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Flavel, John.  An Exposition of the Assemblies Catechism, with Practical Inferences from each Question.  You can find different editions on Google Books or  I have made minor updates, including interpreting Roman numerals.

The Preface:

That Catechizing is an ordinance of God, few will doubt, when they consider the Apostles did first lay the Fundamentals of Religion; Heb 6:1 And fed Babes with Milk, teaching them the first Principles of the Oracles of God, Heb 5:12 and questionless taught them in that Manner, which was most suitable to the Capacity of the Learners, which may well be supposed to be by plain and short Questions, and suitable Answers thereunto; and therefore this has been a constant Practice in the Church of God.

Q&A #1 Of Man’s Chief End:

Wherein consists the Enjoyment of God?  A. It consists, First, in the facial Vision of him in Heaven.  Secondly, in full Conformity to him, 1 John 3:2. But we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.  Thirdly, in that full Satisfaction which results from both the former, Psalm 17:15 I shall be satisfied when I awake with thy Likeness

Q&A #2 Of the Scriptures as Our Rule

What is the Holiness of the Scriptures? and how doth that prove them to be God’s Word?  A. The Holiness of the Scriptures doth appear in two Things.  First, In commanding and encouraging whatsoever is pure and holy; Phil. 4:8 Whatsoever Things are pure.  Secondly, In forbidding all Unholiness, under Pain of Damnation, 1 Cor 6:9 Know ye not, that the unrighteous shall not inherit the Kingdom of God, &c.  This shews that they came not from Satan, being cross to his Design; nor from Men, it being against his corrupt Nature; and therefore from God only.


What is their Authority and Efficacy on the Soul? and how doth that prove them divine?  A.  Their Authority and Efficacy on the Soul, consists in three Things: First, In the Power they have to search and discover the Secrets of Men, Heb 4:12The Word of God is quick and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged Sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of Soul and Spirit, of the Joints and Marrow; and is a Discerner of the Thoughts and Intents of the Heart.  Secondly, In their converting Efficacy, changing and renewing the Soul, Psalm 19:7 The Law of the Lord is perfect, converting the Soul.  Thirdly, In their cheering and restoring Efficacy, when the Soul is cast down under any inward or outward Trouble, Psalm 19:8 The Statutes of the Lord are right, rejoycing the Heart.  No humane Power can do such Things as these, John 17:17 Sanctify them through thy Truth, thy Word is Truth.

Q&A 3 Of Faith and Obedience

It is our Duty to examine what we hear, by the Word; and not receive any Doctrine, because Men confidently affirm it, but because the Scriptures require it, Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those of Thessalonica, in that they received the Word with all Readiness of Mind, and searched the Scriptures daily, whether these Things were so.  Secondly, That Christian Religion is not notional, but practical; and that impractical Faith saves no Man, James 2:20 Faith without Works is dead.

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