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of his church w, in the estate both of his humiliation and exaltation.

Q. 43. How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet ?

A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet, in his revealing to the church *, in all ages, by his Spirit and word J'y

in divers ways of administration 2 Z,

the whole will of God a, that was able to fave him from and things under the earth; v. 11. death, and was heard, in that he And that every tongue should confeared. Heb. iv. 14. Seeing then fess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, to that we have a great high prièst, the glory of God the Father. that is passed into the heavens, Je 43. * John i. 18. No man hath sus the Son of God, let us hold fast seen God at any time; the only be-.our profession. v. 15. For we have gotten Son, which is in the bofour of not an high priest which cannot be the Father, he hath'declared him. touched with the feeling of our in y i Pet. i. 10. Of which salvation firmities; but was in all points tempto the prophets have enquired, and ed like as we are, yet without fin. searched diligently, who prophefied

w Psal. ii. 6. Yet have I set my of the grace that should come unto King upon my holy hill of Zion. you: v. 11. Searching what, or Matth. xxi.


ye the daugh- what manner of time the Spirit of ter of Zion, Behold, thy King co- Christ which was in then did fignimeth unto thee, meek, and fitting fy, when it testified beforehand the upon an afs, and a colt the fole of sufferings of Christ, and the glory an ass. If. ix. 6. For unto us a Child that should follow.

v. 12. Unto is born, unto us a son is given, and whom it was revealed, that not unthe government shall be upon his to themselves, but unto us they did houlder : and his name Thall be minister the things which are now called Wonderful, Counsellor, The reported unto you by them that mighty God, The everlasting Fa- have preached the gospel unto you, ther, The Prince of peace. v. 7. Of, with the Holy Ghost fent down the increase of his government and from heaven; which things the an. peace there shall be no end, upon gels desire to look into. the throne of David, and upon

his z Heb. i. 1. God, who at sundry kingdom, to order it, and to esta-. times, and in divers manners, 1pake blish it with judgment and with ju- in time past unto the Fathers by the ftice, from henceforth even for ever: prophets. V. 2. Hath in these last the zeal of the Lord of bosts will days spoken uoto us by his Son, perform this. Phil. ii. 8. And being whom he hath appointed heir of all found in fashion

as a man, he hum- things, by whom also he made the unto death, even the death of the a John xv. 15. Henceforth I cross. v. 9. Wherefore God also call you not servants; for the ferhath highly exalted him, and given vant knoweth not what his lord him a name which is above every doth: but I have called

you name : v. 10. That at the name of for all things that I have heard of Jesus every knee should bow, of my Father, I have made knowa os in heaven, and things in carthy unto you. въ



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Q. 44. How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?

A. Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering himself a sacrifice without spot to God c; to be a reconciliation for the fins of his people d, and in making continual interceflion for theme,

Q. 45. How doth Christ execute the office of a king?

A. Christ executeth the office of a king, in calling out of the world a people to himself f, and giving them offi


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b Acts xx. 32. And now, bre. high priest, in things pertaining to thren, I conmend you to God, and God, to make reconciliation for the to the word of his grace, which is fins of the people. able to build you up, and to give e Heb. vii. 25. Wherefore he is you an inheritance among all them able also to save them to the utterwhich are sanctified. Eph. iv. II. most, that come unto God by him, And he gave some, apostles: and seeing he ever liveth to make intersome prophets : and some, evan. ceision for them. gelifts : and fome, pastors and teach 45. f Acts xv. 14. Simeon hath ers; v. 12. For the perfecting of the declared how God at the first did saints, for the work of the ministry, visit the Gentiles, to take out of for the edifying of the body of them a people for his name. Christ : v. 13. Till we all come in And to this agree the words of the the unity of the fai:h, and of the prophets; as it is written v. 16 knowledge of the Son of God, unto After this I will return, and will a perfect man, unto the measure of build again the tabernacle of David, the stature of the fulness of Christ. which is fallen down : and I will John xx. 31. But these are written, build again the ruins thereof, and that ye might believe that Jesus is I will set it up. If. lv.


Behold, the Christ, the Son of God; and that I have given him for a witness to believing, ye might have life through the people, a leader and commandhis name.

er to the people. v. 5. Behold, thou 44. C Heb. ix. 14. How much shalt call a nation that thou knowmore shall the blood of Christ, who eft not, and nations that knew not through the eternal Spirit, offered thee shall run unto thee, because himself without spot to God, purge of the Lord thy God, and for the your conscience from dead works to holy One of Israel; for he hath gloserve the living God? v. 28. So rified thee. Gen. xlix. 10. The Christ was once offered to bear the sceptre shall not depart from Judah, fins of many; and unto them that nor a lawgiver from between his feet, look for him thall he appear the se. · until Shiloh come, and unto him shall cond time, without sin, unto falva- the gathering of the people be. Pfal. tion.

cx. 3. Thy people fall be willing d Heb. i. 14. Wherefore in all in the day of thy power, in the things it behoved him to be made beauties of 'holiness from the wombl like unto his. brethren; that he of the morning: thou haft the dew! might be a merciful and faithful of thy youth.


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laws h, and censures, by which he visibly governs them i; in bestowing faving grace upon his 'elect k, rewarding their obedience l, and correcting them for their fins m, preserving and supporting them under all their temptations and sufferings n, restraining and overcoming all their enemies q and powerfully ordering all things for his own glory P, and their good of, and also in taking

vengeance Eph, iv. 11. And he gave fome, come quickly; and my reward is apostles: and some prophets: and with me, to give every man accordsome, evangelists: and fome, pastorsing as his work thall be. Rev. ii. and teachers; v. 12. For the per 10. Fear none of those things which fecting of the saints, for the work thou shalt fuffer: behold, the devil of the ministry, for the edifying of fall cast some of you into prison, the body of Christ. 1 Cor. xii. 28. that ye may be tried; and ye shall And God hath set some, in the church, have tribulation ten days : be thou first apostles, secondarily prophets, faithful unto death, and I will give thirdly teachers, after that miracles, thee a crown of life. then gifts of healings, helps, govern m Rev. ïïi. 19. As many as I love, ments, diversities of tongues.

I rebuke and chasten : be zealous b Il. xxxiii. 22. For the Lord is therefore and repent. our Judge, the Lord is our Law n If. Ixiii. 9. In all their afflicgiver, the Lord is our King, he will tion he was amicted, and the angel

of his presence faved them : in his i Matth. xvii. 17. And if he love and in his pity he redeemed shall negle& to hear them, tell it them, and he bare them, and carunto the church : but if he neglect ried them all the days of old. to hear the church, let bir be un or Cor. xv. 25. For he must to thee as an heathen man, and a reign, till he hath put all ene. publican. v. 18. Verily I say unto anies under his feet.

Psal. cx. you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on throughout. y. I. The Lord said Earth, fhall be bound in heaven : un to my Lord, Sit thou at my right and whatsoever ye shall loose on hand until I make thine enemies thy earth, shall be loosed in heaven. footstool. 2. The Lord shall

In the name of our send the rod thy strength out of Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are ga- Zion : rule thou in the midst of thered together, and my Spirit, with thine enemies, &c. the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, p Rom. xiv. 10. But why dost V. 5. To deliver such an one unto thou judge thy brother ? ·or why Satan for the destruction of the flesh, dost thou fet at nought thy brother? that the Spirit may be saved in the for we shall all tapd before the day of the Lord Jesus. of Chrift. v. 11. For k Acts v. 31. Him hath God ex it is written, As I live, faith the alted with his right hand to be a Lord, every knee shall bow to me, Prince and a Saviour, for to give and every tongue fhall confess to repentance to Israel, and forgiveness God. of sins.

9 Rom. viii. 28. And we know Rev. xxii, 12. And behold, I that all things work together for


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l. 46. What was the estate of Christ's humiliation ?

A. The estate of Christ's humiliation was that low condition, wherein he, for our fakes, emptying himself of his glory, took upon him the form a fervant, in his conception and birth, life, death, and after his death, until his resurrection

Q. 47. How did Christ humble himself in his conception and birth?

A. Christ humbled himself in his conception and birth, in that, being from all eternity the Son of God, in the bofom of the Father, he was pleased in the fulness of time, to become the Son of man, made of a woman of low estate, and to be born of her ; with divers circumstances of more than ordinary abasement t. Q.48. How did Christ humble himself in his life?

A. Chrift good, to them that love God,to them thy womb, and bring forth a fons who are the called according to his and shalt call his name Jesus. 2 Cor. purpose.

viii. 9. For ye know the grace of our g 2 Theff. i. 8. In flaming fire, Lord Jesus Christ, that though he taking vengeance on them that know

was rich, yet for


fakes he be not God, and that obey not the go- came poor, that ye through his po: spel of our Lord Jesus Chrift: v. 9. verty might be rich. Ačts ii. 24. Who shall be punished with everlast. Whom God hath raised up, har ing destruction from the presence of ving loosed the pains of death: bethe Lord, and from the glory of his cause it was not possible that he power. Pfal. ii. 8. Akk of me, and lould be holden of it. I shall give thee the heathen for thine 47. t John i. 14. And the Word inheritance, and the uttermost parts was made flesh, and dwelt among of the earth for thy poffeffion. v. 9. us (and we beheld his glory, the Thou shalt break them with a rad glory as of the only begotten of the of iron, thou shalt dash them in Father) full of grace and truth. pieces like a porter's veffel.

V. 18. No man hath feën God at 46. /Phil. 7. 6. Who being in the any time; the only begotten Son, form of God, thought it no robbery which is in the borom of the Father, to be equal with God: v. 7. But he hath declared him. Gal. iv. 4. made himself of no reputation, and But when the fulness of the time took upon

him the form of a servant, was come, God sent forth his Son and was made in the likeness of men: made of a woman, made under the V.8. And being found in fashion as law. Luke ji. 7. And fhe brought à man, he humbled himself, and be. forth her first born fon, and wrap came obedient unto death, even ped him in swaddling cloathes, and the death of the cross. Luke i. 31. laid him in a manger, because there And behold, thou shalt conceive in was no room for them in the inn.


A. Christ humbled himself in his life, by subje&ing himself to the law v, which he perfectly fulfilled w; and by conficting with the indignities of the world x, temptations of Satan

y, and infirmities in his fiesh, whether common to the nature of man, or particularly accompanying that his low condition z.

Q. 49. How did Christ bumble himself in his death?

À. Christ humbled himself in his death, in that having been betrayed by Judas a, forsaken by his disciples by icorned and rejected by the world c, condemned by Pi



48. u Gal. iv. 4. But when the high priest, in things pertaining to ulness of the time was come, God God, to make reconciliation for the ont forth his Son, made of a wo fins of the people. v. 18. For in han, made onder the law.

that he hinfelf hath suffered, being w Matth. v. 17. Think not that tempted, he is able to fuccour them i am come to destroy the law or the that are tempted. Heb. iv. 15. For prophets: I am not come to destroy, we have dot an high priest which but to fulfil. Rom. v. 19. For as cannot be touched with the feeling by one man's disobedience many of our infirmities; but was in all cere made finners: so by the obé- points tempted like as we are, yet dience of one shall many be made without fin. If. lii. 13. Behold, righteous.

my fervant shall deal prudently, he * Psal. xxii. 6. But I am a worm, shall be exalted and extolled, and and no man; a reproach of men, and be very high. v. 14. As many despised of the people. Heb. xii. 2. were astonished at thee; his visage Looking unto Jesus the author and was so marred more than any man, finisher of our faith; who, for the and his form more than the sons of joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the shame, and 49. a Matth. xxvii. 4. Saying, I is fer down at the right hand of the have sinned, in that I have betrayed throne of God. v. 3. For consider the innocent blood. And they said, him that endured such contradiction What is that to us? see thou to that. of fingers against himself, left ye be b Matth. xxyi. 56. But all this wearied, and faint in your minds. was done, that the scriptures of the

y Matth. iv. 1. to verse 12. I hen prophets might be fulfilled. Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into all the disciples forsook him, and the wilderness, to be tempted of the fled. devil, &c. Lukeiv. 13. And when Ć If. lui. 2. For he shall grow up the devil had ended all the tempta- before him as a tender plant, and tion, he departed from him for a as a rooţ out of a dry ground : hé season.

hath no form nor comeliness: and z Heb. ii. 17. Wherefore in all when we shall see him, there is no things it behoved him to be made beauty that we should defire him. like unto his brethren ; that he v. 3. He is despised and rejected might be a merciful and faithful of men, a man of sorrows, and ac


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