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and of the Holy Spirit to all eternity". And this is the perfect and full communion, which the members of the invisible church fhall enjoy with Christ in glory, at the resurrection and day of judgment.
are come unto
mouut Zion, what we shall be: but we and unto the city of the living know that when he shall apGod, the heavenly Jerusalem, pear we shall be like him; for and to an innumerable com. we shall see him as he is. I Cor. pany of angels, to the general 13. For now
we fee affembly and church of the first through a glass darkly; but born, which are written in then face to face: Now I know heaven, and to God the judge in part; but then shall I know of all, and to the spirits of just even as also I am known, men made perfect,
1 Theff. 4. 17. 18. So shall we m 1 John 3. 2. Beloved, ever be with the Lord. Where. dow are we the sons of God, fore, comfort one another with and it doth not yet appear these words. Rev. 22. 3, 4, 5.
Having seen what the Scriptures princi
pally teach us to believe concerning God, it follows to consider that they require as the duty of man.
Q. 91. What is the duty which God requireth of man?
A. The duty which God requireth of man is obedience to his revealed will".
Q. 92. What did God at forft reveal unto man as the rule of his obedience ?
A. The rule of obedience revealed to Adam in the estate of innocence, and to all mankind in him, beside a special command, not to eat of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, was the moral law'.
Q. 93. What is the moral law?
A. The moral law is the declaration of the will of God to mankind, directing and binding every one to personal, perfect, and perpetual conformity and obedience thereunto, in the frame and disposition of the whole man, soul and body,
n Deut. 29. 29. The fecret which is of the law, that the things belong unto the Lord man who doeth these things shall our God: but those things which live by them. Roni 2. 14, 15. are revealed belong unto us, and which shew the work of the to our children for ever, that Jaw written in their hearts. we may do all the words of this Gen. 2. 17. law. Mich. 6. 8. 1 Sam. 15. p Deut. 5. 1, 2, 3, 31, 33.
Hear, O Israel, the statutes o Rom. 10. 5. For Moses and judgments which I speak defcribetb the righteousness in your ears this day, that ye
and in performance of all those duties of holiness and righteousness which he oweth to God and man!: Promising life upon the fulfilling, and threatening death upon the breach of it".
Q. 94. Is there any use of the moral law to man since the fall ?
A. Although no man since the fall can attain to righteousness and life by the moral law', yet there is great use thereof, as well common to all men, as peculiar either to the unregenerate, or the regenerate'.
Q. 95. Of what use is the moral law to all men?
Gal. 3. 10,
may learn them, and keep and all the days of our life. Ads do them.- will speak unto 24. 16. And herein do I exer. thee all the commandments, cise myself to have always a and the statutes, and the judg- conscience void of offence toments which thou shait teach ward God, and toward man. them, that they may do them. r Rom. 10. 5. The man Ye fall walk in all the ways which doeth these things, shall which the Lord your God hath live by them. commanded you
Luke 10. 12. Cursed is every one that 26. 27. . What is written in continueth not in all things the law, how readest thou? which are written in the book And he answering, faid, Thou of the law to do them. Shalt love the Lord thy God s Rom. 8. 3. For what the with all thy heart, and with law could not do, in that it all thy soul, and with all thy was weak through the flesh, ftrength, and with all thy mind; God fending his own Son, in and thy neighbour as thyself. the likeness of sinful flesh, and i Theff. 5. 23. I pray God, for fin condemned fin in the
whole spirit and soul and flesh. Gal. 2. 16. For by the body be preserved blameless works of the law shall no flesh unto the coming of our Lord be justified. Jesus Chrift.
i I Tim. 1. 8. But we know 9 Luke 1. 75. In holiness that the law is good, if a man and righteousness before him use it lawfully.
inform them of the holy nature and will of God', and of their duty, binding them to walk · accordingly"; to convince them of their disabi. lity to keep it, and of the finful pollution of their nature, hearts and lives, to humble them in the sense of their sin and misery", and thereby help them to a clearer sight of the need they have of Christ”, and of the perfection of his obedience.
Q. 96. What particular use is there of the moral law to unregenerate men?
A. The moral law is of use to unregenerate
v Lev. II. 44. 45. For I am in no wise: for we have bethe Lord your God: ye Mall fore proved both Jews and Gentherefore sanctify yourselves, tiles, that they are all under and ye shall be holy; for I am fin. For all have finned, and holy. Lev. 20.7 8. Rom. 7. come fort of the glory of God. 12. Wherefore the law is holy; Rom. 7. 9. 13. When the and the commandment holy commandment came, fin re• and just and good.
vived, and I died that sin by w Jam. 2. 10, 11. For who the commandment might besoever shall offend in one point, come exceeding sinful. he is guilty of all. Mich. 6. 8. z Gal. 3. 21, 22. Is the law then What doth the Lord require of against the promises of God? thee, but to do justly, and to God forbid ! For if there had love mercy, and to walk humbly been a law given which could with thy God?
have given life, verily rightex Psa. 19. 11, 12. Moreover ousness should have been by the by them is thy servant warped law. But the Scripture hath
Who can understand his er. concluded all under fin, that rors ? Rom. 3. 20. For by the the promise by faith of Jesus law is the knowledge of sin. Christ might be given to them Rom. 7. 7. I had not known that believe. Gire, but by the law, for I had a Rom. Io. 4. For Christ is not known lust, except the law the end of the law for righ.e. had faid, Thou shalt not covet. ousness to every one that be.
y Rom. 3. ), 23. What then? lieveth. Are we better than they ? No,
men, to awaken their consciences to flee from the wrath to come", and to drive them to Chrifto ; Or, upon their continuance in the estate and way of fin, to leave them inexcusable", and under the curse thereof.
Q. 97. What special use is there of the moral law to the regenerate ?
A. Although they that are regenerate and believe in Chrift, be delivered from the moral law as a covenant of works", so as thereby they are neither justified nor condemned": Yet, beside the general uses thereof common to them with all men, it is of special use, to shew them how much they are bound to Chrift for his fulfilling it, and enduring the curse thereof in their stead
b 1 Tim. 1:9, 10. Knowing him who is raised from the this that the law is not made dead, that we should bring for a righteous man, but for the forth fruit unto God; but now lawless and disobedient, for ihe we are delivered from the law,' ungodly and sinners, &c. Rom, that being dead wherein we 7. 9.
were held: that we should c Gal. 3. 24. Wherefore the serve in newness of spirit, and law was our schoolmaster to not in the oldness of the letter. bring us unto Christ, that we And 6. 14, For ye are not unmight be justified by faith. under the law, but under
d Rom. 1. 20, So that they grace. are without excuse. Compared g Rom. 3. 20 Therefore with Rom. 2. 15.
by the deeds of the law there e Gal. 3. 10.
For as many shall no flesh be justified in his as are of the works of the law fight. are under the curse.
h Rom. 8. 1, 33, 34. There f Rom 7. 4. 6. Wherefore is therefore now no condemnamy brethren, ye also are he- tion to them that are in Chrift come dead to the law by the Jesus : Who is he that conbody of Christ; that ye should demneth? be married to another, even to