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Gifts for the Use of others, Luke xxii. 32. And when shou art converted, strengthen thy Brethren.
Q. Who is able to forgive our Sins ?
A. God alone, against whom only we have finned, Jef. xliii.
25. I, even I am he, that blotteth out thy Transgressions for mine own Sake, and will not remember thy Sins. Mark ii. 7. Who can forgive Sins but God alone?
Can then the Pope, or any other Priest by his Authority, forgive Sins
A. The Council of Trent, were of that Opinion, and all who are of the Popish Religion believe fo; but it is a rash Detraction from the Power of God, and a blaspheming of his holy Name, Luke v. 21. And the Scribes and the Pharisees began to Reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh Blasphemies? Who can forgive Sins but God alone ?
Q. What then is the Meaning of that Portion of Scripture which is written, John xx. 23. Whose foever Sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose foever Sins ye retain, they are retained?
4. They do that, not as Judges, but as Ministers only: not pronouncing of themselves Forgivness, but on the Lord's Behalf, announcing God's Pardon to Sinners upon his own Terms, 2 Cor. V. 20. Now then we are Ambassadors for Chris, although God did beseech you by us, we pray you in Chrif's Stead, be ye reconciled in God.
Q. For whase Sake wil Gad forgive us our Sins ?
A. For the sake of Christ, as we may learn from the Answer to the both Question of the Catechist.
Q. Of how many parts doth Man confia?
A. Of two Parts, Soul and Body, Zach. xii. 1. The Lord faith, He formeth the Spirit of Man within bim.
Is our Soul Immortal? A. Yes. Matt. x. 28. And fear not them which kill the Body, but are not able to kill the Soul ; but rather
fear him which is able to destroy both Soul and Body in Hell. Eccle. xii. 7. Then shall the Dust return to the Earth as it was, and the Spirit shall return unto God, who gave it.
Q. What State doth the Soul pass into ?
Ā. All that die in Chrift, immediately pass into Glory; but all the unconverted into Hell, Luke xvi. 22, 23. And it came to pass, that the Beggar died, and was carried by the Angels into Abraham's Bofom; the Rich Man also died, and was buried; and in Hell be lift up his Eyes, being in Torments, and feeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his Bofom.
Q. Is the Soul there without Senfe?
A. No. It has Understanding, Will, Joy, and Sorrow, &c. One will be comforted, and the other tòrmented, 25
Shall there be a Refurre&tion after Death ? A. There will, Matt. xxii. 31, 32. But as touching the Refurrection of the Dead, have ye not read that, which was poken by God, saying, I am the God of. Abraham, and the God of Ísaac, and the God of Jacob.
God is not the God of the Dead, but of the Living. H. Do you think then that this is a credible Dodrine?
A. Yesi, certainly, Aets xxvi. 8. Why should it be thought incredible with you, that God should raise "the Dead?
Q. Why then doth it seem incredible?
A. By Reason of the Presumption of Mankind, ir determining the contrary, tho’ the Power of God convinces us, it may be fo, and his Word assures us, it must be fo, Do ye not therefore err, because ye-know not the Scriptures, nor the Power of God, Mark xii. 24.
Q. Is it not finful to doubt the Doctrine of the Refurrection?
A. It is not only finful to doubt it, but an Herely to deny it, it being a fundamental Article, Heb. vi. 2. and 1 Cor. xv. 13, 14. But if there be no Refur. rection of the Dead, then is Christ not rifen; and il
Chriftbe not risen, then is our Preaching vain, apd your ! Faith also vain.
Q. Who must rise again at the Resurrection ?
A. All Men, good and bad, mult rise again, Acts xxiv. 15. And have Hope towards God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a Resurrection of the Dead, both of the Just and the Unjust
. Rev. xx. 12, 13, 14, And I saw the Dead, both small and great, stand before God, &c.
Shall we rife with the fame Body? Ā. Yes. , That is the Nature of Resurrection, else it should be a new Creation. 2dly, That is teftified by the Scripture, Job xix, 25, 26, 27. For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he hall stand at the latter Day, upon the Earth; and though after my Death, Worms destroy this Body, yet in my Flesh all I fee God, whom I fall see for myself, and my Eyes shall behold, and not another. And I Cor. xv. 53. And the Righteousness of God requires, that the fame, Members should be rewarded or punished, according to their Actions in the Body.
Q. What will be the Difference betwixt the Refurrection of the Fuftand the Unjuft?
A. The Difference will confift in the contrary States, unto which they rise, fome to Life, and some to Condemnation, Dan. xii. 2. And many of them that sleep in the Dust of the Earth fall awake, fome to everlasting Life, and some to Shame and everlasting Contempt.
Q. What will Saints then polless?
A. A perfect, an. happy, and everlasting Life, John vi. 40. which consists in a full Possession of God himself, by which we (both in Soul and Body) will be perfect, holy, and glorious, in an Enjoyment of unspeakable Gladness, Ps: xvi. 11. In thy Presence is Fullness of Joy; at thy right Hand are. Pleafures ever
And also, Cor. 2, 9. Q. What do you now comprehend from what has been said?
A. That the Catechist has thoroughly answered his Intention, by giving unto the Sinner a perfect Information, and infalliable Remedy toward a certain and saving Comfort, whilft the Truth of our Doctrine doth evidently appear.
Q. What is the second Inference from hence ?
Ā. That every Man should strive to the uttermost of his power to attain to such a glorious Perfection as may entitle him to the Resurrection of the Juft, Phil. iii. 10, 11. That I may know him, and the Power of his Resurrection, and the Fellowship of the Sufferings being made conformable
unto his Death, if by any Means I might attain to the Resurrection of the Dead. 2dly, That they may get Union with Christ by Faith, as they expect a joyful Resurrection, John xi. 25. where Christ faith, He that believeth in me, tho' he were dead, get shall he live.
Q. IVhat is the third Inference ?
1. That there is Consolation administered unto those, who groan under manifold Calamities and Distempers of the Body, they becoming then as the Angels, Mark xii. 25. And that the Saints should not fear Death, knowing with Job, That their Redeemer liveth, &c. Job xix. The 59th Question of the HEIDELBERG
6. A. That in believing it I am Righteous « in Christ before God, and an Inheritor of ever“ 'lasting Life.”
Q. How do you prove tbat Justification and Salvation are the Fruits of Faith?
A. That St. Paul Thews in Rom. X. 10. For with the Heart Man believeth unto Righteousness, and with the Mouth Confession is made unto Salvation.
Q. What is the true Signification of tbe Word, Justify? Ā To declare that a Person is just, even as a Judge
in the Court who justifies or punishes according to the Innocence or Crime appearing before him, Prov. xvii
. 15. He that justifieth the Wicked, and he that condemnetk the Just, even they both are an Abomination unto the Lord.
Q. How many Justifications are there?
A. They are two-fold ; ift, The Justification of the Law by Works, according to the Covenant of Works, Do that, and you shall live, Rom. X. 5. 2dly, The Justification of the Gospel by Faith, Afts xiii. 39. And by him all that believe are justified from all Things, from which ge could not be justified by the Law of Moses.
Q. Which Justification doth the Catechist Speak of in E this Place?
A. Of the Justification of the Gospel, saying, That I am justified before God, even as St. Paul, Phil. iii. 9. And be found in him, not having mine own Righteousness, which is of the Law, but that which is through the Faith of Christ, the Righteousness which is of God by Faith.
The both Question of the HEIDELBERG
“ A. Only by true Faith in Christ Jesús, 16 so that although my Confcience accuse
. me with ha"ving greviously finned against all the Commandments " of God, that I have not kept one of them, and " I am as yet prone to all Evil; God, nevertheless, * without any Merit on my Part, but out of his " meer Gract, gives and imputes to me the full Satis.“ faction of Christ, his Righteousness and Holiness, is in such a Manner as if nelther I had committed
any Sin, neither any Corruption did inherein me;
yea, as if I myself had fulfilled that perfect Obe6 dience, which Christ has accomplished for me, on