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fess our Ignorance, to forsake our corrupt Understanding, i Cor. i. 18. Harkening to him, Ifa. lv. practising what he teaches us, John viii
. 31. 2dly, To adhere to him as the only. Prieft; to be reconciled to God by his Sacrifice and Propitiation ; and to acknowledge him
as a King, by living in a true Obedience to his Laws; and then we may have that lasting Consolation, that he will be to us Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and compleat Redemption.
The 32d Question of the HEIDELBERG
“ A. Because I am by Faith made a Mema « ber of Jesus Christ, and by Consequence partaker « of his Unction, in order to confess his Name, to “ offer myself a living Sacrifice, to Fight during this « Life with a free and good Conscience, againft Sin “ and the Devil, and at last to Reign for ever with « Jesus Christ over all Creatures."
Where are the Believers called Christians ? Ă. In the Scripture, Aets xi. 26. And it came to pass, that a whole Year they assembled themselves with the Church, and taught much People, and the Disciples were called Christians first in Antioch.
Q. How many Reasons bath the Catechis given wherefore we are called Christians ?
1. Three, 1A, Because I am by Faith made a Member of Jesus Christ. 2dly, That I am a Partaker of his Unction. 3dly, Because through his Means I am made a King, a Priest, and a Propher.
Q. How do you prove that you are made a Member of Jesus Christ?
X. From i Cor. xii. 12. For as the Body is one, and hath many Members, and all the Members of that one Body being many, are one Body, so also is Christ
Q. How do you prove that you are a Partaker of his Unetion?
A. From 1 John ii. 20. But ye have an Unction from the Holy One, and ye know all Things.
Q. How do you prove that you are made to be a King, Prief, and a Prophet?
A. From Rev. i. 6. And hath made us Kings and Priests unto God and his Father. And Joel ii. 28. And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour my Spirit upon all Flesh, and your Sons and your Daughters. shall Propbefy:
Q. Wherein do they exercise their Office as Prophets ? A. In their internal Learning, by the Word and Spirit of God in their Souls, by which they are enriched in all Utterance, and in all Knowledge, 1 Cor. is
5. Q. How effe pould they exercise their Gift of Pro
1. 14,'In a true Understanding and Explanation of the sure Word of Prophesy, which is contained in the Scriptures, 1 Cor. xiv. 1. 1 John, ii. 20. 2dly, In Shewing forth the Praises of him who hath called them out of Darkness into his marvellous Light, s Pet. ii. 9.
Q. Wherein do they cxercise their Office as Priefts?'
A. In that they offer up themselves wholly to God, with their Affections, their Graces, their Prayers, their Goods, their Life, Hof. xiv. 3. Rom. xii. 1, 2. Heb. xiii. 13. Pf.cxli. 2. Heb. xiii. 16. 2 Tim. iv. 6.
Q. How do they behave themselves as Kings?
A. They become of exalted Spirits, disdaining the Pleasures of Time, defiring to be clothed upon with their House, which is from Heaven, 2 Cor. v. 2. and is their superior Courage and Constancy ; to Fight against Sin and Satan, their Enemies, Eph. vi. 12, 17. With a Free and good Conscience, in Favour of him, who absolved them of Condemnation, and assured them of Grace, whereby they will reign for ever with Jesus Christ over all Creatures, Rev. vii.
9. xv. 2, 3. And become more than Conquerors through him that loved them, Rom. viii. 37.
Q. What do you understand from what hath been said?
A. That we ought not to be satisfied with the external Name of a Christian, but to live accordingly, praying that Christ may anoint us with his Spirit, and enable us to perform our Christian Offices, that finally we may triumph over all our Enemies, Rev. ii. 21. The 33d Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. 6. WHY is Jesus Christ called the only Son of God,
if it be true that we are also his Children? 56 A. Because Jesus Christ alone is the eternal Son «c of God by his Nature, whereas we are only fo
through Grace and Adoption.”
Q. How many Natures are there in Chrift? ?
A. Two; one Divine, and one Human.
Q. Is Jesus Christ the Son of God only because the Lord was pleased to dignify him with thật Title ?
A. No. But because he is, in an incomprehensible Manner, generated from the Father, Pf. ii. 7. I will declare the Decree, the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son, this Day have I begotten thee. "And Prov. viii. 24, 25. The Lord poleled me in the Beginning of his Way, before his Works of old, I was set
up from everlasting, from the Beginning, or ever the Earth was?
Q. Do you mean hereby that he hath existed from Eternity a Being equal with the Father
A. Not only that, but we must certainly also understand this by it, As the Father has Life in himself, that he also has given to the Son, to have Life in himfelf, 7ohn v. 26.
Q. Are there any other Places of Scripture by which you can prove that he is the eternal Son of God?
2. Yes. He is named the Son of God, the Brightness of his Glory, and the express Image of his Person,
Col. ii. 9.
Heb. i: 3; 4: His only generated Son, John i. 14. John iii. 16. 'The Son of God, in his proper Nature, John v. 18. Rom. viii. 32. And for that Reason, he that was in the famé Form of God, thought it not Roba bery to be equal to God, Philip: ii. 6. Of the fame Being, John x. 30. And also, the one eternal God with the Father and the Holy Ghoft, Zach. xii. 7.
Q. Doth the Godhead of the Son appear clearly in the Holy Scriptures?
A. Yes. If, By the Names of God, which are given to him, such as Jehovah, Jer. xxiii. 6. God, a Arong Goda great God, a true God, the God of Israel, Ps. Ixviii. 19. Ifa. ix. 5. Tit. ii. 13: 1 John' v. 20. &c.
2dly, By his divine Properties, the Eternity, Rev. 1. - 8. Ifa. ix. 5. Immutability, PS. cii. 28: Omnipresence; Ifa. Ixvi. 1. Matt. xviii. 20. Omniscience, Rev.ii: 23.
Q. How else doth it appear?
A. From the Works of God, which are ascribed to the Son. 11, The Creation; John“ i. 3. The fuftaining of all Things, John v. 17. Col. i. 17. The Miracles performed by his own Power, John' v. 15. The redeeming, the fanctifying, the preserving of his People, Isa. xlv. 17. And the glorifying of them.
Q. Is there any farther Evidence of it in Scripture?!
A. Yes. That he must be honoured of all Men, even as the Father, John v. 23.
A. What do you mean by that?
A. ift, To know him, John xvii: Z. 2dly, To be-' lieve in him, John xiv. 1. 3dly, To love him, 1 Gor. xvi. 22. 4thly, To serve him, 2 Cor: v. 15. 5thly, To pray to him; and 6thly, To give him Thanks, Rom. i. 7. Réu. v. 12.
Q. Is there not a great Difference between the Sonship of Christ, and that of Believers ? :
A. Yes, a very great Difference. For the Believers are Children through Christ, Eph. i. 5: John i. 12. Which comes to pass in the present Time; by tl
Grace of God; but the Sonship of Christ is from everlasting, and in his own Nature. The 34th Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. Q. WHYn de leccable time has redeemed our Bodies « and Souls from Sin, not with Gold or Silver, but “ with his precious Blood; and because he has delivered “ us from the Tyranny of Satan, and consequently
acquired us to himself, as his own Property.”
Q. Can you prove from the Scripture that Christ is called Lord?
A. Yes. Luke ii. 11. And unto you is born this Day, in the City of David, a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And Philip ii. 11. And that every Tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.
Q. What is the signification of this Name ?
Ā. That he is with the Father, the Lord and Porfeffor of all which is created, Gen. xiv. 19. Pfalm 1. 12. And the Redeemer, who hath a certain Flock as his Property, in which he liveth by.his Spirit, and governs and defends it amidst all Enemies by the same.
Q. Do not all Believers confess him in that Manner, when they call him Lord ?
A. Yes. ift, Because the Father hath given them to Christ, John xvii. 9. 2dly, Because he hath redeemed them from all Evil, both Body and Soul, not with Gold or Silver, but with bis precious Blood, i Cor. vi. 20. Heb. 9. 12. And consequently they are his Property, which he has united to him, making them willing to obey him, PJ; cx. 3. Tit
. ii. 14. Reserving them, John vi. 39. And faving them, John X. 28.
Q. Why is it necesary to profefs these Articles of Doctrine? A. Did we not confess that the Son of God was