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- A. Because no Man can glorify God, that takes him not for his God; and none takes him for his God, that takes him not for his fuprcam Good; and both these being effintially included, in this Notion of the chief End, are therefore juftly put together.' . Q. 10. What is the first Truth inferred from hence?
A. That God hath dignified Man above all other Creatures on Earth, in giving him a Capacity of glorifying God here, and of enjoying him hereafter. · Q. 1. What is the second Truth inferred hence ?
A. That the Soul of Man is not annihilated by Death, but advanced by it, Phil. i: 21 To die is gain, v. 23. Having a Defire to depart, and to be with Christ, which is far ceiter.
Q: 12. What is the third Truth inferred hence ?
A. That it is the Duty and Wisdom of every Chriftian to renounce, deny, and forsake all inferior Interests and Enjoyments when they come in Competition with the Glory of God, and our Enjoymont of him. Luke xiv. 33. So likewife whosoever he be of you, that forsaketh not all that he hari, cannot be my Disciple .'' :: Q. 13. What is the fourth Inference hence ?
A. That we are to abhor and renounce all those Doctrines and Practices that debase the Glory of God, and exalt and magnify the Creature:
Of the Scriptures as our Rule. Quest. 2. W H AT Rule hath God given to direct us,
my how we may glorify and enjoy him? A. The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Teftament, is the only rule to direct us, how we may glorify and enjoy him.'
Q. 1. How can the Scriptures be called the Word of God, seeing the Things contained therein, were spoken and written by Men!
A. They are truly and properly called the Word of God, because they came not by the Will of Man, but holy Men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Ghost, 2 Pet. i. 21. .
Q. 2. What are the principal Arguments to persuade us that the Scriptures are of Divine Authority and Inspiration?
A. Three A. Three Things especially convince us; First the Holiness of the Doctrine therein contained ; Secondly, the awful Efficacy thereof on the Soul. Thirdly, The uncontroulable Miracles by which they are sealed, put it beyond all rational Doubt, that they are the very Word of God.
Q. 3. What is the Holiness of the Scriptures ? and how doth that prove them to be God's Word
A. The Holiness of the Scriptures doth appear in two Things. First, In commanding and encouraging whatlo. ever is pure and holy; Phil. iv. 8. Whatsoever Things are pure. Secondly, In forbidding all Unholiness, under Pain of Damnation, 1 Cor. vi. 9. Know ye not, that the unrighteous all not inherit the Kingdom of God, &c. This thews that they came not from Satan, being cross to his Design; por from Men, it being against his corrupt Nature; and there. fore from God only. i
Q. 4. What is their Authority and efficacy on the Soul ? and how doth that prove them divine?
A. Their Authority and Efficacy on the Soul, confifts in three Things: First, In the Power they have to search and discover the Secrets of Men, Heb. iv. 12. The Word of God is quick and powerful, and parper than any two-edged Sword, piercing even to obe dividing ajunder of Soul and Spirit, of the Joints and Marrow; and is a Discerner of the Thoughts and Intents of the Heart. Secondly, In their converting Efficacy, changing and renewing the Soul, Pfal. xix. 7. The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the Soul. Thirdly, In their 'chearing and restoring Efficacy, when the Soul is cal down under any inward or outward Trouble, Psal. xix. 8. The Statutes of the Lord are right, rejoycing the Heart. No huq mane Power can do such Things as these, John xvii, 17, Sanétify them through thy Truth, thy Word is Truth. . . :
Q. 5. How do Miracles confirm it?
A. Because all proper Miracles are wrought only by the Hand of God, John iii. 2. And no Man can do obese Miracles that thou doeft, except God be with him; and so are lis Seal to whatever he affixes them, and it consists not with his Truth and Holiness to ser it to a Forgery.
e Word : 2.6. What was the End of writing the Word? A. That the Church to the End of the World might have
a sure, known, standing Rule to try and judge all Things by, and not to be left to the Uncertainty of Traditions, John v. 39. Search the Scriptures, for in them ye think ye bave eternal Life, and they are they which testify of me.
Q. 7. Doth not the Authority of the Scriptures depend on the Church, Fathers, and Councils!
A. No, the Scriptures are not built on the Authority of the Church, but the Church on them, Ephef. ii. 19, 20. And are built on the Foundations of the Apoftles and Prophets, . Jefus Christ himself being the chief Corner Stone. And for Councils and Fathers, the Scriptures are not to be tried by them; but they by the Scriptures, Isa, viii. 20. To the Law, and 10 the Testimony ; if they speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no Light in them. '
Q. 8. What may be fairly inferred from this Proposition, That the Scriptures are the Word of God?
A. Three Things may be thence inferred ; First, the Perfection of the Scriptures, which being the only Rule given by God, inuft therefore be perfect ; Secondly, That it is the Right of common People to read them, John v. 39. Search the Scriptures, Acts xvii. ii. These were more noble than those*. of Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all Readiness of Mind, and search the Scriptures daily, whether those Things were so ; Thirdly, That we owe no Obedience to the Injunctions of Men, further than they are sufficiently warranted by the written Word, Mat. xv.9. But in vain do tbey worship me, teaching for Doctrines the Commandments of Men.
Of Faith and Obedience. Queft. 3. W H AT do the Scriptures principally teach?
V A The Scriptures principally teach what Man is to believe concerning God, and what Duty God requires of Man...
Re: 1. Why is Faith conjoined with Obedience, and put before it?
A. Because Faith is the Principle from whence all Obedience flows, and no Man can perform any Duty aright in the Eftate of Unbelief, Heb. xi. 6. But without Faith it is
imposible to please him ; for be that cometh so God, muft belieto that he is.
Q. 2. Can there be no saving Faith where the Scriptures are not known and preached ?
A. No, not ordinarly; for the Apostle faith, Rom. X. 14. How then shall they call on him, in whom they bave pot believed? and hor jhall they believe in him, of whom i hey have not heard? and how all they hear without a Preacher ? and bow pall they preach except they be sent? And v. 17. Se then, Faith cometh by Hearing, and Hearing by the Word of God.
Q. 3. Are not we bound to believe what learned Men teach us, as Points of Faith, though the Things they teach be not contained in the Word of God? .
A. No, if the Things they teach be not contained expresly, or by necessary Consequence in the Word of God, we are not obliged to believe them as Points of Faith, Ifãe viii. 20. To the Law, and to the Testimony, if they Speak not according to this Word, it is because there is no Light in them, Gal. i. 8. Though we, or an Angel from Heaven preach any other Gospel unto you, than that which we have preached unta you, let him be acourfed. And Chrift hath charged us, Mat. xxiii. 10. To call no Man Master, for one is your Master, even Chrift.
2.4. Are there fome Things in Scripture more excellent than others; because it is faid the Scriptures principally teach Matters of Faith and Duty? · A. Every part of Scripture is alike pure, Prov. XXX. 5. Every Word of God is pure, and of equal Authority, but not of equal Weight; as several Pieces of Gold are alike pure, and of the same Stamp, but not of equal Value.
Q. 5. What may be inferred hence for User
A. Firf, Hence it is our Duty to examine what we hear, by the Word ; and not receive any Doctrine, because Men confidenily affirm it, but because the Scriptures require it, A&ts xvii. 11. These were more noble than those of Thesla-, lonica, in that they received the Word with all Readiness of Mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether thile Things were so. Secondly, That Christian Religion is not notional, bút practical; and that impractical Faith laves no Mar, Jam. ii, 20. Faith without Works as dead.
its is dead.