I really enjoy this exposition by Benjamin Beddome and have used it often since purchasing it before family readings, Bible studies, etc.
Question # 1 – WHO IS THE FIRST AND CHIEFEST BEING?
Answer. God is the first and chiefest Being.
Is God the first of all beings?
Yes. “I am the first” – Isaiah 44:6
Is he the first cause of all beings?
Yes. “Of whom are all things” – 1 Corinthians 8:6
Are all other causes subordinate to the first cause?
Yes. “O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger and the staff in their hands is mine indignation.” – Isaiah 10:5
Is God the first in creation?
Yes. “He spake and it was done.” – Psalm 33:9
Is he the first in providence?
Yes. “For in him we live, and move, and have our being,” – Acts 17:28
Is he the first in the world of grace?
Yes. “All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself,” – 2 Corinthians 5:18
Is he first in the displays of his love?
Yes. “We love him because he first loved us,” – 1 John 4:19
Can we be beforehand with God?
No. “Who hath first given unto him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again.” – Romans 11:35
Should God then be first in our thoughts?
Yes. “When I awake I am still with thee,” – Psalm 139:18
And first in our esteem?
Yes. “Whom have I in heaven but thee,” – Psalm 73:25
Should we first give ourselves unto him?
Yes. “But first gave their own-selves unto the Lord,” – 2 Corinthians 8:5
And should he have the first fruits?
Yes. “My soul desireth the first ripe fruits,” – Micah 7:1
Is God the chiefest being?
Yes. “Who is like unto thee, O Lord?” – Exodus 15:11
Is he above all pretenders?
Yes. “He is a great King, above all gods,” – Psalm 95:3
Is he chief in heaven?
Yes. “Who in heaven can be compared unto the Lord,” – Psalm 89:6
Is he chief on earth?
Yes. “Thou Lord art high above all the earth.” – Palm 97:9
Is he only one of the chief?
No. “For he is the Most High,” – Psalm 56:2
And will he ever retain his pre-eminency?
Yes. “For he is the Most High for evermore.” – Psalm 92:8
Should God then be chiefly loved?
Yes. “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart.” – Luke 10:27
And chiefly feared?
Yes. “Rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell,” – Matthew 10:28
And are those happy who are interested in him?
Yes. “Happy is that people whose God is the Lord.” – Psalm 144:15