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Ps A L. cxlv.
. 3. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be
praised; and his greatness' is una
.בדול יהוה ומהלל מאך ולבדלתו אין חקר
. Queft. 1. WHat is the Meaning of the Name
here given to God, 17?
Composition; without Faculties, Habits, or
Nothing in God, but what is
compounded, and his Properties are not finite, for infinitude is One; yea, the Property of all his Properties; they could not be infinite if diverse from his Essence; for
then there would be Two,yeä,many Infinites. 2. Nor from One another; for then they must
be distinguished from his Essence, and he
compounded. But the Properties of God are only the feveral Apprehensions we have of God according to the several Manifestations he makech of himself to us, 1 Fob. i. t. Fob. xiv. 6.
Hence God is all and every Perfection in himself; Wisdom, Goodness, Power, &c. which as in God, may be predicated upon him, and on One another, not as we conceive them.
2. It denotes his Immutability or Unchangeable
nefs : For he that 'is a pure and simple Be
ing,cannot admit of any Change; as appears, 1. From Scripture, Fac. í. 17. Psal. xxxiii. 11.
Ifa. xlvi. 10. Heb. vi. 17,18. Numb. xxiii. 19. 2. From Reafon. 1. He cannot be changed from any Thing,
either within him or without him. 2. Neither to the better, the worse, nor the
OBJECT. God is said to Repent, Gen. vi. 6. Exod. xxxii. 14.
Resp. This is spoken of God only after the manner of Men, as Moses fpake to him, Exod. xxxü. 10, 11.
1. Enflamé our Love and Affections to God, as One in whom is all Good, all Perfections.
2. Confirm our Faith in him and his Pros mises, Joh. xiii. 1.
3. Make uş fear his Threatening, because he is unchangeable.
Quest. 2. In what Sense is God said to be Great ? Not in Quantity, nor Quality, but it denotes, 1. His Immensity, the Greatness of his Being, whereby he is every where, containing all Things and yet being contained of Nothing, Reg. viii. 27. Pfal. cxxxix. 7. Ifa. lxvi. I. Fer. xxiii. 235,24. But how then is God said sometimes to be near? As Ifa. lv. 6.
Because he then shews himself and his Favour more, Deut. iv.7.
2. It denotes his Eternity, or the Greatness of
his Duration, without Beginning of Time, or End of Days, Psal. xc. 2. Ifa. xli. 4 c. xliv. 6. Apoc. i. 8, 17: This is also plain from his Name, Exod. iii. 14. Τα δε ό ών το ανει 5 σημαντικόν Έι, και σε ανάρχως
xj få or tws ) xj xelws. Chrys. Quid eft Ego sum qui sum, nisi æternus fum? Quid Ego sum qui sum, nisi mutari non poffum? Aug. Quest. 3. What Use are we to make of this his Im
menfity and Eternity: 1. That God is to be praised and adored be: fore all Things else ; being so infinitely above all Things, Isa. xl. 15. Revel. vii. 12.
2. That we are to make no Pictures or Images of him, not so much as in our Minds; because he is infinitely above and beyond all Things that we can conceive, Rom. xi. 33.
3. That if we be but Holy, and have him our Friend, we need not fear any Thing, Psal. xxvii. 1, 2; 3. Pfal. xxxvii. 3, 4, 5.
4. How dreadful a Thing is it to Sin, and so to fall into the Hands of so great a God, Heb.
5. He being Eternal, is able to torment the Wicked, and to glorifie the Righteous, unto all Eternity.
6. Bé fearful to offend, and careful to please, so great a God, who is always with you.
7. Be constant in performing your Devotions to him, Psal. cxxii. I. and that with Reverence, Heb. xii. 28.
Quest. 1. T N what Sense is God fuid to be Love?
IN 1. Not as if he had any such Passion of Love
as we have. 2. But by reason of his extraordinary Kind
Dess and Favours to every Thing that is ; from whence he is called, not only Loving, but Love it self, I Job, iv. 8. as Light, 17ob. i.f. and so als Perfections in the Abstract.
Quest. 2. Whom doth God. thus Love? ..
2. His Son, Job. iii. xxxv. Matt. iii. 17. Job.
xvii. 24. Because he is his express Image,
Heb. i. 3. Xdeextring of voordoews aure. 3. Mankind; as bearing his Image, Gen. i. 26.
Col. ii. 10. Hence God is called, tinc vpwnos; and his Φιλανθρωπία, as well as his Χρηστης is spoken of, Tit. iii. 4. Quest. 3- Wherein doth his Love to Mankind : . appear
for us, 1 Fob. iv. 9, 10.
2. In the Unworthiness of those for whom
he died, Rom. v. 8. 3. In the Greatness of the Benefits we re
ceive from it, Tis. iii, 4, 5, 6. Quest. 4. Doth God love all Men alike? 1. No. He loveth wicked Men only with a
general Love. As they are his Creatures, he takes Care of them in this World ; but as
wicked, he hateth them, Pfal.v. 5. Hof. ix. 15. 2. Those who are truly Pious, he loveth with
a special Love, Proc. viii. 17. Psal. ciii. 11, 12, 13 Quest. 5. What Use are we to make of this? 1. Seeing God is Love, we ought to love
him above all Things, Deut. vi. 5. 2. We should imitate him, Matt. V. 48.
1. In loving our Enemies, Matt. v. 45. 2. In loving all our Brethren, and one ano
ther, 1 Job. iv. 11, 20. 3. In having a greater Love for thofe who
are Holy than for others, Gal. vi. 10. 3. Hence we should put our whole Truft and
Confidence in God for our Salvation : He having loved us while Enemies, how much more if we love him, Rom. V, 10.