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the gospel to all nations e; forty days after his resurrection, he in our nature, and as our head f, triumphing over enemiesg, visibly went up into the highest heavens, there to receive gifts for men h, to raise up our affections thitheri, and to prepare a place for usk, where himself is, and shall continue till his second coming at the end of the world I.
Q: 54. How is Christ exalted in his fitting at the right hand of God?
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
he through the Holy Ghost had white apparel; v. II. who also said, given commandments unto the a Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye postles whom he had chosen. v. 3. gazing up into heaven? this fame To whom also he thewed himself Jesus who is taken up from you inalive after his passion, by many in; to heaven, shall so come in like manfallible proofs, being feen of them ner as ye have seen him go into heaforty days, and speaking of the ven. Eph. iv. 10. He that descend things pertaining to the kingdom ed, is the same also that ascended of God.
up far above all heavens, that he e Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye there- might fill all things. Pfal. lxviii. 18. fore and teach all nations, baptiz- Thou hast ascended on high, thou ing them in the name of the Father, haft led captivity captive: thou hast and of the Son, and of the Holy received gifts for men; yea, for the Ghost: v. 20. teaching them to ob- rebellious also, that the Lord God serve all things whatsoever I have might dwell among
you: and lo, I am with i Col. iii. 1. If ye then be risen you alway, even unto the end of the with Christ, seek those things which world. Amen.
are above, where Christ litteth on f Heb. vi. 20. Whither the fore- the right hand of God. v. 2. Set runner is for us entered, even Jesus, your affections on things above, not made an high priest for ever after on things on the earth. the order of Melchifedec.
te John'xiv. 3. And if I go and & Eph.iv. 8. Wherefore he faith, prepare a place for you, I will come When he ascended up on high, he again, and receive you unto myself, led captivity captive, and gave gifts that where I am, there ye may be unto men,
also. b Acts i. 9. And when he had 1 Acts iii. 21. Whom the heaven fpoken these things, while they be- muft receive, until the times of resheld, he was taken up, and a cloud titution of all things, which God received him out of their sight. v. hath spoken by the mouth of all his 10. And while they looked stedfalt- holy prophets, since the world bely toward heaven, as he went up, gan. behold, two men stood by them in
54. m Phil.
God the Fatherm, with all fulness of joy n, gloryo, and power over all things in heaven and earth p; and doch gather and defend his church, and subdue their enemies; furnisheth his ministers and people with gifts and graces q, and maketh interceffion for themr.
Q. 55. How doth Christ make intercession?
A. Christ maketh intercession, by his appearing in our nature continually before the Father in heavens, in the merit of his obedience and sacrifice on eartht, declaring his will to have it applied to all believers v; answering all accusations
against 54. m Phil. i.9. Wherefore God to my Lord, Sit thou at my right also hath highly exalted him, and hand, until I make thine enemies given him a name which is above e. thy footfool. very name.
Rom. viii. 34. Who is he that * A&ts'ïi, 28. Thou hast made condemneth? it is Christ that died, known to me the ways of life; thou yea rather that is risen again, who Ibalt make me full of joy with thy is even at the right hand of God, countenance. Compared with Pfal. who also maketh intercellion for us. Xvi. 11. Thou wilt shew me the path 55. S Heb.ix. 12. Neither by the of life: in thy presence is fulness of blood of goats and calves, but by joy, at thy right hand there are his own blood he entered in once pleasures for evermore.
into the holy place, having obtaino John xvii. 5. And now, O Fa- ed eternal redemption for us. v.24. ther, glorify thou me with thine For Christ is not entered intoʻthe own fèlf; with the glory which I holy places made with hands, which had with thee before the world was. are the figures of the true; but into
p Eph. i. 22. An hath put all heaven itself, now to appear in the · things under his feet, and gave him presence of God for us. to be the head over all things to the Heb.i. 3. Who being the brightchurch. 1 Pet. iii. 22. Who is gone ness of his glory, and the express iinto heaven, and is on the right hand mage of his person, and upholding of God, angels, and authorities, and all things by the word of his power, powers being made subjectuntohim. when he had by himself purged our
9 Eph. iv. 10. He that descend- fins, fat down on the right hand of ed, is the fame also that ascended the Majesty on high. up far above all heavens, that he v John iii. 16. For God so loved might fill all things. v. 11. And he the world, that he gave his only be gave fome, apostles: and fome, pro- gotten Son, that whosoever believphets: and fome, evangelifts: and eth in him should not perish, but fome, pastors and teachers: V. 12. have everlasting life. John xvii. 9. For the perfeâing of the saints, for I pray for them: I pray not for the the work of the ministry, for the e world, but for them which thou hast difying of the body of Christ. Pfal. given me, for they are thine. V. 20. oxthroughout. The Lord said un- Neither pray I for these alone, but
against them w; and procuring for them quiet' of conscience notwithstanding daily failings x, access with boldness to the throne of gracey, and acceptance of their persons z and services a.
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 b, shall come again at the last day in great power c, and in the full manifestation of his own glory and of his Father's, with all his holy angels d, with a shout, with the
voice for them also who shall believe on grace, that we may obtain mercy, me through their word. v. 24. Fa- and find grace to help in time of ther, I will that they also whom need. thou hast given me, be with me. 2 Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the where I am; that they may behold glory of his grace, wherein he hath my glory which thou hast given made us accepted in the beloved. me: for thou lovedst me before the a 1 Pet. ii. 5. Ye also as lively foundation of the world,
stones are built up a spiritual house, w Rom. viii. 33. Who shall lay an holy priesthood, to offer up fpiany thing to the charge of God's e-' ritual facrifices, acceptable to God lea? it is God that justifieth: v. 34. by Jesus Christ. Who is he that condemneth? it is 56. b Acts iii.
ye denied Christ that died, yea rather that is the Holy One, and the juit, and derisen again, who is even at the right fired a murderer to be granted unhand of God, who also maketh in- to you. v. 15. And killed the Prince tercefsion for us.
of life, whom God hath raised from * Rom.v. 1. Therefore being juf- the dead, whereof we are witnesses. tified by faith, we have peace with c Mat. xxiv. 30. And then shall God, thro' our Lord Jesus Christ. appear the sign of the Son of man v. 2. By whom also we have access in heaven: and then shall all the by faith into this grace wherein we tribes of the earth mourn, and they stand, and rejoice in hope of the glo- shall see the Son of man coming in ry of God. 1 John ii. 1. My little the clouds of heaven, with power children, these things write I unto and great glory, you, that ye sin not. And if any man à Luke ix. 26. For whosoever sin, we have an advocate with the shall be ashamed of me and of my Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: words, of him shall the Son of man v: 2. And he is the propitiation for be ashamed, when he shall come in our sins: and not for ours only, but his own glory, and in his Father's, also for the fins of the whole world. and of the holy angels. Mat. xxv,
y Heb. iv. 16. Let us therefore 31. When the Son of man shall como come boldly unto the throne of in his glory, and all the holy angels
voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of Gode, to judge the world in righteousness f.
Q.57. What benefits hath Christ procured by his mediation?
A. Christ by his mediation hath procured redemptiong, with all other benefits of the covenant of grace h.
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 usi, which is the work especially of God the Holy Ghost k.
Q.59. Who are made partakers of redemption thro' Christ?
A Redemption is certainly applied, and effectually communicated, to all those for whom Christ hath purchased itl;
with him, then shall he fit upon the that believe on his name, throne of his glory,
k Tit. ii. 5. Not by works of righ6 i Theff. iv, 16. For the Lord teousness which we have done, but himself shall descend from heaven according to his mercy he faved us with a fhout, with the voice of the by the washing of regeneration, and archangel, and with the trump of repewing of the Holy Ghost; v.6. God: and the dead in Christ shall which he shed on us abundantly, rise firit.
through Jesus Christ our Saviour. f Aets xvii. 31. Because he hath 59. 1 Eph.i. 13. In whom ye also appointed a day in the which he will trusted after that ye heard the word judge the world in righteousness, of truth, the gospel of your falvatiby that man whom he hath ordain- on; in whom alío after that ye beed; whereof he hath given assurance lieved, ye were sealed with that hounto all men, in that he hath raised ly Spirit of promise, v. 14. which is him from the dead.
the earnest of our inheritance, until 57. & Heb. ix. 12. Neither by the the redemption of the purchased blood of goats and calves, but by poísession, unto the praise of his glohis own blood he entered in once ry. John vi. 37. All that the Father into the holy place, having obtain- giveth me, shall come to me; and ed eternal redemption for us. him that cometh unto me, I will in
b 2 Cor. i. 20. For all the promi- no wise cast out. v. 39. And this is ses of God in him are yea, and in the Father's will who hath sent me, him amen, unto the glory of God that of all which he hath given me, by us.
I Thould lose nothing, but should 58. i John i. 11. He came unto raise it up again at the last day. John, his own, and his own received him x. 15. As the Father knoweth me, not. v. 12. But as many as received even so know I the Father: and I him, to them gave he power to be. lay down my life for the theep. v. come the sons of God, even to them 16. And other sheep I have, who are
who are in time by the Holy Ghost enabled to believe in Christ according to the gospel m.
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 according to the light of nature ?
A. They who, having never heard the gospeln, know not Jesus Christo, and believe not in him, cannot be saved p, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of natureq, or the laws of that religion which they profelsr; neither is there salvation in any other, but in Christ
alone, not of this fold; them also I must unto his own, and his own received bring, and they shall hear my voice; him not. v. 12. But as many as reand there shall be one fold and one ceived him, to them power fhepherd.
to become the sons of God, even to m Eph. ii. 7. For by grace are ye them that believe on his name. faved through faith; and that not John viii. 24. I said therefore of yourselves: it is the gift of God. unto you, that ye shall die in your 2 Cor. iv. 13. We having the same fins: for if ye believe not that I am spirit of faith, according as it is writ- he, ye shall die in your fins. Mark ten, I believed, and therefore have I xvi. 16. He that believeth and is spoken : we also believe, and there. baptized, shall be saved; but he that fore speak.
believeth not shall be damned. 60. n Rom. x. 14. How then shall q i Cor.i. 20. Where is the wise? they call on him in whom they have where is the scribe ? where is the not believed' and how shall they be disputer of this world? hath not lieve in him of whom they have not God made foolish the wisdom of this heard? and how shall they hear world? v.21. For after that, in the without a preacher?
wisdom of God, the world by wii02 Thess. i.8. In flaming fire, tak- dom knew not God, it pleased God ing vengeance on them that know by the foolishness of preaching to not God, and that obey not the go- save them that believe. v. 22. For spel of our Lord Jesus Christ: v.9. the Jews require a fign, and the who shall be punished with everlast- Greeks seek after wisdom : v. 23. ing destruction from the presence of But we preach Christ crucified, unthe Lord, and from the glory of his to the Jews a stumbling-block, and power. Eph. ii. 12. That at that into the Greeks foolishness; v. 24. time ye were without Christ, being But unto them who are called, both aliens from the commonwealth of Jews and Greeks, Christ, the power Israel, and strangers from the cove- of God, and the wisdom of God. pants of promile, having no hope, Johniv.22. Ye worship ye know and without God in the world. John not what: we know what we wori. 10. He was in the world, and the ship, for salvation is of the Jews: world was made by him, and the Rom. ix. 31. But Ifrael who followworld knew him not. v. 11. Hecame ed after the law of righteousness,