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is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man.
Q. 4. What is GOD?
A. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his being, wisdom, power, holiness, justice, goodness and truth.
Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one ?
A. There is but one only, the living and true God.
Q. 6. How many persons are there in the Godhead ?
A. There are three persons 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.
0. 7. What are the decrees of God?
A. The decrees of God are, his eternal purpose according to the counsel of his will, whereby, for his own glory, he hath fore-ordained whatsoever comes to pass.
Q. 8. How doth God execute his decrees?
A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence.
Q. 9. What is the work of creation ?
A. The work of creation is, God's making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good.
Q. 10. How did God create man?
A. God created man male and female, after his own image, in knowledge, righteousnefs and holiness, with dominion over the creatures.
Q. 11. What are God's works of providence?
A. God's works of providence are, his most holy, wise, and powerful preserving and governing all his creatures, and all their actions.
Q. 12. What special act of providence did God exercije toward man in the estate wherein he was created ?
A. When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon condition of perfect obedience ; forbidding him to eat of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death.
l. 13. Did our forft parents continue in the eftate wherein they were created ?
A. Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God.
Q. 14. What is fin ?
#. Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of the law of God.
Q. 15. What was the fin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created ?
A. The fin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were created, was their cating the forbidden fruit.
Q. 16. Did all mankind fall in Adam's firft transgression?
A. The covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his posterity, all mankind descending from him by ordinary generation, finned in him, and fell with him in his first tranfgression.
Q. 17. Into what estate did the fall bring mankind ?
A. The fall brought mankind into an estate of lin and misery.
Q. 18. Wherein confifts the finfulness of that estate whereinto man fell?
A. The finfulness of that estate, whereinto man fell, consists in the guilt of Adam's first sin, the want of original righteousness, and the corruption of his whole nature, which is commonly called original fin; together with all actual transgressions which proceed from it.
Q. 19. What is the mifery of that estate whereinto man fell?
A. All mankind by their fall loft communion with God, are under his wrath and curse, and so made liable to all the miseries of this life, to death itself, and to the pains of hell for ever.
Q. 20. Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of fin and misery ?
A. God, having out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the estate of fin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer.
Q: 21. Who is the Redeemer of God's elect ?
A. The only Redeemer of God's elect is the Lord Jesus Christ, who, being the eternal Son of God, became man, and so was, and continueth to be God, and man, in two distinct natures, and one person for ever.
Q. 22. How did Christ being the Son of God, become man ?
A. Christ, the Son of God, became man, by taking to himself a true body, and a reasonable foul, being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without fin.
Q. 23. What offices doth Chrif execute as our Redeemer ?
A. Christ, as our Redeemer, executeth the of. fices of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king, both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation,
Q. 24. How doth Christ execute the office of prophet?
A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to us, by his word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation.
Q. 25. How doth Clrift execute the office of a priest?
A. Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifce to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercession for us.
Q. 26. How doth Christ execute the office of a king?
A. Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself, in ruling and defending us, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies.
Q. 27. Wherein did Christ's humiliation confift?
A. Christ's humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition, made under the law, undergoing the miseries of this life, the wrath of God, and the cursed death of the cross ; in being buried, and continuing under the power of death for a time.
Q. 28. Wherein confifteth Christ's exaltation ?
A. Christ's exaltation consisteth in his rifing again from the dead on the third day, in afcending up into heaven, ih fitting at the right hand of God the Father, and in coming to judge the world at the last day.
Q. 29. How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Chrif?
A. We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the effectual application of it to us by his Holy Spirit.