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pared to Hunger and Thirst, as the usual Proverbs, Pf. xlij. 2. My Soul thirsteth for God, for the living God. And Matt. v. 6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirs after Righteousness. ..Q. But may every one who hath this Hunger and Thirst, fully acquiesce therein.
A. By no Means ; but he must endeavour to be fully assured of his Faith, Heb.vi. 11. And we desire that every one of you do fhew the same Diligence, to the full Asurance of Hope unto the End. And pray with the Disciples of Jesus, Lord increase our Faith, Luke xvii. 5. . Q. Why must he endeavour to attain such Asurance? - Ā. For Reason of the Sweetness of its Enjoyment, which is unexpressible, and inconceivable ; for it is a Mercy above all Eftimation. The least and lowest Act of saving Faith is precious, and above all Value; but much more the highest and most excellent Acts of Faith, being a Sweetness in the Assurance of Faith that few Men have the 'Privilege to taste; and they that do, can find no Words to express it to another's. Understanding. The weakest Christian is exalted above other Men; but the assured Christian hath a Preference before all other Christians; he can take Christ into the Arms of Faith, and say, My Beloved is mine, and I am bis ; return to thy Reft, Q my Soul, for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee. He knows that he is in Christ; and it is but a little while before he shall be with Christ and arrive at the full Satisfaction of his very Heart. O what Pleasure doth
every Glance give to the sealed Soul ? Who should not endeavour to obtain so desirable a Mercy ?
Q. What is our Duty in order to attain this moft deforable Mercy ?
A. Our Duty is, if, To exercise and manifest more Love to Christ, and that he may be much upon our Hearts, whilft he loves them that love him, Prov. viii. 17. 2d, To exercise continually our Faith upon Jesus Christ. 3d, To mourn over all those Sins that
cause the Lord to hide his Face from our Souls. 4th, To pour out our Souls to God in hearty Defires, to beseech him to pity our poor afflicted Souls, which hath lain down and risen so long with Fears and Tremblings, and been a Stranger to Comfort for fo many Days; to tell him how weak our Hands have been, and still are, in Duties of Obedience, for Want of Strength and Encouragement; to engage our Soul (without Delay) to him ; to be more active, chearful and fruitful in his Service; to cry out with the Words of the Spouse, Cant. viii. Set me as a Seal upon thy Heart, as a Seal upon thy Arm, &c. Then the Heavens who were overcast and clouded, will be clear over us, and the Sun of Righteousness shinc out in its Brightness upon our Souls..
The 24th Question of the HEIDELBERG
HOW do you divide these Articles ?
«A. Into three Parts, viz. The first treats of God the Father, and our Creation; the second # of God the Son, and our Redemption ; the third i “ of God the Holy Ghost, and our Sanctification.”
Q. When you profess to believe in God the Father, in God the Son, and in God the Holy Ghoft, do you comprebend three Gods?
A. Far from-it; for there is but one only living and true Gods
Q. How doth it appear that there is best one God?
A. First, by Nature; fecondly, by the holy Scriptures.
Q. How do you prive it by Nature?
A. In a twofold Manner; firit: Becmaje has wich may be known of God, is manifested in ur, Rom 1.17 and Rom. ii. 15. Which fnew the work of tire Law written in their Hearts; their Conscience vif ben:
Witress; and their Thoughts the mean while accusing, er else excusing one another. Secondly, By the View of the Creation, Pf. xix. 1. The Heavens declare the Glory of God; and the Firmament Jeweth his bandy Work. And Rom. i. 20. For the invisible Things of him from the Creation of the World, are clearly seen, being understood by the Things that are made, even his eternal Power and Godhead.
Q. From whence are you sufficiently convinced of the Being of a God; or that such Belief is necessary for your
Salvation ? 4. From the holy Scriptures, Heb. xi. 6. For he that cometh to God, must believe that he is, and that he is a Rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Q. What is God?
Ă. God is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable in his Being, Wildom, Power, Holiness, Justice, Goodness and Truth.
Q. Can the Nature of Gad be fa defined, as that a Man may express properly and ftrialy what God is ?
A. No. Because our Understanding is finite, and God is Infinite, having no Bounds or Limits within which he is contained, as created Things are; being allo Incomprehensible, Job xi. 7. Canst thou, by fearching, find out God? . Canft thou find out the Almighty unto Perfection?
Q. Although God is incomprehensible, may we not conceive fome Knowledge of his Nature, though we should come short of a thorough, Knowledge of his Perfections ?
A. Yes, to meditate on his Names, Properties, and Works.
How many Names do we find of the supreme Being ?
A. They are very numerous and full of meaning as in the Hebrew, Jehovab, Jab, Adonai, Elohim, &c. and in our Language, God, the Lord, &c.
Q. Which is his particular Name by which he is di Ninguished fram ethers?
A. The Name of Jehovah, or Lord, which signifies his being of himself, his Eternity, Omnipotence, and Immutability; which Name belongeth to none beside him, Ija. xlii. 8. I am the Lord, that is my Name; and my Glory will I not give to another, neither my Praise to graven Images.
Q. What do you mean by his Properties?
A. The Perfections and Virtues which are in God, such as Eternity, Infinity, Omniscience, Omnipotence, Unchangeableness, Goodness, Holiness and Justice,&c.
Q. Which are the principal Works of God, by which he hath marifested himself?
A. By those of Creation, Providence and Rex demption.
Q. How doth it appear that there is but one God?
A. It is evident from Scripture, Deut. vi. 4. Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord. Fer. X. 10. And 1 Cor. viii. 5. 6. And as Scripture reveals na more, fo Reason will allow no more, as there can be but one Infinite, one Omnipotent, and one Firft Cause, and that is God, the most perfect and excellent Being, Pf. lxxi. 19. Thy Righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hath done great Things: O God, wha is like unto thee?:
Q. Dath not the Scripture say, I Cor. viii. 5. That there are Gods many, and Lords Inany ..?,
A. Yes.. There are many in T'itle, and many in Opinion, but one only in Truth, fer. X. 10. But the Lord is the true God.
Q. Why is he called the true God?
A. To distinguish him from the Idol and falfe Gods of the Heathen, i Thef. i. 9. Ye turned to God from Idols, to serve the living and true God. And Aets.
Q. Why is he called the living God?
A. Because all Life, natural, spiritual, and eternal is in him, and from him only, Aats xvii. 28. Ephe ü, 2. Col, üi. 4:
The 25th Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. Q. SINCE there is no more than only one divine
Essence, why do you name three Perfons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost?
" A. Because according to the Manner that God 6C has revealed himfelf in his Word, those three di“ ftinct Persons are the only true and eternal God."
Q. What is a Perfon in the Godhead?
A. It is the Godhead distinguished by personal Properties, each person having his distinct personal Properties, Heb. iii. 1. Who being the Brightness of his Glory, and the express Image of his Person, upholding all Things by the Word of his Power.
Q. How doth it appear there are three Persons, and no more!
A. First, from the Old Testament, Ifa. lxiii. 9, 10. In all their Affliction he was afflicted, and the Angel of bis Presence saved them ; in his Love and in his Pity be redeemed them, and he bare them and carried them all the Days of old. But they rebelled, and vexed his holy Spirit; therefore he was turned to be their Enemy, and he fought against them. And Hag. ii. 4, 5. Yet now be strong, O Zerubbabel, faith the Lord, and be strong, O Joshua, Son of Jofedech, the high Priest, and be strong, alt ye People of the Land, faith the Lord, and Work; for I AM WITH YOU, faith the Lord of Hofts. According to the WORD that I covenanted with you when ye came out of Egypt, so my SPIRIT remaineth among you.
Q. Does this appear from the New Testament?
A. Yes. First from Chrift's Baptism, Matt. iii. 16, 17. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up Araightway out of the Water ; and lo, -the Heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God defcending upon him like a Dove, and lighting upon him, And lo, a Voice from Heaven, saying, This is my beloved