Of the Civil Magistrate.
1. God the supream Lord, and King of all the World,
hath ordained Civil (a) Magistrates
to be under him, over the people for his own glory, and the publick good;
and to this end hath armed them with the power of the Sword, for defence
and encouragement of them that do good, and for the punishment of evil
a Rom. 13 1,2,3,4.
2. It is lawful for Christians to Accept, and Execute
the Office of a Magistrate when called thereunto; in the management
whereof, as they ought especially to maintain (b)
Justice, and Peace, according to the wholsome Laws of each Kingdome, and
Commonwealth: so for that end they may lawfully now under the New Testament
(c) wage war upon just and necessary
b 2 Sam. 23.3. Ps. 82.3,4.
3. Civil Magistrates being set up by God,
for the ends aforesaid; subjection in all lawful things commanded by them,
ought to be yeilded by us, in the Lord; not only for wrath (d)
but for Conscience sake; and we ought to make supplications and prayers
for Kings, and all that are in Authority, (e)
that under them we may live a quiet and peaceable life, in all godliness
d Rom. 13.5,6,7. 1 Pet. 2.17.