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· A. God is a Spirit S, in and of himself infinite in being l, glory v, blessedness w, and perfection *; all-fufficient y, eternal z, unchangeable a, incomprehensible b, every where present, ç, Almighty d, knowing all things e, most wise f, most holy g


7. S John iv. 24. God is a Spirit; fect gift is from above, and cometh and they that worship him, mult down from the Father of lights, with worship him in Spirit and in truth. whom is no variableness, neither

1 Exod. iii. 14. And God said unto shadow of turning, Moses, I AM THAT I AM: And b i Kings viii. 27. But will God he said, Thus shalt thou say unto indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the children of Israel, I AM hath the heaven, and heaven of heavens fent me unto you. job. xi. 7,8,9. cannot contain thee; how much less Can't thou by searching find out this house that I have builded ? God? Cand thou find out the al c Psal. cxxxix, 1. to the 13. veri mighty unto perfectioa ? v. 8. It is O Lord, thou hast searched me and as high as heaven, what caoft thou known me, thou knoweft my down do? deeper than hell, what cant fitting and nine ap-rising, thou thou know ? v. 9. 'The measure understandelt my thoughts afar off, thereof is looger than the earth, and &c. Whither shall I go from thy broader than the sea.

Spirit ? or whither hall i flee from v Aets vii. 2. The God of glory thy presence ? &c. appeared unto our father Abraham d Rev, iv, 8. And the four beasts when be was in Mesopotamia, before bad cach of them fix wings about he dwelt in Cbarran.

him, and they were full of eyes wi Tim. vi. 15. Which in his within ; and they reft not day and uimes he shall fhew, who is the bles. night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, fed and only Potenate, the King of Lord God almighty, who was, and kings, and Lords of lords,

is, and is to come. * Mar, v. 48. Be ye therefore e Heb, iv. 13. Neither is there any perfett, even as your Father who is creature that is not manifest in his in heaven is perfect.

sight; but all things are naked, and 9 Gen. xvii. 1. And when abra. open unto the eyes of him with ham was ninety years old and nine, whom we have to do. Psal. cxlvii. the Lord appeared to Abraham, and S. Great is our Lord and of great said unto him, I am the Almighty power: his understanding is infinite. God: walk before me, and be thou s Rom. xvi. 27. To God only perfect.

wise be glory through Jesus Christ, % Psal. xc. 2. Before the moun- for ever. Amen, lains were brought forth, or ever Isa. vi.


And one cried unto thou hadft formed the earth and the apother, and said, Holy, holy, howorld: even from everlasting to e- ly, is the Lord of Horts, the whole verlasting thou art God.

earth is full of his glory. Rev. xv. a Mal. ii. 6. For I am the Lord, 4. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, I change out : therefore ye sons of and glorify thy name? for thou onJacob are føt consumed. James i. ly art holy; for all nations shall Every good gift, and every per. come and worship before thee; for


most just h, most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth i.

Q 8. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but One only the living and true God k.
Q. 9. How many persons are there in the Godhead?

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 fame in substance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished by their personal properties l.

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


thy judgments are made manifest. Mat, iii. 1o. And Jesus, when he

h Deut. xxxii. 4. He is the Rock, was baptized, went up straightway his work is perfect: for all his ways out of the water; and lo, the heaare judgment : a God of truth, and

vens were opened unto him, and he without iniquity, just and right saw the Spirit of God descending is he.

like a dove and lighting upon him. į Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord v. 17. And lo, a voice from beaven, passed by before him, and proclaim saying, This is my beloved Son, in ed, The Lord, The Lord God, mer whom I am well pleased. Mat. xxviiit ciful and gracious, long suffering, 19. Go ye therefore and teach all and abundant in goodness and truth. nations, baptizing them in the name

8. k Deut. vi. 4. Hear, o Israel, of the Father, and of the Son, The Lord our God is one Lord, and of the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 141 I Cor. viii. 4. As concerning tberefore The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the eating of those things that are and the love of God, and the comoffered in facrifice unto idols, we munion of the Holy Ghost, be with know that an idol is nothing in the you all. Amen. John X. 30. I and world, and that there is none other my Father are one. God but one. v, 6. But to us there 10. mr Heb, i. 5. For unto which is but one God, the Father, of whom of the angels said he at any time, are all things and we in bim: and Thou art my Son this day have I one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are begotten thee? And again, I will be all things, and we by him. Jer, X. 10. to him a Father, and he shall be to But the Lord is the true God, he is me a Son, v, 6. And again, when the living God, and an everlasting he bringeth in the first begotten into King: at his wrath the earth Mall the world, he faith, And let all the tremble, and the nations Mall not angels of God worship him. v, 8. be able to abide his indignation. But unto the Son he faith, Thy

9.11 John v. 7. For there are throne, O God, is for ever and ever; three that bear record in heaven, a sceptre of righteousoefs is the the Father, the Word, and the ho. sceptre of thy kingdom., ly Ghost: and these three are one.


Son to be begotten of the Father n, to the Holy Ghost to proceed from the Father and the Son, from all eternity 0.

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, afcribing unto them such names p, attributes q, works r, and wor

fhips » John i. 14. And the Word was "come, and hath given us an undermade flesh, and dwelt among us (and standing, that we may know him we beheld his glory, the gloryas of the that is true: and we are in him that only begotten of the Father) full of is true, even in bis Son Jefus Chrift. grace and truth. v. 18. No man hath This is the true God, and eternal feen God at any time; the only be. life. Afts v. 3. Bat Peter said, Agotten Son, who is in the boson of nanias, why hath Satan filled thine the Father, he bath declared him. heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and

o John xv. 26. But when the to keep back part of the price of the Comforter is come, whom I will land? v. 4. Whilft it remained, fend unto you from the Father, even was it not thine own! and after it the Spirit of truth which proceedeth was sold, was it not in thine own from the Father, he hall testify of power? why halt thou conceived me. Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are this thing in thine heart? thuu balt fons, God hath fent forth the Spirit not lied unto men, but unto God. of his son into your hearts, crying, 9 John i. 1. In the beginning was Abba, Father,

tle Word, and the Word was with li. p lía. vi. 3. and one cried God, and the Word was God. Ifa. unto another, and said, Holy, holy, ix, 6. For unto us a child is born, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole unto us a fon is given, aud the goearth is full of his glory. v. 5. Then vernment shall be upon his shoulder: faid I, Wo is me, for I am undone, and his name shall be called Wonbecause I am a man of unclean lips, derful, Counsellor, the mighty God, and I dwell in the midst of a people The everlafling Father, The Prince of unclean lips : for mine eyes have of peace. John ii. 24. But Jesus seen the King, the Lord of hosts: did not comsnit himself unto thein, v. 8. also I heard the voice of the because he knew all men; V. 25. Lord, saying, Whom shall I send? And needed not that any should teftiand who will go for us? Then said fy of mán; for he knew what was 1, Here am I, send me. Com- in man. 1.Cor, ii. 10. But God haih pared witla john xii. 41. These revealed them unto us by his Spirit; things said Elaius, when he saw his for the Spirit searcheth all things, glory and spake of him. And with yea, the deep things of God. v. 11., Acts xxviii. 15. And when they For what man kaoweth the things agreed dot among themselves, of a man, save the spirit of man that they departed, after that Poul bad is in him? even fo the things of God {poken one Word; Well spake the knoweth no man, but the Spirit of Holy obost by Efaias the prophet God, Qoto our fathers. i joba v. 20. r Coli, 16. For by him were all And we know that the Son of God is


thips, as are proper to God only.

Q. 12. What are the decrees Of God?

1. God's decrees are the wise, free and holy acts of the counsel of his willt, whereby, from all eternity, he hath, for his own glory, unchangeably fore-ordained whatsoever comes to pass to the 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 w; and in Christ hath chosen fome wen to eternal life and the means thereof xi


things created that are io heaven, on whom I will have compassion. Vi and that are in earth, visible and in 13. Therefore hath he mercy on visible, whether they be thrones, or whom he will have mercy, and dcminions, or principalities, or pow. whom he will be hardneth, ers: all things were created by him, v Eph. i. 4. According as he hath and for him. Gen. i. 2. and the chosen us in him before the foundaearth was without form and void, tion of the world, that we should and darkness was upon the face of be holy, and without blame before the deep: and the Spirit of God him in love. V, II. In whom also moved


the face of the waters, we have obtained an inheritance, beMar, xxviii. 19. Go ye there. ing predestinated according to the fore and teach all nations, baptizing purpose of him who worketh all them in the name of the Father, and things after the counsel of his own of the Son, and of the holy Ghost. will. Rom. ix. 22. What if God, 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The grace of our willing to laew his wrath, and to Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of make his power known, endured God, and the communion of the with much long.fuffering the vessels Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. of wrath ftred to destruction: v. 23.

12. * Eph. i. 11. In wbom also And that he might make known the we have obtained an inheritance, be- riches of his glory on the vessels of ing predestinated according to the naerty, which he had afore prepared purpose of him who worket!ı all unto glory? Psal. xxxiii. ir. The

ibings after the counsel of his own counsel of the Lord Aandeth foreI will. Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of ver, the thoughts of bis heart to all

the riches both of the wisdom and generations, knowledge of God! how unsearch 13. w 1 Tim. v. 21. I charge able are his judgments, aod his ways thee before cod and the Lord Jesus paft finding out ! Rom. ix. 14. What Christ, and the elect angels; that fall we say then? Is there unrigh- thou observe these things without teowfaess with God? cod forbid, v. preferring one before another, doing 15. For he faith to Moses, I will notiing by partiality. have mercy on whom I will have

* Eph. i. 4. According as he hath mercy, and I will have compaffon chored us in him, before the foun

and also, according to his sovereign power, and the unsearch. able counsel of his own will (whereby, he extendeth or withholdeth favour as he pleaseth) hach passed by, and fore-ordained the rest to difhonour and wrath, to be for their lin inflicted, to the praise of the glory of his justice y. Q. 14. Horw doth God execute his decreees?

A God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence; according to his infallible fore-knowledge, and the free and iminutable counsel of his own will z.

Q. 15. What is the work of creation?

4. The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginning, by the word of his power, make of nothing, the


dation of the world, that we mould ling to shew his wraih, and to make be holy, and without blame before his powerkgown, endured with much him in love: v. 5. Having predestie long-suffering the vessels of wrath Dated us unto the adoption of chil fitted to destruction ? Mat, xi. 25. drea by Jesus Christ to himself, ac At that tirne Jerus answered and said, cording to the good pleasure of his I thank thee, o Father, Lord of will. v. 6. To the praise of the glo. heaven and earth, because thou haft ty of his grace, wherein he hath hid these things from the wise and made 118 accepted in the Baloved. Prudent, and hat revealed them 2 Thess. ï. 13. But we are bound unto babes. v. 26. Even so, Father, to give thanks alway to God for you, for so it seemed good in thy light, brethren, beloved of the Lord, be i Tim, ii, 20. But in a great house, cause God hath from the beginning there are not only vessels of gold, chofen you to falvation, through and of filver, but also of wood, and fanctification of the Spirit, and be- of earth : and some to honour, and lief of the truth : v. 14. Whereun- come to dishonour. Jude 4. For to he called you by our gospel, to there are certain men crept in unathe obtaining of the glory of the wares, who were before of old or. Lord Jesus Chrilt.

dained to this condemnation, uny Rom. ix. 17. For the scripture godly men, turning the grace of our faith unto Pharaoh, Even for this God into lascivioniness, and denying fame purpose hare I raised thee up, the only Lord God, and our Lord that I might fhew my power in thee, Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. ii. &. and a and that my name might be declar. Itone of Itumbling, and a rock of ofed throughout all the earth. v. 18, fence even to then who stumble at Therefore hath he mercy on whom the word, being diobedient, where-, he will have mercy, and whoni he unto also they were appointed. will he bardaeth. v. 21. Hath not

14. z Eph. i. 11. In whom also we the potter power over the clay, of have obtained an inheritance, being the same lump, to make one vesicl predestinated according to the purunto honour, and coorber unto dif- pose of him who worketh all things honour! V. 22, Wat if God, wil. after the course of his own will.

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