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CHAPTER II.

of the Nature and Attributes of God.

SECTION I.

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From the Holy Scriptures, and by the exercise of Reason, we obtain such a Knowledge of the Divine Nature and Attributes (or qualities), as is necessary to us in the present life. Our finite faculties cannot comprehend that which is infinite: it is, therefore, presumptuous and in vain to enquire into the mysterious Essence of the Deity, or his Secret Counsels, beyond what is written as his word, or manifested by the works of his hands. The Knowledge of God, however, which is thus supplied, is the foundation of Religion ; and, for this cause, it is to be sought with humility and diligence.

$ 2. GOD, entitled in the Old Testament, JEHOVAH, is One God, self-existing, supreme, simple, iudivisible ;-a Spirit, immaterial, invisible, without body, parts or passions ;-eternal, immutable, incorruptible ;-infiuite, omnipresent ;--the fountain of life;omniscient, all-wise ;--omnipotent;---perfectly happy, holy, good, just, true, and glorious.

$ 3. The first of those Attributes, which are denominated incommunicable, or peculiar to the Divine Essence, is that of-Unity. That God is One undi

vided Being, is plainly declared in Scripture, and attested by reason, which unitedly instruct us that necessary self-existence, perfection of nature, omnipotence, consistency of willing, and concord of action, are incompatible with a plurality of gods, or that these properties, which are essential to the Divine Nature, cannot subsist in more gods than one.

§ 4. Spirituality,--the being, in a peculiar manner, a pure immaterial Essence, invisible and incapable of representation. God is known to be a Spirit, because a Spirit is of the highest order of existence, and He who created the Angelic Spirits cannot be their inferior. The invisible God was pleased to manifest himself in former times by assumed appearances, such as those of the Shecinah, the forms of Angels, the human Figure ; and in Dreams and Visions.

$ 5. The Eternity of God implies, not only his infinite duration, his being without beginning and without end, but also his immutability, or being incapable of change, and his perfect independence. He who exists of himself, must have existed from all eternity, and must still continue to do so without end, as there is to cause of termination in his nature. From God all things are derived, and on him all things depend.

$ 6. Immensity, Omnipresence, or that infinite, unlimited property, by which God fills all space, and is every where, at all times and in all places, is a gecessary Attribute ; because, wherever his power or providence extends, there is his inseparable Essence : and the whole created universe is subject to his guidance, and upheld by his support; as it was originally called into existence by the Word of his Power.

7. Of the Communicable Pro which inferior beings may pa ascribed to God is that of Life the Divine Nature, in consequenc not only himself pre-eminently a liv ble Being, but is also the Autho Life to all beings which are endue

$ 8. The Omniscience, or infi God, is that faculty by which be derstands all things absolutely an faculty intimately connected with tributes, especially those of Omn presence. God gives knowledge, fers he must himself possess in an

As Knowledge is the speculative practical act of the Divine Mind. application of the former to certai Wisdom directs the fittest means t such means and purpose as are s Knowledge. The works of Creat and of Redemption, afford abund exercise of consummate Wisdom.

$ 9. The Omnipotence, or Mig is capable of effecting all things w diet his other Attributes, or imply themselves. God is the origin must, therefore, excel in power all so as to be irresistible, uncontroulal out effort, to execute the sentenc Without this Omnipotent Authority Knowledge and unerring Wisdom availed in the construction and sur Universe.

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CHAPTER II.

of the Nature and Attributes of God.

SECTION I.

FROM the Holy Scriptures, and by the exercise of Reason, we obtain such a Knowledge of the Divine Nature and Attributes (or qualities), as is necessary to us in the present life. Our finite faculties cannot comprehend that which is infinite: it is, therefore, presumptuous and in vain to enquire into the mysterious Essence of the Deity, or his Secret Counsels, beyond what is written as his word, or manifested by the works of his hands. The Knowledge of God, however, which is thus supplied, is the foundation of Religion ; and, for this cause, it is to be sought with humility and diligence.

$ 2. GOD, entitled in the Old Testament, JEHOVAH, is One God, self-existing, supreme, simple, iudivi. sible ;-a Spirit, immaterial, invisible, without body, parts or passions ;-eternal, immutable, incorruptible ;-infiuite, omnipresent;--the fountain of life ;omniscient, all-wise ;--omnipotent;-perfectly happy, holy, good, just, true, and glorious.

$ 3. The first of those Attributes, which are dedo. minated incommunicable, or peculiar to the Divine Essence, is that of-Unity. That God is One undi

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