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and willing to help usg, so we by faith are emboldned to plead with him that he would h, and quietly to rely upon hiin, that he will fulfil our requests i. And, to testify this our desire and assurance, we say, Amen k.
g. Eph. iii. 20. Now unto him cast us out of thy possession, which that is able to do exceeding abun thou hast given us to inherit. dantly above all that we ask or think, i 2 Cbron. xiv. II. And Asa criaccording to the power that work- ed unto the Lord his God, and said, éth in us, v. 21. 'Unto him be glo- Lord, it is nothing with thee to ry in the church by Christ Jesus, help, whether with many, or with throughout all ages, world without them that have no power: help us, end. Amen. Luke xi. 13. If ye then, O Lord our God; for we rest on being evil, know how to give good thee, and in thy name we go against gifts unto your children: how much this multitude : O Lord, thou art more shall your heavenly Father our God, let not man prevail against give the holy Spirit to them that thee. ask him?
k i Cor. xiv. 16. Else when thou h 2 Chron. xx. 6. And (Jehosha shalt bless with the spirit, how fhall phat) said, O Lord God of our fa- he that occupieth the room of the thers, art not thou God in heaven? unlearned, say Amen at thy giving and rulest not thou over all the of thanks, seeing he understandeth kingdoms of the heathen ? and in not what thou sayest? Rev. xxii. 20. thine hand is there not power and He which testifieth these things, faith, might, so that none is able to with. Surely I come quickly. Amen. Estand thee? v. 11. Behold, I say, evn so, come, Lord Jesus. V. 21 how they reward us, to come to The grace of our Lord Jesus Chrift
be with you all. Amen.
AGREED UPON BY THE
ASSEMBLY OF DI VINES
WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF
CO M M I S S I O N E R S
CHURCH O OF SCOTLAND,
Part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion betwixt the
Churches of CHRIST in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland,
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Approved Anno 1648, by the General Assembly of the CHURCH of
SCOTLAND, to be a Directory for Catechising such as are of weaker Capacity:
WITH THE PROOFS FROM THE SCRIPTURE.
Assembly at Edinburgh, July 28. ;648, Seff. 19.
ACT approving the SHORTER CATECHISM.
'HE General Assembly having seriously considered the
u dhe Divines fitting at Westminster, with assistance of Commiflioners from this kirk; do find, upon due examination thereof, that the said Catechism is agreeable to the word of God, ånd in nothing contrary to the received doctrine, worship, discipline, and government of this kirk: And therefore approve the faid Shorter Catechism, as a part of the intended uniformity, to be a directory for catechifing such as are of weaker capacity.
Τ Η. Ε
SHORTER CA TE CHIS M.
Question 1. WHAT is the chief end of man?
Answer. Man's chief end is, to glorify God
a, and to enjoy him for ever b. Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
Ã. The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments c, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him d.
Q. 3. What do the scriptures principally teach?
A. The scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man e.
a i Cor. x. 31. Whether there- ture is given by inspiration of God, fore ye eat or drink, or whatsoe- and is profitable for doctrine, for ver ye do, do all to the glory of reproof, for correction, for instrucGod. Rom. xi. 36. For of him, tion in righteousness. Eph. ii. 20. Pand through him, and to him are all And are built upon the foundation things : to whom be glory for e- of the apostles and prophets Jesus yer. Amen.
Christ himself being the chief cor6 Pfal. lxxiii. 25. Whom have I ner-stone. in heaven but thee? and there is di John i. 3. That which we
earth that I desire besides have seen and heard, declare we thee. V. 26. My flesh and my
also faileth : but God is the strength of fellowship with us : and truly our my heart, and my portion for ever. fellowship is with the Father, and v. 27. For lo, they that are far from with his Son Jesus Christ. thee, shall perish : thou hast destroy. And these things write we unto you, ed all them that go a-whoring from that your joy may be full, thee. v. 28. But it is good for 31 e 2 Tim. i. 13. Hold faft the me to draw near to God: I have put form of sound words, which thou my trust in the Lord God, that I halt heard of me, in faith and love may declare all thy works.
which is in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim. iii. 2. f 2 Tim. iii. 16. All scrip- 16. (See in letter 6.)
Q. 4. What is God?
À. God is a Spirit f, infinite g, eternal h, and unchangeable i, in his being k, wisdom l, power my holiness 1, justice, goodness, and truth o.
Q. 5. Are there more gods than one ?
A. There are three perfons in the God-head; the Fa. ther, the Son and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one God, the fame in substance, equal in power and
What are the decrees of God? À. The decrees of God, are his eternal purpose according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his
4.vf John iv. 24. God is a Spirit, within; and they rest not day and and they that worship him, "muft night, saying, Holy, holy, holý, worship him in fpirit and in truth. Lord God Almighty, which was,
& Job xi. 7. Canst thou by search- and is, and is to come. ing find out God? canst thou find n Rev. xv. 4. Who shall not fear out the Almighty unto perfection?
.thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? v. 8. It is as high as heaven, what for thou only art holy : for all pacanst thou do? deeper than hell, tions shall come and worship before what canst thou know? v. 9. The thee; for thy judgments are made measure thereof is longer than the manifeft. earth, and broader than the sea.. o Exod. xxxiv, 6. And the Lord
ß Pfal. xc. 2. Before the moun- paffed by before him, and proclaimtains were brought forth, or ever ed, The Lord, the Lord God, thou hadst formed the earth and the merciful and gracious, long-sufferworld: even from everlasting to e. ing, and abundant in goodness and verlasting thou art God.
truth. v.7. Keeping mercy for thouJames i. 17. Every good gift, sands, forgiving iniquity, and transand every perfect gift is from above, gression, and fin, and that will by no and cometh down fram the Father means clear the guilty; visiting the of lights, with whom is no variable- iniquity of the fathers upon the nefs, neither shadow of turning. children, and upon the childrens
k Exod. iii, 14. And God said children, unto the third and to the unto Mofes, I AM THAT I AM: fourth generation. and he said, Thus shalt thou say 5. p Deut. vi. 4. Hear, Ifrael, unto the children of Israel, I AM the Lord our God is one Lord. Jer. hath sent me unto you.
X. 10. But the Lord is the true God, | Pfal. cxlvii. 5. Great is our he is the living God, and an ever Lord, and of great power : his un- lasting King : at his wrath the earth derstanding is infinite.
shall tremble, and the nations thal in Rev. iv. 8. And the four beasts not be able to abide his indignation. had each of them fix wings about 6. q. 1. John' v. 7. For there are him, and they were full of eyes three that bear record in heaven,