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The word which I have spoken, fhall be done, faith the Lord God.
Q. 9. What is the fifth leffon from God's truth?
A. That falsehood, in words and actions, is contrary to God's nature, and abhorred by him ; 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 he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it.
Q. 10. What is the last leffon from God's truth?
A. The day of judgment will rightly and juftly ftate every man's condition ; Rom. ii. 2. But we are sure that the judgment of God is according to truth, against them which commit such things.
Of one God.
A. There is but one only, the living and true God?
Q. 1. How doth it appear that there is but one God?
A. It is evident from scripture there is but one God; Deut. vi. 4. Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. Jet. X. 10. But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God, and an everlasting King: and as scripture reveals no more, so reason will allow no more.
Q. 2. Why will reason allow no more but one God?
A. Because God is the first being ; Rev. i. 11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last; and there can be but one first being, and God is the most perfect, and excellent being ; Pfal. lxxi. 19. Thy righteousness, also, O God, is very high, who hath done great things : O God, who is like unto ther? And there can be but one most perfect and excellent being. Q. 3. But doth not the scriptures fay, in 1 Cor. viii. 5.
that there are gods many, and lords many ?
A. Yes ; there are many in title, and many in opinion, but one only in truth; Jer. x. 10. But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting King.
Q. 4. Why is he called the true God?
A. To distinguish him from the idols and false gods of the heathens ; 1 Thef. i. 9. How ye turned to God from idols, to serve the living and true God. Acts xiv. 15: We preach un
ye should turn from thefe vanities unto the living
God, which made heaven and earth, and the fea, and all things that are therein.
Q. 5. Why is he called the living God?
A. Because all life, natural, spiritual, and eternal, is in him, and from him only. First, Natural life; Acts xvii. 28. For in him we live, and move, and have our being. Secondly, Spiritual life ; Eph. ii. 1. You hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and fins. Thirdly, Eternal life in giory; Col. iii. 4. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.
Q. 0. What is the first instruction from hence ? ' A. If but one God, then all his children should be of heart, having one and the same Father; Eph. iv. 5, 6. One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Q. 7. What is the second inference from hence ?
A. That it is idolatry to perform worship to any other but God only; Pfal. lxxxvi. 9, 10. All nations whom thou haft made, shall come and worship before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name, for thou art great, and doft wondrous things, thou art God alone.
Q. 8. What is the third inference from it?
A. That our fupreme love is due to God only, and it is very finful to place it on any other; Deut. vi. 4, 5. Hear, O Ilrael, The Lord our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
Q. 9. What is the fourth inference from God's unity?
A. That God only must have the reliance and dependence of our souls; Jer. xvii. 5,7. Thus faith the Lord, cursed be the man that trusteth in man, that maketh flesh his and whose heart departeth from the Lord. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.
Q. 10. What is the last inference from it? A. That we have great cause to be thankful for the gospel, which discovers the only true God to us ; and that we are not as the heathens, worshipping many and false gods; 1 Cor. viii. 5, 6. For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth, as there be gods many, and lords many; 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.
Of three Persons in the Godhead. Queft. 6. row many persons are there in the godhead?
A. There are three persons in the godhead, the Father, the Son, and the holy Ghot, and those three are ons God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
Q. 1. What mean you by the word, godhead ?
A. It is the nature, effence, or being of God, as the apostle speaks, Acts xví 29. Forafmuch then as we are the off-spring of God, we ought not to think that the godhead is like unto gold, or silver, or stone, graven by art, and man's device.
Q. 2. What is a person in the godhead ?
A. It is the godhead distinguished by personal properties; each person having his distinct personal properties; Heb. i. 3. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, upholding all things by the word of his power.
Q. 3. How doth it appear there are three persons, and no
A. First, From Christ's baptism; Mat. iii, 16, 17, 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 ; and lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Q. 4. How else, in the second place, doth it appear?
A. From the institution of our baptism; Mat. xxviii. 19. Go
ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the holy Ghost.
Q. 5. What is the third proof from scripture ?
A. From the apostolical benediction ; 2 Cor. xii. 14. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the holy Ghost, be with you all, Amen: Where three distinct blessings are wished from the three divine persons in the godhead, grace from Christ, love from the Father, and communion with the Spirit.
Q. 6. What farther evidence is there of it in fcripture?
A. From plain, positive affertions of the scripture, afferting, First, A trinity of persons. Secondly, A unity of essence ; 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
Q. 7. What is the first instruction from the trinity?
A. That the doctrine of the gospel concerning Christ, is fully confirmed and ratified by three witnesses from heaven,
who are above all exceptions; 1 John v. 7. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Work, and the holy Ghoft.
6. 8. What is the second instruction from the trinity?
A. Hence we learn the true order and manner of worshipping God, in the Son; John xvi. 23. Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name; he shall give it you. And by the Spirit; Eph. vi. 18. Praying always, with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit.
R 9: What is the third instruction from the trinity?
A. That the covenant of grace conveys à rich portion to believers, in making over all three persons to them; Jer. xxxi. 33. But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, faith the Lord; I will put my law into their inward parts, and write it in their hearts ; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.
Q. 10 What is the fourth instruction from the trinity?
A. That as it is the duty of all the faints to give distinct glory to the three persons in the Godhead ; so it will be a Ipecial part of their blessedness in heaven, to contemplate the diftinct benefits received from them all; Rev. i. 5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth ; unto him that loved tis, and washed us from our sins in his own -blood.
Of God's Decrees.
Hat are the decrees of God?
A. The decrees of God are his eternal purposè, according to the counsel of his will, whereby for his owił glory he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.
Q. 1. What things are decreed of God ?
A. AH things whatsoever come to pass, even the smallest; Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtaiňed an inheritance; being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
Q. 2. What is the end of God's decrees?
A. The glory of his own name; Eph. i. 11; 12. Who worketh all things according to the counsel of his own will, that we should be to the praise of his glory; who first trusted in Christ.
Q: 3. But there are some evil things done in the world ;
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men to commit them, yet he doth permit and suffer them to be done, and will turn them to his own glory; Acts iv. 27, 28. For of a truth, against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou haft anointed, both Herod, and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel are gathered together, for to do whatsoever thy hand, and thy counsel determined before to be done.
Q. 4. Who are the objects of God's special decrees?
A. Angels and men are the objects of God's special decrees; 1 Tim. v. 21. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things, tr. Rom. viii. 33. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect?
Q. 5. What is the first property of God's decrees?
A. That they are most wife acts of God, laid in the depth of wisdom and counsel; Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways are past finding out !
Q. 6. What is the second property of God's decrees?
A. The decrees of God are most free, all flowing from the mere pleasure of his will; Rom. ix. 18. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth.
Q. 7. What is the third property of God's decrees?
A. They are most firm and stable; 2 Tim. ii. 19. Nevertheless, the foundation of God standeth sure; having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his, Zech. vi. 1.
Q. 8. What is the fourth property of God's decrees?
A They are eternal, and before all time; Acts xv. 18. Known unto God are all his works, from the beginning of the world.
Q. 9. What is the fifth property of God's decrees?
A. They are most pure, and altogether unspotted of fin; 1 John i. 5. This is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, That God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
Q. 10. What is the first instruction from God's decrees?
A. That we ought to ascribe nothing to chance, but to the appointment or providence of God; Prov. xvi. 33. The lot is caft into the lap; but the whole difpofing thereof is of the Lord.
Q. 11. What is the second instruction from God's decrees?
A. That God's hand is to be acknowledged in the greatest afflictions that befal us; 2 Sam xvi. II. And David said to Abilhai, and to all his fervants, behold, my fon, which came