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A. Christ was exalted in his ascension, in that having, after his resurrection, often appeared unto, and conversed with his apoftles, speaking to them of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God", and giving them commission to preach the gospel to all nations'; forty days after his resurrection, he, in our nature, and as our head', triumphing over enemies', visibly went up into the highest heavens, there to receive gifts for men to raise up our affections thither', and to prepare a place for us", where himself is and shall continue till his second coming at the end of the world!
Q. 54. How is Christ exalted in his fitting at the right hand of God?
d Aas 1. 2, 3. Until the high, he led captivity captive, day in which he was taken up, and gave gifts unto men. after that he through the Ho h Acts 1. 9, 10, 11. While ly Ghost had given command- they beheld, he was taken up, ments unto the apostles whom and a cloud received him out he had chosen. To whom al- of their fight. Pfal. 68. 18. fo he shewed himself alive af. Thou hast afcended on high :ter his passion, by many infal- thou haft received gifts for lible proofs, being feen of men ; yea, for the rebellious them forty days, and speaking also, that the Lord God might of the things pertaining to the dwell among them. kingdom of God.
i Col. 3. 1. 2.
If ye then be e Mat. 28. 19, 20. Go ye risen with Christ, seek those therefore and teach all nations, things which are above, where &c. Mark 16. 15.
Christ fitteth on the right f Heb. 6. 20. Whither the hand of God, forerunner is for us entered, k John 14. I, 2. I go to even Jesus, made an high prepare a place for you. priest for ever.--See also let. T Acts 3. 21. Whom the ter d.
heaven must receive until the g Eph. 4 8. Wherefore he times of reftitution of all faith, when he ascended up on things.
A. Christ is exalted in his fitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man he is advanced to the highest favour with God the Father", with all fulness of joy", glory', and power over all things in heaven and earth”; and doth gather and defend his church, and subdue their enemies; furnisheth his ministers and people with gifts and graces', and maketh intercession for them".
Q. 55. How doth Christ make interceffion?
À. Chrift maketh intercession, by his appearing in our nature continually before the Father in heaven', in the merit of his obedience and sacrifice on earth', declaring his will to have it applied to all believers', anfwering all accusati.
9. Where. throughout. fore God also hath highly exal r Rom. 8. 34. ted him, and given him a Heb.
9. 24. For name which is above every Christ is not entered into
the holy places made with n Acts 2. 28. Thou shalt hands, which are the figures make me full of joy with thy of the true; but into heaven countenance. Conspared with, itself, now to appear in the Psa, 16. 11.
presence of God for us. o John 17. 5. And now 0 t Heb. 1. 3. When he had Father, glorify thou me with by himself purged our fins, sat thine own self, with the glory down on the right hand of the with I had with thee before Majesty on high, the world was,
v John 17. 9, 20, 24. p Eph. I. 22. And he hath put Father I will that they also all things under his feet, and whom thou hast given me be gave him to be head over all with me where I am; that things to the church. 1. Pet. they may behold niy glory
which thou hast given me. 9 Eph. 4. 11. 19. Psa. I10.
ons against them"; and procuring for them quiet of conscience, notwithstanding daily failings*, access with boldness to the throne of grace', and acceptance of their persons and services.
l. 56. How is Christ to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world ?
A. Christ is to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world, in that he, who was unjustly judged and condemned by wicked men', shall come again at the last day in great power', and in the full manifestation of his own glory, and of his Father's, with all his holy angels, with a fhout, with the voice of the archangel, and with
w Rom. 8. 33, 34. Who ritual house, an holy priesthood hall lay any thing to the to offer up spiritual sacrifices charge of God's elect? It is acceptable to God by Jesus God that justifieth : Who is Christ. Rev. 8. 3, 4. he that condemneth? It is
b Aets 3. 14, 15. Christ that died, yea, rather denied the Holy One, and that is risen again, who is even the Juft, and desired a murat the right hand of God, who derer to be granted unto you, also maketh interceffion for us. and killed the Prince of * 1 John 2. 1, 2.
If any life. man fin, we have an advocate c Mat. 24. 30. And then with the Father, Jesus Christ shall all the tribes of the earth the righteous. Roni. 5. I. mourn, and they shall see the y Heb, 4. 15, 16. Let us Son of nian coming in the therefore come boldly unto the clouds of heaven, with power throne of grace, that we may and great glory. obtain mercy, and find grace to d Luke 9. 26. For whohelp in time of need.
foever shall be ashamed of me, z Eph. 1. 6. To the praise and of my words, of him thall of the glory of his grace, the Son of man be ashamed, wherein he hath made us ac when he shall come in his own cepted in the Beloved.
glory, and his father's, and a I Pet. 2. 5. Ye also as of the holy angels. Mat. 25. lively stones are built up a fpi- 31.
the trumpet of God', to judge the world in righteousness.
Q. 57. What benefits bath Chrift procured by his mediation ?
A. Chrift by his mediation hath procured redemption, with all other benefits of the covenant of grace".
Q. 58. How do we come to be made partakers of the benefits which Christ bath procured ?
A. We are made partakers of the benefits which Christ hath procured, by the application of them unto us', which is the work especially of God the Holy Ghostk.
R 59. Who are made partakers of redemption through Chrift?
A. Redemption is certainly applied, and effettually communicated, to all those for whom
ei Thess. 4. 16. For the having obtained eternal reLord himself fhall descend deniption for us. froni heaven with a shout, h 2 Cor. 1. 20. For all the with the voice of the archangel, promises of God in him are yea, and with the trump of God. and in him Amen, unto the
f Acts 17. 31. Because he hath glory of God by us. appointed a day, in the which i John 1. 12. But as mahe will judge the world in ny as received him to them righteousness, by that man gave he power to become the whom he hath ordained; where. fons of God, even to them that of he hath given assurance unto believe on his name. all men, in that he hath raised k Tit. 3. 5, 6. But accordo him from the dead.
ing to his mercy he saved us, & Hen. 2. 12. Neither by by the washing of regeneration, the blood of goats and calves, and renewing of the Holy but by his own blood, he enter- Ghor: John 16. 7. 8. ed in once into the holy place,
Christ hath purchased it'; who are in time by the Holy Ghost enabled to believe in Christ, accord. ing to the gospel".
Q. 60. Can they who have never heard the gof. pel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in kim, be saved by their living according to the light of nature?
A. They who having never heard the gospel", know not Jesus Christ', and believe not in him, cannot be saved', be they never fo diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature", or the laws of that religion which they profess" ; neither is there salvation in any other, but in
I John 6. 37, 39. All that n Rom. 10. 19. How then the Father giveth me, th:ll shall they call on him in whom come to me; and him that they have not believed? and cometh to me, I will in no how fall they believe in hion wife cast out. And this is the of whom they have not beara ? Father's will who hath sent me, and how fall they hear without that of all which he hath given a preacher ? me, I shouid lose nothing, but o 2 Theff, i. 8, 9 In flashould raise it up again at the ming fire, taking vengeance ou last day. John 10. 15, 16. them that know not God, and I lay down my life for the sheep. that obey not the gospel of onr And other sheep I have, which Lord Jeius Christ.
not of this fold: them p John 8. 24. If ye belicve also I must bring, and they shall not that I am he, ye hall die hear my voice. Eph 1. 13. 14.
Mark 16. 16. m Eph. 2. 8. For by grace He that believeth not shall be are ye saved, through faith ; and damned. that not of yourselves : it is the qi Cor. 1. 20, to 25. gift of God. John 3. 36. s John 4. 22. Phil. 3. 4, to 10
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