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Question i.\T 7HAT is the*chief and highest end of man?
W Answer. Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God a, and fully to enjoy him for everÆ. 0^2. How doth it appear that there is a God? A. The very light of nature in man, and the works of God declare plainly that there is a Godc: but his word and Spirit only do sufficiently and effectually reveal him unto men for their salvations.
as we are one. v. 2 3.1 in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hail loved them, as thou hast loved me.
2. c Rom. i. 19. Because that which may be known of God, ismanifej: in them; for God hath lhewed it unto them. v. 20. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, evenhis eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Psal. xix. 1, The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament fheweth his handy-work, v. 2 . Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. -
1. a Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and through him, and to him are all things: to whom be glory for ever. Amen. 1 Cor. x. 31. Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory osGod.
J Psal. Ixxiii. 24. Thou (halt guide me with thycounscl, and afterwards receive me to glory, v. 2c. Whom have I in heavenrbut thee? and there is none on earth that I desire besides thee. v. 26. My flelh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever, v. 27. For lo they that are far from thee, shall peristi: thou flialt destroy all them that go a whoring from thee. v. 28. But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works. Johnxvii.21. That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee: that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. v. 22. And the glory ■which thou gavest me, I have given them: that they may be one, even
v. 3. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Acts xvii. 28. For in him we live, and move, and have our being.
i 1 Cor. ii. 9. But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepar3. "What is the word of God?
A. The holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the word of Gode, the only rule of faith and obedience/I
4. How doth it appear that the scriptures arc ths word of God? ,
A. The scriptures manifest themselves to be the word of God, by their majesty^, and purity A; by the consent of all
/ Eph. ii. 20. And are built upon the foundation of the apoitles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner-stone. Rev. xxii. 18» For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, if any man (hall add unto these things, God lbail add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: v. 19. And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God (hall take away his part out of the book oflife, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book. Isa. viii. 20. To the law and to the testimony: If they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them. Luke xvi. 29. They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them: v. 31. If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. Gal. i. 8. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed, v. 9. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto, you, than that ye have received, let him be accursed. 2Tim.iii. Ij, 16. (See letters.)
4. % Hosea viii. 12.1 have-written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange
prepared for them that love him. T. 10. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep thingsofGod. 2 Tim. iii. 15. And that from a child thoto hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. ▼. 16. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction,forinstruction in righteousness: v. 17. That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furniihed unto all good works. Isa. lix. 21. As for me, this is my covenant with them, faith the Lord, My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, lhall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seeds feed, faith the Lord, from henceforth and forever.
3. t 2 Tim. iii. 16. AU scripture is given by in spiration of God. 2 Pet. i. 19. We have also a more sure word of prophecy, whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light thatsliineth into a dark place, until the day dawn, and the dayftar arise in your heart*: v. 20. Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. ▼. 21. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Ho
the parts/', and the scope of the whole, which is to give all glory to God/f; by their light and power to convince and convert sinners, to comfort and build up believers unto falva* tion /: but the Spirit of God bearing witness by and with the scriptures in the heart of man, is alone able fully to persuade it that they are the vcry word of God m. 5.
thing. 1 Cor. ii. 6. Howbeit we ting then? It is excluded. By what speak wisdom among them that are \law? of workt? Nay: but by the"
perfect: yet not the wisdom of this law of faith,
world, nor of the princes of this / Acts xviii. 28. For he mightily
world, that come to nought, v. 7. convinced the Jews, and that pu
Britwe speak the wisdom of God in blickly, Ihewing by the scriptures,
a mystery, even the hidden wisdom that Jesus was Christ. Heb. iv. 12.
which God ordained before the For the word of God is quick, and
world unto our glory. V. ij.Which powerful, and iharper than any two*
things also we speak, not in the edged sword, piercing even to the"
words which man's wisdom teach- dividing asunder of soul and spirit,
eth.butwhichtheholyGhostteach- and of the joints and marrow, and
eth; comparing spiritual things with is a discerner of the thoughts and
spiritual. Psal. cxix. 18. Open thou Intents of the heart. James i. 18.
mine eyes, that I may behold won- Of his own will begat he us with the
drous things out of thy law. v. 129; word of truth, that we ihould be a
Thy testimonies are wonderful: kind of first fruits of his creatures,
therefore doth my foul keep them. Psal. xix. 7. The law of the Lord is
k Psal. xii. 6. The words of the perfect, converting the soul: thetes
Lord are pure words: as silver tried timony of the Lord is sure, making
in a furnace of earth, purified seven wise the simple, v. 8. The statutes
times.' Psal. cxix. 140. Thy word of the Lord are right, rejoicing the
is Tery pure: therefore thy servant heart: the commandment of the
loveth it. Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
i Acts x. 43. To him give all the v. 9. The fear of the Lord is clean,
prophets witness, that through his enduring for ever: the judgments ot
name whosoever believeth in him, the Lord are true and righteous al
Ihall receive remission of sins. Acts together. Rom. xv. 4. For whatso
xxvi. 22. Having therefore obtain- everthingswerewrittenafore-time*
ed help of God, I continue unto this were written for our learning; that
day, witnessing both to small and we through patience and comfort
great, saying none Other things than of the scriptures might have hope.,
those which the prophets and Moses Actsxx. 32. And now, brethren, I
did fay Ihould come. commend you to God, and to the
tRom.tii. 19. Nowwe know that word of his grace, which is able to
what things soever the law faith, it build you up, and to give you an
laith to them who are under the law: inheritance among all them who are
that every mouth may be stopped, sanctified.
and all the world may become guil- m John xvi. 13. Howbeit, whtm
ty before God. v. 2 7. Where is boas- he the Spirit of truth is come, he
Q^5. What do the scriptures principally teach?
lieve concerning God, and what duty God requires of man/7.
What man ought to believe concerning God.
6. What do the scriptures make known of God?
A. The scriptures make known what God \so, the persons in-the Godheads, his decrees^, and the execution of his decrees r.
Q^7. What is God?
A. God is a Spirits in and of himself infinite in being r,
will guide you into all truth: for he shalt not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. v. 14. He lhall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. r John. ii. 20. But ye have an unction from the holy One, and ye know all things. V. 27. But the anointing which ye have received of him, abidethinyou: and ye need not that any man teach you: But; as the fame anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie: and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. John xx 31. But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ the Son of God, and that believing ye might have life thro' his name.
j. n 2 Tim. i. 13. Hold foil the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
6.0 Heb. xi.-6. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
p 1 John v. 7. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, theWord, and theHolyGhost: and these three arc one.
j A cts xv. 14. S imeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name, v. 1 j. And to this agree the words of the prophets, as it is written, v. 18. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.
r Acts iv. 27. For of a truth against thy holy child Jesus, whom thou hast anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, and the people of Israel were gathered together, v. 28. For to do whatsoever thy hand and thy counsel determined before to be done.
7. / John iv. 24. God is a Spirit; and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.
/ Exod.iii. 14. And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: And he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. Job. xi. 7, 8, 9. Canst thou by searching find, out God? Canst thou find out the Almighty unto- perfection? v. 8. It is as high as heaven, what canst thou do? deeper than hell what canst thou know? v. 9. The measure thereof is' longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.
gloryv, blessednessiv, and perfection*; all-sufficients, eternal z, unchangeable a, incomprehensible b, every where presents, Almighty d, knowing all things e, most wife/, most holyg, most just h, most merciful and gracious, long suffering, and abundant in goodness and ttuth i.
■» Acts vii. 2. The God of gloryappeared unto our father Abraham when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran.
vi 1 Tim. vi. 15W Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
x Mat. v. 48. Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
j Gen. xvii. i. And when Abraham was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abraham, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
z Psal. xc. 2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world: even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
« Mai. iii. 6. For I am the Lord, I change not: therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed. James i. 17. Every good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning'.
i 1 Kings viii. 27. But will God indeed dwell on the earth ? Behold, the heaven, and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee; how much Jels this house that I have builded?
c Psal. cxxxix. 1. to the 13. ver. O Lord, thou hast searched me and known me: thou knowest my downsitting and mine up-rising, thou understandest my thought* alar off, &c.
Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? &c. '.
i r\ev. iv. 8. And the four beasts had each of them six wings about him, and they were full of eyes within; and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, "holy, holy, Lord God almighty, who was, and is, and is tot come.
t Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked, and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have t© do. Psalm cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord and of great power: his understanding is infinite.
/Rom.xvi. 2 7. To God only wise be glory through Jesus Christ, for. ever. Amen.
g Isa. vi. 3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory. Rev. xv. 4. Who shall not fear thec, O Lord, and glorify thy Name ? for thou only art holy : for all nations shall come and worlhip before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
4 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 andrie;htis he.
i Exod. xxxiv. 6- And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth.
8. t Deut.