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Q. How doth that appear?
A. Pfal. cxxxix. 2, 3, 4. Thou knowest my downfitring, and my up-rising, thou understandejf my thoughts afar off. Thnu compafleft, my path, and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my Tongue, but lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogetber. Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his fight: but all things are naked, and opened unto the eyes. of bin with wbom we bave to do.
Q. Can it be proved from Reason?
A. Yes, because he made and preserves all things, Gen. i. 31. And God sam every thing that be bad made, and behold it was very good; and the evening and the morning were the fixth day. Plal. cxxxix. 15, 16. My substance was not bid from rbee, when I was made in secret ; and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance yet being unperfect, and in thy Book all
my Members were written, wbicb in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
Q. What use must we make of this?
A. To be sincere and pious in all things, 1 Chron. xxviii. 9. And thou, Solomon my Son, know thou the God of thy Father, and serve bim with a perfet beart, and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all bearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the Thoughts: If tbou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou for fake him, he will cast thee off for ever.
In God the Father
2. Because the word, God, hath respect to all three Persons.
Q. How do you prove there are three Persons, God?
A. Matth. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teacb all Nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft. 2 Cor. xiii. 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Chrift, and the love of God, and the communion of tbe Holy Gbost be with you all. Amen."
2. Are they three Gods?
A. No, but one, 1 Fob v.7. For there are three that bear record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, And the Holy obost; and these three are one. Joh.x. 30. I and my Fater are one.
Q. Why do we use the word, Person, to distinguish them?
A. Because the Holy Ghost useth it, Heb. i. 3. Who being the brightness of bis Glory, and the express image of bis Person, and upholding all things by the word of bis Power, when be bad by bim felf purged our fins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on bigb.
Q. Why do we put the Father first?
A. Because he is first in Order, Matth. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all Nations, bapribing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
. Joh. vii. 29. But I know him, for I am from bim, and be bath fent
Q. Why is he called the Father?
ту say unto them, I afcend unto niy Father and your Father, and to my God and your God.
A. Beciuse he can do what he will,' Psal. cxv. 3. But our God is in the Heavens, be bath done whatsoever he pleased. Psal. cxxxv. 6. Whatfree ver the Lord pleajčit, that did he in beaven and in earth, in the seas and all deep places. Matth. xix. 26. But Jesus bebeld them, and said unto them, with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.
2. How doth God do what he will?
A. Only by willing it should be done, Matth. viii 3. And Jesus put forth bis hand and touched bim, saying, I will, be thou clean; and immediate. ly bis leprosie was cleansei. Mar: vii. 34. 35. And looking up to Heaven he fighed, and saith unto him Ephpha ha that is, be opened ; and straitway bis ears were opened, and the string of his tingue was lopsed, and be spake plain. Gen. i. 3. And God said, let there be light; and there was light.
Q. Can none then refift his Will?
A. No, Rom. ix. 19. Thou wilt say then unto me, why doth be yet find fault? for who bath resisted bis will? Tit. i. 2. In bope of eternal life, which God that cannot lie promised before the World bea gan. Heb. vi. 18. That by two immutable things in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might bave a strong confolation, who have fled for refuge to lay bold upon the hope set before us.
Q. What follows from God's being Almighty?
A. i. That we should fübmit to his will, Mar xiv. 36. And he said, Abba, Father, all things are poshble unto thee, take away tbis cup from me ; nevertheless, not wbat I will, but what thou wilt.
2. Fear him, Matth. X. 28. And fear not them which kill the Body, but are not able to kill the Soul: but rather fear him, which is able to destroy both Soul and Body in Hell.
3. And trust on him, Pfal. xxxvij. 3, 4, 5. Trust in the Lord, and do good, so Malt thou dwell in the Land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thy self also in the Lord, and he shall give thee the desires of thine beart. Commit thy way unto the Lord : truft alfo in him, and be shall bring it to pass.
Maker of Heaven and Earth.
Q. What is meant by Heaven and Earth?
A. The whole world with all things in it, Atts 17. 24. God that made the World, and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in Temples made with hands.
What did he make all things of? A. Of nothing, Ger. i. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
Q. How did he make them?
A. By his word, Gen. i. 3. And God said, let there be light, and there was light. Heb. xi. 3. Through Faith we understand that the Worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. .
Q. How long was he making it?
A. Six Days; that we may better discern his Wisdom and Power it it, Light and Plants were before the Sun.
Q. Why did God make all things?
A. For his own Glory, Proy. xvi. 4. The Lord hath made all things for himself : yen even the wicked for the day of evil. Rom. ix. 20. Nay but, O Man, who art thou that repliest against God Mall the thing fomed say to him that formed it, why haft thou made
Q. What follows from hence?
A. 1. That God is the Lord of Hofts, Gen. ïl. I. Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the Host of them. Acts xvii. 24. God that made the World, and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in Temples made with hands.
2. That we ought to admire and praise him, Pfal. cxlviii. 5. 6. Let them praise the name of the Lord: For he commanded and they were created. He hath also established them for ever and ever : He hath made a Decree which mall nat pass. Apoc. iv. 11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive Glory and Honour and Power: for thou hast created all ihings, and for thy Pleasure they are and were created. 3. Obey and serve him, I Cor. vi. 10. For
gre are bought with a prite: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. Psal. xcv. 6. O come, let us worship and bow down : Let us knech before the Lord our Maker.
Q. Doth God stil uphold the World ?
A. Yes, Heb. i. 3. Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by bimself purged our Sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high. A&s xvii. 28. For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain alle of your own Poets have said, før we are also his off. spring. Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and through him, and to him are all things; to whom be glory for ever. Amen.
Q. Doth he also order all things?
A. Yes, Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtain. ed an Inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him
who worketh all things after the Councel of his own Will. John v. 17. But Jesus answered
Father worketh hitherto, and I work.