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Catechism Memorization

Questions from Rev. A. Hellenbroek's Divine Truths - Chapters VIII and IX

1. Was man capable of fulfilling the covenant of works?

Yes, God had created man capable of keeping it.

2. How did God create man?

God created man good and upright.

3. Was man created merely in a state of nature between good and evil?

No, for man was created in a moral, upright state. "Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions" (Eccies. 7:29).

4. Row did God create man?

After His own image (Gen. 1:27).

5. What constitutes the image of God?

Knowledge, righteousness, and holiness.

6. Does the image of God refer to man's body? No, because God does not have a body.

Does the image of God refer to man's dominion over the animals?

7. Does the image of God refer to man's dominion over the animals?

No, this dominion is only a result of God's image and will not exist in heaven where the image of God will be completely perfect in man.

8. How can we prove that the image of God consisted of knowledge?

From Colossians 3:16, "And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge, after the image of Him that created him."

9. How can we prove that the image of God consisted of righteousness and true holiness?

From Ephesians 4:24, "And that ye put on the new man which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness."

10. Was Adam immortal, having God's image?

Yes, for death was first threatened as the punishment of sin. "In the day thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die" (Gen. 2:17).

11. Does God use any other special means to direct man?

Yes, God governs man in a covenantal manner.

12. How many covenants are there?

Two: the covenant of works and the covenant of grace.

13. When was the covenant of works in effect?

Before man 's fall.

14. With whom did God make this covenant?

With Adam, and through his being the representative head of the covenant, with all his posterity.

15. What did God require of man in the covenant of works?

Perfect obedience to the law.

16. What law did God require man to obey?

The law of love, to love God with all his heart and his neighbor as himself

17. How did Adam receive knowledge of this law?

God implanted it in Adam's heart when He created him.

18. What did God promise to man in the covenant of works?

God promised eternal life upon Adam's continued obedience.

19. Was this promise confirmed by any sacrament?

Yes, the tree of life confirmed God's promise.

20. What did God threaten in this covenant?

Death upon disobedience.

21. Did God add a probationary command to test Adam's obedience?

Yes, God commanded Adam not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Gen. 2:17).

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