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AOREED UPON BY
THE ASSEMBLY OF DIVINES
WITH THE ASSISTANCE OF
CHURCH OF SCOTLAND,
A Part of the Covenanted Uniformity in Religion betwixt the Churches of
CHRIšt in the Kingdoms of Scotland, England, and Ireland.
Approved Anno 1648, by the General Assembly of the CHURCA of Scot.
LAND, to be a Directory for catechising such as have made some
proficiency in the Knowledge of the Grounds of Religion.
PROOFS FROM THE SCRIPTURE.
Act approving the LARGER CATECHISM. THE HE General Assembly having exactly examined and
seriously considered the LARGER CATECHISM, agreed upon by the Assembly of Divines sitting at Westminster, with assistance of Commissioners from this Kirk, copies thereof being printed, and sent to Presbyteries, for the more exact trial thereof; and publick intimation being frequently made in this Assembly, that every one that had. any doubts or objections upon it might put them in, do find, upon due examination thereof, That the said Catechism is agreeable to the word of God, and in nothing contrary to tħe received doctrine, worship, discipline, and government of this Kirk; a necessary part of the intended uniformity in religion, and a rich treasure for increasing knowledge among the people of God: and therefore the Assembly, as they bless the Lord that so excellent a Catechism is prepared, so they approve the same, as a part of uniformity; agreeing, for their part, that it be a common Catechism for the three kingdoms, and a Directory for catechising such as have made some proficiency in the knowledge of the grounds of religion.
LARGER CATECHISM. :
Ans. Man's chief and highest end is to glo.. rify God', and fully to enjoy him for ever b..
Q: 2. How
2. a Rom. xi. 36. Fot of him, whatsoever. ye do, do all to the and through him, and to him, are glory of God. all things to whom be glory for b Psal. lxxii. 24. Thou shalt guide erer, Amen.
1 Cor. x. 31. Whe me with thy counsel, and afterwards ther, there'ore ye eat or drin's, or recejve me ta glory. Ver, 25. Whom.
power and Godhead;: so that they the mouth of thiy seeds seed, saith
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 God; but his word and Spirit only do sufficiently and effectually reveal him? unto men for their salvation a
Q. 3. What is the word of God?
4. The holy scriptures of the Old and New Testament have I in heaven but thee? and God; and the firmament. sheweth there is none upon earth that I his handy-work. Ver. 2. Day unto desire besides thee. Ver. 26. My day uttereth speech, and night unto flesh and my heart faileth: but God night sheweth knowledge. Ver. 3. is the strength of my heart, and my There is no speech nor language portion for ever. Ver. 27. For, lo, where their voice is not heard. they that are far from thee shall Acts xvii. 28. For in him we live, perish :, thou hast destroyed all them and move, and have our being. a whoring from thee,
di Cor, ii. 9. But as it is write. Ver. 28. But it is good for me
ten, Eye hath not seen, nor ear to draw near to God: I have put heard, neither have entered into the my trust in the Lord God, that I heart of man, the things which Godi may declare all thy works.
hath prepared for them that love xvii. 21. That they all may
him. Ver. 10. But God hath reas thou, Father, art in me,
and í vealed them unto us by his Spirit a in thee; that they also may be one
for the Spirit searcheth all things, in us :: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
yea, the deep things of God. 2 Tim. Ver. 22.
iii. 15. And that from a child thou And the glory which thou gavest hast known the holy scriptures, me I have given them:, that they which are able to make thee wise may be one, even as we are one.
unto salvation, through faith which Ver., 23. I in them, and thou in is in Christ Jesus. me, that thiey may be made perfect scripture is given by inspiration of in and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and for reproof, for correction, for inn
God, and is profitable for doctrine hast loved them, as thou hast loved struction in righteousness: Ver. 17;
That the man of God niay per. 2., “Rom. i. 19. Because that fect, thoroughly furnished unto all which may be known of God is
good works. manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. Ver. 20. For
me, this is my covenant with them,
saith the Lord, My Spirit that is the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly being understood by the things
have put in thy niouth, shall not de that are made, even his eternal the mouth of thy seed, nor out of
part out of thy mouth, nor out of
Ver. 16. All
Isa. lix. 21. As for
upon thee, and my words which 1:
the Lord,, from henceforth and for
are without excuse. Psal., xix. 1. The heavens declare the glory, of,
are the word of God', the only rule of faith and obeskiej. dience.
Q. 4. How doth it appear that the scriptures are the word all of God ?
A: The scriptures manifest themselves to be the word of God, by their majesty and purity"; by the consent of all
3.5C2 Tim. üin:16. All scripture is one rose from the dead. Gal. i. 8. given by inspiration of God. . 2 Pet. But though we, or an angel from i. 19. . We have also a more sure heaven, preach any other gospel word of prophecy;
do unto you than that which we have well that ye take heed, as unto a preached unto you, let him be aclight that shineth in a dark place, cursed. Ver. 9. As we said before, until the day dawn, and the day-star so say I now again, If any man arise in your hearts: Ver. 20. Know preach any other gospel unto you ing this first, that no prophecy of than that ye have received, let him the scripture is of any private inter be accursed. 2 Tim. 3. 15, 16. pretation. Ver. 21. For the pro- [Sce in letter d.) phecy came not in old time by the 4. & Hos. viii. 12. I have written will of man: but holy men of God to him the great things of my law, spake as they were moved by the but they were counted as a strange Holy Ghost.
thing. 3. Cbr. ii. 6. Howbeit, we f Eph. ii. 20. And are built upon speak wisdon among them that are the foundation of the apostles and perfect: yet not the wisdom of this prophets, Jesus Christ himself being world, nor of the princes of this the chief corner-stone. Rev. xxii. 18. world, that come to nought... Ver. 7. For I testify unto every man that. But we speak the wisdom of God-in heareth the words of the prophecy a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, of this book, If any man shalí add which God ordained before the world unto these things, God shall add unto our glory. . Ver. 13. Whick unto him the plagues that are written things also we speak, not in the in this book : Ver. 19. And if any. words which man's wisdom teache man shall take away from the words eth, but which the Holy Ghost of the book of this prophecy, God tsacheth; comparing spiritual things shall take away his part out of the with spiritual. . Psal. cxix. 18. Open book of life, and out of the holy thou mine eyes, that I may behold. city, and from the things which are wondrous things out of thy law. . written in this book. Isa. viii. 20. Ver. 199: Töy testimonies are won. To the law, and to the testimony: : derful: therefore doth my soul keep if they speak not according to this. them. word, it is because there is no light hPsal. xii. 36. The words of the in them. Luke xvi. 29. They have Load are paie words: as-silver tried Moses and the prophets; let them in a furnace of earth, purified seven hear them. Ver. 31. If they hear : times.' Psal. cxix. 140. Thy word 30t Moses and the prophets, neies, is very pure; therefore, thy servant thes will they be.persuaded though.. loveth'it.