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and effe&ually reveal him unto Men for their Sal vation d.
3. Quest. What is the Word of God?
Answ. The holy Scriptures of the Old and No Testament are the Word of God, the only Rul of Faith and Obedience f.
4. Quel manifest in them ; for God hath tit that is upon thee, and my wet Thewed it unto them. v. 20. For which I have put in thy mouth, the the invisible things of him from the nor depart ont of thy mouth, 0 ** creation of the world are clearly out of the mouth of thy seed, seen,being understood by the things out of the mouth of thy seeds fee that are made, even his eternal power faith the Lord, from hencefon and Godhead; so that they are with- and for ever. out excuse. Pfal. 19. 1. The hea 3. • 2 Tim. 3. 16. All scriptu vens declare the glory of God: and is given by inspiration of God. 2 the firmament sheweth his handy- 1. 19. We have also a more fu work. v. 2. Day unto day uttereth word of prophecy; whereunto ya speech and night unco night shew6th well that ye take heed, as unto knowledge. v. 3. There is no speech light that shineth into a dark play nor language, where their voice is until the day dawn, and the day-f not heard. Acts 17:28. For in him arise in your hearts : v.20. Knowi we live, and move, and have our this firft, that no prophecy ofd
scripture is of any private interpr i Car. 2.9. But as it is written, tation. v. 21. For the prophe Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, came not in old time by the wilt neither have entred into
the heart of man: but holy men of God fpa man, the things which God hath as they were moved by the holy Ghol prepared for them that love him. Eph. 2. 20. And are built upo
v. 1o. But God hath revealed them the foundation of the apostles av - unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit prophets, Jesus Christ himself bein
searcheth all things, yea, the deep the chief corner-stone. Rev. 22.!! things of God. 2 Tim. 3.15. And For I testify unto every man til that from a child thou hast known heareth the words of the prophe the holy scriptures, wkich are able of this book; If any man lhalla to make thee wife unto falvation, unto these things, God shall addy through faith which is in Christ Je- to him the plagues that are writte Sus. V. 16. All scripture is given by in this book : v. 19. And if a inspiration of God, and is profitable man shall take away from the word for doctrine, for reproof, for cor- of the book of this prophecy, sedion, for instruction in righteouf- shall take away his part out of ncss. v. 17. That the man of God book of life, and out of the hol may be perfect, throughly furnish- city, and from the things which a ed unto all good works. Ifa. 59. written in this book. Ifa. 8. 20. ar. As for me, this i my covenant the law and to the testimony; with them, snith the Lord, My Spi
. How doth it appear that the Scriptures are le Word of God?
Answ. The Scriptures manifest themselves to be se Word of God by their Majesty , and Purity; u the Consent of all the Parts , and the Scope of e Whole, which is to give all Glory to Godk ; y their Light and Power to convince and convert hners, to comfort and build up Believers unto alvation': But the Spirit of God bearing Wit
ness cy speak not according to this mine eyes, that I may behold wonrd
, it is because there is no light drous things out of thy law. v. 129. them. Luke 16. 29. They have Thy testimonies are wonderful : ofes and the prophets ; let them therefore doth my soul keep them. Arthem: v.31. If they hear not 4. Psalm 12. 6. The words of the pfes and the prophets, neither Lord are pure words: as filver tried I they be perswaded, though one in a furnace of earth, purified seven le from the dead. Gal. 1. 8. But times. Psalm 119. 140. Thy word qugh we, or an angel from hea- is very pure: therefore thy servant Ai , preach any other gospel un- loveth it. you, than that which we have Als 10.43. To him give all the tached unto you, let him be ac- prophets witness, that through his fed
. v. 9. As we said before, name whosoever believeth in him, Say I now again,If any man preach shall receive remission of fins. Acto yother gospel unto you, than that 26. 22. Having therefore obtained have received, let him be ac- help of God, i continue unto this ded : 2 Tim. 3. 15, 16. [ See let- day, witnessing both to small and
great,saying none other things than & Hosea 8. 12. I have written thofe which the prophets and Moses him the great things of my law, did say should come. were counted as a strange
Rom. 3. 19. Now we know that ing. 1 Cor. 2.6. Howbeit we speak what things foever the law faith, it
among them that are per- faith tothem who are under the law: A: yet not the wisdom of this that every mouth may be stopped, Irld, nor of the princes of this and all the world may become guilty orld, that come to naught. v.7. before God. v.27. Where is bouftIt we speak the wisdom of God in a ing then? It is excluded. By what yttery, even the hidden wisdom law of works? Nay: but by the hich God ordained before the law of faith, orld unto our glory. v. 13. Which Aits 18. 28, For he mightily ungs also we speak, not in the convinced the Jews, and that publickOrds which mans wisdom teacheth, ly, shewing by the scriptures, that at which the holy Ghost teachech; Jesus was Christ. Heb. 4. 12. Forthç omparing fpiritual things with spi- word of God is quick, and power muai. Psalm 119. 18. Open thou
6. • Heb. II. 6. But without
ness by and with the Scriptures in the Heart of Man, is alone able fully to perswade it that they are the very Word of God m.
5. Quest. What do the Scriptures principally teach Answ. The Scriptures principally teach, what Man is to believe concerning God, and what Duty God requires of Man ".
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What Man ought to believe concerning God
6. Quest. What do the Scriptures make known of Godle Answ. The Scriptures make known what God ise
the ful, and sharper than any two-edged he the Spirit of truth is come, fword, piercing even to the dividing will guide you into all truth : asunder of soul and spirit, and of he shall not speak of himself; the joints and marrow, and is a dif- whatsoever he shall hear, that fall cerner of the thoughts and intents he speak : and he will thew you of the heart. James 1. 18. Of his things to come. own will begat he us with the word of glorifie me: for he shall receive of truth, that we should be a kind of mine, and shall shew it unto you first fruits of his creatures. Psalm 19. 1. John 2. 20. But ye have an une 7. The law of the Lord is perfečt, &tion from the holy One, and se converting the soul: the testimony know all things. v. 27. But the of the Lord is sure, making wise the anointing which ye have received simple. v. 8. The statutes of the of him, abideth in you: and ye need Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: not that any man teach you: But, the commandment of the Lord is the fame anointing teacheth you of pure, enlightning the eyes. v. 9. all things, and is truth, and is no lie: The fear of the Lord is clean, endu- and even as it hath taught you, yo sing for ever: the judgments of the shall abide in him. foln 20. 31. Bu Lord are true and righteous altoge- these are written, that ye might be ther. Rom. 15.4. For whatsoever lieve that Jesus is the Christ the son things were written aforetime, were of God, and that beļieving ye might written for our learning; that we have life through his name. through patience and comfort of s. " 2 Tim. 1. 13. Hold fast the the scriptures might have hope. Acts form of sound words, which thou 20. 32. And now brethren, Icom- haft heard of me, in faith and love mend you to God, and to the word which is in Christ Jesus. of his grace, which is able to build you ip, and to give you an inheri- faith it is impossible to please him tance among all them which are for he that cometh to God, mult fanctified.
believe that he is, and that he is a 21 Jolin 16. 13. Howbeit, when
the Persons in the Godhead P, his Decrees , and and the Execution of his Decrees.
7. Quest. What is God?
Answ. God is a Spirit, in and of himself infiaite in Being!, Glory , Blefledness, and PerfeAion ; all-sufficient Y; eternal?, unchangeable , ncomprehensible , every where present, almigh
rewarder of them that diligently appeared unto our father Abraham, seek him.
when he was in Mesopotamia, bePi John s.7. For there are three fore he dwelt in Charran. that bear record in heaven, the Fa w I Tim. 6.15. Which in his times ther, the Word, and the holy Ghoft: he shall shew, who is the blessed and and these three are one.
only Potentate, the King of kings, 4 Acts Is. 14. Simeon hath de- and Lord of lords. clared how God at the first did visit * Mat. S. 48. Be ye therefore the Gentiles, to take out of them a perfect, even as your Father which people for his name. v. IS. And is in heaven is perfect. to this agree the words of the pro y Gen, 17.1. And when Abraham phets, as it is written. 3. 18. Known was ninety years old and nine, the unto God are all his works from the Lord appeared to Abraham, and said beginning of the world.
unto him, I am the almighty God; Acts 4.27. For of a truth against walk before me and be thou perfect. thy holy child Jelus, whom thou * Psalm 90. 2. Before the mounhaft anointed, both Herod and Pon- tains were brought forth, or ever tius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and thou hadft formed the earth and the the people of Israel were gathered world: even from everlasting to together, v. 28. For to do whatso- everlasting, thou art God. ever thy hand and thy counsel de a Mal. 3. 6. For I am the Lord, termined before to be done. I change not : therefore ye sons of
John 4. 24. God is a Spirit, Jacob are not consumed. James 1. and they that worship him, mult 17. Every good gift, and every perworship him in spirit and in truth. fect gift is from above, and cometh
* Exod. 3. 14. And God said unto down from the Father of lights with Mofes, I AM THAT I AM: And whom is no variableness, ueither he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the shadow of turning. children of Israel, I AM hath sent i Kings 8. 27. But will God inmeunto you. Job 11.7,8,9. Canft deed dwell on the earth: Behold, thou by searching find out God! the heaven, and heaven of heavens Canst thou find out the Almighty cannot contain thee; how much less unto perfe&ion: v. 8. It is as high as this house that I have builded? heaven, what canst thou do? deeper © Pfal. 139. 1. to 13. verse, O Lord, than hell,what canst thou know?2.9. thou hast searched me and known The measure thereof is longer than me: thou knoweft my down-litting the earth, and broader than the sea, and mine up-rising, thou understan. 483 7. 2. The God of glory
tyd, knowing all Things, most wise', moft holy !, most just“, most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in Goodness and Truth i
8. Quest. Are there more Gods than one?
Answ. There is but One only the living and true Godk
9. Quest. How many persons are there in the Godhead.
Answ. There be Three Persons įn the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these Three are One true eternal God, the same in Substance, cqual in Power and Glory; although distinguished by their personal Properties !.
. dett my thoughts afar off, &c. Whi * Deut. 32. 4. He is the Rock, ther Mall I go from thy Spirit? or his work is perfect: for all his ways whither shall i Alce from thy pre are judgment: a God of truth, and fence koca
without iniquity, just and right is he. Rev. 4. 8. And the four beasts i Exod. 34. 6. And the Lord palhad each of them fix wings about sed by before him and proclaimed, him, and they were full of eyes with: The Lord, The Lord God, merciin; and they rest not day and night, ful and gracious,long-suffering, and saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord abundant in goodness and truth. God almighty, which was, and is, 8. k Deut. 6.4. Hear, o Ifrael, and is to come.
The Lord our God is one Lord. 1 Cor. * Heb. 4. 13. Neither is there any 8. 4. As concerning therefore the creature that is not manifest in his eating of those things that are offefight : but allthings are naked, and red in sacrifice unto idols, we know opened unto the eyes of him with that an idol is nothing in the world, whom we have to do. Psalm 147, s. and that there is none other God but Great is our Lord, and of great pow. one.
v. 6. But to us there is but one er : his understanding is infinite. God, the Father, of whom are all
* Rom. 16. 27. To God only wise, things, and we in him ; and one be glory through Jesus Christ, for Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all ever. Amen.
things, and we by him. fer. 10.10. & Ifai. 6. 3. And one cried unto But the Lord is the true God, he is another, and said, Holy, holy, holy the living God, aud an everlasting is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth King: at his wrath the earth shall is full of his glory. Rev. 15. 4. Who tremble,and the nations shall not be thall not fear thee, O Lord, and glo- able to abide his indignation, rify thy Name: for thou only art ho
I John s. 7. For there are ly: for all nations fhall come and three that bear record in heaven, worship before thee; for thy judg- the Father, the Word, and the holy ments are made manifeft,