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lone, 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 faved; but only they who are true members of the church invifible v.

Q. 62. What is the visible church?

A. The visible church is a fociety made up of all fuch as in all ages and places of the world do profefs the true religion w, and

oufnefs, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Chrift, the righteousness which is of God by faith.

Acts iv. 12. Neither is there falvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we muit be faved.

Eph. v. 23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Chrift is the head of the church, and he is the Saviour of the body.

61. John xii. 38. That the fay ing of Efaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he fpake, Lord, who hath believed our report? and to whom hath the arm of the Lord been revealed? v. 39. Therefore they could not believe, because that Efaias faid again, v. 40. He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their hearts; that they fhould not fee with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them. Rom. ix. 6. Not as though the word of God hath taken none effect. For they are not all Ifrael, who are of Ifrael. Mat. xxii. 14. For many are called, but few are chofen. Mat. vii, 21. Not every one that faith unto me, Lord, Lord, fhall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven. Rom. xi, 7. What then? Ifrael hath not

obtained that which he feeketh for; but the election hath obtained it, and the rest were blinded.

62. 1 Cor. i. 2. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them that are fanctified in Chrift Jefus, called to be faints, with all that in every place call upon the name of Jefus Chrift our Lord, both theirs and ours, 1 Cor. xii. 13. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have all been made to drink into one fpirit. Rom. xv. 9. And that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy, as it is written, For this caufe I will confefs to thee among the Gentiles, and fing unto thy name. V. 10. And again he faith, Rejoice ye Gentiles with his people, v. 11. And again, Praise the Lord all ye Gentiles, and laud him all ye people. v. 12. And again Efaias faith, There fhall be a root of Jeffe, and he that shall rife to reign over the Gentiles; in him fhall the Gentiles truft. Rev. vii. 9. After this I beheld, and lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands. Pfal. ii. 8, Afk of me, and I fhall give thee the heathen for

and of their children x.

Q.53. What are the fpecial privileges of the visible church? A. The visible church hath the privilege of being, under God's fpecial care and government y; of being protected and preferved in all ages, notwithstanding the oppofition of all enemiesz; and of enjoying the communion of famts, the ordinary


thine inheritance, and the uttermoft parts of the earth for thy poffethon. Pfal. xxii. 27. All the ends of the world shall remember and turn unto the Lord and all the kindreds of the nations shall worthip before thee. v. 28. For the kingdom is the Lord's; and he is the governor among the nations, v. 29. All they that be fat upon earth shall eat and worship all they that go down to the duft, fhall bow before him, and none can keep alive his own soul. v. 30. A feed thall ferve him, It fhall be accounted to the Lord for a gemeration. v. 31. They fhall come, and fhall declare his righteoufnefs unto a people that fhall be born, that he hath done this. Pfal. xlv. 17. I will make thy name to be remembred in all generations: therefore shall the people praife thee for ever and ever. Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghoft: v. 20. Teaching them to obferve all things whatsoever I have commanded you and lo, I am with you alway, unto the end of the world. Amen. Ifa. lix. 21. As for me, this is my covenant with them, faith the Lord, My fpirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, fhall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy feed, nor out of the mouth of thy feed's feed, faith the Lord, from henceforth and for

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x Cor. vii. 14. For the unbelieving hufband is fanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is fanctified by the husband: elfe were your children unclean; but now are they holy. Acts ii. 39. For the promife is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God fhall call. Rom. xi. 16. For if the first fruit be holy, the lump is alfo holy and if the root be holy, fo are the branches. Gen. xvii. 7. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee, and thy feed after thee, in their generations, for an everlasting covenant: to be a God unto thee, and to thy feed after thee.

63. y Ifa. iv. 5. And the Lord will create upon every dwellingplace of mount Sion, and upon her affemblies a cloud, and fmoke by day, and the fhining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory fhall be a defence. v. 6. And there fhall be a tabernacle for a fhadow in the day-time from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert from ftorm and from rain. 1 Tim. iv. 10. For, therefore we both labour, and fuffer reproach, because we truft in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, efpecially of thofe that believe.

z (Pfal. cxv. throughout.) v. 1. Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but-v. 2. Wherefore fhould the heathen fay, Where is now their God? &c. v. 9. O Ifrael, truft thou in the Lord: he is their help and

means of falvation a, and offers of grace by Chrift to all the members of it in the miniftry of the gospel, teftifying that whofoever believes in him fhall be faved b, and excluding none

that will come unto him c.

Q. 64. What is the invifible church?

A. The invifible church is the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or fhall be gathered into one under Christ the


their fhield, &c. Ifa. xxxi. 4. For thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, like as the lion and the young lion roaring on his prey, when a multitude of fhepherds is called forth against him, he will not be afraid of their voice, nor abafe himself for the noise of them: fo fhall the Lord of hofts come down to fight for mount Sion, and for the hill thereof. v. 5. As birds flying, fo will the Lord of hofts defend Jerufalem, defending alfo he will deliver it, and paffing over he will preserve it. Zech. xii. 2. Behold, I will make Jerufalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they fhall be in the fiege, both against Judah, and against Jerufalem. v. 3. And in that day will I make Jerufalem a burthenfome stone for all people all that burden themselves with it fhall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth were gathered together against it. v. 4. In that day, faith the Lord, I will imite every horse with aftonishment, and his rider with madness, and I will open mine eyes upon the house of Judah, and will fmite every horfe of the people with blindnefs. v. 8. In that day fhall the Lord defend the inhabitants of Jerufalem, and he that is feeble among them at that day fhall be as David; and the houfe of David fhall be as God, as the angel of the Lord before them. v. 9. and it fhall come to pafs in that day, that I

will feek to deftroy all the nations that come against Jerufalem.

a Acts ii. 39. For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God fhall call. v. 42. And they continued stedfastly in the apofles doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

b Pfal. cxlvii. 19. He fheweth his word unto Jacob, his ftatutes and his judgments unto Ifrael. v. 20. He hath not dealt fo with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praife ye the Lord. Rom. ix. 4. Who are Ifraelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the fervice of God, and the promises. Eph. iv. 11. And he gave fome, apostles: and fome, prophets and fome, evangelifts: and fome paftors and teachers; v. 12. For the perfecting of the faints, for the work of the miniftry, for the edifying of the body of Chrift, Mark xvi. 15. And he faid unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. v. 16. He that believeth and is baptized, fhall be faved; but he that believeth not fhall be damned.

© John xi. 37. All that the Father giveth me, fhall come to me; and him that cometh to me, I will in no wife cast out. 641

the head d.

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

4. The members of the invifible church, by Christ, enjoy union and communion with him in grace and glory e.

Q. 66. What is that union which the elect have with Chrift? A. The union which the elect have with Chrift is the work of God's grace f, whereby they are fpiritually and myftically, yet really and infeparably, joined to Chrift as their Head and Husband g; which is done in their effectual calling b.

64. d Eph. i. 10. That in the dif. penfations of the fulness of times, he might gather together in one all things in Chrift, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth, even in him. v. 22. And hath put all things under his feet, and he gave him to be the head over all things to the church, v. 23. Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. John. x. 16. And other fheep I have, who are not of this fold: them alfo muft I bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one fhepherd. John xi. 52. And not for that nation only, but that alfo he should gather together in one, the children of God that were scattered abroad.

65. e John xvii. 21. That they all may be one, as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee; that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou haft fent me. Eph. ii. 5. Even when we were dead in fins, hath quickened us together with Chrift, (by grace ye are faved.) v. 6. And hath raised us up together, and made us fit together in heavenly places, in Chrift Jefus. John xvii. 24. Father, I will that they alfo whom thou haft given me, be with me where I am; that they may be


hold my glory, which thou haft giv. en me for thou lovedft me before the foundation of the world.

66. f Eph. i. 22. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church. Eph. ii. 6. And hath raised us up together, and hath made us fit together in heavenly places, in Chrift Jefus. v. 7. That in the ages to come he might fhew the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindnefs towards us, through Christ Jefus. v. 8. For by grace ye are faved, through faith; and that not of yourfelves: it is the gift of God.

g1 Cor. vi. 17. But he that is joined unto the Lord, is one spirit. John x. 28. And I will give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of my hand. Eph. v. 23. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Chrift is the head of the church: and he is the Saviour of the body, v. 30. For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

bi Pet, v. 10. But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jefus, after that ye have fuffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, frengthen,


Q.61. What is effectual calling?

A. Effectual calling is the work of God's almighty power and grace i, whereby (out of his free and efpecial love to his elect, and from nothing in them moving him thereunto) he doth in his accepted time invite and draw them to Jefus "Chrift, by his word and Spirit 7; favingly enlightening their minds,

fettle you. 1 Cor. i. 9. God is faith ful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jefus Chrift our Lord,

67. i John v. 25. Verily, verily I fay unto you, The hour is corning, and now is, when the dead fhall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. Eph. i. 18. The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling; and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the faints; v. 19. and what is the exceeding greatnefs of his power to us-ward, who believe, according to the working of his mighty power. . 20. Which he wrought in Chrift, when he raised him from the dead, and fet him at his own right hand in the heavenly places. 2 Tim. i. 8. Be not thou therefore ashamed of the teftimony of our Lord nor of me. his prifoner: but be thou partaker of the afflicti ons of the gofpel, according to the power of God; v. 9. Who hath faved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpofe and grace which was given us in Chrift Jefus, before the world began.

Tit. ii. 4. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, v. 5. Not by works of righteoufnefs which we have done, but according to his mercy he faved us by the washing

of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghoft. Eph. ii. 4. But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, v. 5. Even when we were dead in fins, hath quickened us together with Chrift (by grace ye are faved.} v. 7. That in the ages to come he might fhew the exceeding riches of his grace, in his kindness towards us, through Chrift Jefus. v. 8, For by grace ye are faved, thro' faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. v. 9. Not of works, left any man should boaft. Rom. ix. 11. For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God ac. cording to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth.

2 Cor. v. 20. Now then we are ambasadors for Chrift, as though God did befeech you by us: we pray you in Chrift's flead, be ye reconciled to God. Compared with 2 Cor. vi, 1. We then as workers together with him, befeech you alfo, that ye receive not the grace of God in vain. v. 2. For he faith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of falvation I have fuccoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of falvation. John vi. 44. No man can come to me, except the Father who hath fent me, draw him: and I will raife him up at the last day. 2 Theff, i 13. But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren,


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