WHAT is the chief and highest end of man?
Ans. Man's chief and highest end is to glorify Goda,
and fully to enjoy him for everb.
a Rom.11:36; 1 Cor b Ps.73:24-28; John 17:21-23
Q. 2. How doth it appear that
there is a God?
A. The very light of nature in man, and the works of
God, declare plainly that there is a Goda; but his word and Spirit
only do sufficiently and effectually reveal him unto men for their salvationb.
a Rom.1:19,20; Ps.19:1-3; Acts b 1 Cor.2:9; 2 Tim 3:15-17; Isa.59:21
Q. 3. What is the word of God?
A. The holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament
are the word of Goda, the only rule of faith and obedienceb.
a 2 Tim.3:16; 2 Pet.1:19-21 b Eph.2:20;
Rev.22:18,19; Isa.8:20; Luke 16:29,31; Gal.1:8,9; 2 Tim.3:15,16
Q. 4. How doth it appear that the
scriptures are the word of God?
A. The scriptures manifest themselves to be the word
of God, by their majestya and purityb; by the consent of
all the partsc, and the scope of the whole, which is to give all
glory to Godd; by their light and power to convince and convert
sinners, to comfort and build up believers unto salvatione: but the
Spirit of God bearing witness by and with the scriptures in the heart of man,
is alone able fully to persuade it that they are the very word of Godf.
a Hos.8:12; 1 Cor.2:6,7,13; Ps.119:18,129 b
Ps.12:6; Ps.119:140 c Acts ; Acts 26:22 d
Rom.3:19,27 e Acts ; Heb.4:12;
James 1:18; Ps.19:7-9; Rom.15:4; Acts f
John 16:13,14; 1 John 2:20,27; John 20:31
Q. 5. What do the scriptures
A. The scriptures principally teach, what man is to
believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of mana.
a 2 Tim.1:13
MAN OUGHT TO BELIEVE CONCERNING GOD.
Q. 6. What do the scriptures make
known of God?
A. The scriptures make known what God isa,
the persons in the Godheadb, his decreesc, and the
execution of his decreesd.
a Heb.11:6 b 1 John c Acts ,15,18 d
Q. 7. What is God?
A. God is a Spirita, in and of himself
infinite in beingb, gloryc, blessednessd, and
perfectione; all-sufficientf, eternalg,
unchangeableh, incomprehensiblei, every where presentk,
almightyl, knowing all thingsm, most wisen,
most holyo, most justp, most merciful and gracious,
long-suffering, and abundant in goodness and truthq.
a John b
Exod.3:14; Job 11:7-9 c Acts 7:2 d 1 Tim.6:15 e Matt.5:48
f Gen.17:1 g Ps.90:2 h Mal.3:6; James i 1 Kings k
Ps.139:1-13 l Rev.4:8 m Heb.4:13; Ps.147:5 n Rom.16:27 o
Isa.6:3; Rev.15:4 p Deut.32:4 q Exod.34:6
Q. 8. Are there more Gods than
A. There is but one only, the living and true Goda.
a Deut.6:4; 1 Cor.8:4,6; Jer.10:10
Q. 9. How many persons are there
in the Godhead?
A. There be three persons in the Godhead, the
Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost; and these three are one true, eternal
God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished
by their personal propertiesa.
a 1 John 5:7; Matt.3:16,17; Matt.28:19; 2
Cor.13:14; John 10:30
Q. 10. What are the personal
properties of the three persons in the Godhead?
A. It is proper to the Father to beget the Sona,
and to the Son to be begotten of the Fatherb, and to the Holy Ghost
to proceed from the Father and the Son from all eternityc.
a Heb.1:5,6,8 b John 1:14,18 c
John 15:26; Gal.4:6