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Question 1. THAT is the chief and highest end of man?

Answer. Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God a, and fully to enjoy him for ever b. Q. 2. How doth it appear that there is a God?

A. The very light of nature in man, and the works of God declare plainly that there is a Godc: but his word and Spirit only do sufficiently and effe&tually reveal him unto men for their falvation d.

Q. 3. 1.6 Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and as we are one. v. 23. I in them, and through him, and to him are all thou in me, that they may be made things: to whom be glory for ever. perfect in one, and that the world Amen. 1 Cor.x.31. Whether there may know that thou hast fent me, fore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever and halt loved them, as thou hast ye do, do all to the glory of God.

bPfal.lxxiii.24. Thou thalt guide 2. c Rom. i. 19. Because that me with thy counsel, and afterwards which may be known of God, is mareceive me to glory. v. 25. Whom nifer in them; for God hath fhew havel in heaven but thee? and there ed it unto them. v. 20. For the inis none on earth that I desire besides visible things of him from the creathee. v. 26. My flesh and my heart tion of the world are clearly seen, faileth : but God is the strength of being understood by the things that my heart, and my portion for ever. are made, even his eternal power and v. 27. For lo they that are far from Godhead; so that they are without thee, fhall perish: thou shalt destroy excuse. Pfal. xix. 1, The heavens all them that go a whoring from declare the glory of God: and the thee. v. 28. But it is good for me firmament fheweth his handy-work. to draw near to God: I have put my v. 2: Day unto day uttereth 1peech, trust in the Lord God, that I may and night unto night sheweth knowdeclare all thy works. John xvii. 21. ledge. v.3. There is no speech nor That they all may be one, as thou, language, where their voice is not Father, art in me, and I in thee: heard. Acts xvii. 28. For in him we that they also may be one in us : live, and move, and have our being. that the world may believe that thou di Cor.ii.9. But as it is written, haft sent me. v. 22. And the glory Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, which thou gavest me, I have given neither have entered into the heart them: that they may be one, even of man, the things which God hath

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Q. 3. What is the word of God?

A. The holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament are the word of Gode, the only rule of faith and obediencef.

Q. 4. How doth it appear that the scriptures are the word of God?

A. The scriptures manifest themselves to be the word of God, by their inajestyg, and purity h; by the consent of all

the prepared for them that love him. ly Gholt. V, 10. But God hath revealed them f Eph. ii. 20. Aņd are built upon unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit the foundation of the apostles and searcheth all things, yea, the deep prophets, Jesus Christ himself being things of God. 2 Tim. ii. 15. And the chief corner-stone. Rev.xxii, 18. that from a child thou hast known for I testify unto every man that the holy scriptures, which are able heareth the words of the prophecy to make thce wise unto salvation, of this book, if any man Ihall add through faith which is in Christ Je unto these things, God thall add unfus. v. 16. All

fcripture is given by to him the plagues that are written inspiration of God, and is profitable in this book: v. 19. And if any man for doctrine, for reproof, for correc shall take away from the words of tion, for instruction in righteousness: the book of this prophecy, God shall V. 17. That the man of God may be take away his part out of the book perfect, throughly furnished unto all of life, and out of the holy city, and good works. Ifa. lix. 21. As for me, from the things which are written this is my covenant with them, faith in this book. Ifa. viii. 20. To the the Lord, My Spirit that is upon law and to the testimony: If they thee, and my words which I have speak not according to this word, it put in thy mouth, shall not depart is because there is no light in them. out of thy mouth, nor, out of the Luke xvi. 29. They have Moses and mouth of thy leed, nor out of the the prophets; let them hear them: mouth of thy feeds seed, saith the v. 31. If they hear not Moses and Lord, from henceforth and forever. the prophets, neither will they be

3,4 2 Tim. iii. 16. All fcripture persuaded, though one rose from is given by inspiration of God. 2 Pet. the dead. Gal.i. 8. But though we, i. 19. We have also a more sure or an angel from heaven, preach aword of prophecy; whereunto ye do ny other gospel unto you, than that well that ye take heed, as unto a which we have preached unto you, light that thineth into a dark place, let hiin be accursed. v.9. As we said until the day dawn, and the day before, fo say I now again, if any tar arise in your hearts: V. 20. man preach any other gospel unto, Knowing this first, that no prophe- you, than that ye have received, let cy of the scripture is of any private him be accursed. 2 Tim. iii. 15, 16. interpretation. V. 21. For the pro- (See letter d.) phecy came not in old time by the 4. Hosea viji. I have written will of man: but holy men of God to him the great things of my law, {pake as they were maved by the Ho- but they were counted as a strange

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the parts i, and the scope of the whole, which is to give all glory to Godk; by their light and power to convince and convert sinners, to comfort and build up believers unto salva. tion 1: but the Spirit of God bearing witness by and with the scriptures in the heart of man, is alone able fully to perfuade it that they are the tery word of God m. thing. 1 Cor. ii. 6. Howbeit we ting then? It is excluded. By what speak wisdom among them that are law? of works? Nay: but by the perfect: yet not the wisdom of this law of faith. world, nor of the princes of this I Acts xviii. 28. For he mightily world, that come to nought, v.7. convinced the Jews, and that puBut we speak the wisdom of God in blickly, shewing by the scriptures, a mystery, even the hidden wisdom that Jesus was Christ. Heb. iv. 12. which God ordained before the For the word of God is quick, and world unto our glory. v.13. Which powerful, and tharper than anytwothings also we speak, not in the edged sword, piercing even to the words which man's wisdom teach- dividing asunder of foul and spirit, eth, but which the holy Ghoit teach- and of the joints and marrow, and eth; comparing spiritual things with is a difcerner of the thoughts and spiritual. Pfal.cxix. 18. Open thou intents of the heart. James i. 18. mine eyes, that I may behold won- Of his own will begat he us with the drous things out of thy law. v. 129. word of truth, that we should be a Thy testimonies are wonderful: kind of first fruits of his creatures. therefore doth my soul keep them. Psal. xix. 7. The law of the Lord is

Psal. xii. 6. The words of the perfect, converting the foul: the tesLord are pure words: as silver tried timony of the Lord is sure, making in a furnace of earth, purified seven wise the fimple. v. 8. The statutes times. Pfal. cxix. 140. Thy word of the Lord are right, rejoicing the is very pure: therefore thy fervant heart: the commandment of the loveth it.

Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes. i Acts x. 43. To him give all the v.9. The fear of the Lord is clean, prophets witness, that through his enduring for ever: the judgments of name whosoever believeth in him, the Lord are true and righteous alThall receive remission of fins, Acts together. Rom. xv. 4. For whatioxxvi. 22. Having therefore obtain- everthings were written afore-time, ed help of God, I continue unto this were written for our learning; that day, witnessing both to small and we through patience and comfort great, saying none other things than of the scriptures might have hope. those which the prophets and Mofes Acts xx. 32. And now, brethren, I did say should come.

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you to God, and to the Rom. ii. 19. Now we know that word of his grace, which is able to what things soever the law faith, it build you up, and to give you an faith to them who are under the law: inheritance among all them who are chat every mouth may be stopped. fanctified. and all the world may become guil. m John wvi. 13. How beit, when ty before God. v. 37. Where is boar- he the Spirit of truth is come, he

Q. 5. What do the scriptures principally teach?

A. The scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of mann.

What man ought to believe concerning God.
Q. 6. What do the scriptures make known of God?

A. The scriptures make known what God iso, the persons ir the Godhead p, his decrees q, and the execution of his decreesr.

Q. 7. What is God?
A. God is a Spirits, in and of himself infinite in being t,

glory, will guide you into all truth: for he 94 A Atsxv.

1.14. Simeon hath declarshall not speak of himself; but what. ed how God at the first did visit the soever he shall hear, that shall he Gentiles, to take out of them a peospeak: and he will shew you things ple for his name. v.15. And to this to come. v.14. He shall glorify me: agree the words of the prophets, as for he shall receive of mine, and shall it is written. v. 18.Known unto God Thew it unto you. I John. ii.20. But are all his works from the beginning ye have an unction from the holy of the world. One, and ye know all things. v. 27. r Acts iv. 27. For of a truth a. But the anointing which ye have re- gainst thy holy child Jesus, whom ceived of him, abideth in you: and thou hast anointed, both Herod and ye need not that any man teach you: Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles, But; as the same anointing teacheth and the people of Israel were gayou of all things, and is truth, and thered together. v. 28. For to do is no lie: and even as it hath taught whatsoever thy hand and thy counyou, ye shall abide in him. John xx sel determined before to be done. 31. But these are written, that 7.4 John iv. 24. God is a Spirit; might believe that Jesus is the Christ and they that worship him, must the Son of God, and that believing worship him in spirit and in truth. ye might have life thro' his name. + Exod. iii, 14. And God said un

5. n 2 Tim. i. 13. Hold fast the to Moses, I AM THAT I AM: form of found words, which thou And he said, Thus shalt thou say haft heard of me, in faith and love' unto the children of Israel, I AM which is in Christ Jesus.

hath sent me unto you. Job. xi. 7, 6.0 Heb. xi. 6. But without faith 8, 9. Canst thou by searching find it is impossible to please him: for he out God? Canst thou find out the that cometh to God, must believe Almighty unto perfection? v. 8. It that he is, and that he is a reward- is as high as heaven, what canft thou er of them that diligently seek him. do? deeper than hell what canst thou

p 1 John v.7. For there are three know? v.9. The measure thereof is that bear record in heaven, the Fa- longer than the earth, and broader ther, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: than the sea. and these three are one.

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gloryv, blessedness w, and perfection x; all. sufficienty, eternalz, unchangeable a, incomprehensibleb, every where presenec, Almighty d, knowing all things e, most wisef, most holyg, most just h, most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truthi.

Q. 8. Are v Aets vii. 2. The God of glory Whither shall I go from thy Spirit? appeared unto our father Abraham or whither shall I flee from thy prewhen he was in Mesopotamia, be sence? &c. fore he dwelt in Charran..

d Rev. iv. 8. And the four beasts w 1 Tim. vi. 15. Which in his had each of them fix wings about times he shall fhew, who is the bles- him, and they were full of eyes fed and only Potentate, the King of within; and they rest not day and kings, and Lord of lords.

night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, * Mat. v. 48. Be ye therefore per- Lord God almighty, who was, and fect, even as your Father who is in is, and is to come. heaven is perfect.

e Heb. iv, 13. Neither is there a, Gen. xvï. 1. And when Abra- ny creature that is not manifest in ham was ninety years old and nine, his fight: but all things are naked, the Lord appeared to Abraham, and opened unto the eyes of him and said unto him, I am the Al- with whom we have to do. Psalm mighty God; walk before me, and cxlvii. 5. Great is our Lord and of be thou perfect.

great power: his understanding is z Psal. xc. 2. Before the moun infinite. tains were brought forth, or ever fRom. xvi. 27. To God only wife thou hadít formed the earth and be glory through Jesus Christ, for. the world: even from everlasting ever. Amen. to everlasting, thou art God.

Isa. vi. 3. And one cried unto . Mal. iii, 6. For I am the Lord, another, and said, Holy, holy, hoI change not: therefore ye fons of ly, is the Lord of holts, the whole Jacob are not consumed. James i. earth is full of his glory. Rev. xv. 17. Every good gift, and every per- . 4. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, fect gift is from above, and cometh and glorify thy Name? for thou ondown from the Father of lights, ly art holy: for all nations shall come with whom is no variablenets, nei- and worship before thee; for thy ther shadow of turning

judgments are made manifest. b 1 Kings viii. 27. But will God b Deut. xxxii. 4. He is the Rock, indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, his work is perfect: for all his ways the heaven, and heaven of heavens are judgment: a God of truth, and cannot contain thee; how much without iniquity, just and rightis he. leis this house that I have builded ? i Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord

« Pfal. cxxxix. 1. to the 13. ver. passed by before him, and proclaimO Lord, thou hast searched me and ed, The Lord, The Lord God, known me: thou knowelt my down- merciful and gracious, long-suffersitting and mine up-rising, thou un- ing, and abundant in goodness and derstandeft my thoughts afar off, &c. truth.

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