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Christ in you the hope of glory, whom we preach.
(^ Doth the apostle any where else press the putting on of this new birth? Rom. X. Put ye on the.Lord Jesus Christ, l3'14' and make no provision for the flefli, to fulfil the lusts thereof.
(~K Doth he write to any of the faints, as
having put of the old, and put on the new man?
Gal. 3. A. For as many of you as have been
a7- baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.
Col. 3. Seeing that ye have put oft* the old man
with his deeds, and have put on the new
man, which is renewed in knowledge after
the image of him that created him.
Q. What fpeaketh Christ himself of the necessity of this new birth? John A. Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
0^ Of what feed cometh this birth? * Pct- A. Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, whicb liveth and abideth for ever.
(^ What doth the apostle Paul witness of himself concerning this new life? c»l. A. I am crucified with Christ, neverthe
less I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. Q. What is the preaching of the cross of Christ?
A. For the preaching of the cross is to i ow. them that perish, foolishness; but unto us1.18. that are saved, it is the power of God.
Q^ What efsecl had this cross in the apostle? And how much preferreth he the new creature, to all outward and visible ordinances and observances?
A. But God forbid that I should glory, Cai.6. save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,I4> 1Jby whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world: for in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision, but a new creature.
Q. What fpeaketh Christ of the unity of the saints with him?
A. At that day ye shall know that I am John in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. ,4- **.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the John 15. branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except4,5it abide in the vine, no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are branches; he that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit; for without me, ye can do nothing.
Neither pray I for these alone, but for John 17. them also which shall believe on me through J* *l' their word: that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us, that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. And the glory which thou gavest me, I
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have given them, that they may be one, even as we are one: I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that thou hast sent me; and haft loved them as thou hast loved me.
C^ What faith the apostle Paul to this purpose?
A. For both he that sanctifies, and they that are sanctified, are all of one; for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren.
CK What faith the apoftk Peter?
A. Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises, that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Concerning the Light wherewith Jesus Christ hath enlightened every Man; the Universality and Sufficiency of God's Grace, to all the World, made manifest therein.
Quest. WHEREIN consists the love of God towards fallen and lost man? John A. For God so loved the world, that he
gave his only-begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him fliould not perish, but have everlasting life.
In this was manifested the love of God ' John towards us, because that God sent his only 4 begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.
C^ What is intended here by the world? All and every man, or only a few?
A. But we fee Jesus, who was made a Htb little lower than the angels for the susfering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
And if any man sin, we have an advo-1 John cate with the Father, Jesus Christ the ''' righteous, and he is the propitiation for our fins; and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
Q. Methinks the apostle John is very plain there, in mentioning the whole world, which must be not only the saints, but all others, seeing he distinguijheth the world from himself., and all the faints to whom he then wrote: What faith Paul elsewhere in this matter?
A. Christ in you, the hope of glory, Col. r. whom we preach, warning every man, and *"" teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus.
I exhort therefore, that first of all, sup- * ^implications, 4; 6.-
plications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men", for this is good and acceptable in the fight of God our Saviour, who will have all men to be saved, and to come to the knowledge of the -truth; who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
CX What is the apostle Peter's testimony in this?
iPet.. jj.% 'r;^ Loni is not flack concerning his promise (as some men count flackness) but is long-suffering to us-ward, not willing that any should- perish, but that all should come to repentance.
Q^ Are there any more scripture passages that prove this thing?
f"*; A*. Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but that the wicked turn from his way and live.
fit'" 1ke ^ord *s gracious aT>d full of com
9. 'passion; flow to anger, and of great mercy. The Lord is good to all, and his tender mercies are over all his works.
a Cor. To wit, that God was in Christ, recon
1* ciling the world unto himself.
Q^ Seeing then by these scriptures it appears that the love of God is held out to all, that all might have been, or may be saved by Christ; what is to be judged of those who assert, that God nor Christ never purposed