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It is the greatest Comfort in all Condi
tions, Psal. xxvii. 13: 5. A firm Belief of this, will confirm our
Faith in all the Affertions, Threatnings, and Promises of God; and so is the only Way to get to Heaven.
* He that cometh unto God, must be
lieve that he is, and that be is a Rewarder of them that diligently
Queft. I. WHA
HAT Necessity is
treating of the Existence of God? 1. We live in an Age full of Atheism and In
fidelity, many having had, the Impudence to deny God's Existence, and deride his
Worship. 2. Of them that profess to believe it, few do
so really, at least few believe it fo firmly, as they ought.
Of them that do most firmly believe it, some may often have doubtful Thoughts of
it suggested by the Devil. 4. Howsoever, this is the Foundation of all
Religion; and therefore we must take Care to lay it deep, and fix it firmly in the Minds of those committed to our Charge, as without which it is impossible to build them up aright in their most holy Faith,
Quest. 2. What Arguments have we to prove that
God is? 1. From the Order of Causes: For of every Effect there must be a Cause, till we come
to the first and universal Cause of all Things. Every Thing that is, was either made, or not
made ; if made, it must be made by some
thing that was not made. For every Thing that is, is an Argument that
God is, Rom. i. 20. 1. All Things above'us ; Sun, Moon, Stars,
Clouds, Psal. xix. 1. Acts 14. 16, 17. 2. About us ; Men, Trees, Beasts, Birds, &c. 3. Beneath us; the Earth, Flowers, Plants. 4. Within us; our Souls and Bodies, Žach.xii.I. 2. From the natural Conscience that accuseth,
or else excuseth Men for their Actions,
Rom. ii. 14, 15. Isa. xxxiii. 14. 3. From the Miracles wrought in all Ages
which being above the Power of Natural Causes, must needs argue a Supernatural
Being, Psal. xliv. 1. Pfal. Ixxii. 18. 4: From the Prophecy and Predictions of
Things to come. s. From the universal Consent of all. Nulla gens ufquam eft adeo contra leges, moresque
projecta ut non aliquos Deos credat.Senec. Nulla gens tam fera est, nemo omnium tam immanis
cujus mentem non imbuerit Deorum opinio. Cic. So that this Article, Credo in Deum, is acknow
ledged by all. Quest. 3. What are we to Believe .concerning
God ? 1. He is but One, Deut. vi. 4: Isai. xliv. 6.
Ifa. xlv. 5, 6, Isa. xliv. 8.
2. There be Three Persons in this Godhead,
every One of which is that One Eter:
nal God, Matt. xxviii. 10. I Job. v. 7. 3. That he is an absolute independent self
existing Being, Exod. iii. 14. Therefore called, 1778 7770s, Kuero, from sipa,
anciently the same with úzapraw and diu. 4. He is every where, and knows every Thing,
Psal. cxxxix. 7. Heb. iv. 13. 5. That he is Almighty, and can do what
soever he pleases, Matt. xix. 26. 6. That by this Almighty Power, he made
and still preserveth all Things, Gen. i. 1.
Axt. xvii. 28. Matt. X. 29, 30. 7. That all infinite Perfections whatsoever are
concentred in him, Psal. xi. 7. Ifa. XXX. 18.
xxxiv. 6,7. I Tim. i. 17. Psal. cxlvii. 1. 8. He will reward all those that diligently
seek him. 1. In this Life. 2. In that to Come.
Then, i. Love him, Deut. vi. 5: 2. Fear him, Jer. V. 22. 3. Trust on him, Pfal. xxvii. 1. 4 Desire his Favour and Presence, Psal. xlii.
1, 2. Pfal. xiij. 25. $. Obey him, i Chron. xxviii. 9.
Joh n iy. 24.
1. Herefore is God said to be a Spirit?
And fore to bave of him? 1. Being a Spirit, he is a living Substance;
for tho' all living Things be not Spirits, every Spirit is a living Thing. The Soul and Angels are Spirits, therefore
live, but not in themselves, Ag. xvii. 18. God lives in and of himself, Fob. v. 26. Psal. 2. He is Incorporeal, or without Body, Luke The Anthropomorphite and Audiarii of Old, and so
some New Hereticks, have asserted God to have a Body, contrary to Rom. i. 23. isai. xl. 18.
OBJECT. God is said to have an Head, Dan. vii. 9. Face, Psal. xxvi. 8. Pfal. xxxiv, 6. Eyes, Pfal. xxxiv. 15. Hands, Psal. xxxviii
, 3. A&t. iv. 28. Mouth,Matt. iv. 4. Ears, Pfal. xxxi. 3. Arms, Exod. vi. 6. Ifa. liii. 1. Fingers, Exod. xxxi. 18. Bowels, Isa. Ixiii. 15.
RES P. Ταυτα ανθρωποπαθώς μεν λέγεται διοπρεπως ο γούν του.
God in these Things speaks after the manner of Men, and to our Capacity.
We fee by the Eye; by that therefore God signifies to us his Omniscience, &c.
3. He cannot be felt, because no Body.
OBJECT. Act. xvii. 27.
Res P. We cannot feel God himself, but by his Creatures, Rom. i. 19, 20.
He is invisible, or cannot be seen, Job ix.
REASON. God hath no Body, Shape, nor Colour, and we cannot fee our Souls.
OBJECT. God appeared to Abraham, Gen, xviii. 1. and to Ifrael, Deut. V. 24. and others.
Resp. Not in any outward Shape, but only by some Manifestations of his Glory, and special Presence to them,
OBJECT: We fhall fee God, 1 Joh. iii. a. 1 Cor. xiii. 12.
RESP. With our Soul, not Bodily Eyes : 706 faith, He shall behold God, Fob xix, 26. That is, God the Son in our Nature, not in his own Di. vine Effence.
Quest. 2. In what Sense is God to be worshipped in
Spirit and in Truth