The Philadelphia Confession, 1742
In the beginning it pleased God the
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,1 for the manifestation of the
glory of His eternal power,2 wisdom, and goodness, to create or
make the world, and all things therein, whether visible, or invisible, in the space of six
days, and all very good.3
After God hath made all other
creatures, He created man, male and female,4 with reasonable
and immortal souls,5 rendering them fit unto that life to God,
for which they were created; being made after the image of God, in knowledge,
righteousness, and true holiness;6 having the law of God
written in their hearts,7 and power to fulfil it; and yet under
a possibility of transgressing, being justify to the liberty of their own will, which was
subject to change.8
Besides the law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil;9 which whilst they kept, they were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.10
1. Jn 1:2-3; Heb 1:2; Job 26:13.
2. Ro 1:20. 3. Col 1:16; Ge 1:31.
3. Col 1:16; Ge 1:31.
4. Ge 1:27.
5. Ge 2:7.
6. Ecc 7:29; Ge 1:26.
7. Ro 2:14-15.
8. Ge 3:6.
9. Ge 2:17.
10. Ge 1:26,28.
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