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for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.'
Quest. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?
Anf. The Scriptures principally teach, what Man is to believe concerning God, and what Duty God requires of Man.
EXPLICATION. Principally to teach, is chiefly to teach. The Things that the Scriptures teach chiefly, are these two; Faith, and Obedience : 2 Tim. i. 13. 'Hold "fast the form of sound words, which thou hast 'heard of me, in faith and love which is in Chrift
Jesus.' The Faith which the Scriptures teach, is, What Man is to believe concerning God: The Obedience which the Scriptures teach, is, what Duty God requires of Man. Nothing can be an Article of Faith, necessary to be believed, nor a Duty, necessary to be done, but what is taught in the Scriptures. Howbeit, not only what is found in Scripture in express Words, but also what a. riseth therefrom, by necessary Consequence, is to be reckoned taught therein: Matth. xxii. 32. 'I
am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.'
Queft. 4. What is God?
Ans. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in his. Being, Wildom,
licsheeble Spirit perfection
. eyes of your understanding being enlightened ;
that ye may know what is the hope of his callsing, and what the riches of the glory of his in. . beritance in the saints. Finally, there is nothing which God is like unto: . xl. 18. “To whom
then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ?ye compare unto him ? So we may not form any Imagination of him in our Minds, as we can do of an absent Man. Now, there are other Spirits besides God: And these are Angels and the Souls of Men. But the Difference betwixt God and ihem, lies here, that God is an infinite, eternal, and un. changeable Spirit; and they are not so. The Attri. butes of God, or Perfections of the divine Nature, are of two Sorts; incommunicable, and communicable. His incommunicable Attributes, whereof there is no Vestige in the Creature, are his Infinity, Eternity, and Unchangeableness. God is infinite, in that he is whatsoever he is, without any Bounds or Measure : Job. xi. 7. 'Canít thou by searching find out God?
canst thou find out the Almighty unto Perfection?' He is eternal, in that he is without Beginning and without End : Pfal. xc. 2. ' Before the mountains 6 were brought forth, or ever thou hadít formed
the earth and the world: even from everlasting ( to everlasting thou art God.' He is uncharge. able, in that he is, and cannot but be always the same, without any Alteration whatsoever : James i. 17. Every good gift, and every perfect gift is
from above, and cometh down from the Fa:her • of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither
Shadow of turning. He is then said to repent, not in respect of the Affiction of Repentance, but the Effect of it: Num. xxiii. 19. God is not a i man, that he should lye; neither the son of man, 1
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