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TO

The Right honorable the Lords and

Commons Aſſembled in Parliament.

The humble Advice of the Aſſembly of Divines

now, by Authority of Parliament, ſitting

at WESTMINSTER.

Concerning a Confeſſion of Faith.



Chap. I.

Of the Holy Scripture.

Westminster Confession page 11.jpgLthough the Light of Nature, and the works of Creation and Providence do ſo far manifeſt the Goodneſs, Wiſdom, and Power of God, as to leave men unexcuſable[1]; yet are they not ſufficient to give that knowledg of God and of his Will which is neceſſary unto ſalvation[2]. Therefore it pleaſed the Lord at ſundry times, and in divers manners, to reveal himſelf, and to declare that his Will unto his Church[3]; and afterwards for the better preſerving and propagating of the Truth, and for the more ſure eſtabliſhment and comfort of the Church againſt the corruption of the fleſh, and the malice of Satan and of the world, to commit the ſame wholly unto writing[4]: which maketh the Holy Scripture to be moſt neceſſary[5]; thoſe former ways of Gods revealing his Will unto his people, being now ceaſed[6].