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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. ned.
of our Union with Chrift. Queft. 30.
ÓW doth the Spirit apply to us the redemp
tion purchased by Christ. A. By working faith in us, and thereby imiting 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; 1 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 'nereby 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.
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, or nakedness, 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 makes 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.
0.6. 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 pear and intimate ; Eph. V. 30. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.
R 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 neither death nor life,
nor any other creature shall be able to feparate us from the love of God, which is in Christ 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 tba which was ppken ynte 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. 1o, What is the fourth inference ?
A. That in wronging and perfecuting the saints, men wrong and persecute Christ himself; Ads. ix. 4. And he fell to the eenth, 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 Chrift himself; Matth. xxv, 35, 36. For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat ; and I was thirsty, and ye gave me drinķ; I was a ftranger, and ye took me in ; naked, and ye cloathed me; I was fięk, and ye visited me; I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
much have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Q. 12. What is the last inference ?
A. That there is a fyınpathy in Chrift, under all the preffures 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 fin.
Of Efeftual Cuilling. Queft. 31.
THat is effectual calling?
A. Effetual calling is the work of God's Spirit, whereby convincing us of our fin and misery, enlightening our minds in the knowledge of Christ, 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 thie difference between effe&tual and ineffeaual calling?
A. Ineffeštual calling is, wheni men have nothing but the external sound of the gospel; Matth. tx. 16. For many bé called, but few chofeti. Efectual is, when the Spirit torks 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 háth learned of the Father, coita: eth unto me.
Q. 2. What is the first act of the Spirit in effectual calling?
A. Conviction of lint; John xvi. 8. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of lin.
3. Do the called of God hear any voice from heaven? A. Ordinarily it is a call without fourid, yet as efficacious as an audible voice from heaven.
Q. 4. What is the second act of the Spirit in our effe&tual calling?
A. The illumination of the mind in the knowledge of Chrift; Ads xxvi. 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from dark ness to light, and 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; A&ts iv. 12. Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given amung men, whereby we must be saved. And their all-fufficient remedy; Heb. vii
: 25. Wherefore he is able allo to fave them to the uttermoft that come was to God by him.
Q. 6. What is the third act ? A. His renewing of the finner's will, and making it flexible Pfalm ek. 3. Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power.
Ezek. xxxvi. 26. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you, and I will take away the storiy heart out of your fcfh, and I will give you an heart of flesh,
a 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 potver to us-ward, who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, which he wrought in Chrift, when he raised him from the dead, and fet 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 ine, draw him.
0.8. What fort of men are most ordinarily called ? A. The
and mean ones in the world ; i Cor. i. 26. For ye
see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise meni 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 instraction ?
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. WHat 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 fanétification, 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 answers his call; Rom. viii. 30. Whom he called, them he also juftified.
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 Jesus Christ, unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.
Are those all the benefits the called receive? A. No ; they are not only justified and adopted, but also fanctified ; 1 Cor. i. 30. But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, righteoufness, and sanctification, and redemption.
Q. 4. Do these three blessings come fingly to the called?
4. No; they are all accompanied with multitudes of other Blessings flowing from them; Eph. i. 3. Bleffed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all fpiritual blessings, in heavenly places in Christ.
Q. 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. 12. 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 Christ, Heb. ii. 11. For both he that fanctifieth, and they who are sanctified, are all of one. And right to the inheritance; Acts xx. 32. And now, brethren, I com
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 Herce
A. That they are enemies to their own souls, who obey not the gospel call; 2 Thef. i. 8. In flaming fire, taking vergeance on them that know not God; and that obey not the
go fpel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Q.. 9. What is the second lesson from herice ?
A. That the estate of believers abounds with spiritual privileges ; 1 Cor. iii. 22, 23. Whether Pauls or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things
and ye are Christ's, and Christ is God's. Q. 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 iii. 1. Behold what manner of love the Father hath beitowed upon us, that we should be called the fons of God.
0. u. What is the fourth leffon from hence ?
A. The greatest sufferers for Christ have no reason to repent their call; Rom. viii. 18. For I reckon; that the sufferings or this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that Thall be revealed in us.
Q. 12. What is the last leffon from hence ?