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A. It is the infinite Purity of his Nature, whereby he de. lights in his own Holiness, and the Resemblance of it in his Creatures, and hates all Impurity, Hab. i. 13. Thou art of purer Eyes than 10 behold evil, and canft not look on Iniquity.
R. 3: What is the first Property of God's Holiness?
A. He is essentially holy. "Holiness is not a separable Quality in God, as it is in Angels and Men: but his Being and his Holiness are one Thing.
Q. 4. What is the second Property of God's Holiness; A. God is essentially holy, the Author and Fountain of all communicated Holiness, Lev. xx. 8. I am the Lord which fan&tifierh you.
5. What is the third Property? A. That the Holiness of God is the perfect Rule and Pattern of Holiness to all Creatures, 1 Pet. i. 16. Be ye holy, for I am holy.
Q. 6. What is the first Instruction ?
A. That the holiest of Men have caufe to be ashamed and humbled when they come before God, Ija. vi. 3, 5. And one cried unto another, saying, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of Hoft, the whole Earth is full of bis Glory. Then said I, Woe is me, for I am undone, because I am a Man of unclean Lips, &c,
Q. 7. What is the second Instrution from God's Holiness?
A. That there is no coming near to God without a Mediator; for our God is a confirming Fire.
Q. 8. What is the third Instruction from God's Holinefs ?
A. That Holiness is indispenfibly necessary, to all those which shall dwell with him in Heaven, Heb. xii. 14. And Holiness, without which no Mar shall see the Lord.
Q. 9. What is the fourth Instruction from hence?
A. That the Gospel is of ineftimable Value, as it is the Inftrument of conveying the Holiness of God to us, 2 Cor. n. 18. But we all with open, Face beholding as in a Glafs the Glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame Image, from Glory ta Glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord, Joh. xvii. 17. Sanctify them through thy Truth, thy Word is Truth. R 10. What is the last Inítruction from God's Holiness?
A. That all the Despisers and Scoffers of Holiness, 'are Despisers of God: For Holiness is the very Nature of God; and in the Creature it is his represented Image.
Of God's Justice.
A The Juitice of God is the perfect Rectitude and Equity of his Nature, whereby he is just in himself, and in all his Ways towards the Creatures, Deut. xxxii, 4. He is the Rock, his work is perfect; for all his Ways are Judgment; a God of Truth, and without Iniquity, just and right is be.
'Q. 2. What is the first Property of God's Justice ?
A. That it infinitely excels all human Justice in the Perfection of it. No Creature can compare in Jultice with God. Job ix. 2. How shall Man be jut with God.
Q. 3. What is the second Property of God's Justice !
A. That he is universally righteous in all his Administrations in the World, Pfal. cxlv, 17. The Lord is righteous in all bis Ways, and holy in all his Works.
R. 4. What was the greatest Demonstration of the Juftice of God that ever was given to the World?
A. The greatest Evidence that ever was given of the Jufu tice of God, was in his exact ng full Satisfaction for our Sins upon Christ, Rom. iii. 25, 26. Whom God hath set forth, to be a Propitiation through Faith in bis Blood, 10 declare bis Rightcoufils for the Remiffion of Sins that are paft, through the Forbearance of God. To declare, 1 say, at ibis Time, his Righteculness, that he might be just, and the Juftifier of him which believeth in Jesus, Rom. viii. 32. He /pared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all.
Q. 5. What is the second Discovery of God's Juftice ?
A. The second Discovery of the Justice of God is in the eternal Punishment of Sin in Hell, upon all that do not repent, and come to Christ by Faith in this World, Rom. ij. 5. But after thy hardness and impenitent Heart, trea tureth ap unto thy. Jelf Wrath against the Day of Wrath, and Revelation of the righteous Judgment of Ged
Q. 6. What is the Third Evidence of God's Justice?
A. The Third Evidence of the Justice of God is, in making good all the Mercies he hath promised to Believers, exactly to a Tittle, 1 Joh. i. 19. If we confess our Sins, he is faithful and
just to forgive us our Sins, and to cleanfe us from all Unrighteousness,: 2 Tim. iv. 8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me at that Day.
7. What is the Firit Inference from God's Justice? A. That Sinners have no Cause to complain of God's Judgments, though they be never so terrible, or durable, Roin. ii. 5. But after thy Hardness, and impenitent Heart, treaJureft up unto thyjelf Wrath against the Day of Wrath, and Revelation of the righleous Judgment of God.
Q. 8. What is the Second Inference from God's Justice ?
A. That without Doubt there is a Judgment to come in the next Life, otherwise God would not have the Glory of his Justice? Eccles. iii. 16, 17. I law under the Sun' the Place of Judgment, that Wickedness was there; and the of Righteousness, that Iniquity was there : I said in mine Heart, God Jhall judge the righteous, and the wicked.
Q. 9. What is the Third Inference from God's Julice?
A. That penitent and believing Sinners need not Doubt of the Forgiveness of their Sins, 1 John i. 9. If we confess our Sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our Sins, and 10 cleanse us from all Unrighteoulness.
Q. 10. What is the last Inference from it?
A. The Last Inference is, thar Meekness and Patience under Amictions, is our unquestionable Duty ; and Mur. muring against God, is a great Sin and Evil, Lam. iii. 39. Wherefore doth a living Man complain, a Man for the Punishment of his Sins ?
Of God's Goodnefs.
WHAT is the Goodness of God?'
Queft. 1. HAT is the Goodness of God?
A. It is an essential Property of his Nature, whereby he is absolutely and perfectly good in himfelf, and the Fountain of all communicated Goodness to the
Creature, Pfalm cxix. 68. Thou art good, and doft good, teach me thy Statutes.
Q. 2. How doth the Goodness of God differ from the Mercy of God?
A. It differs in its Objects; for Misery is the Object of Mercy; but Goodness extends to the Creatures that are happy, as well as miserable; as the Angels, Pfal. cxlv. 9. The Lord is good to all, and his tender Mercies are over all bis Works.
Q. 3. What is the First Property of God's Goodness?
A. That all his other Attributes flow out of it as their Fountain: The other Ads of God are but the Effluxes of his Goodness, Exod. xxxiii. 19. And he said, I will make ali my Goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the Name of the Lord before thee, and I will be gracious to whom I will be gracions, and will fhew Mercy unto whom I will fhew Mercy, Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longJuffering, and abundant in Goodness and Truth.
4. What is the Second Property of the divine Good. ness?
A. That it is fupream, and perfect in itself, so as the Goodness of no Creature is, or can be, Luke xviii. 19.
None is good fave one, and that is God: And consequently above ail additions from the Creature, Psalm xvi. 2. O my Soul, thou haft said unto the Lord my Goodness extendith not unte thee.
Q. 5: What is the Third Property of God's Goodness!
A. That it is communicative with Pleasure and Delight to the Creature : No Mother draws out her Breast to an hungry Child with more Pleasure than God doth his Goodness to the Saints, Psalm cxlv. 9. The Lord is good ro'all, and his tender Mercies are over all his works.
Q. 6. In what Acts hath God first manifested his Goodness?
A. He hath manifefted it in the Creation and Govern, ment of the World, Psalm civ. 24. Lord, how manifold are thy Works ? in Wisdom haft thou made them all.
Q. 7. What was the principal Work in which God hath manifested his Goodness to Men ?
A. The principal Manifestation of God's Goodness, was in the Work of Redemption by Chriit, Rom. v. 8. God commended bis Love towards us, in that while we were yet Sinmers, Christ died for us, 1 John iv. 8, 9. In this was manifefted the Love of God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the World, that we might live through him.
Q. 8. But are not the Judgments of God on the wicked, and his Afflictions on the Saints, Impeachments of his goodness?
A. No; it is the Property of goodnefs to hate and punih Evil in the Impenitent, Exod. xxxiv. 7. Keeping Mercy for Thousands forgiving Iniquity, and Transgression, and Sin, and that will by no Meuns clear the Guilty, &c. And the Affic. tions of the Saints flow from his goodness, and end in their true and eternal good. Heb. xii. 6. For whom the Lord loveb, be chafteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth, Pfalm cxix. 71. It is good for me, that I have been af flicted, that I might learn thy Statutes.
Q. 9. What may we infer from the goodness of God?
A. The first Thing is, that Sin hath made our Natures base, and disingenuous, in that we take no Notice of his goodness, Isa. i. 3. The Ox knoweth lajs owner, and the Ass bis Mafter's Crib; but Ifrael doth not know, my People dotb not confider ; and answer not the Design of it, Rom. i. 4. Not knowing that the Goodness of God leadeth thee to Repentance.
Q. 10. What is the second Inference from the goodness of God?
A. That therefore God is the fittest Object of our Delight, and Love, and of our Trust and Confidence. (1) Of our Delight and Love, Psalm cxvi. 1. I love the bord, becaufe he hath beard my Voice, and my Supplication. (2) Of.our Trust and Confidence, Psalm xxxiv. 8. O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the Man that trusteth in him...
Q. 11. What is the Third Inference from God's goodness?
A. That Chriftians should imitate God in his goodness, in Charity to their Enemies, Matt. V. 44, 45. But I say unio jou, Love your Enemies, bless them that curfe you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them which despitefully use you, and