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is none other God but one :-to us there is but one God the Father. Isaiah, xlv. 5, 6. I am the Lord, and there is none else; there is no God besides me: I am the Lord, and there is none else.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Deut. vi. 4. Hear, O Israel: the Lord our God is one Lord. Mark, xij. 29. And Jesus answered him, the first of all the commandments is, hear, O Israel; the Lord our God is one Lord. John, xvii. 3. And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. Eph. iv. 6. One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

4. Q. Upon what account do you give to God the title of Father?

A. Upon several accounts, but chiefly on these two: first, with respect to our Lord Jesus Christ, whom, in the next Article, I profess to be his Son: and, secondly, as he may also be accounted our Father. 2 Cor. i. 3. Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. See John, x. 29. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. Land my Father are one.--Our Father which art in heaven. . 5. Q. How do you believe God to be our Father? · A. * By right of creation; so he is the Father of all mankind. 1 Cor. viï. 6. To us there is but one God the Father, of whom are all things. * By right of adoption; so he is the Father of us Christians in particular. Eph. i. 3, 5. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath predestinated us unto the adoption of children, by Jesus Christ to himself. Conipare Eph. iv. 6. One God und father of all, who is ubore all, and through all, und in you, all.

Prosa (B56155D).— Rom. 1111. 15. For ye hare not rerned the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye hore, neceived the spirit of adoption, whertby we cry,

Abbu, Father. Jan.es, i. 18. Of his own will begat be us with the word of truth, thut we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. John, ini. 1. Behold what manner of lore the Father huth bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons of God.

6. . What do you mean by the attribute of Al

1. I mean two things: first, that God has a right of absolute power and dominion over all the world. Dan. iv. :34. This dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation. And, secondly, that he has an infinite power of aclion, so that he can do all things, and with him noThings is impossible. Matt. xix. 26. But Jesus beheld Thom, and said unto them, with men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.

Proolis SUBJOINED).—Psalm xciii. J. The Lord reigneth, he is clothed with majesty; the Lord is clotheel with strength, wherewith he hath girded himsell; the world is established that it cannot be moved. xovii. 1, !). The Lord reigneth ; let the earth rejoice: let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.- For thou, Lord, art higher than all the earth : thou art exalted far above all gods. xcix. 1. The Lord reigneth; let the people tremble: he silteth between the cherubims; let the earth be moved. Gen. xviii. 14. Is any thing loo hard for the Lord! At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Psalm cxxxv. 6. Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven and earth, in the seas, and in all deep places.

7. Q. Can God then do all things?

A. He can do all things that are not either simply impossible to be done, as implying a contradiction : or else contrary to his goodness and perfection to do; as to sin, to be ignorant, and the like.

Proofs SUBJOINED.-Habakkuk, i. 13. Thou art of purer eyes thun to behold evil, and canst not look upon iniquity. Tit. i. 2. In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began.

8. Q. By what act, especially, has God manifested himself to be Almighty ?

A. By making the heaven and the earth.

9. Q. What do you uuderstand by that expression, the heaven and the earth ? '

A. I comprehend under it all things that ever were made, visible and invisible; as being all made and created by God.

PROOFS SUBJOINED.-Gen. i. 1. In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Psalm cxlvi. 5, 6. Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God, which made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: which keepeth truth for ever. Acts, iv. 24. When they heard that they lifted up their voice to God with one accord, and said, Lord God, thou art God, which hast made heaven and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is. xiv. 15. Sirs, why do ye these things ? We also are men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that ye should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven and earth, and the

sea, and all things that are therein. Col. i. 16. By him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and inrisible, whether they be thrones or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all thing's were created by him, and for him.

10. Q. How did God make all these?

A. After two different manners. Some he produced by an immediate creation : tbus were the angels formed, and the spirits of men: and thus was that first malter produced, of which Moses speaks, Gen. i. 1, that in the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. To the other parts of the creation he gave being, by forming them out of an antecedent matter; so he made this visible world, as we read, Gen. i.

11. Q. By whom did God make the world?

A. By his son; sometimes called the Word. John, i. 3. All things were made by him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. And, again, verse 10. The World was made by him. Compare Coloss. i. 16. Heb. i. 2. For by him were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visi ble and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him and for him. HlebGod, who at sundry times, and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.

12. Q. Was this Son the same Jesus who afterwards came into the world to publish the Gospel, and die for us?

A. So the Scriptures expressly tell us. Heb. i.

1, 2. God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, by whom also he made the worlds. And, St. Paul, speaking of him in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins, Col. i. 14, tells us, verse 16, that by him were all things created that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisi-. ble; 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.

13. Q. Is there any thing more comprehended in this Article, with relation to God the Father?

A. This only; that as God at the beginning thus created all things; so having created them, he has ever since continued to support and preserve them. Heb. i. 3. Upholding all things by the word of his power. And that so particularly, that there is not the least thing in the world to which his Providence does not extend itself. Matt. vi. 26, 28, 29, 30. Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns ; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? And why take ye thought for raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith. x. 29, 30. Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing ? and one of them shall not fall to the ground

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