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A. God is a Spirit, in and of himself infinite in being ▸, glory v, bleffedness w, and perfection ; all-fufficient y, eternal z, unchangeable a, incomprehenfible b, every where prefent, , Almighty d, knowing all things e, most wife f, moft holy g
7.John iv. 24. God is a Spirit; and they that worship him, muft worship him in Spirit and in truth.
Exod. iii. 14. And God faid unto Mofes, I AM THAT I AM: And he faid, Thus fhalt thou fay unto the children of Ifrael, I AM hath fent me unto you. Job. xi. 7, 8, 9. Canft thou by fearching find out God? Can't thou find out the almighty unto perfection? v. 8. It is as high as heaven, what canft thou do? deeper than hell, what canft thou know? v. 9. The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the fea.
Acts vii. 2. The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham when he was in Mefopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran.
1 Tim. vi. 15. Which in his times he shall fhew, who is the blef. fed and only Potenate, the King of kings, and Lords of lords,
x Mat. v. 48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
y Gen. xvii. 1. And when abraham was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abraham, and faid unto him, I am the Almighty God: walk before me, and be thou perfect.
z Pfal. xc. 2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadft formed the earth and the world: even from everlasting to everlasting thou art God.
a Mal. iii. 6. For I am the Lord. I change not therefore ye fons of Jacob are not confumed. James i. 17. Every good gift, and every per
fect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither fhadow of turning.
b1 Kings viii. 27. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven, and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much less this houfe that I have builded?
e Pfal. cxxxix. 1. to the 13. veri O Lord, thou haft fearched nie and known me thou knoweft my downfitting and mine up-rifing, thou understandeft my thoughts afar off, &c. Whither fhall I go from thy Spirit? or whither fhall I flee from thy prefence? &c.
d Rev, iv, 8. And the four beafts had each of them fix wings about him, and they were full of eyes within; and they reft not day and night, faying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God almighty, who was, and is, and is to come.
e Heb, iv. 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifeft in his fight; but all things are naked, and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Pfal. cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
fRom. xvi. 27. To God only wife be glory through Jefus Chrift, for ever. Amen.
Ifa. vi. 3. And one cried unto another, and faid, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hofts, the whole earth is full of his glory. Rev. xv. 4. Who fhall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy; for all nations fhall come and worship before thee; for
moft just h, moft merciful and gracious, long-fuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth i.
Q8. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but One only the living and true God k.
A. There be three perfons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft; and these three are one true, eternal God, the fame in fubftance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished by their perfonal properties 7.
Q. 10. What are the perfonal properties of the three perfons in the Godhead?
A. It is proper to the Father to beget the Son m, and to the
thy judgments are made manifeft.
Deut. xxxii. 4. He is the Rock, his work is perfect for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth, and without iniquity, juft and right is he.
i Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord paffed by before him, and proclaim ed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long fuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. 8. Deut. vi. 4. Hear, O Ifrael, The Lord our God is one Lord, Cor. viii, 4. As concerning therefore the eating of thofe things that are offered in facrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. v, 6. But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things and we in him and one Lord Jefus Chrift, by whom are all things, and we by him. Jer. x. 10. But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlafting King at his wrath the earth fhall tremble, and the nations fhall not be able to abide his indignation.
9. 1 John v. 7. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the holy Ghost: and thefe three are one.
Mat. i 16. And Jefus, when he was baptized, went up ftraightway out of the water; and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he faw the Spirit of God defcending like a dove and lighting upon him. V. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, faying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Mat.xxviii 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 14a The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of sod, and the communion of the Holy Ghoft, be with you all. Amen. John x. 30. I and my Father are one.
10. m Heb, i. 5. For unto which of the angels faid he at any time, Thou art my Son this day have I begotten thee? And again, I will be to him a Father, and he fhall be to me a Son. v. 6. And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he faith, And let all the angels of God worship him. v. 8. But unto the Son he faith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a fceptre of righteoufnefs is the fceptre of thy kingdom.
Son to be begotten of the Father n, 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 manifeft that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God equal with the Father, afcribing unto them fuch names p, attributes q, works r, and worfhip
#John i. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory,the gloryas of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. v. 18. No man hath Teen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bofom of the Father, he hath declared him.
o John xv. 26. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will fend unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth which proceedeth from the Father, he fhall testify of me. Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are fons, God hath fent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father,
11. Ifa. vi. 3. and one cried unto another, and faid, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hofts, the whole earth is full of his glory. v. 5. Then faid I, Wo is me, for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have feen the King, the Lord of hefts: v. 8. Alfo I heard the voice of the Lord, faying, Whom fhall I fend? and who will go for us? Then faid 1, Here am I, fend me. Compared with John xii. 41. These things faid Efaias, when be faw his glory and fpake of him. And with Acts xxviii. 25. And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had fpoken one Word; Well fpake the Holy Ghost by Efaias the prophet unto our fathers. 1 Joba v. 20. And we know that the Son of God is
come, and hath given us an underftanding, that we may know him that is true: and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jefus Chrift. This is the true God, and eternal life. A&ts v. 3. But Peter faid, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? v. 4. Whilft it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was fold, was it not in thine own power? why halt thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou haft not lied unto men, but unto God.
9 John i. 1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Ifa. ix. 6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a fon is given, aud the government fhall be upon his fhoulder: and his name fhall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty God, The everlafling Father, The Prince of peace. John ii, 24. But Jefus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men; v. 25. And needed not that any should teftify of man; for he knew what was in man. 1.Cor. ii. 10. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit; for the Spirit fearcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. v. 114 For what man knoweth the things of a man, fave the fpirit of man that is in him? even fo the things of cod knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Col. i, 16. For by him were all things
hip, as are proper to God only.
Q. 12. What are the decrees of God?
A. God's decrees are the wife, 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 pafs in the time v, especially concerning angels and men. Q. 13. What hath God efpecially decreed concerning angels and men?
A. God, by an eternal and immutable decree, out of his mere love, for the praife of his glorious grace to be manifested in due time, hath elected fome angels to glory w; and in Chrift hath chofen fome men to eternal life and the means thereof x
things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, vifible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or deminions, or principalities, or pow. ers: all things were created by him, and for him. Gen. i. 2. and the earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghoft. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The grace of our Lord Jefus Chrift, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghoft, be with you all. Amen. 12. t Eph. i. 11. In whom alfo we have obtained an inheritance, being predeftinated according to the purpofe of him who worketh all things after the counfel of his own will. Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the riches both of the wifdom and knowledge of God! how unfearchable are his judgments, and his ways paft finding out! Rom. ix. 14, What Shall we fay then? Is there unrighteoufaefs with God? cod forbid, v. 15. For he faith to Mofes, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compaffion
on whom I will have compaffion. v. 13. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will be hardneth.
Eph. i. 4. According as he hath chofen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love. V. II. In whom alfo we have obtained an inheritance, being predeftinated according to the purpofe of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Rom. ix. 22. What if God, willing to fhew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-fuffering the veffels of wrath fitted to destruction: v. 23. And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the veffels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory? Pfal. xxxiii. 11. The counfel of the Lord ftandeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
13. w 1 Tim. v. 21. 1 charge thee before cod and the Lord Jefus Chrift, and the elect angels; that thou obferve these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
* Eph. i. 4. According as he hath chofen us in him, before the foun
and alfo, according to his fovereign power, and the unfearchable counfel of his own will (whereby he extendeth or withholdeth favour as he pleafeth) hath paffed by, and fore-ordained the reft to dishonour and wrath, to be for their fin inflicted, to the praise of the glory of his juftice y.
Q. 14. How 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 immutable counfel of his own will z.
Q. 15. What is the work of creation?
A. The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginning, by the word of his power, make of nothing, the world
dation of the world, that we fhould he holy, and without blame before him in love: v. 5. Having predeftinated us unto the adoption of childrea by Jefus Chrift to himfelf, according to the good pleasure of his will. v. 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Baloved. 2 Theff. ii. 13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, becaufe God hath from the beginning chofen you to falvation, through fanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth: v. 14. Whereunto he called you by our gofpel, to the obtaining of the glory of the Lord Jefus Christ.
y Rom. ix. 17. For the fcripture faith unto Pharaoh, Even for this fame purpose have I raised thee up, that I might fhew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. v. 18, Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he bardaeth. v. 21. Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the fame lump, to make one veffel unto honour, and another unto difhonour! v. 22, What if cod, wil
ling to fhew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-fuffering the veffels of wrath fitted to deftruction? Mat. xi. 25. At that time Jefus anfwered and faid, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou haft hid these things from the wife and prudent, and haft revealed them unto babes. v. 26. Even fo, Father, for fo it feemed good in thy fight, 1 Tim. ii, 20. But in a great house, there are not only veffels of gold, and of filver, but also of wood, and of earth: and fome to honour, and force to dishonour. Jude 4. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lafcivioninefs, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jefus Chrift. 1 Pet. ii. 8. and a ftone of ftumbling, and a rock of offence even to them who ftumble at the word, being difobedient, whereunto alfo they were appointed.
14. Eph. i. 11. In whom alfo we have obtained an inheritance, being predeftinated according to the purpofe of him who worketh all things after the counfel of his own will. (15. a Gen