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Here, I am continuing a community project in developing a Particular Baptist version of the Larger Catechism. The section that is listed below deals with theology proper – or the doctrine of God. This section follows The Baptist Catechism (1693) and Keach’s Catechism closely in order and style. Expanded answers to these questions (such as Q10 on What is God?) are based on the language of the Westminster Larger Catechism. Furthermore, Questions 12 and 13 have been adapted from the Westminster Larger Catechism. One additional feature in this section is that Questions 8 and 9 in The Baptist Catechism [Are there more gods than one? and How many persons are there in the Godhead?] have been combined into one question below in Question 11.
As before, for those who are interested, feel free to comment on the questions below.
Q. 9: What do the Scriptures make known of God?
A: The Scriptures make known what God is,1 the persons in the Godhead,2 His decrees,3 and the execution of His decrees.4
Q. 10: What is God?
A: God is a Spirit1 who, in and of himself, is infinite in being,2 glory,3 blessedness,4 and perfection.5 God is all-sufficient,6 eternal,7 unchangeable,8 incomprehensible,9 omnipresent,10 omnipotent,11 omniscient,12 most wise,13 most holy and just,14 most merciful and gracious, long-suffering, and abundant with goodness and truth.15
1. John 4:24
10. Psalm 139:1-13
Q. 11: Is there more than one God?
A: There is but one only: the living and true God.1 Yet, there are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.2 These three are one true, eternal God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory; although distinguished by their personal properties.3
Q. 12: What are the personal properties of the three persons of the Godhead?
A: From all eternity, it is proper to the Father to beget the Son,1 and to the Son to be begotten of the Father,2 and to the Holy Ghost to proceed from the Father and the Son.3
Q. 13: How may we know that the Son and the Holy Ghost are God, equal with the Father?
A: The Scriptures manifest that the Son and the Holy Ghost are equal with the Father by ascribing unto them such names1, attributes2, works3, and worship4 as are proper to God only.