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Q. 3. What is the word of God?
A. The holy scriptures of the old and new testament are the word of God (e), the only rule of faith and obedience (f).
Q. 4. Ilow doth it appear that the scriptures are the word of God?
A. The scriptures manifest themselves to be the word of God, by their majesty (g), and purity (h); hy the consent of all the parts (i), and the scope of the whole, which is to give all glory to God (k); by their light and power to convince and convert sinners, to comfort and build up believers unto salvation (1). But the spirit of God, bearing witness by and with the scriptures in the heart of man, is alone able fully to persuade it that they are the very word of God (m)
re) 2 Tim. 3. 16. All scmp- sion of sins. Acts 26. 22. Having ture is given by inspiration of therefore obtained help of God, God. 2 Tim. 3. 21. For the pro- continue unto this day, witnessing phecy came not in old time by both to small and great, saying the will of nan : but holy men none other things than those of God spake as they were moved which the prophets and Moses by the Holy Ghost.
; did say should come. f) Isai. 8. 20. To the law (k) Rom. 3. 19. and to the testimony: if they know, that what things soever the speak not according to this word, law saith, it saith to them who are it is because there is no light in under the law : that every mouth them. Gal. 1. 8. But though we, may be stopped, and all the world or an angel from heaven, preach may become guilty before God. any other gospel unto you than v. 27.
Where is boasting then ? that which we have preached un- it is excluded. By what law ? of to you, let him be accursed. works ? Nay; but by the law of
cs) Hos. 8. 12. I have writ. faith. ten to him the great things of (1) Psalm 19. 7,8. The law my law, but they were counted of the Lord is perfect, converting as a strange thing. Psal. 119. 129. the soul : the testimony of the Thy testimonies are wonderful : Lord is sure, making wise the therefore doth my soul keep simple. The statutes of the Lord them.
are right, rejoicing the heart : the ch) Psal. 12. 6. The words commandment of the Lord is of the Lord are pure words : as pure, enlightening the eyes. Acts silver tried in a furnace of earth 20. 32. And now, brethren, I purified seven times. Psalm 119. commend you to God, and to the 140. Thy word is very pure:
word of his grace, which is able i) Acts 10. 43. To him give to build you up, and to give you all the prophets witness, that an inheritance among all them through his name, whosoever be which are sanctified. hieveth in him shall receive remis- (m) John 16. 13. Hlowbeit,
Q. 5. Whal do the scriptures principally teach?
A. The scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man (n).
when he the Spirit of truth is Ghost, and in much assurance. come, he will guide you into all (1) John 20. 31. But these
th: for he shall not sicak of are written, that ye might believe himself; but whatsoever he shall that Jesus is the Christ, the Son hear, that shall he speak : and he of God, and that believing ye will shew you things to come. 1 might have life through his name. Thess. 1. 5. For our (Hospel came Psalm 119. 105. Thy word is a not unto you in word only, but lamp unto my feet, and a light also in power, and in the Holy unto my path.
WHAT MAN OUGHT TO BELIEVE CONCERNING GOD.
Q. 6. What do the scriptures make known of God ?
A. The scriptures make known what God is (0), the persons in the Godhead (p), his decrees (9), and the execution of his decrees (r).
Q. 7. What is God?
Ă. God is a Spirit (s), in and of himself infinite in being (t), glory (v), blessedness (w), and perfection (x);
ro) Heb. 11. 6. But without fore to be done. faith it is impossible to please (3) John 4. 24.
God is a him : for he that cometh to God Spirit. must believe that he is, and that ru) Job 11.7. Canst thou by he is a rewarder of them that searching find out God? Canst diligently seek him.
thou find out the Almighty unto (P) i John 5.7. For there are perfection ? v. 8. It is as high as three that bear record in heaven, heaven, what canst thou do?, the Father, the Word, and the deeper than hell, what canst thou Holy Ghost: and these three are know ? v.9. The measure thereone.
of is longer than the earth, and C Acts 15. 18. Known un- broader than the sea. to God are all his works from the (v) Acts 7. 2. The God of beginning of the world.
glory appeared unto our father (ry Acts 4. 27, 28. For of a Abraham. truth, against thy holy child Jesus, ( w ) 1 Tim. 6. 15. The bleg. whom thou hast anointed, both sed and only Potentate, the King Herod and Pontius Pilate, with of kings, and Lord of lords. the Gentiles and the people of ( x) Mat. 5.48. Be ye thereIsrael, were gathered together, fore perfect, even as your for to do whatsoever thy hand ther which is in heaven is and thy counsel determined be- fect.
all-sufficient(y), eternal (2), unchangeable (a), incomprehensible (b), every where present (c), almighty (d), knowing all things (e), most rise (S), most holy (g), most just (h), most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth (i).
Q. 8. Are there more Gods than one ? 1. There is but One only, the ling and true God (k). Q. 9. Horo many persons are there in the Godhead ?
A. "here be three persons in the Godhcad, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished by their personal properties (1)
ry) Gen. 17. 1. I am the Al only wise, be glory through Jesus mighty God; walk before me, Christ for ever, Amen. and be thou perfect.
(3) Isa. 6. 3. And one cried (z) Psal. 90. 2. Before the unto another, and said, Holy, mountains were brought forth, or holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts, ever thou hadst formed the earth the whole earth is full of his gloand the world: even from ever- ry. lasting to everlasting, thou art rh) Deut. 58. 4. He is the God.
rock, his work is perfect; for all ra) Mal. 3. 6. For I am the his ways are judgment: a God Lord, I ehange not.
of truth, and without iniquity, CÓ 1 Kings 8. 27. But will just and right is he. God indeed dwell on the earth? ri) Exod. 34. 6. And the Lord Behold, the hearen, and the hea- passed by before him, and pro ven of heavens cannot contain claimed, the Lord, the Lord God, thee; how much less this house merciful and gracious, long sufthat I have builded.
fering, and abundant in goodness (c) Psal. 139. 1. 13. O Lord, and truth. thou hast searched me and known (k) Deut. 6. 4. Hear, O Israel, me : Thou knowest my down-sit- The Lord our God is one Lord. ting, and mine up-rising, thou un- Jer. 10. 10. But the Lord is the derstandest my thoughts afar off, true God; he is the living God, &c. Whither shall I go from thy and an everlasting King. Spirit ? or whither shall I flee (1) 1 John-5.7. For there are from thy presence, &c.
three that bear record in heaven, (d) Rev. 4. &. Holy, noly, the Father, the Word, and the holy, Lord God Almighty, which Holy Ghost : and these three are was, and is, and is to come. one. Mat. 28. 19. Go ye there
re) Heb. 4. 13. Neither is fore and teach all nations, baptizthere any creature that is not ing them in the name of the Famanifest in huis sight; but all ther, and of the Son, and of the things are naked and opened unto Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. 13. 14. The the eyes of him with whom we grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, Bave to do.
and the love of God, and the com(5) Rom. 16. 27. To God munion of the Holy Ghost, be
Q. 10. What are the personal properties of the three persons in the Godhead?
A. It is proper to the Father to beget the Son (m), and to the Son to be begotten of the Father (n), and to the Holy Ghost to proceed from the Father and the Son from all eternity (o).
Q. 11. How doth it appear that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God, equal with the Father ?
A. The scriptures manifest that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God, equal with the Father, ascribing unto them such names (P), attributes (9), warks (r), with you all, Amen. John 10. 30. God is come, and hath given us I and my Father are one. an understanding that we may
(m) Heb. 1. 5. For unto which know him that is true : and we of the angels said he at any time, are in luin that is true, even in Thou art my Son, this day have Í his son Jesus Christ. This is the begotten thee? And again, I will true God, and eternal life. Acts be to him a Father, and he shall 5.3, 4. But Peter said, Ananias, be to me a Son.
why hath Satan filled thine heart (12) John 1. 14. And the word to lie to the Holy Glost? Why was made flesh, and dwelt among hast thou conceived this thing in us, (and we beheld his glory, the thine heart? Thou hast not lied glory as of the only begotten of unto men, but unto God. the Father) full of grace and (9) Isa. 9. 6.
For unto us a truth.
child is born, unto us a Son is (0) John 15. 26. But when the given, and the government shall Comforter is come, whom I will be upon his shoulder; and his send unto you from the Father, name shall be oalled Wonderful, even the Spirit of truth, which Counsellor, The mighty God, proceedeth from the Father, he The everlasting Father, The shall testify of me. Gal. 4. 6. And Prince of Peace. John 2. 24. because ye are sons, God hath But Jesus did not commit himself sent forth the Spirit of his Son unto them, because he knew all into your hearts, crying, Abba, “men. 1 Cor. 2. 10. But God hatha Father.
revealed them unto us by his Spi. (p) Isa. 6. 3,5. And one cried rit: for the Spirit searcheth all uito another, and said, Holy,holy, things, yea the deep things of God. holy is the Lord of hosts, the (r) Col. 1. 16. For by him whole earth is full of his glory. were all things created that are Then said I, wo is me, for I am in heaven, and that are in earth, undone, because I am a man of visible and invisible, whether they unclean lips, and I dwell in the be thrones, or dominions, or prinmidst of a people of unclean lips: cipalities, or powers : all things for mine eyes have seen the King, were created by him, and for the Lord of hosts. Compared with him. Gen. 1.. 2. And the earth John 12. 41. These things said was without form and void ; and Esaias, when he saw his glory, darkness was upon the face of the and spake of him. 1 John 5. 20. deep: and the Spirit of God more And we know that the Son of ed upon the face of the waters. . and worship (s), as are proper to God only.
Q. 12. What are the decrees of God ?
A. God's decrees are the wise, free, and holy acts of the counsel of his will (t), whereby, from all eternity, he hath, for his own glory, unchangeably fore-ordained whatsoever comes to pass in time (v), especially concerning angels and men.
Q. 13. What hath God especially decreed concerning angels and men ?
A. God, by an eternal and immutable decree, out of his mere love, for the praise of his glorious grace, to be manifested in due time, hath elected some angels to glory (n); and in Christ hath chosen some men to eternal life and the means thereof (x); and also, according to his sovereign power, and the unsearchable counsel of his own will (whereby he extendeth or withholdeth favour as he pleaseth), hath passed by, and fore-ordained the rest to dishonour and wrath, to be for their sin inflicted, to the praise of the glory of his justice (y).
(8) Mat. 28. 19. Go ye there. Psalm 33. 2. The counsel of fore and teach all nations, baptiz- the Lord standeth forever, the ing them in the name of the Fa- thoughts of his heart to all gene. ther, and of the Son, and of the rations. Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. 13. 14. The (W) 1 Tim. 5. 21. I charge grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, thee before God, and the Lord and the love of God, and the comé Jesus Christ, and the elect anmunion of the Holy Ghost, be gels. with you all. Amen.
(2) Eph. 1. 4, 5. According (t) Eph. 1. 11. In whom also as he hath chosen us in him, bewe have obtained an inheritance, fore the foundation of the world, being predestinated according to that we should be holy, and with the purpose of him who worketh out blame before him in love ; all things after the counsel of his Having predestinated us unto the own will
. Rom. 9. 18. Therefore adoption of children, by, Jesus hath he mercy on whom he will Christ, to himself, according to have mercy, and whom he will, the.good pleasure of his will. % he hardeneth.
Thess. 2. 13. Because God hath (V) Rom. 9. 22. 23. What if from the beginning chosen you to God, willing to shew his wrath, salvation, through sanctification and to make his power known, of the Spirit, and belief of the endured, with much long-suffer truth. ing, the vessels of wrath fitted to (y) Rom. 9. 12, 21, 22. There. destruction : And that he might fore hath he mercy on whom he make known the riches of his glo will have mercy, and whom he ry on the vessels of mercy, which will, he hardeneth. Hath not the he had afore prepared unto glory. potter power over the clay, of the