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SER. II.
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AUTHORITY OF SCRIPTURE.
mand you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it." Deu. iv. 2.

"He that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son." 1 John, v. 10.

"He answered and said unto them, Well hath Esaias prophecied of you hypocrites, as it is written, This people honoureth me with their lips, but their heart is far from me. Howbeit in vain do they

worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition; for Moses said, Honour thy father and thy mother, &c, but ye say, &c.: making the word of god* of none effect through your tradition, Which ye have delivered; and many such like things do ye." Mark, vii. 6, 7, 9-11, 13.

* Observe in this, as well as other passages, the high authority for calling the written revelation the word of God.

again.
"It is easier for heaven and earth to pass than one tittle of the law to fail." Luke, xvi. 17.

"I [Jesus] testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book. If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written

in this book. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book." Rev. xxii. 18, 19.
2nd.—As to the word spoken; but which cometh to us as the written word.
"God, who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past
unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us