|Question||Who is the first and chiefest being?|
|Answer||God is the first and chiefest being. 1|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Is God the first of all beings?
I am the first,
Is he the first cause of all beings?
Of whom are all things,
1 Corinthians 8:6
Are all other causes subordinate to the first cause?
O Assyrian, the rod of mine anger and the staff in their hands is mine indignation,
Is God the first in creation?
He spake and it was done,
Is he the first in providence?
For in him we live, and move, and have our being,
Is he the first in government?
Thy throne is established of old,
Is he the first in the world of grace?
All things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself,
2 Corinthians 5:18
Is he first in the displays of his love?
We love him because he first loved us,
1 John 4:19
Can we be beforehand with God?
Who hath first given unto him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again,
Should God then be first in our thoughts?
When I awake I am still with thee,
And first in our esteem?
Whom have I in heaven but thee,
Should we first give ourselves unto him?
But first gave their own selves unto the Lord,
2 Corinthians 8:5
And should he have the first fruits?
My soul desireth the first ripe fruits,
Is God the chiefest being?
Who is like unto thee, O Lord?
Is he above all pretenders?
He is a great King above all gods,
Is he chief in heaven?
Who in heaven can be compared unto the Lord,
Is he chief on earth?
Thou Lord art high above all the earth,
Is he only one of the chief?
For he is the Most High,
And will he ever retain his preeminency?
For he is the Most High for evermore,
Should God then be chiefly loved?
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart,
And chiefly feared?
Rather fear him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell,
And are those happy who are interested in him?
Happy is that people whose God is the Lord,
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||What is the chief and highest end of man?|
|Answer||Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God, 1 and fully to enjoy him forever. 2|