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you; as the Branch cannot bear Fruit of itself , except it abide ii the Vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
Q^ 7. What is the first Inserence from hence?
A. That saving Grace in the Saints is immortal, being secured to them in and by Christ, Col. iii. 3. Your Life it hid with Christ in God.
Q^ 8. What is the second Inserence?
A. That the Relation between Christ and Believers is very dear and intimate, Eph. v. 30. For we are Members of bis Body, of his Flesh, and of his Bones.
Q^ 9. What is the third Inserence?
A. That Believers need not be afraid to go down to the Grave, Rom. viii. 38. For I am persuaded, that neither
Death nor Life, nor any other Creature shall be able to sepa~
rate ut from the Love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. And this Union holds after Death, Mat. xxii. 31, 32. But as touching the Resurrection of the Dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob .f God is not a God of the Dead, but of the Living.
Qi 10. What is the fourth Inserence l
A. That in wronging and persecuting the Saints, Men wrong and persecute Christ himself, Acts ix. 4. And he fell to the Earth, and beard a Voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, Why persecutest thou me?
Q^ 11. What is the fifth Inserence?
A. That in relieving and refreshing the Saints, we relieve and refresh Christ himself, Mat. xxv 34, 35. For I was an hungry, and ye gave me Meat, and I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a Stranger, and ye took me in, naked and ye cloathed me. Iwas fick, and ye vifiied me. I was in Prison, and ye came unto me, ver. 40. In as much as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my Brethren, ye have done it unto me.
Qi I2. What is the last Inserence?
A. That there is a Sympathy in Christ under all the Pressures and Grievances of his People, Heb. iv. 15. We have not an high Priest which cannot be touched with the Feeling of our Infirmities, but was in all Points tempted like as we are, yet without Sin.
Of Of Effectual Calling.
Quest. 31.TT/HAT is effectual Calling?
W A. Effectual Calling is the Work of God's Spirit, whereby convincing us of our Sin and Misery, enlightening our Minds in the Knowledge of Christ, and renewing our Wills, he doth persuade and enable us to embrace Jesus Christ, freely offered to us in the Gospel.
Qi_ 1. What makes the Difference between effectual and ineffectual Calling?
A. Ineffeifhial Calling is when Men have nothing but the external Sound of the Gospel, Mat. xx. 16. For many be called, andfew chesen. Effe'tual is, when the Spirit werks in Conjunction with the Word, John vi. 45. It is written in the Prophets, And they shall be all taught of God; every Man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned cf the Father, Cometh unto me
Q_ 2. What is the first Act of the Spirit in Effectual Calling f
A. Conviction of Sin, John xvi. 8. And when he is come, he .will repro ve the World of Sin.
Q^ 3. Do the Called of God hear any Voice from Heaven?
A. Ordinarily it is a Call without Sound, yet as essicacious as an audible Voice from Heaven.
Q^ 4. What is the second Act of the Spirit in our Effectual Calling?
A. The Illumination of the Mind in the Knowledge of Christ, Acts xxvi. 18. To open their Eyes, and to turn them from Darkness to Light, and from the Power of Satan unto God.
Q;, 5. In what Things doth it enlighten them?
A. In this, That Christ is their only Remedy, 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. And their all-sussicient Remedy, Heb. vii. 25. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermof that come unto God by him.
Q. 6. What is the third Act?
A. His renewing of the Sinner's Will, and making it flexible, Psal. ex. 3. Thy People shall le willing in the Day of thy Power, E2ek. xxxvi. 26. Anew Heart also will I give you, ana a new Spirit will I put within you, ai.d I will take away the stony Heart cut of your Flesh, and I 'will give you an Heart of Flesh.
Q^ 7. Can no Man come to Christ till thus enabled?
A. No, it's not in the Power of Man's Nature or Will, till thus renewed and enabled, Eph. i. 19, 20. jlnd what is tht exceeding Greatness of his Power to usward who believe, according to the working of his mighty Power, which he wrought in Christ, when be raised him srom the Dead, and set him on his own right Hand in the heavenly Places, John vi. 44. No Man can come to me except the Father which hutbsent me draw him.
Q^ 8. What Sort of Men are most ordinarily called?
A. The poor and mean ones in the World, 1 Cor. i. 26. For ye see your calling Brethren, how that not many •wise Men after the Flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called; but God hath chesen thesoolish Things of the World to confound the wise; and God hath chesen the weak Things of the World to confound the Things ivhich are mighty.
Q^ 9. What is the first Instruction from it?
A. Souls essectually called are never lost, Rom. xi. 29. For the Gifts and Calling of God are ivithout Repentance.
Q^. 10. What is the second Instruction?
A. All Things co-operate to their good, Rom. viii. 28. For we know that all Things work together sor good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his Purpese.
Q^ 11. What is the third Instruction?
A. It is dangerous to resuse God's Call, Prov. i. 24. Because I have called, and ye have refused, I have sh etched out my Hand and no Man regarded.
Q^ 12. What is the last Instruction f
A. That Christians are obliged to walk suitable to their heavenly Calling, 1 Thes. ii. 12. That ye would walk worthy of God, who hath called you unto his Kingdom and Glory.
Of Of the Concomitants of Vocation.
Quest. 32. TT7HAT Benesits do they that are effectuW ally called partake of in this Lise?
A. They that are essectually called do in this Lise partake of Justification, Adoption, Sanctification, and the several Benefits which in this Lise do either accompany, or flow from them.
Q;_ 1. Are all that be efsectually called, justified?
A. Yes, God justifies all, and every Soul that obeys and anfwers his Call, Rom. viii. 30. Whom he called, them be also justified.
Q\_ 2. What other Benefits have the called in this Lise?
A. They are all the adopted Children of God, Eph. i. 5. Having predestinated us unto the Adoption of Children, by Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good Pleasure of his Will.
Q\_ 3. Are those all the Benefits the called receive?
A. No, they are not only justified and adopted, but also sanctified, 1 Cor. i. 30. But of him areyein Christ Jesus, tube of God is made unto us Wisdom, Righteousness, and SanRification, and Redemption.
Q^ 4. Do these three Blessings come singly to the called?
A. No, they are all accompanied with Multitudes of other Blessings flowing from them, Eph. i. 3. Blessedbttbt God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual Blrsstngs, in heavenly Places in Christ.
Q^ 5. What are the Mercies flowing from Justification?
A. They are great and manifold, Rom. v. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Therefore being justified by Faith, we have Peace iuith God, through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom also we have Access by Faith into this Grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in the Hope of the Glory of God.
Q;_ 6. What are the Benefits flowing from Adoption?
A. Free Access to God, Eph. iii. 12. In whom we have Boldness and Access with Confidence by the Faith of him. And a Title to Heaven, Rom. viii. 17. If Children, then Heirs.
Qi 7. What Blessings accompany Sanctification i
A. Union with Christ, Heb. ii. 11. For hoth he thatfanctifieth, and'they who are sanctified, are all of one. And Right
to to the Inheritance, Acts xx. 32. And now. Brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of his Grace, which is able to build you up, and to gi.ve you an Inberiiauce among all them which are sanctised. .Q;_ 8. What is the first Lesson from hence? A. That they are Enemies to their own Souls, who obey not the Gospel-Call, 2 Thes. L 8. In staming Fire, taking Vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the Gospil os our Lord Jesus Christ. .
CL_ 9. What is the second Lesson from hence? A- That the Estate of Believers abounds with spiritual privileges, 1 Cor. iii. 22, 23. Whether Paul, or Apollo, or Cephas, or the World, or Lift, or Death, or Things present, or Things to come, al! are jours, and ye are Christ's, and Christ. is Gold's. . ;. .•'.'..
Q^ 16. What is the third Lesson from hence? A, That all the Believer's Privileges are not in Hope, but • some in Hand, 1 John iii. 1. Behold what Manner of Love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the Sons os God.
Q^ 11. What is the fourth Lesson?
A. The greateil Sufterers for Christ have no Reason torepent their Call, Rom. viii. 18. For I reckon that the Suiierings of this present Time are not worthy to be compared with the Glory that pall be revealed in us.
Qi 1 2. What is the last Lesson from hence? A. That we have infinite Reason to bless God for the Gospel, by which we are called, 2 Thes. ii. 14. Whereunla he called you by our Gofpel. «
Quest. 33. IT 7 H A T is Justification?
W A. Justification is an Act of God's Free-Grace, wherein he pardoneth all our Sins, and accepteth us as righteous in his Sight, only for the Righteousness of Christ imputed to us, and received by Faith alone. Q;_ 1. What are the Parts of Justification? A. It confists of two Parts: First, the Pardon of Sin, Acts xiii. 39. And by him all that believe are justijied from all