God and Creation: Questions 1 to 12

Life’s Purpose and Holy Scripture

Questions 1 to 3

Q. 1. What is the chief purpose for which man is made?
A. The chief purpose for which man is made is to glorify God,[a] and to enjoy him for ever.[b]

[a]. Psa 86:9; Isa 60:21; Rom 11:36; 1 Cor 6:20; 1 Cor 10:31; Rev 4:11
[b]. Psa 16:5-11; Psa 144:15; Isa 12:2; Luk 2:10; Phil 4:4; Rev 21:3-4

Q. 2. What rule has God given to direct us how to glorify and enjoy him?
A. The Word of God, which consists of the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments,[a] is the only rule to direct us how to glorify and enjoy him.[b]

[a]. Mat 19:4-5 with Gen 2:24; Luk 24:27, 44; 1 Cor 2:13; 1 Cor 14:37; 2 Pet 1:20-21; 2 Pet 3:2, 15-16
[b]. Deut 4:2; Psa 19:7-11; Isa 8:20; John 15:11; John 20:30-31; Acts 17:11; 2 Tim 3:15-17; 1 John 1:4

Q. 3. What do the Scriptures principally teach?
A. The Scriptures principally teach what man is to believe concerning God,[a] and what duty God requires of man.[b]

[a]. Gen 1:1; John 5:39; John 20:31; Rom 10:17; 2 Tim 3:15
[b]. Deut 10:12-13; Jos 1:8; Psa 119:105; Mic 6:8; 2 Tim 3:16-17

The One and Triune God

Questions 4 to 6

Q. 4. What is God?
A. God is a Spirit,[a] infinite,[b] eternal,[c] and unchangeable[d] in his being,[e] wisdom,[f] power,[g] holiness,[h] justice,[i] goodness,[j] and truth.[k]

[a]. Deut 4:15-19; Luk 24:39; John 1:18; John 4:24; Acts 17:29
[b]. 1 Kin 8:27; Psa 139:7-10; Psa 145:3; Psa 147:5; Jer 23:24; Rom 11:33-36
[c]. Deut 33:27; Psa 90:2; Psa 102:12; Psa 102:24-27; Rev 1:4; Rev 1:8
[d]. Psa 33:11; Mal 3:6; Heb 1:12; Heb 6:17-18; Heb 13:8; Jam 1:17
[e]. Exo 3:14; Psa 115:2-3; 1 Tim 1:17; 1 Tim 6:15-16
[f]. Psa 104:24; Rom 11:33-34; Heb 4:13; 1 John 3:20
[g]. Gen 17:1; Psa 62:11; Jer 32:17; Mat 19:26; Rev 1:8
[h]. Heb 1:13; 1 Pet 1:15-16; 1 John 3:3; 1 John 3:5; Rev 15:4
[i]. Gen 18:25; Exo 34:6-7; Deut 32:4; Psa 96:13; Rom 3:5; Rom 3:26
[j]. Psa 103:5; Psa 107:8; Mat 19:17; Rom 2:4
[k]. Exo 34:6; Deut 32:4; Psa 86:15 vs Psa 117:2; Heb 6:18

Q. 5. Are there more Gods than one?
A. There is only one God,[a] the living and true God.[b]

[a]. Deut 6:4; Isa 44:6; Isa 45:21-22; 1 Cor 8:4-6
[b]. Jer 10:10; John 17:3; 1 Thes 1:9; 1 John 5:20

Q. 6. How many persons are there in the Godhead?
A. There are three persons in the Godhead: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;[a] and these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.[b]

[a]. Mat 3:16-17; Mat 28:19; 2 Cor 13:14; 1 Pet 1:2
[b]. Psa 45:6; John 1:1; John 17:5; Acts 5:3-4; Rom 9:5; Col 2:9; Jude 1:24-25

God’s Eternal Plan

Questions 7 to 8

Q. 7. What are the decrees of God?
A. The decrees of God are his eternal plan, according to the purpose of his will, by which, for his own glory, he has foreordained whatever comes to pass.[a]

[a]. Psa 33:11; Isa 14:24; Acts 2:23; Eph 1:11-12

Q. 8. How does God carry out his decrees?
A. God carries out his decrees in the works of creation and providence.[a]

[a]. Psa 148:8; Isa 40:26; Dan 4:35; Acts 4:24-28; Rev 4:11

Creation

Questions 9 to 10

Q. 9. What is the work of creation?
A. The work of creation is the making by God of all things from nothing, by his powerful word,[a] in the space of six days, and all very good.[b]

[a]. Gen 1:1; Psa 33:6, 9; Heb 11:3
[b]. Gen 1:31

Q. 10. How did God create man?
A. God created man, male and female, in his own image,[a] in knowledge,[b] righteousness, and holiness,[c] with rule over the creatures.[d]

[a]. Gen 1:27
[b]. Col 3:10
[c]. Eph 4:24
[d]. Gen 1:28; Psa 8:1-9

Providence

Questions 11 to 12

Q. 11. What are God’s works of providence?
A. God’s works of providence are his most holy,[a] wise,[b] and powerful[c] preservation[d] and control[e] of all his creatures, and all their actions.[f]

[a]. Psa 145:17
[b]. Psa 104:24
[c]. Heb 1:3
[d]. Neh 9:6
[e]. Eph 1:19-22
[f]. Psa 36:6; Pro 16:33; Mat 10:30

Q. 12. What special act of providence did God exercise toward man in the state in which he was created?
A. When God had created man, he entered into a covenant of life with him, on condition of perfect obedience, forbidding him to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil on penalty of death.[a]

[a]. Gen 2:16-17; Jas 2:10