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. Q. 10. What else doth it teach us? . .'.
A. The righteousness of God in the destruction of all unbelievers; John v. 40. Mark xvi. 16. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved ; but he that believeth not, shall be dam
Of our Union with Chrift. Quest. 30. L O W doth the Spirit apply to us the redemp
M1 tion purchased by Christ. A. By working faith in us, and thereby uniting us to Christ in our effectual calling.
Q. 1. Can none have saving benefit by Christ, but such as are united to him?
A. No, for as Adam's sin could not hurt us, except we had been in him ; fo Christ's redemption cannot profit us, except we are in him; i Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and fanctification, and redemption.
Q. 2. What are the bonds of this union ?
A. The Spirit on God's part; 1 John iii. 24. And he that keepeth his commandments, dwelleth in him, and he in him; and hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us. And faith on our part; Éph. ii. 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith..
Q. 3. What is the first property of this union? .: A. It is an intimate union; Eph. v. 30. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. :13
Q. 4. What is the second property?
A. It is an union never to be diffolved ; Rom. viii. 35, 38. Who shall separate us from the love of Chrift? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, orînakedness, or peril, or sword ? For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.'
Q. 5. What is the third property of this union ?
A. It niakes Christ, and all that he hath purchased, become ours į 1 Cor. iii. 22, 23. All are yours, and ye are Christ's ; and Christ is God's.:,.
Q. 6. What is the fourth property of this union ?
A. It is the foundation and root of all our spiritual and acceptable obedience; John xv. 4. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine ; no more can ye, except ye abide,in me.
Q. 7. What is the firft inference from bence ? · A. That saving grace in the saints is immor:al, being secured to them in and by Christ; Col. iij. 3. Your life is hid with Chrift in God,
Q. 8. What is the second inference ?
A. That the relation between Christ and believers is very near and intimate ; Eph. V. 30. For we are members of his body, of his fesh, and of his bones.
& 9. What is the third inference ?
A. That believers need not be afraid to go down to the grave ; Rom. viii. 38, 39. For I am persuaded, that peither death nor life, nor any other creature shall be able to fe. parate us from the love of God, which is in Chrift Jefus our Lord. And this union holds after death; Matth. xxii. 31, 32, But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read tbą which was poken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but the God of the living. : Q.ro, What is the fourth inference ?
A. That in wronging and perfecuting the faints, men wrong and perfecute Christ himself; Alts. ix. 4. And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?
Q. 11. What is the fifth inference?
A. That in relieving and refreshing the faints, we relieve and refresh Christ himself; Matth. xxv, 35, 36. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat ; and I was thirtty, and ye gave me drink; I was a franger, and ye took me in; naked, and pe cloathed me; I was lick, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Verf. 40. In as much as ye have done it ynto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it - ynto me.
Q. 12. What is the last inference ?
A. That there is a Syınpathy in Chrift, under all the pref: sures and grievances of his people; Heb. iv. 15. We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities, but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.
... Of Effeftual Calling. Queft. 31. YTHat is effe&tual calling ?
W A . Effextual calling is the work of God's Spirit, whereby convincing us of our fin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Chrift, and renewing our
wills, he doth persuide and enable us to embrace Jesus Chris, freely offered to us in the gospel.
e. 1. What makes the difference between effectual and ineffe&ual calling ?
A. Ineffeštual calling is, wheri men have nothing but the external sound of the gospel; Matth. $x. 16. For many be called, but few choseti. Efectual is, when the Spirit works in conjunction with the word; John vi. 45. It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God; every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cott: eth unto me.
Q. 2. What is the first act of the Spirit in effectual calling? : A. Conviction of fint; Johni xvi. 8. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of lin.'
Q. 3. Do the called of God hear any voice from heaven ?
A. Ordinarily it is a call without fourid, yet as efficacious as añ audible voice from heatert.
Q. 4. What is the second act of the Spirit in out effe&tual calling? -...
A. The illumination of the mind in the knowledge of Chrift; Adts Xiri. 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from dark ness to lightand from the power of Satah unto God.
Q. 5. In what things doth it enlighten them?
A. In this ; That Christ is their only remedý; Acts iv. 12. Neither is there fålvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among inen, whereby we must be saved. And their all-fufficient remedý; Heb. vil: 25. Whèrefore he is able allo to fave them to the uttermoft that come un to God by him. .
Q. 6. What is the third act? ' · A. His renewing of the finner's will, and making it flexibles Pfalm ek. 3. Thy people shall be willing in the day of the power. Ezek. Xxxvi. 26. A new heart also will I give you, and a new fpirit will I put within you, and I will take away the ftoriy heart out of your Acfh, and I will give you an heart of Aletha
O. 7. Can no man come to Chrift till thus be enabled ? · A. No ; it is not in the power of man's nature or will, till thus renewed and enabled; Eph. i. 19, 20, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward, who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him on his own right hand in the heavenly places. John vi. 44. No man can come to me except the Father, which hath sent ne, draw him.
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Q. 8. What sort of men are molt ordinarily called ?
A. The poor and mean ones in the world ; i Cor. i. 26. For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise meri after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called ; but God hath chofen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise ; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.
Q. 9. What is the first instruction from it?
A. Souls effectually called are never loft ; Rom. xi. 29. For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.'
Q. 10. What is the second instruction ?
A. All things co-operate to their good ; Rom. viii. 28. For we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.
Q. 11. What is the third instruction ?
A. It is dangerous to refuse God's call; Prov. i. 24. Because I have called, and ye have refused, I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded.
Q. 12. 'What is the last instruction ?
A. That Christians are obliged to walk suitably to their heavenly calling ; 1 Theff. ii. 12. That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his kingdom and glory.
. Of the Concomitants of Vocation. Quest. 32. W Hạt benefits do they that are effectually called
partake of in this life? A. They that are effectually called, do in this life partake of justification, adoption, and fanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them.,
Q. 1. Are all that be effectually called, justified ?
A. Yes ; God justifies all, and every soul that obeys and an. swers his call; Rom. viii. 30. Whom he called, them he also justified.
Q. 2. What other benefits have the called in this life?
A. They are all the adopted children of God; Eph. i. 5: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children, by Je. sus Chrift, unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.!
Q. 3. Are those all the benefits the called receive ?
A. No; they are not only justified and adopted, but also fanctified ; i Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteousness, and fanctification, and redemption. :
Q.4. Do these three blessings come fingly to the called?.
A. No; they are all accompanied with multitudes of other Blessings flowing from them; Eph. i: 3. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all fpiritual blessings, in heavenly places in Chrift.
O. 5. What are the mercies flowing from justification ?
A. They are great and manifold ; Rom. v. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God, through our Lord Jesus Chrift, by whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. .
Q. 6. What are the benefits flowing from adoption ?
A. Free access to God; Eph. iii. 120 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him. And a title to heaven; Rom. viii. 17. If children, then heirs.
Q. 7. What blessings accompany fanctification . ...
A. Union with Chrift; Heb. ii.'11. For both he that fanetifiech, and they who are sanctified, are all of one. And right to the inheritance; Acts xx. . And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able : to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are fanctified.
Q. 8. What is the first leffon from herice,
A. That they are enemies to their own souls, who obey not the gospel call; 2 Thef. i. 8. In flaming fire, taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gofpel of our Lord Jesus Christ. I ..
Q., 9. What is the second lesson from hence ?.... .
A. That the eftate of believers abounds with spiritual privileges; 1 Cor. iii. 22, 23. Whether Paul; or Apoldos, or Cephas; or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all are yours, and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's.'
. 10. What is the third leffon from hence ?
A. That all the believer's privileges are not in hope, but some in hand; 1 John iji. 18 Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the fons of God.
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A. The greatest sufferers for Christ have no reason to repene their call; Rom. viii. 18. For I reckon, that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that shall be revealed in us.
Q. 12. What is the last leffon from hence ?