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forth of my bowels, seeketh my life; how much more now may this Benjamite do it? Let him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord hath bidden him.

Q. 12. What is the last instruction from God's decrees?

A. That we ought to be thankful to God for all the good, and patient under all the evils that befal us ; Job ii. 10. Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? Queft. 8.

Ow doth God execute his decrees?

A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence.

of the Creation. Quest. 9. THAT are the works of creation?

A. The work of creation is, God's making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of fix days, and all very good.

Q. 1. What is it to create ?

A. To create, is to give a being to that which had no being; or to bring something out of nothing; Heb. xi. 3. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God; so that things which are seen were not made of things that do appear.

Q. 2. How did God create the world?

A. By his infinite power, executed in his word of command; Psal. xxxiii. 6, 9. By the word of the Lord were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth; for he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood faft.

Q. 3. What attributes of God shine forth in the creation ?

A. The wisdom of God shines forth gloriously, not only in their formation, but dependance one upon another; Psal. civ. 24. O Lord, how manifoldl' are thy works! In wisdom haft thou made them all : The earth is full of thy riches.

Q. 4. What may we learn from the creation ?

A. That God perfectly knows all that is in the creature, be it never so secret ; Pfal. xciv. 8, 9. Understand, Oye brutish among the people, and ye fools, when will ye be wife? He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, Ihall he not see?

Q. 5. What is the second instruction from the creation ?

A. That God is the rightful owner of us all, and may do what he will with us; Rom. ix. 20. Nay but, Oman, who art thou that repliest against God! shall the thing formed fa

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to him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus ? Hath pot the potter power over the clay, of the fame lump to make one vefsel to honour, and another to difhonour ?

Q. 6. What is the third instruction from the creation ?

A. That God only is the proper object of worship; Jer. x, 11. Thus shall he say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens, and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens.

Q. 7. What is the fourth instruction from bence ?
A. That Christians should not fear the power

of creatures, since they derive their being and power from God; Isa. liv. 16,17. Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the çoals in the fire, that bringeth forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the wafter to destroy; no weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper.

Q. 8 What is the fifth instruction from hence ?

A. That Atheism is a fin against natural light and reason; Rom. i. 20. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and godhead ; fo that they are without excufe.

Q. 9. What is the fixth instruction from hence?

A. That God's glory is the end of all being; Col. i. 16. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and inviGble, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers : all things were created by him and for his

Q. 10. What is the seventh instruction from hence ?

A. That there is an unnatural rebellion in fin, îmiting at him that made and preserves our being į Ifa. i. 6. I have pourished and brought up children, and they þave rebelled against me.

Q. 11. What is the eighth instruction from hence ?

A. That God can in a moment revive and save the church when at the lowest ebb; Isa. lxv. 18. Behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy.

Q. 12. What is the last instruction from hence ?

A. That it is easy with God to revive a dejected foul; Isa. Ivii. 19. I create the fruit of the lips ; Peace, peace to him that is far off, and to him that is near, faith the Lord; and I will heal him.

Of Man's Creation. Queft. 1.

OW did God create man?

A. God created man male and female,


after his own image, in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness, with dominion over the creatures..

Q. 1. How did God create man?

A. God created man in his own image ; Gen. i. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created þe him, male and female created he them.

Q. 2. What is meant by the image of God?

À. Not a resemblance of God in any bodily thape or figure, but in holiness; Eph. iv. 24. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness.

l. 3. In what gracęs did man resemble God?

A. In such a knowledge of God himself, and the creatures, which made him happy ; Col. iii. '10. And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge, after the image of him that created him.

Q. 4. In what other graces did this image consist ?

A In righteousness as well as holiness; Eph, iv. 24. And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness,

Q. 5. What is the first inference from hence ?

A. The deplorable misery of the fall ; Rom. v. 12. Wherefore as by one man an entered into the world, and death by fin, and to death passed upon all men, for that all have finned.

Q. 6. What is the second instruction from hence ?

A. The beauty of holiness, which is the image of God, and the excellency of man; Psalm xvi. 3. But to the faints that are in the earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my delight.

Q. 7. What is the third instruction from hence ?

A. Wę bave infinite cause to bless God for Christ, who repairs this loft image in his people ; Eph. iv. 23. And be renewed in the spirit of your

Q. 8. What is the fourth instruction from hence ?

A. That the despisers of holiness are the despisers of God; for holiness is God's image.

Q. 9. What is the fifth instruction from hence?

A. The excellency of sanctification, which defaces the image of Satan, and draws the image of God upon the foul of

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Of Divine Providence.
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most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all bis creatures, and all their actions.

Q. 1. How doth it appear that there is a divine providence ?

A. It appears by plain scripture testimonies; Heb. i. 3. Upholding all things by the word of his power. Col. i. 17. By him all things consist. Luke xii. 6,7. Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God; but even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.

Q. 2. How else is providence evinced?

A. By scripture emblems; as Jacob's ladder, Gen. xxviii. 12, 13. And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set upon the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven; behold the angels of God afcended and descended on it: And Ezekiel's wheels, Ezek. i. 20. Whithersoever the spirit was to go, they went, thither was their spirit to go, and the wheels were lifted up over against them, for the spirit of the living creature was in the wheels.

Q. 3. What farther scripture evidence is there?

A. The sure accomplishment of scripture predictions; as Israel's captivity, and deliverance from Egypt and Babylon; Christ's incarnation; the rise and ruin of the four monarchies; Dan. ii. 31. Thou, O king, fawest, and, behold, a great image, whose brightness was excellent, stood before thee, and the form thereof was terrible. Dan. vii. 3. And four great beasts came up from the sea, diverse one from the other.

Q. 4. What is its first act about the creatures?

A. It fuftains, preserves, provides for them; Psalm cxlv. 15, 16. The eyes of all wait upon thee, and thou giveft them their meat in due season ; thou openest thine hand, and fatisfieft the desire of every living thing, and defendeft them from danger. Psalm xxxvi. 6. Thy righteousness is like the great mountains, thy judgments are a great deep; O Lord, thou preferveft man and beast.

Q. 5. What is the second act of providence about the creatures?

A. It rules and governs the creatures and their actions; Psalm lxvi. 7. He ruleth by his power for ever, his eyes behold the nations ; let not the rebellious exalt themselves.

Q. 6. How manifold is divine providence ?

A. It is common and general over all, or special and peculiar to some men; 1 Tin. iv. 10, Who is the Saviour of all men, especially of those that believe.

Q. 7. How is providence exercised about înful actions ?

A. In permitting them ; Acts iv. 16. In restraining them ; Psalm lxxvi. 10. Surely the wrath of man fhall praise thee, and the remainder of wrath shalt thou restrain. And overruling them to good ; Gen. 1. 20. But as for you, ye thought evil against me, but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.

Q. 8. What are the properties of providence ?

A. It is (1.) Holy; Psalm clv. 17. The Lord is righteous, in all his ways, and holy in all his works. (2.) Wife; Pfal. civ. 24. O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom halt thou made them all. (3.) Powerful; Dan. iv. 35. And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing, and he doth according to his will, in the armies of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth, and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What dost thou ? Q. 9. What is the first instruction from it ?

A. That God's people are safe amidst all their enemies and dangers; 2. Chron. xvi. 9. For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to lhew himtelf strong in the behalf of them whose hearts are perfect towards him.

Q. 10. What is the second instruction ?

A. That prayer is the best expedient to prosperity and success of our lawful affairs; Psalm cxlv. 18. The Lord is nigth unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

Q. 11. What is the third instruction from it?

A. That God's people should rest quietly in the care of his providence for them in all their straits ; Matth. vi. 26. Behold the fowls of the air, for they fow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet our heavenly Father feedeth them : are not ye much better than they?

Q. 12. What is the last instruction from it?

A. That it is no small privilege to be adopted children of God, and the members of Christ; for all is ordered for their eternal good ; Eph. i. 22, 23. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.

Of the Covenant of Works. Quest. 12. HAT special act of providence did God

exercise towards man, in the estate wherein he was created ?

A. When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience, forbidding


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