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Q. 8. What do we ask of God in this Petition with Rea spect to this Kingdom of Grace ?
A. Herein vie desire not only our own personal progresfive Sanctification, but the Sanctification of others all the world over, siets xxvi. 29. And Paul faid, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear one this Day, were both almost and altogether such as I am, except these Bonds.
What is the third Thing here meant by the Kingdom of God!
A. By it is here meant the future State of Glory and Blessedness, 1 Cor. xv. 50. Now this I say, Brethren, that Fleja and blood cunnct inherit the Kingdom of God, &c.
Q. 10. Why is the heavenly State called the Kingdom of God?
A. This is called the Kingdom of God, because in that State God reigns over his People gloriously, there being no Rebellion in them in the least Degree, Luke xx. 36. - For th-y are equal unto ihe Angels, and are the Children of God, being the Children of the Resurrection. And they reign with Chrit, Rev. iii. 21. To him that overcometh, will I grant to fit with me in my Throne, &c.
Q. 11. What do we defire in Prayer for the coming of this Kingdom
A. We desire not only our Preservation in our Passage to that State of Glory, 1 Pet. V. 10. But tbe God of all Grace, who hath called us into bis eternal Glory by Christ Jefus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfe&i, Aabliss Areng, then, setile you. But, the bastening of it to our selves and others, Rev. xxii. 20. :-Amen, even so, come, Lord Jesus.
Q. 12. W’hat is the firit Instruction hence ?
A. That the Gospel is an invaluable Mercy, as it is the Instrument of bringing us into Chrif's gracious and glorious Kingdom, A&s xxvi. 18.' To open their Eyes, and to turn them 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 fančtified by Faith, that is in me.
Q. 13. What is the second Interence from hence ?
A. That many Men really hate and oppose the very Thing they pray for, Q. 14. What is the last Intrudion hence?
Quest. 103. W tition?
A. That how firmly foever Satan's and Antie 'riz's King. dom seeni to be founded in the World, they must and mall fall before the daily Prayers of the Saints. Concerning the doing of God's Will.
HAT do we pray for in the third Pe
tition? A. In the third Petition which is [Thy Will be done in Eartb, as it is in Heaven] we pray, that God by his Grace would make us able and willing to know, obey, and submit to his Will in all Things, as the Angels do in Heaven.
R 1. What Will of God is here intended ?
A. Not the Will of his Decree, for that is in himself alone, 1 Cor. ii. 11. The Things of God knowerb ino Man but the Spirit of God..
Q. 2. What Will then is here meant ?
A. The Will of his Providence inay be here meant, Pfal cxxv. 6. What foever ibe Lord pleased, that did be in Heaven, and in Earth, in the Seas, and all deep Places. And Psal. cxix. 89. For ever, O Lord, thy Word is settled in Heaven. Ver. 91. They continue this Day according to thy Ordinances: for all are thy Servants. Q. 3. How are we to understand the doing of this
. Will of Providence in Heaven?
A. (1.). As it is done by the Sun, Moon, and Stars, Pfal. cxix. 89. Thy Word is settled in Heaven. Ver. 91. They continue this Day according to thine Ordinances, Pfal. xix. 6. His going forih is from the End of the Heaven, and bis Circuit unto the Ends of it; and there is nothing hid from the Heat thereof.. (2.) As it is done by Angels, Psal. civ. 4. Who makeih The Angels Spirits: his Ministers a flaming Firé, Heb. i. ult. Are they not all ministring Spirits, jent forth to minifter for them who fall be Heirs of Salvarion?
Q. 4. How do these perform the Will of God's Provi. dence?
A. (1.) The heavenly Bodies do it evenly, conftantly, and unwearedly, Psal. civ. 19. He appointeth the Moon for Szafons, the Sun knoweth bis going down. (2.) The Angels do speediiy, voluntarily, clearfully, and so knowingly, Pral. ciii. 21. Ye Ministers of bis that do his Pleasure.
5. Muft we be Agents in this providential Will? A. Yes, we muit, Acts xiii. 36. For David after he has Jerved his Generation by the Will of God, fell on Sleep.
Q. 6. How muft we do it?
A. By employing our Abilities, Faculties and Interests, in the Duties of our particular Callings, and by moving constantly, prudently and vigorously in our own Sphere, and so imitate those in Heaven.
Q. 7. Why do we pray that God's Will of Providence may be done by us?
A. Because we are his Creatures, and the most noble Inftruments of the inferior World; and therefore we should be willing to be acted by him, and active for him; and because this will of Providence is always jutt, good and true, and for his own Glory, Psal. cxlv. 17. The Lord is righteous in all his Ways, and holy in all bis Works, Psal. cxix. 89. For ever, O Lord, thy Word is settled in Heaven. Ver. 91. Tbiy continue this: Day according to thiné Ordinances; for all are tby Servants.
Q. 8. What other Will of God is here meant ?
A. By the Angels it is done universally, chearfully, conftantly, hambly, thankfully, loyally, readily, Pfal. ciii. 20. Bless the Lord ye bis Angels that excel in Strength, that do his Commandments, bearkening unto the Voice of his Word. And to it is done by the Saints in Heaven, Rev. vii. 15. Therefore are they before the Throne of God, and serve him Day and Night in his Temple. And xxii. 3. And his Servants foall serve him.
10. Do we pray then that we may thus do the Will of God?
A. Yes; for though we cannot perfectly without Sin do it, yet that is our Duty, Matth. 5. ult. Be ye therefore per. fect, even as your Father which is in Heaven is perfe&. And in all other Particulars we may, and we must imitate them herein, Pfal. cxix. 6. Then shall I not be ashamed, when I have Respect unto all thy Commandments. Ver. 14. I bave rejoiced in the Way of thy Testimonies, as much as in all Riches, Ver. 60. I made hafte, and delayed not to keep thy Command.
Ver. 112, &c. I have inclined my Heart 10 perform thy Statutes, alway ever unto the End.
Q.11. How must we know God's Will?
A. Not notionally and rationally only, but fpiritaally allo, i Cor. ii. 14. They are spiritually difcerned.
Q. !2. Why is knowing God's Will placed here before doing it, &c.
A. Because the Understanding is the leading Faculty, without which it is impossible there should be any Obedience, Prov. xix. 2. Also that the Soul be withont Knowledge it is not good, Jer. v. 4. Therefore I said, surely these are poor, They are foolish: for they know not the Way of the Lord, nor the Judgment of their God.
Q. 13. Why pray we to God for this Knowledge, can we not know it of our felves ?
A. No, it is the special Gift and Grace of God, Gal. i. 15, 16. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my Motber's Womb, and called me by his Grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the Heathen, immediately I conferred riot with Flesh and Blood, Eph. i. 17, 19. That the God of our Lord Jejus Chrift, the Faiber of Glory, may give unto jou the Spirit of Wisdom and Revelation in the Knowledge of him.— And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us ward, who believe according 1o the working of his mighty power, Eph. v. 8. For ye were sometimes Darkness, but now are ye Light in the Lord.
Q. 14. Why do we pray that we may obey, can we not do it of our own free Will when we know it?
A. No; for our Wills are stubborn and rebellious against God's Commands, as well as our Minds ignorant of them, Rom. viii. 7. B?cause the carnal Mind is Enmity against God: for it is not subjeet to the Law of God, neither indeed can be, Ezek. xxxvi. 25, 26. Then will I Jprinkle clean Water upon g'ou, and ye shall be clean: from all your Filthiness, and from all your Idols will I cleanse you. A new Heart also will I give you, and a new Spirit will I put within you; and I will lake. away the pony Heart out of your Flejh, and I will give you an Heart of Flejb, Phil. ii. 13. For it is God which workerh in you, boih to will and to do of his good Pleasure. R. 15. What is meant by submitting to God's Will?
A. (1.) Either a voluntary Subjection of Soul, and a preparedness actually to do his Will. Or (2.) a voluntary and filent Submisiion to his Will of Providence in Affliétion; but in this Particular we cannot imitate those in Heaven, because no Cross ever befals them.
Q. 16. Why is Will added in all Things ?
A. Because partial Obedience, is no Obedience; he that does not obey God in every Thing obeys him in nothing, Jam. ii. 10. For whosoever shall keep the whole Law, and yet offend in one Point, he is guilty of all.
Q. 17. Why do we pray that God by his Grace would work this Will in us and by us?
A Because it is Free-grace that determines it, 2 Tim. i. 9. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy Calling, not according to our Works, but according to his own Purpoje and Grace which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the World began. And efficacious Grace that works it in us, and enables us to do it, Eph, v. 8. For ye were sometimes Darkness, but now are ye Light in the Lord. Ver. 10. Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Q. 18. What is the first Inference from hence ?
A. That it is Man's Glory and Felicity to be conformed to the Will of God, Prov. xii. 26. The righteous
The righteous is more excellent than his Neighkour, Pfal. xix. 10, 11. More to be defored are they than Gold, yea than much fine Geld; swerter also tban Honey, and the Honey-comb. Moreover by ibem is by Servant warned; and in keeping of them there is great Reward.
Q. 19. What is the second Inference?
A. That we must mortify in our felves every Lust that contradi&ts God's Will, and renounce without our selves, every Thing that comes in Competition therewith, i Cor. ix. ult. But I keep under my Body, and bring it into Subjection: leaft that by any Means when I have preached 10 others, I myself jould be a Caft-away, Gal. vi. 14. But God forbid ibat I pould glory, Jave in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, hy whom ibe Werld is crucified unto me, and I unto the World.
Q. 20. What is the third Inference?
A. That it is in Vain, yea a Provocation to pray, if we be not obedient to God's Will, Prov. ii. 8, 9. He keepelh the Paths of Judgment, and preferveth the Way of bis Saints.