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4. It is the greatest Comfort in all Condi

tions, Pfal. 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 b. xi. 6. He that cometh unto God, must be

lieve that he is, and that be is a

Rewarder of them that diligently ..feek him.


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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. Atts 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, Zach.xii.r. 2. From the natural Conscience that accuseth, i or else excuseth Men for their Actions,

Rom. ii. 14, 15. Isa. xxxiii. 14.. 2. From the Miracles wrought in all Ages;

which being above the Power of Natural Çauses, must needs argue a Supernatural

Being, Pfal. xliv. 1. Pfai. lxxii. 18.
4. From the Prophecy and Predictions of

Things to come.
s. From the universal Consent of all. :

Nulla gens usquam est adeo contra leges, moresque .. projecta ut non aliquos Deos credat. Senec. Nulla' gens tam fera eft, 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 ? ..!. He is but One, Deut. vi. 4. Isai. xliv. 6. ifa. xlv. 5, 6, Ifa. xliv. 8.


2. There

2. There be Three Persons in this Godhead,

every One of which is that One Eter:

nal God, Matt. xxviii. 10. I Fob. v. 7... 3. That he is an absolute independent self

existing Being, Exod. iii. 14. Therefore called, 1978 1977 sy!, Kuere, from wew, anciently the same with úrapros and cm. 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:

A&t. xvii. 28. Matt. X. 29, 30. 7. That all infinite Perfedions whatsoever are

concentred in him, Pfal. xi. 7. Ifa. XXX. 18.

xxxiv, 6, 7. I Tim. i. 17. Pfal. cxlvii. 1. 8. He will reward all those that diligently

seek him.... . ............. .. . ;

1. In this Life. .. 2. In that to Come.

i infinite Tu, Psal. Plal. cxlviniligently

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Jou n iv. 24.
God is a Spirit,

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Queft. 1. Herefore is God said to be a Spirit ?

VV And what Conceptions are we there" fore to bave of bim? .... 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, Ad. xvii. 18. God lives in and of himself, Fob. V. 26. Psal. XXXVI.

. .., 2. He is Incorporeal, or without Body, Luke The Anthropomorphite and Audiarii of Old,and so

fome New Hereticks, have asserted God to have a Body, contrary to Rom. i. 23. Ifai.

xl. 18. OBJECT. God is said to have an Head, Dan. yii. 9. Face, Pfal. xxvij. 8. Pfal. xxxiv, 6. Eyes, Psal. xxxiv. 15. Hands, Psal. xxxvili, 3. Axt. iy. 28. Mouth,Matt. iv. 4. Ears,Pfal. xxxi, 3. Arms, Exod. vi. 6. Ifa. liji. 1. Fingers, Exod. xxxi. 18. Bowels, Ifa. Ixiii, 15.

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God in these Things speaks after the manner of Men, and to our Capacity.

We see by the Eye; -by chat cherefore God Signifies to us his Omniscience, &c.

3. He cannot be felt, because no Body.
OBJECT. Act. xvii. 27.

Resp. We cannot feel God himself, but by his Creatures, Rom. i. 19, 29. :: 4. He is invisible, or cannot be seen, Job ix.

II, I Job. iv. 12. No Man can see him,
Exod. xxxiii. 20. i Tim, yi. 16,

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