Psa. cxlvii. 5.
13 Acts xv. 18; Ezek. xi. 5.
14 Psa. cxlv. 17; Rom. vii, 12.
15 Rev. v. 12-14.

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head there be three persons, of stres sunt unius ejusdemque essentia, one substance, power, and eter- potentiæ ac æternitatis ; Deus Panity: God the Father, God the ter, Deus Filius, ac Deus Spiritus Son, and God the Holy Ghost. Sanctus.' Pater quidem a nullo The Father is of none, neither be est, nec genitus nempe nec procegotten nor proceeding; the Son is dens: Filius autem a Patre est eternally begotten of the Father;' «terne genitus :' Spiritus autem the Holy Ghost eternally proceed- Sanctus æterne procedens a Patre ing from the Father and the Son." Filioque.'

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Of God's Eternal Decree."

De æterno Dei Decreto. I. God from all eternity did, by I. Deus, e sapientissimo sanctisthe most wise and holy counsel of simoque consilio voluntatis suae, lihis own will, freely and unchange-bere ac immutabiliter, quicquid aily ordain whatsoever comes to unquam evenit, ab omni æterno pass ;' yet so as thereby neither is ordinavit ;' ita tamen, ut inde nec God the author of sin, nor is vio-author peccati evadat Deus, nec lence offered to the will of the voluntati creaturarum sit vis ilcreatures, nor is the liberty or con- lata, neque libertas aut contingentingency of second causes taken tia causarum secundarum ablata away, but rather established.”

sit, verum potius stabilita.' II. Although God knows what II. Quamvis omnia cognoscat soever may or can come to pass Deus, quæ suppositis quibusvis upon all supposed conditions, yet conditionibus sunt eventu possibihath he not decreed any thing be- lia ; ' non tamen ideo quicquam decause he foresaw it as future, or crevit quoniam illud præviderat aut as that which would come to pass futurum, aut positis talibus condiupon such conditions."

tionibus eventurum." III. By the decree of God, for III. Deus, quo gloriam suam the manifestation of his glory, | manifestaret, nonnullos hominum ? 1 John v. 7; Matt. iii. 16, 17; xxviii. 19; 6 James i. 13, 17; 1 John i. 5;-[Am. ed. Eccl. 2 Cor. xii. 14.

vii. 29]. ? John i. 14, 18.

Acts ii. 23; Matt. xvii. 12; Acts iv. 27, 3 John xv. 26; Gal. iv. 6.

28; John xix. 11; Prov. xvi. 33. *[Am. ed. decrees.]

8 Acts xv. 18; 1 Sam. xxiii, 11, 12; Matt. Eph. i. 1.; Rom. xi. 33; Heb. vi. 17; xi. 21, 23. Rom. ix. 15, 18.

· Rom. ix. 11, 13, 16, 18.

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some men and angels' are pre- | ac Angelorum' decreto suo ad æterdestinated unto everlasting life, nam vitam prædestinavit, alios and others foreordained to ever- autem ad mortem æternam prælasting death.'

ordinavit.' IV. These angels and men, thus

IV. Praedestinati illi et proeorpredestinated and foreordained, dinati homines Angelique, particuare particularly and unchangeably lariter sunt ac immutabiliter dedesigned; and their number is so signati, certusque illorum est ac certain and definite that it can not definitus numerus, adeo ut nec aube either increased or diminished." geri possit nec imminui.'

V. Those of mankind that are V. Qui ex humano genere sunt predestinated unto life, God, be- ad vitam prædestinati, illos Deus fore the foundation of the world ante jacta mundi fundamenta, sewas laid, according to his eternal cundum æternum suum ac immuand immutable purpose, and the tabile propositum, secretumque vosecret counsel and good pleasure luntatis suce consilium et beneplaof his will, hath chosen in Christ, citum, elegit in Christo ad æternam unto everlasting glory,' out of his gloriam, idque ex amore suo et mere free grace and love, without gratia mere gratuita ; nec fide, nec any foresight of faith or good bonis operibus, nec in his illave works, or perseverance in either perseverantia, sed neque ulla alia of them, or any other thing in the re in creatura, prævisis, ipsum creature, as conditions, or causes tanquam causis aut conditionibus moving him thereunto;' and all ad id moventibus ;' quo totum to the praise of his glorious nempe in laudem cederet gloriosa grace.

suæ gratiæ. VI. As God hath appointed the VI. Quemadmodum autem Deus elect unto glory, so hath he, by electos ad gloriam destinavit, sic the eternal and most free purpose omnia etiam quibus illam conseof his will, foreordained all the quantur media præordinavit, volunmeans thereunto.' Wherefore they tatis suæ proposito aterno simul et who are elected, being fallen in liberrimo. Quapropter electi, post

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11 Tim. v. 21; Matt. xxv. 41.
* Rom. ix. 22, 23; Eph. i. 5, 6; Prov. xvi. 4.

2 Tim. ii. 19; John xiii. 18.
* Eph. i. 4, 9, 11; Rom. viii. 30; 2 Tim. i.

9; 1 Thess. v. 9.

5 Rom. ix. 11, 13, 16; Eph. i. 4, 9.

Eph. i. 6, 12. ? 1 Pet. i. 2; Eph. i. 4, 5; ii. 10; 2 Thess. ii.

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Adam, are redeemed by Christ,' quam lapsi essent in Adamo, a Chriare effectually called unto faith in sto sunt redempti;' per Spiritum Christ by his Spirit working in ejus opportuno tempore operantem, due season; are justified, adopted, ad fidem in Christum vocantur efficasanctified, and kept by his power citer; justificantur, sanctificantur,'et through faith unto salvation.o potentia ipsius per fidem custodiuntur Neither are any other redeemed ad salutem. Nec alii quivis a Chriby Christ, effectually called, jnsti- sto redimuntur, vocantur efficaciter, fied, adopted, sanctified, and saved, justificantur, adoptantur, sanctificanbut the elect only.'

tur et salvantur, præter electos solos. VII. The rest of mankind God VII. Reliquos humani generis Deo was pleased, according to the un- placuit secundum consilium voluntasearchable counsel of his own will, tis suce inscrutabile (quo misericor. whereby he extendeth or withhold- diam pro libitu exhibet abstinetve) in eth mercy as he pleaseth, for the gloriam supremæ suæ in creaturas glory of his sovereign power over potestatis, præterire ; eosque ordihis creatures, to pass by, and to nare ad ignominiam et iram pro pecordain them to dishonor and wrath catis suis, ad laudem justitia sua for their sin, to the praise of his gloriosce. glorious justice.

VIII. The doctrine of this high VIII. Doctrina de sublimi hoc præmystery of predestination is to be destinationis mysterio non sine sumhandled with special prudence and ma cura et prudentia tractari debet, care,' that men attending the will quo nimirum homines, dum voluntati of God revealed in his Word, and Dei in verbo ejus revelatæ advertant yielding obedience thereunto, may, animos, eique debitam exhibeant obefrom the certainty of their effectual dientiam, de efficaci sua vocatione cervocation, be assured of their eternal tiores facti, ad æternæ suce electionis election.' So shall this doctrine af- assurgere possint certitudinem.' Ita ford matter of praise, reverence,and demum suppeditabit hæc doctrina admiration of God;' and of humil-laudandi, reverendi, admirandique ity, diligence, and abundant conso- | Deum argumentum,' quin etiam hu

11 Thess. v. 9, 10; Tit. ii. 14.
* Rom. viii. 30; Eph. i. 5; 2 Thess. ii. 13.
: 1 Pet. i. 5.
• John xvii. 9; Rom. viii. 28 to the end; John

vi. 64, 65; viii. 47; x. 26; 1 John ii. 19.

* Matt. xi. 25, 26; Rom. ix. 17, 18, 21, 22;

2 Tim. ii. 19, 20; Jude 4; 1 Pet. ii. 8. * Rom. ix. 20; xi. 33; Deut. xxix. 29. 7 2 Pet. i. 10. * Eph. i. 6; Rom. xi. 33.

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