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Q. 2. Do all that profess Christ, continue in him?

A. No; many that at first zealously profess him, afterwards fall away, John vi. 66. From that Time many of his Disciples went back, and walked no more with him.

Q. 3. Why do not al persevere?

A. Because all Professors have not a good Root and Foundation, Matt. xiii. 20, 21, But be that received the Seed in fony Places, the jame is he that heareth the Word, and anon zuith Joy receiveth it, yet hath be not root in himself, but enduretb for a while ; for when Tribulation, or Perfecution ariseth because of the Word, by and by be is offended.

Q. 4. What is the first Ground of the Saints Perseve. rance!

A. God's electing Love, in which they are given to Chrift, John X. 29. My Father which gave them me, is greater than all, and no Man is able to pluck them out of my Father's Hand.

Q. 5. What is the second Ground of Perseverance?

A. The immortal Nature of sanctifying Grace, John iv. 14. But whosoever drinketh of the Water that I sball give bim, shall never thirs; but the water that I shall give him, fhall be in him a Well of Water, Springing up into everlasting Life, 1 John iii. 9. For his Seed remaineth in him.

Q. 6. What is the third Ground of it?

A. The Covenant of Grace, Jer. xxxii. 40. I will make an everlasting Covenant with them, That I will not, turn away from thim to do them good; but I will put my Fear in their Hearts, that they shall not depart from me.

Q. 7. What is the fourth Ground of it?

A. Christ's effectual Intercession, Luke xxii. 32. But I have prayed for the, that thy Faith fail not.

Q. 8. Are there no Declinings of Grace in the Saints ?

A. Yes, there are, Rev. ii. 4. Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy firft Love. Yet Grace cannot be totally or finally loft. For the Seed of God remaineth in the sanctified, 1 John iii. 9. Whosoever is born of God doth not commit Sin, for his feed remaineth in bim; and he cannot fin, because he is born of God.

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Q. 9: Is there no Hope of Salvation for final Apoltates ? A. No; the Gospel gives none, Heb. x. 38. But if any Man draw back, my Soul shall have no Pleasure in him.

Q. 10. What is the first Instruction hence?

A. It warns all Men to lay a good Foundation, left the Buildings of Hope be overturned when the Storm comes, Mat. vii. 24, 25. Therefore, whosoever heareth thefe Sayings of mine, and d’deth them, I will liken him to a wife Man utico built bis House upon a Rock, and the Rain descended, and the Floods came, aad the Winds blew, and beat upon that House, and it fell not; for it was founded ufon a Rock.

Q. 11. What is the second Instruction ?

A. That all Men should look to themselves left they lose the Things which they have wrought, 2 Epift. of John, ver. 8. Look to yourselves, that ye lose not those Things which we have wrought, but that we receive a full Reward.

R. 12. What is the last Instruction >

A. Let no true Christian be discouraged, how weak soever for God is able to make him stand, Rom. xiv. 4. Who art thou that judges another Man's Servant ? to his own Mafer le flanderh or falleth, yea, be shall be bolden up; for God is able to make bim stand.

Of Perfeétion at Death. Queft. 37

W Kaif Benefits do Believers receive from A. The Souls of Believers are at their Death made perfeet in Holiness, and do immediately pass into Glory; their Bodies being still united to 'Chrift, do rest in their Graves till the Resurrection. Q. 1. What is the State of perfect Holiness ?

A. It consists in a perfect Freedom from Sin, or any of the least Inclination to Sin, Eph. v. 27. That he may present it to himself a glorious Church, not having Spot or Wrinkle, or any such Thing, but that it should be holy and without blemilh.

Q. 2, Wherein else doth Perfection consist ?

A. It consists in the Attainment of the highest Measures and Degrees of Holiness the Creature is capable of, Eph. iv.

12, 13. For the perfecting of the Saints, till we all come in the Unity of the Faith, and of the Knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfeá Man, unto the Measure of the Stature of the fulness of Cbrift.

Q. 3. Cannot this be attained whilft in the Body.

A. No; for here all our Graces are imperfect, 1 Cor. xiii. 12.

For now we see through a Glass darkly, but then Face to Face. And we live at a Distance from God, 2 Cor. 5,6. Whilß we are at Home in the Body, we are absent from the Lord. Q. 4. How is this attained at Death ?

A. At Death the Roots of Sin are pulled up out of the Believer's Nature, Heb. xii. 23. And to the Spirits of just Men made perfect.

Q. 5. Why must the Soul be made perfect at Death? A. Because the Purity of the heavenly State admits no Sin or Imperfection, Rev. xxi. 27. And there shall in no svije enter into it; any Thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh Abomination, or maketh a Lye; but they which are written in the Lamb's Book of Life.

Q. 6. What is the first Inference from hence ? A. That Death should be lovely and desirable in the Eyes of Believers, Phil. i. 23. having a Desire to depart, and to be with Chris, which is far better.

l. 7. What is the second Inference ?
A. That God hath provided fingular Relief

for his People that now groan under their Sins, and many Imperfections,

Cor. xiii. 12, 13. And now we see through a Glass darkly, but then Face to Face. Now I know in Part; but then shall I know, even as also I am known.

Q. 8. What is the third Inference ?

A. That the heavenly State is infinitely above and beyond whatever we enjoy here, i Cor. ii. 9. But as it is written, Ege bath not feen, nor Ear heard, neither have entred into the Heart of Man, the Things which God hath prepared for them that love him.

Q. 9. What is the fourth Inference?

A. That Believers are but a small Distance from the Satisfaction of all their Desires, Rom. xiii. 11. Now is our Sal. vation nearer than when we believed,

Q. 10.

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Q. 10. What is the fifth Inference?

A. That the Saints should earnestly pursue that Perfection, even in this imperfect State, Phil. iii. 13, 14. Brethren, I count not myself 10 have apprehended; but this one Thing I do, forgetting those Things wbicb are behind, and reaching forth to those Things which are before, I press towards the Mark, for the Price of the high Calling of God in Cbrist Jefus.

Q. 11. What is the fixth Inference?

A. That Death to the Saints is better than Life, Phil. i. 21. For 10 me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.

Q. 12. What is the last Inference ?

A. That Faith is abfolutely necessary to entitle us to this perfect State.

Of immediate Glorification. Queft. 1.


O all that die in Christ immediately pass

into Glory? A. Yes, they do, Luke xxiii. 43. To Day shalt thou be with me in Paradise, Phil. i. 23. Having a Defire to depart, and to be with Chrift.

Q. 2. What is the first Reason for their immediate Glorification ?

A. Because Heaven is prepared and ready for them, Mat. XXV. 34. Come je blefjed of my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from ihe Foundation of the World.

Q. 3. What is the second Reason for it?

A. Because at Death they are as ready for Heaven as ever they fhall be, John ix. 4. Imuft work the work of him that fent me while it is Day, the Night cometh, when no Man can work.

Q. 4. What is the third Reason for it?

A. Becaufe Death else could not be gain, as it is, Phil. i. 21. For 10 me 10 live is Chrift, and to die is gain

Q. 5. What is the fourth Reason for it?

A. Becaufe there is the same Reason for all, as for any one: But some are immediately glorified, Luke xxiii. 43. To Day salt thou be with me in Paradise. Q. 6. What is the fifth Reason for it?

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A. Because Christ longs for their coming to him, and they for his Enjoyment; and these Longings are in vain, if not satisfied, Rev. xxii. 17, 20. And the spirit and the Bride Jay, Come; and let him that heareth say, come ; and let him that is a Thirst, say, come; and whosoever will, let him take of the Water of Life freely; he which teftifieth these Things, Jaiih, Surely, I come quickly, Amen, even so, come Lord Jesus. l. 7. What is the firit Instruction from hence ?

A. That the Apparitions of departed Saints ordinarily are but Fables. They wander not, Rev. iii. 12. Him that overcometh will I make a Pillar in tke Temple of my God, and he j all go no more out.

Q. 8. What is the second Inference?
A. 'That Purgatory is a groundless Fable, and Invention
of Men; and the Scriptures alledged to countenance it,
grofly abused, 1 Pet. iii. 19. By the which also be went and
preacht untò the Spirits in Prison.

Q. 9. What is the third Inference from it?
A. That Heaven must needs be a marvellous Surprize to
Believers, how long soever they have conversed with it here.
Q. 10. What is the fourth Inference ?

A. The Consideration of this should provoke Saints to work hard to finish all they have to do on Earth, Ecclef. ix. 10. Whatsoever thy Hand findeth to do, do it with thy Might; for there is no Work, nor Device, nor Knowledge, nor Wijdom in the Grave whither thou goeft.

l. 11. What is the fifth Inference ?

A. That there is no Reason to grieve excesively for departed Saints, i Thef. iv. 14. Even la them also which deep in Jesus will God bring with him.

l. 12. What is the last Inference ?

A. That Chriftless ones are immediately in Hell, Luke xvi. 22, 23. The rich Man also died, and was buried, and in Hell be lift up his Eyes, being in Torment,

of rest in the Grave.

HY muft Believers come to the. Grave? WH

A. Because where Sin has been, Death, by the Law., must follow, Rom. v. 11. Wherefore as hy ore


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