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and the Descent into Hell are really distinct in themselves, tho' the one, by virtue of God's Appointment, certainly follows the other.
The FOURTH ARTICLE.
Of the Resurrection of CHRIST.
HRIST did truly rise again from death, and took
again bis body; with flesh, bones, and all things appertaining to the perfeétion of man's nature, wherewith be ascended into heaven, and there fitteth until he return to judge all men at the last day,
This Article contains Four Propositions.
took again his Body, with Flesh, Bones, and
Man's Nature. 2. Christ did, with his faid Body, Flesh, &c.
ascend into Heaven. 3. Christ shall return from Heaven to judge all
Men at the Last Day. 4. Chrift fitteth in Heaven, until he return to
judge all Men at the Last Day. The First Proposition. See Bishop Pearson on the Fifth Article, beginning at He rose again ; and the Fourteenth Chapter of the Second Part of the First Volume of Dr. Jenkin's Reasonableness and Certainty of the Christian Religion, and the Twenty eighth Chapter of the Second Volume of the said Book ; and the Eleventh Section of Dr. Whitby's General Preface to his first Volume of Annotations, E 3
The Second, Third and Fourth Propofitions. See Bishop Pearson on the Sixth and Seventh Articles,
Of the Holy Ghost.
Son, is of one Substance, Majesty, and Glory, with the Father and the Son, very and eternal God.
This Article contains Three Propositions.
fty, and Glory, with the Father and the Son, 3. The Holy Ghost proceedeth from the Father
and the Son,
The First and Third Propositions, See Bishop Pearson on the Eighth Article. But concerning the Third, see also Numb. 3. of the Appendix to the Paraphrase with Annotations on the Common Prayer,
p. 287, &c.
The Second Proposition is therefore true, because there can be no more Gods than One, according to the Sixth Proposition of the First Article.
The SIXTH ARTICLE.
Salvation ; so that whatsoever is not read i berein, Hor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any
man, that it should be believ'd as an Article of the Faith,
The Psalms.jar '
Four Propbets the greater.
And the other Books (as Hierome faith) the Church doth read for Example of Life, and Instruction of Manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any Doctrine ; such are these following,
The II. Book of Esdras.
The II. Book of Maccabees. All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive ana account themCanonical.
This Article contains Six Proposition.
nor may be prov'd thereby, is not to be requirid of any man, that it should be believ'd as an Article of Faith, or be thought requisite
or necessary to Salvation. 3. In the Name of the Holy Scripture we do un
derstand the Canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose Authority was ne
ver any Doubt in the Church. 4. The Canonical Book's of the Old Testament
are Genesis, Exodus, &c. 107 5. All the Books of the New Testament, as they
åre commonly receluid, we do receive and ac- them Canonical.
COUAR 6. The other Books (viz. thofe which are comOT
monly annex'd to theOld Testament; and which
we do not account Canonical) as Hierome saith, the Church doth read for Example of Life, and Instruction of Manners; but yet doth not apply them to establish any.Doctrine. Such are these following, the Third Book of Esdras, the Fourth Book of Esdras, &c.
I begin with the Three last Propositions : But must first observe, 1. That by a Canonical Book of Scripture, is meant a Book, which being written by Divine Inspiration, is to be received by us as a Part of the Canon or Rule of Christian Faith and Practice. 2. That what the Church here calls the Second Book of Efdras, is what we generally call the Book of Nehemiah. For if you look into our old English Bibles, you'll find, that Nehemiah's History and Prophecy goes under the Name of the Second Book of Efdras. These things being premis'd,
The Three last Propositions of this Article are prov'd in that Method and Order which I (a) have propos’d to be taken for the Examination of the Authority of the Holy Scriptures, and the Truth of Christianity, with respect to the Hypothesis of the Deists. For thereby it appears, 1. That those Books of the Old and New Testament which we receive, are truly Canonical ; because they are the Word of God, and contain his reveld Will. 2. That those Books, which tho' commonly annex'd to the Old Testament, arę rejected by us, are not Canonical, because not of Divine Authority.
(a) In the foregoing Directions for Studying a general system or Body of Divinity, p. 10.