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Therefore being justified by Faith, we have Peace with God through our Lord Jefus Chrift.
Q. 5. Have all Believers Peace in their consciences at all Times ?
A. No, they are always in a State of Peace, bat have not always the Sense of Peace, Isa. 1. 10. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, and obeyeth the Voice of bis Servant, that walketh in Darkness, and bath no Light? Let him trust in the Name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
Q. 6. What is that which hinders the Sense of Peace in Believers ?
A. Their Sins against the Lord, and grieving of his Spirit, Ifa. lix. 2. But your Iniquities have separated between you and your God; and your Sins havé hid his Face from you, that he will not bear."
Q. 7. What maintains the State of Peace when the Sense of Peace is lost?
A. Christ's continual and potent Intercession with the Father for us, 1 John ii. 1, 2. My little Children, these Things write I unto you, that yé sin noti; and if any Man fin, iwé bave an Advocate with the Father, Jefus Christ the righteous.
What is the best! Way to maintain our Peace with God
A. Strict walking by Gospel-Rules, Gal. vi. 16. And as many as walk according to this Rule, Peace be on them.
Q. 9. Doth this Peace come and go with outward Peace?
A. No, we may enjoy this when no Peace to be had in the World, John xvi. 33. These! Things I have spoken' unto you, that in me ye might have
. Peace ; in the World ye shall have Tribulation, but be of good Chear, I have overcome the World.
Q. 10. What is the firft Instruction from hence ?
A. That the Wicked are in a sad Case at all Times, but especially in evil Times, Ifa. lvii. 20, 21. But the wicked are like the troubled Sea, when it cannot rejt,! whose Waters cast up Mire and Dirt; There is na Peace, faith my God, to the wicked.
Q. 11. What is the second Instruciion from hence ?
A. That the chief Care of a Christian should be to keep his Peace with God, Jer.. xvii. 17. Be not a Terron to me, Thou art my Hope. in the Day of Evil.. Q. 12. What is the last Instructionaries
A. Let the Saints long to be in Heaven; the State of full and perfect Peace, Isa. Ivii. 2. He shall enter into Peoir; they fr.all rest in their Beds, each one walking in his Uprightness.
Of Joy in the Holy Ghoft.
Quest, 1. ow many. Sorts of Joy are there among
Men ? A. There is a fensitive Joy, Acts xiv. 17. Nevertheless he left not himself without Witness, in that he did good, and gave us Rain from Heaven, and fruitful Seasons, filling our Hearts with Food and Gladness. A fintul Joy, Prov. xv. 21. Folly is Joy to him that is deftitute of Wisdom. And a spiritual Joy, Rom. v. 11 And not only jo, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Chrift.
Q. 2. Why is spiritual Joy called Joy in the Holy Gholt?
A. Because the Holy Ghoft is the Author of it, Gal. v. 22. But the Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, &c.
Q. 3. What is the firit Thing begets Joy in the Saints ?
A. The first Thing they joy in is, their Justification before God, Ifa. lxi. 10. I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my Soul shall be joyful in my God, for he hath cloathed me with the Garments of Salvation, he hath covered me with the Robes of Righteousness.
Q. 4. What is the second 'Thing that breeds this Joy?
A. Hopes of Glory breeds Joy in the Saints, Rom. v. 2. And rejoice in Hopes Oj the glory of God.
Q. 5. What is the Instrument by which the Spirit conveys this Joy?
A. Faith' is the Instrument of it, Phil. i. 25. And having this Confidence, I know that I fall abide and continue with you all, for your furtherance and Joy of Faith.
Q. 6. What is the first Property of this Joy?
A. It is Joy unspeakable, and full of Gloiy, 1 Pet. i. 8. Believing, ye rejoice with Yoy unspeakable, and full of glory.
Q. 7. What is the second Property of it?
A. That it is not in the Power of Men to deprive the Saints of it, John xvi. 22. And your Joy no Man taketh from you.
Q. 8. What is the third Property of it ?
A. It makes the Soul free and chearful in the Ways of Obedience, Psal. cxix. 32. I will run the Ways of thy Conmandments, when thou shalt enlarge my Heart.
Q. 9. What is most destructive to a Chriftian's Joy!
A. Sin, especially sin against Light, Pfal. li. 8. Make me to bear Joy and gladness, that the Bones which thou baft broken may rejoice.
Q. 10. What should be the main Care of a Chriftian in this World?
A. To maintain his Joy in God to the latt, Aets xx. 24. But none of these Things move me, neither count I my Life dear to mi felf, so that I might finish my Course with Jay.
11. Have not Hypocrites their Joys as well as real Christians ?
A. Yes, but the Joy of the Hypocrite is not grounded upon Scripture-warrant, and will vanith away, and will come to nothing at last, John v. 35. He was a burning and a shining Light, and ye were willing for a Season to rejoice in bis Light. Q. 12. What is the first Inference from hence ? '
A. Let all that expect Joy in the Holy Ghost, fee that they preserve Purity of Conscience and Conversation, 2 Cor. i. 12. Grace be to you, and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Chrift.
Q. 13. What is the last Inference ?
A. That Religion is no melancholy Thing, but the Foun. tain of all Joy and Pleasure, Prov. iii. 17. Her Ways are Ways of. Pleasantness, and all her Paths are Peace.
Of the Increase of Grace. Queft. 1.
A. Yes, it dath, like the Morning Light, Proy, iv. 18. The Path of the. Juft. is as the fhining Light, that shineth more and more unto the perfe& Day. And for that End God hath appointed Ministers and Ordinances, Eph. iv. II, 12. And be gave fome Apostles, and some Prophets, and Jome Evangelifts, and some Paflors and Teachers ; for the per
feeting of the Saints, for the Work of the Ministry, for the edifying of ibe Body of Cbrift. 0. 2. Cannot false or seeming Grace grow?
A. It may spring up and seem to flourish for a Time; bat comes not to Perfection, Luke viii. 14. And that which fell among Tborns are they wbich when they have beard, ga forth, and are choaked with Cares, and Riches, and Pleasures of this Life, and bring no Fruit to Perfection.
Q. 3. What is the first Respect in which Grace grows?
A. It grows by deeper rooting itself in the Soul, Eph. iii. 17. That Chrif may dwell in your Hearts by Faith, that ye being rooted
and grounded in Love, may be able, &c. . 4. What is the Manner of its Growth? A. It grows in Respect of its greater fitness and readiness for Aas of Obedience, Col. i. 11. Strengthned with all Might, according to his glorious Power, unto all Patience and long-/uffering, with joyfulness.
What is the third Respect or Manner of its Growth? A. It grows in Respect of its Abilities to fix the Mind more fteadily on spiritual Things. Hence grown Christians are called fpiritual Men, Gal. vi. 1. Ye which are spiritual Tiftore such an one in the Spirit of Meekness.
Q. 6. Why must all true Grace grow?
A. Because there is a Stature to which Christians are apa pointed, Eph. iv. 12, 13. Till we all come in the Unity of the Faith, and of the Knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect Man, unto the Measure of the Stature of the Fulness of Christ.
Q. 7: What are the Causes of a Christian's Growth?
A. Union with Chrift, John xv, 4. As the Branch cannot, bear Fruit of itself, except it abide in the Vine, no more can ye except ye abide in me. And his Bleflings on the Ordinances, Ifa. lv. 10, 11. For as, the Rain comesh down, and the Snow from Heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the Earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give Seed to the Sower, and Bread to the Eater; so hall my Word be that goeth out of my Mouth, it shall not return unto me void, but it sball accomplish that which I please, and it shall proper in the Thing wbereto I sent it. And Providences, Phil. i. 19: For I know that this shall turn to my Salvation through your Prayers, and the supply of the Spirit of Jesus Chrif.
Q. 8. May not true Grace sometimes decay?
A. Yes it may, Rev. ii. 4. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou haft left thy firA Love. But not utterly, 1 John iii. 9. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit Sin, for his Seed remaineth in him.
Q. 9. What is the first Inference from hence ?
A. To bless God for Gospel Ordinances, Psal. xcii. 13, 14. Those that be planted in the House of the Lord, fall flourijh in the Courts of our God, they shall fill bring forth Fruit in old Age ; they hall be fat and flourishing. Q. 10. What is the second inference ?
A. Hence we fee the miserable State of them that grow worse and worse, Jude, verfe 12. These are Spots in your Feasts of Charity, when they feast with you, feeding themselves wuthout Fear. Clouds they are without Water, carri-d about of Winds. Trees whoje Fruit withereth; without Fruit, twice dead, pluckt up by the Root.
Q. 11. What is the third Inference?
A. Chriftians should not be discouraged at their weakness in Grace, for they have a merciful Christ
, Isa. xlii. 3. A bruiJed Reed fall he not break; and the smoaking Flax, fali he not quench, be shall bring forth Judgment anto Truth. iure Promise, job xvii. 9. The Righteous also shall hold on his Way;and he that hath clean Hands shall be fronger and stronger.
Q. 12. What is the last Inference?
A. That all true Christians draw daily nearer and nearer to the heavenly and perfect State, 2 Cor. iv. 16. For which Cause we faint not ; but though our outrard Man perish, yet the inward Man is renewed Day by Daz, Rom. xiii. 11. Nozu is our Salvation nearer than when we believed.
Quct. 1. HAT is Perseverance to the End ?
A. It is the feady and constant continuance of Christians in the Ways of Duty and Obedience, amidit all Temptations and Discouragements to the contrary, Col. i. 23. If ye continue in ine Faith, grounded and Jestled, and be not moved away from ihe Hope of the Gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preathed 10 every Crea