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were Baptized; and unless we believe, we cannot be saved. Mark xvi. 16. He that believeth, and is Baptized, shall be saved; but he that believerb not, shall be damned.

Q. Why do we so often rehearse these Articles?

A. Because by that means we make publick Profession of our Christian Faith. Rom. x. 9, 10. If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and jbalt believe in thine beart, that God bath raised bim from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the Heart Man believeth unto Righteousness, and with the Mouth Confession is made unto Salvation. That is the Reason why we say it so often in our Prayers.

Q. Why is the Greed put first before the Commandments and Lord's Prayer ?

A. Because we must first believe, before we can obey or pray to God. Heb. xi. 6. But without faith it is impossible to please bim ; for be that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and that he is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek bim.

I Believe

Q. Why are these Words placed first of all?

A. Because they run through the whole Twelve, to every Article I give iny Allent, Credo ; whence the whole is called the Creed.

2. Why, I believe, in the Singular Number?

A. Because every one must believe for himself, Fobn ix. 38. And he said, Lord, I Believe. And be worshipped him. John xi. 27. She saith unto bim, Tea, Lord: I Believe that thou art the Christ 'the Son of God which pould come into the World. Gal. ii. 20. I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live ; yet not 1, but Cbrift livetb in me : And the Life which I now live in the Flesh, I live by the Faith of the Son of God,mbo loved me, and gave himself for

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me. Hab. ii. 4. Bebold, bis Sou! which is lifted up, is not upright in bim : But the just shall live by bis Faith.

Q. What is it to believe in this place?

A. To be fully perswaded that every thing here is true. Rom viii. 38. For I ani perswaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come. Heb. xi. 1. Now Faith is the substance of things boped for, the evidence of things not seen.

2. What ground have you to be thus perswaded ?

A. Because every thing in the Creed is attested by God, who cannot lye. Tit. i. 2. In bope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised, before tbe World began.

2. Where hath God attested it ?

A. In his Holy Word, 2 Tim. iii. 16. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doĉtrine, for reproof, for corre&tion, for instruction in righteousness.

In God

2. What doth this Article import?

A. That God is. Heb. xi. 6. But without Faith it is imposible to please bim : For he that cometh to God, must believe that be is, and that be is a Rea Harder of them that diligently seek bim.

Q: Why do ye believe there is a God?

A. All things thew it. Rom. i. 20. For the invisible things of him from the Creation of the World are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal Power and Godbead; so that they are without excuse. And fo attest it: Afts. xiv. 16, 17. Wbo in Times paft suffered all Nations to walk in their own way. Nevertheless be lef, not

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kimself without witness, in that he did gond, and gave us rain from Heaven and fruitful Seafons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. Pfal. xix. 1. The Heavens declare the Glory of God; and the Firmament Sheweth his handy work. Every Man's Conscience also attests it : Rom. ii. 14, 15.

For when the Gentiles which have not the Law, do by uature the things contained in the Law,these baving not the Law, are a Law unto themselves, which Thew the work of the Law written in their bearts, rheir Conscience also bearing witness, and their Thoughts the mean while accusing, or else excusing one another. Psal. xiv, 1. The fool batb said in his beart, there is no God: they are corrupt, tbey bave done abominable works, there is none that doth good.

2. What else doth this Article import?
A. That there is but one God.
Q. How do you prove that?

A. Deut. vi. 4. Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. Ifa: xliv. 6. Thus faiib the Lord the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the Lord of Hofts, I am the First, and I am the Last, and befides me there is no God. Ifa. xlv. 5,6. I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God besides me ; I girded thee, though thou hast not known me: That they may know from the rising of the Sun, and from the West, that there is none besides me, I am the Lord, and there is none else. Cor. viii. 6, 7. But

there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in bim; and onę Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Howbeit, ihere is not in every Man that knowledge : For some with Conscience of the Idol unto this bour, eat it as a thing offered unto an Idol; and their conscience being weak, is defiled.

2. What is the great Duty you owe to this one God?

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A. To love him above all things: Deut. vi. And thou shalt love the Lord thy God wish all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might. And to worship and lerve him only: Marh. iv. 10. Then saith Fesus unto bim, Get thee bebind

me, Satan, for it is written, Thou shalt worfij ive Lord rhy God, and bim only shalt thou serve. Q: What is God?

A. Exod. iii. 14. And God said unto Mofes, I am that I am: and be said, thou shalt say unto the Children of Israel, I am hath sent me unto y'u. A Spirit: Fobn iv. 24. God is a Spirit, and they that worship him, muft worship him in Spirit and in Truth.

Q. What is that ?

A. A Substance without Matter or Body. Luc. xxiv. 39. Bebold my hands and my feet, that it is I niy felf: handle me, and see, for a Spirit bath not Flesh and Bones, as ye see me bave. And so not like to Man: Rom. i. 23. And they changed the Glory of the uncorruptible God, into an Image male like to corruptible Man, and to Birds, and four-footed Beasts, and creeping things.

Q. Why then is God said to have a Head and Hands, &c. ? · A. To represent him the better to our Capacities.

Q. Is he therefore invisible?

A. Yes. I John iv. 12. N. Man bath seen God at any time; if we love one another God dwelleth in ys, and his Love is perfected in us. Job ix. 11. Lo be goeth by me, and I see him not.

2. In what Sense then shall we see God ?

A. 1 fobniji. 2. Beloved, now are we the Sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we fall be ; but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as be is. I Cor. xiii. I 2. For now we see tbrough a Glass darkly ; but

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then face to face: Now I know in part; but then fhall I know even as also I am known. With the Eyes of our Minds, not of our Bodies; but Christ with our bodily Eyes : Fob xix. 26. And though after my skin, Wornis destroy this Body, yet in

ong flesh shall I see God.

2. What follows from God's being a Spirit?

A. That we should worship him in Spirit and in Truth, Fobn iv. 24. God is a Spirit, and they that worship bim, muft worsbip bim in Spirit and in Truth.

2. Where is God?

A. Every where, Psal. cxxxix. 7, 8. Whither fall I go from thy Spirit or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into Heaven, thou art there : If I make my Bed in Hell, behold, thou art there. Jer. xxiii. 23, 24. Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off. Can any bide bimself in secret places that I shall not him? saith the Lord: Do not I fill beuven and earth? saith the Lord.

2. How then is he said to be in Heaven, and near us? Ifai. lv. 6. "Seek ye the Lord while be

may be found, call ye upon bini while he is near.

A. Because he manifefteth himself to us, Exod. xx. 24. An Altar of Earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy Burnt-Offerings, and thy Peace Offerings, thy Sheep and thine Oxen: In all Places where I record my Name, I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee. Matth. xviii. 20. For where two or three are gathered togetber in my Name, there ain I in the midst of them.

2. Doth he then know all things?

A. Most perfectly, Psal. cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord, and of great power ; bis understanding is infihite.

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