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OUR DOCTRINE AND FAITH IN JESUS CHRIST,
THE SON OF GOD, TOGETHER WITH THEIR PROPER CONTENTS, FRUITS, END, AND PROMISE.
OUR foundation and faith is, and that, according to the Scriptures, in power and truth, that the whole Christ Jesus, visible and invisible, outwardly and inwardly, mortal and immortal, is the first and only begotten Son ‑of God, Heb. 1:6; Jn. 1:14; 3:18; 1 Jn. 4:10, as the angel, John the Baptist, the apostles and all the Scriptures confess him to be; that he is the ineffable, eternal word, by which all things are created, ineffably come from heaven, and that, by the power of the Holy Ghost he became man in Mary, the virgin, who was promised to a man of the house and generation of David, named Joseph, above all human understanding, and that, according to this flesh he was generated in her, and in due time born of her, an only, undivided person, Son, and Christ, God's true and natural Son, by virtue of his origin; and Mary's supernatural son, by virtue of his conception, I say, supernatural; for it was not 384brought about by the will of man; who was promised that he should be born of the generation of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and David; as it also happened; that he is, also, by reason of his mother, Joseph's wife, called in the Scriptures the righteous branch of David, a rod out of the stem of Jesse, the fruit of the loins of David, represented by the literal Solomon; that he is the Wonderful, Counsellor, The Mighty God, The everlasting Father, our Immanuel, our God, The Lord Our Righteousness, The Wisdom of God, the Lord of David, the Strong and Mighty God, who in the beginning founded the earth, and made the heavens; our new and spiritual Solomon, seated upon the new spiritual throne in the new and spiritual kingdom and reign of David; God's true Son, I say, by reason of his Father; Abraham and David's son, by reason of his mother; an only, undivided Son of God and Mary, gone forth from the Father, come down from heaven; conceived in Mary, born of her, a true man, like unto us, poor children of Adam, in all things except sin; that he hungered and ate, thirsted . and drank, tired and rested; that he was made in the likeness of men; that he has fulfilled the law for us; that he sought the lost sheep; taught the kingdom of God, and that he confirmed his sending by miracles; and that he, at last died the bitter death, innocently, for us who were guilty (when we were yet ungodly and enemies); that he ', has thus purchased, sanctified and cleansed us by his own blood, and not by the blood of another; that he has reconciled us with God, our Father, nay, made us kings and priests; that he was delivered and resurrected from the bonds of death, and ascended to his Father, where he was before, and that, by his precious innocent blood, he became our only and eternal High Priest, Intercessor, Mediator, Advocate and Reconciler, with God his Father; that he is our Lord and God, whom we, in our weakness, should honor and praise because of his ineffable love and merits, even as we honor the Father himself, Gen. 1:1; Pa. 33:6; Jn. 1:3; 3:13; 8:23; 16:28; 1 Cor. 15:47; Eph. 4:10; Matt. 1:20; Luke 1:23; Jn. 1:14; Rom. 1:3; Gal. 4:4; Luke 1:30; Gen. 12:8; 18:18; 22:18; 26:4; 28:14; 49:10; 2 Sam. 7:12; Rom. 1:3; 9:5; Matt. 1:18; Luke 2:7; 3:23; 2 Tim. 2:8; Jer. 23:6; 33:16; Isa. 11:1; 1 Kin. 5:5; Pa. 89:37; Matt. 1:16; Lake 3:23; Acts 2:30; lea. 9:6; 7:14,; Matt. 1:23; lea. 40:3; Jer. 23:6; 33:16; Prov. 8:12; Bar. S:36; Ps. 110:1; 24:8; Heb. 1:10; Isa. 9:5; Luke 1:28; Jn. 16:28; 6:32; Eph. 4:10; Matt. 1:18; Luke 1:31; Jn. 1:14; Luke 2:7; Gal. 4:4; Heb. 2:14; 4:15; Jn. 4:6; Phil. 2:7; Matt. 5:17; Rom. 8:3; Eph. 2:13; Col. 2:13; Ezek. 34:23; Matt. 18:11; 4:17; Jn. 2:11; Rom. 5:8; 1 Jn: l:7; 1 Pet. 1:19; Heb. 9:12; Eph. 2:15; Col. 1:20; 1 Pet. 2:9; Rev. 1:6; 5:10; Matt. 28:6; Mark 16:6; Luke 24:6; Jn. 20; Eph.1:20; Mark 16:19; Acts 1; Jn. 6:62; Rom. 3:25; Heb. 3:1; 5:1; 6:20; 7:24; 8:1; 9:11; 10:11; Rom. 8:27; Heb. 7:25; 1 Tim. 2:5; 1 Jn. 2:1; Heb. 9.:11; 12:24; Jn. 20:28; 5:22.
We confess and believe that, as the Almighty, eternal Father, through mere grace and love, has, in the beginning, created Adam and Eve by Christ, his Almighty, eternal word, Gen. 1:27. He, also, now by pure love and grace, has again raised them and all their seed (since they fell) by the same word, now incarnated by his Almighty power, and that he has again accepted them as his children, Jn. 1:14, that we may give the eternal honor and praise to God, for his grace, by his Word or Son, and not to the sinful flesh of Adam, of which they are.
And behold, such a confession concerning this matter leaves the whole Scriptures unbroken and unchanged. Not an inconsistent flattery, nor an adulterated Scripture is found, as is, alas, the case with the confession of our opponents.
The Almighty, eternal God alone, retains his glory and honor, by his Word or Son. The Father remains the true Father of the whole Christ, the mother the true mother, and the Son the true Son of both his Father and his mother, which Son is from above and not from beneath, who is from heaven and not of earth; pure of the pure God, an only Son and person, the Potentate and Lord of heaven and of earth, the Savior of all the world, in whom all the present and future promises are fulfilled, and by whom they are given and received, Eternal praise 385be to his adorable,. glorious, and exalted name, Amen.
All those who can thus firmly believe this miraculously high work of the ineffable, great love of God, and who can confess, with Peter and, all the Scriptures, that Christ Jesus is the true Son of the true and living God, they ‑have. both the Father and the Son, 1 Jn. 2:23; they vanquish the world; they are in' ,God, and God is in them, 1 Jn. 4:15; they are freed from the wrath of God, and have eternal life; they acknowledge the severe justice and the merited curse which came upon Adam and all his descendants through Adam's disobedience. They, therefore, fear God, bury their sins, and turn from evil. They also acknowledge the inexpressible love of God, so richly shown us in Christ Jesus; they enter into newness of life with Christ, Rom. g:4; they believe in the name of the only begotten Son of God, Jn. 3:18.
Honorable reader, take heed. I warn you in sincere and faithful love; for it avails eternal life, or eternal death. If you be not quite blinded you must observe the deceit of Micron by these "Thirty‑one differences," " Forty‑five unscriptural confessions, explanations, fictitious glozings, adulterated and garbled Scriptures," and by these "Fourteen insolvable, blasphemous inconsistencies;" and you must observe that his inconsistencies, together‑with the foundation of their confessions concerning this matter, which I have faithfully and plainly set, forth, are nothing but anti‑christian deceit of the old serpent; and that our foundation and faith, on account of which we must, alas, hear and suffer so much, are the firm, immutable, invincible rock and stone of the eternal truth which the holy apostles and prophets, together with all the pious witnesses of God in the primitive, incorrapted church, before the man of sin entered into, and was seated in the temple of God, who cannot bear this foundation, as may be seen, 1 Jn. 2:22; 4:3; 2 Jn. 1:7, confessed with us.
Not a single Scripture is adulterated or broken by us. We make use of no glozing. No inconsistency is the result. It is the plain Scripture and its foundation which we present to the reader, as you may feel and see.
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