Page images

Q. 5. Is this sufficient of itself?

A. No; the Blessing and Power of the Spirit must accompany it, or Christ cannot be applied, 1 Thes. i. 5, 6. For our Gospel came not unto you in Word only, but also in Power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much Asurance, as ye know what Manner of Men we were among you for your fake. And ye

became Followers of us, and of the Lord, having received the Word in much Affliction, with Joy of the Holy Ghost.

Q. 6. To whom doth the Spirit apply Christ? A. To those that were given him of the Father before the World was, A&s xiii. 48. And as many as were ordained to eternal Life believed, John xiv. 17. Even the Spirit of Truth, whom the World cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither kroweth him; but ye know hin, for he dwelleth with you, and jhall be in you.

Q. 7. Is the Application of Christ to a Soul finisht at once ?

A. Though the first A&t of Faith unites the Soul to Christ? yet it is a continued Act, 1 Pet. ii. 4. To whom coming as unto a living Stone.

Q. 8. What learn you from hence?

A. What a destitute Thing the Soul is that is out of Christ, Rev. iii. 17, 18. Because thou sayet I am rich, and increased with Goods, and have need of nothing, and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and Ólind, and


Q. 9. What else doth it teach us?

A The Riches and Dignity of Believers. Christ, and all his Purchases are theirs, i Cor. iii. 22, 23. Whether Paul, or Apollo, or Cephas, or the World, or Life, or Death, or Things présent, or Things to come, all are yours, and je are Christ's, and Christ is God's.

Q. 10. What else doth it teach us?

A. The Righteousness of God in the Destruction of all Unbelievers, John v. 40, Mark xvi. 16. He that believeth and is baptized, ft.all be faved; but he that belu veih not, shall be damned.


Of our Union with Christ.

Queft. 30.


O w doth the Spirit apply to us the Re

demption purchased by Christ? A. By working Faith in uş, thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual Calling.

Q. 1. Can none have faving Benefit by Christ, but such as are united to him?

A. No; for as Adam's Sin could not hurt us, except we had been in him ; fo Christ's Redemption cannot profit us, except we are in him, i Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Chris Jesus, who of God is made unto us Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and Redemption.

Q. 2. What are the Bonds of this Union?

A. The Spirit on God's Part, 1 John iii. 24. And he that keepeth his Commandments dwelleth is him, and he in him; and hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. And Faith on our Part, Eph. iii. 17. That Christ may

dwell in

your Hearts by Faith. Q. 3. What is the first Property of this Union ?

A. It is an intimate Union, v. 30. For we are Members of his Bedy, of bis Flesh, and of bis Bones,

Q. 4. What is the second Property?

A. It is an Union never to be dissolved, Rom. viii. 35, 38. Who Mall separate its from the Love of Chrift? Shall Tribulation, Distress, or Persecution, or Famine, or Nakedness, or Peril, or Sword? For I am persuaded, that neither Death, nor Life, nor Angels, nor Principalities, nor Powers, nor Things present, nor Things to come, nor Height, nor Depth, nor any other Creature, skall be able to separate us from the Love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Q. 5. What is the third Property of this Union ?

A. It makes Christ, and all that he hath purchased, become curs, 1 Cor. iii. 23. All are yours, and ye are Chrift's, and Christ is Ged's.

Q. 6. What is the fourth Property of this Union ?

A. It is the Foundation and Root of all our spiritual and acceptable Obedience, John xv. 4. Abide in me, and I in

[ocr errors]

you ; as the Branch cannot bear Fruit of itself, except it atide in the Vine ; no more can ye, except ye abid: in me.

Q. 7. What is the first Inference from hence ?

A. That saving Grace in the Saints is immortal, being secured to them in and by Christ, Col. iii. 3. Your Life is hid with Christ in God.

Q. 8. What is the second Inference?

A. That the Relation between Christ and Believers is very dear and intimate, Eph. v. 30. For we are Members of his Body, of his Flesh, and of his Bones.

Q. 9. What is the third Inference?

A. That Believers need not be afraid to go down to the Grave, Rom. viii. 38. For I am persuaded, that neither Death nor Life, nor any other Creature fall be able to sepa. rate us from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And this Union holds after Death, Mat. xxii. 31, 32. But as touching the Resurrection of the Dead, have se not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the

God of Jacob ? God is not a God of the Dead, but of the Living.

Q. 10. What is the fourth Inference ? A. That in wronging and persecuting the Saints, Men wrong and perfecute Christ himself, Acts ix. 4. And he fell to the Earth, and beard a Voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, Why persecu test thou me ?

Q. 11. What is the fifth Inference ?

A. That in relieving and refreshing the Saints, we relieve and refresh Christ himself, Mat. xxv 34, 35. For I was an Lungry, and ye gave me Meat, and I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a Stranger, and ye took me in, naked and ye

I was fick, and ye visited me. I was in Prison, and ye came unto me, ver. 40. In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my Brethren, ye bave done it unto me.

( 12. What is the last Inference ?

A. That there is a Sympathy in Chrift under all the Preffures and Grievances of his people, Heb. iv. 15. We have not an high Priest which cannot be touched with the Feeling of our Infirmities, but was in all Points tempted like as we are, yet without Şin.


[ocr errors]

cloathed mne.

Of Effetual Calling.
Queft. 31.

HAT is effectual Calling?

A. Effeetual Calling is the Work of God's Spirit, whereby convincing us of our Sin and Mifery, enlightening our Minds in the Knowledge of Christ, and renewing our Wills, he doth persuade and enable us to enbrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to us in the Gospel.

Q. 1. What makes the Difference between effectual and incffe&tual Calling?

A. Ineffectual Calling is when Men have nothing but the external Sound of the Gospel, Mat. xx. 16. For many be called, and few cholen. Effetual is, when the Spirit works in Conjunction with the Word, John vi. 45. It is written in the Prophets, And they shall be all taught of God; every Man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

Q: 2. What is the first Act of the Spirit in Effectual Calling?

A. Conviction of Sin, John xvi. 8. And when he is come, he will reprove the World of Sin.

Q. 3. Do the Called of God hear any Voice from Heaven?

A. Ordinarily it is a Call without Sound, yet as efficacious as an audible Voice from Heaven.

Q. 4. What is the second Act of the Spirit in our Effec. tual Calling?

A. The Illumination of the Mind in the Knowledge of Christ, Acts xxvi. 18. To open their Eyes, and to turn them from Darkness to Light, and from the Power of Satan unto God.

Q. 5. In what Things doth it enlighten them?

A. In this, That Christ is their only Remedy, Acts iv. 12. Neither is there Salvation in any other ; for there is none other Name under Heaven given among Men, whereby we must be saved. And their all-fufficient Remedy, Heb. vii. 25. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermift that come unto God by him. Q. 6. What is the third Act?

[ocr errors]

A. His renewing of the Sinner’s Will, and making it flexible, Psal. cx. 3. Thy People fall be willing in the Duy of thy Power, Ezek. xxxvi. 26. A new Heart also will I give you, ana a new Spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the Pony Heart out of your Flesh, and I will give you an Heart of Flesh.

Q. 7. Can no Man come to Christ till thus enabled ?

A. No, it's not in the Power of Man's Nature or Will, till thus renewed and enabled, Eph. i. 19, 20. And what is 12: exceeding Greatness of his power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty Power, which be wroug bt in Chrift, when he raised him from the Dead, and set him on his own right Hand in the heavenly Places, John vi. 44. No Man can come to me except the Father which hath sent me draw him.

Q. 8. What Sort of Men are most ordinarily called ?

A. The poor and mean ones in the World, Cor. i. 26. For je fee your calling Brethren, how that not many wife Men after the Flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called; but God hath chosen the foolish Things of the World to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak Things of the World to confound the Things which are mighty.

Q. 9. What is the first Instruction from it?.

A. Souls effectually called are never loft, Rom. xi. 29. For the Gifts and Calling of God are without Repentance.

Q. 10. What is the second Instruction ?

A. All Things co-operate to their good, Rom. viii. 28. For we know that all Things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.

Q. 11. What is the third Instruction?

A. It is dangerous to refuse God's Call, Prov. i. 24. Decause I have called, and ye have refused, I have stretched out my Hand and no Man regarded.

Q. 12. What is the last Instruction?

A. That Christians are obliged to walk suitable to their heavenly Calling, i Thef. ii. 12. That


would walk worthy of God, who bath called you unto his Kingdom and Glory.

[ocr errors]


« PreviousContinue »