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Truth, and the Life; stt> man cometh unto the Father but by me.
CK By whom, and as ter what manner, doth the Son reveal this knowledge?
A. But as it is written, Eye hath not i Cor. seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered n. U.' into the heart of man, the things which , God hath prepared for them chat love him; but God hath revealed them unto us by his spirit: For the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of a man which is in him? Fven so the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of God. Now, we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy John Ghost, whom the Father wiJl fend in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, Sec.
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Of the Rule and Guide of Christians, anfl of the Scriptures.
Quest.—SEEING it is by the Spirit, that
Obrift reveak the knowledge of-God in things
B 2 spiritual;
spiritual; is it by the Sprit that we mist be led under the gospel?
R°m- A. But ye are not in the slesh, but in 9- M- the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now, if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
G^ Is it an inward principle then, that is to be the guide and rule of Christians?
i John . A. But the anointing, which ye have re
a-%1- ceived of him, abideth in you; and ye need not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him, Thes. gut aj touching brotherly-love, ye need not that I write unto you; for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
O^ / perceive by this, that it is by an inward anointing and rule that Christians are to be taught: is this the very tenour of the new covenant dispensation?
"eb- A. For this is the covenant that I will
make with the house of Israel; after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their
Ver. ii. hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people. And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know
the Lord; for all shall know me, from she least to the greatest.
And they shall be all taught ©f God, John
Q\ Did Christ: then promise, thai the Spirit6.4Sshould both abide with his disciples* and be m them?
A. And I will pray the Father, and he John r4. ÆiaJl give you another comforter, that he1 '17may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwells i with you, and shall be in you.
<^ For what end were the Scriptures written? . ■
A. For whatsoever things were written Rom. aforetime, were written for our learning,15:4that we through patience and comfort ef the scriptures might have hope.
^ For what are they profitable?
A. Thou hast known the holy scrip- 'aT**tures, which are able to make thee wife 10,17. unto salvation, through saith which is in Christ Jesus. All scripture is given byinspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
C^, Wherein consifteth the mceikney qf the scriptures?
A. Knowing this first, that no prophecy ***,1. B3 of
of the scriptures is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
C^ The scriptures are then to be regarded, because they came from the Spirit, and they also teslify, that not they, but the Spirit, is to lead into all truth: in what respecl doth Christ command to search them? John A. Search the scriptures, for in them ye
5' 39' think ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me.
0^ / perceive there was a generation of old, that greatly exalted the scriptures, and yet would not believe, nor come to be guided by that, the scriptures direcled to: how doth Christ bespeak such? John A. Do not think that I will accuse you 46447 to l^e Father: there is one that accuscth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me, for he wrote of me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
O. What ought such then to be accounted os, notwithstanding os their pretences of being ruled by the scriptures? 1 Pet- A. In which are some things hard to be 3'1' understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable, wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.
CHAP. CHAP. III.
Of Jesus Christ being manifest in the
Quest.—WHAT are the scriptures which do most observably prophesy os Christ's appearance?
A. The Lord thy God will raise up unto Deut. thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of1 -I5thy brethren, like unto me, unto him ye shall hearken.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give isa. you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive "-14and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Q^ Was not Jesus Christ in being before he appeared in the flesh? What clear scriptures prove this, again/I such as erroneously assert the contrary?
A. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, Mic. though thou be little among the thousands S- aof Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me, that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.
In the beginning was the Word, and the John t. Word was with God, and the Word was I'*'3God; the same was in the beginning with God: all things were made by him, and