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Q^ 6. What is the Third Evidence of God's Justice? A. The Third Evidence of the Justice of God is, in making good all the Mercies ho hath promised to Believers, exactly to a Tittle, l Joh. i. 19. If we confess our Sins, he ii faithful and just to forgive us cur Sins, and to cleanse us from all Unrighteousness, z Tim. iv. 8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a Crown of Righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me at that Day.
Qi ?• What is the First Inserence from God's Justice? A. That Sinners have no Cause to complain of God's Judgments, th/ugn they be never so terrible, or durable, Rom. ii. 5. Bat after thy Hardness, and impenitent Heart, treasures! up unto thyself Wrath against the Day of Wrath, and Revelation of the righteous Judgment of God.
Q^ 8. What is the Seconu Inserence from God's Justice? A. That without Doubt there is a Judgment to come in the next Lise, otherwise God would not have the Glory of his Justice? Eccles. iii. 16, 17. I saw under the Sun the Plici of Judgment, that Wickedness was there; and the Place of Righteousness, that Imquity was there: Ifaid in mine Heart, God shall judge the righteous, and the wicked.
Ql_ 9. What is the Third Inserence from God's Justice? A. That penitent and believing Sinners need not Doubt of the Forgiveness of their Sins, 1 John i. 9. Ifwe confess our Sins, he is faithful andjufi to forgive us our Sins, and to cleanse us from all Unrighteoujhess
Q^ 10. What is the last Inserence from it? A. The Last Inserence is, that Meeknefe and Patience under Afflictions, is our unquestionable Duty ; and Murmuring against God, is a great Sin and Evil, Lam. iii. \cf. Wherefore doth a living Man complain, a Man for the Pumshment of his Sins?
Of God's Goodness.
Quest. 1. T T J HATis the Goodness of God?
VV A. It is an essential Property 'of his Nature, whereby he is absolutely and persectly good in himself, and the Fountain of all communicated Goodness f. tSe
Creature, Creature, Psalm cxix. 68. Thou art good, and dost good, teach me thy Statutes.
QT 2. How doth the Goodness of God differ from the Mercy of God? . ;:i i
A. It differs in its Objects; for Misery is the Object of Mercy; but Goodness extends to the Creatures that are happy, as well as miserable; as the Angels, Pfel. cxlv. 9. The Lord is good to all, and his tender Mercies are over all his Works.
Q^ 3. What is the First Property of God's Goodness? . A. That all his other Attributes flow out of it as their Fountain: The other Acts of God are but the Effluxes of his Goodness, Exod. xxxiii. 19. And he said, I 'will make alt my Goodness pass before thee, and I will proclaim the Nams of the Lord before thee, and I will be gracious to whom I 'will be gracious, and 'will shew Mercy unto whom I 'willshew Mercy, Exod. xxxiv. 6. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed the Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in Goodness and Truth.
Q^ 4. What is the Second Property of the divine Goodness?
A. That it is supream, and persect in itself, so as the Goodness ofno Creature is, or can be, Luke xviii. 19. None is good save one, and that is God: And confequently above ail additions from the Creature, Psalm xvi. 2. 0 my Soul, thou, hast said unto the Lord • my Goodness exiendith not unit
QL 5. What is the Third Property of God's Goodness?
A. That it is communicative with Pleasure and Delight to the Creature: No Mother draws out her Breast to an. hungry Child with more Pleasure than God doth his Goodness to the Saints, Psalm cxlv. 9. The Lord is good to all, and his tender Mercies are over all his Works.
Q. 6. In what Acts hath God first manisested his Goodnesis
A. He hath manisested it in the Creation apd Government of the World, Psalm civ. 24. O Lord, hew manifold are thy Works? in Wisdom has; thou made them all.
Q^ 7. What was the principal Work in which God hath manifested his Goodness to Men?
A. The principal Manifestation of God's Goodness, was in the Work of Redemption by Christ, Rom. v. 8. God commended bis Love towards us, '" that while we wereytt Sinners, Christ died for us, 1 John iv. 8,9. In this .ivas manifested the Love os God towards us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the World, that we might live through him.
Qi 8. But are not the Judgments of God on the wicked, and his Afflictions on the Saints, Impeachments of his goodness?
A. No; it is the Property of goodness to hate and punish Evil in the Impenitent, Exod. xxxiv. y. Keeping Mercy for Thousands forgiving Iniquity, and Transgrestion, and Sin, and that ivill by no Means clear the Guilty, &c. And the Afflictions of the Saints flow from his goodness, and end in their true and eternal good. Heb. xii. 6. For whom the Lord loveth, he chasteneth, and scourges h every Son whom hereceiveth, Psalm cxix. J 1. It is good for me that I have been asstisted, that I might learn thy Statutes.
Qi 9. What may we inser from the goodness of God?
A. The first Thing is, that Sin hath made our Natures base, and difingenuous, in that we take no Notice of his goodness, Isa. i. 3. The Ox knoweth 4.l owner, and the Ass bis Master's Crib; but Israel doth not know, my People doth net confider; and anfwer not the Design of it, Rom. ii. 4. Not knowing that the Goodness ofGodleadeth thee to Repentance. . Qi-io. What is the second Inserence from the goodness of God?
A. That therefore God is the fittest Object of our Delight, and Love, and of our Trust and Confidence. (1) Of our Delight and Love, Psalm cxvi. 1. I love the Lord, because he hath heard my Voice, and my Supplication, (2) Of .our Trust and Confidence, Psalm xxxiv. 8. O taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the Man that trust'eth in him.:
Q;j.l1. What is the Third Inserence from God's goodness?
A. That Christians should imitate God in his goodness, in Charity to their Enemies, Matt. v. 44, 45. But I fay un;o you, Love your Enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, pray for them which despitefully use you, and
persecute you, that ye may be the Children ofyaur Father which is in Heaven.
Q^ i2. What is the Last Inserence from God's goodness?
A. That Christians have great Encouragement to go to God for Pardon in Case of Sin, Psalm cxxx. 4. But there is Forgiveness with thee, that thou niayst be feared; and for Resuge in Dangers, Nahum i. 7. The Lord is good, a strong Hold in the Day of Trouble; he inoweth them that trust in him.
Of GetTs Truth.
Q^est. 1. XX 7" H A T is the Truth of God?
VV A. It is an essential Property of his Nature, whereby he is persectly saithsul in himself, and in all that he hath spoken, Deut. xxxii. 4. He is the Rock, his Work is perseil, for all his Ways are judgment; a God of Truth, and without Iniquity, just and right is he, Pfal. cxix. 142. Thy Righteousness is an everlasting Righteousness, and thy Law is the Truth.
Q^ 2. What is the first Property of Divine Truth?
A. The first Property of it is, That it is essential and necessary to God; He cannot lie, Tit. i. 2.
Q^ 3. What is the Second Property of it?
A. the Second Property is, that it is everlasting, and abiding to all Generations, Psalm c. ;. For the Lord is good, his Mercy is everlasting, and his Truth enduretb to all Generations. Isa. xxv. 1. O Lord, then art my God, I -mill exalt thte~ thy Counsels of old are Faithfulness and Truth.
Cl^ 4. What is the Third Property of Divine Truth?
A. The third Property is, that he is universally true in
.all his Words and Works. 1. In all his Words, John xvii.
17. Thy Word is Truth. 2. In all his Works, Psalm xxv.
1 o. All the Paths of the Lord are Mercy and Truth, unto such
as keep his Covenant.
Q. 5. What is the first Lesson from God's Truth to be learnt?
A. That Truth and Sincerity of Heart is that which is most suitable, and pleafing to God, Psalm li. 6. Behold, thou deferest Truth in the inward Parts.
Q. 6. What is the second Lesson from God's Truth? • A. That
A. That whatever God hath foretold, fhall assuredly come to pass, and be sulfilled in his Time, Josh. xxiii. 14. Not one Thing hath sailed of all the good Things which the Lor a our God spoke concerning you; all are come to pass untoj ou, ana not one Thing hath failed thereof.
Q^ 7. What is the third Lesson from the Truth of God?
A. Th3t a Promise from God is sull Security to the
Faith of his People, and they may look upon it as good
as a Mercy in Hand, Heb. x. 23. For he is faithful that
Q^ 8. What is the fourth Lesson from God's Truth? A. That whatever God hath threatned in his Word against Sinners, fhall surely come upon them, except they repent, Zech. i. 6. But my Word, and my Statutes, which I commanded my Servants, the-Prophets, did they not take hold of your Fathers? and they returned, and said, Like as the Lord of Hosts thought to do unto us, according to our Ways, and accord' ing to our Doings, so hath he dealt with us, E2ek. xii. 27, 28. The Word which I haw spoken, Jhall be done, saith the Lord God.
Q^ 9. What is the Fifth Lesson from God's Truth? A. That Falshood in Words and Actions is contrary to God's Nature, and abhorred by him, John viii. 44. Ye are of your Father the Devil, and the Lust of your Father ye will do; he was a Murtherer from the Beginning, and ahode not in the Truth, because there is no Truth in him; when he speaketh a Lie, he speaketh os his own; for he is a Liar, and the Father of it.
Q^ 10. What is the Last Lesson from God's Truth? A. The Day of Judgment will rightly and justly state every Man's Condition, Rom. ii. 2. But we are sure that the Judgment of God is according to Truth, against them which commit such Things.
Of One God.
Quest. 5. ARE there more Gods than one?
Xjl. A. There is but one only, the living and true God.
Qj, 1. How doth it appear that there is but One God?