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The Larger Catechism Ė Questions 1-10


QUEST. 1. 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 10:31 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 17:28 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 10:43 ; Acts 26:22 d Rom.3:19,27 e Acts 18:28 ; Heb.4:12; James 1:18; Ps.19:7-9; Rom.15:4; Acts 20:32 f John 16:13,14; 1 John 2:20,27; John 20:31



Q. 5. What do the scriptures principally teach?

A. The scriptures principally teach, what man is to believe concerning God, and what duty God requires of mana.


a 2 Tim.1:13





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 5:17 c Acts 15:14 ,15,18 d Acts 4:27 ,28



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 4:24 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 1:17 i 1 Kings 8:27 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 one?

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  



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