God, the Lord. In the beginning God created Heaven and Earth, – Genesis 1: 1.
Who is God?
The only God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. – Matt. 28: 19, 1 John 5: 7.
How can we know that there is a God?
Nature and the testimony of the Sacred Scriptures teach us that there is a God. – Rom. 1: 19-20, Deut. 6: 4-5.
How does nature teach us that there is a God?
All created things teach us that there must necessarily be a God, who created all things. –Job 12: 7-10, Acts 17: 24-28.
What does Paul say on this subject?
He says: Because that which may be known of God, is manifest: For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world, are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead. Rom. 1: 19-20.
What do the Sacred Scriptures testify of God?
That God is a Spirit; that he is one, everlasting, immutable, omnipresent, all-seeing, omniscient, all-wise, omnipotent, holy, righteous, incomprehensible, benevolent, gracious, merciful and long suffering, &c. – John 4: 24, 2 Cor. 3: 17, Deut. 6: 4, Ps. 90: 2, James 1: 17, Acts 17: 27, Psalm 139: 7-10, Jer. 23:23-24 Ps. 94: 11, Rom. 16: 24, Gen. 17: 1, Isa. 6: 3, Deut 32: 4, Rom. 11: 33, Ps. 103: 8.
What are we to understand by the Sacred Scriptures?
The writings of the Old and New Testament, called the Bible.
Are these writings the word of God?
They are: All Scripture is given by inspiration of God. – 2 Tim. 3: 16.
Were the Scriptures not written, as by the will of men?
By no means: but holy men of God spake, and also wrote, as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. –2 Peter 1: 21, Rev. 1: 11.
Are the Sacred Scriptures the infallible truth?
They are: for all things therein foretold of Christ have been literally fulfilled. – Matt. 26: 56,Luke 24: 26-27.
Is it profitable for us to diligently read the Sacred Scriptures?
It is: for if we from childhood know the Sacred Scriptures, they are able to make us wise unto Salvation; but we have to pray God for the influence of the Holy Spirit to enlighten our understanding. – 2 Tim. 3: 15, Eph. 1: 18.
What do the Sacred Scriptures teach concerning the Trinity of God?
God revealed himself therein as the triune God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. –1 John 5: 7, Matthew 3:13-17.
What do the Sacred Scriptures testify of God the Father?
That he is the true Father over all called children, in Heaven and upon Earth; that he is the Father of all believers, and that he is, in a special manner, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. – Eph. 3: 15, 1 Cor. 8: 6, 2 Cor. 1: 3.
What is said In the Sacred Scriptures of Christ, the Son of God?
That he is the true, own, and only begotten Son of God. – Ps.. 2: 7, Rom. 8: 2, John 1: 14.
Is Jesus Christ the Son of God, from all eternity?
Yes: he had been with the Father before the world was: whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.-John 17:5, Micah. 5:2.
Is he also true God?
Yes: he Is the true God, and eternal life. –1 John 5: 20.
What do the Sacred Scriptures teach us concerning the Holy Spirit?
That he is a true Holy Spirit, proceeding from the Father and is sent by the Son; and thus emanating from the Father and the Son. –John 15: 26.
Is the Holy Spirit also called God?
Yes: For when Ananias had lied to the Holy Spirit, Peter said: Thou hast not lied unto men, but unto God. –Acts 5: 3-4.
Are then the Father, Son and Holy Spirit three Gods?
No: there is only one God: for these three are one. –Mark 12: 29, 1 John 5: 7.
By whom did God create all things?
He created all things by Jesus Christ: by whom be also made the world. – Eph. 3: 9, Heb. 1: 2.
Did the Holy Spirit also have a part in the work of the creation?
Yes: by the word of the Lord were the Heavens made: and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. – Ps. 33: 6.
In how many days did God create all things?
In six days, God made Heaven and Earth and all things, and rested on the seventh day, and blessed it, and sanctified it.-Gen. 1 and 2.
What are we taught of Man’s creation?
God created man in his own image: in the image of God created he him. – Gen. 1: 27.
How many human beings did God create, in the beginning?
Only two: Adam and Eve, from whom all mankind descended. –Acts 17: 26.
From what was Adam created?
From the dust of the ground: and God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life. – Gen. 2: 7.
How was Eve formed?
The Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs and made a woman from it, and brought her unto him. – Gen. 2: 21-22.
Where did the Lord. God place our first parents, Adam and Eve?
In the garden of Eden. – Gen. 2: 8.
Are there also created beings in Heaven?
Yes: the Angels. – Heb. 1: 6-7, Col. 1: 16.
What are angels?
They are ministering spirits. – Heb. 1: 7-14.
To what end did God create the Holy Angels?
To praise and extol God Almighty, and minister to the good of his children. – Isa. 6: 1-3, Matt. 18: 10, Ps. 34:8.
Did the angels abide in their first estate?
Not all: some have left their habitation, and are kept in everlasting chains under darkness, unto the judgment of the great day. –Jude 6.
How are these called?
Evil spirits, or devils. –Luke 7: 21, Mark 5: 12.
What are their nature and actions?
They are enemies of God, and seek the eternal destruction of mankind. –1 Peter 5: 8.
Does God also provide for his creatures?
Yes: he causes the grass to grow for the beast, and corn for man. He gives all their meat in due season. He gives to all life and breath, and all things. – Ps. 115: 14, 145: 15, Acts 17: 25.
Can nothing exist without God’s sustaining Providence?
No: for if he takes away their breath, they perish. – Ps. 104: 29.
Does God govern all things that he created?
Yes: he governs the nations upon the earth, and he will reign forever and ever. – Ps. 67: 4.
Can we comprehend God’s Providence and government?
No: God’s ways are past finding out, and his judgments are unsearchable. – Rom. 11: 33, Ps. 141: 6.
What does all this teach us?
That we should confide in God, our Creator, preserver and ruler, cast all our cares upon him, and seek his kingdom and righteousness, in the hope that all things shall be added unto us. – Matt. 6: 33, 1 Peter 5: 7.