Q&A 5: Of One God
Why is he called the living God? A. Because all Life, natural, spiritual, and eternal, is in him, and from him only. First, Natural Life, Acts 17:28 For in him we live, and move, and have our being. Secondly, Spiritual Life, Eph 2:1 You hath be quickened, who were dead in Trespasses and Sins. Thirdly, Eternal Life in Glory, Col 3:4 When Christ who is our Life shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in Glory.
Q&A 6: Of Three Persons in the Godhead
After showing this from the baptism of Christ, the institution of baptism “in the Name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost,” the Apostolical Benediction (The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the Love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen.) and others, Flavel gives us some practical application of the doctrine. I have a special interest in this, and have written some reasons out on my teaching blog previously, many of the reasons below are in addition to those.
That the Doctrine of the Gospel concerning Christ, is fully confirmed and ratified by three Witnesses from Heaven, who are above all Exceptions, 1 John 5:7 For there are Three that bear Record in Heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost.
Hence we learn the true Order and Manner of worshipping God in the Son, John 16:23 Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my Name, he will give it you. And by the Spirit, Eph 6:18 Praying always, with all Prayer and Supplication in the Spirit.
That the Covenant of Grace conveys a rich Portion to Believers, in making over all three Persons to them, Jer. 31:33 But this shall be the Covenant that I will make with the House of Israel after those Days, saith the Lord, I will put my Law in their inward Parts, and write it in their Hearts, and I will be their God, and they shall be my People.
That as it is the Duty of all the Saints to give distinct Glory to the three Persons in the Godhead; so it will be a special Part of their Blessedness in Heaven, to contemplate the distinct Benefits received from them all, Rev 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful Witness, and the first begotten of the Dead, and the Prince of the Kings of the Earth, unto him that loved us, and washed us from our Sins in his own Blood.