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good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.' His Truth is that whereby he is perfectly faithful, and free from all Falsehood, Tit. i. 2. ' In hope of eternal life, which « God that cannot lye, promised before the world • began.'
Queft. 5. Are there more Gods than one?
Ans. There is but One only, the living and true God.
EXPLICATION. God is called the living God, to distinguish him from dead Idols; and the true God, to distinguish him from all false Gods. 1 Thell.i. 9. "Ye turn.
ed to God from idols, to serve the living and
true God.' He is the living God, in that all Life is in him, and from him, I Tim. vi. 13. ' God, 6 who quickeneth all things.' To be the true God,
is to'be God truly and really; and not in Name u only, or in the Opinion of Men. Now, there is but one true God : 1 Cor. viii. 4, 'We know that
an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is : none other God but one.' And Reason teaches, that there can be no more than one, in that there can be but one most perfect Being.' So the gods many, mentioned I Cor. viii. 5. are Gods in Name only, or in the Opinion of their blinded Worshippers.
Ans. There are three Persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost : And these three are one Go', the fame in Substance, equal in Power and Glory.
are one.' Jesus Christ is the second of these Persons, namely, the Son. And the Father is true God: The Son is frue God: And the Holy Ghost is true God. Yet they are not three Gods, but one God, i 70kn v. 7. forecited. Howbeit, the Godhead neither is, nor can be divided into Parts: But each of the three Persons hath the one whole indivisible Godhead. They are not then of a like Substance only, but the very same in Substance. But they are distinguished by their personal Pro. perties. And it is the personal Property of the Father, to beget the son: Heb. i. §. . 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 it is the personal Property of the Son, to be begotten of the Father : John
Queft. 7. What are the Decrees of God?
Ans. The Decrees of God are, his eternal Purpose, according to the Counsel of his Will, whereby, for his own Glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to
• according to the purpofe of him who worketh 6 all things after the counsel of his own will.' E.. ven the most free Acts of ghe Creature, and the most casual Things, are foreordained of God :-. Prov. xxi. 1. ' The king's heart is in the hand of • the Lord, as the rivers of water : he turneth it ( whithertoever he will.' Chap. xvi. 33. 'The lot
is cast into the lap : but the whole disposing there.
of is of the Lord.' Yea, evil Actions, as well as good ones, fall within the Compafs of his Decree : Acts ïi. 23. ' Him, being delivered by the deter. . !minate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye ? have taken, and by wicked hands have cruci. "fied and Nain; But with this Difference, that he decreed his effeeting of Good, and his permitting of Ill. Now, whatsoever God hath foreordained, infallibly comes to pass. And his Decrees aré unchangeable : I'. xlvi. 10. ' Declaring the end from • the beginning, and from ancient times the things, " that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall « stand, and I will do all my pleasure.' . Yet Men have no Excuse for their Sin, from the Decree of God, Acts ii. 23. above cited. For they fin out of free Choice, without the least Knowledge of, or Force upon them from the Decree : Afts. xiii. 27. For they that dwell at Jerusalem, and their
rulers, because they knew him not, nor yet the ' voices of the prophets which are read every
sabbath-day, they have fulfilled them in con! demning him. The Design and End of God's Decrees is his own Glory : Rom. xi. 36. “For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things :
to whom be glory for ever :' And therefore he will certainly get Glory of whatsoever comes to pass, if xlvi. 10. forecited. As to sinful Actions,