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A. 1. The power of God doth show itself in what he hach done ; he bath created all things. Rom. i. 20, The invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are
even his eternal power and Godhead. He hath effected many miracles, which we read of both in the old and new testament, which exceeded the power of natural causes;; he hath raised up to himself
, and preserved his chuca in all ages, notwithstanding the rage and malice of all the powers of earth and hell, who have endeavoured to extirpate it. Matth. xvi. 18, Upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.
2. The power of God doth show itself in what he doth; he upholdeth all his creatures in their being and operations. Heb. i. 3, Upholding all things by the word of his power. He plucks his chosen people out of the share of the devil, and powerfully draws them, and joins them by faith unto Jesus Christ. Eph. i. 19, And whai is the exceeding greatness of his power to us.ward who believe. He works grace in his people, and maintain.eth his work, and enableth them to persevere. 1 Pet. i. 15, Who are kept by the power of God, through faith unto salvation. He restraineth the wicked, and bringeth Satan under the feet of his people : he worketh continually, easily, irresistibly, and indefatigably: all which do; he will make the kingdoms of the earth to stoop to
3. The power of God cloth show.itself in what he will his Son, and that both of Jew and Gentile ; he will ruin Antichrist, though never so potent at the present; he will raise up the dead out of their graves, and destroy the visible world at the last day; and he will show the power of his anger in the everlasting punishment of the * The power of God doth show itself in what he can
can do whatever he pleaseth; he can do whatply a contradiction, or argue imperfection. ever is possible to infinite power, whatever doth not im
17. What is the holiness of God? 4. The holiness of God is his essential property,
showeth his power:
wicked in hell.
whereby he is infinitely pure, loveth and deligkíteth in his own purity, and in all the resemblances of it which any of his creatures have ; and is perfectly free from all. impurity, and hateth it wherever be seeth it.
Q. 18. How may God be said to be holy?
A. 1. The name of God is holy. Psalm cxi. 9, Holy and reverend is his name. 2. The nature of God is holy. Rev. iv. 8, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty. 3. The persons of the Godhead are holy. The Father is holy. John xvii. 11, Holy Father keep through thine own name those which thou hast given me. The Son is holy. Acts. iv. 27, Against thy holy child Jesus were they gathered. The spirit is holy. Rom. xiv. 17, Joy. in the Holy Ghost. 4. The works of God are holy. Psalm cxlv. 17, The Lord is righteous in all his ways, 'and holy in all his works, 5. The word of God is holy. Rom. 1. 2, Which he hath promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures. His law is holy. Rom. vif. 12, The law is holý ; and the commandment holy, and just, and good. And his gospel is holy: Luke i: 72, To remember his holy covenant. 6. The worship of God is holy; the matter of it holy. Mal. i. 11, In every place incense shall be offered unto iny name, and a pure offering of righteousness. The manner of it holy. John jy. 24, God will be worshipped in spirit and in truth. The time of it holy. Exod. xx. 8, Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy. 7. The dwelling place of God is holy. Isa. Ivii, 15, Thus saith the high and lofty one, I dwell in the high and holy place. 8. The angels, which attend upon God in heaven, are holy. Matth. xxv. 31, All the holy angels with him. 9. The people of God upon earth are holy. Deut. vii. 6, Thou art a holy people unto the Lord. 10. God requireth, worketh, loveth, and delighteth in holiness. Pet. i. 15, Be ye holy. 1 Thess. iv. 3, This is the will of God, even your sanctification. 11. God hateth sin and sin. ners infinitely, and without holiness will not admit any into his kingdom. Psalm v. 5, Thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Heb. xii. 14, Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord,
Q. 19. What is the justice of God?
A. The justice of God is his essential property, whereby he is infinitely righteous and equal, both in himself, and in all his dealings with his creatures.
Q. 20. Wherein doth the justice of God show itself? A. 1. In the punishment which he inflicted upon Christ; our surety for our sins. Isa. liii. 5, He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities.
2. In the vengeance he will execute upon unbelievers for their own sins on the day of wrath. 2 Thess. i. 7,8,9, The Lord will be revealed in flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that obey not the gospel, who shall be punished with everlasting destruction. 3. In the reward he will give to his people through the merits of Christ. Matth. v. 12, Great is your reward in heaven. 2 Tim. iv. 8, Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness. 4. In those temporal judgments he bringeth upon a people or person for their sins in this world. Dan. ix. 7, O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto thee, but unto us confusion
as at this day. Lam. iji. 39, Wherefore dotha
man complain, a man for the punishment of his Q. 21. What is the goodness of God? A. The goodness of God is his essential property, whereby he is altogether good in himself, and the author of all good. Psalm cxix. 68, Thou art good and dost good.
Q. 22. Wherein doth the goodness of God appear?
A. God's goodness doth appear, 1. In the works which he hath made. Gen. i. 31, And God saw every thing that he had made, and behold it was very good. 2. In his bounty and provisions for all his creatures. Psal. cxlv. 9, The Lord is good to all.' Ver. 15, The eyes of all wait upon thee.
3. In his patience and forbearance toward the wicked, and his enemies. Rom. ii. 4. Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness, and forbearance and long şuffering. 4. And chiefly, God's goodness doth appear in his special love and mercy towards his own people ; in choosing them, in redeeming them, in calling them, in pardoning them, in adopling
of faces, a living sins?
them, in sanctifying them, in all the privileges he bestoweth upon them, and manifestations of his love unto them here, and in his taking them unto, and giving them possession of his kingdoin hereafter. Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, abundant in good. ness, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity; transgression, and sin, &c.
Q. 23. What is the truth of God?
A. The truth of God is his essential property, whereby he is sincere and faithful, free from all falsehood and simulations. Tit. i. 2, In hope of eternal life, which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began. Heb. vi. 18, By two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie.
Q. 24. Wherein doth the truth of God appear?
A. God's truth doth appear, 1. In the soundness of the doctrine which he hath revealed, wherein there is 110 flaw or corruption. 2.Tim. i. 13, Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me. 2. In the certainty of the history which he hath recorded, wherein there is no lie or mistake. Luke i. 3, 4, It seemed good to me to write to thee, that thou mightest know the certainty of those things wherein thou hast been instructed. 3. In the accomplishment of the prophecies which he hath foretold, wherein there is no failing or falling short. John i. 45, We have found him of whom Moses in the law, and the prophets did write. Matth. xxiv. 35, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my word shall not pass away. 4. In the fulfilling the promises which he hath made to his people. Heb. x. 23, He is faithful that hath promised. 5. In executing the judgments which he hath threatened against the wicked. Zech. i. 6, But my words, did they not take hold of your fathers ? 6. But the great appearance of God's truth will be at the day of Christ's appearance to judgment, when rewards and punishments shall be dispensed according to what he had foretold us in the book of the holy scriptures.
Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one ?
A. In opposition to many gods. Deut. vi. 4, Hear 0 Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. 1 Cor. viii. 4, 5, 6, We know that there is none other God but one : For though there be that are called gods, whether in heaven or in earth (as there be gods many, and lords many) but to us there is but one God.
Q. 2. Why is God said to be the living God? A. In opposition to dead idols. Psalm. cxv. 4, 5, 6, Their idols are gold and silver, the work of men's hands; they have mouths, but they speak not; eyes have they, and see not; ears have they, but they hear not, &c. i Thess. i. 9, Ye turned from idols, to serve the living God.
Q. 3. Why is God said to be the true God?
A. In opposition to all false gods. Jer. x. 10, 11, 15, The Lord is the true God. The gods, that have not made the heavens and the earth, shall perish from the earth and from under these heavens ; they are vanity, and the work of errors.
Q. 4. How doth it appear that God is one only?
A. Because God is infinite, and there cannot be more than one infinite being : forasmuch as one infinite being doth set bounds and limits unto all other beings, and nothing that is bounded and limited can be infinite.
Q. 5. How doth it appear that God is living? A. 1. Because God giveth to and preserveth life in all his creatures. I Tim. vi. 13, I give thee a charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things. Acts xvii. 28, In him we live and move and have our being. 2. Because God reigneth for ever. Jer. x. 10, The Lord is a living God, and an everlasting king.
Q. 6. How doth it appear that God is true; that he hath a true being, or that there is a God indeed?.
A. By several arguments sufficient to convince all the Atheists in the world, if they would hearken to their own
Q. 7. What is the first argument to prove that there is a God?
A. The first argument to prove that there is a God, may be drawn from the being of all things.. 1. The being of the heayens, the highest stories which are there