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CHAP.

I.

.Epiille to

the

r

heffalonians. V

E

R.I.

Word

is

brought

veto

vs;

whether

by

Ifaiah,

as

fume

thinke,

a

Prophet

b

of

the

blood

Royall:

or

by

Amos,

from

e

amongli the Hearslmen

a

fTekla.

His

AIi'ociates

are

Siluantas

and

Timothy.

Siloam

feemcs

the

fame

with

Silas,

who

d

ioyned

his pa

ines

with

buskin

find

preaching to this people.

Timothy

had

a11ò

his imploymenc

there,

not without

profit for

theircon-

fîrmation.

It

is

here

inquired, how

aiíociated

ro

Paul,

whether

as

ioyxst

Authors in

inditing the

Epidle

?

It

rio

where appeares,that they had diuine infpiration,

as

Apof}les,

and

Prophets;

or were chofen by Gods Spi-

rit,

to pen Scripture, rather

thinke

them mentioned,

as

Approuers

of

the Doetrines, and Exhortations here

de-

liuered.

Was

not

Pawls

authority

fufcient

to commend them

to Gods

Church

?

Sufficient,no

doubt,in

it

fen

:

yet

inafnruch

as

the

re-

uerence

of

there

two

was

great in

the

Church

of

Theffa-

Ionica,

Paulioynes them vnto

him

:

that

by

all

meanes

he

might

procure

ref'pef}

to

his

doctrine.

lawjull then

to

vfe

humana fubfidia,

humane

helper

for

aduanta,v

nf

the

truth.

e

The

Apodles,

and Elders, and

Brethren

goe

ioyntly

in

the

decrees

at

I

erufalern,

that

by

vniuerfall

confcnt

Gods

people

might

be more fwayed to

obedience. Very

f

Heathens tedimonies

are

not

refufed

by Apoftics,to aduanrage

the Truth.

Like courte

is

war-

ranted to

vs,where we

may

fee

Gods

Truth

may

thereby

getaduantage.

What

if

the

name

of

a

Father,

or

forne

later

Writer

be fometimes

heard in

the Pulpit

?

what

pre-

judice

receiues

the Scripture thereby

?

I

neuer

liked

that

thicke heapingof

Fathers fentencesin popular Sermons.

It

fauours

too much

of

oflentarien,

and

tends little

or

no-

thing

to

edification

;

much

lefTe

can

I

approue

their

alle-

gation,

as of'

Authors

fo

authenricke,

as

to

itnpofe

on

vs

a

necelíitie

of

beleeuing,

becaufe

they

fo

teach

;

yet

are

B

a

there

3

b

Rabbi Salo-

plea

apud

zy-

ram.

Hieron.in

Pro

log.ad

lfaiam-

Amos

r.

I.

aAt. r74.

QeÌf

eA?nfw.

Obfer.

Aa.

r5.z3.

EAFi.17.48.

lames

I.17.

vft.