Thomas Watson “Uses” of Shorter Catechism 3-4

There is a God

I. Because there is a God, atheism is reproved

II. Because there is a God, he will deal righteously, and give just rewards to men.

III. Because there is a God, woe to all who have this God against them.

IV. Let us firmly believe in him

V. Let us labor to get an interest in him.

VI. Let us serve and worship him as God.

God is a Spirit

I. If God be a Spirit, then he is impassable and cannot be hurt

II. If God be a Spirit,  it shows the folly of those who worship him by pictures.

III. If God be a Spirit, the more spiritual we grow, the more we become like God.

IV. If God be a Spirit, the worship which God desires most is spiritual.

V. Let us pray to God, that as he is a Spirit, so he will give us of his Spirit.

VI. As God is a Spirit, so the rewards he gives are spiritual.

God is Infinite

I. It condemns those who make more than the Godhead infinite (like the humanity of Christ in the Supper)

II. If God be infinite, then it is certain he can govern all things in his own person, and needs no proxies or deputies.

III. If God is infinite in his omnipresence, then see the greatness and immensity of God.

IV. If God be infinite, filling heaven and earth, see what a full portion the saints have.

V. If God be infinite, he is everywhere present–this is sad to the wicked.

VI. If God be infinite, then Christians can walk with God.

VII. If God be infinite in his glorious essence, learn to admire where you cannot fathom.

The Knowledge of God

I. If God is infinite in knowledge, then how unlike him are those who do not know him or his ways.

II. If God is a God of knowledge, then hypocrisy and secret sin is folly.

III. If God is a God of infinite knowledge, then we should always feel as under his omniscient eye.

IV. If God is a God of infinite knowledge, then study sincerity. Be what you seem.

V. If God is a God of infinite knowledge, there is comfort to believers when we exercise in private acts of worship, God sees and is pleased. There is also comfort to believers weighed down by sin, God can see grace in us, even when we can’t see it in ourselves. For the church, God sees all the plots against it, and can make them fail.

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