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In this section of the Baptist Larger Catechism, we are addressing Ch. 4 in the 1689 London Baptist Confession on God’s works of creation. This section expands questions 13 and 14 in the Baptist Catechism (1693) and Keach’s Catechism. As before, expanded answers are based on the language of the 1689 Baptist Confession. An additional question has been added concerning the creation of angels, similar to question 16 in the Westminster Larger Catechism. As before, feel free to comment on the expanded portions of the questions below.
Q. 17: What is the work of creation?
A: The work of creation is, God’s making all things, whether visible or invisible, out of nothing, by the Word of His power, in the space of six days, and all very good.1
Q. 18: How did God create angels?
A: God created all the angels as immortal spirits,1 holy with superior knowledge2 and mighty power,3 to execute His commandments and to praise His name.4 Yet they were subject to fall into sin and damnation.5
5. 2 Peter 2:4
Q. 19: How did God create man?
A: After God had made all other creatures, He created man – male and female.1 He formed the body of man from the dust of the ground and the woman from the rib of the man.2 He endued them with living, reasonable, and immortal souls3 and made them after His own image4 in knowledge, righteousness, and holiness,5 having the law of God written in their hearts6 and the power to fulfill it.7 Moreover, He gave them dominion over all living creatures.8 Yet, they were subject to fall, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject to change.9