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Sect. VI. Of the hazards attending converfion,

415 Sect. VII. Of the absolute necelity of a thorough change, ibid. Sect. VIII. Every man might do more than he doth towards his own conversion,

417 Sect. IX. Temptations and discourage. nents in the way of

conversion,
Sect. X. Motives and confiderations persuading to conver-
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A CORONATION SERMON, preached at

Dartmouth.

Cant. ü. 11. Go forth, ye daughters of Zion, and behold

king Solomon, with the crown wherewith his mother
crowned him in the day of his efpoufals, and in the day
of the gladness of his heart,

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The CHARACTER of a true Evangelical

PASTOR
Matth. xxiv. 45, 46, 47. Who then is a faithful and wise

Servant, whom his Lord hath made ruler over his house-
bold, to give them meat in due seafon? Blessed is that
servant, whom his Lord, when he cometh, shall find to
doing. Verily, I say unto you, that he sball make him
ruler over all his goods,

445 A DOUBLE SCHEME of Sins and Duties, í 471

EXPOSITION

OF THE

ASSEMBLY's SHORTER CATECHISM.

. .. Of Christ's Offices.! Quest. 23. W H AT offices doth Christ execute as our

Redeemer ? A. Christ, as our Redeemer, doth execute the office of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king, both in his estate of humiliation and exaltation.

Q. 1. What are the states and conditions of our Redeemer?

A. Christ's states are twofold; namely, his state of humiliation, and his state of exaltation; Phil. ii. 8, 9. And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross : Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name above every name.

Q. 2. How many offices belong to Christ in these states ?

A. Christ hath a threefold office ; namely, of a prophet, of a priest, and of a king.

Q. 3. Why doth Christ take all these three offices ?

A. Because they are all necessary for our salvation, and we have the benefit of them all; i Cor. i. 30. Who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and fanctification, and redemption.

Q. 4. Can no man take Christ in one office, and not in another?

A. No; whoever will have the benefit of any one, must receive him in all; Acts v. 31. Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince, and a Saviour, for to give repentance unto Ifrael, and forgiveness of sins.

Q. 5. What respect have the offices of Christ to the promises ?

A. The promises flow out of them as out of their fountain ;
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2 Cor. i. 20. For all the promises of God in him, are yea, and in him, amen.

Q. 6. What promises flow out of the prophetical office ?

A. All promises of illumination, guidance, and direction flow out of Christ's prophetical office ?i .. was

0.7. What promises flow out of the priestly office?..
A. All the promises of pardon and peace flow out of it.
Q. 8. What promises flow out of the kingly office. ?
A. All the promises of defence, protection, and deliverances.
Q. 9. What is the first instruction ? noi

A. Hence we learn the completeness of Christ for all the wants of his people ; Col. ii. 10. And yè are complete in hini.

Q. 10. What is the second instruction ?

A. Hence we learn the folly and misery of all those hypocrites that clofe partially with Christ. 1 Q 11. What is the third instruction ?

A. Hence we learn the fingular dignity of the Lord Jesus : None ever having had all thole offices but Christ.

Q. 12. What is the last instruction?".."!

A. That faith is a considerate act; and requires much deliberation.

:'. Of Christ's Prophetical Ofice.. . ! Queft. 24. T TOW doth Christ'execute the office of a proin .

phet? • A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in revealing to use: by his word and Spirit, the will of God for our salvation.

Q. 1. What doth Christ's prophetical office imply ???

As It implies' man's natural blindness and ignorance; i Cor. ii. 14. But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him ; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually difcerned. .,' ; : Q. 2. What else doth it imply? · A. That Christ is the original and fountain of all that light which guides us to falvation ; 2 Cor. iv. 6,7. For God that commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Chrilt. A ... 3. How doth Christ teach men the will of God?

A. He doth it by external revelation of it; Acts iii. 22. For Moses truly said to the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord ycuir God raise up into you of your brethren, like unto me, him shall ye hear in all things; whatsoever he shall say unto you. And by internal illumination, Luke xxiv. 45. Then

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