Thirdly it matcheth him with aungels, it equalleth him with Saintes and felowcitizens of heauē, it numbereth him with the houshold of God, and inheriteth hym with Iesus Christ him selfe. Ephes. 2.
MarginaliaEphes. 2.Fourthly, it adopteth him from the state of a seruaunt, to the state of the sonne of God, crying: Abba father. Gal. 4.
MarginaliaItaq; iam non es seruus sed filius. Gal. 4. Galat. 4Fiftly, it openeth to him a bold accesse and intraunce to the high Maiestie and throne of grace. Ephes. 2. Heb. 4.
MarginaliaHebr. 4.Sixtly, it subiecteth all things vnder him: as ministers, yea the Apostles them selues in their hyest office, death, lyfe, thynges present, thynges to come, with the whole world besides, & assigneth him no spirituall head, but onely Christ, saying: And you are Christes and Christ is Gods. 1. Cor. 3.
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MarginaliaThe glorious state of Christian libertie, & spirituall fredome in Christ Iesu.Seuenthly, it aduaunseth and setteth him in a spirituall libertie or freedome, aboue all terrours of spirite, rising either of Gods law or mans law, aboue all dreadfull feares of sinne, damnation, malediction, reiection, death, hell, or Purgatory: aboue all seruile bondage of ceremonies, mens preceptes, traditions, superstitious vses, yokes, customes, or what els soeuer oppresseth and intangleth the spirituall freedome of a conscience which Chirst hath set at libertie: And requireth moreouer that we walke and stand stout in that libertie with the free sonne of Sara, wherto we are bought, and not suffer our selues any more to be clogged with any such yoke of seruile bondage: that is to meane, although we should be content to subiect our bodyes to all seruice and to all men, yet that we yeld not our spirituall conscieces and soules as slaues and seruaūtes to be subiect to the feare or bondage of any terrene thyng in this world, for as much as we are in that part made Lordes and Princes ouer all thyngs what soeuer can harme, or bynd, or terrifie vs. Gal. 4. Colloss. 2.
MarginaliaDayes and times indifferent.11. Item, the right vayne of S. Paules doctrine putteth no difference nor obseruation in dayes and tymes. Gal. 4. Col. 2.
MarginaliaMeates indifferēt with thankes geuyng.12. Item, it leaueth all meates to be indifferent, with thankes giuyng, to serue the necessitie of the body, and not the body to serue them. Col. 2. 1. Timot. 4.
MarginaliaMariage lawfull for all men.13. Itē, it permitteth Mariage without restraynt or exceptiō, lawfull and also expedient for all men, hauyng neede therof. 1. Cor. 7.
MarginaliaOne sacrifice for sinne, and no more.14. Item, it admitteth no sacrifice for sinne but the sacrifice of Christ alone, and that done once for all with bloud. For without bloud there is no remission of sinne: whiche onely is applyed to vs by fayth, & by nothyng els. Heb. 9. MarginaliaHeb. 9.
MarginaliaThe vse of the holy cōmunion in aūciēt time of the primitiue churche.15. Item, as touchyng the holy Communion, by the letters of S. Paule to the Cor. 11. we vnderstand, that the vse then amongest them was, to haue the participation of the bread, called the Lordes body, and of the cup, called the Lordes bloud, administred not at an altar, but at a playne borde or table, the congregation there meetyng together after the tyme of their supper, where not the minister alone did receaue and the other looked on, but the whole congregation together did cōmunicate with reuerence & thankes giuyng, not liftyng ouer the Priestes head, nor worshippyng, nor kneelyng, nor knockyng their brestes, but either sittyng at the supper, or standyng after the supper. Accordyng to whiche forme the Muscouites yet to this day folowyng the old rite of the countrey (although beyng drowned otherwise in much supersititon) vse to receaue it after they be risen from their dyner standyng. Experience wherof was sene here at London the first day of Octob. an. 1569.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaNo mo Sacramentes mētioned in S. Paule, but the Lordes supper and baptisme.16. Itē, the sayd Apostle, besides the Sacramentall supper, maketh mention of Baptisme, or washyng of regeneration, although he him selfe Baptised but few. 1. Cor. 1. of the other Sacramentes he maketh no mention.
17. Item, by the same doctrine of S. Paule no toung is to be vsed in the congregation whiche is not knowen and doth not edifie. 1. Cor. 14.
MarginaliaThe authoritie and office of the ciuill Magistrates18. Item, the rule of S. Paules doctrine subiecteth euery creature vnder the obedience of Kynges and Princes, and ordinary Magistrates ordeined of God to haue the sword and authoritie of publicke regiment to order and dispose in all thynges not contrary to God, what soeuer perteineth to the mainteinaunce of the good, or to the correction of the euill: from whose iurisdictiō there is no exemption of vocations or persons, whether they be Ecclesiasticall or politicall. And therfore to this office apperteineth to preserue peace, to set thynges in lawfull order, to conserue Christian discipline in the Church of Christ, to remoue offences, to bridle the disobediēt, to prouide & procure wholesome and faithfull teachers ouer the people, to mainteine learnyng and set vp scholes, to haue ouersight not onely of þe people, but also all Ecclesiatical ministers to see euery one to do his duetie, & to remoue or punishe such as be negligent: also to call Councels and Synodes, and to prouide the Church goodes to be faythfully dispensed by the hands of true dealers, to the sustentation of the Churche, of true teachers, and to the publicke necessitie of the poore &c.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaThe office & authoritie of Byshops how far it doth extended.19. Furthermore, by S. Paules doctrine, the ministers and superintendentes of Christes Church haue their authoritie and armour likewise to them limited, whiche armour is onely spirituall, and not carnall, whereby they fight not agaynst flesh & bloud, but agaynst the power of darkenes, errour, and sinne, agaynst the spirituall seduction and craftines in heauenly thynges, agaynst the workes & procedynges of Sathan the Prince of this world, in comforting weake consciences agaynst terrours of the deuill and desperation, and finally agaynst euery cogitation lifted vp agaynst Christ, to subdue euery celsitude to the subiection and power of Christ Iesu the sonne of God.[Back to Top]
MarginaliaAn other brief recapitulation of S. Paules doctrine reduced to five pointes.Briefly and in a compendious summe to reduce the whole doctrine of S. Paule, in these fiue pointes chiefly it consisteth.
1. First, in settyng forth the grace, great loue & good will, and free promises of God the father in Christ Iesus hys sonne to mankynd, which so loued the world, that he hath geuen his owne sonne for the redemption therof. Ioan. 3.
MarginaliaIoan 3.Whiche gaue his sonne to dye for vs beyng his enemyes. Rom. 5.
MarginaliaThe great mercy of God in Christ.
Rom. 5.whiche hath quickened vs beyng dead in sinne. Ephes. 2. MarginaliaEphes. 2.which so mercyfully hath recōciled the world to hym selfe by his sonne, and also by his messengers desireth vs to be reconciled vnto hym. 2. Cor. 5. who hath giuen his own sonne to be sinne for vs. 2. Cor. 5. Marginalia2. Cor. 5.to be accursed for vs. Gal. 3. which by firme promise hath assured vs of our inheritaɼce. Rom. 4. MarginaliaRom. 4. which not by the workes of rightuousnes that we haue done, but of his owne mercy hath saued vs by the washyng of regeneration. Tit. 3. MarginaliaTit. 3.&c.
MarginaliaThe glory and Maiestie of Christ Iesus set fort in Saint Paule.
Ephes. 4.2. The second poynt consisteth in preachyng and expressing the glorious and triumphant Maiestie of Christ Iesus the sonne of God, and the excellencie of his glory, who beyng once dead in the infirmitie of flesh, rose agayne with power, ascended vp with Maiestie, hath led away captiuitie captiue. Ephes. 4. sitteth and reigneth in glory on the right hand of God in heauenly thynges aboue all principates and potestates, powers and dominations, and aboue euery name that is named, not onely in this world, but also in the world to come. Ephes. I. In whose name euery knee hath to bend both in heauen and in earth, and vnder the earth, and euery toung to confesse our Lord Christ Iesus to be the glory of God the father. Phil. 2. MarginaliaPhil. 2. In whom and by whom all thynges are made both in heauen and in earth, thyngs visible, & inuisible, whether they be thrones, or dominatiōs, or principates, or potestates, all are by him, and for him created, and he is before all, and all thinges cōsiste in him: who is the head of his body the Churche, the begynnyng and first borne from the dead, in whom dwelleth all fulnes. Col. I. MarginaliaColos. 1.To whom the father hath giuen all iudgement, and iudgeth no man him selfe any more. Ioan. 5. MarginaliaIoan. 5.To whō the father hath giuen all thynges to his hands. Ioan. 13. MarginaliaIoan. 13.To whom the father hath giuen power of all flesh. Ioan. 17. MarginaliaIoan. 17.To whom all power is giuen in heauen and in earth. Mat. vlt. MarginaliaMat. vlt.In whom be all the promises of God Est & Amen. 2. Cor. 1. Marginalia2. Cor. 1.
MarginaliaThe thyrd braunch.
The vertue and effect of Christes death, and what excedyng benefites procede therof.3. Thirdly, he declareth the vertue of hys Crosse and Passion, and what excedyng benefites procede to vs by the same. By whose bloud we haue redemption and remission of our sinnes. Ephes. 1. MarginaliaEphes. 1.By whose strypes we are made whole. Esay. 53. MarginaliaEsay. 53.By whose Crosse all thinges are pacified both in heauen and in earth. Col. 1. MarginaliaCollos. 1.By whose death we are recōciled. Rom. 5. MarginaliaRom. 5.Who hath destroyed death, & brought life to light. 2. Timot. 1. Marginalia2. Timo. 1.Who by death hath destroyed hym, which had the power of death, that is, the deuil, and hath deliuered them whiche lyued vnder feare of death all their life in bondage. Heb. 2. MarginaliaHeb. 2.By whose obedience we are made iust: by whose rightuousness we are iustified to life. Rom. 5. MarginaliaRom. 5.By whose curse we are blessed, and deliuered from the malediction of the lawe. Gala. 3. MarginaliaGal. 3.By whose bloud we that once were farre of, are made neare vnto God. Ephes. 2. Who in one body hath reconciled both Iewes and Gētiles vnto God. Ephes. 2. MarginaliaEphes. 2.Who by his flesh hath taken away the diuision and separation betwene God and vs, abolishyng the law which was set agaynst vs in preceptes & decrees. Ephes. 2. Who is our peace, our aduocate, and propitiation for the sinnes of the whole worlde. 1. Iohn. 2. Marginalia1. Ioan. 2.Who was made accursed, and sinne for vs, that we might be the righteousnes of God in hym. 2. Cor. 5. Marginalia2. Cor. 5.Who is made of God for vs, our wisedome, and righteousnes, and sanctificatiō, and redemption. 1. Cor. 1. Marginalia1. Cor. 1.By whom we haue boldnes, and entraunce with all confidence through fayth in hym. Ephes. 3. MarginaliaEphes. 3.Who forgiueth all our sinnes, and hath torne a peeces the obligation or hand writyng, which was agaynst vs in the law of commaundementes, and hath crucified it vpon the