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2. 54. Hon is Christ exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God?
A. Christ is exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man he is advanced to the highest favour with God the Father(m), with all fulness of joy (n), glory (o), and power over all things in heaven and rearth (p); and doth gather and defend his church, and subdue their enemies ; furnisheth his ministers and peo. ple with gifts and graces (9), and maketh intercession for them (r.)
Q. 55. How doth Christ make intercession?
Ă. Christ maketh intercession, by his appearing in our nature continually before the Father in heaven (s), in the merit of his obedience and saerifice on earth (1), declaring his will to have it applied to all believers (v), answer
heaven must receive, until the that descended is the same also times of restitution of all things, that ascended up far above all which God hath spoken by the heavens, that he might fill all mouth of all his holy prophets, things. And he gave some, apossince the world began.
tles, and some, prophets; and fo) Phil. 2. 9. Wherefore God some, evangelists; and some, -also hath highly exalted him, and pastors and teachers. For the given him a name which is above perfecting of the saints, for the every name.
work of the ministry, for the (1) Acts 2. 28. Thou hast edifying of the body of Christ. matie known to me the ways of (r) Rom. 8. 39. Who is he life; thou shalt make me full of that condemneth? It is Christ. joy with thy countenance. Comthat died; yea, rather, that is pared with Psalm 16. 11. Thou risen again; who is even at the wilt shew me the path of life: right hand of God, who also in thy presence is fulness of joy, maketh intercession for us. at thy right hand there are plea-"8 ) Heb. 9. 12. Neither by sures for evermore. . the blood of goats and calves
rol John 17. 5. And now, but by his own blood he entered · Faiber, glorify thou me with in once into the holy place, hav.
thine own self, with the glory ing obtained eternal redemption which I had with thee before the for us. ,world was.
(t) Heb. 1. 3. Who being c ) Eph. 1. 22. And hath the brightness of bis glory, and put all things under his feet, and the express image of his person, gave him to be the head over all and upholding all things by the things to the church. 1 Peter 3. word of his power, when he had 22. Who is gone into heaven, by himself purged our sins, sat and is on the right hand of God, down on the right hand of the angels, and authorities, and pow. Majesty on high. ers being made subject unto him. ivy John 3. 24. Father, I CD Eph. 4. 10, 11, 12. He will that they also whom thou
ing all accusations against them (n), and procuring for them quiet of conscience notwithstanding daily failings (x), access with boldness to the throne of grace (y), and acceptance of their persons (2), and services (a).
Q. 56. How is Christ to be exalted in his coming again to juice the world?
9. Christ is to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world, in that he, who was unjustly judged and con(lemned by vicked men (b), shall come again at the last day in great power (C), and in the full 31anifesiation of bi ovi glory, and of his Father's, with all his holy anals (il), with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, a wri vith the trumpet of God (e), to judge the world in rigoteousness (f).
. 57. Il'hat benefiis hath Chrisl procured by his metlicstisz?
. Christ, by his mediation, bath procured redemp1191 Oven me be with me wliere desired a murderer to be grated Ism; that they may behold my unto you. porr which thou hast given me, (c) Mat. 24. 30. And then for thou loredst me before the shall appear the sign of the Son foundation of the world.
of nun in heaven: and then shall (6) Rom. 8. 33. Who shall all the tribes of the caith mourn; Tay any thing to the charge of and they shall see the Son of mana Cui's elcct? It is God that justi- coming in the clouds of heaveti,
with power an great glory ruj Rom. 5. 1. Therefore, rd Luke 9. 26. For who. ?eing justified by faith, we have soerer shall be ashamed of me peace with God, through our and of my words, of him slall 10'd Jesus Christ.
the Son of ruan be ashamed, (2) lieb. 4. 16. Let us there. when he shall come in his own fore corne boldly unto the throne glory, and in his father's, and of of grace, that we may obtain the holy angels. mergy, and find grace to help in re) 1 Thess 4. 16. For the une of need.
Lord himself shall descend from Cz' . 1.6. To the praise leaten with a sho'lt, with the of ile glory of his grace, where. voice of the archangel, and with in le bath made us accepted in the trump of God: and the dead the Beloved.
in Christ shall rise first. (a) 1 Peter 2. 5. Ve also f Acts 17. 31. Because he as lively stones, are built up a bath appointed a day, in the spiritual house, a holy priest- which he will judge the world in hooil, to citer up spiritual sacri- righteousness, ly That wan whorn fices, acceptable to God by Jesus he hath oral.ied; whereni lie Christ.
. but given assurance unto all men CO) Acts S. 14. But ye denicd in that he hath raised him from the hol; One, and the just, and the dead.
tion(g), with all otherbenefits of the covenant of grace(h). · Q. 58. How do we come to be made partakers of the benefits which Christ hath procured ?
A. We are made partakers of the benefits which Christ hath procured, by the application of them unto us (i), which is the work especially of God the Holy Ghost (k).
Q. 59. Who are made partakers of redemption through Christ? ..
A. Redemption is certainly applied, and effectually communicated, to all those for whom Christ hath purchased it (2); who are in time, by the Holy Ghost, enabled to believe in Christ according to the gospel (m).
Q. 60. Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their living according to the lighl of naiure ?
4. They who, having never heard the gospel (n), know not Jesus Christ (0), and believe not in him, cannot be saved (P), be they never so diligent to frame
(3) IIeb. 9. 12. Neither by are ye savou, througl, faith; and the blood of goats and calves, but that not of yourselves: it is the by his own blood he entered in gift of God.' 2 Cor. 4. 13. We once into the holy place, having having the same spirit of faith, obtained eternal redemption for according as it is written, I belier
ed, and therefore have I spoken: Ch) 2 Cor. 1. 20. For all the wé also believe, and therefore promises of God in him are yea, speak, and in him amen, unto the glory (n) Rom. 10. 14. ITow then of God by us.
shall they call on him in whom ri) John 1. 11,12. He came they have not believed ? and how unto his own, and his own receiv- shail they believe in him of whom ed him not. But as many as re- they have not lieard? and how ceived him, to them gave he pow- shall they hear without a preacher to become the sons of God, er? even to them that believe on his ro) 2 Thess. 1. 8. In flaming name.
fire, taking vengeance on them (k) Tit. 3. 5. Not by works that know not God, and that obey of righteousness which we have not the gospel of our Lord Jesus done, but according to his inercy Christ. lie saved us, by the washing of John 8. 24. I said thereregeneration and renewing of the fore unto you, that ye shall die Holy Ghost.
in your sins : for if ye believe not (1) John 6. 37. All that the that I
06. 37. All that the that I am be, ye shall die in your Father giveth me shall come to sins. Mark 16. 16. He that beme; and him that cometh unto lieveth and is baptized, shall be me I will in no wise cast out. saved; but he that believeth not,
(m) Eph. 2. 8. For by grace shail be damned.
their lives according to the light of nature (9), or the lat of that religion which they profess (r); neither is their salvation in any other, but in Christ alone (s), who is the Saviour only of his body, the church(t).
Q. 61. Are all they saved who hear the gospel, and live in the church ? . A. All that hear the gospel, and live in the visible church, are not saved: but they only who are true mem bers of the church invisible (v)..
Q. 62. What is the visible church? .. .. .
Ā. The visible church is a society made up of all such as in all ages and places of the world do profess the true religion (w), and of their children (x)....
(g) 1 Cor. 1. 20. Where is enter into the kingdom of heaven: the wise? where is the scribe? but he that doeth the will of my where is the disputer of this Father which is in heaven. Rom. world ? hath not God made foolish 11. 7. What then? Israel hath the wisdom of this world ? not obtained that which he seek
(r) John 4.22. Ye worship ye eth for ; but the election hath know not what: we know what obtained it, and the rest were we worship : for salvation is of blinded. *
.. the Jews. Romans 9. 31. ^ But (w) 1 Cor. 1, 2. Unto the Israel, which followed after the church of God, which is at Com law of righteousness, hath not at- rinth, to them that are sanctified tained to the law of righteousness, in Christ Jesus, called to be saints,
(8) Acts 4. 12. Neither is with all that in every place call there salvation in any other : for upon the name of Jesus Christ there is none other name under our Lord, both theirs and ours. heaven given among men where I Cor. 12. 13. For by one Spirit must be saved.
are we all baptized into one body, **(0) Eph. 5. 23. For the hus whether we be Jews or Gentiles. band is the head of the wife, even whether we be bond or free and as Christ is the head of the have been all made to drink into church : and he is the Saviour of one Spirit. Isa. 59. 21. As for the body."
me, this is my covenant with (v) schn 12. 38. That the say. them, saith the Lord. My Spirit ing of Esaias the prophet might that is upon thee, and my words be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord which 1 have put in thy mouth, who hath believed our report? shall not depart out of thy mouth, and to whom hath the arm of the nor out of the month of thy seed, Lord been revealed ? Rom. 9. 6. nor out of the mouth of thy seed's Not as though the word of God seed, saith the Lord, from hencehath taken none effect. For they forth and forever. are not all Israel, which are of (x) 1.Cor. 7. 14. For the unIsrael. Mat. 22. 14. For many believing husband is sanctified by are called, but few are chosen the wife, and the unbelieving wife Mat. 7. 21. Not every one that is sanctified by the husband: else saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall were your children unclean; but
Q. 63. What are the special privileges of the visible church? · A. The visible church hath the privilege of being under God's special care and government(y); of being protected and preserved in all ages, notwithstanding the opposition of all enemies (z); and of enjoying the communion of saints, the ordinary means of salvation (a), and offers of grace by Christ to all the members of it in the ministry of the gospel, testifying that whosoever believes in him shall be saved (b), and excluding aone that will come unto him (c). i
R. 64. What is the invisible church?. ... The invisible church is the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ the head (d).
Q. 65. What special benefits do the members of the invisible church enjoy.by. Christ.2. · A. The members of the invisible church by Christ,
now are they holy. Acts 2. 39. a) Acts 2. 3., 42. For the For the promise is unto you, and promise is unto you, and to your to your children, and to all that children, and to all that are afar are afar off, even as many as the off, even as many as the Lord our Lord our God shall call. Rom. God shall call. And they con11. 16. For if the first fruit be tinued stedfastly in the apostles' holy, the lump is also holy : and doctrine and fellowship, and in if the root be holy, so are the breaking of bread, and in prayers. branches. Genesis 17.7. And I (6) Psalm 147. 19. He skewa will establish my covenant be- eth his word unto Jacob, his sta tween me and thee, and thy seed tutes and his judgments upto after thee in their generations, for Israel. Mark 16. 15. And he said an everlasting covenant; to be a unto them, Go ye into all the God unto thee, and to thy seed world, and preach the gospel to after thee.
every creature, v. 16. He that ..ry Isa. 4. 5. And the Lord 'believeth and is baptized, shall be will create upon every dwelling. sayed; but he that believeth not, place of mount Zion, and upon shall be damned. her assemblies, a cloud and smoke (c) John 6. 37. All that the by day, and the shining of a flame Father giveth me shall come to ing fire by night ; for upon all the me; and him that cometh to me glory shall be a defence.
I will in no wise cast out. (z) Zech. 12. 2. Behold, I will (d) Eph. 1. 10. That in the maké Jerusalem a cup of trem- dispensation of the fulness of bling unto all the people round times, he might gather together about, when they shall be in the in one all things in Christ, both siege both against Judah, and which are in heaven, and whick against Jerusalem i
are on earth eyer in him .