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and for its simplicity; and he that presents the following papers to thee, designs to teach thee as the church was taught in the early days of the apostles. To believe the Christian faith, and to understand it; to represent plain rules of good life; to describe easy forms of prayer; to bring into your assemblies hymns of glorification and thanksgiving, and psalms of prayer. By these easy paths they lead Christ's little ones into the fold of their great bishop; and if by this any service be done to God, -any ministry to the soul of a child or an ignorant woman,-it is hoped that God will accept it: and it is reward enough, if by my ministry God will bring it to pass, that any soul shall be instructed, and brought into that state of good things, that it shall rejoice for


But do thou pray for him that desires this to thee, and endeavours it.




Ο μὲν δὴ λόγος ἡμῖν ὁμολογηθεὶς μενέτω, ὡς οἴγε ὀρθῶς πεπαιδευμένοι, σχεδὸν ἀγαθοὶ portal.-Plato de Legibus.

Let this truth be confessed, and remain for ever, That they who are well instructed, easily become good men.

A short Catechism for the Institution of Young Persons in the Christian Religion.

QUESTION. In what does true religion consist?

ANSWER. In the knowledge of the one, true God, and, whom he hath sent, Jesus Christ; and in the worshipping and serving them".

Quest. What dost thou believe concerning God?

Ans. 1. That there is a God; 2. That he is one; 3. Eternal; 4. Almighty; 5. That he hath made all the world; 6. That he knows all things; 7. That he is a Spirit, not of any shape, or figure, or parts, or body; 8. That he is present in all places; 9. That his seat is in heaven, and he governs all the world, so that nothing happens without his order and leave; 10. That he is the fountain of justice; 11. Of mercy; 12. Of bounty, and goodness; 13. That he is unalterably happy, and infinitely perfect; 14. That no evil can come near him; 15. And he is the rewarder of them that diligently seek him ".

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b Deut. vi. 4. Exod. xx. 2, 3. Revel. i. 4. Psal. xc. 2. 1 Tim. i. 17. Gen. i. 1. Exod. xx. 11. Heb. iii. 4. Isa. xl. 12. Job, xlii. 2, 3. Psal.

Quest. What other mystery is revealed concerning God?

Ans. That God being one in nature, is also three in person; expressed in Scripture by the names of "Father, Son, and Holy Spirit." The first person is known to us by the name of "The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ." The second person is called " The Son, and the Word of the Father." The third is "The Spirit and Promise of the Father." And these are three and one after a secret manner, which we must believe, but cannot understand".

Quest. What is this God to us?

Ans. He is our Creator and Father, and therefore he is our Lord; and we are his creatures, his sons, and his servants".

Quest. Wherefore did God create and make us?

Ans. That we might do him honour and service, and receive from him infinite felicities".

Quest. How did God make man?

Ans. By the power of his Word, out of the slime of the earth; and he breathed into him the breath of life'.

Quest. Was man good or bad, when God made him?
Ans. Man was made pure and innocent.

Quest. How then did man become sinful and miserable? Ans. By listening to the whispers of a tempting spirit, and breaking an easy commandment, which God gave him as the first trial of his obedience 1.

Quest. What evils and changes followed this sin?

Ans. Adam, who was the first man, and the first sinner, did, both for himself and his posterity, fall into the state of death, of sickness, and misfortunes, and disorder both of

Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7.
Psal. cxxxix. 8, 9.

1 Tim. vi. 15, 16. Acts, vii. 48, 49. Isa. xli. 4. and xliv. 6. Job, ix. 4, &c. Deut. xxxii. 4. Psal. ciii. 8. and xxv. 8.

cxxxix. 1, &c. Psal. cxlvii. 5.
John, iv. 24. 1 Kings, viii. 27.
Psal. ii. 4. and ciii. 19. and exv. 3.
Deut. xxxii. 59. Gen. xviii. 25.
and lxxxvi. 5. Psal. l. 12. Jam. i. 17.

c Matth. xxviii. 19. John, xiv. 16. 26. and xv. 26. 1 Cor. xii. 4, 5, 6. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. 1 John, i. 1. and v. 7, 5. and iii. 23. Luke, xxiv. 49. Acts, i. 4. and ii. 33.

d Coloss. i. 16. Acts, xvii. 24. 1 Cor. viii. 6. and 1 Cor. vi. 19. Gal, i. 4. Phil. ii. 15. Dan. ii. 47. Zech, iv. 14. and xiv. 9. Matth. xi. 25.

e Psal. cxlv. 10, 11. Acts, xiv. 15.

8 Eccles. vii. 29. Ecclus. xv. 14.

f Gen. ii. 7.
h Gen. iii. per tot.

body and soul: we were thrown out of paradise, and lost our immortality.

Quest. Was man left in these evils without remedy?

Ans. No; but God, pitying his creature, promised, that of the seed of the woman he would raise up a Saviour and Redeemer, who should restore us to God's favour, and to the felicity which we lost*.

Quest. How did God perform the promise?

Ans. By sending Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, to die for our sins, to become our Lord, and the Author of holiness, and life, and salvation to mankind'.

Quest. Who is Jesus Christ?

Ans. He is the Son of God, the second Person of the Holy Trinity, equal with the Father, true God without beginning of life, or end of days".

Quest. How then could he be our Redeemer, and the promised seed of the woman?

Ans. The Son of God, in the fulness of time, by the miracles of his mercy, took upon him human nature, and united it after a wonderful manner to his godhead; so that he was both God and man. He was born of a virgin, who conceived him not by any natural means, but by the power of the Holy Ghost, and was called Jesus Christ; and his mother's name was Mary, of the seed of Abraham, of the family of king David; and all these things came to pass, when Augustus Cæsar was lord of the Roman empire".

Quest. How did Jesus Christ work this promised redemption for us?

Ans. By his holy and humble life, and his obedient dying a painful death for us upon the cross°.

Quest. What benefits do we receive by the life and death of Jesus Christ?

i Rom. v. 12. and iii. 25. and vi. 20. Ephes. ii. 3.

* Gen. iii. 15. Gal. iv. 4. 1 Pet. i. 20. John, iii. 16. Heb. ii. 14, 15, &c.

Luke, i. 74, 75.
Isai. xxxv. 4, 5. John,

John, viii. 25. 23. Heb. ii. 9. and 16, 17, 18.
Isai. ix. 6. 1 Tim. iii. 16. 1 John, v. 20.
i. 2. and 18. and John, viii. 5. 8. Rev. i. 8. Heb. xiii. 8. and i. 8.
Rom. ix. 5.

Gal. iv. 4. Rom. i. 3. and ii. 11. Acts, xiii. 23.

Phil. ii. 6.

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Luke, ii. 4, 5, &c.

• Heb. ii. 9, 10.

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