Monday, September 7, 2015

7 September 2015 A.D. 6th of 39 Articles, “Sufficiency of Holy Scriptures”—Rev. Roger Hutchinson, a sixteenth-century fellow of St. John’s College and Eton College, Cambridge


7 September 2015 A.D. 6th of 39 Articles, “Sufficiency of Holy Scriptures”—Rev. Roger Hutchinson, a sixteenth-century fellow of St. John’s College and Eton College, Cambridge.

The Works of Roger Hutchinson
  • Author: Roger Hutchinson
  • Editor: John Bruce
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication Date: 1842
  • Pages: 366

Though little is known about Roger Hutchinson’s life, his works reflect the Reformed theological undercurrent of the English Reformation. This collection, compiled by the evangelical Anglican group the Parker Society, presents his layman’s work The Image of God, and five of his sermons. The Image of God considers how we are to think of God and where we are to draw information from him, advocating the personal reading of Scripture. His sermons deal with the Lord’s Supper and patience during oppression.

Roger Hutchinson was a sixteenth-century fellow of St. John’s College and Eton College, Cambridge.

      Roger Hutchinson. M A. – “God’s book is no imperfect work, but a perfect book, containing all things to be done, the whole duty of a Christian man, and sufficient doctrine to instruct a God’s man in all good works, and to make him perfect, as St. Paul witnesseth, writing to Timothy. (2 Tim. 3).  And he must needs accuse God either of ignorance, or of folly, or of negligence, which saith that he hath left anything untouched and undeclared, which concerneth a Christian man’s office, and is needful and necessary unto salvation.  All such things be expressed in God’s book.” – Ser. on Lord’s Supper.   
Article VI—Of the Sufficiency of the Holy Scriptures for Salvation.
      Holy Scripture containeth all things necessary to salvation; so that whatsoever is not read therein, nor may be proved thereby, is not to be required of any man, that it should be believed as an article of the Faith, or be thought requisite or necessary to salvation.  In the name of the Holy Scripture we do understand those canonical Books of the Old and New Testament, of whose authority was never any doubt in the Church. 
Of the Names and Number of the Canonical Books.
Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, Joshua, Judges, Ruth, The First Book of Samuel, The Second Book of Samuel, The First Book of Kings, The Second Book of Kings, The First Book of Chronicles, The Second Book of Chronicles, The First Book of Esdras, The Second Book of Esdras, The Book of Esther, The Book of Job, The Psalms, The Proverbs, Ecclesiastes or Preacher, Cantica, or Songs of Solomon, Four Prophets the greater, Twelve Prophets the less.
      And the other Books (as Hierome saith) the Church doth read for example of life and instruction of manners; but yet doth it not apply them to establish any doctrine: such are these following: – The Third Book of Esdras, The Fourth Book of Esdras, The Book of Tobias, The Book of Judith, The rest of the Book of Esther, The Book of Wisdom, Jesus the Son of Sirach, Baruch the Prophet, The Song of the Three Children, The Story of Susanna, Of Bel and the Dragon, The Prayer of Manasses, The First Book of Maccabees, The Second Book of Maccabees.
      All the Books of the New Testament, as they are commonly received, we do receive, and account them Canonical. 

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