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4. 1. God is enjoyed here, when people do settle themfelves upon, and cleave to the Lord by faith. Joshua xxüi. 8. • But cleave unto the Lord your God? 2. When they taste the Lord's goodness, and delight themselves in the gracious presence and sensible manifestations of God's fpecial love unto them. Pfal. xxxiv. 8. taste and see that the Lord is good.' Rom, v. 5. Because the love of God is shed abroad in your hearts by the Holy Ghost.'

Q. 6. Horw will God be enjoyed by his people hereafter ?

À. God will be enjoyed hereafter by his people, when they shall be admitted into his glorious presence, have an immediate light of his face, and full sense of his love in heaven, and there fully and eternally acquiesce and rest in him with perfect and inconceivable delight and joy. 1 Cor. xiii. 12. Now we see through a glass darkly, but then face to face. Heb. iv.9 There remaineth there. fore a rest to the people of God.' Psal. xvi. 11. • In thy presence there is fulness of joy, at thy right hand are pleaf. ures forevermore,'

Q. 7. Why is the glorifying of God, and the enjoying of God, joined together as one chief end of man?

A. Because God hath inseparably joined them together, fo that men cannot truly design and seek the one without the other : they, which enjoy God most in his house on earth, do most glorify and enjoy him. Pfal. lxxxiv. 4. • Blessed are they that dwell in thy house; they will be still praising thee. And when God shall be most fully enjoyed by the faints in heaven, he will be moft highly glorified. 2 Theff. i. 10. · He shall come to be glorified in his faints.'

Q. 8. Why ought men chiefly to design the glorifying of God, in all their actions ?

A. 1. Because God hath made them, and made them for this end ; and given them a foul capable of doing its beyond irrational creatures.

• Know ye that the Lord he is God; it is he that made us, and not we ourselves.' Prov. xvi. 4. ! The Lord made all things for himself.' Psal. ciii. 1. * Bless the Lord, O my soul ; and all that is within me, bless his holy name.' 2. Becaufe God doth preserve them, and makes provision for them, that they might glorify him.' Pfal. lxvi. 8, 9. O bless

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our Ġod, O'ye people, which holdeth our soul in life." Pfal. xcv. 6,7. O come, let us worship before the Lord, for we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand.' 3. Because God hath redeemed them, and bought them with the price of his Son's blood, that they may glo.. rify him.' I Cor. vi. 19, 20. “Ye are not your own;

for ye are bought with a price : therefore glorify God in your body, and in your fpirit, which are God's.' 4. Because he hath given them his word to direct, his fpirit to affift, and promiseth his kingdom to encourage them to glorify him. Plal. cxlvii. 19, 20.

• He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and judgments unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation. Praise ye the Lord.' Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the Spirit helpeth our infirmities.' James ii. 5. • Heirs of the kingdom, which he hath promised to them that love him.'.

Q. 9. Why ought men chiefly to desire and seek the enjoyment of God forever ?

A. 1. Because God is the chief good, and in the enjoyment of God doth consist man's chiefest happiness. Matth.

17. • There is none good but one, that is God.' Pfal. iv. 6. 7. • There be many that tay, Who will shew us. any good ? Lor, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.

Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.' Because God is but imperfectly and inconstantly enjoyed here, and men cannot be perfectly happy until they come to the eternal enjoyment of God in heaven. 1 Cor. xiii. 9.

• We know in part : but when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.' Philip. iii. 12. • Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect ; but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended.' Pfal. xvi. 11. • In thy presence there is fulness of joy.'.

II. Quest. What rul: hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy himn ?

Anfw. The word of God which is contained in the fcriptures of the old and new testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him.

Q.1: Why is the word contained in the scriptures of the old ar new teftaments, called the word of God?





d. Because it was not from the invention of the men which wrote the scriptures, but from the immediate inspiration of the spirit of God who endited them. 2 Tim. iii. 16. All fcripture is given by inspiration of God.' 2 Pet. i. 21. Prophecy of the scripture came not by the will of man; but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.'

2. 2. How do you prove the word in the scriptures to be the word of God.

A. 1. Because of the majesty of the scriptures. God is frequently brought in speaking to and by the prophets ; and his majesty set forth in such high expreffions as are not to be found in any human writings. Ifa. Ivii. 15. • Thus faith the high and lofty one who inhabi. teth eternity, whose name is holy; I dwell in the high and holy place.' i Tim. vi. 15, 16. “Who is the blefled and only potentate, the king of kings, and lord of lords ; who only hath immortality dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto.' 2. The style and way of the scriptures is with such majesty, as is not in other writings ; duties

duties are therein prescribed, which none but God can require ; fins are therein condemned, which none but God can prohibit ; threatnings of punishments are therein denounced, which none but God can inflict ; promises of such rewards are therein made, which none but God can bestow ; and all in such a majestic way, as doth evidence God to be the author of this book of the {criptures.

2. Because of the holiness and purity of the scriptures, Rom. i. 2. Which God had promised afore by his prophets in the holy scriptures.' Psal. xii 6. The words of the Lord are pure words, as silver tried in a furnace of earth, and purified seven times.' The scriptures are holy from the beginning of them unto the end ; they do not favor at all of any thing that is earthly and impure ; especially the laws of the word are holy, commanding every thing that is holy, and forbidding every thing that is impure and unholy; whence it is evident that the scriptures are the word of the holy God, and that the holy men which wrote them were actuated herein by the Holy Ghost.

3. Because of the consent and harmony of the scrip. tures. In the feriptures there is a confent between the old teftament and the new ; a consent between the types and figures under the law, and the things typified and prefigur Sed under the gospel ; between the prophecies of the scrip. tutes, and the fulfilling of thofe prophecies. There is in the fcriptures a harmony or agreement of precepts, and a har mony or agreement of histories, and a harmony or agreement of design ; wherefore, since the scriptures were written by fo

many several men, in so many several ages, and different places, and yet agreeing fo well in their writings

, that no irreconcilable difference is to be found in them, it is evident that they were all actuated by the same fpirit of God; and therefore that the scriptures are the word of God.

-4. Because of the high mysteries which are revealed in the scriptures; we read in the scriptures, of the trinity of persons in the Godhead, the incarnation of the son of God, the mystical union of Christ and his members; these and such like mysteries were beyond the reach of the most wife and learned men'to invent, much more beyond the reach of unlearned fishermen, by whom they were revealed; whence it is evident that they spake not their own words, but what they were taught by the immediate in. spiration of the fpirit.

5. Because of the antiquity of the scriptures ; they were written in part before any other writings of men and they contain a history of the most ancient things, namely, the creation of the old world, the flood, and the like. Such ancient things are there revealed which note but God knew, and therefore God must needs be the author of them.

6. Because of the power and efficacy of the scriptures. 1. The scriptures are powerful to convince, and awaken, and wound the conscience. Heb. iv, 12. The word of God is quick and powerful, sharper than a two edged fword.' 2. The 'scriptures fare powerful to convert and change the heart, Psal. xix. 7. * The law of the Lord is perfect converting the foul.' 3. They are powerful 20 quicken'men out of fpiritual death and deadness. Ifa. dv. 3. Hear, and your soul thall live. Pfal. exix: 150. Tliy word hath quickened me.' 4. They are powerful to rejoice and comfort under the deepest diftredes, Plak xix. 8.

* The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart.' The fcriptures opened and applied are made effe&tual to produce such powerful effects, as do exceed the power of nature, and can be effected only bịy the power of God; which sheweth that God only is the author of the scriptures, which he would not so far own and honor if they were not his own.

7. Because of the design and contrivement of the scriptures. 1. The design of the scriptures is to give God all the glory; the design is not to exalt any, but to debase and empty all men, and exalt God's name and grace in the world. 2. The marvelous contrivement of wisdom, in finding out a way for man's recovery and salvation by Jesus Christ, when fallen by sin into such a state of misery, which no mortal brain could have invented ; this doth shew not only that this contrivance was from the infinitely wise God, but also that the scriptures, which have revealed this are his book.

8. Because the scriptures were confrmed by miracles: we read of many miraclės in the scriptures, especially those which were wrought by Jesus Christ and his disciples, to confirm their doctrine that was from God; such as, curing fome who were born blind, raising the dead, calming the sea with a word, and many more. Now thefe and the like miracles were from the immediate hand of God, and the relation we have faithfully handed down unto us, as appeareth by the writings still among us, of several holy men upon them, and concerning them as alfo by the several copies of them (which could not be forged and not be found ont) agreeing in the same relation, and as fürely as God did effect those mirącles, so Turely is God the author of the fcriptures, which is con-, firmed by them.

9. Becaufe the scriptures were confirmed by the blood of martyrs: there were many thousand Christians in the primitive times, who sealed and gave testimony to the truth of the scriptures with the loss of their lives. The great"faith of the primitive Christians in the truth of the scriptures, who might easily have found out the deceity had there been any deceit imposed upon men in them ; and the great patience and conftancy which they fhewed


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