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will I sing praise unto thee. And again, I will put my trust in him. And again, Behold 1, and the children which God hath given me. Rom. viii. 14, 15. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
13. Q. How were you hereby made an inheritor of the kingdom of Heaven?
A. As by my baptism, I became entitled to a * right to it, and was actually put into such a state, that if I be not wanting to myself, I shall not fail of being made a partaker of it. Tit. iii. 4, &c. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy, he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost :- that being justified by his Grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. i Pet. i. 3, &c. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead; to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for us.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.–Rom. viii. 15, 17. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage, again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and jointheirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him that we may be also glorified together. 66 Gal. iv. 5, 7. To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and, if a son, then an heir of God, through Christ. Eph. i. 5, 11. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ, unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him, who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will. 1 Pet. ii. 21. For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps.
14. Q. Are all, who are baptized, made partakers thereby of these benefits?
A. They are all, at that time, either made partakers of them, or entitled to them. But those only continue to hold their right to these privileges, who take care to fulfil their part of the covenant, which was therein made between God and them.
Proofs SUBJOINED.-1 Peter, i. 3, 4, 5. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which, according to his abundant mercy, hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation, ready to be revealed in the last time. Gal. iij. 26, 27. For ye are all the children of God in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Heb ii. 3. How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him.
15. Q. Have none, but such as are baptized, a right to these benefits ?
A. None have a right to them but such as are baptized, or were ready to have been baptized, had they bad the opportunity of receiving that holy sacrament. John, iii. 5. Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven. Mark, xvi. 16. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved.
16. Q. How come those who are buptized to have a right to these benefits ?
A. By the gracious promise of God, and through the merits and death of our Saviour Christ:, who taking our nature first, and then the guilt of our sins upon himself, died in our stead; and by so doing, not only delivered us from the punishment of our sins; but moreover dobtained an eternal inheritance of glory and happiness in heaven, for all those who should faithfully believe in him, and live according to his commands here upon earth.
PROOFS SUBJOINED.—John, iii. 6.. Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Rom. viii. 32. He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things. b Cor. xv. 3. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures. Gal. ii. 20. I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live: yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life. which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved for it.
me, and gave himself for me. Eph. v. 2, 25. Walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering, and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling savour. Husbands love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself
1 Pet. ïi. 24. Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness; by whose stripes we were healed. iii. 18. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God; being put to death in the flesh, but quickened in the spirit. "Isaiah, liii. 5. He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him: and with his stripes we are healed. Rom. v. 9. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath, through him. 2 Cor. v. 21. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Gal. iii. 13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us : for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree. 1 Thess. i. 10. To wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come. 1 Pet. i. 2. Elect, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ. 1 John, i. 7. If we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. "Matt. xxv. 31, &c. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: and
before him skall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from unother, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: and he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on his left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. John, xiv. 2, 3. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have lold you. 1
prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. Rom. x. 13. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 1 Cor. xv. 58. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. Heb. ix. 15. For this cause he is the mediator of the new Testument, that by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressors that were under the first Testament, they which are called might receive the promise of eternal inheritance.
Of the Conditions of it, on our part; and the Obli
gations we lie under to fulfil them. 1. Q. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers then for you?
A. They did promise and vow three things in my name, &c.
2. Q. What is the first thing which your Godfathers and Godmothers promised in your name?
A. That I should renounce the devil and all his