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Q^ 11. What is the Case of them who live and die un
sanaisied? . . . . . •
A. They shall never see God, Heb. xii. 14. Follow Peace
ivith nil Men, and Holiness, without wh.ch no Man shall Jeetbe
Q» 12. What differenceth true, from pretended Sanctification? .. 1 . .. . >
A. True Sanctification purgeth the Heart from the Love of Sin, Rom. vii. 15. For that which I do, I allow tut. And the Lise from the Dominion of Sin, Rom. vi. 19. An ye have yielded your Members Servants to Uncleanness, and to Iniquity, unto Iniquity; even so now yield your Members Servants to Righteousness, unto Holiness.
Q. 13. May great Sinners be sanctified? A. Yes, the Spirit of God can sanctify the vilest Heart, 1 Cor. vi. 11. And such were some es you, but ye are washed, but ye are j anct ifeed.
Of Assurance, the Fruit of Justification.
Quest. 36. Ws HAT are the Benefits which in this VV Lise do either accompany, or flow from Justification, Adoption, and Sanctification?
A. The Benefits which in this L'se do either accompany, or flow from Justification, Adoption, and Sanctification, are • Assurance of God's Love, Peace of Conscience, Joy in the Holy Ghost, Increase of Grace, and Perseverance therein to the End.
-Q^ »1. Is Assurance possible to be attained in this Lise?
A. Yes; for some have had it, Cant. vi. 3. I am my beh'ved's and my beloved is mine. And all Christians are commanded to strive for it, 2 Pet. i. 10. Wherefore the rather, Brethren, give Diligence to make your Caling and Electicn sure.
Q^ 2. How many Sorts of Assurance are there?
A. There is an objective Assurance, 2 Tim. ii. 19. Ne•uerthel ss the Foundation of Godftandethsure, hamint this Seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And a subjective or personal Assurance,.Gal. ii. 20. Who lo-ved me, and gave himself for me.
Q-13. Is personal AflAuance persect in this Lise f
80 Of Ajfurance, the Fruit . of Justification.
A. No, it admits of Doubts and Fears, which interrupts it, and it is not always at one Height, 1 Cor. xiii. IO. When that which is perfect is come, then that which is in Part Jhall te done away.
Q_\. On what Testimony is personal Assurance built?
A. .Upon the Testimony of God's Spirit, 'witnessing with ours, Rom. viii, 16. The Spirit itself heareth Witness witb our Spirit, that we are the Children of God.
Q^ 5. Doth the Spirit make use of Signs in us to assure us?
A. Yes, ordinarily he doth, 1 John iii. 14. We kncnxi that we are paffed from Death to Lise, because we love the Brethren. And ver. 24. Hereby we know that he ahidetb in us, by the Spirit which he bath given us. •'.-''
Q^ 6. Kow is true Assurance discerned from Presumption?
A. True Assurance humbles the Soul, Gal. ii. 20. I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. And makes the Soul afraid of Sin, 2 Cor vii.
1. Having therefore these Promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all Filthinefs of FleJh and Spirit, perfecting Holiness in the Fear of Godi 1 ^'!' . _'. .
Q^ 7. What is the usual Season of Assurance?
A. The Time of greatest Sufferings for Christ, 1 Pet. iv. 14. Ifye be reproached, for the Name of Christ, happy are ye; for the Spirit of Glory and of God restet h upon yen.
Q^ 8. Is personal Assurance absolutely necessary to Salvation f
A. No; a Man may be saved, and in Christ, without it, Isa. 1. 19. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the Voice of his Servant, that walketh in. Darkness, and bath no Light? Let hirn trust in the Name of the Lord, and stay upon his God? . •"
C*^ 9. What is the Fruit of Assurance?
A. Joy uuspeakable amidst outward Troubles, Rom. v.
11. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, ly whom we have now received the Atonement.
Q^ 10. What Sins usually eclipse our Assurance f A. Negligence in Duty starves it, 2 Pet. i. 10. Give Diligence to make your Calling and EleSIion sure. For is yt dt these Things ye Jhall never sall. And finning against Light
slabs it, Psal. li. 8. Make me to .bear Joy and Gladness, that the Bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
%_ 11. What is the first Inserence from this Doctrine?
A. That no unregenerate Person can have any Assurance; for it is the.Fruit of Justification, Adoption and Sanctificau'on. ',-.''
Q^ 12. What is the second Inserence?
A. That all the Joys of Heaven are not to come; but some communicated in this- Lise, 1 Pet. i. 8. Whom having nn/tmye lo've; in whom thoagh now ye fee him not, yit believi*g, ye rejoice with Joy unspcakahle and full of Glory.
% ij. What is the third Inserence?
A. That assured Believers need to be circumspect Persons, that they grieve not the Spirit, liph. iv 30. Andgrieve not lie holy Spirit of God, iiibereby ye are sealed unto the Day of Rtiuiptiin, •
'Of Peace of Conscience.
Qgeft. 1.ituhat doth the Word Peace fignify in
W Scripture f .. A. In the Language of the Old Testament it fignifies all temporal Good, 1 Sam. xxv. 6. Peace be hoth to thee, and start be to thine House, and Peace be unto all that thou bast. And in the New Testament all special Good; as 2 Thes. iii. X/. K6w the Lord of Peace give you Peace ahoays.
Q^a. What are the Kinds of special Peaces
A. There is a twofold special. Peace.; One without us, by RaconciNation, Rom. v. 1. There/ore being juflified by faitb, we have Peace iuith. God. And Peace within us by Way of Confolation, Col. iii. 15. Anller the Peace of God >'ule in your Hearts.' •' 'i ..\.:i..
Q^ 3. What did our Peace cost Christ?
ft. It cost him bloody Stripes and Sufferings, Iso. liii. 5. Thi Chastisement of our Peace niias upon him, and by his Stripes To/ are -healed. .''._'
Q^ 4. Can none have true Peace but such as are in him?
A, No; others may have salse Peace,' Luke xi. 2t. When a strong Man armed keepeth his Palace, his Goods are in Peace. But Believers only have true Pface, Rom. v. 1.
Therefore Therefore leing justified by Faith, we have Peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Q^ 5. Have all Believers Peace in their Consciences at all Times?
A.1 No, they- are: always in a State of'Peace, but have not always the Senfe of Peace, Isa. 1. lo. Who is among you lhatfeareth the Lord, andobeyeth the Voice of his Servant, that walketh in Darkness, and hath no Light? Let him trust in the Name of the Lord, and stay upon his God.
Q^ 6. What is that which hinders the Senfe of Peace in Believers?' .
A. Their Sins against the Lord, and grieving of his Spirit, Isa. H.x. 2. But your Iniquities have separated bet-ween you and your God; and your Sins have hid his Face from you, that be will not bear. ".-. '•'- .
Q^ 7. What maintains the State of Peace when the Sense of Peace is loll?
A. Christ's continual and potent Intercession with the Father for us, 1 John ii. 1, 2. My little Children, these Things *write I untoyou, that ye fin not; and if any Manfin,.we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Qhrist the righteous.
Q/ 8. What is the best Way to maintain our Peace with God? .} .rx.J,'i ; ,L .;D ;\- ..
A. Strict walking by Gospel-Rules, Gal. vi. 16. And as tnany as walk according to this Rule, Peace be on them.
Q;_ 9. Doth this Peace come and go with outward Peace?
A. No, we may enjoy this when no Peace is to be had in the World, John xvi. 33. These Things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have Peace; in the. Worldye /hallhave Tribulation, but be of good Chear, I have overcome the World.
Q^ 10. What is. the fijsst Instruction from hence?
A. That the Wicked are in a sad Case at all Times, but especially in evil Times, Isa. lvii. 2c, 21. But the ,wickedare like the troubled Sea when it cannot rest,' whose Waters cast up Mire and Dirt; There is no Peace, saith my God, to the wicked.
Q^ 11. What is the second Instruction from hence f
A. That the chies' Care of a Christian mould be to- keep his Peace with God, Jer. xvii. 17. Bt not aT'erro» to at, 7hou art my Hope in the Day of Evil.-. . e'".' ''
Q^ 12. What is the last Instruction r
A. Let the Saints long to be in Heaven; the'State ossull and persect Peace, Isa. lvii. 2. Hi /hull enter into PecKV, they Jkall rest in their Bids, each one walking in his Uprightness.
Of.J fy in the Holy Ghost.
Que!, 1. TJOW many Sorts of Joy are there among X"l Men?
A. There is a senfitive Joy, Acts xiv. 17. Nevertheless he lift not himself without Witness, in that he did good, and gave us Rain from Heaven, and fruitsul Seasons, fiiling our Hearts with Food and Gladness A finsul Joy, Prov. xv. 21. Folly is Joj to him that is destitute os Wisdom. And a spiritual Joy, Rom. v. 11 And not only Jo, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ. '-"'. .
0^2. Why is spiritual Joy called Joy in the Holy Gholl? .'.r-.
A. Because the Holy Ghost is the Author of it, Gal. v. 22. But the Fruit of the Spirit is Love, Joy, Peace, &c.
Q^ 3. What is the first Thing begets Joy in the Saints?
A. The first Thing they joy in is, their Justification before God, Isa. Ixi. 10. / willgreatly rejoice in the Lord, my Soul /hail be joyful in my God; for he hath cloathed me \ with the Garments of Salvation, he hath covered me with the Robes of Righteousness. . ..
Q^ 4. What is the second Thing that breeds this Joy?
A. Hopes of Glory breeds Joy in the Saints, Rom. v. 2. And rejoice in Hopes oj the glory of God.
Q^ 5. What is the Instrument by which the Spirit conveys this Joy f
A. Faith is the Instrument ofit, Phil. i. 25. And having this Conjidence, I inow that I Jhall ahide and continue with you all, for your furtherance and Joy of Faith.
Q^ 6. What is the first Property of this Joy f
A. It is Joy uuspeakable, and sull of Glo:y, 1 Pet. i. 8, Believing, ye rejoice with Joy unspeakable, and full of glory.
Q^ 7. What is the second Property of it?
A. That it is not in the Power of Men to deprive the Saints of it, JohnxVi. 22. Andy our Joy no Man taketh from you.