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A CATECHISM FOR LITTLE ONES,

by H. Jessey 1652

Edited for Union Baptist Church

Q. 1. Who made you?
A. God made me. (Ps. 100:3, Know that the Lord is God, he made us, and not we.)

Q. 2. When did God make you?
A. God made me before I was born. (Ps. 139:13, 16 & next proof.)

Q. 3. Where did God make you?
A. God made me in my Mother's womb. (Job 31:15. Did not He that made me in the womb, make him?)

Q. 4. Why did God make you?
A. God made me that I should serve Him. (Ps. 100:3 Serve the Lord, - He made us. Luke1:74)

Q. 5. Must you not then learn to know God so you may rightly serve Him?
A. Yes, I must learn to know God. (See the first proof & I Chron. 28:9; Know the God of thy Fathers.)

Q. 6. When must you learn to know God?
A. I must learn to know God now, when I am but a child. (2 Tim. 3:14, 15; Eccles. 12:1, 2; Prov. 22:6 Remember now thy Creator.)

Q. 7. How may you learn to know God?
A. I may learn to know God by His Word, and by His works. (Deut. 17:19; Psalms 91:7, 11; Rom. 1:19, 20 He shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God. The heavens declare the glory of God.)

Q. 8. What do we call the Word of God?
A. The Bible, the Holy Scripture is the Word of God. (Matt. 1:1 Greek Biblos. 2 Tim. 3:15, 16. Acts 13:5, 15 Almost the whole city came to hear the word of God, with 44, 45, 48, 49 with Acts 26: 22, 23)

Q. 9. What's the first book of the Bible called, and what's the last Book?
A. Genesis is the first book of the Bible, and the Revelation is the last book. (Rev. 22:18, 19; Acts 2:23)

Q. 10. What does the Scripture say that God is?
A. The Scriptures say, that God is a Spirit; a good God; a wise God; a holy God; a mighty God; a merciful God; a righteous Judge of all men. (I John 4:22; Ps. 34:8; I Tim. 1:17; Joshua 24:19; Isa. 6:3; Gen. 17:1; Rev. 15:3; Ex. 34:6; Gen. 18:25)

Q. 11. How many Gods are there?
A. There is but one Jehovah, one God the Father, of whom are all things; and one Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, by whom are all things; and there is one Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit; and these are one. (Deut. 6:4 Jehovah is one; I Cor. 8:6; Eph. 4:5,6; I Tim. 2:5; John 14:16, 17, 26; Eph. 4:4; I John 5:7)

Q. 12. What works has God made?
A. God made Heavens, and Earth, and Waters, and all things in them. (Gen. 1:1; EX. 20:11)

Q. 13. Of what did God make all things?
A. God made all things at first of nothing. (Heb. 11:3)

Q. 14. How can this be?
A. Nothing is impossible to God Almighty. (Mark 10:27; Luke 1:37, 18:27; Nothing is too hard to God.
Jer. 37:17,27; I Cor. 15:35, 36)

Q. 15. Why must we believe that God made all of nothing?
A. We must believe it, because God said it; and God cannot lie. (Heb. 11:3; 6:18; Titus 1:2)

Q. 16. How did God make all things?
A. God made all by His Almighty power; God said, Let them be made, [or, they shall be made] and they were all made by His word. (Gen. 1:3,6,9,11,14; Ps. 33:6; Rev. 4:11; Jer. 32:17)

Q. 17. In how many days did God make all things in the beginning?
A. God made all things in six days. (Gen. 2:1,2,3; Exod. 20:11)

Q. 18. What did the Lord God do on the seventh day?
A. God rested on the seventh day, and God blessed the 7th. day, and sanctified it. (Gen. 2:1-4; Exod. 20:10, 11)

Q. 19. What were the Israelite children to do on the Lord's Sabbath day?
A. They were not to work nor play on the Sabbath day. (Ex. 20:10, 11; Isaiah 58:13)

Q. 20. What day of the week did the Lord raise from the dead?
A. The Lord Raised from the dead the First day of the week. (Mark 16:9; John 20:1)

Q. 21. What do we call the first day of the week?
A. We call the first day the Lord's day. (Rev. 1:10)

Q. 22. What should we do on the Lord's day?
A. We should go to Church, listen to preaching, pay our tithes to the Lord, and worship the Lord. (Acts 20:7;
1 Cor. 16:2)

Q. 23. Whether did God make all things good or bad?
A. God is a good God, and God made all things very good. (Ps. 119:68, Thou art good, and dost good.
Gen. 1:4, 31)

Q. 24. What other works did God, besides His making of all things?
A. God upholds, and preserves all: and God governs, and orders all things. (Isaiah 40:26, 29; Ps. 135:6; Ps. 36:6; Matt. 10:29, 30; Eph. 1:11)

Q. 25. Why does the Lord uphold, preserve, and govern all things in Heaven and Earth?
A. God does all for His own glory, and for His peoples good. (Rom. 11:36; Gen. 1:26, 28; Rom. 8:28)

Q. 26. Whereas God made all very good. How then came in naughtiness, and death, and all pain?
A. Death, and all pain, came by the first Adam's sin, and fall: for we sinned, and lost our goodness, and our happiness in him. (Rom. 5:12, 18)

Q. 27. How came Adam to sin and fall?
A. Eve his wife was tempted by that old Serpent the Devil: and thy both did eat of the fruit that God forbad. (2 Cor. 11;3; Rev. 12:9; Gen. 3:1-14)

Q. 28. What hurt came to them, and to us, by that sin?
A. By this sin came the loss of the life and glory of God: By this came sin and death. (Eph. 4:17; Rom. 3:23;
Rom. 5:12; Rom; 6:23)

Q. 29. What is sin?
A. Sin is any naughtiness against any of God's commands. (I John 3:4)

Q. 30. What do we deserve by any sin or naughtiness?
A. By any sin or naughtiness, we deserve death, and God's curse. (Rom. 6:23; Gal. 3:12)


Q. 31. How then can you avoid God's curse?
A. I am guilty, and I cannot avoid God's curse, by any deeds that I can do. (Rom. 3:19, 20; Rom. 11:6;
2 Cor. 3:5)

Q. 32. But yet God is wonderful good and merciful; What has God done for redeeming these naughty ones?
A. God so loved the Word that He gave His only Son Jesus Christ, Godman, to be our Surety, to redeem us, and to procure all Good to us. (John 3:16; Matt. 1:21, 23; Heb. 7:22, 25; Gal. 3:13; I Cor. 1:30; Col. 9:10)

Q. 33. What did, and what does this Surety do for us?

A. Christ was made a curse for us; and Christ died for our naughtiness, and was laid in the grave; and God was fully satisfied; and released Him from that prison, and took Him up to Heaven, and set Him on His right hand. (Gal. 3:13; I Cor. 15:3, 4; Isa. 42:1; Mat. 12:18 & 17:5; Phil. 2:7, 8; Isa. 53:8, 11; Acts 1:2,9; Rom. 8:34; Heb. 1:3, 13)

Q. 34. For what end was all this done?

A. All this was done, that God might be honored in thus forgiving, humbling, renewing, making holy, and happy for ever such naughty ones as we are.(Rom. 5:20; Titus 2:11, 12, 14; Eph. 1:3, 4, 6, 7, 11)

Q. 35. Who comes to reap these benefits by Jesus Christ?
A. They reap these benefits, that by the Spirit are convinced of sin, of righteousness, and of judgment, and that receive Jesus Christ, as their Prophet, Priest, and King. (John 16:9; Rom. 8:9,13; John 1:11, 12; Col. 2:6)

Q. 36. What assurance have we that God will do so great things for naughty ones?
A. God has given assurance of this by giving us His own Son; and making Him our Surety; and by making a new Covenant, and by confirming it by His Son's death for us, and by raising Him from death for us; and by raising Him from death, to be a Prince & a Savior, to give repentance & Pardon to Israel to serve Him all our days. (Rom. 8:31, 32, 33; Heb. 7:22, 25; Heb. 8:20; Gal. 3:13, 15; I Cor. 11:25; Acts 5:30, 31; Ps. 68:18)

Q. 37. How must the Lord God be served?
A. We must serve God as He commands us in His Word. (Num. 15:39; Jer. 7:31; Matt. 28:20; John 14:15)

Q. 38. How many Commandments are there in the Law?
A. There are ten Commandments in the Law. (Exod. 34:28; Deut. 10:4)

Q. 39. Must you not hearken to God's word, and to God's counsel; and pray for all this?
A. Yea I must hearken, that my soul may live; and I must pray, that Jesus Christ would draw me to Him, and turn me that I may be turned. (Isa. 55:2, 3; Ezek. 36:25, 26, 37; Acts 8:21; Cant. 1:4; Jer. 31:18;
Prov. 2:1-4.)

Q. 40. Wherefore did God give the Law?
A. The Law, entered that sin might abound; that His Grace, to such undone sinners, by giving Christ to die for their sins, might the more abound. (Rom. 5:20)

Q. 41. How do they live, and how must they live, that hope to be saved by Jesus Christ?
A. Every one that has this hope, will labor to be good, in heart, word, and deed. (I John 3:2, 3;
II Cor. 5:17, 18)

Q. 42. Must we always live here?
A. No: God has appointed that we must one die. (Heb. 9:27)

Q. 43. What must be after our death?
A. After the death must be the great day of Judgment. (Heb. 9:27)

Q. 44. What will become of all naughty people at that day of judgment after death?
A. All must come to judgment: naughty men, and naughty women, & naughty children, must be in hell torments for ever. (II Cor. 10:5; Rom. 14:10; Matt. 25:41, 46; Mark 9:44, 45)

Q. 45. What will then be done to all good men, and to good women, and to good children?
A. Good men, & good women, & good children, shall go to Heaven and everlasting happiness. (Matt. 25;34, 46; I Thess. 4:15)

THE CHIEF HEADS OF THIS CATECHISM FITTED FOR CHILDREN'S CAPACITY

The God that made all, learn to know,
His Word and Works as they Him show.
Scriptures begin with Genesis;
With Revelation the ending is.
Heaven, Earth and Waters, all therein,
God made in Six days, everything.
God rests and Hollows Sabbath day,
That we must not prank nor play.
By Sin God's Curse, we all should have,
Christ was a Curse, Died, rose to save
And Ransom us from all distress,
And be our Wisdom, Righteousness;
As He is to all that Him receive,
Who Self-Deny in Him Believe.
For all this Love that God hath done,
In giving us His only Son.
We not our Own, but His must be,
His will, not ours, Obey must we,
In Love keep His Commandments,
In Him enjoying all Contents.

THE SUM OF THE TWO TABLES OF THE LAW

With all thy Heart Love God above and Thy Neighbor as thy self so Love.