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obedience, and intercession a; and to satisfy God's justice b, procure his favour t, purchase a peculiar people d, give his Spirit to them e, conquer all their enemies/, and bring them to everlasting salvation g.
Q. 39. Why
conscience from dead works to serve of him which believeth in Jesusthe living God? e Eph. i. 6- To the praise of the
a Acts xx. 18, Take heed there- glory of his grace, wherein he hath sore unto yourselves, and to all the made us accepted in the beloved, flock, over the which the Holy Matth. iii. 17. And lo, a voice from Ghost h;ith made you overseers, to heaven faying, This is my beloved feed the church of God, which he Son, in whom I am well pleased, has purchased with his own blood. </Tit. ii. 13. Looking for that Keb. ix. 14. How much more shall blessed hope, and the glorious apthe blood of Christ, who through pearing of the great God, and our die eternal Spirit, offend himself Saviour Jesus Christ: v. 14. Who without spot , to God, purge your gave himself for Us, that he might conscience from dead works to redeem us from all initjuity, and serve the living God? Heb. vii. 2C. purify unto himself a peculiar peoWheresore he is also able to save pie, zealous of good works, them to the uttermost, that come ' e Qz\. \s. b. And because ye are unto God by him, seeing he ever U- sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit veth to make intercession for them, os his Son into your hearts, crying v. 26. For such an high priest be- Abba, Father, came us, who is holy, harmless, un- /Luke i. 68. Blessed be the Lord defiled, separate from sinners, and God of Israel,for he hath visited and made higher than the heavens; redeemed his people, v. 69. And v. 27. Who needeth not daily, as hath raised up an horn of salvation those high priests, to offer up fa- for us, in the house of his servant crifice, first for his own sins, and David: r. 71. That we should be then for the peoples: for this he did saved from our enemies, and from once, when- he offered up himself, the hand of all that hate us. v. 74. v. 28. For the law rnaketh men high That he would grant unto us, that priests which have infirmity; but we being delivered out of the hands • the word of the oath which was since of our enemies, might serve-him the law, rnaketh the Son, who is without fear, consecrated for evermore. £ Heb. v. 8. Though he were a
b Rom. iii. 24. Being justified Son, yet learned he obedience, by freely by his grace, through the re- the things which he suffered: v. 9. demption that is in Jtsos Christ: And being made perfect, he became v. 25. Whom God hnth set forth to the author of eternal salvation unto be a propitiation, through faith in all them that obey him. Heb. ix. his blood, to declare his righteous- n. But Christ being come an high ness for the remission of sins that are priest of good things to come, by a past, through the forbearance of greater and more pefect tabernacle, God; v. 26. To declare, I fay, at not made with hands, that is to this time his rightoiisness: that fay, not of this building; v. 12. he might be just, and the justisier Neither by the blood of goats a-nd
Q. 3 9. Why was it requisite that the Mediator should be man?
A. It was requisite that the Mediator should be man, that he might advance our nature h, perform obedience to the law i, suffer and make intercession for us in our nature i, have a fellow-feeling of our infirmities /,that we might receive the adoption of sons m, and have comfort and access with boldness unto the throne of grace n.
40. Why iv as it requisite that the Mediator should be God and man in one person?
A. It was requisite that the Mediator, who was to reconcile God and man, should himself be both God and man, and this in one person, that the proper works of each nature might be accepted of God for us 0, and
calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place having obtained eternal redemption for us. v. 13. For if the blood of bulls, and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctisieth to the purifying of the flesh; v. 14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? v. 15. And for this cause he is the Mediator of the New Testament, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions that were under the first testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
39. b Heb. ii. 16. For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the feed of Abraham.
/' Gal. iv. 4. But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son made of a woman, made under the law.
k Heb. ii. 14. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesti 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. Heb. vii. 24. But this man, because he continueth ever, hath an unchangeable priesthood. v. 2 c. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost, that come unto God by him, seeing he ever lir veth to make intercession for them.
/ Heb. iv. 1 j. For 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 sin.
m Gal. iv. 5. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
n Heb. iv. 16. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
40. 0 Matth.i. 2T. And Ihe (halt bring' forth a son, and thou shall call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins, v. 23. Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted, is, God with us. Matth. iii. "17. And lo, a voice from heaven, saymg, This is my beloved Son, in
relied on by us, as the works of the whole person p, 41. Why was our Mediator called Jejus? A. Our Mediator was called Jesus, because he faveth his people from their sins q.
Q\_ 42. Why was our Mediator Called Christ? A. Our Mediator was called Christ, because he was anointed with the Holy Ghost above measure r; and so set apart, and fully furnished with all authority and ability f, to execute the offices of a prophet t, priest v, and king
of of his church w, in the estate both of his humiliation and exaltation.
•whom I am well pleased. Heb. ix. 14. How much more (hall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
p 1 Pet. ii. 6. Wherefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Sion a chief corner-stone, elect, precious: and he that believeth •n him (hall not be confounded.
41. q Matth. i. 21. And she (hall bring forth a son, and thou (halt call his name Jesus: for he (hall save his people from their sins.
42. r John iii. 34. For he whom God hath sent, speaketh the words of God: for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him,. Psal. xlv. 7. Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness.: - therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
/John vi. 27. Labour not for the meat which perilheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man (hall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. Matth. ^xviii. 18. And Jesus came, and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth, v. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in" the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: v. 20.
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway even unto the end of the world. Amen.
t Acts iii 21. Whom the heaven must receive, until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets, since the world began, v. 22. jEor Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet (hall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your brethren, like unto me; him (hall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. Luke iv. 18. The Spirit of the Lord 'is upon me, because he hath anointred me to preach the gospel to the poor, he hath sent me to heal the broken hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, v. 21. And he began to say unto them^ This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
v Heb. v. 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. v. 6. As he faith also in another place, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. v. 7. Who in the days of his flesh, when he had offered up prayers and supplications, with strong crying and tears, unto him
that that was able to save him from death, and was heard, in that he feared. Heb. iv. 14. Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession, v. If. For 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 sin.
4 3. Hqvj doth Christ execute the office of a prophet? A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in his revealing to the church x, in all ages, by his Spirit and word y, in divers ways of administration z. the whole will of God a,
• in in all things concerning their edification and salvation b>
tv Pfal. ii. 6. Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion. Matt h. xxi. 5. Tell ye the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the sole of an ass. If. ix. 6. For unto us a Child is born, unto us a son is given, and the government shall be upon his fiioulder: and his name mall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The. everlasting Father, The Prince os peace, v. 7. Of; the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to esta^blish it with judgment and with justice, from henceforth even for ever: tfWiZeal of the Lord of hosts will perfor»B this. Phil. ii. 8. And being found irMafhion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross, v. 9. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given jhim a name which is above every'. Iname: v. 10. That at the name of [Jesus evefy knee should bow, of
\os in heaven, and things in earths
and things under the earth; v. 11. And that every tongue should confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
43. a: John i. 18. No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosomes the Father, he hath declared him.
y 1 Pet. t. io. Of which salvation the prophets have enquired,., and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you: v. Ii. Searching' what, or what manner of time khe Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow, v. 12. Unto whom it was revealed; that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you, with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
z Heb. i. 1. God, who at sundry times, and in divers manners, spake in time past unto the Fathers by the prophets, v. 2. Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.
1 a John xv. 15. Henceforth I tall you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made knowa -unto you,
44. Hoiv doth Christ execute the office of a priest?
A. Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering himself a sacrifice without spot to God c \ to be a reconciliation for the sins of his people d, and in making continual intercession for them?,
45. Hoiv doth Christ execute the office of a king?
A. Christ executeth the office of a king, in calling out of the world a people to himself/, and giving them officers
high priest, in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.
1; Heb. vii. 25. Wherefore he is able also to five them to the uttermost, that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them.
45. /"Acts xv. i4. Simeon hath declared how God at the firs! did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. v. Ij. And !o this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written .v. 16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down: and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up. If. Iv. 4. Behold, I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people, v. ;. Behold,thou (halt call a nation that thou knbwest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto, thee, because of the Lord thy God, and for the holy One of Israel; for he hath glorified thee. Gen. xlix. 10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Psal. ex. 3. Thy people shall be willing* in the day of thy power, in the( beauties of'holiness from the womb of the morning: thou haft the de¥ of thy youth.
b Acts xx. 32. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. Eph. iv. n. And he gave some, apostles: and some prophets: and some, evangelists: rind foirie.pastors and teachers; v. 12. For the perfecting of the saints, sot the work of the ministry, for the fdifving of the body of Christ: v 13. Till we all come in the unity of the fai'h^ and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure os the stature of the fulness of Christ. 'John xx. 3 i.- But these are written, thi't ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name.
44. c Heb. ix. 14. How much more (hall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? v. 28. So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time,, without sin, unto salvation.
'rfHeb.it. 17. Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be,made like unto his. brethren; that he might be a merciful and faithful