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Τ Η Ε . SHORTER CATECHISM, Agreed upon by the ASSEMBLY of Divi:N ES at WesTMINSTER: Examined and approyed, Anno 1648, by the GENERAL ASSEMBLY of the CHURCH of SCOTLAND, &c.
Question .W "Antwer
. Man's chief end, is to glorify God
THAT is the chief end of man?
and to enjoy him for ever b.
Q. 2. What rule hath God given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him?
A. The word of God, which is contained in the scriptures of the old and new testaments c, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him d.
Q. 3. What do the scriptures principally teach?
A. The scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of man e.
1.2 I Cor. 10.31. Whether there 2. c 2 Tim.3.16.AU scripture'is fore ye eat or drink,or whatsoever given by inspiration of God,and is ye do, do all to the glory of God. profitable fordoctrine, for reproof, Rom. II. 36. For of him, and for correction, for instruction in through him, and to him are all righteousness. Eph. 2. 20. And are things: to whom be glory for e- built upon the foundation of the aver. Amen.
postles and prophets, Jesus Chrilt b Psal. 73. 25. Whom have I in himself beingthechiefcorner-stone. heaven but thee and there is none di John 1.3.That which we have upon earth that I delire besides seen and heard, declare we unto thee, v,26, My flesh, and my heart you, that ye also may have fellowfaileth: but God is the Itrength of ship with us:and truly our fellows my heart, and my portion for ever, ship is with the Father, and with v. 27. For lo; they that are far from his Son Jesus Christ. v. 4.
And thee, thall perish : thou hast de- these things write we unto you, Stroyed all them that go a whoring that your joy may be full. from thee, v.28. But it is good for 3. c 2 Tim. 1, 13. Hold fast the me to draw near to God: I have forin of sound words, which thou put ny trust in the Lord God, that halt heard of me, in faith and love Imay declare all thy works.
of ourselves unable and willing to resist them, to re-
2-2 Chron. 18. 3. AndAhab' the Ethiopians and Lubims a huge
m kom. 7.23, Rut I fee another in a rage with him, because of this
things r; bestow and bless all means of grace s, and quicken
ther, at the coming of our Lord
x 1 Pet.5.8.Be fober, bevigilant
Jesus that great ing whom he may devour v. 9. Thepherd of the sheep, through the Whom resist stedfast in the faith, blood of the everlasting covenant, knowing that the same apictions V. 21. Make you perfect in every are accomplished in your brethren good work,to do his will, working that are in the world. v 1o. But in you that which is well pleasing the God of all grace,who hath calin bis light,through Jesus Chrift; led us unto his eternal glory by
t Mat, 26. 41. Watch and pray Christ Jelus, after that ye have
tho' we be as reprobates 2.9. For
and all evil for ever a.
Q. 196. What doth the conclusion of the Lords prayer teach
A. The couclusion of the Lord's prayer (which is, For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory for ever, Amen.b) teacheth us to enforce our petitions with agruments Č, which are to be taken, not from any worthiness in ourselves, or in any other creature, but from God d: And with our Prayers to join praises e, afcribing to God alone eternal love reignty, omnipotency, and glorious excellency t; in regard
that hath cholen Jerusalem,rebuke against thee. v. 9. To the Lord thee: is not this a brand pluckt our God belong mercies and forout of the fire? Luke 22. 31. And givenesses, tho' we have rebelled the Lord said, Simon, Simon, be against him. 7.16. O Lord accordhold, Satan hath desired to have ing to all thy righteousness, I be. you,that he may lift you as wheat: feech thee,let thine anger and thy 7:32. But I have prayed for thee, fury be turned away from thy city that thy faith fail not; and when Jerusalem, -0.17. Now therefore, thou art convcrted,strengthen thy 0 our God, hear the prayer of brethren,
thy servant, and his fupplications, a John, 17.15. I pray not that and cause thy face to shine upon thou should take them out of the the fanctuary that is defolate, for world, but that thou thould't keep the Lord's fake, v.18. Q my God, them from the evil. Thesl. 5.23. incline thine ear, and hear; open And the very God of peace sancti. thine eyes and behold our defolafy you wholly: And I pray God tions,and thy city, which is called your whole spirit, and soul and bo- by thy name : for we do not predy, be preservedblameless unto the sent our fupplications before thee coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. for our righteousneffes, but forthy 106. b Mat 6. 13;
great mercies. v 19.0 Lord,hear, c Rom. 15. 30. Now I beseech O Lord, forgive, O Lord, hearken you, brethren,for the Lord Jesus and do, defer not, for thine own Chriff s lake, and for the love of fake, Omy God: for thy city,and the (pirit, that you strive together thy people are called by thy name. with me in your prayers to God, e Phil. 4, 6, Be careful for no
thing:but inevery thing by prayer d Dan. 9, 4. And I prayed unto & fupplication with thansgiving, the Lord my God, and made my let your requelts be made known confession, and said, O Lord, the unto God, &c. great and dreadful God, keeping fu Chron. 29. 10. Wherefore the covenant, and mercy to them David blessed the Lord before all that love him, and to them that the congregation : and David fáid keep his commandments. v7, o Blelled be thoạ,Lord God of Israel Lord, righteousnessbelongethunto our father,for ever and ever v'I. thee, but unto usconfufionoffaces, Thine, O Lord, is the greatness, as at this day;--v 8. O Lord, to and the power, and the glory, and us belongeth confusion of face, to the victory, and the majefty for our kings, to our princes, and to all thatis in the heaven and in the our fathers because we have linned earth is thine; "thine is the king.
whereof, as he is able and willing to help us g, so we by faith are emboldned to plead with him that he would h, and quiet\y to rely upon him that he will fulfil our requests i, and, to testify our desire and affurance, we say, Amen k.
doni, O Lord,and thou art exalted thine hand is there not power and as head above all, v. 12. Both might, so that none is able to witho riches and honour come of thee, stand thee? v. 11. Behold, I say, and thou reignest over all, and in how they reward us, to come to thine hand is power and might, calt us out of thy poffeffion, which and in thine hand it is to make thou hast given us to inherit. great, and to give strength unto i 2 Chron. 14. II. AndAla cried all. v. 13. Now therefore, ourGod, unto the Lord'his God, and said, we thank thee and praise thý glo. Lord, it is nothing with thee to rious name.
help, whether with many, or with g Eph.3,20. Now unto him that them that have no power: help us, is able to do exceeding abundantly O Lord our God, for, we rest on above all that we ask or think, ac- thee, and in thy name we go a. cording to the power that worketh gainst this multitude: O Lord, thou in us. v.21, Unto him be glory in art our God,let not man preyail a. the churchby Chrilt Jesus, through gainst thee. out all ages, world without end. ki Cor. 14.16. Elfe when thou. Amen. Luke 11, 13. If ýe then be- Thalt bless with the spirit, how shall ing evil, know how to give good he that occupieth the room of the gifts unto your children: how unlearned, lay Amen at thy giving much more shall your heavenly of thanks, seeing he understandeth Father give the holy spirit to them not what thou sayest? Rev. 22. 20. that alk him ?
He which testifieth these things, h 2 Chron.20.6. And(Jehosha- faith, Surely I come quickly. Aphat) said, O Lord God of our fa men. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. thers, art not thou God in heaven! v, 21. The grace of our Lord Jee and rulest not thou over all the sus Christ be with you all. Amen. kingdoms of the heathen? and in