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church, and subdue their enemies; furnisheth his ministers and people with gifts and graces, (1) and maketh intercession for them. (2) Q. 55. How doth Christ make intercession?

A. Christ maketh intercession, by his appearing in our nature continually before the Father in heaven, (3) in the merit of his obedience and sacrifice on earth; (4) declaring his will to have it applied to all believers; (5) answering all accusations against them; (6) and procuring for them quiet of conscience, notwithstanding daily failings, (7) access with boldness to the throne of grace, (8) and

(1) Eph. iv. 11, 12. Ps. cx. throughout. (2) Rom. viii. 34. (3) Heb. ix. 24. For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.

(4) Heb. i. 3.-When he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

(5) John xvii. 9, 20, 24.-Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given


(6) Rom. viii. 33, 34. Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

(7) 1 John ii. 1, 2.-If any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. Rom. v. 1.

(8) Heb. iv. 15, 16.-Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

acceptance of their persons (1) and services. (2)

Q. 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, (3) shall come again at the last day in great power, (4) and in the full manifestation of his own glory, and of his Father's, with all his holy angels, (5) with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, (6) to judge the world in righteousness. (7)

(1) Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the Beloved.

(2) 1 Pet. ii. 5. Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Rev. viii. 3, 4.

(3) Acts iii. 14, 15. But ye denied the Holy One, and the Just, and desired a murderer to be granted unto you; and killed the Prince of life.

(4) Matt. xxiv. 30. And then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven, with power and great glory.

(5) Luke ix. 26. For whosoever shall be ashamed of me, and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father's and of the holy angels. Matt. xxv. 31.

(6) 1 Thess. iv. 16. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.

(7) Acts xvii. 31. Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness, by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath

Q. 57. What benefits hath Christ procured by his mediation?

A. Christ by his mediation hath procured redemption, (1) with all other benefits of the covenant of grace. (2)

Q. 58. How do we come to be made partakers of the benefits which Christ hath procured?

A. We are made partakers of the benefits which Christ hath procured, by the application of them unto us, (3) which is the work especially of God the Holy Ghost. (4)

Q. 59. Who are made partakers of redemption through Christ?

A. Redemption is certainly applied, and effectually communicated, to all those for whom Christ hath purchased it; (5) who are in time

given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

(1) Heb. ix. 12. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

(2) 2 Cor. i. 20. For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

(3) John i. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

(4) Tit. iii. 5, 6.—But according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. John xvi. 7, 8.

(5) John vi. 37, 39. All that the Father giveth me, shall come to me: and him that cometh to me, I will in no wise cast out.-And this is the Father's will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me, I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day. John x. 15, 16.—I lay down my life for the sheep. And

by the Holy Ghost enabled to believe in Christ, according to the gospel. (1)

Q. 60. Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their living ac cording to the light of nature?

A. They who having never heard the gospel, (2) know not Jesus Christ, (3) and believe not in him, cannot be saved, (4) be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature, (5) or the laws of that religion which they profess; (6) neither is there salva tion in any other, but in Christ alone, (7) who is the Saviour only of his body the church. (8)

other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice. Eph. i. 13, 14.

(1) Eph. ii. 8. For by grace are ye saved, through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. John iii. 36.

(2) Rom. x. 14. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

(3) 2 Thess. i. 8, 9. In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, &c.

(4) John viii. 24.-If ye believe not that I am he, ye snall die in your sins. Mark xvi. 16. He that believeth not, shall be damned.

(5) 1 Cor. i. 20 to 25.

(6) John iv. 22. Phil. iii. 4 to 10.

(7) Acts iv. 12. Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

(8) Eph. v. 23.-Even as Christ is the head of the church; and he is the Saviour of the body.

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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 invisible. (1)

Q. 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, (2) and of their children. (3)

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

A. The visible church hath the privilege of being under God's special care and government; (4) of being protected and preserved in

(1) Rom. ix. 6.—They are not all Israel which are of Israel. Matt. vii. 21. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven ; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Matt. xxii. 14. John xii. 38, 39, 40.

(2) 1 Cor. i. 2. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs and ours. 1 Cor. xii. 13. Rom. xv. 9 to 13. Matt. xxviii. 19, 20. (3) Acts ii. 39. For the promise is unto you, and to your children. 1 Cor. vii. 14. Rom. xi. 16. Gen. xvii. 7.

(4) Isa. iv. 5, 6. And the Lord will create upon every dwelling-place of mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day, and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall be a defence. And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from storm and from rain. 1 Tim. iv. 10.

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