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glory", blessedness ", and perfection *; all-sufficient y, eternal *, unchangeable *, incomprehensible", every where present *, almighty ", knowing all things", most wise', most holy 4, most just", most merciful and gracious, long-suffer

ing, and abundant in goodness and truth'. -
Q. 8. Are there more Gods than one *
A. There is but One only, the living and true God k.

measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

u Acts vii. 2. The God of glory appeared 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 kings, and Lord of lords.

x Mat. v. 48. Beye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is 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 perfect. z Psal. x.c. 2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst 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 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 of turning, b 1 Kings viii. 27. But will God indeed dwell on the earth 2 Behold, heaven, and the heaven of heavens, cannot contain thee; how much less this house that I have builded ? c Psal. cxxxix.1—13, O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me: thou knowest my down-sitting and mine up-rising, thou understandest my thoughts afar off, to c. Whither shall I go from thy Spirit 2 or whither shall I flee from thy presence? &c,.

d Rev. iv. 8. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes within ; and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to conne. . 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 wise, be glory through Jésus Christ for ever. Amen. g Isa. vi. 3. And one cried unto amother, 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 2 for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest. b 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 right is he, i Exod, xxxiv. 6. And the Lord Ho: by before him, and proclaimed, he Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. 8. § Deut. vi. 4. Hear, O Israel, The Lord our God is one Lord. 1 Cor. viii. 4. As concerning therefore the eating of those things that are of. fered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. Ver, 6. But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are als

Q. 9. 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; although distinguished by their personal properties'. Q. 10. What are the personal properties of the three persons in the Godhead P A. It is proper to the Father to beget the Son", and to the Son to be begotten of the Father", and to the Holy Ghost to proceed from the Father and the Son from all eternity". Q. 11. How doth it appear that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God equal with the Father P A.The Scriptures manifestthat the Son and the Holy Ghost are God equal with the Father, ascribing unto them such names P,

things, and we in him ; and one Lord
Jesus 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 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. Mat.
iii. 16, And Jesus, when he was bap-
tized, went up straightway out of the
water : and, lo, the heavens were o-
pened unto him, and he saw the Spi-
rit of God descending like a dove, and
lighting upon him. Ver, 17. And, lo,
a voice from heaven, saying, This is
my beloved Son, in whom I am well
pleased. Mat. xxviii. 19 Go ye
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 Ho-
ly Ghost, be with you all. A men.
%. x. 30. I and my Father are one.
10. m Heb. i. 5. 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.
Ver. 6. And again, when he bringeth

in the first begotten into the world, he
saith, And let all the angels of God
worship him. Ver, 8. But unto the
Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is
for ever and ever; a sceptre of righte-
ousness is the sceptre of thy king-
dom.
n John i. -14. And the Word was
made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and
we beheld his glory, the glory as of
the only begotten of the Father,) full
of grace and truth. Ver. 18. No man
hath seen God at any time ; the only
begotten Son, which is in the bosom

- of the Father, he hath declarcd him.

o John xv. 26. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall 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. 11. p Isa. vi. 3. And one cried an

to another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory. Ver. 5. Then said I, Woe 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. Ver. 8. Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and

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attributes", works', and worship', as are proper to God

only.

Q. 12. What are the decrees of God?

4. God’s decrees are the wise, free, and holy acts of the counsel of his will ', whereby, from all eternity, he hath, for his own glory, unchangeably foreordained whatsoever comes to pass in time", especially concerning angels and Q. 13. What hath God especially decreed concerning angels and men P - .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 glory "; and in Christ, hath chosen some men to eternal life, and the means thereof *: and also, according to his sovereign power, and the unsearchable counsel of his own will, (whereby he extendeth or withholdeth favour as he pleaseth,) hath passed by and foreordained the rest to dishonour and wrath, to be for their sin inflicted, to the praise of the glory of his Q. 14. How doth God execute his decrees 2 A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence, according to his infallible foreknowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will ". Q. 15. What is the work of creation 2 A. The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginning, by the word of his power, make of nothing the world, and all things therein, for himself, within the space of six days, and all very good". Q. 16. How did God create angels 2 A. God created all the angels" spirits “, immortal", holy *, excelling in knowledge', mighty in power s, to execute his commandments, and to praise his name", yet subject to

men.

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 him. And with Acts xxviii. 25. And when they agreed not among 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 in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life. Acts 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 Ver. 4. Whiles it remained, was it not thine own and after it was sold, was it not in thine own power 2 why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heart thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. q John i. 1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the word was God. Isa. ix. 6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government thall be upon his shoulder; and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counschor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. John ii 24. But Jesus did not com. mit himself unto them, because he knew all men: Ver 25. 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 searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. Ver, 11. For

what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man that is in him 2 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, 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 Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The grace of the I. ord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 12. t Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. 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 past finding out ! Rom. ix. 14. What shall we say then Is there unrighteousness with God God forbid. Ver. 15. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. Ver 18. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. u Eph. i. 4. According as he hath

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justice W. chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy, and without blame before him in love. Ver. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestimated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will, Rom. ix.22. What if God, willing to shew nis wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: Ver. 23. And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory Psal. xxxiii. 11. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all geInerations. 13. w 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 nothing 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 : Ver. 5. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Ver. 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved 2 Thess. ii. 13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren, beloved

of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth : Ver. 14. Whereunto he called you by our gos. pel, to the obtaining of the glory of the Lord Jesus Christ. y Rom. ix. 17. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might shew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Ver. 18, Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. Ver. 21. Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honour, and another unto dishonour? Ver. 22. What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-suf. fering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction ? Matt. xi. 25. At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes, Ver. 26. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. 2 Tim. ii. 20. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour. Jude, Ver. 4. Forthere are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation,

change".

Q. 17. How did God create man 2 A. After God had made all other creatures, he create

ungodly men, turning the grace of our
God into lasciviousness, and denying
the only Lord God, and our Lord Je-
sus Christ. 1 Pet. 2, 8. And a stone
of stumbling, and a rock of offence,
even to thern which stumble at the
word, being disobedient, whereunto
also they were appointed.
14. z Eph. i. 11. In whom also we
have obtained an inheritance, being
predestinated according to the purpose
of him who worketh all things after
the counsel of his own will.
15, a [Gen. Chap. i.] 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 which do ap-
pear. Prov. xvi. 4. The Lord hath
made all things for himself; yea, e-
ven 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 pow-
ers: all things were created by him,
and for him.
c Psal. civ. 4. . Who maketh his
angels spirits; his ministers a flaming
fire.
d Matt, xxii. 30. For in the resur-

rection they neither marry, nor are
given in marriage; but are as the an-
gels of God in heaven.
e Matt. xxv. 31. When the Son of
man shall come in his glory, and all
the holy angels with him, then shall
be sit upon the throne of his glory.
j 2 Sam. xiv. 17. Then thine hand-
maid said, The word of my lord the
king shall now be comfortable: for
as the angel of God, so is my lord the
king to discern good and bad: there-
fore the Lord thy God will be with
thee. Matt. xxiv. 36. But of that
day and hour knoweth no man, no,
not the angels of heaven, but my Fa-
ther only.
g 2 Thess. i. 7. And to you who
are troubled rest with us, when the
Lord Jesus shall be revealed from
heaven, with his mighty angels.
A Psal. ciii. 20. Bless the Lord, ye
his angels, that excel in strength, that
do his commandments, hearkening
unto the voice of his word. Ver. 21.
Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye
ministers of his that do his pleasure.
i 2 Pet. ii. 4. For if God spared
not the angels that sinned, but cast
them down to hell, and delivered them
into chains of darkness, to be reser-
wed unto judgment.

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