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All which are given by inſpiration of God, to be the Rule of faith and life[1].

III. The Books commonly called Apocrypha, not being of Divine inſpiration, are no part or the Canon of the Scripture; and therefore are of no authority in the Church of God, nor to be any other wiſe approved, or made uſe of, then other humane Writings[2].

IV. The authority of the Holy Scripture, for which it ought to be beleeved and obeyed, dependeth not upon the Teſtimony of any man, or Church but wholly upon God (who is Truth it ſelf) the Author thereof; and therefore it is to be received, becauſe it is the Word of God[3].

V. We may be moved and induced by the Teſimony of the Church, to an high and reverent eſteem of the holy Scripture[4]. And the heavenlineſs of the Matter, the efficacy of the Doctrine, the majeſty of the Stile, the conſent of all the Parts, the Scope of the whole (which is, to give all glory to God,) the full diſcovery it makes of the only way of mans ſalvation, the many other incomparable Excellencies, and the intire perfection thereof, are Arguments whereby it doth abundantly evidence it ſelf to be the Word of God; yet notwithſtanding, our full perſwaſion and aſſurance of the infallible truth, and Divine authority thereof, is from the inward work of the Holy Spirit, bearing witneſs by, and with the Word, in our hearts[5].

VI. The whole Councell of God concerning all things neceſſary for his own Glory, mans ſalvation, Faith and Life, is either expreſly ſet down in Scripture, or by good and neceſſary conſequence may be deduced from Scripture; unto which nothing at any any time is to be