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man, by taking to himself a true body a, and a reasonable soul b, being conceived by the power of the Holy Ghost, in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her c, yet without sin d.

a Heb. ii. 14. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the


b Matt. xxvi. 38. Then said he unto them, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.

c Luke i. 31. Behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. 35. The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee.

d Heb. vii. 26. Such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.

23 Q. What offices doth Christ execute as our Redeemer?

A. Christ, as our Redeemer, executeth the offices of a prophet a, of a priest b, and of a king c, both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation.

a Acts iii. 22. Moses truly said unto the

fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren like unto me; hím shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

b Heb. v. 6. Thou art a priest for ever, after the order of Melchisedec. c Psalm ii. 6. Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Sion.

24 Q. Hon doth Christ execute the office of a Prophet?

A. Christ executeth the office of a Prophet, in revealing to us a, by his word b, and Spirit c, the will of God for our salvation.

a John i. 13. No man hath seen God at any time; the only-begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him.

b John xx. 31. These things were written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name.

c John xiv. 26. The Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things.

25 Q. How doth Christ execute the office of a Priest?

A. Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up himself a sacrifice, to satisfy divine justice a,

and reconcile us to God b, and in making continual intercession for us c. a Heb. ix. 28. Christ was once offered, to bear the sins of many.

b Heb. ii. 17. In all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren; that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.

c Heb. vii. 25. He is able to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.

26 Q. How doth Christ execute the office of a King?

A. Christ executeth the office of a King in subduing us to himself a, in ruling and defending us b, and in restraining and conquering all his and

our enemies c.

a Psalm cx. 3. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.

b Isa. xxxiii. 22. The Lord is our judge, the Lord is our lawgiver, the Lord is our king; and he will save us.

c 1 Cor. xv. 25. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

27 Q. Wherein did Christ's humiliation consist?

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A. Christ's humiliation consisted in his being born, and that in a low condition a, made under the law b, undergoing the miseries of this life c, the wrath of God d, and the cursed death of the cross e, in being buried and continuing under the power of death for a time f.

a Luke ii. 7. And she brought forth her first born son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger. •

b Gal. iv. 4. God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law.

c Isa. liii. 3. He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief.

d Matt. xxvi. 46. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me.

e Phil. ii. 8. He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

f Matt. xii. 40. As Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly, so shall the son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

28 Q. Wherein consisteth Christ's exaltation?

A. Christ's exaltation consisteth in his rising again from the dead on


the third day a, in ascending up into heaven, and sitting at the right hand of God the Father b, and in coming to judge the world at the last day c.

a 1 Cor. xv. 4. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day, according to the Scriptures.

b Mark xvi. 19. So then, after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven and sat on the right hand of God.

c Acts xvii. 31. Because he hath appointed a day in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

29 Q. How are we made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ?

A. We are made partakers of the redemption purchased by Christ, by the effectual application of it to us a, by his Holy Spirit b.

a John i. 12. As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God.

b Tit. iii. 5. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost: 6. Which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour.

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