Of God The Father
9 Lord's Day
thou when thou sayest, "I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of
heaven and earth"?
A. That the eternal Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ ( who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in
them;(1) who likewise upholds and governs the
same by His eternal counsel and providence )(2)
is for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father; on whom I rely so
entirely, that I have no doubt, but He will provide me with all things
necessary for soul and body(3) and further,
that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears,
turn out to my advantage;(4) for He is able
to do it, being Almighty God,(5) and willing,
being a faithful Father.(6)
1 and 2.
33:6 By the
word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the
breath of His mouth.
115:3 But our
God is in the heavens: He hath done whatsoever He hath pleased.
Matt 10:29 Are not two sparrows
sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without
Heb 1:3 Who being the brightness of His
glory, and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the
word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the
right hand of the Majesty on high.
John 5:17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
(3) John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them
gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe
on His name.
John 1:16 And of His fullness have all we
received, and grace for grace.
Rom 8:15 For ye have not received the
spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption,
whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
Rom 8:16 The Spirit itself beareth
witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God.
Gal 4:5 To redeem them that were under
the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God
hath sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father.
Eph 1:5 Having predestinated us unto
the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good
pleasure of His will.
1John 3:1 Behold, what manner of love
the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God:
therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew Him not.
55:22 Cast thy
burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the
righteous to be moved.
Matt 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air:
for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your
heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
8:28 And we
know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them
who are the called according to His purpose.
Rom 4:21 And being fully
persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform.
(6) Rom 10:12 For there is no difference between
the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call
Matt 6:26 Behold
the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do
they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth
them. Are ye not much better than they?
Matt 7:9 Or what
man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
Matt 7:10 Or if
he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
Matt 7:11 If ye
then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much
more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask
particular faith is spoken of in this question: What believest thou?
The true, saving faith.
2. How is God
here spoken of?
a. As the eternal
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ;
b. As the Father of
c. As the Father of
3. What does it
mean that He is the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ?
That He from eternity to eternity communicates the divine essence to the Son.
4. How is it shown
that He is the Almighty?
That He of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them, and
likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence.
5. For whose sake
is He the Father of His people?
Only for the sake of Christ His Son.
6. What great
privilege do God's children have?
That He will provide them with all things necessary for soul and body, and
further, that He will make whatever evils He sends them in this valley of
tears turn to their advantage.
7. Wherein lies
the certainty of this privilege?
In that He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and is willing to do it,
being a faithful Father.
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What dost thou
mean by the providence of God?
A. The almighty and everywhere present
power of God;(1) whereby, as it were
by His hand, He upholds and governs heaven, earth, and all
creatures;(2) so that herbs and grass, rain
and drought,(3) fruitful and barren years,
meat and drink,(4) health and sickness,(5) riches and poverty,(6)yea,
and all things come, not by chance, but by His fatherly hand.(7)
(1) Acts 17:25 Neither is worshipped with men's
hands, as though He needed any thing, seeing He giveth to all life, and
breath, and all
Acts 17:26 And hath made of one blood
all nations of men for to dwell on all the face of the earth, and hath
determined the times before appointed, and the bounds of their habitation;
Acts 17:27 That they should seek the Lord,
if haply they might feel after Him, and find Him, though He be not far from
every one of us:
Acts 17:28 For in Him we live, and
move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we
are also His offspring.
1:3 Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image
of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had
by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on
Jer 5:24 Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the
LORD our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in His
season: He reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest.
Nevertheless He left
not Himself without witness, in that He did good, and gave us rain from
heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.
9:3 Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his
parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.
22:2 The rich and poor meet together:
the LORD is the maker of them all.
Job 1:21 And said, Naked came I out of
my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the LORD gave, and the
LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.
10:29 Are not two sparrows sold for a
farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father.
Matt 10:30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated
according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of
His own will.
1. Is how
many acts does the providence of God consist? Three, in
preservation, cooperation, and government.
2. What is this
The almighty power of God by which He causes all things to continue in
existence (Hebrews 1:3).
3. What is the
The almighty power of God, by which He influences all the motions and
operations of the creatures (1 Corinthians 12:6).
4. What is God's
The almighty power of God by which He directs everything to a certain
5. Over what does
the providence of God extend?
Over all things: "Who worketh all things after the counsel of His own
will" (Ephesians 1:11).
6. Does God's providence
also encompass sin?
Yes, He permits it, limits it, and directs it to be certain end.
7. Does not God
cause sin itself?
No, He hates and punishes sin.
What advantage is
it to us to know that God has created, and by His providence does still
uphold all things?
A. That we may be patient in
adversity;(1) thankful in prosperity;(2) and that in all things, which may hereafter
befall us, we place our firm trust in our faithful God and Father,(3) that nothing shall separate us from His love;(4) since all creatures are so in His hand, that
without His will they cannot so much as move.(5)
5:3 And not
only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh
patience; and patience, experience and experience, hope.
Ps 39:10 Remove Thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the
blow of Thine hand.
8:10 When thou hast eaten and art full, then thou shalt bless
the LORD thy God for the good land which He hath given thee.
1 Thess 5:18 In every thing give
thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
(3) Rom 5:3 And not only so, but we
glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
Rom 5:4 And patience, experience; and
Rom 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed;
because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which
is given unto us.
Rom 5:6 For when we were yet without
strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.
8:38 For I am
persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor
powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Rom 8:39 Nor height, nor depth, nor any
other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(5) Job 1:12 And the LORD said unto
Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not
forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD.
Job 2:6 And the LORD said unto Satan,
Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.
Matt 8:31 So the devils besought Him,
saying, If Thou cast us out, suffer us to go away into the herd of swine.
Isa 10:15 Shall the axe boast itself
against him that heweth therewith? or shall the saw magnify itself against
him that shaketh it? as if the rod should shake itself against them that lift
it up, or as if the staff should lift up itself, as if it were no wood.
1. To what
purpose does the doctrine of providence lead God's people?
It teaches them to be patient in adversity, thankful in prosperity, and
trusting for the future.
2. What comfort
is there in the doctrine of providence?
That nothing can separate God's people from His love, since all creatures are
so in His hand that, without His will, they cannot so much as move.