The Shorter Catechism
With Scripture Proofs
Q1:What is the chief end of man?
A:Mans chief end is to glorify God1, and to enjoy Him forever2.
1.Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory
of God. (1Corinthians 10:31, KJV).
2.Whom have I in heaven [but thee]? and [there is] none upon earth [that] I
desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: [but] God [is] the strength
of my heart, and my portion for ever. (Psalms 73:25-26, KJV).
Q2:What rule hath God given to direct
us how we may glorify and enjoy him?
A:The Word of God, which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New
Testaments1, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy him2.
1.And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ
himself being the chief corner [stone]; (Ephesians 2:20, KJV).
All scripture [is] given by inspiration of God, and [is] profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
(2Timothy 3:16, KJV).
2.That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have
fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship [is] with the Father, and with his
Son Jesus Christ. (1John 1:3, KJV).
Q3:What do the Scriptures principally
A:The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God, and
what duty God requires of man.1
1.Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and
love which is in Christ Jesus. (2Timothy 1:13, KJV).
Q4:What is God?
A:God is a Spirit1, infinite2, eternal3, and unchangeable4, in his being5,
wisdom6, power7, holiness8, justice, goodness, and truth9.
1.God [is] a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship [him] in spirit and
in truth. (John 4:24, KJV).
2.Canst thou by searching find out God? canst thou find out the Almighty unto
perfection? (Job 11:7, KJV).
3.Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth
and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou [art] God. (Psalms
4.Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
(James 1:17, KJV).
5.And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto
the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you. (Exodus 3:14, KJV).
6.Great [is] our Lord, and of great power: his understanding [is] infinite.
(Psalms 147:5, KJV).
7.And the four beasts had each of them six wings about [him]; and [they were]
full of eyes within: and they rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come. (Revelation 4:8, KJV).
8.Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art]
holy: (Revelation 15:4, KJV).
9.And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God,
merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth,
Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and
that will by no means clear [the guilty]; visiting the iniquity of the fathers
upon the children, and upon the children's children, unto the third and to the
fourth [generation]. (Exodus 34:6-7, KJV).
Q5:Are there more Gods than one?
A:There is but one only1, the living and true God2.
1.Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God [is] one LORD: (Deuteronomy 6:4, KJV).
2.But the LORD [is] the true God, he [is] the living God, and an everlasting
king: (Jeremiah 10:10, KJV).
Q6:How many persons are there in the
A:There are three persons in the Godhead; the Father, the Son, and the Holy
Ghost1; and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and
1.Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: (Matthew 28:19, KJV).
2.For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the
Holy Ghost: and these three are one. (1John 5:7, KJV).
Q7:What are the decrees of God?
A:The decrees of God are His eternal purpose, according to the counsel of His
will, whereby for His own glory, he hath fore-ordained whatsoever comes to
1.In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to
the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ.
(Ephesians 1:11-12, KJV).
Q8:How doth God execute his decrees?
A:God executeth his decrees in the works of creation1 and providence2.
1.Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast
created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. (Revelation
2.And all the inhabitants of the earth [are] reputed as nothing: and he doeth
according to his will in the army of heaven, and [among] the inhabitants of the
earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou? (Daniel
Q9:What is the work of creation?
A:The work of creation is, Gods making all things of nothing1, by the word of
his power2, in the space of six days, and all very good3.
1.In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. (Genesis 1:1, KJV).
2.Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so
that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. (Hebrews
3.And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, [it was] very good. And
the evening and the morning were the sixth day. (Genesis 1:31, KJV).
Q10:How did God create man?
A:God created man male and female, after his own image1, in knowledge,
righteousness, and holiness2, with dominion over the creatures3.
1.So God created man in his [own] image, in the image of God created he him;
male and female created he them. (Genesis 1:27, KJV).
2.And have put on the new [man], which is renewed in knowledge after the image
of him that created him: (Colossians 3:10, KJV).
And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and
true holiness. (Ephesians 4:24, KJV).
3.And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and
replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the
earth. (Genesis 1:28, KJV).
Q11:What are Gods works of providence?
A:Gods works of providence are, his most holy1, wise2, and powerful preserving3,
and governing all his creatures, and all their actions4.
1.The LORD [is] righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. (Psalms
2.This also cometh forth from the LORD of hosts, [which] is wonderful in
counsel, [and] excellent in working. (Isaiah 28:29, KJV).
3.Upholding all things by the word of his power. (Hebrews 1:3, KJV).
4.The LORD hath prepared his throne in the heavens; and his kingdom ruleth over
all. (Psalms 103:19, KJV).
Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the
ground without your Father. (Matthew 10:29, KJV).
Q12:What special act of providence did
God exercise toward man in the estate wherein he was created?
A:When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, upon
condition of perfect obedience1; forbidding him to eat of the tree of the
knowledge of good and evil, upon pain of death2.
1.And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
(Galatians 3:12, KJV).
2.But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it:
for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die. (Genesis 2:17,
Q13:Did our first parents continue in
the estate wherein they were created?
A:Our first parents, being left to the freedom of their own will, fell from the
estate wherein they were created, by sinning against God1.
1.God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions.
(Ecclesiastes 7:29, KJV).
Q14:What is sin?
A:Sin is any want of conformity unto, or transgression of, the law of God1.
1.Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the
transgression of the law. (1John 3:4, KJV).
Q15:What was the sin whereby our first
parents fell from the estate wherein they were created?
A:The sin whereby our first parents fell from the estate wherein they were
created, was their eating the forbidden fruit1.
1.And when the woman saw that the tree [was] good for food, and that it [was]
pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make [one] wise, she took of
the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he
did eat. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they [were]
naked; and they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And they
heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day:
and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst
the trees of the garden. (Genesis 3:6-8, KJV).
Q16:Did all mankind fall in Adams
A:The covenant being made with Adam, not only for himself, but for his
posterity1; all mankind, descending from him by ordinary generation, sinned in
him, and fell with him, in his first transgression2.
1.And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and
replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the
earth. (Genesis 1:28, KJV).
And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou
mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt
not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
(Genesis 2:16-17, KJV).
2.Therefore as by the offence of one [judgment came] upon all men to
condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one [the free gift came] upon all
men unto justification of life. (Romans 5:18, KJV).
Q17:Into what estate did the fall
A:The fall brought mankind into an estate of sin and misery1.
1.Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so
death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned: (Romans 5:12, KJV).
Q18:Wherein consists the sinfulness of
that estate whereinto man fell?
A:The sinfulness of that estate whereinto man fell, consists in the guilt of
Adams first sin1, the want of original righteousness2, and the corruption of his
whole nature, which is commonly called Original Sin3; together with all actual
transgressions which proceed from it4.
1.For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience
of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19, KJV).
2.As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: (Romans 3:10, KJV).
3.And you [hath he quickened], who were dead in trespasses and sins; (Ephesians
Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalms
4.For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications,
thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are [the things] which defile a man.
(Matthew 15:19-20, KJV).
Q19:What is the misery of that estate
whereinto man fell?
A:All mankind by their fall lost communion with God1, are under his wrath and
curse2, and so made liable to all miseries in this life, to death itself, and to
the pains of hell for ever3.
1.Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the
trees of the garden. So he drove out the man. (Genesis 3:8, 24 KJV).
2.And were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. (Ephesians 2:3, KJV).
Cursed [is] every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the
book of the law to do them. (Galatians 3:10, KJV).
3.The wages of sin [is] death. (Romans 6:23, KJV).
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed,
into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (Matthew 25:41,
Q20:Did God leave all mankind to
perish in the estate of sin and misery?
A:God having, out of his mere good pleasure, from all eternity, elected some to
everlasting life1, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of
the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into an estate of salvation by a
1.According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that
we should be holy and without blame before him in love: (Ephesians 1:4, KJV).
2.But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being
witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of God [which is]
by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe. (Romans
Q21:Who is the Redeemer of Gods elect?
A:The only Redeemer of Gods elect is the Lord Jesus Christ1, who, being the
eternal Son of God, became man2, and so was, and continueth to be, God and man
in two distinct natures, and one person3, for ever4.
1.For [there is] one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ
Jesus; (1Timothy 2:5, KJV).
2.And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us. (John 1:14, KJV).
3.Whose [are] the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ [came],
who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 9:5, KJV).
4.But this [man], because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood.
(Hebrews 7:24, KJV).
Q22:How did Christ, being the Son of
God, become man?
A:Christ, the Son of God, became man, by taking to himself a true body1, and a
reasonable soul2, being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of
the Virgin Mary, and born of her3, yet without sin4.
1.Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also
himself likewise took part of the same. (Hebrews 2:14, KJV).
2.Then saith he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.
(Matthew 26:38, KJV).
3.Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call
his name JESUS. (v35) The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee,
and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that
holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. (Luke
1:31, 35, KJV).
4.Such an high priest became us, [who is] holy, harmless, undefiled, separate
from sinners. (Hebrews 7:26, KJV).
Q23:What offices doth Christ execute
as our Redeemer?
A:Christ, as our Redeemer, executeth the offices of a prophet1, of a priest2,
and of a king3, both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation.
1.Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up
unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things
whatsoever he shall say unto you. (Acts 3:22, KJV).
2.Thou [art] a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. (Hebrews 5:6, KJV).
3.Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion. (Psalms 2:6, KJV).
Q24:How doth Christ execute the office
of a prophet?
A:Christ executeth the office of a prophet in revealing to us1, by his word2 and
Spirit3, the will of God for our salvation.
1.No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom
of the Father, he hath declared [him]. (John 1:18, KJV).
2.These are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of
God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. (John 20:31, KJV).
3.The Comforter, [which is] the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my
name, he shall teach you all things. (John 14:26, KJV).
Q25:How doth Christ execute the office
of a priest?
A:Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a
sacrifice to satisfy divine justice1, and reconcile us to God2; and in making
continual intercession for us3.
1.Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many. (Hebrews 9:28, KJV).
2.In all things it behoved him to be made like unto [his] brethren, that he
might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things [pertaining] to God, to
make reconciliation for the sins of the people. (Hebrews 2:17, KJV).
3.He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him,
seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. (Hebrews 7:25, KJV).
Q26:How doth Christ execute the office
of a king?
A:Christ executeth the office of a king, in subduing us to himself1, in ruling
and defending us2, and in restraining and conquering all his and our enemies3.
1.Thy people [shall be] willing in the day of thy power. (Psalms 110:3, KJV).
2.The LORD [is] our judge, the LORD [is] our lawgiver, the LORD [is] our king;
he will save us. (Isaiah 33:22, KJV).
3.For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. (1Corinthians
Q27:Wherein did Christs humiliation
A:Christs humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition1,
made under the law2, undergoing the miseries of this life3, the wrath of God4,
and the cursed death of the cross5; in being buried, and continuing under the
power of death for a time6.
1.And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger. (Luke 2:7, KJV).
2.God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law. (Galatians 4:4,
3.He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with
grief. (Isaiah 53:3, KJV).
4.And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama
sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew
5.He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the
cross. (Philippians 2:8, KJV).
6.As Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the
Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. (Matthew
Q28:Wherein consisteth Christs
A:Christs exaltation consisteth in his rising again from the dead on the third
day1, in ascending up into heaven, in sitting at the right hand of God the
Father2, and in coming to judge the world at the last day3.
1.And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the
scriptures: (1Corinthians 15:4, KJV).
2.So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven,
and sat on the right hand of God. (Mark 16:19, KJV).
3.He hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness
by [that] man whom he hath ordained; [whereof] he hath given assurance unto all
[men], in that he hath raised him from the dead. (Acts 17:31, KJV).
Q29:How are we made partakers of the
redemption purchased by Christ?
A:We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the effectual
application of it to us1, by his Holy Spirit2.
1.As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
[even] to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12, KJV).
2.Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy
he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
(v6) Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour. (Titus
3:5, 6 KJV).
Q30:How doth the Spirit apply to us
the redemption purchased by Christ?
A:The Spirit applieth to us the redemption purchased by Christ, by working faith
in us1, and thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling2.
1.By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: [it is] the
gift of God: (Ephesians 2:8, KJV).
2.That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, &c. (Ephesians 3:17, KJV).
God [is] faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus
Christ our Lord. (1Corinthians 1:9, KJV).
Q31:What is effectual calling?
A:Effectual calling is the work of Gods Spirit1, whereby, convincing us of our
sin and misery2, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ3, and
renewing our wills4, he doth persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ,
freely offered to us in the gospel5.
1.Who hath saved us, and called [us] with an holy calling. (2Timothy 1:9, KJV).
2.Now when they heard [this], they were pricked in their heart, and said unto
Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men [and] brethren, what shall we do?
(Acts 2:37, KJV).
3.To open their eyes, [and] to turn [them] from darkness to light, and [from]
the power of Satan unto God. (Acts 26:18, KJV).
4.I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an
heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26, KJV).
5.No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him. (v45)
Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto
me. (John 6:44, 45, KJV).
Q32:What benefits do they that are
effectually called partake of in this life?
A:They that are effectually called do in this life partake of justification1,
adoption2, and sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do
either accompany or flow from them3.
1.Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called,
them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. (Romans
2.Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to
himself. (Ephesians 1:5, KJV).
3.But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and
righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: (1Corinthians 1:30, KJV).
Q33:What is Justification?
A:Justification is an act of Gods free grace, wherein he pardoneth all our
sins1, and accepteth us as righteous in his sight2, only for the righteousness
of Christ imputed to us3, and received by faith alone4.
1.In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins,
according to the riches of his grace. (Ephesians 1:7, KJV).
2.For he hath made him [to be] sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be
made the righteousness of God in him. (2Corinthians 5:21, KJV).
3.As by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of
one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:19, KJV).
4.Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith
of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be
justified by the faith of Christ. (Galatians 2:16, KJV).
Q34:What is adoption?
A:Adoption is an act of Gods free grace1, whereby we are received into the
number, and have a right to all the privileges of the sons of God2.
1.Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should
be called the sons of God! (1 John 3:1)
2.But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
[even] to them that believe on his name: (John 1:12, KJV).
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ;. (Romans
Q35:What is sanctification?
A:Sanctification is the work of Gods free grace1, whereby we are renewed in the
whole man after the image of God2, and are enabled more and more to die unto
sin, and live unto righteousness3.
1.God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of
the Spirit. (2Thessalonians 2:130
2.And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness
and true holiness.. (Ephesians 4:24, KJV).
3.[There is] therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus,
who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.. (Romans 8:1, KJV).
Q36:What are the benefits which in
this life do accompany or flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification?
A:The benefits which in this life do accompany or flow from justification,
adoption, and sanctification, are, assurance of Gods love, peace of conscience,
joy in the Holy Ghost1, increase of grace2, and perseverance therein to the
1.Being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus
Christ: (v2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we
stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (v5) And hope maketh not
ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost
which is given unto us. (Romans 5:1, 2, 5, KJV).
2.The path of the just [is] as the shining light, that shineth more and more
unto the perfect day. (Proverbs 4:18, KJV).
3.These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of
God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life. (1John 5:13, KJV).
Q37:What benefits do believers receive
from Christ at death?
A:The souls of believers are at their death made perfect in holiness1, and do
immediately pass into glory2; and their bodies, being still united to Christ3,
do rest in their graves4, till the resurrection5.
1.And to the spirits of just men made perfect. (Hebrews 12:23, KJV).
2.Having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ. (Philippians 1:23, KJV).
3.Them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. (1Thessalonians 4:14,
4.He shall enter into peace: they shall rest in their beds, [each one] walking
[in] his uprightness. (Isaiah 57:2, KJV).
5.And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall
I see God: (Job 19:26, KJV).
Q38:What benefits do believers receive
from Christ at the resurrection?
A:At the resurrection, believers being raised up in glory1, shall be openly
acknowledged and acquitted in the day of judgment2, and made perfectly blessed
in the full enjoying of God3 to all eternity4.
1.It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is
raised in power: (1Corinthians 15:43, KJV).
2.Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also
before my Father which is in heaven. (Matthew 10:32, KJV).
3.When he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
(1John 3:2, KJV).
4.And so shall we ever be with the Lord. (1Thessalonians 4:17b, KJV).
Q39:What is the duty which God
requireth of man?
A:The duty which God requireth of man, is obedience to his revealed will1.
1.He hath shewed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of
thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
(Micah 6:8, KJV).
Q40:What did God at first reveal to
man for the rule of his obedience?
A:The rule which God at first revealed to man for his obedience, was the moral
1.For when the Gentiles, which have not the law, do by nature the things
contained in the law, these, having not the law, are a law unto themselves:
Which shew the work of the law written in their hearts. (Romans 2:14-15, KJV).
Q41:Where is the moral law summarily
A:The moral law is summarily comprehended in the ten commandments1.
1.And he wrote on the tables, according to the first writing, the ten
commandments. (Deuteronomy 10:4, KJV).
If thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments. (Matthew 19:17b, KJV).
Q42:What is the sum of the ten
A:The sum of the ten commandments is, To love the Lord our God with all our
heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our
neighbour as ourselves1.
1.Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and
with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great
commandment. And the second [is] like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as
thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew
Q43:What is the preface to the ten
A:The preface to the ten commandments is in these words, I [am] the LORD thy
God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of
1.(Exodus 20:2, KJV).
Q44:What doth the preface to the ten
commandments teach us?
A:The preface to the ten commandments teacheth us, That because God is the Lord,
and our God, and Redeemer, therefore we are bound to keep all his commandments1.
1.Therefore thou shalt love the LORD thy God, and keep his charge, and his
statutes, and his judgments, and his commandments, alway. (Deuteronomy 11:1, KJV).
That we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without
fear, In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life. (Luke
Q45:Which is the first commandment?
A:The first commandment is, Thou shalt have
no other gods before me.1
1.(Exodus 20:3, KJV).
Q46:What is required in the first
A:The first commandment requireth us to know1, and acknowledge God to be the
only true God, and our God2; and to worship and glorify him accordingly3.
1.And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father. (1Chronicles 28:9a,
2.Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his ways,
and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to
hearken unto his voice: (Deuteronomy 26:17, KJV).
3.Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. (Matthew
Q47:What is forbidden in the first
A:The first commandment forbiddeth the denying1, or not worshipping and
glorifying the true God as God2, and our God3; and the giving of that worship
and glory to any other, which is due to him alone4.
1.The fool hath said in his heart, [There is] no God. (Psalms 14:1, KJV).
2.So that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they
glorified [him] not as God. (Romans 1:20b-21a, KJV).
3.But my people would not hearken to my voice; and Israel would none of me.
(Psalms 81:11, KJV).
4.Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the
creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. (Romans 1:25, KJV).
Q48:What are we specially taught by
these words, before me, in the first commandment?
A:These words, before me, in the first commandment teach us, That God,
who seeth all things, taketh notice of, and is much displeased with, the sin of
having any other God.1
1.If we have forgotten the name of our God, or stretched out our hands to a
strange god; Shall not God search this out? for he knoweth the secrets of the
heart. (Psalms 44:20-21, KJV).
Q49:Which is the second commandment?
A:The second commandment is, "Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or
any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth
beneath, or that is in the water under the earth: Thou shalt not bow down
thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God,
visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth
generation of them that hate me; And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that
love me, and keep my commandments." (Exodus 20:4-7, KJV).
Q50:What is required in the second
A:The second commandment requireth the receiving, observing1, and keeping pure
and entire, all such religious worship and ordinances as God hath appointed in
1.Set your hearts unto all the words which I testify among you this day, which
ye shall command your children to observe to do, all the words of this law.
(Deuteronomy 32:46, KJV). Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have
commanded you. (Matthew 28:20, KJV).
2.What thing soever I command you, observe to do it: thou shalt not add thereto,
nor diminish from it. (Deuteronomy 12:32, KJV).
Q51:What is forbidden in the second
A:The second commandment forbiddeth the worshipping of God by images1, or any
other way not appointed in his Word2.
1.Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves; for ye saw no manner of
similitude on the day that the LORD spake unto you in Horeb out of the midst of
the fire: Lest ye corrupt yourselves, and make you a graven image, the
similitude of any figure, the likeness of male or female. (Deuteronomy 4:15, 16,
2.Let no man beguile you of your reward in a voluntary humility and worshipping
of angels, intruding into those things which he hath not seen, vainly puffed up
by his fleshly mind. (Colossians 2:18, KJV).
Q52:What are the reasons annexed to
the second commandment?
A:The reasons annexed to the second commandment are, God's sovereignty over us1,
his propriety in us2, and the zeal he hath to his own worship3.
1.Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise
unto him with psalms. For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all
gods. (Psalms 95:2, 3, KJV).
2.He is thy Lord; and worship thou him. (Psalms 45:11, KJV).
3.For thou shalt worship no other god: for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a
jealous God. (Exodus 34:14, KJV).
Q53:Which is the third commandment?
A:The third commandment is, "Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in
vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain."
(Exodus 20:7, KJV).
Q54:What is required in the third
A:The third commandment requireth the holy and reverent use of God's names1,
titles, attributes2, ordinances3, Word4, and works5.
1.Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name. (Psalms 29:2, KJV).
2.Great and marvellous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy
ways, thou King of saints. Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy
name? (Revelation 15:3b, 4a, KJV).
3.Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear,
than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.
(Ecclesiastes 5:1, KJV).
4.I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy
lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy
name. (Psalms 138:2, KJV).
5.Remember that thou magnify his work, which men behold. (Job 36:24, KJV).
Q55:What is forbidden in the third
A:The third commandment forbiddeth all profaning and abusing of any thing
whereby God maketh himself known.1
1.If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my
name, saith the LORD of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will
curse your blessings. (Malachi 2:2, KJV).
Q56:What is the reason annexed to the
A:The reason annexed to the third commandment is, That however the breakers of
this commandment may escape punishment from men, yet the Lord our God will not
suffer them to escape his righteous judgment.1
1.If thou wilt not observe to do all the words of this law that are written in
this book, that thou mayest fear this glorious and fearful name, THE LORD THY
GOD; Then the LORD will make thy plagues wonderful, and the plagues of thy seed,
even great plagues, and of long continuance, and sore sicknesses, and of long
continuance. (Deuteronomy 28:58, 59, KJV).
Q57:Which is the forth commandment?
A:The fourth commandment is, "Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six
days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath
of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor
thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy
stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and
earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore
the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it." (Exodus 20:8-11, KJV).
Q58:What is required in the fourth
A:The fourth commandment requireth the keeping holy to God such set times as he
hath appointed in his Word; expressly one whole day in seven, to be a holy
Sabbath to himself.1
1.Ye shall keep my sabbaths, and reverence my sanctuary: I am the LORD.
(Leviticus 19:30, KJV).
Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee.
(Deuteronomy 5:12, KJV).
Q59:Which day of the seven hath God
appointed to be the weekly Sabbath?
A:From the beginning of the world to the resurrection of Christ, God appointed
the seventh day of the week to be the weekly Sabbath;1 and the first day of the
week ever since, to continue to the end of the world, which is the Christian
1.And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had
rested from all his work which God created and made. (Genesis 2:3, KJV).
2.And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break
bread, Paul preached unto them. (Acts 20:7a, KJV).
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day. (Revelation 1:10a, KJV).
Q60:How is the Sabbath to be
A:The Sabbath is to be sanctified by a holy resting all that day, even from such
worldly employments and recreations as are lawful on other days;1 and spending
the whole time in the public and private exercises of God's worship,2 except so
much as is to be taken up in the works of necessity and mercy.3
1.Six days shall work be done: but the seventh day is the sabbath of rest, an
holy convocation; ye shall do no work therein. (Leviticus 23:3a, KJV).
2.<<A Psalm or Song for the sabbath day.>> It is a good thing to give thanks
unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: To shew forth thy
lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. (Psalms 92:1,2,
3.What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall
into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out? How
much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the
sabbath days. (Matthew 12:11-12, KJV).
Q61:What is forbidden in the fourth
A:The forth commandment forbiddeth the omission or careless performance of the
duties required,1 and the profaning the day by idleness, or doing that which is
in itself sinful,2 or by unnecessary thoughts, words, or works, about our
worldly employments or recreations.3
1.Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith
the LORD of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the
sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the
LORD. (Malachi 1:13, KJV).
2.They have defiled my sanctuary in the same day, and have profaned my sabbaths.
(Ezekiel 23:38b, KJV).
3.If thou turn away thy foot from the sabbath, from doing thy pleasure on my
holy day; and call the sabbath a delight, the holy of the LORD, honourable; and
shalt honour him, not doing thine own ways, nor finding thine own pleasure, nor
speaking thine own words. (Isaiah 58:13, KJV).
Q62:What are the reasons annexed to
the fourth commandment?
A:The reasons annexed to the fourth commandment are, God's allowing us six days
of the week for our own employments,1 his challenging a special propriety in the
seventh,2 his own example,3 and his blessing the Sabbath-day.4
1.Six days may work be done; but in the seventh is the sabbath of rest, holy to
the LORD: whosoever doeth any work in the sabbath day, he shall surely be put to
death. Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath. (Exodus
2.Ye shall do no work therein: it is the sabbath of the LORD in all your
dwellings. (Leviticus 23:3b, KJV).
3.It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days
the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was
refreshed. (Exodus 31:17, KJV).
4.3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it. (Genesis 2:3a, KJV).
Q63:Which is the fifth commandment?
A:The fifth commandment is, "Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may
be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee." (Exodus 20:12, KJV).
Q64:What is required in the fifth
A:The fifth commandment requireth the preserving the honour, and performing the
duties, belonging to every one in their several places and relations, as
superiors,1 inferiors,2 or equals.3
1.Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God. Wives, submit
yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. (Ephesians 5:21-22, KJV).
Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right. (Ephesians 6:1, KJV).
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with
fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ. (Ephesians 6:5,
Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. (Romans 13:1a, KJV).
2.And, ye masters, do the same things unto them, forbearing threatening: knowing
that your Master also is in heaven. (Ephesians 6:9a, KJV).
3.Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring
one another. (Romans 12:10, KJV).
Q65:What is forbidden in the fifth
A:The fifth commandment forbiddeth the neglecting of, or doing any thing
against, the honour and duty which belongeth to every one in their several
places and relations.1
1.Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due; custom to
whom custom; fear to whom fear; honour to whom honour. Owe no man any thing, but
to love one another. (Romans 13:7-8a, KJV).
Q66:What is the reason annexed to the fifth commandment?
A:The reason annexed to the fifth commandment, is a promise of long life and
prosperity [as far as it shall serve for God's glory and their own good] to all
such as keep this commandment.1
1.Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;)
That it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth.
(Ephesians 6:2-3, KJV).
Q67:Which is the sixth commandment?
A:The sixth commandment is, "Thou shalt not kill." (Exodus 20:13, KJV).
Q68:What is required in the sixth
A:The sixth commandment requireth all lawful endeavours to preserve our own
life,1 and the life of others.2
1.So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. For no man ever yet
hated his own flesh; but nourisheth and cherisheth it. (Ephesians 5:28a, 29a,
2.Defend the poor and fatherless. Deliver the poor and needy. (Psalms 82:3a, 4a,
The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me. (Job 29:13a, KJV).
Q69:What is forbidden in the sixth
A:The sixth commandment forbiddeth the taking away of our own life,1 or the life
of our neighbour unjustly,2 or whatsoever tendeth thereunto.3
1.Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm. (Acts 16:28a, KJV).
2.Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed. (Genesis 9:6a, KJV).
3.If thou forbear to deliver them that are drawn unto death, and those that are
ready to be slain; If thou sayest, Behold, we knew it not; doth not he that
pondereth the heart consider it? (Proverbs 24:11-12a, KJV).
Q70:Which is the seventh commandment?
A:The seventh commandment is, "Thou shalt not commit adultery." (Exodus 20:14,
Q71:What is required in the seventh
A:The seventh commandment requireth the preservation of our own1 and our
neighbor's chastity,2 in heart,3 speech,4 and behaviour.5
1.That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification
and honour. (1Thessalonians 4:4, KJV).
2.And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather
reprove them. For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of
them in secret. (Ephesians 5:11-12, KJV).
3.Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace.
(2Timothy 2:22, KJV).
4.Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt. (Colossians 4:6, KJV).
5.While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. (1Peter 3:2, KJV).
Q72:What is forbidden in the seventh
A:The seventh commandment forbiddeth all unchaste thoughts,1 words,2 and
1.Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with
her already in his heart. (Matthew 5:28, KJV).
2.Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not
convenient. (Ephesians 5:4, KJV).
3.Fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named
among you. (Ephesians 5:3, KJV).
Q73:What is the eighth commandment?
A:The eighth commandment is, "Thou shalt not steal." (Exodus 20:15, KJV).
Q74:What is required in the eighth
A:The eighth commandment requireth the lawful procuring and furthering the
wealth and outward estate of ourselves1 and others.2
1.Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all
men. (Romans 12:17, KJV).
Be thou diligent to know the state of thy flocks, and look well to thy herds.
(Proverbs 27:23, KJV).
2.If thy brother be waxen poor, and fallen in decay with thee; then thou shalt
relieve him. (Leviticus 25:35a, KJV).
Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of
others. (Philippians 2:4, KJV).
Q75:What is forbidden in the eighth
A:The eighth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever doth or may unjustly hinder our
own1 or our neighbour's wealth or outward estate.2
1.If any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he
hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel. (1Timothy 5:8, KJV).
2.He that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough. (Proverbs
Because he hath oppressed and hath forsaken the poor; because he hath violently
taken away an house which he builded not; Surely he shall not feel quietness in
his belly. (Job 20:19-20a, KJV).
Q76:Which is the ninth commandment?
A:The ninth commandment is, "Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy
neighbour." (Exodus 20:16, KJV).
Q77:What is required in the ninth
A:The ninth commandment requireth the maintaining and promoting of truth between
man and man,1 and of our own2 and our neighbor's good name,3 especially in
1.Speak ye every man the truth to his neighbour. (Zechariah 8:16b, KJV).
2.Having a good conscience; that, whereas they speak evil of you, as of
evildoers, they may be ashamed that falsely accuse your good conversation in
Christ. (1Peter 3:16, KJV).
Then said Paul, I stand at Caesar's judgment seat, where I ought to be judged:
to the Jews have I done no wrong. (Acts 25:10a, KJV).
3.Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we
also bear record. (3John 1:12a, KJV).
4.A faithful witness will not lie: but a false witness will utter lies.
(Proverbs 14:5a, KJV).
A true witness delivereth souls. (Proverbs 14:25a, KJV).
Q78:What is forbidden in the ninth
A:The ninth commandment forbiddeth whatsoever is prejudicial to truth,1 or
injurious to our own2 or our neighbour's good name.3
1.Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit.
(Romans 3:13a, KJV).
2.God forbid that I should justify you: till I die I will not remove mine
integrity from me. (Job 27:5, KJV).
3.He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor
taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. (Psalms 15:3, KJV).
Q79:What is the tenth commandment?
A:The tenth commandment is, "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house, thou
shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant,
nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." (Exodus 20:17,
Q80:What is required in the tenth
A:The tenth commandment requireth full contentment with our own condition,1 with
a right and charitable frame of spirit toward our neighbor, and all that is
1.Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things
as ye have. (Hebrews 13:5a, KJV).
2.Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. (Romans
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not
itself, is not puffed up, Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own,
is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil; Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but
rejoiceth in the truth. (1Corinthians 13:4-6, KJV).
Q81:What is forbidden in the tenth
A:The tenth commandment forbiddeth all discontentment with our own estate,1
envying or grieving at the good of our neighbor,2 and all inordinate motions and
affections to any thing that is his.3
1.Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the
destroyer. (1Corinthians 10:10, KJV).
2.Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one
another. (Galatians 5:26, KJV).
3.Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication,
uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which
is idolatry. (Colossians 3:5, KJV).
Q82:Is any man able perfectly to keep
the commandments of God?
A:No mere man since the fall is able in this life perfectly to keep the
commandments of God,1 but doth daily break them in thought,2 word,3 and deed.4
1.For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
(Ecclesiastes 7:20, KJV).
2.The imagination of man's heart is evil from his youth. (Genesis 8:21b, KJV).
3.The tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison.
(James 3:8, KJV).
4.In many things we offend all. (James 3:2a, KJV).
Q83:Are all transgressions of the law
A:Some sins in themselves, and by reason of several aggravations, are more
heinous in the sight of God than others.1
1.He that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin. (John 19:11b, KJV).
Q84:What doth every sin deserve?
A:Every sin deserveth God's wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which
is to come.1
1.Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the
book of the law to do them. (Galatians 3:10b, KJV).
Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed,
into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels: (Matthew 25:41,
Q85:What doth God require of us, that
we may escape his wrath and curse due to us for sin?
A:To escape the wrath and curse of God due to us for sin, God requireth of us
faith in Jesus Christ, repentance unto life1, with the diligent use of all the
outward means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption2.
1.Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God,
and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. (Acts 20:21, KJV).
2.My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So
that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;
Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;
If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then
shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.
(Proverbs 2:1-5, KJV).
Q86:What is faith in Jesus Christ?
A:Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace1, whereby we receive2 and rest upon
him alone for salvation3, as he is offered to us in the gospel4.
1.But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe
to the saving of the soul. (Hebrews 10:39, KJV).
2.But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God,
even to them that believe on his name. (John 1:12, KJV).
3. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law,
but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God
by faith. (Philippians 3:9, KJV).
4.For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he
will save us. (Isaiah 33:22, KJV).
Q87:What is repentance unto life?
A:Repentance unto life is a saving grace1, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense
of his sin2, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ3, doth, with grief
and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God4, with full purpose of, and
endeavour after, new obedience5.
1.Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life. (Acts 11:18b,
2.When they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter
and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? (Acts 2:37,
3.Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for
he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth
him of the evil. (Joel 2:13, KJV).
4.Turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God. Surely
after that I was turned, I repented; and after that I was instructed, I smote
upon my thigh: I was ashamed, yea, even confounded, because I did bear the
reproach of my youth. (Jeremiah 31:18b-19, KJV).
5.I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. (Psalms 119:59,
Q88:What are the outward means whereby
Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption?
A:The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits
of redemption, are his ordinances, especially the Word, sacraments, and prayer;1
all which are made effectual to the elect for salvation.
1.Then they that gladly received his word were baptized. And they continued
stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread,
and in prayers. (Acts 2:41a, 42, KJV).
Q89:How is the Word made effectual to
A:The Spirit of God maketh the reading, but especially the preaching of the
Word, an effectual means of convincing and converting sinners,1 and of building
them up in holiness and comfort,2 through faith, unto salvation.3
1.The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD
is sure, making wise the simple. (Psalms 19:7, KJV).
2.And ye became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the word in
much affliction, with joy of the Holy Ghost. (1Thessalonians 1:6, KJV).
3.I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto
salvation to every one that believeth. (Romans 1:16, KJV).
Q90:How is the Word to be read and
heard, that it may become effectual to salvation?
A:That the Word may become effectual to salvation, we must attend thereunto with
diligence,1 preparation,2 and prayer;3 receive it with faith4 and love,5 lay it
up in our hearts,6 and practise it in our lives.7
1.Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the
posts of my doors. (Proverbs 8:34, KJV).
2.1 Wherefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and
envies, and all evil speakings, As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the
word, that ye may grow thereby. (1Peter 2:1-2, KJV).
3.Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law. (Psalms
4.The word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that
heard it. (Hebrews 4:2b, KJV).
5.They received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
(2Thessalonians 2:10b, KJV).
6.Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. (Psalms
7.But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, he
being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed
in his deed. (James 1:25, KJV).
Q91:How do the sacraments become
effectual means of salvation?
A:The sacraments become effectual means of salvation, not from any virtue in
them, or in him that doth administer them;1 but only by the blessing of Christ,
and the working of his Spirit in them that by faith receive them.2
1.So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but
God that giveth the increase. (1Corinthians 3:7, KJV).
2.The like figure whereunto even baptism doth also now save us (not the putting
away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,)
by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. (1Peter 3:21, KJV).
Q92:What is a sacrament?
A:A sacrament is an holy ordinance instituted by Christ, wherein, by sensible
signs, Christ, and the benefits of the new covenant, are represented,1 sealed,
and applied to believers.2
1.This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed
after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. (Genesis 17:10, KJV).
2.And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the
faith which he had yet being uncircumcised. (Romans 4:11a, KJV).
Q93:Which are the sacraments of the
A:The sacraments of the New Testament are, Baptism,1 and the Lord's supper.2
1.16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved. (Mark 16:16a, KJV).
2.23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That
the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread, &c.
(1Corinthians 11:23, KJV).
Q94:What is baptism?
A:Baptism is a sacrament, wherein the washing with water in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,1 doth signify and seal our
ingrafting into Christ, and partaking of the benefits of the covenant of grace,2
and our engagement to be the Lord's.3
1.Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. (Matthew 28:19, KJV).
2.Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death? (Romans 6:3, KJV).
3.Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ
was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should
walk in newness of life. (Romans 6:4, KJV).
Q95:To whom is baptism to be
A:Baptism is not to be administered to any that are out of the visible church,
till they profess their faith in Christ, and obedience to him;1 but the infants
of such as are members of the visible church are to be baptized.2
1.Then they that gladly received his word were baptized. (Acts 2:41a, KJV).
2.v7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after
thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee,
and to thy seed after thee. v10 This is my covenant, which ye shall keep,
between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be
circumcised. (Genesis 17:7, 10, KJV).
Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name
of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the
Holy Ghost. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that
are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2:38-39, KJV).
Q96:What is the Lord's supper?
A:The Lord's supper is a sacrament, wherein, by giving and receiving bread and
wine, according to Christ's appointment, his death is showed forth;1 and the
worthy receivers are, not after a corporal and carnal manner, but by faith, made
partakers of his body and blood, with all his benefits, to their spiritual
nourishment, and growth in grace.2
1.And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying,
This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise
also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood,
which is shed for you. (Luke 22:19-20, KJV).
2.The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of
Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?
(1Corinthians 10:16, KJV).
Q97:What is required to the worthy
receiving of the Lord's supper?
A:It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord's supper, that
they examine themselves of their knowledge to discern the Lord's body,1 of their
faith to feed upon him,2 of their repentance3, love,4 and new obedience;5 lest,
coming unworthily, they eat and drink judgment to themselves.6
1.28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink
of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh
damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. (1Corinthians 11:28-29,
2.5 Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith. (2Corinthians 13:5a, KJV).
3.If we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. (1Corinthians 11:31, KJV).
4.When ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you.
v20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the
Lord's supper. (1Corinthians 11:18, 20, KJV).
5.Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven
of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
(1Corinthians 5:8, KJV).
6.Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord,
unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. (1Corinthians
Q98:What is prayer?
A:Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God1 for things agreeable to his
will,2 in the name of Christ,3 with confession of our sins,4 and thankful
acknowledgment of his mercies.5
1.Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a
refuge for us. (Psalms 62:8, KJV).
2.And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit,
because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
(Romans 8:27, KJV).
3.Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name, he will give it you. (John
4.And I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession. (Daniel 9:4a, KJV).
5.Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with
thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (Philippians 4:6, KJV).
Q99:What rule hath God given for our
direction in prayer?
A:The whole Word of God is of use to direct us in prayer;1 but the special rule
of direction is that form of prayer which Christ taught his disciples, commonly
called The Lord's Prayer.2
1.And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing
according to his will, he heareth us. (1John 5:14, KJV).
2.After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed
be thy name, &c. (Matthew 6:9, KJV).
Q100:What doth the preface of the
Lord's prayer teach us?
A:The preface of the Lord's prayer, [which is, Our Father which art in heaven,]
teacheth us to draw near to God with all holy reverence and confidence,1 as
children to a father,2 able and ready to help us;3 and that we should pray with
and for others.4
1.Be not wroth very sore, O LORD, neither remember iniquity for ever: behold,
see, we beseech thee, we are all thy people. (Isaiah 64:9, KJV).
2.If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how
much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
(Luke 11:13, KJV).
3.For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have
received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. (Romans 8:15, KJV).
4.Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching
thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints. (Ephesians
Q101:What do we pray for in the first
A:In the first petition, [which is, Hallowed be thy name,] we pray, That
God would enable us and others to glorify him in all that whereby he maketh
himself known;1 and that he would dispose all things to his own glory.2
1.God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us;
Selah. That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all
nations. Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.
(Psalms 67:1-3, KJV).
2.For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory for
ever. Amen. (Romans 11:36, KJV).
Q102:What do we pray for in the second
A:In the second petition, [which is, Thy kingdom come,] we pray, That
Satan's kingdom may be destroyed;1 and that the kingdom of grace may be
advanced,2 ourselves and others brought into it, and kept in it;3 and that the
kingdom of glory may be hastened.4
1.Let God arise, let his enemies be scattered: let them also that hate him flee
before him. (Psalms 68:1, KJV).
2.Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
(Psalms 51:18, KJV).
3.Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free
course, and be glorified, even as it is with you. (2Thessalonians 3:1, KJV).
Brethren, my heart's desire and prayer to God for Israel is, that they might be
saved. (Romans 10:1, KJV).
4.He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so,
come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20, KJV).
Q103:What do we pray for in the third
A:In the third petition, [which is, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in
heaven,] we pray, That God, by his grace, would make us able and willing to
know, obey,1 and submit to his will in all things,2 as the angels do in heaven.3
1.Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with
my whole heart. Make me to go in the path of thy commandments; for therein do I
delight. Incline my heart unto thy testimonies. (Psalms 119:34-36a, KJV).
2.And when he would not be persuaded, we ceased, saying, The will of the Lord be
done. (Acts 21:14, KJV).
3.Bless the LORD, ye his angels, that excel in strength, that do his
commandments, hearkening unto the voice of his word. v22 Bless the LORD, all his
works in all places of his dominion: bless the LORD, O my soul. (Psalms 103:20,
Q104:What do we pray for in the fourth
A:In the fourth petition, [which is, Give us this day our daily bread,]
we pray, That of God's free gift we may receive a competent portion of the good
things of this life,1 and enjoy his blessing with them.2
1.Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed
me with food convenient for me. (Proverbs 30:8, KJV).
2.And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us: and establish thou the work
of our hands upon us; yea, the work of our hands establish thou it. (Psalms
Q105:What do we pray for in the fifth
A:In the fifth petition, [which is, And forgive us our debts, as we forgive
our debtors,] we pray, That God, for Christ's sake, would freely pardon all
our sins;1 which we are the rather encouraged to ask, because by his grace we
are enabled from the heart to forgive others.2
1.Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the
multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. (Psalms 51:1, KJV).
2.For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive
you. (Matthew 6:14, KJV).
Q106:What do we pray for in the sixth
A:In the sixth petition, [which is, And lead us not into temptation, but
deliver us from evil,] we pray, That God would either keep us from being
tempted to sin,1 or support and deliver us when we are tempted.2
1.Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation. (Matthew 26:41a, KJV).
Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion
over me. (Psalms 19:13a, KJV).
2.Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. v12
Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
(Psalms 51:10, 12, KJV).
Q107:What doth the conclusion of the
Lord's prayer teach us?
A:The conclusion of the Lord's prayer, [which is, For thine is the kingdom,
and the power, and the glory, for ever, Amen.] teacheth us, to take our
encouragement in prayer from God only,1 and in our prayers to praise him,
ascribing kingdom, power, and glory to him.2 And in testimony of our desire, and
assurance to be heard, we say, Amen.3
1.We do not present our supplications before thee for our righteousnesses, but
for thy great mercies. O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do;
defer not, for thine own sake, O my God. (Daniel 9:18b-19a, KJV).
2.11 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. v13 Now therefore, our God, we thank thee, and praise thy glorious name.
(1Chronicles 29:11a, 13, KJV).
3.Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. (Revelation 22:20b, KJV).