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Fourthly, we must believe everlasting life. Wherefore it followeth in the Creed, "I believe everlasting life;" that is to say, I believe, that when we shall rise from death, then we shall live ever with Christ in perfect holiness and justice, and in such a glorious joy, as no tongue can tell, nor heart think. And this treatise of the Creed we must end with this word, "Amen;" which is as much as to say, as, I believe all the articles of our belief, before rehearsed, be very true, and thereof I have a true faith, trust, and confidence. Therefore, good children, from the bottom of your hearts, you must believe in the Holy Ghost, which doth promise unto us remission of our sins, by all the true preachers and ministers of God's Word. And he doth also give light to our hearts and minds, and moveth us to believe God's Word, and to put our faith and trust in him. And the same Holy Ghost doth daily purify and sanctify us, purge and cleanse us from sin, and, after this bodily death, shall raise us again to everlasting life. And take this for a sure conclusion, and doubt nothing thereof, that the Holy Ghost, as he hath begun these things in us, so he will finish the same in us, if we obey him, and continue in faith unto the end of our lives: for he that continueth unto the end shall be saved. And this is the sum, and also the most plain understanding of this third part of the Creed, entreating of our sanctification or hallowing.
Wherefore, good children, mark well this lesson, that when ye be demanded, How understand you the third part of the Creed? ye may answer thus: I believe, that neither by man's strength, power, nor wisdom, neither by mine own endeavour, nor compass of mine own reason, I am able to believe in Jesus Christ, or to come unto him. But the Holy Ghost did call me by the Word of the Gospel, and with the gifts of his grace he hath hitherto endowed me, and hallowed me, and in the true faith he hath hitherto preserved and confirmed me: and this he hath not done only to me, but also he calleth and gathereth together, in the unity of one faith and one baptism, all the universal church, that is here in earth, and he halloweth, keepetb, and preserveth the same in the true knowledge of Christ, and faith in his promises. And in this church he giveth free and general pardon to me, and to all that believe in him, of all our sins, offences, and trespasses ; and at the last day he shall raise me and all others that be dead ; and all that died in the true faith of Jesus Christ he shall glorify in the life everlasting. Therefore, to the said Holy Ghost that sanctifieth us, with the Father that made and created us, and the Son that redeemed us, be given all honour and glory, world without end. Amen.
To conclude: we believe that this body of ours in which we live, though after death it turns to dust, yet in the last day it shall return to life again, by the Spirit of Christ that dwelleth in us; and that then, whatever we suffer for Christ in the interim, he will wipe away all tears from our eyes, and that then, through him, we shall enjoy everlasting life, and be always with him in glory. Amen.
Master. Sith thou hast before said, that the wicked shall rise again, in sort most far differing from the godly, that is to say, to eternal misery and everlasting death, why doth the Creed make mention only of life everlasting, and of hell no mention at all?
Scholar. This is a confession of the Christian faith, which pertaineth to none but to the godly, and therefore rehearseth only those things that are fit for to comfort, namely, the most large gifts which God will give to them that be his. And therefore here is not recited what punishments are provided for them that be out of the kingdom of God.
OF THE MORA1 LAW.
OF THE FIRST COMMANDMENT.
2. The First Commandment points out the true Object
of Religious Homage ib.
5. Meaning of the Expression "to have ;" the primary
6. Subsidiary Virtues 41
7. Express Prohibition 42
8. Vices and Defects condemned,by Inference •• 44
detracts from Scripture, TSoofc of Common Prager,
OF THE SECOND COMMANDMENT.
1. The Second Commandment relates specifically to
Religious Worship 78
2. Duties virtually inculcated in the negative Precept 74
3. Inward Dispositions required by it 75
4. Outward Tokens of Devotion ib.
5. Subsidiary Virtues and Practices ib.
6. Formal Prohibition 76
7. What Images are forbidden l1
8. Sanction , 78
9. What is meant by Visiting the Iniquity of the
Parents on the Children 79
10. The Promise of Mercy ib.
C"rtract? from Scripture, TBoofc of Common Prayer,
OF THE THIRD COMMANDMENT.
1. Substance of the Third Commandment 106
2. Terms of it ib.
3. Immediate Requisition 107
4. Duties virtually enjoined 108
5. Express Prohibition 109
6. Implied Prohibition Ill
7. Sanction ib.
4Erttact? from Scripture, TSoofe of Common Jprajer,