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Of God's Unchangeableness. Queft. 1.
W Wate? Scriptures plainly affert this AttriA. Exod. iii. '14. And God said unto Mofes, I AM, that I AM, Dan. vi. 26. For he is the living God, and stedfast for-ever, Jam. i. 17. With whom is no Variableness, neither Shadow of Turning,
Q. 2. Whence doth God's Immutability flow?
A. The Immutability of God flows from the Perfection of his Nature, to which nothing can be added, and from which nothing can be taken away. If any Thing could be added to make him better than he is; or if any Thing could be taken away, to make him less good than he is, then he were not the chiefeft Good, and consequently not God.
Q. 3. By what other Argument prove you his Immutability
A. I prove it from the Eternity of God. If God be eternal, he inuft be immutable; for if he change by Addition of something to him he had not before, then there is some. thing in God which he had not from Eternity: And if he change by Diminution, then there was something in God from Eternity, which now is not; but from everlasting to Everlasting, he is the fame God, and therefore changeth not.
Q. 4. But it is said, God repents, and Repentance is a Change; how then is he unchangeable, and yet repents?
A. In those Phrases God speaks to us, as we must speak of, and to bim ; not properly, but after the Manner of Men ; and it only notes a Change in his outward Providence, not in his Nature.
Q. 5. But how could God become Man, and yet no Change made on him?
A. There is a twofold Change, one active, made by God, that we allow. He made a Change upon our Nature by uniting it to Chrift; but a paffive Change made upon God, we deny. The Nature of Man was made more excellent; but the divine Nature was still the same.
Q. 6. What is the first Instruction from God's Immutability?
A. That those that are most unchangeable in Holiness, are most like God. Let bim that is holy be holy fill.
Q.7. What is the second Instruction from hence ?
A. That the Happiness of God's People is firm, and sure, being built upon the Word of an unchangeable God, Mal. ii. 6. For I am the Lord, I change not; therefore ye Sons of Jacob are not consumed, Heb. vi. 18.
Q. 8. What is the third Instruction from this Attribute?
A. That the Hopes of all wicked Men are vain, being built upon a Presumption, that God will not deal with them as he hath threatned he will do.
Q. 9. What is the last Instruction from God's Immutability ?
A. That Chriftians may take as much Encouragement now from the Natvre, Word, and Providence of God, as the Saints in any former Generation did, or might do; for he is the same now, as he was then.
Of God's Wisdom.
A. There is a personal and essential Wifdom of God; the personal Wisdom is the Son of God, 1 Cor. i. 24. Christ the Power of God, and the Wisdom of God, Col. ii. 3. In whom are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom and knouledge. The eflential Wisdom of God, is the Essence of God; of which this Question speaks.
Q. 2. What is the essential Wisdom of God?
A. The essential Wisdom of God, is his most exact and perfect Knowledge of himself, and all his Creatures, and his ordering, and disposing them in the moft convenient Manner, to the Glory of his own Name, Ephes. i. 11. Aco cording to the Purpose of him who worketh all things after the Council of his own Will.
Q. 3. What is the first Property of God's Wisdom?
A. The first Property is, he is only wife, Rom. xvi. 27. To God only wise be Glory. And whatsoever wisdom is in Angels, or Men, is all derived and borrowed from God; с
but his from none. Ifa. xl. 14. With whom took he counsel ? and who instructed him, and taught him in the Path of Judgmnent, and taught him Knowledge, and jewed to him ihe Way of Understanding?
Q. 4. What is the second Property of God's Wisdom?
A, The fecond Property is, That he is incomprehensible in his Wisdom, Rom. xi. 33, 34. Oh the Depth of the Riches, boib of the Wisdom and Knowledge of God, &c.
Q: 5. What is the third Property of the Wisdom of God?
A. The third Property is, That God is perfectly wise, which no Creatures, no not the very Angels in Heaven are, Job iv. 18. And bis Angels be chargeth with Folly.
Q. 6. What is the most glorious and eminent Discovery of the Wisdom of God?
A. The most glorious Display of the Wisdom of God was in the Work of our Redemption by Jesus Chrift, Col. ii. 3. In whom are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge, 1 Cor. i. 24. Christ the Wisdom of God.
Q. 7. What is the first Instruction from God's Wisdom ?
A. The first Inftruction is, That God is a fit Object of our Trust, Dependence, and Resignation, Isa. xxx. 18. And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto jou; and therefore will he be exhalted, that he may have Mercy upon you ; for the Lord is a God of Judgment; blessed are all they that wait for him. Q. 8. What is the second Instruction from hence ?
A. The second Insruction is, 'That it is a dangerous Arrogancy in the Creature, either to prescribe unto God, and direct his Maker, Job xxi. 22. Shall any teach God Knowledge, seeing he judgeth those that are high? Or to quarrel with his Providences, as not fo fit and convenient as they should be, Job xl. 2. Shall be that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? He that reproveth God, let him answer i:.
Q. 9. What is the third Inftru&tion from it?
A. That the People of God have much Reason to quiet, and encourage themselves, when crafty and subtil Enemies surround them. For the Foolishness of God is wifer than Man, 1 Cor. i. 25.
Q. 10. What is the fourth Instruction from God's Wifdoin?
A. The fourth Instruction is, That the true Way to Wifdom, is to be sensible of our own Follý, 1 Cor. ii. 18. If any
Man among you feemeth to be wife in this World, let him become a Fool, that he may be wise. And to apply ourselves by Prayer to God the Fountain of it, Jam. i. 5. If any Man lack Wisdom, let him ask it of God.
Q. 11. What is the last Instruction from God's Wisdom?
A. That the Study of Chritt, and of the Scriptures, is to be preferred to all other Studies in the World, Col. ii. 3. In whom are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom, and Knowledge. And the Scriptures contain all that Wisdom which is for our Salvation, I Cor. ii. 7. But we speak the Wisdom of God in a Mystery, even the bidden Wisdom which God ordained before the World, unto our Glory.
Of God's Power.
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Queft. HAT is the Power of God?
A. An essential Property of his Nature, whereby he can do all Things that he pleases to have done, Jer. xxxii. 17. Ah Lord God, behold thon haft made the Heavens, and the Earth by thy great Power, and stretched-out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.
Q. 2. What Evidences have we before our Eyes of the Almighty Power of God? A. It
appears in the Creation of the World, Rom. i. 20. For the invisible Things of him from the Creation of the World are clearly feen, being understood by the Things that are made, even his eternal Power and Godhena. Ånd its Sustentation, Heb. i. 3. Who upholdeth all Things by the Word of his Power.
Q. 3. Did God's Power ever act its utmost ?
A. No, he can do more than ever he did, or ever will do. Mat. iii. 9. God is able of these Stones to raise up Children unto Abraham, Mat. xxvi. 53.
Q. 4. Are there not fome Things which God cannot do
A. Yes, there are, but they are such Things as are inconfiftent with his Truth and Holiness, Tit. 1. 2.---which God that cannot lie, 2 Tim. ii. 13. He cannot deny himself: Q. 5. What is the first Thing inferred from God's Power?
A. That all the Creatures necessarily depend on him for what Ability they have, and without the Permission of the supreme Power they can do us no Hurt, Joh xix. 11. Thou culdest have no Power against me except it were given ikee from above.
Q. 6. What is the second Inference from hence!
A. That the Difficulties which lye in the Way of the Promises, need be no stumbling-blocks to our Faith, Rom. iv, 20, 21. He staggered not at the Promises through Unbelief, being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Q. 7. What is the third Inference from this Attribote?
A. The Saints need not be scared at the Greatness of their Sufferings : their God can carry them through, Dan. iii. 17. Our God whom we fervé, is able to deliver us from the burning fiery Furnace.
Q. 8. What is the fourth Inference ?
A. That the Salvation of God's Peoplc is certain, whatever their Dangers be ; being kept by this inighty Power, 1 Pet. i. 5. Who are kept by the Power of God i brough. Faith 10 Salvation.
Q. 9. What is the last Inference hence ?
A. That the State of the damned is unconceivably mise. rable. Their Punishment proceeding from the Glory of the Almighty, 2 Thes. i. 9. Who shall be punished with everlafting Deftruction, from the Presence of the Lord, and the Glory of bis Power.
Of God's Holiness.
Quest. s. OW manifold is the Holiness of God?
A. The Holiness of God is twofold; Commu. nicable or incommunicable; of his communicable Holiness the Apoftle speaks, Heb. xii. 10. But be for our Profit, that sue might be Partakers of his Holiness. Of his incommunicable Holiness that Scripture speaks, 1 Sam. ii. 2. There is none holy as the Lord.
Q. 2. What is the essential and incommunicable Holiness of God?