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world and all things therein for himself, within the fpace of fix days, and all very good a.
Q. 16. How did God create angels?
A. God created all the angels b fpirits c, immortal d, holy e, excelling in knowledge f, mighty in power g, to execute his commandments, and to praise his name h, yet fubject to change i.
Q. 17. How did God create man?
A. After God had made all other creatures, he created man male and female; formed the body of the man of the duft of the ground, and the woman of the rib of the man m; endued them
15. a (Gen. i. chapter.) Heb, xi. 3. Thro' faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, fo that things which are feen were not made of things which do appear. Prov. xvi. 4. The Lord hath made all things for himself; yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.
16. b Col. i. 16. For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and in visible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.
c Pfal. civ. 4. Who maketh his angels fpirits his minifters a flaming fire.
d Mat. xxii. 30. For in the refurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage; but are as the angels of God in heaven.
e Mat, xxv. 31. When the Son of man fhall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then fhall he fit upon the throne of his glory.
f2 Sam. xiv. 17. Then thine handmaid faid, The word of my lord the king fhall now be comfortable: for as an angel of God, fo is my lord the king to difcern good and bad:
therefore the Lord thy God will be with thee. Mat. xxiv. 36. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
g 2 Theff. i. 7. And to you who are troubled, reft with us, when' the Lord Jefus fhall be revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels.
b Pfal. ciii, 20. Blefs the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his commandments, 'hearkening unto the voice of his word. v. 21. Blefs ye the Lord, all ye his hoft, ye minifters of his that do his pleasure.
i 2 Pet. ii. 4. For if God fpared not the angels that finned, but caft them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be referved unto judgment,
17. k Gen. i. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them.
/ Gen. i. 7. And the Lord God formed man of the duft of the ground, and breathed into his noftrils the breath of life.
m Gen. in 22. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
them with living, reasonable, and immortal fouls n; made them after his own image o, in knowledge p, righteousness and holiness q, having the law of God written in their hearts, and power to fulfil it, with dominion over the creatures t, yet fubject to fall v.
Q.18. What are God's works of providence?
A. God's works of providence are his moft holy w, wife x, and powerful preferving y, and governing all his crea
Gen. ii. 7. And the Lord God formed man of the duft of the ground, and breathed into his no ftrils the breath of life and man became a living foul. Compared with Job xxxv. 11. Who teacheth us more than the beasts of the earth, and maketh us wifer than the fowls of heaven. And with Eccl. xii. 7. Then fhall the duft return to the earth as it was; and the fpirit fhall return unto God who gave it. And with Mat. x. 28. And fear not them who can kill the body, but are not able to kill the foul: but rather fear him who is able to deftroy both foul and bodey in hell. And with Luke xxiii. 43. And Jefus faid unto him, Verily I fay unto thee, Today fhalt thou be with me in paradife.
• Gen, i. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them.
Col. iii. 10. And have put on the new man, who is renewed in knowledge, after the image of him that created him.
gEph.iv. 24.And that ye put on the new man, who after God is created in righteousness, and true holiness.
Rom. ii, 14. For when the Gen tiles who have not the law, do by nature the things contained in the law, thefe having not the law, are a law unto themselves: v. 15. Who fhew the work of the law written in their hearts, their confcience allo
tures; bearing witnefs, and their thoughts the mean while accufing, or elfe excufing one another.
f Eccl. vii. 29. Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright, but they have fought out many inventions.
Gen, i. 28. And God bleffed them, and God faid unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and fubdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
Gen. iii. 6. And when the woman faw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be defired to make one wife; the took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave allo unto her husband with her, and he did eat. Eccl. vii, 29. Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright, but they have fought out many inventions.
18. w Pfal. cxlv. 17.The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.
x Pfal. civ. 24. O Lord, how ma nifold are thy works! in wisdom haft thou made them all the earth is full of thy riches. Ifa. xxviii, 29. This alfo cometh from the Lord of hofts, who is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.
y Heb. i. 3. Who being the brightnefs of his glory, and exprefs image A
tures glory b.
ordering them, and all their actions a, to his own
Q. 19. What is God's providence towards the angels? A. God by his providence permitted fome of the angels, wils fully and irrecoverably, to fall into fin and damnation, limiting and ordering that and all their fins to his own glory d; and eftablished the rest in holiness and happinefse; employing them all,
of his perfon, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our fins, fat down on the right hand of the Majefty on high,
z Pfal. ciii. 19. The Lord hath prepared his throne in the heavens: and his kingdom ruleth over all.
a Mat. x. 29. Are not two fpar rows fold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall to the ground without your father, v. 30. But the very hairs of your head are all num. bred. v. 31. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many fparrows. Gen. xlv. 7. And God fent him before you to preferve you a pofterity in the earth, and to fave your lives by a great deliverance.
b Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things; to whom be glory for ever. Amen. Ifa. Ixii, 14. As a beaft goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the Lord caufeth him to reft: fo didft thou lead thy people, to make thyfelf a glorious name.
19. c Jude 6. And the angels who kept not their firft eftate, but left their own habitation, he hath re ferved in everlafting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. 2 Pet. ii, 4. For if God fpared not the angels that finned, but caft them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darknefs, to Le referved unto judgment. Heb.
ii. 16. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels: but he took on him the feed of Abrahám. John viii. 44. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lufts of your father ye will do: he was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When be fpeaketh a lie, he fpeaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
d Job i. 12. And the Lord faid unto Satan, behold, all that he hath is in thy power, only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the prefence of the Lord. Mat. viii. 31. So the devils befought him, faying, If thou caft us out, fuffer us to go away into the herd of fwine.
e 1 Tim. v. 21. I charge thee before God and the Lord Jefus Chrift, and the elect angels, that thou obferve these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Mark viii. 38. Whofoever therefore fhail be afhamed of me, and of my words, in this adulterous and fiaful generation, of him alfo fhall the Son of inan be afhamed when he cometh in the glory of his Father, with the holy angels. Heb. xii. 22. But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living Cod, the heavenly jerufalem, and to an innumerable company of angels,
allf, at his pleasure, in the administrations of his power, mercy, and justice g.
Q. o. What was the providence of God toward man in the eftate in which he was created?
A. The providence of God toward man in the estate in which he was created, was, The placing him in paradise, appointing him to drefs it, giving him liberty to eat of the fruit of the earth, putting the creatures under his dominion i, and ordaining marriage for his help k; affording him communion with himself /, inftituting the Sabbath m, entring into a
fPfal. civ. 4. Who maketh his angels fpirits: his minifters a flaming fire,
g2 Kings xix. 35. And it came to pals that night, that the angel of the Lord went out and fmote in the camp of the Affyrians, an hundred fourfcore and five thoufand: and when they arofe early in the morning, behold, they were all dead corpfes, Heb. i. 14. Are they not all miniftring Spirits, fent forth to minifter for them who fhall be heirs of falvation?
20. h Gen. ii. 8. And the Lord God planted a garden eat-ward in Eden: and there he put the man whom he had formed. v. 15. And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden, to drefs it and keep it. v. 16. And the Lord God commanded the man, faying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayelt freely eat.
¡Gen. i. 28. And God blessed them, and God faid unto them, Be fruit ful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and fubdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the fea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
k Gen. ii. 18. And the Lord God faid, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
I Gen, i. 26. And God faid, Let us make man in our image, after our likenefs: and let them have domi. nion over the fish of the fea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. V. 27. Sa God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them. v. 28. And God blessed them, and God faid unto them, Be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth, and fubdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the fea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth. v. 29. And God faid, Behold I have given you every herb bearing feed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding feed to you it fhall be for meat. Gen. iii. 8. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: And Adam and his wife hid themfelves from the prefence of the Lord God' amongst the trees of the garden.
m Gen. ii. 3. And God bleed the feventh day, and fanctified it: becaufe that on it he had refted from all his work, which God had created and made.
covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfonal, perfect, and perpetual obedience n, of which the tree of life was a pledge o; and forbidding to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, upon the pain of death p.
Q.-21. Did man continue in that estate wherein God at first created him?
A. Our first parents being left to the freedom of their own will, through the temptation of Satan; tranfgreffed the commandment of God, in eating the forbidden fruit, and thereby fell from the eftate of innocency wherein they were created q. Q. 22. Did all mankind fall in that first tranfgreffion?
A. The covenant being made with Adam, as a public perfon, not for himself only, but for his pofterity; all mankind defcending from him by ordinary generation r, finned in him, and fell with him in that firft tranfgreffion Q.23•
# Gal. iii. 12. And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doth them fhall live in them. Róm. x. 5. For Mofes defcribeth the righteouf nefs which is of the law, That the man that doth these things fhall live by them.
Gen. ii, 9. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the fight, and good for food: the tree of life alfo in the midft of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Gen. ii. 17. But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou cateft thereof thou fhalt furely die.
21. Gen. iii. 6. And when the woman faw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be defired to make one wife; he took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat. v. 7. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked: and they fewed fig-leaves together, and made
themselves aprons. v. 8. And they heard the voice of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the prefence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden. v. 13 And the Lord God faid unto the woman, What is this that thou haft done? And the woman faid, The ferpent beguiled me, and I did eat. Eccl. vii. 29. Lo, this only have I found, that God made man upright but they have fought our many inventions. 2 Cor. xi. 3. But I fear left by any means, as the ferpent beguiled Eve through his fubtilty, fo your minds thould be corrupted from the fimplicity that is in Chrift.
22. Acts xvii. 26. And hath made of one blood all nations of men, for to dwell on all the face of the earth: and hath determined the time's before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation.
Gen, ii. 16. And the Lord God commanded the man, faying, of every tree of the garden thou mayeft freely eat: v. 17. But of the tree of