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Q. 3. What is the word of
Gud? A. The holy fcriptures of the Old and New Testament are the word of God e, the only rule of faith and obedience f.
Q. 4. How doth it appear that the scriptures are the word of God? A. The fcriptures manifeft themselves to be the word
neither have entered into the heart of man: but holy men of God spake of man, the things which God hath as they were moved by the Holy prepared for them that love him. Ghost. v. 10. But God hath revealed them f Eph. ii. 20. And are built upon unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit the foundation of the apostles and searcheth all things, yea, the deep prophets, Jesus Christ himself being things of God. 2 Tim. iii. 15. And the chief corner-stone. Rev. xxii. that from a child thou hast known 18. For I testify unto every man the holy scriptures, which are able that heareth the words of the proto make thee wife unto salvation, - phecy of this book, If any man thall through faith which is in Christ Je- add unto these things, God shall fus. v. 16. All fcripture is given add unto hin the plagues that are by inspiration of God, and is profit written in this book : v. 19. And able for doctrine, for reproof, for if any man shall take away from the correction, for instruction in righte. words of the book of this prophecy, ousness: V. 17. That the man of God thall take away his part out of God
may be perfect, throughly fur- the book of life, and out of the honished unto all good works. If lix; ly city, and from the things which 21. As for me, this is my covenant are written in this book. If. väi. with them, faith the Lord, My 20. To the law and to the testimoSpirit that is upon thee, and myny: if they speak not according to words which I have put in thy this word, it is because there is no mouth, fhall not depart out of thy light in them. Luke xvi. 26. They mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy have Moses and the prophets; let feed, nor out of the mouth of thy them hear them. V. 3:. If they seeds feed, saith the Lord, from hear not Moses and the prophets, henceforth and for ever.
neither will they be persuaded, tho’ 3. e 2 Tim. iii. 16. All scripture one rose from the deid. Gal.:: 8. is given by infpiration of God. But though we, or an ange from 2 Pet. i. 19. We have also a more heaven, preach any other gospel fure word of prophecy; whereunto unto you, than that which we have ye do well that ye take heed, as preached unto you, let him be acunto a light that shinėth in a dark curfed. v. 9. As we faid before, place, until the day dawn, and the fo say I now again, If any man day.Itar arise in your hearts: V. 20. preach any other gospel unto you, Knowing this first, that no prophecy than that ye have received, lei him of the scripture is of any private in- be accurfed. 2 Tim. iii. 15, 16. terpretation. v. 21. For the prophe- (See in letter d.) cy came not in old time by the will
of God, by their majesty g, and purity h; by the consent of all the parts i, and the scope of the whole, which is to give all glory to Godk; by their light and power to convince and convert finners, 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 4.3 Hof. viii. 12. I have written law: that every mouth may be stopto him the great things, of my law, ped, and all the world may become but they were counted as a strange guilty before God. v. 27. Where thing. I Cor. ii. 6. Howbeit, we is boasting then ? It is excluded. speak wisdom among them that are By what law? of works ? Nay; perfect: yet not the wisdom of this but by the law of faith. world, nor of the princes of this | Acts xviii. 28. For he mightiworld, that come tɔ nought. ly convinced the Jews, and that But we speak the wisdom of God publicly, shewing by the scriptures, in a mystery, even the hidden wis- that Jesus was Christ. Heb. iv. 12. dom which God ordained before the For the word of God is quick, and world unto our glory. v. 13. Which powerful, and sharper than any twothings also we speak, not in the edged sword, piercing even to the words which man's wisdom teacheth, dividing asunder of foul and spirit, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; and of the joints and marrow, and comparing fpiritual things with fpi- is a discerner of the thoughts and ritual. Psal. cxix. 18. Open thou
intents of the heart. James i. 18. mine eyes, that I
behold won- Of his own will begat he us with drous things out of thy law. the word of truth, that we should 129. Thy testimonies are wonder- be a kind of first-fruits of his creaful: therefore doth my soul keep tures. Psal. xix. 7. The law of the them.
Lord is perfect, converting the foul : b Psal. xii. 6. The words of the the testimony of the Lord is sure, Lord are pure words: as silver tried making wise the simple. v. 8. The in a furnace of earth, purified seven
statutes of the Lord are right, retimes. Psal. cxix. 140. Thy word joicing the heart: the commandis very pure: therefore thy servant ment of the Lord is pure, enlightloveth it.
ening the eyes.
v. 9. The fear of i Acts x. 43. To him give all the the Lord is clean,enduring for ever: prophets witness, that through his the judgments of the Lord are true, name, whosoever believeth in him, and righteous altogether. Rom. xv. fhall receive remission of sins. Acts
For whatsoever things were writxxvi. 22. Having therefore obtained ten aforetime, were written for our help of God, I continue unto this learning; that we through patience day, witnessing both to small and and comfort of the scriptures might great, saying none other things than have hope. Acts xx. 32. And now, those which the prophets and Moses brethren, I commend you to God, did say should come.
and to the word of his grace, which k Rom. iii. 19. Now we know is able to build you up, and to give that what things soever the law faith, you an inheritance among all them it faith to them who are under the whịch arę sanctified. Y
is alone able fully to persuade it that they are the of God m.
Q. 5. What 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.
What man ought to believe concerning God.
4. The scriptures make known what God is o, the persons in the Godhead po his decrees q, and the execution of his decrees r.
Q. 7. What is God?
glory m John xvi. 13. Howbeit, when p i John v. 7 there are three he the Spirit of truth is come, he that bear record heaven, the Fawill guide you into all truth : for ther, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: he shall not speak of himself; but and these three are one. whatsoever he shall hear, that shall 9 Acts xv. 14. Simeon hath dehe speak: and he will shew you clared how God at the first did visit things to come. v. 14. He shall glo- the Gentiles, to take out of them a rify me: for he shall receive of people for his name. And mine, and shall fhew it unto you. this agree the words of the prophets; I John ii. 20. But ye have an as it is written. v. 18. Known unto unčtion from the holy One, and ye God are all his works from the beknow all things. v. 27. But the a. ginning of the world. nointing which ye have received of ir Ads iv. 27. For of a truth, ahim, abideth in you: and ye need gainst thy holy child Jesus, whom not that any man teach you : but, thou hast anointed, both Herod and as the same anointing teacheth you Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, of all things, and is truth, and is and the people of Israel were gatherno lie : and even as it hath taughted together, v. 28. For to do whatyou, ye shall abide in him. John soever thy hand and thy counsel de. xx. 31. But these are written, that termined before to be done. ye might believe that Jesus is the 7. John iv. 24. God is a Spirit, Christ, the Son of God, and that and they that worship him, mult believing ye might have life through worship him in spirit and in truth.
t Exod. iii. 14. And God said un5. n. 2 Tim. i. 13. Hold fast the to Mofes, I AM THAT I AM: form of sound words, which thou And he said, Thus shalt thou say haft heard of me, in faith and love unto the children of Israel, I AM which is in Christ Jesus.
hath sent me upto you. Jub, xii 6. o Heb. xi. 6. But without 7. Canlt thou by searching And faith it is impossible to please him: out God? canst thou find out the for he that cometh to God must be- Almighty unto perfection? v. 8. It lieve that he is,and that he is a reward- is as high as heaven, what canst thou er of then that diligently seek him. do? deeper than hell, what canft
glory v, blessedness w, and perfection x; all-fufficienty, eternal z, unchangeable a, incomprehensible b, every where present c, Almighty d, knowing all things e, most wife f, most holy g, most just h, most merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth i.
Q. 8. Are thou know? v. 9. The measure and mine up-rising, thou understand. thereof is longer than the earth, and eft my thoughts afar off, &c. Whibroader than the sea.
ther shall i go from thy Spirit? or o Acts vii. 2. The God of glory whither shall I' flee from thy preappeared unto our Father Abraham, fence ? &c. when he was in Mesopotamia, be d Rex, v. 8. And the four beasts fore he dwelt in Charran.
had each of them six wings about w 1 Tim. vi. 15. Which in his hin and they were full of eyes times he shall shew, who is the bles- within; and they reft not day and fed and only Potentate, the King of night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, kings, and Lord of lords.
Lord God Almighty, which was,and * Matth. v. Be ye therefore is, and is to come. perfect, even as Ir Father which e Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there is in heaven is perfect.
any creature that is not manifest in y Gen. xvij. 1. And when Abra- his sight; but al} things are naked, ham was ninety years old and nine, and opened unto the eyes of him the Lord appeared to Abraham, and with whom we have to do. Pfal. said unto him, I am the Almighty cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord, and of God: walk before me, and be thou great power: his understanding is perfect.
infinite. z Psal. xc. 2. Before the moun f Rom. xvi. 27. To God only tains were brought forth, or ever wise, be glory through Jesus Christ thou hadít formed the earth and the for ever. Amen. world: even from everlasting to e 8
If. vi. 3. And one cried unto verlasting, thou art God.
another, and said, Holy, holy, hoe Mal. iii. 6. For I am the Lord, ly is the Lord of hosts, the whole I change not: therefore ye Sons of earth is full of his glory. Rev. xv. Jacob are not consumed. James i. 4. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, 17. Every good gift, and every per- and glorify thy name ? for thou onfect gift is from above, and cometh ly art holy: for all nations shall come down from the Father of lights, and worship before thee; for thy with whom is no variableness, nei- judgments are made manifest. ther shadow of turning.
h Deut. xxxii. 4. He is the Rock, b 1 Kings viii. 27, But will God his work is perfect; for all his indeed dwell on the earth ? Behold, ways are judgment: a God of truth, the heaven, and the heaven of hea- and without iniquity, just and rights vens cannot contain thee, how much is he. less this house that I have build i Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord ed ?
pafled by before him, and proclaimc Pfal. cxxxix. 1.-13. O Lord, ed, The Lord, The Lord God, merthou hast searched me, and known çiful and gracious, long-suffering and me: thou knowest my down-sitting, abundant in goodness and truth.
Q. 8. Are there more Gods than ine?
A. There be three persons in the Godhead, 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.
Q. 10. What are the personal properties of the three perfons 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 8. k Deut. vi. 4. Hear, O Israel, therefore and teach all nations, bap. The Lord our God is one Lord. tizing them in the name of the Fa1 Cor. viii. 4. As concerning there. ther, and of the Son, and of the fore the eating of those things that Holy Ghost.
2 Cor. xii.
The are offered in facrifice unto idols, grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and we know that an idol is nothing in the love of God, and the commuthe world, and that there is none nion of the Holy Ghost, be with other God but one, v, 6. But to us you all. Amen. John x. 30. I and there is but one God, the Father, my Father are one. of whom are all things, and we in 19. m Heb. i. 5. For upto which him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by of the angels said he at any time, whom are all things, and we by Thou art my Son, this day have I him. Jer. x. 10. But the Lord is begotten thee? And again, I will be the true God, he is the living God, to him a Father, and he shall be to and an everlasting King : at his me a Son. v. 6. And again, when wrath the earth fhall tremble, and he bringeth in the first-begotten in. the nations shall not be able to abide to the world, he faith, And let all bis indignation.
the angels of God worship, him. 9. 1 1 John v.7. For there are v. 8. But unto the Son he faith, three that bear record in heaven, Thy throne, O God, is for ever the Father, the Word, and the and ever; a sceptre of righteousness Holy Ghost; and these three are is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Matth. ii. 16. And Jesus, n John i. 14. And the Word was when he was baptized, went up made tilesh, and dwelt among us straightway out of the water: and (and we beheld his glory, the glory lo, the heavens were opened unto as of the only begotten of the Fahim, and he saw the Spirit of God ther), full of grace and truth. v. 18. descending like a dove, and ligh:ing No man hath feen God at any time;
v. 17. And lo, a voice the only begotten Son, which is in from heaven, saying, This is my the botom of the Father, he hath beloved Son, in whom I am well declared him. pleased. Matth. xxviii. 19. Go ye o John xy. 26. But when the