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blood of his cross by him, to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heayen. And you that were sometimes alienated, and enemies in your minds by wicked-works; yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh, through death, to present you holy, unblameable, and unreproveable in his sight.
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, Heb. 9.but by his own blood, he entered in once "'I4into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your consciences from dead works to serve the living God?
For Christ also hath once suffered for 1Pet fins, the Just for the unjust, that he might3- *' bring us to God: being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the spirit.
Hereby perceive we the love of God, 1 John because he laid down his life for us. 3'l6'
And for this cause he is the Mediator ofHeb 9the New Testament, that by means of the lsredemption of transgressions that were under the First Testament, they which are called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
O^ Is Chri/l then the Mediator?
A. For there is one God, and one Me- *Tim. c diator*'-5'
diator between God and man. the man Christ Jesus, who .gave himself a ransom for all, to be testisied in due time.
C^ Was not Christ the Mediator until he appeared, and was crucified in the fiesh? Rer..5. A. He is the Lamb that was slain from ". gnd the foundation of the world.
Q. Is it needful then to believe, that the saints ef old did partake of Christ, as then present with, and nourishing them? i Cor. A. Moreover, brethren, I would not 1°-4.''a'that ye should be ignorant, how that all our sathers were under the cloud, and all assed through the sea, and were all baped unto Moses in the cloud, and in the sea, and did all cat the fame spiritual meat ; and did all drink the same spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ. .
Q. But whereas most of these scriptures before-mentioned do bold forth, that the death and sufferings of Christ were appointed for the destroying, removing, and remitting' of fin; did be so -do it while he was outwardly upon earth, as not to leave any thing for himself to do in us, nor for us to do, in and by his strength? iPet. A. For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving
us an example, that ye should follow his steps.
Whereof I Paul am made a minister, CoIrwho now rejoice in my susferings for you^a3'*4and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ in my flesh, for his body's sake, which is the church.
Always bearing about in the body the * Cor. dying of the Lord Jesus; that the life 4X IOalso of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live, are alway delivered unto death for Jesus's sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh-.
And that he died for all, that they which * Corlive, should not henceforth live unto them-$-Jy selves, but unto him that died for them, and also rose again.
That I may know him, and the power Phil. of his resurrection, and the fellowship of3-10his sufferings, being made conformable to his death.
Of the New Birth, the inward appearance of Christ in Spirit, and the unity of the Saints with him.
Quest.—DOTH Christ promise then to come again to his disciples?
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John ^. I wju not Jeavc you comfortless; I 14.18. ... »'
Will come to you.
Q^ Was this only a special promise to these
disciples? Or, is it not the common privilege
of the faints?
isaiah A. For thus saith the high and lofty
S7'IS' One, that inhabits eternity, whose name is
Holy, I dwell in the high and holy place,
with him also that is of a contrite and
humble spirit, &c.
9 Cor. For ye are the temple of the living
6-l6' God; as God hath said, I will dwell in
them, and walk in them. Rev- Behold I stand at the door and knock;
3' SO' if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with me.
(^ Doth the apostle Paul speak os the Son os God being revealed in him? f*\l' A. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen.
Q^ Is it needful then to know Christ -within? 3 Cor. A. Examine yourselves, whether ye be S3'S' in the saith, prove your own selves, know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates. Q^ Was the apostle earnest that this inward ward birth of Christ Jhould be brought forth in any?
A. My little children, of whom I travail <Sai. in birth again, until Christ be formed in41'' you.
0^ What faith the fame apostle os the necessity of this inward knowledge of Christ, and of the new creature, beyond the outward?
A. Wherefore henceforth know weno'C«-j man after the flesh; yea, though we have x '1?known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are passed away, behold all things are become new.
But ye have not so learned Christ; if so*ph,,4be that ye have heard him, and have been 13,24 taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: that ye put off, concerning the former conversation, the old man which is corrupt, according to the deceitful lusts; and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after . God is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Q. Is this Christ within, the mystery of God and hope of glory, which the apoftle prcached .?
A. To whom God would make known Col. what is the riches . of. the glory of this%1'1* mystery among the Gentiles; which is, c 3 Christ