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works", and worship', as are proper to God only.

Q. 12. What are the decrees of God?

A. God's decrees are the wise, free, and how ly acts of the counsel of his will, whereby, from all eternity, he hath, for his own glory, unchangeably fore-ordained whatsoever comes to pass in time', especially concerning angels and men.

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man, save the spirit of man God, and the communion of which is in him? Even so the the Holy Ghost, be with you things of God knoweth no all. Amen. man, but the Spirit of God, t Eph. 1. 11. In whom alfo

How much more we have obtained an inherishall not Christ, who, through tance, being predestinated acthe eternal Spirit, offered him- cording to the purpose of hioi self without spot to God, purge who workerh all things, after your conscience from dead the countel of his own will. works, to serve the living Rom. 9. 14.and 15, 18. God?

For he faith to Moses, I will r Col. 1. 16. For by him have mercy on whom I will were all things created, that have mercy, and I will have are in heaven, and that are in compassion on whom I will earth, visible and invisible, have compassion. Therefore whether they be . thrones, or hath he mercy on whom he dominions, or principalities, will have mercy, and whom he or powers: all things were will he hardeneth. And Roni. created by him, and for him. John 1. 3. Gen. 1. 2. And the v Eph. 1. 4, II. Accord earth was without form and ing as he hath chofen us in void, and darkness was upon him, before the foundation of the face of the deep; and the the world, that we should be Spirit of God moved upon the holy, and without blame beface of the waters: with Job fore him in love. Rom. 9. 22, 26. 13. and Pfal. 104. 30. 23. What if God willing to

f Mat. 28. 19. Go ye there. fhew his wrath, and to make fore, and teach all nations, his power known, endura baptizing them in the name of with much long-suffering the the Father, and of the Son, vefsels of wrath fitted to deand of the Holy Ghost. 2 Cor. struction : and that he night 13. 14. The grace of the Lord make known the riches of his Jesus Christ, an the low glory on the vessels of mercy,

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Q. 13. What hath God especially decreed. concerning angels and men ?

A. God, by an eternal and immutable decree, out of his mere love, for the praise of his glorious grace, to be manifested in due time, hath elected some angels to glory"; and, in Christ, hath chofen fome men to eternal life, and the means thereof"; and also, according to his sovereign power, and the unsearchable counsel of his own will (whereby he extendeth or withholdeth favour as he pleaseth) hath passed by, and fore-ordained the rest to dishonour and wrath, to be for their fin inflicted to the praise of the glory of his justices.

which he had afore prepared loved of the Lord, because God unto glory? Psal, 33. 11. The hath, from the beginning, chocounsel of the Lord standeth fen you to salvation, through for ever, the thoughts of his fanctification of the Spirit, and heart to all generations.

belief of the truth. ver. 14, I w i Tim. 5. 21. I charge Pet. 1. 2. thee before God, and the Lord y Rom. 9. 17, 18, 21, 28. Jesus Christ, and the electangels. For the scripture faith unto

x Eph. 1. 4, 5, 6. Accord- Pharaoh, Even for this fame. ing as he hath chofen us in purpose have I raised thee up, him, (viz. Chrift,) before the that I might Thew my power foundation of the world, that in thee, and that my name we should be holy, and with might be declared throughout out blame before him in love; all the earth. Therefore hath having predestinated us unto he mercy on whom he will the adoption of children, by have mercy, and whom he Jesus Chrift, unto himself- will he hardeneth. Hath not To the praise of the glory of the potter power over the clay, his grace, wherein he hath made of the same lump; to make us accepted in the Beloved. one vefsel unto honour,and ano2 Thess. 2. 13. But we are ther unto dishonour? Jude 4. bound to give thanks always For there are certain men crept to God for you, brethren, be- in unawares, who were before

Q. 14. How doth God execute his decrees?

A. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence: according to his infallible fore-knowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will?.

Q. 15. What is the work of creation?

A. The work of creation is that wherein God did in the beginning, by the word of his power, make, of nothing, the world and all things therein for himself, within the space of fix days, and all very good“.

Q. 16. How did God create angels?
A. God created all the angels', spirits”,


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of old ordained to this con- things which are seen, were demnation, ungodly men, turn- not made of things which do ing the grace of our God into appear. Prov. 16.4. The Lord lasciviousness, and denying the hath made all things for himonly Lord God, and our Lord felf, yea, even the wicked for Jesus Christ. Mat. 11. 25, 26. the day of evil. Rev. 4. 11. 2 Tim. 2. 20.

b Col. I. 16. For by him z Eph. I. 11. In whom also were all things created that are we have obtained an inherit- in heaven, and that are in earth, ance, being, predestinated ac- vifible and invisible, whether cording to the purpose of him they be thrones, or dominions, who worketh all things after or principalities, or powers; the counsel of his own will. all things were created by him,

a Gen. I chap. Heb. II. 3. and for him, Through faith we understand c Pfal. 104. 4. Who ma. that the worlds were framed keth his angels fpirits: his by the word of God, fo that ministers a flaming fire,

mortal", holy, excelling in knowledge', mighty in power"; to execute his commandments, and to praise his name", yet subject to change'.

Q. 17. How did God create man?

A. After God had made all other creatures, he created man male and female"; formed the body of the man of the dust of the ground', and the woman of the rib of the man"; endued them with living, reasonable, and immortal fouls"; made them after his own image', in know



d Mat. 22. 30. For in the fpared not the angels that finresurrection they neither mar- ned, but cast them down to ry, nor are given in marriage, hell, and delivered them into but are as the angels of God chains of darkness, to be reser. in heaven.

ved unto judgment. e Mat. 25. 31. When the k Gen. 1. 27. So God Sun of man shall come in his created man in his own image, glory, and all the holy angels in the image of God created he with him, then shall he fit up him; male and female created on the throne of his glory. he them, f 2 Sam. 14. 17.

I Gen. 2. 7. And the Lord angel of God, fo is my lord God formed man of the dust the king, to discern good and of the ground. bad.-Mat. 24. 36.

m Gen. 2. 22. And the g 2 Thes, 1. 7. And to you rib which the Lord God had who are troubled, rest with us, taken from man, made he a when the Lord Jesus shall be woman, and brought her unto revealed from heaven, with the man. his mighty angels.

n Gen. 2. 7. And the Lord h Psa. 103. 20, 21, Bless God formed man of the duct the Lord, ye his angels, that of the ground, and breathed inexcel in strength, that do his to his noftrils the breath of commandments, hearkening life: and man became a living unto the voice of his word. foul Compared with Job. 35. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his II. and Eccl. hosts

, ye ministers of his that Mat. 10. 28. and with Luke. do his pleasure.

23. 43. i 2 Pet. 2. 4.

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ledge', righteousness and holiness', having the law of God written in their hearts', and power to fulfil it', with dominion over the creatures'; yet subject to fall.

Q. 18. What are God's works of providence ?

A. God's works of providence are his moft holy“, wises, and powerful preserving , and governing all his creatures?; ordering them, and all their actions, to his own glory'.

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man in his own image, in the them all, Isa. 28. 29. This also image of God created he him. cometh forth from the Lord of p Col. 3. 10.

hosts, who is wonderful in counq Eph. 4. 24,

fel, and excellent in working. r Rom, 2, 14, 15. For y Heb. 1. 3. Who being when the Gentiles who have the brightness of his glory, and not the law, do by nature the the express image of his person, things contained in the law, and upholding all things by there, having not the law, are a the word of his power. law unto themselves, Which z Pfa. 103. iy. The Lord shew ine work of the law writ- hath prepared his throne in ten in their hearts, their con- the heavens: and his kingfcience also bearing witness, dom ruleth over all. and their thoughts the mean a Mat. 10. 29. 30. Are while accusing, or else excusing not two sparrows sold for a one another.

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one of them s Eccl. 7. 29. God hath shall not fall to the ground made man upright.

without your father. But the t Gen. J. 28.

very hairs of your head are all v Gen. 3. 6. Eccles. 7. 29. numbered. Gen. 45. 7. And w Psalm

144. 17. 'The God sent me before you to Lord is righteous in all his preserve you a pofterity in the ways, and holy in all his works. earth, and to save your lives x Psa.

104. 2.1. O Lord by a great deliverance. how manifold are thy works!

b Rom. II. 36. For of hin, in wisdom haft chou made

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