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Chapter 5. The Continuance, Increase, and Preservation of the Kirk

We most constantly believe that God preserved, instructed, multiplied, honoured, decored, and from death called to life his kirk in all ages, from Adam, till the coming of Christ Jesus in the flesh.1515Ezek. 6:6-14. For Abraham he called from his father's country; him he instructed; his seed he multiplied;1616Gen. 12:1; 13:1. the same he marvelously preserved, and more marvelously delivered from the bondage and tyranny of Pharaoh;1717Ex. 1, etc. to them he gave his laws, constitutions, and ceremonies;1818Josh. 1:3; 23:4. them he possessed in the land of Canaan;19191 Sam. 10:1; 16:13. to them, after Judges and after Saul, he gave David to be king, to whom he made promise, that of the fruit of his loins should one sit for ever upon his regal seat.20202 Sam. 7:12. To this same people, from time to time, he sent prophets to reduce them to the right way of their God,21212 Kings 17:13-19. from the which often times they declined by idolatry. And albeit for their stubborn contempt of justice, he was compelled to give them in the hands of their enemies,22222 Kings 24:3-4. as before was threatened by the mouth of Moses,2323Deut. 28:36, 48. insomuch that the holy city was destroyed, the temple burnt with fire,24242 Kings 25. and the whole land left desolate the space of seventy years;2525Dan. 9:2. yet of mercy did he reduce them again to Jerusalem, where the city and temple were reedified, and they, against all temptations and assaults of Satan, did abide till the Messiah came, according to the promise.2626Jer. 30; Ezra 1, etc.; Hag. 1:14; 2:7-9; Zech. 3:8.

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