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Christ alone', who is the Saviour only of his body the church.

Q. 61. Are all they faved 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 invisible'.

R. 62. What is the visible church?

A. 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 and of their children

Q. 63. What are the special privileges of the vifible church?

A. The visible church hath the privilege of being under God's special care and government';



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12. Neither is Corinth, to them that there salvation in any other: for fanctified in Christ Jesus, called there is none other game under to be faints, with all that in heaven given among men every place call upon the name whereby we must be saved. of Christ Jesus our Lord, theirs t Eph, s. 23. Even as and ours.

I Cor. 12. Christ is the head of the Rom. 15. 9. to 13. Mat, 28. church; and he is the Saviour 19. 20. of the body.

x Acts 2. 39. For the prov Rom. 9. 6. They are not mife is unto you and to your all Israel, who are of Israel. children. I Cor. 7. 14. Rom. Mat. 7. 21, Not every one II. 16. Gen. 17. 7. that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, y lsa 4. 5. 6. And the shall enter into the kingdom of Lord will create upon every heaven: but he that doeth the dwelling place of mount Zion, will of my Father who is in and upon her assemblies a heaven. Mat. 22. 14. John cloud and smoke by day, and 32. 38, 39, 40.

the shining of a flaming fire by W I Cor. 1. 2. Unto the night: for upon all the glory church of God which si at shall be a defence, And there

of being protected and preserved in all ages, notwithstanding the opposition of all enemies”; and of enjoying the communion of faints, the ordinary means of salvation", and offers of grace by Christ, to all members of it, in the ministry of the gospel, testifying that whosoever believes in him fhall be saved', and excluding none that will come unto him.

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".

fhall be a tabernacle for a shagospel to every creature. He dow in the day time from the that believeth, and is ba prizeci, heat, and for a place of refuge, shall be saved. Ads 16. 31. and for a covert from storm Ifa. 45. 22. Rev. 22. 17. and from rain. 1 Tim. 4. 10. c John 6. 37. And him that

2 Mat. 16. 18. And upon cometh to me, I will in no wise this rock 1 will build my cast out, church : and the gates of hell d Eph. 1. 10. That in the shall not prevail against it. Ifa. difpenfation of the fulness of 31. 4, s. Zec. 12. 2, 3, 4, 8, times, he might gather toge9. Exod. 3. 2, 3. Pfal. 115. ther in one all things in Christ, throughout.

both which are in heaven, and a Ads 2. 42. They conti- which are on earth; even in nued stedfastly in the apostles' him. John 11. 52. And not doctrine and fellowship, and in for that nation only, but that breaking of bread, and in also he should gather together prayers.

in one the Children of God b Pfa. 147. 19, 20. He that were scattered abroad. fheweth his word unto Jacob, John 10. 16. And other theep his statutes and his judgments I have, which are not of this unto Ifrael. He hath not dealt sold: them also I must bring, to with any nation; and as and they shall hear my voice, for his judgments, they have and there shall be one fold, and not known them. Rom. 9. 4. onę fhepherd Eph. 1. Mark 26. 15, 26. Preach the 23.


Q. 65. What special benefits do the members of the invisible church enjoy by Chrif?

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

Q. 66. What is that union which the elea have with Chrif?

A. The union which the elect have with Christ is the work of God's grace', whereby they are spiritually and mystically, yet really and inseparably, joined to Christ as their head and huf. band"; which is done in their effectual calling".

Q. 67. What is effectual calling?

A Effectual calling is the work of God's almighty power and grace', whereby (out of his

e John 17. 21. That they rish, neither shall any pluck all may be one, as thou, Fa- them out of my hand. Eph. 5. ther art in me, and I in thee; 23, 30 —Even as Christ is the that they also may be one in us. head of the church. For we -Eph. 2. 5, 6. 1 John 1. 3. are members of his body, of And truly our fellowship is with his flesh, and of his bones. the Father, and with his Son h 1 Cor. 1.9. God is faithJesus Christ. John 17. 24. Fa- ful, by whom ye were called ther, I will that they also whom unto the fellowfhip of his Son thou hast given me be with me Jesus Chrift our Lord. ; Pet, where I am; that they may be 5. 10. hold my glory:

i Eph. 1. 18, 19, 20. That f Eph. 2. 6, 7, 8. For by ye may know what is the hope grace are ye saved, through of his calling-and what is the faith: and that not of your exceeding greatnefe of his felves: it is the gift of God. power to us-ward who believe,

g I Cor. 6. 17. But he according to the working of that is joined to the Lord, is his mighty power, which he one spirit. John 10. 28. And wrought in Christ, when he I will give unto them eternal raised him from the dead, and life, and they shall never pe. set him at his own right hand

free and especial love to his elect, and from nothing in them moving him thereuntok) he doth in his accepted time invite and draw them to Jesus Christ, by his word and Spirit'; savingly enlightening their minds”, renewing and powerfully determining their wills", so as they (although in themselves dead in fin) are hereby made willing and able, freely to answer his call, and to accept and embrace the grace offered and conveyed therein.

Q. 68. Are the elect only effectually called ?
A. All the elect, and they only, are effectual-


in the heavenly places. 2 Tim. works, but of him that calleth. I. 8, 9.-Who hath saved us 1 2 Cor. 5. 20. Now then and called us with an holy call. we are ambassadors for Chrift, ing, not according to as though God did beseech works, but according to his you by us; we pray you in own purpose and grace, which Christ's stead, be ye reconciled was given us in Christ Jesus, to God. 2 Cor. 6. 2. Behold, before the world began. now is the accepted time: beo

k Tit 3. 4. 5. But after hold, now is the day of salva. that the kindness and love of tion. John 6. 44. No man can God our Saviour appeared, not come to me, except the Father by works of righteousness who hath sent me draw him: which we have done, but ac and I will raise him up at the cording to his mercy he saved last day. 2 Thess. 2. 13. 14. us, by the washing of regenera- But we are bound to give tion, and renewing of the Ho- thanks alway to God for you, ly Ghost. Eph. 2. 4 to 10. brethren, beloved of the Lord, God who is rich in mercy, for because God hath from the be. his great love wherewith he ginning chosen you to salvation, loved us, even when we were through fanctification of the dead in sins, hach quickened us Spirit, and belief of the truth: together with Christ, (by whereunto he called you by our grace ye are saved) Not of gospel, to the obtaining of works, left any man should the glory of our Lord Jesus Þoast. Rom. 9.11.–According Christ. to election might kaad, not of m Acts 26. 18. Tó open

ly called?; although others may be and often are outwardly called by the ministry of the word”, and have some common operations of the Spirit'; who, for their wilful negled and contempt of the grace offered to them, being justly left in their unbelief, do never truly come to Jefus Chrift.

Q. 69. What is the communion in grace, which the members of the invifble church have with Chrift?

A. The communion in grace, which the members of the invisible church have with Christ, is their partaking of the virtue of his mediation, in


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their eyes, and to turn them that received the feed into stofrom darkness to light and ny places, the same is he that from the power of Satan unto heareth the word: yet hath he God, that they may receive not root in himself, but dureth forgiveness of' fins, and in for a while: for when tribulaheritance among them who are tion, or persecution ariseth befan&ified by faith that is in cause of the word, by and by

he is offended. Heb. 6. 4, 5, 6, n Ezek. 11. 19. And I will [ Pfa. 81. II, 12. put a new spirit within you ; people would not hearken to and I will take the stony heart my voice: and Ifrael would. out of their flesh, and will give none of me: So I gave them them an heart of fefh. Ezek. up unto their own hearts' luft: 36. 26, 27.

and they walked in their own o John 6. 45. And they counsels. Johp 12. 38, 39, 40. Ahall be all taught of God. E. That the faying of Efaias the very man therefore, thar hath prophet might be fulfilled, heard and hath learned of the which he fpake, Lord, who Father, cometh unto me. Phil. hath believed our report? and 2. 13. For it is God that work, to whom hath the arm of the cth in you both to will and to Lord been revealed? Theredo of his good pleasure, Deut. fore they could not believe, 30. 6. Eph. 2. 5:

because Efaias said again, He p Adls 13. 48. And as many hath blinded their eyes, and as were ordained to eternal life, hardened their heart; that believed.

they should not fee with their 4 Mat. 22. 14. For many eyes, nor understand with their are called, but few are chofer. heart, and be converted, and

I Mat. 13. 20. 21. But he I bould heal them. Afts 28.

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