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A. It shews us what a sad Case all those are in, that have no special Interest in God as a Father.
Q. 12. What is the second Inference ?
A. It shews us what a glorious Privilege the Lord Jesus Chrift hath
purchased for and settled on his People, Heb.iv. 15, 16. For we have not an High Priest, which cannot be touched with the feeling of our Infirmities: but was in all Points tempted like as we are, yet without Sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the Throne of Grace, that we may obtain Mercy and find Grace to help in Time of Need.
Q. 13. What is the last Inference from hence? A. That the feeing Believers have a Father in Heaven, they should never fear Wants whilft they live, nor be afraid to die, fince Death brings them to Heaven, their Father's
Of SanElifying God's Name.
Quest. 101. HAT do we pray for in the firft Peti.
tion? A. In the firit Petition (which is hallowed.be thy Name] we pray that God would enable us and others, to glorify him in all that, whereby he maketh himself known, and that he would dispose all Things to his own Glory.
Q. 1. Is there any Word full enough perfectly to express what God is?
A. No; his Name is secret, Judg. xiii. 18. And the Angel of the Lord said unto him, why askeft thou thus after my Nume, fering it is fecret? A Name which none can tell, Prov. XXX. 4.-what is bis Name, and what is his Son's Nams, if ihou canst tell? A Name above every Name, Phil. ii. 9. Wherefore God also bath bigbly exalted bim, and given bim a Name, which is above every Name. But the Name by which he more especially manifests himself, is the Name I am.
And God frid unto Mofes, I am that I am. And he said, thus skalt thou say unto the Children of Israel, I. am hath sent me unto you.
Q. 2. What doth the Name of God I am fignify to us?
A. It fignifies to us, first, the Reality of his being in Oppofition' to Idols, which are but imaginary and phantastick Things, 's Cor. viii. 4:—We know that an Idol is nothing in
Exod. iii. 14
ibe World, &c. God is not only the most perfect Being, but the Root of all other Beings.
Q. 3. What else doth this Name I am inport?
A. It imports both the Perfection and Eternity of God's Being, I am implies he hath not that now which he had not formerly; and that he hall not afterwards have what he bath not now; And that there neither. Beginning, End, or . Succession with God, whose Name is I am.
Q. 4. But what are we here to understand by the Name of Gods
A. All those Things are here intended, by which he manifests himself to the Creature; as his Word, Works, and Ordinances, but especially his glorious Attributes, Exod. xxxiv. 5,6.-The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious; longJuffering, and abundant in Goodness and Truth.
Q. What is it to Hallow or Sanctify his Name?
A. Not to infuse any Holiness into him, which he had not before, so he fanctifies us; but to manifest and acknowledge the Holiness of God, lsa. xxix. 23. But when he fees Lerb kis Children, the Work of ney Hards in the midst of bin, obey jirall Janetify my Name, and sanctify the holy One of Jacob, and frall
fear ihe God of Ifrael. Q. 6. Why Hallowed or Sanctified rather than Glorified? Why that Word rather than this
A. Pecause his Holiness is the Beauty and Lufre of his other Attributes. His Greatness appears in his Holiness, Isa. xii. 6-great is the holy One of Israel in the midst of thee. So doth his Power, Luke i. 49. For he that is mighty hath done 10 me great Things, and holy is bis Name. And therefore his Holiness is that Attribute, which Angels single out especially to celebrate, Ifa. vi. 3. And one cried unto another, and faid, kedy, hely, boly, is the Lord of Hofts, &c. And so do Men. allo, as it is the Cause why they should glorify: him, Exod. xv. 11.-Who is like thee, glorious in Holines, &c.
Q: 7. What is the first Thing we are to intend in this Petition ?
A. The Meaning is, that God would so dispose and order all Things in the World, as înay best promote and advance the Glory of his Name; on which Account we may pray for the Defeat of God's Enemies, Pfal. Ixxxiii. 16, 17, 18. Fill their Faces with Shame : that they may seekthy, Name, O
Lord, Let them be confounded and troubled for ever;yea, let them be put to shame and peris: That Men may know that thou, whose Name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the Earth. And the Deliverance of his Church and People, Psal. lxxix. 9. Help us, O God of our Salvation, for the Glory of thy
Name : 'and deliver us, and purge away our Sins for thy Name " Jake.
Q. 8. What is the second Thing we are to intend in it?
A. That God would fit us for, and use us in the most serviceable Capacity for the glorifying of his Name, Psal. lxvii. 1, 2, 3
God be merciful unto us, and bless us, and cause his Face to fine upon us.
That tby Way may be known upon Earth, thy saving Health among all Nations. Let the People praise thee, O God, let all the People praise thee.
Q. 9. What is the third Thing intended in this Petition ? A. That God may not only glorify his own Name, and use us to glorify it, but that it should be our Endeavour and Joy to have it glorified by others all the World over, Pfal. cxlv. 4, 5, 6. One Generation shall praise thy Works to another, and mall declare thy mighty Aets. I will speak of the glorious Honour of iby Majefty ; and of thy wondrous Works. And Men mall speak of the Might of thy terrible Afts: and I will declare thy greatness.
Q. 10. Why must our Hearts be fo intently set upon the San&tification of God's Name ?
A. Because this is the ultimate End of our own, and every other Being, Rom. xi. 36. for of him, and through him, and to him, are all Things; to whom bé Glory for ever, Amen. And the particular End of God in our Effectual Calling, 1 Pet. ii. 9. But ye are a chofen Generation, à Royal Priesthood, an holy Nation, a peculiar People, that pe mould new forth the Praises of him, who bath called you out of Darkness in:0 his marvellous Light.
Q. 11. What is the first Inference from hence ?
A. That the Difhonour of God's Name must needs be a cutting Affliction to'a gracious Soul, Psal. xlii. 10. As with a Sword in
Enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, where is their God?
0 12. What is the second Inference from hence ?
A. That it is a dreadful Infatuation and spiritual Judg. meat upon those Men, that think they glorify God in doing
thofe Things which his Soul hateth, Isa. Ixvi. 5. Hear the Word of the Lord, ye that tremble at his Word: your
Brethren that hated you, that cast you out for my Name's Sake, faid, let the Lord be glorified : but he shall appear to your Joy, and they shall be ashamed. And John xvi. 2. They fall put you out of the Synagogues: yea, the Time comerh, that whosoever killeth you, will think, that he doth God service.
Q. 13. What is the third Inference from hence ?
A. That it should be indifferent to a Christian what Condition God puts him into, so that he may but be useful to sanctify and exalt the Name of God therein, Phil. i. 20. -as always so now also Chrif fall be magnified in my Body, whether it be by Life, or by Death.
Q. 14. What is the last Inference hence?
A. That is an high and dreadful Provocation of God to prophane and abuse his Worfiip, whereon his Name is called, and wherein it is to be sanctifed, Levit. x, 1, 2, 3. And Nadab and Abihu, the Sons of Aaron, took either of them bis Censer, and put Fire therein, and put Incense thereon, and offered Arange Fire before the Lord, which he commanded them
And there went out Fire from the Lord, and devoured them, and they died before the Lord. Then Mofes said unto Aaron, This is it that ihe Lord spake, Jazing, I will be fanćtified in them that come nigh me, and before all, the People will I be glorified
Of God's Kingdom.
, . we pray that Satan's Kingdom may be destroyed, and that the Kingdom of Grace may be advanced, our selves and others brought into it, and kept in it, and that the Kingdom of Glory may be hastened.
Q. 1. What is the firft Thing signified by the Kingdom of God here?
A. The Gospel is here intended by the Kingdom of God, Matth. xiii. 47. - Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto a Net that was cast into the Sea, and gathered of every Kind.
Q: 2. What is the Thing signified by the 'coming of this Kingdom of God
A. It signifies the Removal of all Impediments, that hinder įts Propagation in the World, 2 Theff. iii. 1. Finally, Brethren, pray for us, that the Word of the Lord may have fres Course, and be glorified, even as it is with you.
Q. 3. Who, and what hinders the Propagation of it?
A. Antichrist that Man of Sin hinders it externally, 2 Theff. ii. 4. Who opposerb and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped : so that he as God, fitreth in the Temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.' The Devil and Mens Lufts internally, I Theff. ii. 18. Wherefore we' would have come unto you (even I Paul) once and again'; but Satan hindered, Luke xix, 14. But his Citizens hared him, and fent a Melenger after him, saying, We will not have this Man to reign over us,
Q. 4. What then is the Desire of all good Men with respect to the coming of the Gospel-Kingdom?'
A. That all Nations may be brought to Christ by the preaching of it, and fo Chrift's Kingdom be greatly exalted and enlarged, lsa. ii. 2. And it shall come to pass in the last Days, that the Mountain of the Lord's House Jnall be established in the Top of the Mountains, and shall be exalted above the Hills:.' and all Nations shall flow unto it.
Q5. What is the second Thing here meant by the Kingdom of God >
A. "It fignifies and intends the Work of saving Grace wrought in Mens Souls, Luke xvii. 21.
Bebold the Kingdom of. God is within 2 you.
Q. 6. Why is this work of Grace called the Kingdom of God
A. Because wherever saving Grace comes, it fubdues the Soul to Chrift's Sceptre, 2 Corí x. 5. Cafting down Imaginations, and every high Thing that exalteth it self against the Knowledge of God, and bringing into Captivity every Thought to the Obedience of Chrift.
Q. 7. Wherein confifts the Kingdom of Grace?
Ar It cónfifts, not in external Rites and observances, but in Righteousness, and Peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghost, Rom. xiv. 17. Far the Kingdom of God is not Meat and Drink, but Righteousness and Peace, and Joy in the Holy Ghof.