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quently that the Purity of Doctrine herein advanced, is clearly demonstrated, which learns us to deny ourfelves, and to take hold of Jesus, our perfect Redeemer.
Q. What do you learn from hence ? i A. 'That we ought to repent us of our Sins, to take Notice of that Grace which is offered to us in Christ Jesus ; forsaking our own Works and Rightëousness, depending solely on our Lord Jesus Christ, to be saved and redeemed from all our Sins and Mifery, so that we may live holily, glorifying God in this Life with our Body and Soul, and in the Life to come, with his Saints to all Eternity.
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God “ the Father, and annointed by the Holy Ghost, to be " our sovereign Prophet and Teacher, who haft fully 56 manifested unto us, the secret Counsel and Will of 56 God, concerningour Redemption, and ouronly high st Priest, who, by offering up his Body once for us, « has deliver'd us; and who, by his Intercession is “ also continually putting up Petitions for us to God, “ his Father; and lastly, our eternal King, who
governs us with his Word and his Spirit, and who os reserves for us the Redemption he has acquired
s for us.”
Q. By what can you prove that Christ is ordained by God the Father, i. e. from Eternity, separated and elected to the Office of a Midiator ?
A. By Testimony of the holy Scripture, as Pf. ii. 6. Yet have I set my King upon my holy Hill of Zion. Prov. viii
. 23. I was set up from Everlasting, from the Beginning, or ever the Earth was. Q. How is he anointed by the Holy Ghost, i. e. quas,
lified by the abundant Gifts of the Holy Ghost to his Offices?
4. Pf. xlv. 7. Thou lovest Righteousness, and hatest Wickedness; therefore God, thy God, bath anointed thee with the Oyl of Gladness above thy Fellows. And Acts X. 38. How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with Powers.
Q. What is the Distinction between these two Sorts of anointing?
A. The Ordination is the first and principal, upon which the Qualification followed. 2d, The Ordaining is from everlasting; but the Qualification consists in the Time when the Godhead was united to his human Nature. 3d, The Ordaining has regard to both his Natures; but the Qualification belongs only to his human Nature.
Q. To what Offices is Christ anointed?
Ā. To three; to the Office of a Prophet, of a Priest, and of a King.
Q. How appears it that Chrif is anointed to the Office of a Prophet?
A. We have the written Word for it, Deut. xviii. 18. I will raise them up a Prophet from among their Brethren, like unto thee, and will put my Words in his Mouth, and he shall speak unto them that I shall command him. And Acts iii. 22. For Mofes truly said unto the Fathers, A Prophet Mall the Lord your God raise up unto you, of your Brethren, like unto me'; him shall ye hear in all Things, whatsoever he shall say unto you.
Q. How dot) Christ execute the Office of a Prophet?
A. In revealing to us, by his Word and Spirit, the Will of God, for our Salvation. If, Preaching the Gospel, Matt. iv. 23. And. Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their Synagogues, and preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom, &c. 2d, Explaining the Law, Matt. v. And 3d, He himself has predicted and explained the Prophecies, Matt. xxiv. Q. Why do you call him a foyereign Prophet?
A. 1/1, Because he has sent the other Prophets, Eph. iv. 11. 2d, They have predicted by his Spirit, i Pet. i. 10, 11. 3d, More glorious he was than Moses, who could only instruct Externally ; but he has taught Men the Will of God, not only by external Revelation, but by internal Illumination, Luke
Q. Is Christ a Priest too?
Ă. Yes, so he is called, Heb. ii. 17. That he may be a merciful and faithful High Priest in Things pertaining to God, to make Reconciliation for the Sins of the People, and well according to the Order of Melihizedec, Heb. vii. 11.
. What do you take to be the Nature of the priestly Office?
A. The Business of the Priest was, I apprehend, to offer Sacrifices, and to make Interceffion for the People.
Q. How doth Christ execute the Office of a Priest?
Ā. By his once offering up himself a Sacrifice to satisfy divine Justice, and reconciling us to God, and making continual Interceffion for us. Q. Can you
prove that Christ offered up himself to reconcile us to God?
A. Yes. Col. i. 20. And having made Peace through the Blood of his Cross, by him to reconcile all Things unto himself ; by him, I say, whether they be Things on Earth, or Things in Heaven. And Heb. v. 2. Heb. ix. 26.
The Cross, rather his divine Nature being the Altar, his Soul and Body each immaculately pure, being the Sacrifice; these he resigned, the one to Death by Wounds, the other to inexpressible Anguish, and both to be instead of all whole Burnt Offerings,
Q. By what do you prove his Intercession for us with God?
A. From Heb. vii. 25. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermoft, that come unto God by him, Jeeing he ever liveth to make Intercession for them ; 'whir
Intercession at the Right Hand of his Father, is founded on his invaluable Oblation.
Q. But wherefore muft Christ offer himself?
A. /, To fatisfy God's incensed Justice, Rom. iji. 23. Whom God hath set forth to be a Propitiation through Faith
in his Blood, to declare his Righteousness, for the Remission of Sins that are past, through the Forbearance of God. 2dly, To put away our Sins, Heb. ix. 26. He appeared to put away Sin by the Sacrifice of himself?
Q. What is the first Difference between Christ and other Priets?
A. Other Priests offered the Blood of Beasts, but Christ offered his own Blood, Heb. ix. 12.
Q. What is the second Difference?
A. They offered many Sacrifices ; Christ perfecred all by one offering, Heb. x. 14.
Q. What was the Sacrifice Christ offered to God?
A. Yes. Lake xxiv. 50. And he led them out as to
Q. What follows on that?
Ā. That this Priest also should be set and rule upori his Throne, Zach. vi. 13. to demonstrate hereby, that he was a King. He is called in many Parts of Scripture, The King of Zion, of Righteousness, of Peace, and of Kings.
Q. How manifold is Christ's Kingdom ?
A. It is two-fold. if, External over all the World, Eph. i. 22. And hath put all Things under his Feet, and gave him to be the Head over all Things to the Church. 2dly, Internal in Men's Souls, Luke xvii. 21. Behold, the Kingdom of God is with you.
Q. How doth Chrilt govern es in a spiritual Sense?
A. He subdueth the People to himself, Pf. xlv. 4. and Ps. cx. 3. He prescribes to them his Laws, Jef
xxxiii. 22. James i. 25. Faith and Love; whose Yoke is easy, Matt. xi. 28, 30. Governing them according to his Laws, by his Word and Spirit, Fef. lix. 2.
Q. What is the End of Christ's providential Kingdom ?
A. 11, To protect all his true Subjects amidst all Enemies, Exod. iii. 3. 2dly, To reserve for them the Redemption which he has acquired for thein, i Pet. i. 5. Who are kept by the Power of God, through Faith, unto Salvation, ready to be revealed in the last Time. And John X. 28.
Q. Is then Christ Jesus the true Messias ? A. Yes. Because every Thing is fullfilled in him which was predicted of the Meffiah. if, As to the Time of his coming, Gen. xlix. 10. 2dly, The Place where he should come from, Mich. v. 1. 3dly, Who should conceive and bear him, Ifa. vii. 14. And 4thly, His undergoing the Sufferings which were foretold of him, Luke xxiv. 26.
Q. Is this Article of Doctrine necessary to be believed? 1. It is extremely so, since no other could be our Redeemer but who was ordained by God; for none but he who bears these Offices, was capable of being an Inffrument of Salvation, for he, as a Priet, obtains, and, as a Prophet, announces our Salvation, and delivers it to his People with the Authority of a King, powerful to help the Sinner out of his Misery. What then is more necessary to be believed than this Doctrine, which is fo effential to our Welfare and Salyation?
Q. What then do you conclude from hence?
À. That the Catechist has perfectly anfwered his Intention, by giving unto them who are desirous after Grace, the Means of Confolation for their Souls, in all Circumitances; and from what he has said concerning the Name of Christ, he has manifested the Purity of our Doctrine.
Q. That must we learn from hence ?