110:3; Song of Solomon 1:4, 2. May 31. John 5:39 18. The promises of it likewise show them God's approbation of obedience, and what blessings they may expect upon the performance thereof, though not as due to them by the law as a covenant of works; so as man's doing good and refraining from evil, because the law encourages to the one and deters from the other, is no evidence of his being under the law and not under grace. Gen. 3:6, 3. Deut. 6:6-7 441. 3. 6:30; Rom. 1 Kings 8:27; Jeremiah 23:23 29. and punished with everlasting destruction, from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. 3:8, 1 Pet. The catholic or universal church, which (with respect to the internal work of the Spirit and truth of grace) may be called invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one, under Christ, the head thereof; and is the spouse, the body, the fulness of him that fills all in all.421, 421. Moreover, man having brought himself under the curse of the law by his fall, it pleased the Lord to make a covenant of grace,120, 2. wherein He freely offers unto sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in Him, that they may be saved;121 being now conceived in sin,122 and promising to give unto all those that are ordained unto eternal life, His Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe.123, 121. This office the Lord Jesus did most willingly undertake,148 which that He might discharge He was made under the law,149 and did perfectly fulfill it, and underwent the punishment due to us, which we should have born and suffered,150 being made sin and a curse for us;151 enduring most grievous sorrows in His soul, and most painful sufferings in His body;152 was crucified, and died, and remained in the state of the dead, yet saw no corruption:153 on the third day He arose from the dead154 with the same body in which He suffered,155 with which He also ascended into heaven,156 and there sits at the right hand of His Father making intercession,157 and shall return to judge men and angels at the end of the world.158, 148. 2 Sam. so as they may have a comfortable supply, without being themselves entangled in secular affairs; and may also be capable of exercising hospitality towards others; and this is required by the law of nature, and by the express order of our Lord Jesus, who has ordained that they that preach the Gospel should live of the Gospel. and that not only in regard of the matter contained in it, but also in respect of the authority of God the Creator, who gave it; neither does Christ in the Gospel any way dissolve, but much strengthen this obligation. 36:26 188. and all other miseries, spiritual, temporal, and eternal, unless the Lord Jesus set them free. God has endued the will of man with that natural liberty and power of acting upon choice, that it is neither forced, nor by any necessity of nature determined to do good or evil.174, 174. whereby it comes to pass that they harden themselves, under those means which God uses for the softening of others. 122:6 448. Matt. Rom 5:12, etc. without any other thing in the creature as a condition or cause moving Him thereunto. Ps. 9:14, 10:14; Rom. 148:13 40. 5:17, 2. 2:8-9; Rom. Ps. James 1:14-15; Matt. Rom. 4:3 417. The work of pastors being constantly to attend the service of Christ, in his churches, in the ministry of the word and prayer, with watching for their souls, as they that must give an account to Him; it is incumbent on the churches to whom they minister, not only to give them all due respect, but also to communicate to them of all their good things according to their ability. The bodies of men after death return to dust, and see corruption;480 but their souls, which neither die nor sleep, having an immortal subsistence, immediately return to God who gave them.481 The souls of the righteous being then made perfect in holiness, are received into paradise, where they are with Christ, and behold the face of God in light and glory, waiting for the full redemption of their bodies;482 and the souls of the wicked are cast into hell; where they remain in torment and utter darkness, reserved to the judgment of the great day;483 besides these two places, for souls separated from their bodies, the Scripture acknowledgeth none. Confession or The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689). The way appointed by Christ for the calling of any person, fitted and gifted by the Holy Spirit, unto the office of bishop or elder in a church, is, that he be chosen thereunto by the common suffrage of the church itself; and solemnly set apart by fasting and prayer, with imposition of hands of the eldership of the church, if there be any before constituted therein; and of a deacon that he be chosen by the like suffrage, and set apart by prayer, and the like imposition of hands. Their ability to do good works is not all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ;273 and that they may be enabled thereunto, besides the graces they have already received, there is necessary an actual influence of the same Holy Spirit, to work in them and to will and to do of his good pleasure;274 yet they are not bound to perform any duty, unless upon a special motion of the Spirit, but they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them.275, 273. Matt. Acts 26:18 351. 2:14,16, 4. The Revelation It is lawful for Christians to accept and execute the office of a magistrate when called thereunto; in the management whereof, as they ought especially to maintain justice and peace. Rom. 4:15-16; 1 Cor. 1:24, 3. Baptist Confession of Faith. 4:2; Luke 8:18 382. 10:14,17 242. God continues to forgive the sins of those that are justified. 5; Rev. It is not, of course, to be held as an infallible and authoritative rule. 25:21, 34; 2 Tim. Deut. John 6:44-45, 65; 1 John 2:24-25 197. 1 Tim. 4:19-20 251. May 29. 12:14; Matt. The denial of the cup to the people, worshipping the elements, the lifting them up, or carrying them about for adoration, and reserving them for any pretended religious use, are all contrary to the nature of this ordinance, and to the institution of Christ.472, 5. 3:8-13, 7. Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil,81 which while they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.82, 1. Rom. 1 Thess. 1:23; Heb. 4:30 298. 81:11-12; 2 Thess. In the execution of this power wherewith he is so intrusted, the Lord Jesus calls out of the world unto himself, through the ministry of his word, by his Spirit, those that are given unto him by his Father. and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, in an orderly way, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man. Rev. At the last day, such of the saints as are found alive, shall not sleep, but be changed;484 and all the dead shall be raised up with the selfsame bodies, and none other;485 although with different qualities, which shall be united again to their souls forever.486, 484. 5:12-19; 1 Cor. 3. 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