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Q. 6. What is the fecond Instruction hence ?

A. The Beauty of Holiness, which is the image of God, and the Excellency of Man, Psalm xvi. 3. But to the Saints that are in the Earth, and to the excellent, in whom is all my Delight.

Q. 7. What is the Third Instruction from hence ?

A. We have infinite Cause to bless God for Christ, who repairs this loft Image in his People, Eph. iv. 23. And be renewed in the Spirit of your Mind.

Q. 8. What is the Fourth Instruction from hence ?

A. That the Defpifers of Holiness are the Despisers of God; for Holiness is God's Image.

Q. 9. What is the Fifth Instruction from hence ?

A. T'he Excellency of Sanctification, which defaces the Image of Satan, and draws the Image of God upon the Soul of Man.

Of Divine Providence. Queft. 1. HAT are God's Works of Providence ? WH

A. God's Works of Providence, are his juft, holy, wife, and powerful preserving and governing all his Creatures, and all their Actions.

Q. 1. How doth it appear there is a divine Providence ? · A. It appears by plain Scripture Testimonies, Heb. i. 3. Upholding all Things by the Word of his Power, Col. i. 17. By him all Things conj, Luke xii. 6,7. Are not five Sparrocus fold for trvo Farthings, and not one of them is forgotten, before God; but even the very Hairs of your Head ari bered.

Q. 2. How else is Providence evidenced ?

A. By Scripture Emblems, as Jacob's Ladder, Gen. xxviii. 12, 13. And be dreamed, and behold a Ladder jet upori the Earth, and the Top of it reached to Heaven; behold ihe Angels of God afcended and defcended on it: And Ezekiel's Wheels, Ezek. i. 20. Whitherfoever the Spirit was to go, they went, thither was their Spirit to go, and the Wheels were 'lifted up over against them, for the Spirit of the living Creature was in the Wheels.

Q. 3. What further Scripture Evidence is there?
A. The fure Accomplishment of Scripture Predictions,



as Ifrael's Captivity, and Deliverance from Egypt and Babylon, Chritt's Incarnation, the Rise and Ruin of the Four Monarch'es, Dan. ii. 31. Thou, O King, Sawest, and behold a great Image, whose Brightne's was excellent, food before thee, and the Form thereof was terrible, Dan. vii. 3. And four great Beasts came up from the Saa, diverse, one from the other.

Q. 4. What is its firit Act about the Creatures.

A. It sustains, preserves, provides for them, Psalm cxlv. 15, 16. The Eyes of all wait upon thre, and thou givest them thir Meat in due Season ; thou openest thine Hand, and satisfieft the Desire of every living Thing, and defendeit them from Danger, Pfalm xxxvi, 6. Thy Righteousness is like the great Mountains, thy Judgments are a great Deep, O Lord, thou preservest Man and Beast.

Q. 5. What is the Second Act of Providence about the Creatures ?

A. It rules and governs the Creatures and their A&tions, Pfalm lxvi. 7. He ruleth by his Power for ever, his Eyes. behold the Nations ; let not the rebellious exalt themselves.

Q. 6. How manifold is divine Providence ?

A. It is common and general over all, or special and peculiar to fome Men, 1 Tim. iv, 10. Who is the Saviour of all Men, especially of those that believe.

Q. 7. How is Providence exercised about finful Actions ? -A. In permitting them, Acts iv. 16. In reftraining them. Psalm 1xxvi. 1o. Surely the Wrath of Man shall praise thee, and the Remainder of Wrath fhalt thou restrain. And overruling them to good, Gen. 1. 20. But as for you, je thought Evil against me, but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this Day, 10 Jave much People alive.

Q: 8. What are the Properties of Providence ?

A. It is (1) holy, Psalm cxlv. 7. The Lord is righteous in all his Ways, and holy in all his Works. (2) Wile, Psalm civ. 24. O Lord, how manifold are thy Works! in Wisdom haft thou made them all. (3) Powerful, Dan. iv. 35. And all the Inhabitants of the Earth are reputed as nothing, and he doth according to his Will, in the Army of Heaven, and among the Inhabitants of the Earth, and none can stay his Hand, or say nnto him, what dof thou?

Q. 9. What is the First Instruction from it ?

A. That God's People are safe amidst all their Enemies, and Dangers, 2 Chron. xvi. 9., For the Eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole Earth, to fhew himself strong in the Behalf of them whose Hearts are perfeet towards him.

Q. 10. What is the Second Instruction ?

A. That Prayer is the best Expedient to Prosperity, and Success of our lawful Affairs, Psalm cxlv, 18. The Lord is nigh unto all them that cull upon him, to all that call upon him in Truth.

Q. 11. What is the Third Instruction from it ?

A. That God's People should reft quietly in the Care of his Providence for them in all their Straits, Matt, ti. 26. Behold the Fowls of the Air, for they fow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into Barns; yet our heavenly Father feedeth them; are ye not much better than they?

Q. 12. What is the lait Inftruition from it?

A. That it is no small Privilege to be adopted Children of God, and the Members of Christ, for all is ordered for their eternal Good, Eph. i. 22, 23. And hath put allThings under his Feet, and gave him to be head over all Things to the Church, which is his Body, the fulness of him, that filleth all in all,

Of the Covenant of Works. Queft. 12.


HAT fpecial Art of Providence did

God exercise towards Man, in the El. tate wherein he was created ?

A. When God had created Man, he entered into a Covenant of Life with him, upon Condition of perfect Obedi. ence, forbidding him to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, upon Pain of Death.

Q. 1. What was God's Covenant with Adam before the Fall?

A. It was to give Life and Happiness upon Condition of perfect personal Obedience, Gal. iii. 12. The Law is not of Faith ; but the Man that doth them shall live in them.

Q. 2: Was this Covenant made only with Adam, or with him and his Pofterity?

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A. It was made with him, and all his natural Pofterity, descending in the ordinary Way of Generation from him. Rom. v. 12. Wherefore as by one Man Sin entered into the World, and Death by Sin, und so Death passed upon all Men, for that all have finned, v. xiv. and 18. Nevertheless, Death Teigned from Adam to Moses, even over tbem that had not fine ned after the Similitude of Adam's Transgression, who is the Figure of him that was to come : Therefore as by the Offence of one, Judgment came upon all Men 10 Condemnation ; cven so by the Righteousness of one, the free Gift came upon all Men unto Juftification of Life.

Q: 3. Was Adam able to perform the Obedience required of him in that Covenant?

A. Yes; for he was made upright, Eccles. vii. 29. God made Man upright, but they have fought out themselves many Inventions,

Q. 4. Had this Covenant any Mediator ?
A. No, Adam neither had, nor needed any Mediator for
Satisfaction ; because no Sin was in him ; nor Intercession,
for he wanted nothing.

Q. 5. Did this Covenant admit of no Repentance, nor accept any short Endeavours ?

A. No, it did not; but sentenceth and curseth the Transgressors of it, for the least Breach, Gal. iii. 10. Cursed is every one that continueth not in all Things which are written in the Book of the Law to do them.

Q. 6. How was the Threatning fulfilled, of dying in the Day he eat, seeing he lived 930 years ?

A. He died fpiritually, that Day; and though the Sentence on his Body was respited in Order to Pofterity, yet then his Body received the Death Wound, of which afterward he died.

Q. 7. What is the first Inference from Adam's Covenant ?

A. Miserable are all they that grow on the natural Root of the first Adam, Gal. iv, 21, 22. Tell me, y'e that, desire to be under the Law. Do ye not hear the Law? for it is written, That Abraham had two Sons, the one by á Bord-maid, the other by a Free-woman. Q. 8. What is the second Inference?

A. That

A. That God is just in all the Punishments and Miseries that came upon Man, yea, Infants, that never finned after his Similitude, Rom. v. 14. Nevertheless Death reigned from Adam, to Moses, even over them that had not finned after the Similitude of Adam's Transgresion.

Q. 9. What is the Third Inference ?

A. The glorious Privilege of Believers, who are under a better Covenant, establisht upon better Promises, Heb. viii. 6. But now hath he obtained a more excellent Ministry, by bow much also he is the Mediator of a better Covenant, which is eft oblisht upon better Promises.

Q. 10. What is the last Inference?

A. That we should pity the Unregenerate, especially our cwn among them; and labour to plant them in the second Adam,

Of the Fall of Man.

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Quest. 13.

ID our first Parents continue in the Eltate

wherein they were created ? A. Our firit Parents being left to the Freedom of their own Will, fell from the Estate wherein they were created, by finning against God.

Q. 1. How doth it appear that Man is fallen?
A. By the Scripture History, an Account of it in Gen. ii.

And when the Woman saw that the Tree was good for Food, and that it was pleasant to the Eyes, and a Tree to be defired to make one wise, she took of the Fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her Husband with her, and he did eat. And the Eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they sewed Fig-Leaves together, and made themselves Aprons, and they heard the Voice of the Lord God walking in the Garden, in the Cool of the Day, and Adam and his Wife hid themselves from the Presence of the Lord God, amongst the Trees of the Garden. And the fad Experience we all have of it in our own selves. Rom. v. 12. Therefore as by one Man Sin entered into the World, and Death by Sin, and fo Death pased upon all Men, for that all bave finned. Q. 2. How could Man fall, since he was made upright?

A. Though

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