Thy mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens;
and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds. Psalm 36:5


GRACE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Morris County, New Jersey


"Nec tamen consumebatur."
Yet the bush was not consumed. Exodus 3:2


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Chapter IV. Of Creation.

I. It pleased God the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost,1 for the manifestation of the glory of his eternal power, wisdom, and goodness,2 in the beginning, to create or make of nothing the world, and all things therein, whether visible or invisible, in the space of six days, and all very good.3

  1. Heb. 1:2; John 1:2-3; Gen. 1:2; Job 26:13; Job 33:4
  2. Rom. 1:20; Jer. 10:12; Ps. 104:24; Ps. 33:5-6
  3. Gen. 1; Heb. 11:3; Col. 1:16; Acts 17:24

II. After God had made all other creatures, he created man, male and female,4 with reasonable and immortal souls,5 endued with knowledge, righteousness, and true holiness after his own image,6 having the law of God written in their hearts,7 and power to fulfill it;8 and yet under a possibility of transgressing, being left to the liberty of their own will, which was subject unto change.9 Besides this law written in their hearts, they received a command not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil;10 which while they kept were happy in their communion with God, and had dominion over the creatures.11

  1. Gen. 1:27
  2. Gen. 2:7 with Eccl. 12:7, and Luke 23:43, and Matt. 10:28
  3. Gen. 1:26; Col. 3:10; Eph. 4:24
  4. Rom. 2:14-15
  5. Eccl. 7:29
  6. Gen. 3:6; Eccl. 7:29
  7. Gen. 2:17; Gen. 3:8-11, 23
  8. Gen. 1:26, 28