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ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES AT WESTMINSTER,
WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF
Commissioners from the Church of Scotland,
AND RECEIVED BY THE SEVERAL
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES IN AMERICA;
THE PROOFS FROM THE SCRIPTURE,
ALEXANDER M'LEOD, D. D.
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THAT is the chief and highest end of man?
Ans. Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God (a), and fully to enjoy him forever (b).
Q. 2. How dolh it appear that there is a God?
A. 2. The very light of nature in man, and the works of God, declare plainly that there is a God (c); but his word and Spirit only do, sufficiently and effectually, reveal him unto men for their salvation (d).
(a) Rom. 11. 36. For of him, and through him, and to him are all things; to whom be glory for ever, Amen. 1 Cor. 10. 31. Whether therefore ye eat or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.
(b) Psal. 73. 24, 25. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel,. and afterwards receive me to glory.-Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee. John 17. 24. Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory which thou hast given me.
(c) Rom. 1. 19, 20. Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. Psalm 19. 1, 2, 3. The heavens
declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handy work. Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
(d) 1 Cor. 2. 9, 10. But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea the deep things of God. 2 Tim. 3, 15, 16, 17. And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.