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purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity.' His Justice is the perfect Rectitude of his Nature, whereby he is just in himself, and in all his Ways towards the Creature: Deut. xxxii. 4. • He is the Rock, his work is
fect: for all his ways are judgment : a God of
truth, and without iniquity, just and right is he.? It is not consistent with his Nature, to let Sin pass unpunished : 2 Thell: 1. 6. It is a righteous thing ' with God, to recompense tribulation to them
that trouble you.' Compared with Gen. xviii. 25. ' That be far from thee to do after this man.
ner, to say the righteous with the wicked; and
that the righteous should be as the wicked, that ' be far from thee: Shall not the Judge of all the
earth do right?' His Goodness is that whereby he is good in himself, and the Author of all Good to be found in or about the Creature : Matth. xix. 17. ' There is none good but one, that is, God.' His Goodness is consistent with his Severity against the Wicked, in that it is the Property of Goodness to hate and punish Sin : Exod. xxxiii. 19.! And ' he said, I will make all my goodness pats before
thee, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will thew mercy on whom I will Thew mercy.' Compared with Chap. xxxiv. 7. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, ' and tranfgreffion, and sin, and that will by no
means clear the guilty. And it is consistent with the Afflictions laid on his own People, in that they Aow from his Goodness : Job v. 6.
Affliction cometh not forth of the dust, neither doth trouble spring out of the ground. And they tend to their Good : Psal. cxix. 71.' It is
good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy Itatutes.' His Truth is that whereby he is perfectly faithful, and free from all Falsehood, Tit. i. 2. ' In hope of eternal life, which • God that cannot lye, promised before the world began.'
Quest. 5. Are there more Gods than
Ans. There is but One only, the living and true God.
EXPLICATION. God is called the living God, to distinguish him from dead Idols; and the true God, to distinguilla him from all false Gods. ! Thel. i. 9. ' Ye turn. •ed to God from idols, to serve the living and
true God.' He is the living God, in that all Life is in him, and from him, I Tim. vi. 13.' God, • who quickeneth all things.' To be the true God, is to be God truly and really ; and not in Name only, or in the Opinion of Men. Now, there is but one true God : 1 Cor. viii. 4, "We know that
an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is
none other God but one. And Reason teaches, that there can be no more than one, in that there can be but one moft perfect Being. So the gods many, mentioned i Cor. viii. 5. are Gods in Name only, or in the Opinion of their blinded Worshippers.
Quest. 6. How many Persons are there in the Godhead?
Anf. There are three Perions in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft: And these three are one God, the same in Substance, equal in Power and Glory.
EXPLICATION. By the Godhead is meant the divine Nature. A Perfon in the Godhead, is the Godhead distinguished by personal Properties. The Godhead is one only in Number : But the Persons in the Godhead are three ; and they are the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghoft: 1 John v. 7. ' For there are three
that bear record in heaven, the Father, the ..Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three
are one.' Jesus Christ is the second of these Persons, namciy, the Son. And the Father is true God: The Son is true God: And the Holy Ghost is true God. Yet they are not three Gods, but one God, 1 7okn v. 7. forecited. Howbeit, the Godhead neither is, nor can be divided into Parts : But each of the three Persons hath the one whole indivisible Godhead. They are not then of a like Substance only, but the very fame in Substance. But they are distinguished by their personal Properties. And it is the personal Property of the Father, to beget the Son : Heb. i. §. ' For unto
which of the angels said he at any time, Thou
art my Son, this day have I begotten thee? • And again, I will be to him a Father, and he shall • be to me a Son?' And it is the personal Property of the Son, to be begotten of the Father : John
• The Word was made fesh, and dwelt among us (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of • the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and • truth. And it is the personal Property of the Holy Ghost, to proceed from the Father and the Son : John xv. 26. ' But when the Comforter is
come, whom I will send unto you from the Fa
ther, even the Spirit of truth, which proceed'eth from the Father, he shall testify of me. Gal. iv. 6. ' And because ye are sons, God hath sent * forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, cry" ing, Abba, Father.' The Son and the Holy Ghost are not below the Father, but equal with him : : They are all equally powerful and glorious. So the personal Properties make no Inequality among them; forasmuch as these Properties are not temporary and accidental, but eternal and necessary, and could not but be: And every one of the three Persons, is the eternal, the supreme, the most high God. This appears, in that to the Son and the Holy Ghost, as well as to the Father, is afcribed the peculiar Name of the true God, the Most High: If. vi. 3. " And one cried unto ano
ther, and said, Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of • hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory: John xii. 41. ' These things said Efaias, when he
saw his glory, and spake of him.' AEls xxviii. 25. 26. And when they agreed not among them
selves, they departed, after that Paul had spoken • one word, Well spake the Holy Ghost by
Efaias the prophet, unto our fathers, saying, c.' Psal. Ixxxiii. 18. ' That men may know,
that thou whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art o the Most High over all the earth.'. And his Attributes are ascribed to them : Rev. i. 8. 'I am Al
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pha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, faith the Lord, which is, and which was, and
which is to come, the Almighty.' Psal. cxxxix. 7.' Whither shall I go from thy Spirit ? or whi
ther shall I flee from thy presence ? Likewise his Works : John i. 3. ' All things were made by • him; and without hint was not any thing made
that was made. Matth. xii. 28. ' But if I cast out · devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of 'God is come unto you.' And also his Worship: • Heb. i. 8. But unto the Son he faith, Thy throne, i
O God, is for ever and ever ; a sceptre of righ
teousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.' Matth. 'xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.'
Quest. 7. What are the Decrees of God?
Anf. The Decrees of God are, his eternal Purpose, according to the Counsel of his Will
, whereby, for his own Glory, he hath foreordained whatsoever comes to pass.
EXPLÍCATION. By the Decrees of God is meant his Purpose foreordaining what should come to pass. God hath foreordained in his Decrees, whatsoever comes to pass : Eph. i. 11. 'In whom also we • have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated