Chapter 1 - Of the Holy Scripture.
Chapter 2 - Of God, and of the Holy Trinity.
Chapter 3 - Of God’s Eternal Decree.
Chapter 4 - Of Creation.
Chapter 5 - Of Providence.
Chapter 6 - Of the Fall of Man, of Sin, and of the Punishment thereof.
Chapter 7 - Of God’s Covenant with Man.
Chapter 8 - Of Christ the Mediator.
Chapter 9 - Of Free Will.
Chapter 10 - Of Effectual Calling.
Chapter 11 - Of Justification.
Chapter 12 - Of Adoption.
Chapter 13 - Of Sanctification.
Chapter 14 - Of Saving Faith.
Chapter 15 - Of Repentance Unto Life.

Chapter 16 - Of Good Works.

Section 1.) Good works are only such as God hath commanded in His holy Word,(1) and not such as, without the warrant thereof, are devised by men, out of blind zeal, or upon any pretence of good intention.(2)
(1) Mic 6:8; Ro 12:2; Heb 13:21. (2) Mt 15:9; Isa 29:13; 1Pe 1:18; Ro 10:2.
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Section 2.) These good works, done in obedience to God's commandments, are the fruits and evidences of a true and lively faith:(1) and by them believers manifest their thankfulness,(2) strengthen their assurance,(3) edify their brethren,(4) adorn the profession of the Gospel,(5) stop the mouths of the adversaries,(6) and glorify God,(7) whose workmanship they are, created in Christ Jesus thereunto;(8) that, having their fruit unto holiness, they may have the end eternal life.(9)
(1) Jas 2:18,22. (2) Ps 116:12,13; 1Pe 2:9. (3) 1Jn 2:3,5; 2Pe 1:5-10. (4) 2Co 9:2; Mt 5:16. (5) Tit 2:5,9,10,11,12; 1Ti 6:1. (6) 1Pe 2:15. (7) 1Pe 2:12; Php 1:11; Jn 15:8. (8) Eph 2:10. (9) Rom. 6:22.
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Section 3.) Their ability to do good works is not at all of themselves, but wholly from the Spirit of Christ.(1) And that they may be enabled thereunto, beside the graces they have already received, there is required an actual influence of the same Holy Spirit to work in them to will and to do of His good pleasure:(2) yet are they not hereupon to grow negligent, as if they were not bound to perform any duty unless upon a special motion of the Spirit; but they ought to be diligent in stirring up the grace of God that is in them.(3)
(1) Jn 15:4,5,6; Eze 36:26,27. (2) Php 2:13; Php 4:13; 2Co 3:5. (3) Php 2:12; Heb 6:11,12; 2Pe 1:3,5,10,11; Isa 64:7; 2Ti 1:6; Ac 26:6,7; Jude 20,21.
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Section 4.) They who, in their obedience, attain to the greatest height which is possible in this life, are so far from being able to supererogate, and to do more than God requires, as that they fall short of much which in the duty they are bound to do.(1)
(1) Lk 17:10; Ne 13:22; Job 9:2,3; Gal 5:17
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Section 5.) We cannot, by our best works, merit pardon of sin, or eternal life, at the hand of God, by reason of the great disproportion that is between them and the glory to come, and the infinite distance that is between us and God, whom by them, we can neither profit nor satisfy for the debt of our former sins;(1) but when we have done all we can, we have done but our duty, and are unprofitable servants;(2) and because, as they are good, they proceed from His Spirit;(3) and as they are wrought by us, they are defiled, and mixed with so much weakness and imperfection, that they cannot endure the severity of God's judgment.(4)
(1) Ro 3:20; Ro 4:2,4,6; Eph 2:8,9; Tit 3:5,6,7; Ro 8:18; Ps 16:2; Job. 22:2,3; Job 35:7,8. (2) Lk 17:10. (3) Gal 5:22,23. (4) Isa 64:6; Gal 5:17; Ro 7:15,18; Ps 143:2; Ps 130:3.
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Section 6.) Notwithstanding, the persons of believers being accepted through Christ, their good works also are accepted in Him;(1) not as though they were in this life wholly unblameable and unreprovable in God's sight;(2) but that He, looking upon them in His Son, is pleased to accept and reward that which is sincere, although accompanied with many weaknesses and imperfections.(3)
(1) Eph 1:6; 1Pe 2:5; Ex 28:38; Ge 4:4; Heb 11:4. (2) Job 9:20; Ps 143:2. (3) Heb 13:20,21; 2Co 8:12; Heb 6:10; Mt 25:21,23.
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Section 7.) Works done by unregenerate men, although, for the matter of them, they may be things which God commands, and of good use both to themselves and others;(1) yet, because they proceed not from an heart purified by faith;(2) nor are done in a right manner, according to the Word;(3) nor to a right end, the glory of God;(4) they are therefore sinful, and cannot please God, or make a man meet to receive grace from God.(5) And yet, their neglect of them is more sinful and displeasing unto God.(6)
(1) 2Ki 10:30,31; 1Ki 21:27,29; Php 1:15,16,18. (2) Ge 4:5; Heb 11:4,6. (3) 1Co 13:3; Isa 1:12. (4) Mt 6:2,5,16. (5) Hag 2:14; Tit 1:15; Am 5:21,22; Hos 1:4; Ro 9:16; Tit 3:15. (6) Ps 14:4; Ps 36:3; Job 21:14,15; Mt 25:41,42,43,45; Mt 23:3.
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Chapter 17 - Of The Perseverance of the Saints.
Chapter 18 - Of the Assurance of Grace and Salvation.
Chapter 19 - Of the Law of God.
Chapter 20 - Of Christian Liberty, and Liberty of Conscience.
Chapter 21 - Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath-day.
Chapter 22 - Of Lawful Oaths and Vows.
Chapter 23 - Of the Civil Magistrate.
Chapter 24 - Of Marriage and Divorce.
Chapter 25 - Of the Church.
Chapter 26 - Of the Communion of the Saints.
Chapter 27 - Of the Sacraments.
Chapter 28 - Of Baptism.
Chapter 29 - Of the Lord’s Supper.
Chapter 30 - Of Church Censures.
Chapter 31 - Of Synods And Councils.
Chapter 32 - Of the State of Man After Death, and of the Resurrection of the Dead.
Chapter 33 - Of the Last Judgment.

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  • "And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellow servants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled." ~ (Rev 6:9-11)