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our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed ?
John xix. 23. Then the soldiers, when they had crucified Jesus, took his garments, and made four parts, to every soldier part, and also his coat: now the coat was without seam, woven from the top throughout : 24. They said therefore among themselves, Let us not rend it, but cast lots for it, whose it shall be: that the Scripture might be fulfilled, which saith, They parted my raiment among them, and for my vesture they did cast lots.
Acts i. 1. The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began' both to do and teach. 2. Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he, through the Holy Spirit, had given commandments unto the Apostles whom he had chosen : 3. To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion, by many infallible proofs, being seen of them Forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
Acts xiii. 32. And we [Paul and Barnabas) declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto the fathers, 33. God hath fulfilled the same unto us their children, in that he hath raised up Jesus again ; as it is written in the second psalm, Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee. 35. Wherefore he saith also in another psalm, Thou shalt not suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
Acts xüi. 46. Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you (the Jews]; but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles : 47. For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light to the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth. 48. And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the word of the Lord.
1 Cor. xv. I. Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 3. For i delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures ; 4. And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the Scriptures: 5. And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve : 6. After that he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once.
Heb. iv. 14. Seeing then that we have a great high priest; that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of of God, let us hold fast our profession. Heb. v. 4.
And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron. 5. So also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest ; but he that said unto him, Thou art my son, to-day have I begotten thee. 6. As he saith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchesedec.
1 Peter ii. 2. As new born babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby :
3. If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious. 4. To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious. 5. Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6. Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner-stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth on him shall not be confounded. 7. Unto you therefore which believe, he is precious; but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient.
Rev. xix. 1). And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True; and in righteousness he doth judge and make-war. 12. His eyes were as a flame of
fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew but himself. 13. And he was clothed wtih a vesture dipped in blood : and his name is called The Word of God. 15. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron : and he treadeth the wine-press of the fierceness of the wrath of Almighty God. 16. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.
48th Q.-Wherefore did Christ lay aside his divine glory, and take upon him our nature ?
A.-It pleased divine wisdom that he should so become an atonement, reconciliation, or propitiation for fallen man, and a mediator between God and man.
Rom. iii. 24. Being justified freely by his grace, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus: 25. Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation, through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness, for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God.
Rom. v. 10. For if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son ; much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. 11. And not only so, but we also joy in God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement.
2 Cor. v. 18. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation ; 19. To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them.
i Tim. ii. 5. For there is one God, and one mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus; 6. Who
gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
1 John iv, 9. God sent his only begotton Son into the world, that we might live through him. 10. Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
Rev. v. 9. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
Heb. ii. 16. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels ; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 17. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren ; that he might be a merciful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
49th Q.-Why did man stand in need of such a propitiation ?
A.-Sin, which separates from God, having been introduced into the world by the disobedience of Adam (as already stated) fallen man possessed no power to regain the divine image, and restore the harmony of the first creation : therefore Christ, who had all power, came, that he might destroy sin, and repair the breach it had made in the creation of God.
See the Proofs to the next Answer.
50th Q.-How did Christ effect this all-important object ?
A. He successfully withstood every temptation of the devil, and offered up his life
on the cross, as a sacrifice for sin; by which sacrifice, as he triumphed over death, hell, and the grave, in his own person, so he enables his followers to obtain the like victory, by which they are reconciled and reunited to God, from whom they were before separated by their sins.
Heb. ii. 14. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
1 Petcr ii. 24. Who in his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 John ii. 8. He that committeth sin, is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Matt. iv. 1. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil. 10. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold angels came and ministered to him.
Isaiah xxv. 8. He will swallow up death in victory.
Hosea xiii. 14. I will ransom them from the power of the grave: I will redeem them from death : 0 Death, I will be thy plagues; O Grave, I will be thy destruction.
Rom. vi. 9. Knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no more ; death hath no more dominion over him,
Rev. i. 18. I am he that liveth and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen ; and have the keys of hell and death.