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I. GENERAL TOPIC.
GOD AND HIS ATTRIBUTES.
there be after me. I even I, am the
LORD; and beside me there is no THE EXISTENCE OF ONE GOD. Savior. I have declared, and have
saved, and I have showed, when § 1. HIS EXISTENCE DECLARED.
there was no strange god among
you: therefore ye ure my witnesses, Gen. 17:1. I am the ALMIGHTY saith the Lord, that I am God. God.
Yea, before the day was, I am he; 23: 13. And behold the Lord and there is none that can deliver stood above it and said, I am the out of my hand: I will work, and Lord God of Abraham thy father, who shall let it? and the God of Isaac.
42:8. I am the LORD: that is Ex. 3: 14. And the Lord said to my name: and my glory will I not Moses, I AM THAT I AM. give to another, neither my praise
20: 1. And God spake all these to graven images. words, saying, I am the Lord thy 45: 5. I am the Lord, and there God, which have brought thee out is none else, there is no God beside of the land of Egypt, out of the I girded thee, though thou house of bondage. Thou shalt hast not known me: that they may have no other gods before me. know from the rising of the sun, 'Thou shalt not make unto thee any and from the west, that there is none graven image, or any, likeness of beside me. I am the Lord, and any thing that is in heaven above, there is none else. or that is in the earth beneath, or Deut. 6:4. The LORD our God that is in the water under the earth: is one Lord. thou shalt not bow down thyself to 45: 5. The Lord he is God: them, nor serve them.
there is none else. Deut. 32: 39. See now that I, even I, am he, and there'is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive ; I wound, and I heal: neither is § 2. there
any that can deliver out of my hand.
Isa. 43: 10. Ye are my witnesses, Gen. 1:1. In the beginning God saith the LORD, and my servant created the heavens and the earth. whom I have chosen: that ye may Ps. 19: 1. The heavens declare know and believe me, and under the glory of God; and the firmastand that I am he: before me there ment showeth his handy work. Day was no God formed, neither shall unto day uttereth speech, and night
HIS EXISTENCE SHOWN BY THE
unto night showeth knowledge. I obey his voice to let Israel go? I There is no speech nor language know not the Lord, neither will I where their voice is
not heard. let Israel go. Their line has gone out through 7:17. Thus saith the Lord, in all the earth, and their words to the this thou shalt know that I am the end of the world. In them hath LORD: behold, I will smite with he set a tabernacle for the sun, the rod that is in mine hand upon which is as a bridegroom coming the waters which are in the river, out of his chamber, and rejoiceth and they shall be turned to blood. as a strong man to run a race.
8:16. And the Lord said unto going forth is from the end of the Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch heaven, and his circuit unto the
out thy rod, and smite the dust of ends of it: and there is nothing hid the land, that it may become lice from the heat thereof.
throughout all the land of Egypt. Isa. 40: 12. Who hath measured And they did so. Then the mathe waters in the hollow of his hand, gicians said unto Pharaoh, This is and meted out heaven with the the finger of God: and Pharaoh's span, and comprehended the dust heart was hardened, and he hearkof the earth in a measure, and ened not unto them; as the LORD weighed the mountains in scales, had said. and the hills in a balance?
22. And I will sever in that Ps. 100: 3. Know ye that the day the land of Goshen, in which Lord he is God: it is he that hath
my people dwell, that no swarms made us, and not we ourselves. of flies shall be there; to the end
95: 3. For the Lord is a great thou mayest know that I am the God, and a great King above all Lord in the midst of the earth. gods. In his hands are the deep And I will put a division between places of the sea: the strength of my people and thy people: to-morthe hills is his also. The sea is row shall this sign be. And the bis and he made it; and his hands Lord did so ; and there came formed the dry land.
grievous swarm of flies into the Heb. 3: 4. He that built all house of Pharaoh, and into his things is God.
servants' houses, and into all the Acts 17: 24. God, that made land of Egypt: the land was corthe world and all things therein, rupted by reason of the swarm of seeing that he is Lord of heaven flies. and earth, dwelleth not in temples 14:3. For Pharaoh will say of made with hands.
the children of Israel, They are Zec. 12: 1. Thus saith the Lord, entangled in the land, the wilderwhich stretcheth forth the heavens, ness hath shut them in. And I and layeth the foundation of the will harden Pharaoh's heart, that earth, and forineth the spirit of man he shall follow after them; and I within him.
will be honored upon Pharaoh, and Rom. 1: 20. The invisible things upon all his host; that the Egypof him from the creation of the tians may know that I am the world are clearly seen, even his LORD. And they did so. eternal power and Godhead, so 29. But the children of Isthat they (the heathen] are with- rael walked upon dry land in the
midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus
the LORD saved Israel that day § 3. EVIDENCE OF HIS EXISTENCE
out of the hand of the Egyptians; FROM HIS WORKS OF PROVIDENCE. and Israel saw the Egyptians dead
upon the sea-shore. And Israel Ex. 5:1. And afterward Moses saw that great work which the and Aaron went in, and told Pha- LORD did
upon the Egyptians: raoh, 'Thus saith the Lord God of and the people feared the LORD, Israel, Let my people go, that they and believed the Lord, and his may hold a feast unto me in the servant Moses. wilderness. And Pharaoh said, 18: 10. And Jethro said, Blessed Who is the LORD, that I should be the Lord, who hath delivered
you out of the hand of the Egyp- | words out of the midst of the fire. tians, and out of the hand of Pha- - 39. Know therefore this day, raoh, who hath delivered the peo- and consider it in thine heart, that ple from under the hand of the the Lord he is God in heaven Egyptians. Now I know that the above, and upon the earth beneath: Lord is greater than all gods: for there is none else. in the thing wherein they dealt 2 CHRON. 33: 10. And the Lord proudly he was above them.
spake to Manasseh, and to his peo
ple: but they would not hearken. 20:18. And all the people saw Wherefore the Lord brought upthe thunderings, and the lightnings, on them the captains of the host of and the noise of the trumpet, and the king of Assyria, which took the mountain smoking: and when Mapasseh among the thorns, and the people saw it, they removed, bound hin with fetters, and carried and stood afar off. And they said him to Babylon. And when he was unto Moses, Speak thou with us, in affiction, he besought the Lord and we will hear: but let not God is God, and humbled himself speak with us, lest we die. And greatly before the God of his faMoses said unto the people, Fear thers, and prayed unto him: and he not: for God is come to prove you, was intreated of him, and heard and that his fear may be before his supplication, and brought him your faces, that ye sin not.
again to Jerusalem into his king20: 22. And the LORD said dom. Then Manasseh knew that unto Moses, Thus thou shalt say the Lord he was God. unto the children of Israel, Ye have Ps. 9: 16. The Lord is known seen that I have talked with you by the judgments which he execufrom heaven. Ye shall not make teth. with me gods of silver, neither shall ye make unto you gods of gold.
29: 46. And they shall know that I am the LORD their God, that brought them forth out of the
CHAPTER II. land of Egypt, that I may dwell among them: I am the Lord their
HIS ATTRIBUTES. God.
Deut. 4: 32. For ask now of the days that are past, which were
§ 1. before thee, since the day that God created man upon the earth, and ask from the one side of heaven Ex. 3: 13. And Moses said unto unto the other, whether there hath God, Behold, when I come unto the been any such thing as this great children of Israel, and shall say unto thing is, or hath been heard like it? them, The God of your fathers hath Did ever people hear the voice of sent me unto you; and they shall God speaking out of the midst of say to me, What is his name? what the fire, as thou hast heard, and shall I say unto them? And God live? Or hath God assayed to go said unto Moses, I AM THAT I and take him a nation from the AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou midst of another nation, by tempta- say unto the children of Israel, I tions, by sigos, and by wonders, AM hath sent me unto you. and by war, and by a mighty hand, 6: 2. And God spake unto and by a stretched-out arm, and by Moses, and said unto him, I am the great terrors, according to all that Lord: and I appeared unto Abrathe LORD your God did for you in ham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, Egypt before your eyes? Unto thee by the name of God Almighty, but. it was showed, that thou mightest by my name JEHOVAH was I not know that the Lord he is God; known to them. there is none else beside him. Out Deut. 33: 26. There is none like of heaven he made thee to hear his unto the God of Jeshurun, who voice, that he might instruct thee: rideth upon the heaven in thy help, and upon earth he showed thee his and in his excellency on the sky, great fire ; and thou heardest his The eternal God is thy refuge. And
HIS EXISTENCE UNDERIVED
underneath the everlasting
Rev. 1: 4. Grace be unto you, arms: and he shall thrust out the and peace from him which is, and enemy from before thee; and shall which was, and which is to come. say, Destroy them.
I am Alpha and Omega ; the be32: 40. For I lift up my band to ginning and the ending: which is, heaven, and say, I live for ever. and which was, and which is to
Ps. 102: 24. Thy years throughout all generations. Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth; and the heavens are the work of thy hands. They shall perish, but § 2. HIS ORIGINATING POWER. thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a Gen. 1:1. In the beginning God vesture shalt thou change them and created the Heaven and the Earth. they shall be changed: but thou art And God said, Let there be light: the same, and thy years shall have and there was light. And God said, no end.
Let there be a firmament in the 135: 13. Thy name, O Lord, midst of the waters, and let it diendureth for ever; and thy memo- vide the waters from the waters. rial, O LORD, throughout all gen- And God said, Let there be lights erations.
in the firmament of the Heaven, 145: 13. Thy kingdoin is an to divide the day from the night ; everlasting kingilom, and thy do- and let them be for signs, and for minion endureth throughout all gen- seasons, and for days, and years: erations.
and let them be for lights in the fir
mament of the Heaven, to give light 1 Isa. 44: 6. Thus saith the Lord, upon the earth: and it was so. And the King of Israel, and his Redeem- God said, Let the waters bring forth er, the Lord of hosts; I am the first, abundantly the moving creature that and I am the last ; and beside me hath life, and fowl that may fiy above there is no Goul. And who, as I, I the earth in the open firmament of shall call, and shall declare it, and Heaven. set it in order for me, since I ap- 21. And God created great pointed the ancient people ? And whales, and every living creathe things that are coming, and shall ture that moveih, which the waters come, let them show into them. brought forth abundantly after their
48: 12. Hearken unto me, 0 kind; and every winged fowl after Jacob aud Israel, my Called ; I am his kind; and God saw that it was he; I am the first, I also am the last. good. Mine hand also hath laid the foun- 2:7. And the LORD God formed dation of the eath, and my right man of the dust of the ground, and hand hath spanned the heavens: breathed into his nostrils the breath when I call unto them, they stand of life, and man became a living up together.
soul. 63: 16. Thy name is from ever- Ps. 33: 6. By the word of the lasting.
Lord were the heavens made ; Ps. 90: 2. From everlasting to and all the host of them by the everlasting thou art God. – 4. A breath of his mouth. He gathereth thousand years in thy sight, are but the waters of the sea together as an as yesterday when it is past, and as heap: he layeth up the depth in a watch in the night.
store-houses. For he spake, and it 102: 12. Thou, O LORD, shalt was done ; he commanded, and it endure for ever, and thy remem
stood fast. brance unto all generations. Thy Ps. 100: 3. Know ye that the years are throughout all genera- Lord he is God: it is he that hath tions. Thou art the same, and thy made us, and not we ourselves; years shall have no end.
are his people, and the sheep MAL, 3: 6. I am the Lord, I of his pasture. change not.
Ps. 104:1. Bless the LORD, O JA. 1: 17. With whom is no my soul. O Lord my God, thou variableness, neither shadow of art very great; thou art clothed turning.
with honor and majesty. Who
coverest thyself with light as with a find him, though he be not far from garment: who stretchest out the every one of us; for in him we live, heavens like a curtain : who layeth and move, and have our being; as the beams of his chambers in the certain also of your own poets have waters: who maketh the clouds his said, chariot: who walketh upon the " For we are also his offspring.” wings of the wind: who laid the foundations of the earth, that it
Forasmuch then as we are the offshould not be removed for ever. spring of God, we ought not to think Thou coveredst it with the deep as
that the Godhead is like unto gold, with a garment: the waters stood
or silver, or stone, graven by art and above the mountairis. At thy rebuke man’s device. they fed ; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
3. | Isa. 45:11. Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his JOHN 4: 24. God is a spirit. Maker, Ask me of things to come 2 Cor. 3: 17. Now the Lord concerning my sons, and concerning is that spirit, and where the spirit of the work of my hands command ye the Lord is, there is liberty.
I have made the earth, and created man upon it; I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I com
§ 4. manded. Jer. 27: 4. Thus saith
Ps. 139: 7. Whither shall I go Lord of hosts, the God of Israel ; from thy spirit? or, whither shall I Thus shall ye say unto your mas- flee from thy presence? If I ascend ters; I have
made the earth, up into heaven, thou art there: if I the man and the beast that are make my bed in hell, behold, thou upon the ground, by my great art there. If I take the wings of the power and by my outstretched arm, morning, and dwell in the utterand have given it unto whom it inost parts of the sea ; even there seemed meet unto rne.
shall thy hand lead me, and thy Isa. 45: 7. I form light and right hand shall hold me. I create darkness.
JER. 23: 23. Am I a God at hand, and I create evil. I the Lord do all saith the Lord, and not a God afar these things.
off ? Can any hide himself in secret Acts 17: 22. Then Paul stood in places that I shall not see him? saith the midst of Mars-hill, and said, the Lord. Do not I fill heaven Ye men of Athens, I perceive that and earth? saith the Lord. I have in all things ye are too superstitious. heard what the prophets said, that For as I passed by, and beheld your prophesy lies in my name, saying, devotions, I found an altar with this “I have dreamed, I have dreaned." inscription, " TO
1 K. 8: 27. Behold the heavens, Whom therefore ye igno- and heaven of heavens cannot conrantly worship, him declare I unto tain thee. you. God that made the world, and Pr. 15:3. The eyes of the LORD all things therein, seeing that he is are in every place beholding the Lord of heaven and earth, dwell- evil and the good. eth not in temples made with hands: 1 Chron. 28: 9. The neither is worshipped with men's searcheth all hearts; and underhands, as though he needed any standeth all the imaginations of the thing, seeing he giveth to all life, thoughts. and breath, and all things: and hath made of one blood all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath determined the
§ 5. HIS KNOWLEDGE INTUITIVE, times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation they should seek the Lord, if Ps. 33: 13. 'The Lord looketh haply they inight feel after him, and from heaven; he beholdeth all the
I make peace;