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OF GOD, AND OF THE HOLY TRINITY.

There is but one only," living and true God,b who is infinite in being and perfection ;c a most pure spirit,d invisible,6 without body, parts/ or passions ;S immutable,h im

I. a Deut. vi. 4. Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. 1 Cor. viii. 4, 6. As concerning, therefore, the eating of those things that are offered in sacrifice unto idols, we know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is none other God but one. But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

4 1 Thess. i. 9. For they themselves shew of us, what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to Gcd from idols, to serve the living and true God. Jer. x. 10. But the Lord is the true God, he is the living God, and an everlasting King.

c Job xi. 7, 8, 9. Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Ahnighty unto perfection .' It is as high as heaven, what canst thou do? deeper than hell, what canst thou Know? The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea. . Job xxvi. 14. Lo, these are parts of his ways, but how little a portion Is heard of him ?. but the thunder of his power who can understand?

,/ John iv. 24. God is a Spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth.

e 1 Tim. i. 17. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honour and glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

f Deut. iv. 15,16. Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves, (for ye saw no manner of similitude on the day that the Lord spake unto you in Horeb, out of the midst of the fire.) Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female. John iv. 24. God is a Spirit, and they that worship him, must worship him in spirit and in truth. With Luke xxiv. 3!i. Behold my hands and my feet, that it is I myself: handle me, and see, for a spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye see me have.

g Acts xiv. 11,15. And when the people saw what Paul had done, they lift up their voices, saying in the speech of Lyeaonia. The gods are come down to us in the likeness of men. And saying, Sirs, why do you these things? We also are men of like passions with you, and

{,reach unto you, that ye* should turn from these vanities unto the iving God, whichtnade heaven and earth, and the sea, and all things that are therein.

h James i. 17. Every good gift, and every perfect gift, is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Mai. iii. 6. For I am th» Lord, I change not: therefore ye sons of Jacob are not consumed

mense,' eternal,1' incomprehensible,1 Ahnighty j" most wise," most holy,0 most free,P most absolute,? working all things according to the counsel of his own immutable and most righteous will,'" for his own glory ;s most loving,1 gracious, merciful, long-suffering, abundant in goodness and truth, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin ;v the re

i 1 Kings viii. 27. But will God indeed dwell on the earth? behold, the heaven, and heaven of heavens cannot contain thee, how much less this house that I have builded ? Jer. xxiii. 23, 24. Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar off? Can any hide himself in secret places, that I shall not see him? saith the Lord: do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.

k Psal. xc. 2. Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and tht world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. 1 Tim. i. 17. Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be hemour and glory, for ever and ever. Amen.

I Psal. cxlv. 3. Great is the Lord, and greatly to u praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

m Gen. xvii. 1. And when Abraham was ninety years old and nine, the Lord appeared to Abraham, and said unto him, I am the Ahnighty God: walk before me, and be thou perfect. Rev. iv. 8. And the four beasts had each of th«m six wings about him, and they were full of eyes -within, and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and io to come.

n Rom. xvi. 27. To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ, for ever. Amen.

o Isa. vi. 3. And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy it the Lord of hosts, the whole earth is full of his glory. Rev. iv. 8. (See letter m immediately foregoing.)

p Psal. cxv. 3. But our God is in the heavens: he hath done whatsoever he pleaseth.

q Exod. iii. 14. And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: And he said, Thus shalt thou say unto tb.3 children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

r Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him, who worketh alt things after the counsel of his own will.

s frov. xvi. 4. The Lord hath made all things for himself: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil- Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and through him, and to him are all things; to whom be glory for ever. Amen.

t 1 John iv. 8,16. He that loveth not, knovveth not God, for God is love. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in God, and God in him.

v Exod. xxxiv. 6, 7. And the Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed, The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truth. Keeping mercy for thousands, fofgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty ; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

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warder of them that diligently seek him ;w and withal most just and terrible in his judgments,1 hating all sin.y and who will by no means clear the guilty.2

II. God hath all Iife,a glory,b goodness,0 blessedness,*1 in and of himself; and is alone in and unto himself all sufficient, not standing in need of any creatures which he hath made,e nor deriving any glory from them/ but only manifesting his own glory, in, by, unto, and upon them: be is the alone fountain of all being, of whom, through whom,

10 Heb. xi. 6. But without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

x Neh. ix. 32,33. Now therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the terrible God, who kcepest covenant and mercy; let not all the trouble seem little before thee, that hath come upon us, on our Kings, on our princes, and on our priests, and on our prophets, and on our fathers, and on all thy people, since the time of the kings of Assyria, unto this day. Howbeit, thou art just in all that is brought upon us; for thou hast done right, but we have done wickedly.

y Psal. v. 5, 6. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the Lord will abhor the bloody and deceitful man. -> —a Nahum i. 2, 3. God is jealous, and the Lord revengoth; the Lord rovengeth and is furious: the Lord will take vengeance on his adversaries, and he reserveth wrath for his enemies. The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind, and in the storm, and the clouds arc the dust of his feet. Exod. xxxiv. 7. Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity, and transgression, and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty; visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the fourth generation.

II. a John v. 26. For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself.

4 Acts vii. 2. And he said, Men, brethren, and .fathers, hearken; The God of glory appeared unto our father Abraham, when he was in Mesopotamia, before he dwelt in Charran.

c Psal. cxix. 68. Thou art good, and dost good: teach me thy statutes.

d 1 Tim. vi. 15. Which in his times he shall show, who is the blessed and only. Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords. Rom. ix. 5. Whose are the fathers, and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

e Acts xvii. 24,25. God that made the world, and all things there^ in, 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.

/ Job xxii. 2, 3. Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? Is it any pleasure to the Almighty that thou art righteous? or is it gain to him, that thou makest thy ways perfect?

and to whom are all things ;S and hath most sovereign dominion over them, to do by them, for them, or upon them, whatsoever himself pleaseth.1' In his sight all things are open and manifest;' his knowledge is infinite, infallible, and independent upon the creature,k so as nothing is to him contingent or uncertain.1 He is most holy in all his counsels, in all his works, and in all his commands."1 To him is due from angels and men, and every other creature, whatsoever worship, service, or obedience he is pleased to require of them."

HI. in the unity of the Godhead there be three persons, of one substance, power and eternity; God the Father,

g Rom. xi. 36. For of him, and through him, and to him are ail things: to whom be'glory for ever. Amen.

h Rev. iv. 11. Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory, and honour, and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are, and were created. 1 Tim. vi. 157 (See letter d immediately foregoing.) Dan. iv. 25, 35. That they shall drive thee from men, and thy dwelling shall be with the beasts of the field, and they shall make thee to eat grass as oxen, and they shall wet thee with the dew of heaven, and seven times shall pass over thee, till thou know that the Most Hight ruleth in the kingdom of men, and giveth it to whomsoever he will. And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?

i Heb. iv. 13. Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and open unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.

k Rom. xi. 33, 34. O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! For who hath known the mind of the Lord, or who hath been his counsellor ? Psal. exlvii. 5. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.

I Acts xv. 16. Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. Ezek. xi. 5. And the Spirit of the Lord fell upon me, and said unto me, speak, Thus saith the Lord, thus have ye said, O house of Israel: for I know the things that come into your mind, every one of th^m.

m Psal. cxlv. 17. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. Rom. vii. 12. .Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good.

n Rev. v. 12, 13, 14. Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing: And every creature' which is in heaven, and on the earth; and under the earth, and such' as are in the sea, and all that are in them, heard I, saying, Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. And the four beasts said, Amen. And the four and twenty elders fell down" and worshipped him that liveth for ever and ever.

God th| Son, and God the Holy Ghost." The Father is of none, neither begotten nor proceeding: The Son is eternally begotten of the Father :P the Holy Ghost eternally proceeding from the Father and the Son.4

Chapter lit.

OF GOD's ETERNAL DECREE.

God from all eternity did, by the most wise and holy counsel of his own will, freely and unchangeably ordain whatsoever come to pass :r yet so, as thereby neither isGod the author of sin,8 nor is violence offered to the will of

III. o 1 John v. 7. For there are three that bear record ia heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. Mat. iii. 16,17. And Jesus, when he was baptised, went up straightway out of the water: and kl, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him. And lo, a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. xiii. 14. The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.

p John i. 14,18. And the Word was made flesh, and dwel* among us, (and we behold his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) rail of grace and truth. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

q John xv. 26. But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send unto you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. Gal. iv. 6. And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, father.

I. r Eph. i. 11. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. Rom. xi. 33. O the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out I Heb. vi. 17. Wherein God willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by anoath. Rom. ix. 15,18. For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.' Therefore hath he mercy on whom he will have mercy, and whom he will, he hardeneth.

s James i. 13,17/ Let no man say when lie is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man. Every good gift, and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom

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