Men may have a knowledge of words, and the meaning of propositions in the Scripture, who have no knowledge of the things themselves designed in them.  The things revealed in the Scripture are expressed in propositions whose words and terms are intelligible unto the common reason of mankind.  Every rational man, especially if he be skilled in those common sciences and arts which all writings refer unto, may, without any especial aid of the Holy Ghost, know the meaning of the propositions that are laid down in, or drawn from the Scripture; yea, they can do so who believe not one word of it to be true, and they do so, as well as the best of them, who have no other help in the understanding of Scripture but their own reason, let them profess to believe what they will.  And whatever men understand of the meaning of the words, expressions, and propositions in the Scripture, if they believe not the things which the declare, they do not in any sense know the mind and will of God in them; for to know a thing as the mind of God, and not to assent unto its truth, implieth a contradiction.  I shall never grant that a man understands the Scripture aright who understands the words of it only, and not the things which is the mind of God in them.  For instance, the Jews understand the words of the Scripture of the Old Testament in its own original language, and they are able to perceive the grammatical sense and construction of the propositions contained in it,-they are unacquainted with them and their writings who will not acknowledge their skill, subtilty, and accuracy in these things,-yet will not any Christian say they understand the mind of God in the Old Testament.  The apostle showeth the contrary, and giveth the reason for it, in the place before insisted on, 2 Corinthians 3.  Such a knowledge of the Scripture no wise man will value, let it be attained how it will.

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