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7 - Of the Foundation efficient and conveying causes of Power

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  05 June 2012

William Lamont
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University of Sussex
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Thes. 121. There is no Governing Power but what is from God the Absolute Universal Lord and Soveraign …

Thes. 122. Every earthly Soveraign therefore is an Officer of God, receiving his power from him as his highest Soveraign, and being obliged to use it for him, being himself but a subordinate Soveraign of a part of the Universal Kingdom …

Thes. 123. The fifth Commandment is therefore placed as between the first and second Table, as being partly a Command of our Duty to God in his Officers, and partly the first Command of our Duty to men, even to the men that are most highly dignified by the Communication of that beam of Authority from God …

Thes. 124. Our principal search then must be to find out the line of Derivation, how, and by what means this Power is conveyed from God. And to that end, we must enquire what he hath done himself as part of his Universal standing Law, and what he hath left to be done, with variations according to the difference of times, and places, and persons.

Thes. 125. And first, It is most certain that God hath himself determined in the Law of nature, & of Scripture, that there shall be Governors and subjects, Rule and Obedience in the world; and hath not left the world to liberty, whether they will have Governors or not … […]

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Print publication year: 1994

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