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A. No, it continues and abides for ever, Heb. vii. 24. But this Man, because he continueth for ever, hath an unchangeable Prief bood.
Q. 7. What is the first Instruction hence ?
A. Hence we learn the transcendent Love of God to poor Sinners, John iii. 16. God so loved the World, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth on him should not prith, but have everlasting Life.
Q. 8. What is the second Instruction ?
A. Hence we learn the matchless Love of Christ, that he should stoop to fuch a Condition for us, 2 Cor. viii. 9. For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your fakes he became poor, that je through his Poverty might be made rich.
Q. 9. What is the third Instruction ?
A. That the greatest Sins are capable of Remiflion to Be, lievers, John i. 29. Bebold, the Lamb of God which taketh away the Sins of the World.
Q. 10. What is the fourth Inftrution ?
A. That those that be in Christ need not fear the Denial or Want of any other Mercy, Rom. viii. 32. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, bow shall be not with him also freely give us all things?
Q. 11. What is the fifth Instruction?
A Hence we learn how impious it is to ascribe any Part of the Glory of Redemption to any other befides Chrift.
Q. 12. What is the sixth Instruction?
A. This teaches us the miserable Condition of all that are out of Christ, and the Neceflity of their Damnation, he being the only Redeemer.
Of the Manner of Christ's Incarnation, Queit. 1.
AS Christ's Incarnation a voluntary A&
in him? A. Yes, it was; for though he had a Command to die for us, John X. 18. No Man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself, I have power to lay it down, and I have Power to take again; yet he came willingly, Psal. xl. 6, 7. Sacrifice and Offerings thou did not defire, mine Ears baft
thou opened; burnt offerings, and Sin Offerings bas thou not required ; lo, I come, in the Volume of thy book, it is written of me, v. 8. I delight to do thy Will, O my God, yra, thy Law is within my Heart.
2. Was the Body of Christ a real and true humane Body?
A. Yes, it was a true and real Body, not the Appearance and Shape of a Body only, Luke xxiv. 38. And he said unto them, Why are ye troubled, and why do Thoughts arise in your Hearts? v. 29. Behold my Hands, and my Feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see, for a Spirit hath not Flesh and Bones as ye Jee me have.
Q. 3. Had he a true humane Soul as well as a Body?
A. Yes, he had, a real humane Soul also, and all the natu. ral Faculties and Powers therecf, Mat. xxvi. 38. Then Jaith he unto them, My Soul is exceeding forrowful, even unto Death.
Q. 4. Was he then in all Respects like to other Men ?
A. No; his Conception was not like others, Ifa. vii. 14. Behold, a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and shall call his Name Emanuel. And he had no Sin in him as others have, Heb. vii. 26. For such an High Priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from Sinners.
Q. 5. Did Christ put off the humane Nature at his Alcention?
A. No, he did not, but carried it op to Glory, and now is in our Nature in Heaven, 1 Tim. jji. 6. Received up into Glory.
Q. 6. Why did he assume our Nature ?
A. That he might die in it for our Salvation, Heb. ii. 15. And delivered them who through Fear of Death were all their : Life-time subject 10 Bondage.
Q, 7: Why did he rise in it after Death?
A. He raised it from the Dead, for our Juftification, Rom. iv. 25. Who was delivered for our Offereces, and was raised again for our Juftifications.
Q. 8. Why did he ascend in our Nature into Heaven?
A. To be a Mediator of Intercellion in our Nature, Heb. vii. 25. Wherefore he is able alo to fave them to the utrermoft that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make Inter.. resion for them.
Q. 9. What is the first Intruction from hence ?
A. That the Body of Christ is not every where, but is contained in Heaven, Acts iji. 21. Whom the Heaven must receive till abe Times of Reftitution of all Things.
Q. 10. What is the second Instruction?
A. That Chrift is full of tender Compassion to his Peoples infirmities, Heb. iv. 15. For we have not an High Priest which canno: be touched with the feeling of our Infirmities, but was in all Points tempted like as we are, yet without Sin.
Q. 11. What is the third Instruction ?
A. That great and admirable is the Glory designed for the Bodies of Believers, Phil. iii. 21. Who shall change our vile Bodies, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious
Body, according 10 the working, whereby he is able even to fubdue all Things unto himself.
Q. 12. What is the last Instruction?
A. That the bodily Eyes of Believers after the Resurrection, shall fee Chrift'in Glory, Job xix, 26, 27. And though after my Skin, Worms destroy this Body, get in my Flesh sali i jee God. Whom I shall see for myself, and mine Eyes Mall bebold, and not another.
Of Christ's Offices.
Queft. 23. W "Redeemer
HAT Offices doth Chrift execute as our
A. Chiif as our Redeemer doth execute the Office of a Prophet, of a Priest, and of a King, both in his Eftate of Humiliation and Exaltation.
Q. 1. What are the States and Conditions of our Redee.
A. Christ's States are twofold, namely, his State of Humiliation, and his State of Exaltation, Phil. ii. 8, 9. And being found in Fabion as a Man, be bumbled himself, and kecame obedient unto Death, even the Death of the Cross, wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a Name above every Name.
2. How many Offices belong to Christ in these States? A. Christ hath a threefold Office, namely, of a Prophet, of a Priest, and of a King. Q. 3. Why dcth Chritt take all these three Offices?
A. Because they are all neceffary for our Salvation, and we have the Benefit of them all, 1 Cor. i. 30. Who of God is made unto us Wisdom, and Righteousness, and Sanctification, and Redemption.
Q. 4. Can no Man take Christ in one Office, and not in another?
A. No; whoever will have the Benefit of any one, must receive him in all, Acts v. 31. Him hath God exalted with his right Hand to a Prince, and a Saviour, for 10 give Repertance unto Ifrael, and Forgiveness of Sins.
Q. 5. What respect have the Offices of Christ to the Promises ?
A. The Promises flow out of them as out of their Fountain, 2 Cor. i. 20. For all the Promises of God in him, are rea, and in him, Amen.
Q. 6. What Promises flow out of the Prophetical Office?
A. All the Promises of Illumination, Guidance and Direction flow out of Christ's Prophetical Office.
Q. 7. What Promises flow out of the Priestly Office?
A. Hence we learn the Compleatness of Christ for all the
R. 10. What is the second Instruction? A. Hence we learn the Folly and Misery of all Hypocrites that close partially with Chrift,
Q. 11. What is the third Instruction?
A. Hence we learn the fingular Dignity of the Lord Jesus.
A. That Faith is a confiderate Act; and requires much
Of Christ's Propbetical Office.
w doth Chrift a
Queft. 24. Hope
yopieth Chrif execute the Office of a
to us, by his Word and Spirit, the Will of God for our Salvation,
Q. 1. What doth Christ's Prophetical Office imply?
A. It implies Man's natural Blindness and Ignorance, i Cor. ii. 14. But the natural Man receiveth not the Things of the Spirit of God, for they are Foolishness unto him; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Q. 2. What else doth it imply? A. That Christ is the Original and Fountain of all that Light which guides us to Salvation, 2 Cor. iv. 6, 7. For God who commanded the Light to shine out of Darkness, hath shined in our Hearts to give the Light of the Knowledge of the · Glory of God in the Face of Jesus Christ.
Q. 3. How doth Christ teach Men the Will of God.
A. He doth it by external Revelation of it, Acts iji. 22. For Moses truly said unto the Fathers, A Prophet shall the Lord your God-raise up unto you of your Brethren, like unto me, him Thall ye bear in all Things, whatsoever he mall say unto you. And by internal Illumination, Luke xxiv. 45. Then opened be their Understanding, that they might understand the Scripture.
Q. 4. What need then of Man's Ministry?
A. Very much; for Chrift hath inftituted Ministers as Inftruments, by whom he will teach us, Eph. iv, 11, 12. And he gave fome Apostles, and some Prophets, and some Evangelifts, and some Paftors and Teachers, for the perfecting of the Saints, for the Work of the Ministry, for the edifying of the Body of Christ, Acs 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.
Q. 5. Can no Man favingly know the Will of God without the Teachings of Chrilt ?
A. No; though common Knowledge may be obtained in a natural Way, yet not saving, Mat. xi. 25. At that time Jefus answered, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of Heaven and Earth; because thou hof bid these Things front ihre wise and prident, and hasi revealed them unto. Babes.
Q. 6. How appears it that Chritt is appointed to this Office?
A. We have the written Word for it, Acts iii. 22. A Prophet palk the Lord your God raise up unto you of jour Bret brex,