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WHAT MAN OUGHT TO BELIEVE CONCERNING GOD. Q. 6. What do the scriptures make known of God ?

A. The scripiuies make knowo wbal God is,o the persons in the Godhead,p his decrees, 9 and the execution of bis decrees.r Q. 7. What is God?

A. God is a Spirit,s in and of himself infinite in being, glory, blessedness,w and perfection ;* all sufficient,y eternal,i unchangeable,a incomprehensible, every where present, Almighty, knowing all things,e most wise,f most

6. o 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 rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

p 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.

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

r Acts iv. 27, 28. 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, for to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.

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

t 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 xi. 7, 8, 9. Canst thou by searching find out God ? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection ? it is as high as heaven, what canst thou do? deeper than hell, what canst thou know? The measure thereof, is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.

o Aets vii. 2. The God of glory appeared unto our Father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran.

w 1 Tim. vi. 15. Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

a Mat. v. 48. Be ye, therefore, perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

y Gen. xyii. 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. xc. 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.ji. 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 ? 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. O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known

holy, most just,h most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and isbundant in goodness and truth.i

Q.8. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but One only, the living and true God.k
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. 1

me: thou knowest my down-sitting, and mine up-rising, thou understandest my thoughts afar off, &c. Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? 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 come.

e Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight; but all things are naked, and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do. Pal. 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 Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.

g Isa. 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 shall 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 right is he?

i Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The 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, 6. 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. But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all 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, 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. Mat. xxviii. 19. Goye, 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 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, and to the Holy Ghost to proceed from the Father and the Son, from all eternity.

Q.11, How doth ùt appear that the Son and tho 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,P attributes,q works, and worship,s as are proper to God only,

the Lord, Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. John x. 30. I and my Father are one.

10. m Heb. i. 5, 6, 8. 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. And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.

n John i. 14, 18. 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. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared 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 sha}l 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, 5, 8. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory. Then said I, Wo is me, for I am undone, because I am 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. 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 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. 3,4. 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? While it remained,

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

Q. 12. What are the decrees of God?

A. 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 fore-ordained whatsoever comes to pass in time, especially concerning angels and

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Q. 13. What hath God especially decreed concerning angels and A. God, by an eternal and immutable decree, out of his

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 as a child is born, unto us a Son is given, and the government shall be upon his shoulder : and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. John ii. 24, 25. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men: And needed not that any should testify of man : for lie knew what was in man: 1 Cor. ii. 10, 11. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea. the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which 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, 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.

9 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 Lord, 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 ali 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 un searchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out ? Rom. ix. 14, 15, 18. What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 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. Therefore, hath he mercy on whom he will have merey, and whom he will, he hardeneth:

o Eph. i. 4, 11. 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. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh ali things after the counsel of his own will. Rom. ix. 22, 23. What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured, with much long-suffering, the vessels of wrath fitted to den struction: and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of his mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory? Psal. xxxiii. 11. The counsel of the Lord standeth for ever, thoughts of his heart to all generations.

mere love, for the praise of his glorious grace to be manie fested in due time, hath elected some angels to glory ;w and, in Christ, hath chosen some men to eternal life, and the means thereof:s and also, according to bis sovereign power, and the upsearchable counsel of his own will. (whereby he extendeth or withholdeth favour as he pleaseth,) bath passed by, and fore-ordained the rest to dishonour and wrath, to be for their sin inflicted, to the praise of the glory of his justice.y Q. 14. How doth God execute his decrees?

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.2

13. w 1 Tim. 1.. 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.

2 Eph. i. 4, 5, 6. 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 : having predestinated as unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, aceording to the good pleasure of his will. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. 2 Thess. ï. 13, 14. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, bretliren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning. chosen you to salvation, through sanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth : whereunto he called you by our gospel, to the obtaining of the glory of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

y Rom. ix. 17, 18, 21, 22. For the scripture saith unto Pharaoh, Even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore, hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy,

and whom he will, he hardeneth. Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same fump to make one vessel unto honour, and another anto dishonour ? What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured, with much long-suffering, the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction ? Mat. xi. 25, 36. 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. Even so, Father, for so it seomed 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 4. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the

grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Pet. ii. 8. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient, whereunto also they were appointed.

14. 7 Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh ali ahings after the counsel of his own will.

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