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.
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.

Section 1.) God the supreme Lord and King of all the world, hath ordained civil magistrates to be under Him, over the people, for His own glory, and the public good; and, to this end, hath armed them with the power of the sword, for the defence and encouragement of them that are good, and for the punishment of evil doers.(1)
(1) Ro 13:1-4; 1Pe 2:13,14.
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Section 2.) It is lawful for Christians to accept and execute the office of a magistrate, when called thereunto:(1) in the managing whereof, as they ought especially to maintain piety, justice, and peace, according to the wholesome laws of each commonwealth;(2) so, for that end, they may lawfully, now under the New Testament, wage war upon just and necessary occasions.(3)
(1) Pr 8:15,16; Ro 13:1,2,4. (2) Ps 2:10,11,12; 1Ti 2:2; Ps 82:3,4; 2Sa 23:3; 1Pe 2:13. (3) Lk 3:14; Ro 13:4; Mt 8:9,10; Ac 10:1,2; Rev 17:14,16.
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Section 3.) The civil magistrate may not assume to himself the administration of the Word and sacraments, or the power of the keys of the kingdom of heaven:(1) yet he has authority, and it is his duty, to take order that unity and peace be preserved in the Church, that the truth of God be kept pure and entire, that all blasphemies and heresies be suppressed, all corruptions and abuses in worship and discipline prevented or reformed, and all the ordinances of God duly settled, administrated, and observed.(2) For the better effecting whereof, he has power to call synods, to be present at them and to provide that whatsoever is transacted in them be according to the mind of God.(3)
(1) 2Chr 26:18; Mtt 18:17; Mtt 16:19; 1Cor 12:28-29; Eph 4:11-12; 1Cor 4:1-2; Rom 10:15; Heb 5:4 (2) Is 49:23; Ps 122:9; Ezr 7:23-28; Lev 24:16; Deu 13:5-6, 12; 2 King 18:4; 1Chr 13:1-8; 2 King 24:1-25; 2 Chr 5:12; 34:33. (3) 2 Chr 19:8 -11; 2 Chr 29-30; Mt 2:4-5.
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Section 4.) It is the duty of people to pray for magistrates,(1) to honour their persons,(2) to pay them tribute or other dues,(3) to obey their lawful commands, and to be subject to their authority, for conscience sake.(4) Infidelity, or difference in religion, doth not make void the magistrates' just and legal authority, nor free the people from their due obedience to them:(5) from which ecclesiastical persons are not exempted,(6) much less hath the Pope any power and jurisdiction over them in their dominions, or over any of their people and, least of all, to deprive them of their dominions, or lives, if he shall judge them to be heretics, or upon any other pretence whatsoever.(7)
(1) 1Ti 2:1,2 (2) 1Pe 2:17 (3) Ro 13:6,7 (4) Ro 13:5; Tit 3:1 (5) 1Pe 2:13,14,16 (6) Ro 13:1; 1Ki 2:35; Ac 25:9,10,11; 2Pe 2:1,10,11; Jude 8-11 (7) 2Th 2:4; Rev 13:15-17
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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)