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all accusations against them w, and procuring for them quiet of conscience notwithstanding daily failings x, access with boldness to the throne of grace y, and acceptance of their persons 2, and services a,
Q. 56. How is Christ to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world?
Å. Christ is to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world, in that he, who was unjustly judged and condemned by wicked men b, shall come again at the last day in great power c, and in the full manifestation of his own glory, and of his Father's, with all his holy angels d, with a fhout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God e, to judge the world in righteousness f..
Q. 57. for thou lovedst me before the foun. an holy priesthood to offer up fpiridation of the world.
tual facrifices, acceptable to God by w Rom. viii. 33. Who shall lay Jesus Christ. any thing to the charge of God's 56. b Acts iii. 14. But ye denied elect? It is God that justifieth : the holy One, and the just, and deV. 34. Who is he that condemneth? fired a murderer to be granted unto It is Christ that died, yea rather, you, v. 15. And killed the Prince that is risen again, who is even at of life, whom God hath railed from the right hand of God, who also the dead, whereof we are witnelles. maketh intercesfion for us.
c Matth. xxiv. 30. And then shall * Rom. v. I. Therefore being ju- appear the sign of the Son of man in Itified by faith, we have peace with heaven: and then shall all the tribes God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. of the earth mourn, and they thall V. 2. By whom also we have access see the Son of man coming in the by faith into this grace wherein we clouds of heaven, with power and stand, and rejoice in hope of the great glory. glory of God. 1 John ii. 1. My little . d Luke ix. 26. For wholoever children, these things write I unto shall be ashamed of me and of my you, that ye sin not. And if any man words, of him shall the Son of man fin, we have an advocate with the be ashamed, when he shall come in Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: his own glory, and in his Father's, v. 2. And he is the propitiation for , and of the holy angels. Matth. xxv, our sins; and not for ours only, but 35. When the Son of man shall come also for the fins of the whole world. in his glory, and all the holy angels
y Heb. iv. 16. Let us therefore with him, then shall he fit upon the come boldly unto the throne of throne of his glory. grace, that we may obtain mercy, and e iTheff. iv. 16. For the Lord find grace to help in time of need himself shall descend from heaven
z Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the withi a shout, with the voice of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath archangel, and with the trump. of made us accepted in the Beloved. God: and the dead in Chrift shall
a i Pet. ii. 5. Ye also as lively rise first. i Itones, are built up a spiritual house, f Acts xvii. 31. Because he hath
.57. What benefits bath Christ procured by his mediation?
A. Christ, by his mediation, hath procured redemption , with all other benefits of the covenant of grace h.
Q. 58. How do we come to be made partakers of the benefits which Christ hath procured?
A. We are made partakers of the benefits which Christ hath procured, by the application of them unto us i, which is the work especially of God the Holy Ghost k.
D. 59. Who are made partakers of redemption thro' Christ?
A. Redemption is certainly applied, and effectually communicated to all those for whom Christ hath purchased it l; who are in time by the Holy Ghost, enabled to believe in Christ according to the gospel 21.,
Q. 60. Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know, not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their lie ving according to the light of nature?
A. They appointed a day, in the which he will trusted after that ye heard the word judge the world in righteousness, by of truth, the gospel of your salva-' that man whom he hath ordained; tion: in whom also after that ye bewhereof he hath given assurance un- , lieved, ye were scaled with that holy to all men, in that he hath raised Spirit of promise, v. 14. Which is him from the dead.
the earnelt of our inheritance, un57.Heb. ix. 12. Neither by the til the redemption of the purchased blood of goats and calves, but by possession, unto the praise of his glo- his own blood he entered in once ry. Johpvi. 37. All that the Father into the holy place, having obtained giveth me, thall come to me; and eternal redemption for us.
him that cometh unto me,I will in no h 2 Cor.i. 20. For all the promi- wise cast out. y. 39. And this is the fes of God in him are yea, and in Father's will which hath sent me, him amen, unto the glory of God that of all which he hath given me, by us. .
I should lose nothing, but should :58. i John i. 11. He came unto raise it up again at the last day. his own, and his own received hini John X. 15. As the Father knoweth not. v. 12. But as many as received me, even so know I the Father : him, to them gave he power to be- and I lay down my life for the sheep. come the Sons of God, even to v. 16. And other sheep I have,which them that believe on h. name. are not of this fold : them also I
k Tit. ïïi. 5. Not' by works of 'must bring, and they shall hear my righteousness, which we have done, voice; and there shall be one fold, but according to his mercy he saved and one shepherd. us by the washing of regeneration, m Eph. ii. 8. For by grace are ye and renewing of the Holy Ghost: saved, through faith; and that not v.6. Which he shed op us abundant of yourselves: it is the gift of God. ly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour, 2 Cor. iv, 13. We having the same 59.. Eph. 1. 13. In whom ye also spirit of faith, according as it is
A. They who, having never heard the gospel n, know not Jesus Christo, and believe not in him,, cannot be saved p, be they never fo diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature 93 or the law of that religion which they profess'ri; neither is there salvation in any
other, written. I believed, and therefore world ? v. 21. For after that, in the have I spoken : we also believe, and wisdom of God, the world by wiltherefore speak. , i dom knew not God, it pleased God
60. * Rom. x, 14. How then by the foolishness of preaching to fhall they call on him in whom they save them that believe. v. 22. For have not believed ? and how shall the Jews require a fign, and the they believe in him of whom they Greeks seek after wisdom : v. 23+ have not heard? and how shall they But we preach Christ crucified, unta hear without a preacher"?
the Jews a stumbling-block, and un0 2 Theff. i. 8. In flaming' fire, to the Greeks foolishness; v. 24. taking vengeance on theat that know But unto them which are called, both not God, and that obey not the go- Jews and Greeks, Christ the power spel of our Lord Jesus Christ: v.9. of God, and the wisdom of God. Who shall be punished with ever- . r John iv. 22. Ye worship ye lasting destruction from the presence know not what : we know what we of the Lord, and from the glory of worship: for falvation is of the Jews. his power. Eph, ii. 12. That at that Rom. ix. 31. But Ifrael, which fol time ye were without Christ, being lowed after the law of righteous. aliens from the commonwealth of ness, hath not attained to the law Ifrael, and strangers from the cove- of righteousness. v. 32. Wherenants of promise, having no hope, fore? Because they fought it not and without God in the world. John by faith, but as it were by the works i. 10. He was in the world, and the of the law: for they stumbled at world was made by him, and the that stumbling-stone. Phil. iii. 4. world knew him not. v. 11. He Though I might also have copficame unto his own, and his own re- dence in the flesh. If any other ceived him not. v. 12. But as many man thinketh that he hath whereof as received him, to them gave he he might trust in the flesh, I more: power to become the fons of God, v. 5. Circumcised the eight day, even to them that believe on his of the stock of Israel, of the tribe name.
of Benjamen, an Hebrew of the He, P John viii. 24. I said therefore brews; as touching the law, a Pbaup to you, that ye shall die in your risee; v. 6. Concerning zeal, perfins: for if ye believe not that I am fecuting the church; touching the he, ye fall die in your sins. Mark righteousness which is in the law, · xvi, 16. He that believeth and is blameless. 1.7. But what things
baptized, shall be saved; but he that were gain to me, those I counted believeth not, shall be damned. loss for Christ. v. 8. Yea doubtless,
q 1 Cor.i. 20. Where is the wife and I count all things but loss, for where is the scribe? where is the the excellency of the knowledge of disputer of this world ; bath not Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I God made foolith the wisdom of this have suffered the loss of all things,
other, but in Christ alones, who is the Saviour only of his body the church t.
O. 61. Are all they Javed who hear the gospel, and live in the church?
A. All that hear the gospel, and live in the visible church, are not saved: but they only who are true members of the church invisible v.
2. 62. What is the visible church?
A. The visible church is a society made up of all such as in all ages andplaces of the world do profess the true re. ligion w,and of their children x.
Q. 63. and do count them but dung that I of my Father which is in heaven. may win Christ. v. 9. And be found Rom. xi.y. What then? lsrael hath in him, not having mine own righte. not obtained that which he seeketh ousness, which is of the law, but that for ; but the election hath obtained which is through the faith of Christ, it, and the rest were blinded. the righteousness which is of God 62 w 1 Cor. i. 2. Unto the church by faith.
of God, which is at Corinth, to them | Acts iv. 1.2. Neither is there fals that are fanctified in Christ Jesus, vation in any other: for there is none called to be faints, with all that in other name under heaven given a- every place call upon the name of mong men whereby we must be saved. Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs
t Eph. v. 23. For the husband is and ours. Cor. xii. 13. For by the head of the wife, even as Christ one Spirit are we all baptized into is the head of the church: and he is one body, whether we be Jews or the Saviour of the body.
Gentiles, whether we be bond or 61. v. John xii. 38. That the free; and have been all made to faying of Efaias the prophet might drink into one Spirit, Rom, xv. 9. be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, And that the Gentiles might glorify who hath believed our report? and God for his mercy; as it is written, to whom hath the arm of the Lord For this cause I will confess to thee been revealed ? v. 39. Therefore among the Gentiles, and fing unto they could not believe, because that thy name. v. 10. And again, he Esaias said again, v. 40. He hath faith, Rejoice, ye Gentiles, with his blinded their eyes, and hardened people. v. 11. Apd again, Praife their heart; that they should not the Lord, all ye Gentiles, and laud see with their eyes, por understand him, all ye people. v. 12. And again with their heart, and be converted, Esaias saith, There shall be a root and I should heal them. Rom.ix.6. of Jeffe, and he that shall rise to Not as though the word of God hath reign over the Gentiles, in him taken none effect. For they are not shall the Gentiles trust. Rev. vii. 9. all Israel, which are of Israel. Matth. After this I beheld, and lo, a great xxii. 14. For many are called, but multitude, which no man could few are chosen. Matth. vii. 21. Not number, of all nations, and kindreds, every one that faith unto me, Lord, and people, and tongues, stood be. Lord, fall enter into the kingdom, fore the throne, and before the of heaven: but he that doth the will Lamb, clothed with white robes,
Q. 63. What are the special priviledges of the visible church?
A. The visible church hath the priviledge of being under God's special care and government y; of being protected and preserved in all ages, notwithstanding the oppofition of all enemies z; and of
and of enjoying the communion of saints, the ordinary means of falva
tion and palms in their hands. Psal. ii. faith the Lord, from henceforth and 8. Ask of me, and I shall give thee for ever. the heathen for thine inheritance, x 1 Cor. vii. 14. For the unbeand the uttermost parts of the earth lieving husband is sanctified by the for thy possession. Psal. xxii. 27. wife, and the unbelieving wife is All the ends of the world shall re fanctified by the husband; else were member and turn unto the Lord: your children unclean; but now and all the kindreds of the nations are they holy. Acts ii. 39. For the fall worship before thee. v. 28. promise is' unto you, and to your For the kingdom is the Lord's: and children, and to all that are afar he is the governor among the na off, even as many as the Lord our tions.
v. 29. All they that be fat God shall call. Rom. xi. 16. For upon earth, shall eat and worship: if the first fruit be holy, the lump all they that go down to the dust, is also holy: and if the root be hoThall bow before him, and none can ly, so are the branches. Gen. xvii. keep alive his own soul. V. 30. A 7. And I will establish my covenant feed shall serve him, it shall be ac between me and thee, and thy seed counted to the Lord for a genera after thee, in their generations, for tion. v. 31. They shall come, and an everlasting covenant ; to be a Thall declare his righteousness unto God unto thee, and to thy feed afa people that shall be born, that he ter thee. hath done this. Psal. xlv. 17. I will 63. y If. iv. 5. And the Lord will make thy name to be remembred in create upon every dwelling place of all generations: therefore shall the mount Zion, and upon her Affempeople praise thee for ever and ever. blies a cloud, and smoke by day, Matth. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and the shining of a flaming fire and teach all nations, baptizing them by night: for upon all the glory in the name of the Father, and of shall be a defence. v. 6. And there the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: shall be a tabernacle for a shadow 9. 20. Teaching them to observe in the day time from the heat, and all things whatsoever I have com for a place of refuge, and for a comanded you: and lo, I am with vert from storm and from rain. you alway, even unto the end of I Tim. iv. 10. For therefore we the world. Amen. If. lix. 21. As both labour, and suffer reproach, for me, this is my covenant with because we trust in the living God, them, saith the Lord, My Spirit that who is the Saviour of all men, espeis upon thee, and my words which cially of those that believe. I have put in thy mouth, shall not z (Psal. cxv. throughout.) v. 1. depart out of thy mouth, nor out Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, of the mouth of thy feed, nor out but-1.2. Wherefore should the of the mouth of thy feeds feed, beathen say, Where is now their