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persecute you, that ye may be the Children of yaur Father which is in Heaven.
Q. 12. What is the Last Inference from God's goodness?
A. That Christians have great Encouragement to go to God for Pardon in Case of Sin, Psalm cxxx. 4. But there is Forgiveness with thee, that thou may be feared; and for Refuge in Dangers, Nahum i. 7. The Lord is good, a strong Ilold in the Day of Trouble ; he knoweth them that trust in him.
Of God's Truth.
Quest. 1. HAT is the Truth of God ?
A. It is an essential Property of his Nature, whereby he is perfectly faithful in himself, and in all that he hath spoken, Deut. xxxii. 4. He is the Rock, bis Work is perfe&t, for all his Ways are judgment; a God of Truth, and without Iniquity, juft and right is be, Pfal. cxix. 142. Thy Righteousness is an everlasting Righteousness, and thy Laru is the Truth.
Q. 2. What is the first Property of Divine Truth?
A. The first Property of it is, That it is essential and necessary to God; He cannot lie, Tit. i. 2.
Q. 3. What is the Second Property of it?
A. the Second Property is, that ic is everlafing, and abiding to all Generations, Pfalm c. 5. For the Lord is good, bis Mercy is everlasting, and his Truth enduretb to all Generations. Ifa. xxv. I. O Lord, thou art my God, I will.exalt thee - tby Counsels of old are Faithfulness and Truth.
Q. 4. What is the Third Property of Divine Truth?
A. The third Property is, that he is universally true in all his Words and Works. 1. In all his Words, John xvii. 17. Thy Word is Truth. 2. In all his Works, Psalm xxv.
All the Paths of the Lord are Mercy and Truth, unto such as keep his Covenant.
Q. 5. What is the first Lesson from God's Truth to be learnt ?
A. That Truth and Sincerity of Heart is that which is most suitable, and pleasing to God, Pfalm li. 6. Behold, thou defires Truth in the inward Parts. Q. 6. What is the second Leffon from God's Truth?
A. That whatever God hath foretold, shall assuredly come to pass, and be fulfilled in his Time, Joh. xxiii. 14. Nor one Thing bath failed of all the good Things which the Lora our God Spoke concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, ana not one Thing bath failed thereof.
Q. 7. What is the third Lesson from the Truth of God ?
A. That a Promise from God is full Security to the Faith of his people, and they may look upon it as good as a Mercy in Hand, Heb. x. 23. For he is faithful that promifed.
Q. 8. What is the fourth Lesson from God's Truth?
A. That whatever God hath threatned in his Word against Sinners, shall surely come upon them, except they repent, Zech. i. 6. But my Word, and my Statutes, which I commanded my Servants, the Prophets, did they not take hold of your Fathers ? and they returned, and said, Like as the Lord of Hofts thought to do unto us, according to our Ways, and accord ing to our Doings, so hath be dealt with us, Ezek. xii. 27, 28. The Word which I have spoken, fall be done, faith the Lord God. Q. 9. What is the Fifth Lesson from God's Truth?
A. That Falfhood in Words and A&ions is contrary to God's Nature, and abhorred by him, John viii. 44. re are of your Father the Devil, and the Luft of your Father ye will do ; he was a Murtherer from the Beginning, and abode not in the Truth, because there is no Truth in him; when he speaketh a Lie, be speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the Father of it.
Q. 10. What is the Last Lesson from God's Truth?
A. The Day of Judgment will rightly and justly ftate every Man's Condition, Rom. ii. 2. But we are sure that the Judgment of God is according to Truth, against them which commit fucb Things.
Of One God.
RE there more Gods than one ?
A. There is but one only, the living and true God. Q. 1. How doth it appear that there is but one God?
A. It is evident from Scripture there is but one God, Deut. vi. 4. Hear, o Ifrael, the Lord our God is one Lord, Jer. x. 10. But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting King ; and as Scripture reveals no more, so Reason will allow no more.
Q. 2. Why will Reason allow no more but one God?
A. Because God is the First Being, Revel. i. 11. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Laft; and there can be but one First Being, and God is the most perfeet, and excellent Being, Pfalm Ixxi. 19. Tby Righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hath done great Things: 'O God, who is like unto thee? And there can be but one molt perfect and excellent Being
Q. 3. But doth not the Scripture fay in i Cor. viii. 5. That there are Gods many, and Lords many
A. Yes, there are many in Title, and many in Opinion ; but one only in Truth, Jer. X. 10. But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting King.
Q. 4. Why is he called the true God
A. To distinguish him from the Idols and false Gods of the Heathens, i Thef. i. 9.
from Idols, to ferve the living and true God, Acts xiv. 15. We preach unto you, that ye pould turn from these Vanities unto the living God, which made Heaven and Earth, and the Sea, and all Things that are therein,
Q. 5. Why is he called the living God?
A. Because all Life, natural, spiritual, and eternal, is in him, and from him only. Firsi, Natural Life, Acts xvii. 28. For in him we live, and move, and have our being. Secondly, Spiritual Life, Eph. ii. 1. You hath be quickened, who were dead in Trespales and Sins.. Thirdly, Eternal Life in Glory, Col. iii. 4. When Christ who is our Life mall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in Glory.
Q. 6. What is the first Instruction from hence?
A. If but One God, then all his Children should be of one Heart, having one and the fame Father, Eph. iv. 5, 6. One Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in jou all. Q. 7. What is the second Inference from hence ?
A. That it is Idolatry to perform Worship to any other but God only, Psalm lxxxvi. 9, 10. All Nations whom thou haft made, shall come and worship before thee, O Lord, and jball glorify thy Name, for thou art great, and doeft zondrous Things, thou art God alone.
8. What is the Third Inference from it? A That our fupream Love is due to God only, and it's very sinful to place it on any other, Deut. vi. 4, 5. Hear, O Ifrael, the Lord our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy Heart, and with all ihy Soul, and with all thy Might.
Q. 9. What is the Fourth Inference from God's Unity?
A. That God only must have the Reliance and Dependence of our Souls, Jer. xvii. 5, 7. Thus faith the Lord, curfed be the Man that trufleth in Man, that maketh Fleh his Arm, ard whose Heart de parteth from the Lord. Blijed is the Man that trufleth in the Lord, and whese Hope the Lord is.
Q. 10. What is the last Inference from it!
A. That we have great Cause to be thankful for the Gofpel, which discovers the only true God to us, and that we are not as the Heathens, worshipping many and false Gods. i Cor. viii. 5, 6. For though there be that are called Gods, whether in Heuven, or in Earth, as there be Gods many, and Lords many; but to us there is but one God, the Father of whom are all Things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all Things, and we by him.
Of three Persons in the Godhead.
H head many Persons are there in the God. A. There are three Persons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Gholt, and these three are one God, the same in Substance, equal in Power and Glory.
Q. 1. What mean you by the Word Godhead ?
A. It is the Nature, Effence, or Being of God, as the Apostle speaks, Acts xvii. 29. Forasmuch then as we are the Ott spring of God, we ought not to think that the Godhead is like ninto Gold, or Silver, or Stone, graven by Art, and Man's Device.
Q. 2. What is a Person in the Godhead?
A. It is the Godhead distinguished by personal Properties; 'each Person having his distinct personal Properties, Heb. i. 3. W ko being the Brightness of his glory, and the express Image of his Person, upholding all Things by the Word of bis Power.
Q. 3. How doth it appear there are three Persons, and po more?
A. Firsi, From Christ's Baptism, Matt. iii. 16, 17, And Jesus when he was baftized, went rep Araitway out of the Weter, and lo, the Heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God defcending like a Dove, and lighting upon him, and lo a Voice from Heaven saying, This is my teloved Son, in whom I am well pleafid. Q. 4.. How else, in the second Place, doth it
appear A. From the Institution of our Baptisın, Matt. xxviii. 19. Go je therefore, teach all Nations, baptizing them in the Nome of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft.
What is the third Proof from Scripture? A. From the Apostolical Benediction, 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all, Amen. Where three diitinet Bleilings are wisht, from the three divire Perfons in the Godhead ; Grace from Christ, Love from the Father, and Communion with the Spirit.
Q.7. What farther Evidence is there of it in the Scripture ?
A. From plain, positive Alertions of the Scripture, asferting, Firft, A Trinity of Persons. Secondly, An Unity of Effence, 1 Joh. V.7. For there are Three that bear Record -in Heaven, the father, the Woril, and the Holy Ghost, and thefe Three are One.
Q. 7. What is the first Inftruction from the Trinity?
A. That the Doctrine of the Gospel concerning Chrift, is fully confirmed and ratified by three Witnesles from Heaven, who are above all Exceptions, 1 Joh. v.7. For there are Three that bear Record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghof.
Q. 8. What is the second Instruction from the Trinity?
A. Hence we learn the true Order and Manner of worshipping God in the Son, Joh. xvi. 23. V'hatsoever ye fall