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A PLAIN CATECHISM,
FOR THE INSTRUCTION OF YOUNG PERSONS
BY THE REV. C. DODGSON, M, A.
THE TEXTS, &c.
QUESTION (Acts viii. 14–17.) Now, when the Apostles 2. which were at Jerusalem heard that Samaria had re
ceived the word of God, they sent unto them Peter and John: Who, when they were come down, prayed for them, that they might receive the Holy Ghost. (For as yet he was fallen upon none of them: only they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.) Then laid they
their bands on them, and they received the Holy Ghost. QUEST. (John xv. 5.) Without me ye can do nothing. 8. (2 Cor. iii. 5.) Not that we are sufficient of ourselves
to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God;
(Phil. iv. 13.) I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me. Quest. (Luke xi. 13.) If ye then, being evil, know how 9. to give good gifts unto your children: how much more
shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
(Heb. iv. 16.) Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of Grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find
grace to help in time of need. Quest. (Psalm xc. 2.) Before the mountains were brought 10. forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world,
even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.
(Psalm ciii. 8.-13.) The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide; neither will he keep his anger for ever.
He hath not dealt with us after our sins, nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions
Like as a father pitieth bis children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
(Psalm cxxxix. 1.–4.) O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine up-rising; thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path, and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O Lord, thou knowest it altogether.
(Psalm cxlv. 8, 9.) The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all; and his tender mercies are over all his works.
(John iii. 16.) For God so loved the world, that he gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not
perish, but have everlasting life. (John xiv. 16.) And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you
for ever. (Acts xvii. 24, 25.) God, that made the world, and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; Neither is worshipped with men's hands, as though he needed any thing, seeing he giveth to all life, and breath, and all things.
(1 Thes. iv. 8.) He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his Holy Spirit.
(Heb. iv. 13.) Neither is their any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.
(1 Pet. v. 7.) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
(1 John iv. 9, 10, 14.) In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through bim, Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
And we have seen, and do testify, that the Father
sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. QUEST. (John xx. 31.) But these are written, that ye might 11. believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
(1 Joho iv. 15.) Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God,
QUEST. (2 Cor. i. 3.) Blessed be God, even the Father of
12. our Lord Jesus Christ, Quest. (Matt. i. 21.) And she shall bring forth a Son, and 13. thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
(John i. 29.) Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
(1 Tim. i. 15.) This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world
to save sinners, of whom I am the chief. Quest. (Luke ii. 1-14.) And it came to pass in those 14. days, that there went out a decree from Cesar Augustus,
that all the world should be taxed. (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was gorernor of Syria.) And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem ; (because he was of the house and lineage of David :) To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered. And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger: because there was no room for them in the Inn. And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David à Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
(Gal. iv. 4.) But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman.
(Phil. ii. 5—7.) Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus : Who, being in the form of God,