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Church, the word how used, (515 in a note).

Places of worship so termed

Their first erection

Its distinction into visible and invisible

Invisible church described

This farther explained and defended

Visible church described

In what respects it is one

In what respects it is not one

Its concern for the children of its members

Jewish church, its establishment

Its government
How they promoted religion in their synagogues

Their Proseuchæ, or places appointed for prayer
A particular gospel-church described

Its matter
Its form or bond of union
Its subjection to Christ to be professed

How this to be made visible
Its power of admission

The reformed churches differ about this

Terms of communion fixed by Christ
Its power of exclusion

Causes of exclusion
The way of proceeding therein
With what temper this should be done
What meant by being delivered to Satan

and for what end
The first preaching and success of the gospel

Conduct of the Apostles in planting gospel-churches

THE

DOCTRINES

OF THE

CHRISTIAN RELIGION

EXPLAINED AND DEFENDED.

THE WORK OF CREATION.

Quest. XIV. How doth God execute his decrees ?
Answ. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and

providence, according to his infallible fore-knowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will.

Quest. XV. What is the work of creation ? Answ. The work of creation is that, wherein God did, in the

beginning, by the word of his power, make, of nothing, the world, and all things therein, for himself, within the space

of six days, and all very good. ITAVING considered God's eternal purpose, as respecting

I whatever shall come to pass, which is generally called an internal, or immanent act of the divine will, we are now to consider those works which are produced by him, in pursuance thereof. It is inconsistent with the idea of an infinitely perfect Being, to suppose, that any of his decrees shall not take effect, Hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Num. xxiii. 19. His counsel shall stand, and he will do all his pleasure, Isa. xlvi. 10. This is a necessary consequence, from the immutability of his will, as well as from the end which he has designed to attain, to wit, the advancement of his own glory; and therefore, if he should not execute his decrees, he would lose that revenue of glory, which he designed to bring to himself thereby, which it cannot be supposed that he would do ; and accordingly we are to consider his power as exerted, in order to the accomplishment of his purpose. This is said to have been done either in the first production of all things, which is called, The work of creation, or in his upholding and governing all things,

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