A Scriptural Exposition of the Baptist Catechism

I really enjoy this exposition by Benjamin Beddome and have used it often since purchasing it before family readings, Bible studies, etc.

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 government?
Yes. “Thy throne is established of old.” – Psalm 93:2

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


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