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Son, in whom I am well pleased. Secondly, from the Inftitution of our own Baptifm, 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. Thirdly, from the apoftolical Benediction, 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The Grace of our Lord Jefus Chrift, the Love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghoft, be with you all. Amen.

Q. Are these three Perfons then three Gods?

A. No. It is a Unity of Effence, and a Trinity of Perfons, ift Ep. John v. 7. For there are three that bear Record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one.

Q. How do you prove that all this will answer the Intention of the Catechift?

A. Because there is no Confolation for an afflicted Soul, without a right Knowledge of this Doctrine, and a true Belief of this Mystery, trufting unto the Father as his Father, unto the Son as his Redeemer, and unto the Holy Ghoft as his Sanctifier and Comforter.

Q. How do you prove that this is pure Doctrine?

A. Because it is according to Mofes, the Prophets, and Apostles, and to the Opinion of orthodox Chriftians, by whom this Doctrine is always learned and confeffed, and which many of them have fealed with their Blood.

Q. What is the first Instruction arising from thence? A. That we endeavour to come at the Knowledge of this pure and excellent Being, not only by a fu perficial View of the Works of his Creation, from whence may be concluded his eternal Power and Godhead, but from the Holy Scripture, wherein he hath manifested himself in all his Excellencies we should know, especially in the Riches of his Goodness and Power, which he hath fo fully fhewn for the Benefit of poor Sinners in Jefus his only begotten Son, thro' the Holy Ghoft.

Q. What

Q. What is the fecond Instruction?

A. That our fupreme Love is due to God; that we adore him only, with all our Heart, with all our Soul, with all our Might, Deut. vi. 5. That we be fincerely thankful for the Gofpel, which discovers the only true God to us; and that we are not as the Heathens, who worship many and falfe Gods, or the true God in false Ways.

Q. What is the third Inftruction?

A. Hence alfo we learn the true Order and Manner of worshipping God in the Son, John xvi. 23, and by the Spirit, Eph. vi. 18.

Q. And what is the fourth. Inftruction from the Trinity?

A. That we always diftinctly glorify the three. Perfons in the Godhead, and live more and more agreeable to their Virtues, and to the happy Relations we ftand in respectively to them, which will tend to our own Perfection, fo it will be a fpecial Part of our Bleffedness in Heaven, to contemplate and enjoy the diftinct Benefits received from them all, Rev. i. 5.

Of GOD the FATHER.
The 26th Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM..

Q. WHAT do you mean by thofe Words, I believe
in God the Father, Almighty Maker of Heaven

and Earth?

"A. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus. "Chrift, who created the Heavens and Earth, and "all that in them is of nothing; and who likewise "maintains and governs it by his eternal Council and "Providence, is alfo my Father, and my God, through "the Love of Jefus Chrift; in whom also I have fuch cc a Confidence, that I doubt not he will provide me. "with all Things neceffary, both for Soul and Body;

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" and that he will turn to my Benefit all the Mis"fortunes, which, by his Permiffion may befall 66 me in this Valley of Tears; for he is able to do "it, as a God of all Power, and will do it, as a "faithful Father."

A. What doth the Catechift here mean by the eternal Council of God?

A. He means the eternal Purpose of God, accor→ ding to the Council of his Will, whereby, for his own Glory, he hath ordained whatfoever comes to pass, Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an Inheritance, being predeftinated according to the Purpofe of him who worketh all Things after the Council of his own Will. And the End of that was the Glory of his own Name, that we should be to the Praife of his Glory, who first trusted in Chrift, Eph. i. 11.

Q. How doth God execute his Decree?

A. God executeth his Decree in the Works of Creation and Providence.

Q. What is meant by Creation?

A. To create, is to give a Being to that which had no Being; or to bring Something out of Nothing, Heb. xi. 3. Through Faith we understand that the Worlds were framed by the Word of God; fo that Things which are feen, were not made of Things that da appear.

Q. Who is the Creator?

A. God. Ifa. xlii. 5. Job ix. 8. Acts iv. 28. Q. When you speak of Gad, do you understand only the Father?

A. No. But as well the Son and the Holy Ghost, who cannot be excluded, John i. 3. Col. i. 16. And of the Holy Ghost, Gen. i. 2. Pf. xxxiii. 6.

Q. Why do you call then in particular the Father? A. That is only according to the divine Oeconomy, wherein the Father is the first Perfon.

Q. What are the Works of Creation?

A. The whole Univerfe, Heaven and Earth, Gen.

i. 1. Vifible and invifible Things, Col. i. 16.

Q: How

Q. How did God create the World?

A. By his infinite Power; executed by his Word of Command, P. xxxiii. 6. 9. By the Word of the Lord were the Heavens made, and all the Hoft of them by the Breath of his Mouth; for he fpake, and it was done; he commanded, and it flood fast.

Q. Is not the World from Eternity, as to its Matter or Form.

A. No. There is nothing Eternal but God, Pf. xc. 2. Prov. xxii. And the World has a Beginning, John i. 3. Heb. i. 2. And as Reafon teaches us. Q. When did God create the World?

A. Mofes faith, In the Beginning, Gen. i. 1. In the Space of Six Days.

Q. What are the Attributes of God, which shins forth in the Creation?

A. The Wisdom of God fhines forth gloriously not only in their Formation, but Dependance one upon another, Pf. civ. 24. O Lord, how manifold are all thy Works! In Wisdom haft thou made them all; the Earth is full of thy Riches.

Q. What ought a Chriftian's Faith to be of this Doctrine?

A. He ought to acknowledge the Truth of this Creation, because Religion and Scripture dictate it. 2d, He ought to acknowledge it neceffary to be believed, because he fees herein the Omnipotency of God, the Dependency and Obligation of the Creature.. Q. What farther Ufe does he make thereof.?

A. He lays it as a Foundation of his Truft, upon which, he buildeth his Salvation, with a true Confidence on the eternal Father of our Lord Jefus Chrift, by whofe Satisfaction, he is the Father of all true Believers, John xx. 17. Who will fuftain them by his Providence, according to the Council of his Will; who will freely give unto them all Things, Rom. viii. 32. And all Things fhall work together for Good to them that love God, Rom. viii. 28.

Q. What

Q: What do you then conclude from this?

A. That this Doctrine is a neceffary Object of our Faith and Confidence, tending to our Confolation; and that the Catechift hath here laid down the fame, conformable to the holy Scriptures, whereby we may fee the Purity of it, and gives unto the forrowful Sinner the right Means to find his ftedfaft Confolation through the Love of Jesus Christ, and Faith in him?

Q. What is the final Inftruction from hence?

A. That we ought to know God as our Creator. 2dly, That he is only the proper Object of Worship. 3dly, That we invoke him with the deepest Supplication, to make us in Chrift new Creatures, fo that he as our Creator may for ever be our Father, that fo we may be perfectly faved.

The 27th Question of the HEIDELBERG CATECHISM.

Q. WHAT do you mean by the Providence of God?

"A. That infinite and omniprefent Virtue "of God, by which he maintains and conducts, as it "were by the Hand the Heaven and Earth, and in "general all Creatures, fo that the Herbs and Plants, "Rain and Drought, Fruitfulness and Barrenness, "Meat and Drink, Health and Sickness, Riches and "Poverty, and in a Word, whatsoever happens in the "World comes not by Chance, but is difpenfed to us by his fatherly Hand.

Q. How doth it appear that there is a divine Providence?

A. It appears by plain Scripture Teftimonies, Heb. i. 3. Upholding all Things by the Word of his Power, Col.i. 17. By him all Things confift, Luke xii. 6, 7. Are not five Sparrows fold for two Farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God, but even the very Hairs f your Head are all numbered.

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