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it is conimitted, Pfal. li. 4, 5. — Against thee, thee only have I finned, and done this Evil in thy Sight, &c.

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What learn we from hence ? A. Hence in the firft Place we learn the Impossibility of satisfying God's Justice for the least Sin that ever we committed, Job vii. 20. I have finned, what shall I do unto thee, &c. Pfal. cxxx. 3. If tlou Lord should mark Iniquity, O Lord, aho Ball stand?

Q. 10. What's the second Instruction hence ?

A. Hence we see the Necidity of a Mediatour betwixt God and us, Pfal. xl. 6, 7. Sacrifice and Offering thou did not defire, &c.Then said I, lo, I come in the Volume of the Book it is written of me.

Q. 11. What is the third Instruction hence ?

A. That the greatesi Suffering is rather to be chosen than the least Sin, Heb. xi. 25. Chusing rather to suffer Affliction with the People of God, than to enjoy the Pleasures of Sin for å Scafon.

Q: 12. What is the fourth Instruction hence ?

A. It teacheth us what an invaluable Mercy, the full, free and final Remission of Sin is, Pfal. xxxii. 1, 2. Blessed is he whose Transgresion is forgiven, and whose Sin is covered, &c.

Q. 13. What is the fifth Instruction hence ?

A. It vindicates God in his feverest Strokes on Sinners, Hof. vi. 5. Therefore have I hewed them by the Prophets : 1 have sain theme by the Words of my Mouth, and thy Judgments are as the Light that goeth forth.

Q. 14. What is the lait Instruction ?

A. Hence we learn the Nature and infinite Value of Chrift's Sufferings, Rom. viii. 32. He that spared not his owon Son, but delivered him up for us all: how frall he not with him also freely give us all Things?

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may escape his Wrath and Curse due to us for Sin ?

A. To escape the Wrath and Curse of God due to us for Sin, God requireth of us Faith in Jesus Chrift, Repentance

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unto Life, with the diligent Use of all the outward Means, whereby Christ communicateth to us the Benefits of Redemption.

Q. 1. What are the Things required of us to escape God's Wrath and Curse due to us for Sin ?

A. The Things required of us, are, (1.) Faith in Jesus Christ, Acts xvi.

31. And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Chrift, and thou shalt be saved, and thine House. (2.) Repentance from Sin, Acts iii. 19. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your

be blotted out, &c. (3.) Diligent friving in the Use of all God's appointed Means, Luke xiii. 24. Strive to enter in at the frait Gate: for many, I say unto you, Mall seek to enter in, and mall not be able.

Q. 2. Are these Things in Man’s Power to perform that God requires of him?

A. Though they are our Duties, yet we have no Power in ourselves by Nature to perform them, but the Power is of God, 2 Cor. iii. 5. Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any Thing as of ourselves, but our Sufficiency is of God.

Q. 3. But if Men be in Christ, and justified from Eternity, what Need of this ?

A. Though God from Eternity decreed, and Christ long since purchased the Salvation of the Elect; yet have they no Union with Christ, till they believe, Ephef. iii. 17. That Christ moy dwell in your Hearts by Faith, ihat ye being rooted and grounded in Love. Nor Remission of Sin, Acts iii. 19.

That your Sins may be blotted out, when the Times of refreshing fall come from the Prefence of the Lord; but lie under Wrath as others do, Eph. ii. 3, 12. And were by Nature the Children of Wrath even as others. Ver. xii. That at that Time ye were without Chrif, being Aliens from the Commoneverlih of Israel, and Strangers from the Covenants of Promise, having no Hope, and without God in the World.

Q. 4. If it be God that can only work these Graces in us, to what Purpose is our striving?

A. God's working doth not exclude Man's friving, but more excites and obliges us to it, Phil. ii. 12, 13. — Work out your own Salvation with Fear and Trembling : Fot it is is God which worketh in you both to will and to do, of his own good Pleasure.

Q. 5. To what Purpose is it to strive in the Use of Means, except we knew we were elected ?

A. The Knowledge of our Election is not antecedent to our Diligence, but our Diligence is required antecedently to that Knowledge, 2 Pet. i. 10. Wherefore the rather, Brerhren, give Diligence to make your Calling and Elexion sure, &c.

Q. 6. Is it not legal to put natural Men upon striving in the Use of Means?

A. No, it is not; for Christ himself enjoins it, Luke xiii. 24. Strive to enter in at the strait Gate, &c. And so did the Apostles after him, Acts viii. 22. Repent therefore of this thy Wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the Thought of thy Heart may be forgiven ibee.

7Is there no escaping God's Wrath and Curse without Faith and Repentance ?

A. No, it is impossible to escape them. John iii. 18~He that believeth not, is condemned already, Heb. ii. 3. How shall we escape if we negle&t jo great Salvation.

Q. 8. But if a Man reform his Life, and live soberly and jusly for Time to come, may he not that way escape God's Wrath and Curse ?

A. No, Sobriety and Reformation are Duties, but it's Faith and Regeneration that puts Men into Christ, and out of Danger, Matth. v. 20. Except your Righteousness fall exceed the Righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye mall in no Case enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, Titus 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 Ghoft.

Q. 9. Do all believing and penitent Sinners escape God's Wrath and Curse?

A. Yes, they do, and shall for ever escape it, Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore now no Condemnation to them, which are in Christ Jesus, &c. Col. i. 12, 13. Giving Thanks unto God the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the Inheritance of the Saints in Light; who hatb delivered us from the Power of Darkness, and hath translated us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, Joh. v. 24. He that heareth my Word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting Life, and fall

not come into Condemnation: but is passed from Death unto Life. Q. 10. What is the first Inference hence?

A. Hence it appears how false and dangerous the Antinomian Doctrine is, which teacheth that our Sins are pardoned before they are committed, or we either believe or repent, contrary to Acts xxvi. 18. To open their Eyes, and to turn i hem from Darkness to light, and from the Power of Satan unto God, that they may receive Forgiveness of Sins, and Inheritance among them, which are fanétified by Faiih, that is, in me, James v. 20.--He which converteth the Sinner from the Error of his Way, small save a Soul from Death, &c. Acts X. 43. To him give all the Prophets Witness, that through his Name whojoever believeth in him shall receive Remision of Sins. .

Q. 11. What is the second Inference from hence ?

A. Hence it follows that it is dangerous on the one Side not to strive in all the ways of Duty for Christ and Salvation, contrary to Luke xiii. 24. Strive to enter in at the frait Gate, for many I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and Jhall not be able. And as dangerous on the other Side to reft in, and depend on our own Works and Duties, Phil. iii. 9. And be found in him, not having mine own Righteousness wbich is of the Law ; but that which is through the Faith of Chrift: the Righ:e1fuels which is of God by Faith,

Q. 12. What is the third Inference hence ?

A. Hence we learn the miserable State of all Unbelievers, and impenitent Persons; the Curse and Wrath of God lies upon them, Gal. iii. 10. For as many as are of the Works of the Law are under the Curse, &c. And their Mittimus for Hell is already made, John iii. 18. He that believeth not, is condemned already.

Q. 13. What is the fourth Inference hence ?

A. Hence we learn the happy State into which Faith and Repentance brings the Souls of Men, Acts xiii. 38, 39. By him all that believe are justified from all Things from which je could not be justified by the Law of Moses.

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HAT is Faith in Jesus Christ?

A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving Grace, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for Salvation, as he is offered to us in the Gospel.

R. 1. What is the Root or Cause of Faith?

A. Not the Power of Man’s Will, Eph. ii. 8. For by Grace ye are saved through Faith, and that not of yourselves : it is the Gift of God. But the Spirit of God, Gal. v. 22.

But the Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, long-suffering, Gentleness , Goodness, Faith, John i. 12, 13. But as many as received him, to them

gave he Power to become the Sons of God, even to them that believe on his Name; which were born, not of Blood, nor of the Will of the Flesh, nor of the Will of Man, but of God.

Q: 2. How doth the Spirit of God ordinarily produce Faith? A. By the preaching of the Word he ordinarily begets it,

- Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God; though sometimes he doth it immediately.

Q. 3. Who are the proper Subjects of Faith?

A. Convinced and sensible Sinners are the proper Subjects of Faith, John xvi. 8, 9, 10.

And when he is come, he will reprove the World of Sin, of Righteousness, and of Judgment. Of Sin, because they believe not on me: of Righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more : of Judgment, because the Prince of this World is judged.

Q. 4. What is the Seat or Habitation of Faith?

A. Not only the Head or Understanding, but principally the Heart and Will, Rom. x. 10,-With the Heart Man believeth unto Righteousness, &c. Acts viii. 37. And Philip said, if thou believest with all thine Heart, thou mayest.

Q. 5. But is not the Affent of the Understanding true Faith?

A. The meer Aslent of the Understanding to the Truths of Scripture, is not such a Faith as will save the Soul, Jam. ii. 19. Thou believes that there is one God, thou dost well, the Devils also believe and tremble. Q. 6. What's the A&t of Faith that justifics a Sinner ?

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