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Q. 8. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is but One only the living and true Godk.
A. There be three perfons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft; and these three are one trues eternal God, the fame in fubftance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished by their perfonal properties/.
Q. 10. What are the perfonal properties of the three perfons 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 n, and to the Holy Ghoft to proceed from the Father and the Son from all eternity o. Q.11. xxviii. 19. Goye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The grace of the Lord Jefus Chrift, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghoft, be with you all. Amen. John x. 30. I and my Father are one.
10. m Heb. i. 5. For unto which of the angels faid 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. v. 6. And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he faith, And let all the angels of God worship him. v.. 8. But unto the Son he faith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever; a fceptre of righteousness is the fceptre of thy kingdom.
n Johni. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glo ry as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth. v. 18. No man hath feen God at any time; the only begotten Son, who is in the bofom of the Father, he hath declared him. • John
8. Deut. vi. 4. Hear, O Ifrael, The Lord our God is one Lord. 1 Cor. viii. 4. As concerning therefore the eating of thofe things that are offered in facrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. v. 6.. But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jefus Chrift, 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 everlafting King: at his wrath the earth fhall tremble, and the nations fhall 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 Ghoft: and these three are one. Mat. iii. 16. And Jefus, when he was baptized, went up ftraightway out of the water and lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he faw the Spirit of God defcending Jike a dove, and lighting upon him. v. 17. And lo, a voice from heaven, faying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleafed. Mat.
Q. 11. How doth it appear that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God equal with the Father?
A. The fcriptures manifeft that the Son and the Holy Ghoft are God equal with the Father, afcribing unto them fuch names p, attributes q, worksr, and worship, as are pro
• John xv. 26. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will fend unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth which proceedeth from the Father, he thall testify of me. Gal. iv. 6. And becaufe ye are fons, God hath fent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.,
11. p Ifa. vi. 3. And one cried unto another, and faid, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hofts, the whole earth is full of his glory. v. 5. Then faid I, Wo is me, for I am undone, because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midib of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hofts: v. 8. alfo I heard the voice of the Lord, faying, Whom fhall I fend? and who will go for us? Then faid I, Here am I, fend me. Compared with John xii. 41. Thefe things faid Efaias, when he faw his glory and fpake of him. And with Acts xxviii. 25. And when they agreed not among themselves, they departed, after that Paul had fpoken one word, Well fpake the Holy Ghoft by Efaias the prophet unto our fathers. I 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 Jefus Chrift. This is the true God, and eternal life. Acts v. 3. But Peter faid, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghoft, and to keep
back part of the price of the land? v. 4. Whilft it remained, was it not thine own? and after it was fold, was it not in thine own power? why haft thou conceived this thing in thine heart? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.
9 John i. 1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. Ifa. ix. 6. For unto us a child is born, unto us a fon is given, and the government fhall be upon his fhoulder: and his name thall be called Wonderful, Counseller, the mighty God, The everlafting Father, The Prince of peace. John ïï. 24. But Jefus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men; v. 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 fearcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. v. 11. For what man knoweth the things of a man, fave the spirit of man that is in him? even fo 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, vifible and invifible, 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
per to God only.
Q. i 2. What are the decrees of God?
A. God's decrees are the wife, free, and holy acts of the counfel of his willt, whereby, from all eternity, he hath, for his own glory, unchangeably fore-ordained whatfoever comes to pafs in timev, efpecially concerning angels and men.
Q. 13. What hath God efpecially decreed concerning angels and men?
A. God, by an eternal and immutable decree, out of his mere love, for the praife of his glorious grace to be manifefted in due time, hath elected fome angels to glory w; and in Chrift hath chofen fome men to eternal life and the means thercofx: and alfo, according to his fovereign power, and the
God moved upon the face of the
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 Ghoft. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The grace of the Lord Jefus Chrift, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghoft, be with you all. Amen.
12. Eph. i. 11. In whom alfo we have obtained an inheritance, being predeftinated according to the purpofe of him who worketh all things after the counfel of his own will. Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unfearchable are his judgments, and his ways paft finding out! Rom. ix. 14. What shall we fay then? Is there unrighteoufnefs with God? God forbid. v. 15. For he faith to Mofes, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compaffion on whom I will have compaflion. v. 18. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy,
and whom he will he hardeneth.
Eph. i. 4. According as he hath chofen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we thould be holy, and without blame before him in love. v. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predeftinated acccording to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Rom. ix. 22. What if God, willing to fhew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much long-fuffering the veffels of wrath fitted to destruction: v. 23. and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the veffels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory? Pfal. xxxiii, 11. The counfel of the Lord standeth for ever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.
13. w 1 Tim. v. 21. I charge thee before God and the Lord Jefus Chrift, and the elect angels; that thou obferve these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality.
x Eph. i. 4. According as he hath
the unfearchable counsel of his own will (whereby he extendeth or withholdeth favour as he pleaseth) hath paffed by, and fore-ordained the reft to dishonour and wrath, to be for their fin inflicted, to the praise of the glory of his jufticey.
Q. 14. How doth God execute his decrees?
A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence; according to his infallible fore-knowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will z..
Q.15. What is the work of creation?
A. The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginhis power known, endured with much long-fuffering the veffels of wrath fitted to destruction? Mat. xi. 25. At that time Jefus answered and faid, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou haft hid these things from the wife and prudent, and haft revealed them unto babes. v. 26. Even fo, Father, for fo it feemed good in thy fight. 1 Tim. ii. 20. But in a great houfe there are not only veffels of gold, and of filver, but also of wood, and of earth; and fome to honour, and fome to difhonour. 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 lafcivioufnefs, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jefus Chrift. 1 Pet. ii. 8. And a stone of ftumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them who stumble at the word, being disobedient, whereunto alfo they were appointed.
chofen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we fhould be holy, and without blame before him in love: v. 5. having predeftinated us unto the adoption of children by Jefus Chrift to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, v. 6. to the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved. 2 Theff. i. 13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren, beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chofen you to falvation, through fanctification of the Spirit, and belief of the truth: v. 14. whereunto he called you by our gofpel, to the obtaining of the glory of the Lord Jefus Christ..
Rom. ix. 17. For the fcripture faith unto Pharaoh, Even for this fame purpofe have I raised thee up, that I might fhew my power in thee, and that my name might be declared throughout all the earth. v. 18. Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will he hardeneth. v. 21. Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the fame lump, to make one veffel unto honour, and another unto difhonour? v. 22. What if God, willing to fhew his wrath, and to make
14. z Eph. i. 11. In whom alfo we have obtained an inheritance, being predeftinated according to the purpofe of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will.
M 2 15.4 (Gen.
beginning, by the word of his power, make of nothing the world and all things therein for himself, within the space of fix days, and all very good a.
Q. 16. How did God create angels?
A. God created all the angels b fpirits c, immortal d, holy e, excelling in knowledgef, mighty in powerg, to execute his commandments, and to praife his name h, yet fubject to change i.
Q. 17. How did God create man?
A. After God had made all other creatures, he created man male and female k; formed the body of the man of the duft of the ground, and the woman of the rib of the
man; able: for as an angel of God, so is my lord the king to difcern good and bad: therefore the Lord thy God will be with thee. Mat. xxiv. 36. But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.
g 2 Theff. i. 7. And to you who are troubled, reft with us, when the Lord Jefus fhall be revealed from heaven, with his mighty angels.
b Pfal. ciii. 20. Blefs the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in ftrength, that do his commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. v. 21. Blefs ye the Lord, all ye his hofts, ye minifters of his that do his pleasure.
i 2 Pet. ii. 4. For if God fpared not the angels that finned, but caft. them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be referved unto judgment.
17. k Gen. i. 27. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him: male and female created he them.
1 Gen. ii. 7. And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his noftrils the breath of life.