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(^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.

6. What do the scriptures make known of God f A. The scriptures make known what God is 0, the persons in the Godhead p9 his decrees and the execution of his decrees r. A (^7. What is Cods W\

A. God is a Spirits in and of himself infinite in being t,


m John xvi. 13. Howbeit, when he the Spirit of truth is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he (hall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. v. 14. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. 1 John ii. 20. But ye have an unction from the holy One, and ye know all things, v. 27. But the anointing which ye have received of him, abideth in you: and ye need not that any man teach you : but, as the fame anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie: and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. John xx. 31. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life through name.

5. n 2 Tim. i. 13. Hold fast the form of found words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.

6. 0 Heb. xi. 6. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,and that he is a reward

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p 1 John v. 7^ that bear record nBReaveo, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.

q Acts xv. 14. Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. v. 15. And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, v. 18. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

r Acts iv. 27. For of a truth, against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were gathered together, v. 28. For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

7.y"John iv. 24. God is a Spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.

/ Exod. iii. 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: And he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Job 7. Canst thou by searching3 out God? canst thou find outTne Almighty unto perfection? v. 8. It is as high as heaven, what ( do? deeper than hell,


glory v, blessedness w, and perfection x; all-sufficient y, eternal z, unchangeable a, incomprehensible b, every where presents, Almightyd, knowing all things e, most wife f, most holyg, most just h, most merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth i.


thou know? v. 9. The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

v Acts vii. 2. The God of gloryappeared unto our Father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran.

To 1 Tim. vi. 15. Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of lungs, and Lord of lords.

x Matth. v. ^»Be ye therefore perfect, even asflHr Father which is in heaven js perfect.

y Gen. xvii. 1. And when Abraham was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abraham, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God: walk before me, and be thou jperfect.

z Psal. xc. 2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the •world: even from everlasting to eTerlasting, thou art God.

a Mai. iii. 6. For I am the Lord, I change not: therefore ye Sons of Jacob are not consumed. James i. 17. Every good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, and Cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow os turning.

b 1 Kings viii. 27. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven, and the heaven of heavens cannot contain thee, how much less this house that I have builded?

c Psal. cxxxix. 1.—13. 0 Lord, thou had: searched me, and known

and mine up-rising, thou understandest my thoughts afar off, &c. Whither (hall I go from thy Spirit? or whither (hall I flee from thy presence? &c.

d Rev^v. 8. And the four beasts had cacn of them six wings about hiiwrand they were full of eyes within; and they reft not day and night, saying, Holy, holy.' holy, Lord God Almighty, which was.and is, and is to come.

e Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but all things are naked, and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Psal. cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

f Rom. xvi. 27. To God only wife, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

g If. vi. 3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory. Rev. xv. 4. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations (hall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

h Deut. xxxii. 4. He is the Rock, his work is perfect; for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth, and without iniquity, just and rightf,_ is he.

/ Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord pafl'ed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long fuffering.and

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Q^8. Are there more Gods than one?

A. There is but One only, the living and true God k.

Q^Q. 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 same in substance, equal in power and glory j although distinguished by their personal properties /.

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

Q. 11. How

therefore and teach all nations, bap» tizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. John x. 30. land my Father are one.

10. tn Heb. i. j. For unto which of the angels said 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 shall be to me a Son. v. 6. And again, when he bringeth in the first-begotten inr to 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 sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

n John i. 14. And the Word was made fliih, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Fa-i tjicr), full of grace and truth, v. 18. No man hath'seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of tsie Father, he hath declared him.

0 John. xv. 26. But when the Comforter

8. k Deut. vi. 4. Hear, 0 Tsrael, The Lord our God is one Lord. I Cor. viii. 4. As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice 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 Jelus Christ, 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 everlasting King: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall 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 these three are one. Matth. iii. 16. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. v. 17. And lo, a^voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Matth. xxviii. 19. Go ye

j^. I r. 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, ascribing unto them

such names />, attributes qt works rf and worships as are

proper to God only.

Comforter is come, whom I will fend unto you from the Father,even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he (hall testify of me. Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are sons,God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.

Ii. p If. vi. 3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory, v. j. Then said 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 seen the King, the Lord of hosts, v. S- Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I, send me. Compared with John xii. 41. These things said Esaias, when he saw his glory, and spake of hirn. And with Acts xxviii. 25. And when they agreed not arnong themselves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by Esaias the prophet, unto our fathers. 1 John v, 20. And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding that we may know him that is true: and we are in him that is true, even iij his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Act v. 3. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land I T. 4. Whiles it remained, was it not

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thine own? and after it was fold, was it not in thine own power? why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou halt not lied unw men, but unto God.'

q John i. 1. In the beginning was the Word, and the \^urd was with God, and the Word was God. If. ix. 6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government (hall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Won^ dersul, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of peace. John ii. 24. But Jesus did. not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men. v. 2j. And needed not that any should testify 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. 11. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man that is in him ? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God,

r Col. i. 16. For by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, andforhim. Gen.i. 2. And the earth was without form and void; and darkness was upon the face of th,e deep: and the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters,

/Matth. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father,


Q. 12. What are the decrees of God?

A. God's decrees are the wife, free, and holy acts of the counsel of his will /, whereby, from all eternity, he hath, for his own glory, unchangeably fore-ordained whatsoever comes to pass in time v, especially concerning angels and men.

<X 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 glof y iv j and, in Christ, hath chosen some men to eternal Jife? and the means thereof x: and also, according to his


and of the Son, and os the .Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ., and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, "be with you all. Amen.

12. /Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who woiketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Rom. xi. 33. Othe depth of the riches both of the wildom and

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purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Rom. ix. 22. What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction : v. 23. And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory? Pfal. xxxiii. 11. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all

able are his judgments, and his ways past finding out? Rom. ix. 14. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteounefs with God? God forbid, v. 1 j. For he faith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compasiion. v. I8. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will, he hardeneth.

v Eph. i. 4. According as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before

13. 1x3 1 Tim. v. 21. I charge thee before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing rothing by partiality.

x Eph. i. 4. According as he hath chosen us in him, before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love: v. 5. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. v. 6. To the praise of the

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him in love. v. 11. In whom also glory of his grace, wherem he hath

we have obtained an inheritance, made us accepted in the beloved,

being predestinated according to the 2 Theff. ii. 13. But we are bound

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