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Catechism Memorization

Questions from Rev. A. Hellenbroek's Divine Truths - Chapter III: Parts 2 and 3

1. Does God need names as men do?

No, because there are none like Him (Gen. 32:29, Judges 13:18).

2. Are all the names of God significant?

Yes, for each name reveals something of His divine essence.

3. What is God's most significant name?

The name of Jehovah or LORD.

4. Why is the name of Jehovah so significant?

Because it signifies the self-existence, immutability and faithfulness of God (Ex. 3:14). "And God said unto Moses, I AM THA T I AM" (Ex. 6.2).

5. Are the attributes of God distinct from God Himself.?

No, they are God Himself, therefore He is said to be Light (I John 1:5), Life, Truth, Love (I John 4.8), and Holiness. Thus, to swear by God's holiness is to swear by God Himself (Amos 4.2, Heb. 6.13).

6. Are the attributes of God different and distinct from each other?

Not in God, for in Him every thing is infinitely perfect, they are only distinct in our manner of comprehending them and in the different ways that God manifests His perfections to His creatures.

7. How are God's attributes usually distinguished?

Into incommunicable and communicable attributes (Gen. 1:26, 1 John 3:2, Peter 1:4).

8. What are the incommunicable attributes?

The independency, simplicity, eternity, omnipresence, and immutability of God.

9. Why are these attributes called incommunicable?

Because there is no resemblance of them in any creature.

10. What is the independency of God?

His self-existence and self-sufficiency. "I am the Almighty God, walk before Me and be thou perfect" (Gen 17. 1).

11. What is the simplicity of God?

The oneness of God. God is not composed of different parts or matters. "Hear, 0 Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord" (Deut. 6:4).

12. What is the eternity of God?

That He is: (1) without any beginning, (2) above any succession or distinction of time, and (3) without end. "Before the world was, from everlasting to everlasting Thou art God" (Ps. 90.2).

13. Where is God?

God is everywhere present. "Am I a God at hand, saith the Lord, and not a God afar ofp Do I not fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord" (Jer. 23:23-24).

14. Is God changeable or unchangeable?

God is unchangeable. "I am the Lord, I change not" (Mal. 3:6).

15. What are the communicable attributes of God?

The knowledge, will, justice, power, goodness, grace, mercy, patience and sovereignty of God.

16. Why are these attributes called communicable?

Because there is a remote resemblance of them in men, although as they are in God, they are inflnite, and thus incommunicable.

17. What is God's knowledge?

That perfection in God whereby He knows everything from eternity in the most perfect manner. "Known unto God are all His works from the beginning of the world" (Acts 15.-18).

18. How is the will of God distinguished?

Into (1) the will of His decree and (2) the will of His command, or into (1) His secret and (2) His revealed Will.

19. Which of these aspects of God's will must we follow?

We must obey the will of God's command, for the will of His decree is unknown to us. "The secret things belong unto the Lord our God, but the things which are revealed belong unto us, and to our children forever, that we may do all the words of this law" (Deut. 29:29).

20. What is the justice of God?

That divine perfection by which God hates and punishes all sin.

21. What is God's power?

A power of omnipotence. "With God all things are possible" (Matt. 19.26).

22. What is God's goodness?

God's goodness is (1) His kindness towards all creatures (Ps. 4.7-8), (2) the manifestations of His benevolence and love toward all men (Ps. 36:7); and above all, (3) His saving love towards His saints (John 3:16).

23. What is God's grace?

That goodness of God whereby He shows mercy unto man irrespective of his worthiness.

24. What is God's mercy?

God's mercy is His goodness toward a miserable, elect sinner, by which He daily restores him in the state of grace through the Mediator Jesus (Eph. 2:4, Ex. 34.6).

25. What is God's longsuffering?

God's longsuffering is His goodness in delaying welldeserved punishment in order to bring the elect to repentance and to convince the reprobate (Rom. 2:4).

26. What is God's sovereignty?

God's sovereignty is His supreme authority over all creatures (Jer. 10. 6- 7, Rom. 9.18,20).


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