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Q. 14. How doth God execute his decrees?

A. God cxecuteth 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.z.

l. 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 a.

Q. 16. How did God create angels !

A. God created all the angels b spirits c, immortal d, holy e, excelling in knowledge f, mighty in power 8, to execute his commandments, and to praise his name h, yet

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and prudent, & haft rever.led them ven, and that are in earth, visible
unto babes. v.26. Even so Father, and'invilible, whether they be
for fo it seemed good in thy light. thrones,ordominions, or principa.
1 Tim. 1:20. But in a great house lities or powers; all things were
there are not only vesiels of gold, created by him, and for him,
and of silver, but also of wood, and c Plal. 104. 4. Who maketh his
of earth, and some to honour, ard angels fpirits; his ministers aflam-
fome todishonour. Judex.Forthere ing fire.
are certain men crept in unawares, d Mat, 22, 30. For in the resur.
who were before of old ordained to rection they neither marry,nor are
this condemnation, ungodly men, given in marriage: but are as the
turning the grace of our God into angels of God in heaven.
lascivioufaels,and denyingtheonly e Mat. 25. 31. When the Son of
Lord God, and our Lord Jelus man shall come in his glory,andall
Christ, - Pet. 2. 8. And a stone of theholy angels with him, then thall
fumbling, and a rock of offence, he lit upon the throne of his glory,
even to them which stumble at the f2Sam.14.17, Then thine hand,
word, being disobedient, where- maid said, the word of my lord the
unto also they were appointed. king shall now be comfortable: for

14. 2 Eph, 1. 11. In whom also as an angel of God, so is my lord we have obtained an inheritance, the king to discern good and bad: being predestinated according to therefore the Lord thy God will be the purpose of him who worketh with thee. Mat.24:36. But of that all things after the counsel of his day and hour knoweth no man, no own will.

not the angels in heaven, but my 15.a Gen, 1 chapter. Heb. 11.3. Father only, Through faith we understand that g 2 Thell. 1. 7. And to you who the worldswere framed by the word are troubled, reft with us, when of God, so that thingswhich areleen thel.ord Jesus hallberevealed from were not made of things which do heaven, with his mighty angels. appear. Prov.16.4. The Lord hath b Play

103. 20. Bless the Lord, made all things for himself: yea, ye his angels, that excel instrength, even the wicked for the day of evil that do his commandments,heark

16.bCol. 1.16. For by him were ning unto the voice of his word, all things created that are in hea. v.21. Bless yệ the Lord, all ye his

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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 inere love, for the praise of his glorious grace to be mani, fested in due time, hath elected fome angels to glory w; and in Christ hath chosen some men to eternal life and the means thereof x, and also, according to his sovereign power, and the unsearchable counsel of his own will (whereby he extendeth or withholdeth fayour as he pleaseth) hath passed by, and fore-ordained the rest to dishonour and wrath, to be for their sin inflicted, to the praise of the glory of his ju.

Q. 14. will have mercy,and whom he will cording to the goodpleasure of his he hardneth.

will. 7.6. To the praile oftheglory v Eph.1.4.According as he hath of his

grace,

wherein he hath made chosen us in him before the foun- us accepted in theBeloved. 2 Thell, dation of the world, that we should 2, 13. But we are bound to give be holy, and without blame before thanks alway to God for you, brez him in love.2.11.In whom also we thren, beloved of the Lord, because have obtainedan inheritance,being God hath from the beginning predestinated according to the pur. chosen you to falvation, through pose of him who worketh all things fanctification of the Spirit, and be. after the counsel of his own will. Jief of the truth : 714. Whereunta Rom.9.27, What if God, willing to he called you by our gospel, to the fhew his wrath,& to make hispow. obtaining of the glory of theLord er known,enduredwithiuch long. Jesus Christ. suffering the yeffels of wrath fitted y Rom. 2.17. For the scripture

to destruction ; 7. 23. And that he faith unto Pharaph, even for this , might makeknown the riches of his fame purpose have I raised thee up,

glory on theveslelsofmercy,which that I mightMewmypower in thee, he nad áfore prepared unto glory? and that my name might be declas Pfal.33.11. The counsel of the Lord red throughout all the earth, 7.18. ftandeth for ever, the thoughts of Therefore hath he mercyonwhom his heart to all generations, he will have mercy,& whom he will

13. w 1 Tim. 5:21. Icharge thee he hardneth. v. 21. Hath not the before God & the Lord Jesus Christ, potter power over the clay, of the and the elect angels; that thou ob- fame lump to make one vessel unto serve these things without prefer- honour, and another unto difhoring one before another,doing no, nour? 22. What if God, willing thing by partiality.

to shew his wrath, and to make his x Eph. 1.4. According as he hath power known, endured with much chofen us in him, before the foun long-suffering the vessels of wrath dation of the world, that we should fitted to destruction ? Mat 11.25. be holy, and without blame before At that time Jesus answered and him in love: 1.5. Having predestis said, i thank thee, O Father, Lord nated us unto the adoption of chil- of heaven and earih, because thou dren by-Jesus Christ to himself,ac: halt hid these things from the wise

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Q. 14. How doth God execute his decrees?

A. God cxecuteth 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 -2,

l. 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 six days, and all very good a.

Q. 16. How did God create angels ?

A. God created all the angels b spirits C, immortal d, holye, excelling in knowledge f, mighty in power , to execute his commandments, and to praise his name h, yet

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and prudent, & haft rever.led them ven, and that are in earth, visible
unto babes. v.26. Even so Father, and invisible, whether they be
for fo it seemed good in thy fight, thrones,ordominions, or principa.
1 Tim.2.20. But in a great house lities or powers; all things were
there are not only vesels of gold, created by him, and for him,
and of silver, but also of wood, and c Plal. 104. 4. Who maketla his
of earth; and come to honour, and angels spirits; his ministers ałam-
fometndíthonour. Jude 4. Forthere ing fire.
are certain men crept in unawares, d Mar, 22. 30. For in the resur.
who were before of old ordained to 'rection they neither marry,norare
this condemnation, ungodly men, given in marriage: but are as the
turning the grace of our God into angels of God in heaven,
lalciviousness,and denyingtheonly e Mat. 25. 31. When the Son of
Lord God, and our Lord Jesus man shall come in his glory,andall
Christ, 1 Pet. 2. 8. And a stone of theholy angels with þim,thenthall
Aumbling, and a rock of offence, die sit upon the throne of his glory,
even to them which stumble at the f2Sam. 14.17, Then thine hand
word, being disobedient, where- maid said, the word of my lord the
unto also they were appointed. king shall now be comfortable: for

14. z Eph. 1. 11. In whom also as an angel of God, fo is my lord we have obtained an inheritance, the king to discern good and bad; being predestinated according to therefore the Lord thy God will be the purpole of him who worketh with thee. Mat.24.36. But of that all things after the counsel of his day and hour knoweth no man, no own will.

not the angels in heaven, but my 15.a Gen: 1. chapter. Heb. 11.3. Father only, Through faith we understand that g 2 Thess. 1. 7. And to you who the worldswere framed by the word are troubled, reft with us, when ofGod, so that thingswhich areleen the Lord Jesus hallberevealed froin were not made of things which do heaven,

with his mighty angels. appear. Prov.16.4. The Lord hath h Pfal, 103. 20. Bless the Lord, made all things for himself: yea, ye his angels, thatexcel in trength, even the wicked for the day of evil. that do his commandments,hearka

16.6Col. 1.16. For by him were ning unto the voice of his word, all things created that are in hea. v.21. Bless ye the Lord, all ye his

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Q: 17. How did God create man?

Ā, After God had made all other creatures, he created man male and female k; formed the body of the man of the dust of the ground I, and the woman of the rib of the man m; endued them with living, reasonable, and immortal Souls n; made them after his own image o, in knowledge P, righteousness and holiness 4, having the law of God written in their hearts r, and power to fulfil it f, with dominion over the creatures t; yet subject to fall v, hosts, ye ministers of his that do in his own image, in the image of his pleasure.

God created he him: male and fei 2 Pet. 2. 4. For if God spared male created he them. not the angels that sinned, but caft p Col.3.10. And have put on the then down to hell, and delivered new man, which is renewed in them into chains of darkness, to knowledge, after the image of him be reserved unto judgment. that created him.

17. k Gen. 1.27. So God creat 9 Eph.4.24. And that ye put on ed man in his own image, in the in the new man, which after God is mage of God created he him ; male created in righteousness, and truc and female created he them. holiness.

1 Gen, 2.7. And the Lord God r Rom.2.14. For when theGen. formed man of the dust of the tiles which have not the law, de ground, and breathed into his no- by nature the things contained in Itrils the breath of life.

the law, these having not the law, m Gen. 2,22, And the rib,which are a law unto themselves: v. 156 the Lord God had taken from Which shew the work of the law man, made he a woman, and written in their hearts, their con brought her unto the man, science also bearing witness, and

nG n.2.7. Andthe Lord Godform. their thoughts the mean while ac. ed man of the dust of the ground, culing, or else excusing one ano. and breathed into his nostrils the ther. breach of life: and man became a TEccl. 7.29. Lo, this only have living foul.Coripared with Job 35. I found, that God hath made man 11. Who teacheth us more than the , upright, but they have fought out bealts of the earth, and maketh us inany inventions, wiser than the fowls of heaven. t Gen. 1, 28. And God blessed And with Eccl. 12.7. Thenlhallthe them, and God said unto them, be dust return to the earth as it was: fruitful and multiply,and replenish and the ipirit shall return unto God the earth,and subdue it: and have who gave it. And with Mat. 10. 28. dominion over the fish of the fea, And tear not them which can kill and over the fowl of the air, and the body, but are not able to kill over every living thing that mot the foul: but rat ber fear himwhich veth upon the earth. is able to destroy both soul and v Gen. 3.6. And when the wow body in hell. And with Luke 23. man faw that the tree was good for 43. And Jelus said unto him, ve- food, and that it was pleafınt to fily I say unto thee, to-day shalt the eyes, and a tree to be delired to thou be with me in paradile. makeone wise; she took of thefruit Gen.1.27. SąGod created man thereof, and did eat, and gave alfo

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Q. 18. What are Gods work of providence ?

A. God's works of providence are his most holy w, wife x, and powerful preserving y, and governing all his creatures z; ordering them, and all their actions a, to his own glory b,

Q. 19. What is Gods providence towards the angels?

A. God by his providence permitted some of the angels, willfully and irrecoverably, to fall into sin and damnation , limiting and ordering that and all their sins to his own glo. ryd; and established the rest in holiness and happiness es

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unto her husband with her, and he Amen. Ifa. 63. 14. As a beastgoeth did eat. Eecl.7, 29. Lo, this only down into the valley, the Spiritof have I found, that God hath made the Lord causeth him to rest; lo man upright; butthey have sought didit thou lead thy people to make outmany inventions.

thyself a glorious name. 18. Pfal, 145.17. The Lord is 19.c Jude 6. Andtheangels which righteous in all his ways,and holy kept not their first eltate, but left in all bis works.

their own habitation, be hath rex Pfal. 104,-4. OLord, how ma. seryed in everlasting chains under pifold are thy works! in wisdom darkness,unto the judgment of the halt thou made them all: the earth great day. 2 Pet, 2. 4. For if God is full of thy riches. Isa. 28. 29. Ipared not the angels that linned, This also cometh forth from the but cast them down to bell,and deLord of hosts, which is wonderful livered them into chains of dark, in counsel, and excellent in work, nels, tobe reservedunto judgment, ing.

Heb,2.16.For verilyhetook not on yHeb.1.3. Who being the brigh- him the nature of angels; but he ness of his glory, and express in tookon him

the feed of Abraham, mage of his perion,and upholding John8.44. Ye areofyour father the allthingsby the word of his power, devil,andihe lofts of your fatherye when he hadby himlelf purgedour will do: he was a murderer from ains, sat down on the right hand of the beginning, and abode not in the majesty on high,

the truth, because there is no tsuth z Pfal. 103. 19. The Lord hath in him. When he speaketh a lie, preparedhisthrone in the heavens: he speaketh of his own: for he is and his kingdom ruleth over all. a ļiar, and the father of it.

a Mat 10.29. Are not two spar d.Job, 1. 12. And the Lord said rows fold for a farthing? and one unto Satan, behold, all that he ofthem hall not fall onthe ground hath is in thy power, only upon without your Father.y. 30. But the himself put not forth thine hand, yery hairs of your head are all So Satan went forth from the prenumbred, v. 31. Fear ye not there: fence of the Lord, Mat. 8.31. So fore, ye are of more valuethan ma the devils belought him, saying, if py sparrows. Gen.45. 7. AndGod thou cast us out, luffer us to go alent me beforeyou, topreserveyoy way into the herd of swine. a polterity in the earth, and to fave ei Tim,5, 21. I charge thee bez your lives by a grcat deliverance, fore God and the Lord Jelus Chrift,

b Rom, 11. 36. For of him, and and the elect angels, that thou obs through him, and to him, are all serve these things without prefer, things: to whom beglory for ever. sing one before another,doing no:

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