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Saviour to restore to man the image of God which Adam, by disobedience, had lost.
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22d Q.-Who is this Saviour ?
A.-Jesus Christ, the Word and Son of God; who is also called the seed of the woman, which was to bruise the head of the serpent or devil that had beguiled Eve. .
John iii. 16. God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish, but have everlasting life. See also 1 John iv. 9, 10.
Rom. v. 8. But God commondeth his love towards us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Eph. ii. 4. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, 5. Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by Grace ye are saved).
Mark i. l. The beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
John iv. 42. . This is indeed the Christ the Saviour of the world.
Luke ii. 11. - Unto you is born this day, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
Gen. iii. 15. And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy sced and her seed: it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. · Acts xiii. 23. Of this man's (David's] seed hath God according to his promise, raised unto Israel a Saviour Jesus.
23d Q.-Why is Christ called the seed of the woman ?
A.-Because he became man by being born of a woman who was a virgin.
Mat, i. 18. Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 20. Behold the Angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: forthat which is conceived in her, is of the Holy Spirit. 21. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus, for he shall save his people from their sins. - Luke i. 31. Behold thou shalt conceive, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 34. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? 85. And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Spirit shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee; therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee, shall be called the Son of God. • Gal. iv. 4. But when the fulness of time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman.
*24th Q.—How did Christ bruise the serpent's head ?
A.-By his triumph over sin and the devil, the author of it.
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25th Q.-If Christ be the Word and Son of God, and also the seed of the woman, is he not both God and man?
A.-Yes, for it was the Eternal Word, who is also God, by whom all things were created, that took upon him our nature.
John i. 1. In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 3. All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 10. He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not. 14. And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father) full of grace and truth.
Matt. i. 23. And they shall call his name Emmanuel, which, being interpreted, is, God with us.
John x. 30. I and my Father are one. 33. And the Jews answered him, saying, For a good work we stone thee not; but for blasphemy; and because that thou, being a man, makest thyself God.
John xx. 28. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord, and my God.
Rom. ix. 5. Whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever.
Eph. iii. 9. And to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ.
Phil. ii. 6. Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: 7. But made "himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form · of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men.
Col. ii. 9. In him [Christ] dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.
Col.i. 16. For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in the earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him.
i Tim, iii. 16. And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness: God was manifest in the flesh, justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory.
Heb. i. 2. God] hath in these last days spoken unto us by his son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds ; 3. \Vho being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the majesty on high. 5. For unto which of the angels said he at any time, Thou art my Son, this day have I begott:n thee? 8. But unto the Son he saith, Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom.
Heb. ii. 16. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.'
Heb. xiii. 8. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday, to. 'day, and for ever.
26th Q.-How long was it after the fall of Adam before Christ took upon him our naturé ?
A.—About four thousand years.
§. VI. 27th Q.—How did God, during this period, reveal his will 10 mankind ? : , A.--In various ways. Ist. By the Patriarchs, 2dly. By the Law, 3dly. By the Prophets : and universally by the redeeming and reconciling Spirit and power of Christ, which began to work in the hearts of men immediately after the fall.
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A.- A Patriarch was the father of a large family or nation, who, in the early ages of the world, governed them by virtue of his paternal authority: the Patriarchs of whom we are speaking, were good men who feared and loved God and obeyed his commands; such were Seth and Enoch, such also was Noah, who, with his family, was saved from the deluge or flood by which all the rest of the world were destroyed for their great wickedness, and disregard to the warning of God.
· Gen. v. 24. And Enoch walked with God, and ho was not: for God took him.
· Heb. xi. 5. By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Jude 14. And Enoch 'the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 15. To execute judgment upon all, &c.
Gen. vi. 9. Noah was a just man, and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. 13. And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
2 Pet. ii. 5. , And (God) spared not the old world, but saved Noah the eighth person, a preacher of righteousness; bringing in the flood upon the world of the upgodly.