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His Unity-Trinity of Persons.
GOD'S MODE OF EXISTENCE.
210. Divine unity, or only one true God.
Dt. 4: 35 The Lord he is God: there is none else beside him. [39.]-6: 4 The Lord our God is one Lord.—32: 39 See now that I, even I am he, and there is no god with me.
2 S. 7: 22 There is none like thee, neither is there any God
2 K. 19: 15 Thou art the God, even thou alone, of all the kingdoms of the earth.
Neh. 9: 6 Thou, even thou, art Lord alone.
Is. 44: 6 Thus saith the Lord, the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the Lord of hosts; I am the first and I am the last; and besides me there is no God. 8 Is there a God besides me? Yea, there is no God; I know not any. 45: 5 I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God besides
Jn. 17: 3 This is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom thou hast sent.
1 Cor. 8: 6 To us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him.
1 Tim. 1: 17 Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever.
Jam. 2: 19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well.
211. Are there more persons than one in the Godhead?
Gen. 1: 26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Gen. 3: 22, and 11: 7, Is. 6: 8.
Dan. 4: 17 This matter is by the decree of the watchers, and the demand by the word of the holy ones.
Mat. 28: 19 Teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
2 Cor. 13: 14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.
Ep. 2: 18 Through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. 1 Pet. 1: 2.
1 Jn. 5: 7 There are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one. [See 75-6, 346.]
Eternity of God - Foreknowledge -Greatness and Majesty.
GOD'S NATURAL ATTRIBUTES.
212. Eternity of God.
Dt. 33: 27 The eternal God is thy refuge.
Ps. 90: 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.-93: 2 Thy throne is established of old: thou art from everlasting. -102: 27 Thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
Is. 44: 6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his Redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last, and besides me there is no God. - 57: 15 Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy.
Hab. 1: 12 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One?
1 Tim. 1: 17 Unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory for ever and ever- 6: 15 Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords; 16 Who only hath immortality. [See 76,(3.)]
213. Foreknowledge of God.
Is. 46: 9 Remember the former things of old; for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me, 10 Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure.
Ac. 2: 23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain.-15: 18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world. [See 219.]
214. Greatness, majesty, and supremacy of God.
1 Ch. 29: 11 Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all. 12 Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thy hand is power and might; and in thy hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.
Neh. 9: 6 Thou, even thou, art LORD alone; thou hast made heaven, the heaven of heavens, with all their host, the earth, and all things that are therein, the seas, and all that is therein,
Greatness and Majesty.
and thou preservest them all; and the host of heaven worshippeth thee.
Job. 11:7 Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto perfection? 8 It is as high as heaven; what canst thou do? deeper than hell; what canst thou know? 9 The measure thereof is longer than the earth, and broader than the sea.-26: 14 Lo, these are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of him? but the thunder of his power who can understand.-36: 26 Behold, God is great, and we know him not, neither can the number of his years be searched out.-37: 22 With God is terrible majesty. 23 Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice.
Ps. 29: 4 The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.-47: 7 For God is the King of all the earth.-93: 1 The LORD reigneth, he is clothed with majesty.-104: 1 Bless the LORD, O my soul. O LORD my God, thou art very great; thou art clothed with honor and majesty: 2 Who coverest thyself with light as with a garment: who stretchest out the heavens like a curtain: 3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind: 4 Who maketh his angels spirits; his ministers a flaming fire. -145: 3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.
Is. 40: 12 Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance? 13 Who hath directed the Spirit of the LORD, or being his counsellor hath taught him? 14 With whom took he counsel, and who instructed him, and taught him in the path of judgment, and taught him knowledge, and shewed to him the way of understanding? 15 Behold, the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted as the small dust of the balance: behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. 16 And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, nor the beasts thereof sufficient for a burnt-offering. 17 All nations before him are as nothing, and they are counted to him less than nothing, and vanity. 18 To whom then will ye liken God? or what likeness will ye compare unto him? [Dan. 4: 35.]
Nah. 1:3 The LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. 4 He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan languisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon
Essential divine happiness - Invisibility; and immutability of God.
languisheth. 5 The mountains quake at him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at his presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. 6 Who can stand before his indignation? and who can abide in the fierceness of his anger? his fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. [See 45, 234, 275.]
215. Essential happiness of God.
Rom. 1: 25 Who is blessed for ever. -9: 5 Whose are the fathers, and of whom, as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever.
2 Cor. 11:31 The God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which is blessed for evermore.
1 Tim. 1: 11 The glorious gospel of the blessed God.— 6:15 The blessed and only Potentate. [See 223.]
216. Invisibility of God.
Jn. 1: 18 No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.--4: 24 God is a spirit.
Col. 1: 15 Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature.
1 Tim. 6: 16 Whom no man hath seen, nor can see; to whom be honor and power everlasting.
Heb. 11: 27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.
217. Immutability of God.
Num. 23: 19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
I S. 15: 29 And also the Strength of Israel will not lie nor repent: for he is not a man, that he should repent.
Job 23: 13 He is in one mind, and who can turn him?
Ps. 102: 25 Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. 26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: 27 But thou art the same, and thy years shall have no end.
Mal. 3: 6 I am the LORD, I change not.
Heb. 13: 8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to-day, and for ever.
Jam. 1: 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from
Omnipotence; and Omniscience of God.
above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. [See 250.]
218. Omnipotence of God.
Gen. 17: 1 I am the Almighty God.
Job 9: 12 Behold, he taketh away, who can hinder him? Is. 43: 13 There is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it?
Jer. 32: 17 Ah Lord GOD! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee.
Mat. 19: 26 With God all things are possible.
Rev. 1: 8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.-11: 17 We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned. -19: 6 The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
[See 76,(5) 234, 259, 588.]
219. Omniscience of God.
1 S. 2: 3 Talk no more so exceeding proudly; let not arrogancy come out of your mouth: for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed.-16: 7 The Lord seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart.
1 K. 8: 39 Then hear thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, and forgive, and do, and give to every man according to his ways, whose heart thou knowest; (for thou, even thou only, knowest the hearts of all the children of men.) ·
1 Ch. 28: 9 The Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts.
Job 11: 11 He knoweth vain men: he seeth wickedness also; will he not then consider it?-34: 21 His eyes are upon the ways of man, and he seeth all his goings. 22 There is no darkness, nor shadow of death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
Ps. 11: 4 The Lord's throne is in heaven: his eyes behold, his eyelids try the children of men.-44: 21 Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the heart.94: 9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? he that formed the eye, shall he not see?-139: 1 O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my down-sitting and mine up-rising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art