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ask the Father in my Name, he will give it you. And by the
A. That the Covenant of Gracc conveys a rich Portion to Believers, in making over all three Persons to them, Jer. xxxi. 33: But this shall be the Covenant that I will make with the House of Israel afier those Days, faith the Lora, I will put my Law in their inward Parts, and write it in their Hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my People.
Q. 10. What is the fourth Instruction from the Trinity?
A That as it is the Duty of all the Saints to give diitinet Glory to the three Persons in the Godhead; so it will be a fpecial Part of their Blessedness in Heaven, to contemplate the distinct Benefits received from them all, Rev. i. 5. Ard from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful Witness, and the for? begotten of the Dead, and the Prince of the Kings of the Earth; unto him that loved us, and washed us from our Sins in his Olun Blood.
Of God's Decrees.
HAT are the Decrees of God?
A. The Decrees of God are his eternal Purpose, according to the Counsel of his Will, whereby tor his own Glory he hath fore-ordained whatsoever comes to pats,
Q. 1. What Things are decreed of God ?
A. All Things whatsoever come to pass, even the smallel', Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an Inheritance, ter ing predestinated according to the Purpose of him who zvorkeih ail Things after the Counsel of his own Will.
Q. What is the End of God's Decrees?
A. The Glory of his own Name, Eph. i. 11, !2. 11 %0 tvorketh all Things according to the Counjel of his owun 11 ill, that we should be to the Praise of his Glory who first trufied in Cbrift.
Q. 3. But there are some evil Things done in the World, do they fall under God's Decree?
A. Though God doth neither approve them, nor necefli. rate Men to commit them, yet he doth permit and suffer tbem to be done, and will turn them to his own Glory,
As iv. 27, 28. For of a Truth, ogainst thy holy Child Jesus, qulom thou hast anointed, loth Herod, and Pontius Pilate, wiih ibe Gentiles, and the People of Israel are gathered together, for 10 do whatsoever thy Hand, and thy Count determined before 10 be done.
Q. 4. Who are the Objets of God's fpecial Decrees?
A. Angels and Men are the Objects of God's special Decrees, 1 Tim. v. 21. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jejus Christ, and the elec7 Angels, that ihou objerve tbele Things, &c. Rom. viii. 33. Who is all lay any thing to the Charge of God's Elect?
Q. 5. What is the First Property of God's Decrees?
A. That they are most wise Acts of God laid in the Depth of Wisdom and Counsel, Rom. xi. 33. O the Depth of the Riches both of the Wisdum and Knowledge of God! how in searchable are bis Judgments, and his Ways past finding out!
Q. 6. What is the Second Property of God's Decrees
A. The Decrees of God are most free, all flowing from the meer Pleasure of his Will, Rom. ix. 18. Therefore hath he Merry.on zwhom he will have Mercy, and whom he will be bardenetb.
Q: 7. What is the Third Property of God's Decrees?
A. They are most firm and itable, 2 Tim. ii. 19. Nevertheless the foundation of God fandetb sure, baving this Seal, the Lord knoweth them that are his, Zech. vi. 1.
C. 8. What is the Fourth Property of God's Decrees?
A. They are eternal, and before all Time, Acts xv. 18. Known unto God are all his Works, from the Beginning of the World.
Q. 9. What is the Fifth Property of God's Decrees?
A. They are most pure, and altogether unspotted of Sin, 1 John i. 5. This is the Mesage which we have heard of him, and declare unto 304, That God is Light, and in him is no Darkness at all.
Q: 1o. What is the first Inftruction from God's Decrees :
A. That we ought to ascribe nothing to Chance, but to the Appointment or Providence of God, Prov. xvi. 33. The Lot is caft into the Lap, but the whole diffofing thereof is of the Lord. Q. 11. What is the Second Instruction from God's Decrees !
A. That God's Hand is to be acknowledge in the greateft Afictions that befall us, 2 Sam. xvi. Il, And David. faid to Abishai, and to all his Servants, Behold, my Son which came forth of my Bowels seeketh my Life, how much more noru may this Benjamite do it? let him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord hath bidden him.
Q. 12. What is the last Instruction from God's Decrees?
A. That we ought to be thankful to God for all the. Good, and patient under all the Evils that befal us, Joh ii. 10. Shall we receive good at the Hand of God, and fall we not receive evil?
Q. 8. How doth God execute his Decrees?
A. God executeth his Decrees in the Works of Creation and Providence,
Of the Creation.
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HAT are the Works of Creation ?
A. The Work of Creation is, God's making all Things of nothing, by the Word of his Power, in the Space of Six Days, and all very good.
Q. 1. What is it to create ?
A. To create, is to give a Being to that which had no Being; or to bring something out of nothing, Heb. xi. 3. Through Faith we understand that the Worlds were framed by the Word of God, fo that Things which are seen, were not made of Things that do appear.
Q. 2. How did God create the World ?
A. By his infinite Power, executed in his Word of Com. mand, Palm xxxiii. 6.9. By the lord of the Lord were the Heavens made, and all the Host of them by the Breath of his Mouth; for he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it ftcod faft.
Q. 3. What Attributes of God shine forth in the Creation?
A The Wisdom of God Mines forth gloriously, not only in their Formation, but Dependence one upon another, Psalm civ. 24. O Lord, how manifold are thy Works! in Wisdum haft thou made them all; the Earth is full of thy Riches.
Q: 4. What may we learn from the Creation?
A. That God perfectly knows all that is in the Creature, be it never so secret, Psalm xciv. 8, 9. Understand, Oye brutis among "he People; and ye Fools, when will ye be wije ? He that planted the Ear, fall he not hear? be that formed the Eye, skall he not see?
Q. 5. What's the Second Instruction from the Creation ?
A. That God is the rightful Owner of us all, and may do what he will with us, Rom. ix. 20. Nay, but o Man, who art thou that repliest against God! Shail the Thing formed say to him that formed it, why hafi thon made me thus? Hath not the Petter Power over the Clay, of the same Lump to make one Velel to Honour, and another to Dislonour ? Q. 6. What is the Third Inftruction from the Creation ?
A. That God only is the proper Object of Worship, Jer. X. II. Thus shall be say unto them, The Gods that have not made the Heavens and the Earth, even they fall perish from the Earth, and from under these Heavens.
Q. 7. What is the Fourth Initrudion from hence ?
A. That Christians should not fear the Power of Creatures, since they derive their Being and Power from God, Ifa. liv. 16, 17. Behold I have created the Smith that bloweth the Coals in the Fire, that bringeth forth an Infirument for his Work ; and I have created the Wafter to destroy, no Ivecpon that is formed against thee sl
. all prosper. Q. 8. What is the Fifth Instruction hence?
A. That Atheism is a Sin against natural Light and Reason, Rom. i. 20. For the invisible Things of him from the Creation of the World are clearly seen, being underftood by the Things that are made, even his eternal Power and Godhead; so that they are without Excuse.
Q: 9. What is the Sixth Instruction hence?
A. That God's Glory is the End of all Being, Col. i. 16. For by him were all Things created, thet are in Heaven, and that are in Earth, visible and invisible, whether they be Thrones or Dominions, or Principalities, or Powers, all Things were created by him and for him.
Q. 10. What is the Seventh Instruction hence?
A. That there is an unnatural Rebellion in Sin, smiting at him that made and preserves our Being, lfa. i. 2. I have
nourished and brought up Children, and they have rebelled against me.
Q. 11. What is the Eighth Instruction from hence ?
A. That God can in a Moment revive and save the Church, when at the lowest Ebb, Isa. Ixv. 18. Behold, I create Jerusalem a Rejoicing, and her People a Joy.
Q. 12. What is the last Instruction from hence?
A. That it is easy with God to revive a dejected Soul, Ifa. lvii. 19. I create the Fruit of the Lips; Peace Peace 10 him that is far off, and to him that is uear, saith the Lord, I will beal him.
Of Man's Creation.
God created Man Male and Female, af. ter his own Image, in Knowledge, Righteousness, and Holiness, with Dominion over the Creatures.
Q. 1. How did God create Man?
A. God created Man in his own Image, 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.
Q2. What is meant by the Image of God?
A. Not a Resemblance of God in any bodily Shape or Figure, but in Holiness, Eph. iv. 24. And that ye put on that new Man, which after God is created in Righteousness and true Holiness.
Q. 3. In what Graces did Man resemble God?
A. In fuch a Knowledge of God himself, and the Creatures, which made hiin happy, Col. iii. 10. And have put on the new Man, which is renewed in Knowledge, after the Image of him that created him.
Q. 4. In what other Graces did this Image consist?
A. In Righteousness as well as Holiness, Eph. iv. 24. And that he put on that new Man, which afitr God is created in Righteousnejs and true Holiness.
Q. 5. What is the first Inference from hence ?
A. The deplorable Misery of the Fall, Rom. v. Wherefore as by one Man Sin entered into the World, and Death. by Sin, and so Death pased upon all Men, for that all have finned