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perfecute you, that ye may be the Children of your Father which

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Q. 12. What is the Laft Inference from God's goodness ? A. That Chriftians have great Encouragement to go to God for Pardon in Cafe of Sin, Pfalm cxxx. 4. But there is Forgiveness with thee, that thou mayft be feared; and for Refuge in Dangers, Nahum i. 7. The Lord is good, a strong Hold in the Day of Trouble; he knoweth them that truft in him. Of God's Truth.

Quest. 1.

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HAT is the Truth of God?

A. It is an effential Property of his Nature, whereby he is perfectly faithful in himself, and in all that he hath spoken, Deut. xxxii. 4. He is the Rock, his Work is perfect, for all his Ways are judgment; a God of Truth, and without Iniquity, juft and right is be, Pfal. cxix. 142. Thy Righteoufness is an everlafting Righteousness, and thy Law is the Truth.

Q. 2. What is the first Property of Divine Truth?

A. The first Property of it is, That it is effential and neceffary to God; He cannot lie, Tit. i. 2.

Q3. What is the Second Property of it?

A. the Second Property is, that it is everlafting, and abiding to all Generations, Pfalm c. 5. For the Lord is good, his Mercy is everlafting, and his Truth endureth to all Generations. Ifa. xxv. I. O Lord, thou art my God, I will exalt thee Counfels of old are Faithfulness and Truth.

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Q. 4. What is the Third Property of Divine Truth? A. The third Property is, that he is univerfally true in all his Words and Works. 1. In all his Words, John xvii. 17. Thy Word is Truth. 2. In all his Works, Pfalm xxv. All the Paths of the Lord are Mercy and Truth, unto such as keep his Covenant.

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Q5. What is the first Leffon from God's Truth to be learnt ?

A. That Truth and Sincerity of Heart is that which is moft fuitable, and pleafing to God, Pfalm li. 6. Behold, thou deftreft Truth in the inward Parts.

Q. 6. What is the fecond Leffon from God's Truth?

A. That

A. That whatever God hath foretold, fhall affuredly come to pafs, and be fulfilled in his Time, Joh. xxiii. 14. Not one Thing bath failed of all the good Things which the Lora our God Spoke concerning you; all are come to pass unto you, ana not one Thing hath failed thereof.

Q. 7. What is the third Leffon from the Truth of God? A. That a Promife from God is full Security to the Faith of his People, and they may look upon it as good as a Mercy in Hand, Heb. x. 23. For he is faithful that promifed.

Q. 8. What is the fourth Leffon from God's Truth?

A. That whatever God hath threatned in his Word against Sinners, fhall furely come upon them, except they repent, Zech. i. 6. But my Word, and my Statutes, which I commanded my Servants, the Prophets, did they not take hold of your Fathers? and they returned, and said, Like as the Lord of Hofts thought to do unto us, according to our Ways, and accord ing to our Doings, fo bath he dealt with us, Ezek. xii. 27, 28. The Word which I have spoken, shall be done, faith the Lord God.

Q. 9. What is the Fifth Leffon from God's Truth?

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A. That Falfhood in Words and Actions is contrary to God's Nature, and abhorred by him, John viii. 44. of your Father the Devil, and the Luft of your Father ye will do; he was a Murtherer from the Beginning, and abode not in the Truth, because there is no Truth in him; when he speaketh a Lie, he fpeaketh of his own; for he is a Liar, and the Father of it.

Q. 10. What is the Laft Leffon from God's Truth?

A. The Day of Judgment will rightly and juftly state every Man's Condition, Rom. ii. 2. But we are fure that the Judgment of God is according to Truth, against them which commit Such Things.

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Of One God.

RE there more Gods than one?
A. There is but one only, the living

Q. How doth it appear that there is but one God?

A. It is evident from Scripture there is but one God, Deut. vi. 4. Hear, O Ifrael, the Lord our God is one Lord, Jer. x. 10. But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting King; and as Scripture reveals no more, fo Reason will allow no more.

Q. 2. Why will Reafon allow no more but one God?

A. Because God is the First Being, Revel. i. 11. Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the First and the Laft; and there can be but one Firft Being, and God is the most perfect, and excellent Being, Ffalm lxxi. 19. Thy Righteoufnefs alfo, O Ged, is very high, who hath done great Things: O God, who is like unto thee? And there can be but one most perfect and excellent Being.

Q. 3. But doth not the Scripture fay in 1 Cor. viii. 5. That there are Gods many, and Lords many?

A. Yes, there are many in Title, and many in Opinion 3 but one only in Truth, Jer. x. 10. But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting King.

Q. 4. Why is he called the true God?

A. To diftinguish him from the Idols and falfe Gods of the Heathens, i Thef. i. 9. How ye turned to God from Idols, to ferve the living and true God, Acts xiv. 15. We preach unto you, that ye fhould turn from these Vanities unto the living God, which made Heaven and Earth, and the Sea, and all Things that are therein.

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Q5. Why is he called the living God?

A. Because all Life, natural, fpiritual, and eternal, is in him, and from him only. First, Natural Life, A&s xvii. 28. For in him we live, and move, and have our being. Secondly, Spiritual Life, Eph. ii. 1. You bath be quickened, who were dead in Trespasses and Sins. Thirdly, Eternal Life in Glory, Col. iii. 4. When Chrift who is our Life shall appear, then fhall ye alĵo appear with him in Glory.

Q. 6. What is the firft Inftruction from hence?

A. If but One God, then all his Children fhould be of one Heart, having one and the fame Father, Eph. iv. 5, 6. One Lord, one Faith, one Baptifm, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

Q. 7. What is the fecond Inference from hence ?

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A. That it is Idolatry to perform Worship to any other but God only, Pfalm lxxxvi. 9, 10. All Nations whom thou haft made, fhall come and worship before thee, O Lord, and fball glorify thy Name, for thou art great, and doeft wondrous Things, thou art God alone.

Q. 8. What is the Third Inference from it?

A That our fupream Love is due to God only, and it's very finful to place it on any other, Deut. vi. 4, 5. Hear, O Ifrael, the Lord our God is one Lord; and thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy Heart, and with all thy Soul, and with all thy Might.

Q. 9. What is the Fourth Inference from God's Unity? A. That God only must have the Reliance and Dependence of our Souls, Jer. xvii. 5, 7. Thus faith the Lord, curfed be the Man that trufteth in Man, that maketh Fleh his Arm, and whofe Heart departeth from the Lord. Bleed is the Man that trufteth in the Lord, and whofe Hope the Lord is.

Q. 10. What is the last Inference from it?

A. That we have great Cause to be thankful for the Gofpel, which discovers the only true God to us, and that we are not as the Heathens, worshipping many and falfe Gods. 1 Cor. viii. 5, 6. 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, the Father of whom are all Things, and we in him; and one Lord Jefus Chrift, by whom are all Things, and we by him.

Quest. 6.

Of three Perfons in the Godhead.

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OW many Perfons are there in the Godhead?

A. There are three Perfons in the Godhead, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one God, the fame in Substance, equal in Power and Glory.

Q. 1. What mean you by the Word Godhead?

A. It is the Nature, Effence, or Being of God, as the Apostle speaks, Acts xvii. 29. Forafmuch then as wo are the Offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Gedhead is like into Gold, or Silver, or Stone, graven by Art, and Man's Device.

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Q. 2. What is a Perfon in the Godhead ?

A. It is the Godhead diftinguished by perfonal Properties; each Perfon having his distinct perfonal Properties, Heb. i. 3. Who being the Brightness of his glory, and the exprefs Image of his Perfon, upholding all Things by the Word of

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Q. 3. How doth it appear there are three Perfons, and

no more?

A. Firfi, From Chrift's Baptifm, Matt. iii. 16, 17. And Jefus when he was baptized, went up fraitway out of the Water, and lo, the Heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God defcending like a Dove, and lighting upon him, and lo a Voice from Heaven faying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleafed.

Q. 4. How elfe, in the fecond Place, doth it appear?

A. From the Inftitution of our Baptifin, Matt. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore, teach all Nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft.

Q5. What is the third Proof from Scripture?

A. From the Apoftolical Benediction, 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The Grace of our Lord Jefus Chrift, and the Love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all, Amen. Where three diftin&t Bledlings are wifht, from the three divine Perfons in the Godhead; Grace from Christ, Love from the Father, and Communion with the Spirit.

Q.7. What farther Evidence is there of it in the Scripture? A. From plain, pofitive Affertions of the Scripture, afferting, First, A Trinity of Perfons. Secondly, Ân Unity of Effence, 1 Joh. v. 7. For there are Three that bear Record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and thefe Three are One.

Q7. What is the first Inftruction from the Trinity?

A. That the Doctrine of the Gofpel concerning Chrift, is fully confirmed and ratified by three Witneffes from Heaven, who are above all Exceptions, 1 Joh. v. 7. For there are Three that bear Record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost.

Q. 8. What is the fecond Inftruction from the Trinity? A. Hence we learn the true Order and Manner of worfhipping God in the Son, Joh. xvi. 23. Whatfoever ye shall

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