The key of knowledge which is, a little booke intended to bee of good use, as for all degrees of Christians, so especially for religious families, and religious schooles. The full use and contents whereof must be enquired in the preface or introduction to the worke, which is (first) deliberately to be read of those who desire to receive profit by the booke. By John Jackson, rector of Marsk neere Richmond in York-shire.
Jackson, John, 1600-1648.
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THE FIRST Forme of Doctrine, or the Childs Cate∣chisme.

TImothy.

* Unto what heads may Christian Reli∣gion be brought.

Lois and Eunice.

* Unto 3. 1. the sence and acknow∣ledgement of our miserable estate by nature. 2. A sight of the meanes of our delive∣rance from such a miserable estate. 3. Due gratitude, and thankefulnesse for that deli∣verance.

Timothy.

* How doth this miserable condition of ours appeare?

Lois and Eunice.

* It easily Page  [unnumbered] appeares by considering 1. the estate from whence wee are fallen, even from the I∣mage of God, consisting in soundnesse of judgement, cleerenesse of understan∣ding, sanctity of will, inte∣gritie of Conscience, beau∣ty and strength of body, majesty and empire over the creatures, immortalitie, and the like: and secondly, the condition to which we are fallen, to wit, sinnefullnesse and miserie, or doing things unworthy, and suffering things worthy of our doings

Timothy.

* They that are sicke need the Physitian, saith our Saviour, Math. 9. 12. who then is this blessed Physitian?

Lois and Eunice.

* Even Je∣sus Christ, who to this end Page  [unnumbered] is by nature both God and man in one person, and by office, is 1. our Prophet, 2. Priest, and 3. King.

Timothy.

* Why is it ne∣cessary he should have both a divine and humane nature united in one person?

Lois and Eunice.

* He must needs bee man, because di∣vine equitie requireth that the same nature that sinned should suffer, Ezech. 18. 4. and he must needs bee God, to give an infinite value to his satisfaction, proportio∣nable both to the infinite majesty offended, and the infinite sinnes and sinners offending. As also hee must be Man that he might die, and God, that he might o∣vercome death.

Timothy.

* Why is it ne∣cessary Page  [unnumbered] that hee should also have these three offices, pro∣pheticall, sacerdotall, and regall?

Lois and Eunice.

* It is ne∣cessary hee should bee 1. a Prophet, to illuminate us, and leade us into all truth; 2. a Priest to make satisfaction for our sinnes and to inter∣cede for us to the father; 3. a King, both to protect us, against our enemies, and to governe us by his spirit and word.

Timothy.

* Is this then suf∣ficient to repaire our mise∣rable condition, and to re∣estate us in that primitive happinesse, from whence wee are fallen?

Lois and Eunice.

* It is in∣deed sufficient in it selfe, but not effectuall to any one, Page  [unnumbered] who for their part doth not performe those two grand commands of the Gospell, to repent and believe.

Timothy.

* Where is the summe of the gospell best comprised?

Lois and Eunice.

* In that auncient and Apostolicall Creed, which begins, I be∣lieve in God the Father, &c. which Creed is the Key of faith, and Epitome of all things to be beleeved unto salvation, and which all Christians, as the badge of their professi∣on ought 1. to learne and get by heart, 2. often to repeat and professe to their com∣fort and establishment, 3. to give assent and credit to e∣very Article one by one, and lastly to apply each Ar∣ticle particularly to their Page  [unnumbered] owne soules: for all these foure severall acts of Faith are implied in the word I believe.

Timothy.

* I pray you, if that be so auncient, so per∣fect, and so excellent an a∣bridgement of the faith, give it me not in the lumpe, but breake unto mee that bread of life into the seve∣rall pieces thereof.

Lois and Eunice.

* It con∣sists of 12. short Articles: the 1. concernes God the Father; the 2. the name, na∣ture, office, and person of Christ; the 3, 4, and 5. the seven degrees of his Humi∣liation for our sinnes; the 6, 7, and 8, the foure degrees of his Exaliation for our righteousnesse; the 9. con∣cernes the holy Ghost; the Page  [unnumbered] 10, 11, and 12. concerne the Church of God, both in the properties and priviledges of it

Timothy.

* Being thus re∣stored, what owe we to God for so great a benefit?

Lois and Eunice.

*Thanke∣fullnesse, which consists espe∣cially in three things, first in conforming our life ac∣cording to the ten Comman∣dements of God; secondly, in calling upon his name, according to the substance of the Lords prayer; lastly in receiving and participating the Sacraments, after a prepa∣red and devout manner.

Timothy.

* I pray you also breake open unto mee those ten holy lawes, that I may better know how to keepe them.

Lois and Eunice.

* God him∣selfe Page  [unnumbered] hath divided them into two tables, subdivided them into ten words, contracted them into one monosylla∣ble, Love; the first en∣joynes mee whom to wor∣ship; the second prescribes the inward manner of his worship; the third the out∣ward; the fourth the so∣lemne time; the fifth en∣joynes my duty towards my inferiours, superiours, and equalls; the sixt to my neighboursperson; the se∣venth to his chastity; the eighth, to his estate; the ninth, to his good name; the tenth and last commands me to resist the first risings, and thoughts of sin, though even without consent of will.

Timothy.

* But because I Page  [unnumbered] am not able to keepe these things of my selfe, and that prayer is the best meanes to fetch grace and helpe from heaven, and that the Lords prayer is a perfect patterne of prayer, therefore I pray you briefely unfold that forme of prayer unto mee.

Lois and Eunice.

* It consists of foure distinct parts: the first is the Preface, or prepa∣ration unto the praier [Our father, which art in Heaven] the second is the sixe Petiti∣ons, whereof the three first concerne Gods glory, and the three latter our owne bodily and ghostly necessi∣ties; the third is a thankesgi∣ving, or certaine forme of praising God [for thine is the kingdome, power, and glory, for ever and ever] the fourth is Page  [unnumbered] the close and scale [Amen]

Timothy.

* But seeing wee faile in all the former, so as our Faith is weake, our Obe∣dience is imperfect, and our praiers cold, what seales hath God given to confirme and strengthen us?

Lois and Eunice.

* The two Sacraments, of baptisme and the Lords supper, which through outward and visi∣ble signes doc both 1. signi∣fie, and 2. conveigh unto us most excellent inward, and spirituall graces.

FINIS.