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him. 1 John, iii. 23. And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment. v. 13. These things have I written unto you, that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God. Psalm xxii. 23. Ye that fear the Lord, praise
all ye seed of Jacob, glorify him ; and fear him, all ye seed of Israel. xxxiii. 18. Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy. xxxiv. 11. Come, ye children, hearken unto me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Prov. i. 7. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Matt. x. 28. And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Luke, i. 50. His mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation. 2 Cor. vii. 1. Perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord. Phil. ii. 12. Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. Heb. xii. 28, 29. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom, which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
8 Matt. xxii. 37. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God, with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. a See before.
Psalm xcii. 1. It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord; and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High. cv. 1. O give thanks unto the Lord; call upon his name: make known his deeds among the people. cvi. 1. Praise
cvi. 1. Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks
unto the Lord; for he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever. Eph. v. 20. Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. i Thess. v. 18. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
· Psalm, ii. 12. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him. xviii. 30. As for God, his way
perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. cxv. 9, 10, 11. O Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their help and shield. O, house of Aaron, trust in the Lord: he is their help and their shield. Ye that fear the Lord, trust in the Lord. Rom. xv. 12. And again, Esaias saith, There shall be a root of Jesse, and he that shall rise to reign over the Gentiles, in him shall the Gentiles trust. 2 Cor. i. 9. But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God, which raiseth the dead. 1 Tim. vi. 17. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy. 1 Pet. iii. 5. For after this manner in the old time, the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves.
* Psalm xiv. 4. Have all the workers of iniquity no knowledge? who eat up my people as they eat bread, and call not upon the Lord. xviii. 3. I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies. cxvi. 2, 13, 17. Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live. I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will offer unto thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and
will call upon the name of the Lord. cxlv. 18. The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth. Acts, ji. 21. And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord, shall be saved. Rom. x. 12, 13, 14. There is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed ? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 1 Cor. i. 2. With all that in every place call upon the name of the Lord.
* Psalm 1xvi. 2. Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious. xcix. 3. Let them praise thy great and terrible name; for it is holy. cxix. 140, 161, 162. Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it. Princes have persecuted me without a cause : but my heart standeth in awe of thy word. I rejoice at thy word, as one that findeth great spoil. Col. iii. 16. Teaching and admonishing one another in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs, singing with grace
your hearts to the Lord. 1 Thess. i. 13. For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but, as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in them that believe. Heb. ii. 2, 3, 4. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; how shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation ; which at the first, began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us
by them that heard him; God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will. iv. 12. For the word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. James, i. 21. Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
*Psalm, ii. 11. Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. c. 2. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before his presence with singing. Luke, i. 74, 75. The oath, which he sware to our father Abraham, that he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies, might serve him without fear, in holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. Thess. i. 9, 10. For they themselves shew of us what manner of entering in we had unto you, and how ye turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God; and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath
Heb. x. 19, &c. Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water, let us hold fast the profession of our faith, without wavering:
10. Q. What are the chief offences that may be committed against this part of the first commandment ?
A. They are chiefly these: first, atheism, and in
fidelity, whether it be speculative, or practical: that is to say, whether men do really believe that there is no God; or live so as if they did, without any due worship of him, or regard of him.
Next to these, all unworthy opinions of God, or blasphemous thoughts, or speeches against him. Such are the thoughts and speeches of those who not only deny the doctrine of the blessed Trinity, or of the Divinity of Christ, and the Holy Ghost, but make it their business to expose and ridicule the belief of it. And, lastly, such are all the heinous, but especially habitual sins, which men fall into, and the consequence of which plainly shews, either that they do not in good earnest believe the Lord to be their God, or that they are yet to consider what that belief requires of them.
11. Q. What is the other thing proposed to us in this commandment? .
A. Not to have any other, besides the Lord, for our God.
12. Q. Is there any other God besides the Lord ?
A. No, there is not; nor does this commandment at all suppose that there is. But when these commandments were delivered, the world generally believed in, and worshipped other gods besides the Lord, who was almost utterly forgotten by them, and therefore it was highly necessary that the Lord should, in the very first place, caution his people against this folly and idolatry.
13. Q. How many ways may men have others for their God, besides the Lord ?
A. By as many ways as they are capable of shewing that they have him for their God. Namely, first,