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but his from none. Isa. xl. 14. With whom took he counsel? and who instructed him, and taught him in the Path of Judgment, and taught him Knowledge, and shewed to him the Way of Understanding?
Q^ 4. What is the second Property of God's Wisdom? A, The second Property is, That he is incomprehenfible in his Wisdom, Rom. xi. 33, 34. Oh the Depth of the Riches, hah of the Wisdom and Knowledge of God, be.
Q^ 5. What is the third Property of the Wisdom of God? A. The third Property is, That God is persectly wise, which no Creatures, no not the very Angels in Heaven are, |eb iv. 18. And his Angels he chargeth with Folly.
Q^ 6. What is the most glorious and eminent Discovery of the Wisdom of God?
A. The most glorious Display osthe Wisdom of God was in the Work of our Redemption by Jesus Christ, Col. ii. 3. In whom are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom and Knowledge, 1 Cor. i. 24. Christ the Wisdom of God. Q^ 7. What is the first Instruction from God's Wisdom? A. The first Instruction is, That God is a fit Object of our Trust, Dependence, and Resignation, Isa. xxx. 18. And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may he gracious unto you; end therefore will he he exhalted, that he may have Mercy upon you; for the Lord is a God of Judgment; blessed are all they that wait for him.
Q^ 8. What is the second Instruction from hence? A. The second Instruction is, That it is a dangerous Arrogancy in the Creature, either to prescribe unto God, and direct his Maker, Job xxi. 22. Shall any teach God Knowledge, seeing he judgeth these that are high? Or to quarrel with his Providences, as not so sit and convenient as. they mould be, Job xl. 2.. Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? He that reproveth God, let him answer it. Q, 9. What is the third Instruction from it? A. That the People of God have much Reason to quiet, and encourage themselves, when crafty and subtil Enemies surround them. For the Foolishness of God is wiser than Man, 1 Cor. i. 25.
CL 10. What is the fourth Instruction siom God's Wisdom?
A. The fourth Instruction is, That the true Way to Wisdom, is to be sensible of our own Folly, i Cor. iii. 18. If any Man among you seemeth to be wise in this World, let hini become a Fool, that he may be wise. And to apply ourselves by Prayer to God the Fountain of it, Jam. i. 5. If any Man lack Wisdom, let him ajk it of God.
Q^ 11. What is the last Instruction from God's Wisdom?
A. That the Study of Christ, and of the Scriptures, is to be preserred to all other Studies in the World, Col. ii. 3. In whom are hid all the Treasures of Wisdom, and Knowledge. And the Scriptures contain all that Wisdom which is ror our Salvation, 1 Cor. ii. 7. But we speak the Wisdom of God in a Mystery, wen the hidden Wisdom which God ordained before the World, unto our Glory.
Of God's Power.
Quest. 1. \\7 HAT is the Power of God?
W A. An essential Property of his Nature, .whereby he can do all Things that he pleases to haVe dons, Jer. xxxii. 17. Ah Lord God, behold thon hast made the Hea•vent, and the Earth by thy great Power, andfiretched-out arm, and there is nothing tot hard for thee
Q^ 2. What Evidences have we before our Eyes of the Almighty Power of God?
A. It appears in the Creation of the World, Rom. i. 20. For the invifible Things of him from the Creation of the World are clearly sten, being understood by the Things that are mads, even his eternal Power and Godhead. And its Sustentation, Heb. i. 3. Who upholdeth allThings by the Word of his Power.
Q;, 3. Did God's Power ever act iti utmost?
A. No, he can do more than ever he did, or ever will do. Mat. iii. 9. God is able of these Stones to raise up Children unto Abraham, Mat. xxvi. 53.
0^4. Are there not some Things which God cannot do >
A. Yes, there are, but they are such Things as are inconsistent with his Truth and Holiness, Tit. i. 2.—which God that cannot lie, 2 Tim. ii. 13. He cannot dent himself.
Q. 5. What is the first Thing inserred from God's Power?
A. That all the Creatures necessarily depe.id on him for
what Ability they ha\e, and without the Permission of the
supreme Power they can do us no Hurt, Joh xix. 11. Thou
culdest have no Power again/} me except it were given thee
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Q^ 6. What is the second Inserence from hence.'
A. That the Dissiculties which lye in the Way of the Promises, need be no stumbling.blocks to our Faith, Rom. iv. 2C, 21. He /daggerednot at the Promises through Unbelief, bring fully persuaded, that what be bad promised, be tuas able also to perform.
Q^ y. What is the third Inserence from this Attribute?
A. The Saints need not be scared at the Greatness of their Sufferings : their God can carry them through, Dan. iii. 17. Our Gcd'who.il we serve, is able to deliver us from the burning jiery Furnace.
0^8. What is the fourth Inserence?
A. That the Salvation of God's People is certain, whatever their Dangers be; being kept by this mighty Power,. 1 Pet. i. 5. Who are kept bj the Power os God through Faith to Salvation. .. - 1 ."
(^9. What is the last Inserence hence l
A. That the State of the damned is unconceivably miserable. Their Punishment proceeding from the Glory of the Almighty, 2 Thes. i. 9. lVho shall be punished witheverlasting Dejtruction, from the Presence of the Lord, and the Glory os his Power. . , '] •••.."..•..
Of God's Holiness.
Quest. 1. TT O W manifold is the Holiness of God?
X~l A. The Holiness of God is twofold; Communicable or incommunicable; of his communicable Holiness the Apostle speaks, Heb. xii. 10. But he for our Profit, that we might be Partakers of his Holiness. Of his incommunicable Holiness that Scripture speaks, 1 Sam- ii. 2. Mere is none holy as the Lord.'
Q^ 2. What is the essential and incommunicable Holiness
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A. It is the infinite Purity of his Nature, whereby he delights in his own Holiness, and the Resemblance of it in his Creatures, and hates all Impurity, Hab. i. 13. Thorn art of purer Eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on Iniquity.
Q^ 3. What is the first Property of God's Holiness?
A. He is essentially holy. Holiness is not a separable Quality in God, as it is in Angels and Men: but his Being and his Holiness are one Thing.
Q;_4. What is the second Property of God's Holiness;
A. God is essentially holy, the Author and Foantain of all communicated Holiness, Lev.xx. 8. I am the Lordwhich sancltfieth you.
Q^ 5. What is the third Property?
A. That the Holiness of God is the persect Rule and Pattern of Holiness to all Creatures, 1 Pet. i. 16. Be ye holy, for I am holy.
0^6. What is the first Instruction?
A. That the holiest of Men have cause to be ashamed and humbled when they come before God, Isa. vi. 3, 5. And one cried unto another, faying. Holy, holy, holy, it the Lord of Most, the who1e Earth is full of his Glory. Then said I, Woe is me, for I am undone, because 1 am a Man of unclean Lips, &C.
Q^ 7. What is the second Instruction from God's Holiness i
A. That there is no coming near to God without a Mediator; for our God is a consuming Fire.
Q^ 8. What is the third Instruction from God's Holiness?
A. That Holiness is indispensibly necessary, to all those which shall dwell with him in Heaven, Heb. xii. 14. And Holiness, without which no Manshallsee the Lord.
Q;_ 9. What is the fourth Instruction from hence?
A. That . the Gospel is of inestimable Value, as it is the Instrument of conveying die Holiness of God to us, 2 Cor. iii. 18. But we all. -.with open Face beholding its in a Glass the Glory of the Lord, are changed into the fame Image, from Glory to Glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord, Joh. xvii. 17. Sanctify them through thy Truth, thy Word is Truth. . Qi 10. What is the last Instruction from-God's Holiness?
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A. That all the Despisers and Scoffers of Holiness, are Despisers of God: For Holiness is the very Nature of God; and in the Creature it is his represented Image.
Of God's Justice.
Quest, 1. XT7 H A T is the JusticeofGod?
VV A. The Juiiice of God is the persect Rectitude and Equity of his Nature, whereby he is just in himself, and in all his Ways towards the Creatures, Deut. xxxii. 4. He is the Rack, his Work is perfeff ; for all his Ways are "Judgment; a God of Truth, a.id -ivithout Iniquity, just and right is he.
Q^ 2. What is the first Property of God's Justice?
A. That it infinitely excels all human Justice in the Persection of it. No Creature can compare in Justice with God. Job ix. 2. Howlhall Man be just with God.
Q^ 3. What is the second Property of God's Justice?
A. That he is universally righteous in all his Administrations in the World, Psal. cxlv, 17. The Loidis righteous in all his Ways, and holy in all his Works.
Q^ 4. What was the greatest Demonstration of the Justice of God that ever was given to the World?
A. The greatest Evidence that ever was given of the Justice of God, was in his exact ng sull Satissaction for our Sins upon Chrilt, Rom. iii. 25, 26. Whom God hath set forth, to be a Propitiation through Faith in his Blood, to dedare his Right'c.o u/nssfor the Remistim of Sins that are fast, through the Forbearance of God. To declare, I say, at this Time, his Righteousness, that he might be just, and the Justifier of him which belicwtk in Jcsus, Rom. viii. 32. He spared not his o.ivn Hon, but delivered him up for us all.
Q^ 5. What is the second Discovery of God's Justice? 'A. The second Discovery of the Justice of God is in the eternal Punishment of Sin in Hell, upon all that do not repent, and come to Christ by Faith in this World, Rom. ii. 5. But after thy hardness and impenitent Heart, trealurtth .up unto thy sels Wrath against the Day of Wrath,. and Rivelation of the righteous Judgment of God.