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good"; and also in taking vengeance on the rest, who know not God, and obey not the gospel'.
Q. 46. What was the estate of Christ's humiliati.
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 of 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 bosom of the Father, he was pleased in the fulness of time to become the fon of man, made of a woman of low estate, and to
faith the Lord, every knee Lord Jesus Christ
. Psa. 2. 9. shall bow to me, and every Thou shalt break them with a tongue shall confess to God. rod of iron, chou shalt dash Phil. 2. II. And that every them in pieces like a polter's tongue should confess, that Je- vessel. sus Christ is Lord, to the glo s Phil. 2. 6, 7, 8. Who bery of God the Father.
ing in the form of God, 9 Rom. 8. 28. And we thought it not robbery to be eknow that all things work to. qual with God: but made gether for good, to them that himself of no reputation, and Jove God, to them who are took upon him the form of a the called according to his servant, and was made in the purpose.
likeness of men : and being r 2 Thell, i. 8. in flam. found in fashion as
a man, ing fire, taking vengeance on he humbled himself, and bethem that know not God, and came obedient unto death, ethat obcy not the gospel of our ven the death of the crofs.
be born of her, with divers circumstances of more than ordinary abasement'.
Q. 48. How did Chris humble himself in his
A. Christ humbled himself in his life, by subjecting himself to the law', which he perfectly fulfilled", and by conflicting with the indignities of the world, temptations of Satan', and infirmities in his flesh; whether common to the nature of man, or particularly accompanying that his low condition”.
Q. 49. How did Christ humble himself in his death?
A. Christ humbled himself in his death, in that having been betrayed by Judas“, forsaken
2 Cor. 8,
know the come to destroy, but to fulfil, grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, Rom. 5. 19. that though he wasrich, yet for x Plal. 22. 6. But I am a your sakes he became poor, that worm, and no man; a reye through his poverty might be proach of men, and despised of rich. Luke 1. 31. Acts 2. 24. the people. Ifa. 53. 2, 3. Heb. t John 1. 14. The Word
12. 2. 3: was made flesh and dwelt a y Mat. 4. i to 12. Then mong us -v. 18. The only be was Jesus led up of the Spirit gotten Son, which is in the into the wilderness, be bofom of the Father. Luke 2- tempted of the devil, &c. ?. And she brought forth her Luke 4. v. I to 14. first born fon, and wrapped 2 Heb. 2. 17, 18. Wherehim in swaddling clothes, and fore in all things it behoved laid him in a manger.
him to be made like unto his v Gal. 4. 4. God sent forth brethren-For in that he him. his Son, made of a woman, self hath suffered, being tempta made under the law.
ed, he is able to fuccour them w Mat. 5. 17. Think not that are tempted. Heb. 4. 15, that I am come to destroy the lsa. 52. 14. law or the prophets; I am not
by his disciples', scorned and rejected by the world', condemned by Pilate, and tormented by his persecutors"; having also conflicted with the terrors of death and the powers of darkness, felt and born the weight of God's wrath, he laid down his life an offering for fin', enduring the painful, thameful, and curfed death of the cross
Q. 50. Wherein consisted Chriff's humiliation af. ter his death ?
A. Christ's humiliation after his death, conlisted in his being buried", and continuing in the state of the dead, and under the power of death till the third day', which hath been otherwise expressed in these words, He descended into hell.
a Mat. 27. 4
Mat. 27. 46. And about the b Mat. 26. 56. Then all ninth hour, Jesus cried with a the disciples forfook him, and loud voice, Eli, Eli, lama fafied.
bachthani,- My God, my God, c Ifa. 53. 1. 3. He is de. why haft thou forsaken me? spised and rejected of men, a Rom. 8. 32. Like 22. 23. man of sorrows and acquaint f Ifa. 53. 10.
Thou shalt ed with grief; and we hid as make his soul an offering for it were our faces from him ; fin. he was despised, and we ef g Phil. 2. 8. And being teemed him nor.
found in fashion as a man, he d Mat. 27. 26. And when humibled himself, and became he had fcourged Jesus, he de- obedient unto death, even the livered him to be crucified. death of the cross. Heb. 12. 2. John 19. 34. Luke 22. 63, Gal. 3. 13. 64.
h i Cor. 15. 3, 4. e Luke 22. 44. And being i Mat. 12. 40. For as Jonas in an agony, he prayed more was three days and three nights earnestly, and his sweat was in the whale's belly ; so thall as it were great drops of blood the Son of man be ihree days falling down to the ground. and three nights in the heart
l. 51. What was the estate of Christ's exaltation ?
A. The estate of Christ's exaltation comprehendeth his resurrection", afcenfion', fitting at the right hand of the Father", and his coming again to judge the world".
Q. 52. How was Christ exalted in his refurrection ?
A. Christ was exalted in his resurrection, in that, not having seen corruption in death (of which it was not possible for him to be held") and having the very fame body in which he suffered, with the essential properties thereof (but without mortality and other common infirmities belonging to this life) really united to his soul, he rose again from the dead the third day by his own
of the earth. Pfal. 16. TO, hath raised up, having loosed compared with Acts 2. 24, 25, the pains of death : because it 26. Rom. 6. 9.
was not possible that he should k 1 Cor. is. 4. And that be holden of it. Pfal. 16. 10. he rose again the third day, For thou wilt not leave my according to the scriptures. soul in hell; neither wilt thou
| Mark 16. 19. So then, suffer thine holy one to see after the Lord had spoken un- corruption. to them, he was received up p Luke 24. 39. Behold my into heaven.
hauds and my feet, that it is I m Eph. I. 20. And set him myself: handle me and fee; at his owu right hand.
for a spirit hath not flesh and n Ads 1. 11. The same Je- bones, as ye see me have. sus who is taken
you q Rev. 1. 18. I am he that into heaven, shall fo come in liveth and was dead; and be like manner as ye have seen hold I am alive for evermore, him go into heaven. Acts 17, Amen; and have the keys of 31.
hell and of death. o Acts 2. 24. Whom God
power'; whereby he declared himself to be the Son of God', to have satisfied divine justice', to have vanquished death, and him that had the power of it', and to be Lord of quick and dead". All which he did as a public person", the head of his church', for their juftification", quickening in grace, support against enemies', and to assure them of their resurrection from the dead at the last day
Q. 53. How was Christ exalted in his afcenfion?
r John 10. 18.
No man on of the dead. For as in Atakerh it from me, buc I lay dam all die, even so in Christ it down of myself: I have shall all be made alive. power to lay it down, and I
y Eph. 1. 20. 22. 23. And have power to take it again, gave him to be the head over
f Rom. 1. 4. And decla- all things to the church, which red to be the Son of God with is his body, the fulness of him power, according to the Spi• that filleth all in 2!!. Col. I. rit of holiness, by the resur- 18. section from the dead.
2 Rom. 4. 25. Who was t Rom, 8. 34. Who is he delivered for our offences, and that condemneth? it is Christ was raised again for our jufti. that died, yea rather that is ri- fication. sen again, who is even at the a Eph. 2. I, 5, 6. Even right hand of God.
when we were dead in lins, v Heb. 2. 14. That through hath quickened us together death he might destroy him with Christ. Col. 2, 12. that had the power of death, b 1 Cor. 15. 25, 26. For he that is the devil.
must reign, till he hath put w Rom. 14. 9. For to this all enemies under his feet. end Christ both died, and rose, The last enemy tbat fhall be and revived, that he might be destroyed is death. Lord both of the dead and c i Cor. 15. 20. But now living.
is Chrift risen from the dead, * I Cor. 15. 21, 22. For and become the first-fruits of fince by man came death, by them that slept. man came also the resurredi