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ways are everlasting. The mountains saw thee, and they trembled: the overflowing of the waters passed by: the deep uttered his voice, and lifted up his hands on high. The sun and moon stood still in their habitations: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. Hab. 3. 3–6, 10-12. || Ps. 18. 7-15.
Have uninspired men ever written so sublimely? How mean is earthly majesty compared with divine !
16. What are we taught respecting the invisibility of the Godhead?
No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. And the Father himself which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. John 1. 18. and 5. 37. || Col. 2. 9. Heb. 11. 27. 1 Tim. 6. 16. Deut. 4. 12, 15.
: Will any visible, tangible form of the Deity ever be perceive éd? Can you see the spirit in man? What form-what dimensions has it? Is not its existence known by its operations ? Is not the existence of an unseen God much more manifest?
17. Is there more than one God?
Hear, O. Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord. 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 Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.- But the Lord is the true Gon, he is the living God, and an everlasting King: at his wrath the earth shall tremble, and the nations shall not be able to abide his indignation. Deut. 6. 4. 1 Cor. 8. 5, 6. Jer. 10. 10. || Heb. 3. 4. Eph. 4. 6. 1 Tim. 2.5. Deut. 4. 35. Is. 45. 5-7, 21,
18 Is the doctrine of the Trinity clearly revealed in the Scrip. fures? (c)
For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these THREE are ONE. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen. 1 John 5. 7. Mat. 28. 19. 2 Cor. 13. 14. || Gen. 1. 26. and 11.
(c) See Appendix, Note C.
ny. Num. 6. 23-26. Ps. 110. 1. Is. 48. 16, Zech. 2.8-11. Mat. 3. 16, 17. Luke 4. 18. John 10. 30. and 14. 26. and 15 26. and 16. 13-15.
Shall the doctrine of the adorable TRINITY be discredited because it cannot be comprehended ?
19. What evidence do the Scriptures afford that Christ is the TRUE GOD?
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.--. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.- For every house is builded by some man; but he that built all things is GOD.- And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the TRUE God, and eternal life. John 1. 1–3, 14. Col. 1. 16, 17. Heb. 3. 4. 1 John 5. 20. || Is. 9. 6. and 44. 24. Heb. 1. 8, 10–12. Rom. 9. 5. John 8. 58. Gen. 48. 15, 16. Ex. 3. 2-6. Jud. 2. 1. Rev. 1. 8. 17. and 2. 8. and 22. 13. Is. 43. 10. and 48. 12. Rev. 19. 1113, 16. Dan. 7. 13, 14. John 14. 6–11. 1 Tim. 3. 16.
Is there any danger in adoring, loving, and serving Christ as truly God? Have you done this?
20. Have we evidence from Scripture precepts and examples, that we ought to worship Christ as God
For the Father judgeth no man: but hath committed all judgment to his Son: that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.- Again when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, Let all the angels of God worship him.- With all that in every place, call on the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.- To whom be glory forever and ever. And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus receive my spirit. John 5. 22, 23. Heb. 1. 6. 1 Cor. 1. 2. Gal. 1. 5. Acts 7. 59. || P8. 2. 12. Mat. 2. 2. Phil. 2. 9. Rev. 7. 9, 10. and 5. 11, 12.
Can we possess the moral affections of apostles, martyrs, and glorified spirits, and not render Divine worship to Christ?
21. How does it appeçer that the Holy Ghost is very
God? But Peter said, Ananias, why bath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land? Whilst it remained was it not thine own? and after it was sold was it not in thine own power? Why hast thou conceived this thing in thine heurt? thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God.- For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in bim? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.- For the Holy Ghost shall teach you iu the same hour what ye ought to say. Acts 5. 3, 4. 1 Cor. 2. 11. Like 12. 12. || Gen. 1. 2. 2 Cor. 13. 14. Acts 13. 2. and 15. 23. and 16.6, 7. 1 Cor. 3. 16, 17. Isa. 6. 8-10. Acts 28, 25.-27. and 13. 2, 4. and 15. 28.
Have you felt infiriite obligations to the Holy Ghost? Have you never resisted nor grieved him?
22. What is said of the Holy Spirit's direct agency in the sanctification of sinful hearts ?
God hath sealed us, and given us the covenant of the Spirit in our hearts. For we know not what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit helpeth our infirmities.- Verily, verily, I say unto you, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit he can. not enter into the kingdom of heaven. That which is born of the deshi is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth: 30 is ěvery one that is born of the Spirit. 2 Cor. 1. 22. Rom. 8. 26. John 3. 5, 6, 8. || apd 14. 16, 26. and 16. 7, 13. Acts 4. 8, 31. Rom. 8. 5, 9, 13. 1 Pet. 1. 22.
Have you desired and experiebced the sanctifying agency of the Holy Spirit? What other. blessing is so important as this?
23. Does God execute his own will or purposes in all things? But he is in one mind, and whip can turn him ? and what his soul desireth, even that he doetla.- And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven; and among the inhabitants of the earth; and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, what doest thou !- In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him
who work eth ALL THINGS after the counsel bf his own will. Job 23. 13. Dan. 4. 35. Eph. 1. 11. || Rom. I. 11, 12. Jude 3, 4. 2 Tim. 1. 7, 9. (d) Ps. 135.6. Amos 3. 6. Acts 4. 27, 28. Luke 10. 21.
Is it not immensely desirable that the controlling agency of Infinite Wisdom and Benevolence should extend to all worlds
(d) See Appendix, Note D.
and all creatures? Do you believe and love the doctrine of God's universal efficiency? What is the real cause of opposition to this doctrine ? Eccl. 9. 3.
24. What is a summary of the history of creation ?
Through faith we understand the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not, made of things which do appear.- In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And God created great whales and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind : and God saw that it was good. And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and the cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth spon the earth after their kind? and Gop saw that it was good. And God said, let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon thd earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him ; male and female created he them.- Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright, ljut they have sought out many inventions. Heb. 11. 3. Gen. 1. 1, 21, 24, 26, 27. Eccl. 7. 29.
Heb. 1. 10. Ps. 74. 16. Rev. 16. 4. Jer. 10. 12. Rev. 4. 11. Ps. 33. 6.
What obligations does creating goodness impose on you ? Have you felt and yielded to these obligations?
25. What is the nature of the covenant of works, and with whom was such a covenant made.?
And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat; But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it; for in the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die... Behold, all souls are mine as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.- For as many as ate of the works of the law are under the curse : for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident; for the just shall live by faith. And the law is not of faith: but the man that doeth them shall live in them.- Cursed be he that confirmeth not all the words of this law, to do them ;. and all the people shall say, Amen. Gen. 2. '16, 17. Ez. 18. 4. Gal. 3. 10–12. Deut. 27. 26. 1 and 10. 12, 13. and 28. 2, 6, 15, 19. Jer. 11. 3.
Can any sinner be justified by this covenant of works ? Do you renounce all dependance on it?
26. What is a summary of the history of the fall.
Now the serpent was more subtile than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? And the woman said unto the serpent, we may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die; for God doth know, that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened ; and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. And when the woman saw, that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat ; and gave also unto her husband with her, and he did eat.- Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned. Gen. 3. 1-6 Rom. 5. 12. || Gen. 3. 9–19.
To what evils has the apostacy exposed you? How can these evils be averted or mitigated ?
27. What is the character and state of All mankind by nam ture?
As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that inderstandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitalle; there is none that doeth good, no, not
Their throat is an open sepulchre ; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips : Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood : Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes. Now we know that what things soever the law saith it saith to them who are under the law; that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before Gon. For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God. Rom. 3. 10-19. 23. || and 1. 28.-32. Eph. 2. 1-3. Tit. 3. 3. 1 John 5. 19. Gen. 8. 21. Job 15. 14-16.
Have you felt that naturally this character and state is yours? Has this consideration abased you before God?