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Ps A L. cxlv.

. 3. Great is the Lord, and greatly to be

praised; and his greatness' is una

searchable.

.בדול יהוה ומהלל מאך ולבדלתו אין חקר

. Queft. 1. WHat is the Meaning of the Name

here given to God, 17?
It fignifies Essence or Being, and so is the
most Proper or Essential Name of God, Exod.
vi. 3. Exod. iii. 14. more to ov; Psal. lxviii. 4.
Psal. Ixxxiii. 18. rieto, and so it denotes,
1. His Simplicity, without Parts, Mixture, or

Composition; without Faculties, Habits, or
Qualities.

Nothing in God, but what is
God, his Essence ; therefore his Properties
are not distinct.
1. From his Essence: For then he would be

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.

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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

like.

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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.

USE.
This should,

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.

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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.

X. 31.

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.

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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? ..
Ii Himself: As the Fountain of all Good-

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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

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I. In his taking Care of all, Matt. V.44945948.
2. Especially in sending his Son to redeem us,
Job. iii. 16. 1 Fobn iii. 16.
The Greatness of which Love appears,
1. Io the Dignity of the Person that died

for us, 1 Fob. iv. 9, 10.
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2. In

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.

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