mutuall Edification, and of their posterity, that thay

may not be cut of from the priviledges of ye covenant

Otherwise, if a beleever offend, he remaynes destitute of

the remedye provided in that behalf math.18.15,16,17 [?]

should all beleevers neglect this duty of joyning

a pticular church, it might follow thereupon that

cht should have no visible=politicall churches up[on]

earth. (a) Act.2.27. & 9.26. (b) math.3.13,14, 15. (c)

mth.28.19,20. (*) Psal.87.7. & 133.3  (d) math.18.20. Rev.2 [cut off]

(e) 1 Joh.1.3.  (f) Psal.119. last. 1 Pet.2.25.

¶      Chapt. 5 of the first subject of church power,

          or to whom church power doth

               first belong.


  The first subject of church power is either Supream[e]

or subordinate & ministeriall. The supreame by

way of gift from the father is the Lord Jesus Cht

The ministeriall is either extraordinary as Ap[o]

stles, Prophets, Evangelists(b), or ordinary as the

pticular congregationall church(c).  (a) math.28 [cut off]

Rev.1.7. Isai.9.6.  (b) Joh.20.21,23. 1 Cor. 14.32. Tit.1.5

(c) 1 Cor.5.12.


  Ordinary church power is either ye power of

office, that is, such as is proper to the Eldership(a)

or power of priviledge, such as belongs unto the

brotherhood. This latter is in the brethren formally

& immediatly from cht, that is, so as it may according

to order be acted & exercised immediatly by them

selves(b). The former is not in them forma[lly]

or immediatly, & therefore cannot be acted or

exercised immediatly by them(c), but is sayed to

be in them in that they designe the psons unt[o]