Sidor som bilder
PDF
ePub

alones, 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 only they who are true members of the church invisiblev.

Q. 62. What is the visible church? A. The visible church is a society made up of all such as in ages and places of the world do profess the true religion w,

and. hath not attained to the law of righ Eph. v. 23. For the husband is teousness. v. 32. Wherefore? Be- the head of the wife, even as Christ cause they fought it, not by faith, is the head of the church, and he is · but as it were by the works of the the Saviour of the body. law: for they stumbledatthatstumb 61. v John xii. 38. That the fayling-stone. Phil. iii. 4. Though I ing of Efaias the prophet might be might also have confidence in the fulfilled, which he fpake, Lord, who Aesh. If any other man thinketh that hath believed our report? and to he hath whereof he might trust in whom hath the arm of the Lord the flesh, I more: v.5. Circumcised been revealed ? v. 39. Therefore the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, they could not believe, because that of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew Efaias said again, v. 40. He hath of the Hebrews: astouching the law, blinded their eyes, and hardened a Pharisee; v. 6. Concerning zeal, their heart; that they should not perfecuting the church; touching fee with their eyes, nor understand the righteousness which is in the law, with their heart, and be converted, blameless. v. 7. But what things and I should heal them. Rom. ix. were gain to me, those I counted 6. Not as though the word of Cod lois for Christ, v. 8. Yea doubtless, hath taken none effect. For they and I count all things but loss for are not all Ifrael, who are of Israel, the excellency of the knowledge of Mat, xxii. 14. For many are called, Chritt Jesus my Lord: for whom I but few are chosen. Mat. vii. 21. have suffered the loss of all things, Not every one that faith unto me, and do count them but dung that I Lord, Lord, shall enter into the may win Christ, v. 9. and be found kingdom of heaven: but he tñat in him, not having mine own righ- doth the will of my Father who is teousness, which is of the law, but in hearen. Rom. xi. 7. What then? that which is through the faith of Israel hath not obtained that which Christ, the righteousness which is of he seeketh for; but the election hath God by faith.

obtained it, and the restevere blinds Acts iv. 12. Neither is there fal- ed. vation in any other : for there is 62. w 1 Cor.i. 2. Unto the churcb none other name under heaven giv. of God which is at Corinth, to them en among men, whereby we mult be that are fanctified in Christ Jesus, saved.

called to be faints, with all that in

every

0 2

and of their children %.

Q. 63. What are the special privileges of the visible church?
A. The visible church hath the privilege of being under

Gou's

ye

every place call upon the name of ed to the Lord for a generation, s. Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs 31. They shall come, and shall deand ours. i Cor.xii. 13. For by one clare his righteouiness unto a peoSpirit are we all baptized into one ple that shall be born, that he hath body, whether we be jews or Gen- done this. Pfal. xlv. 17. I will make tiles, whether we be bond or free; thy name to be remembered in all and have all been made to drink in- generations: therefore shall the peoto one spirit. Rom. xv. 9. And that ple praise thee for ever and ever. the Gentiles might glorify God for Mat. xxviii. 19. Goye therefore and his mercy, as it is written, For this teach all nations,

baptizing them in cause I will confess to thee among the name of the Father, and of the the Gentiles, and sing unto thy Son, and of the Holy Ghost: v. 20. name. v. 10. And again he faith, Teaching them to observe all things Rejoice ye Gentiles with his people. whatsoever I have commanded you: v. 11. And again, Praise the Lord and lo, I am with you alway, unto all Gentiles, and laud him all ye the end of the world. Amen. Ilà. people. v. 12. And again Efaias lix. 21. As for me, this is my covefaith, There shall be a root of Jeffe, nant with them, saith the Lord, My and he that shall rise to reign over Spirit that is upon thee, and my the Gentiles; in him shall the Gen- words which I have put in thy tiles trust. Rev. vii. 9. After this I mouth, shall not depart out of thy beheld, and lo, à great multitude mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy which no man could number, of all seed, nor out of the mouth of thy nations, and kindreds, and people, seeds feed, saith the Lord, from and tongues, stood before the throne, henceforth and for ever. and before the Lamb, clothed with * i Cor, vii. 14. For the unbewhite robes, and palms in their lieving husband is sanctified by the hands. Psalm ii. 8. Ask of me, and wife, and the unbelieving wife is I shall give thee the heathen for fanétified by the husband: else were thine inheritance, and the uttermost your children unclean; but now they parts of the earth for thy poffeffion. are holy. Acts ii. 39. For the promise Pfal. xxii. 27. All the ends of the is unto you, and to your children, world thall remember and turn un and to all that are afar off, even as to the Lord: and all the kindreds of many as the Lord our God shall call. the nations shall worship before thee. Rom. xi. 16. For if the first fruit be v.28. For the kingdom is the Lord's: holy, the lump is also holy: and if and he is the governor among the the root be holy, so are the branchnations. v. 29. All they that be fat es. Gen. xvii. 7. And I will establish upon earth shall eat and worship: my covenant between me and thee, all they that go down to the dust, and thy feed after thee, in their geshall bow before him, and none can nerations, for an everlasting covekeep alive his own foul. v. 30. A feed nant: to be a God unto thee, and Iball serve him, It shall be account to thy feed after thee.

63., Ifa.

God's special care and governmenty; 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 exclud

ing 63.9 Ifa.iv. 5. And the Lord will the fiege, both against Judah, and create upon every dwelling place of againit Jerusalem. v. 3. And in that mount Zion, and upon her assem- day will I make Jeruialem a burdenblies a cloud, and (inoke by day, and some stone for all people: all that the shining of a daming fire by night: burden themselves with it thall be for upon all the glory thall be a de- cut in pieces, though all the people fence. v. 6. And there thall be a ta of the earth were gathered together bernacle for a thadow in the day- against it. v. 4. In that day, faith time froin the heat, and for a place the Lord, I will smite every

horse of refuge, and for a covert from with astonishment, and his 'rider storm and from rain. 1 Tim. iv, 10. with madness, and I will open mine For, therefore we both labour, and eyes upon the house of Judah, and fuffer reproach, because we trust in will smite every horfe of the people the living God, who is the Saviour with blindness. v. 8. In that day of all men, especially of those that hall the Lord defend the inhabibelieve.

tants of Jerusalem, and he that is = (Pfal. cxv, throughout.) v. 1. feeble among them at that day shall Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, be as David; and the house of Dabut-v. 2. Wherefore should the vid shall be as God, as the angel of heathen fay, Where is now their the Lord before them. v.9. And it God? &c. v.9. O Israel, trust thou shall come to pass in that day, that in the Lord. He is their help and I will seek to destroy all the nations their fhield,&c. Ifa, xxxi. 4. Forthus that come again it Jerusalem. hath the Lord spoken unto me, like « Acts ii. 39. For the promise is as the lion and the young lion roar unto you, and to your children, and ing on his prey, when a multitude to all that are afar off, even as maof thepherds is called forth againlt ny as the Lord our God shall call. him, he will not be afraid of their V. 42. And they continued stedfastvoice, nor abase himself for the noise ly in the apostles doctrine and felof them: so thall the Lord of hosts lowship, and in breaking of bread, come down to fight for mount Sion,

and in prayers. and for the hill thereof. v. 5. As b Psal. cxlvii. 19. He sheweth his birds flying, so will the Lord of hosts word unto Jacob, his statutes and defend Jerusalem, defending also he his judgments unto Israel. v. 20. will deliver it, and passing over he He hath not dealt so with any natiwill preserve it. Zech. xii. 2. Be on: and as for his judgments, they hold, I will make Jerusalem a cup have not known them. Praise ye the of trembling unto all the people Lord. Rom. ix. 4. Who are Israelround about, when they shall be in ites; to whom pertaineth the adop

tion,

[ocr errors]

ing none that will come unto him c.

Q. 64. What is the invisible church?

A. 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?

A. The members of the invisible church, by Christ, enjoy union and communion with him in grace and glory e.

Q. 66. What is that union which the elect have with Christ?

A. The union which the elect have with Christ is the work of God's gracef, whereby they are spiritually and mys

tically, tion, and the glory, and the cove the fulness of him that filleth all in nants, and the giving of the law, and all. John 1. 16. And other sheep I the service of God, and the promi- have, who are not of this fold: them ses. Eph. iv. 11. And he gave some, also must I bring, and they shall hear apostles: and some, prophets : and my voice; and there shall be one fold, fome, evangelists: and some, pas- and one shepherd. John xi. 52. And tors and teachers; V.12.for the per not for that națion only, but that feeting of the saints, for the work of also he should gather together in the ministry, for the edifying of the one, the children of God that were body of Christ. Mark xvi. 15. And scattered abroad. he said unto them, Go ye into all 65. John xvii. 21. That they all the world, and preach the gospel may be one, as thou, Father, art in to every creature, v.16. He that be. me, and I in thee; that they alle lieveth and is baptized, shall be fav may be one in us: that the world ed; but he that believeth not shall may believe that thou hast sent me. be damned.

Eph.ii. 5. Even when we were dead John vi. 37. All that the Father in fins, hath quickened us together giveth me, shall come to me; and with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.) him that cometh to me, I will in no

v. 6. And hath raised us up togewise cast out.

ther, and made us fit together in 64.d Eph. i. 10. That in the dif- heavenly places, in Christ Jesus. pensation of the fulness of times, he John xvii. 24. Father, I will that might gather together in one all they also whom thou hast given me, things in Christ, both which are in be with me where I am; that they heaven, and which are on earth, e. may behold my glory, which thou ven in him. v. 22. And hath put all hast given me : for thou lovedit me things under his feet, and gave him before the foundation of the world. to be the head over all things to the 66. f Eph. i. 22. And hath put church, vi 23. which is his body, all things under his feet, and gave

[ocr errors]

tically, yet really and inseparably, joined to Christ as their head and husband g; which is done in their effectual calling h.

Q. 67. What is effectual calling?

A. Effectual calling is the work of God's almighty power and gracei, whereby (out of his free and especial love to his elect, and from nothing in them moving him thereuntok) he doth in his accepted time iovite and draw them to Jesus

Christ, him to be the head over all things 18. The eyes of your understandto the church. Eph.ii.6, And haih ing being enlightened; that ye may raised us up together, and hath know what is the hope of his calmade us fit together in heavenly ling; and what the riches of the places, in Chriit Jelus. v.7. That glory of his inheritance in the saints; in the ages to come he might thew v. 19. And what is the exceeding the exceeding riches of his grace, greatne's of his power to us-ward, in his kindness towards us, through who believe, according to the workChrist Jesus. v. 8. For by grace are ing of his mighty power. v. 20. ye faved, through faith; and that which he wrought in Christ, when not of your selves: it is the gift of he railed him from the dead, and God.

set him at his own right hand in the & 1 Cor. vi. 17. But he that is heavenly places. 2 Tim. i. 8. Be joined unto the Lord, is one spirit. not thou therefore ashamed of the John X. 28. And I give unto them testimony of our Lord nor of me his eternal life, and they shall never pe. prisoner but be thou partaker of rish, neither shall any pluck them the afflictions of the golpel, accord. out of my hand. Eph. v. 23. Foring to the power of God; v.9. who the husband is the head of the wife, hath faved us, and called us with even as Christ is the head of the an holy calling, not according to church: and he is the Saviour of our works, but according to his own the body. v. 30. For we are mem- purpose and grace which was given bers of his body, of his flesh, and of us in Christ Jefus, before the world his bones.

began. bi Pet. v. 10. But the God of all Tit. iii. 4. But after that the grace, who hath called us unto his kindness and love of God our Savi. eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after our toward man appeared, v.5. not that ye have suffered a while, make by works of righteousness which we you perfect, ftablish, strengthen, set- have done, but according to his tle you. 1 Cor. i. 9. God is faith- mercy he saved us by the washing ful, by whom ye were called unto of regeneration, and renewing of the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ the Holy Ghoft. Eph. ii. 4. But our Lord.

God, who is rich in mercy, for his 67. i John v. 25. Verily, verily I great love wherewith he loved us, fay unto you, The hour is coming, v. s. even when we were dead in and now is, when the dead shall hear fins, hath quickened us together the voice of the Son of God: and with Christ (by grace ye are sav. they that hear shall live. Eph. i. ed.) v.7. That in the ages to come

« FöregåendeFortsätt »