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these Questions and Answers by heart, but not to flatter ourselves, that we have a Right (as long as we are in the State of Nature) to apply to ourselves the Benefits contained therein, because the Person who speaks here, represents a true regenerated and assured Chriftian, whose Example every one must follow, and itrive for such a Faith (which Observation always must be kept in our Memory.)
Q. What is that full and perfect Good ?,
Ā. That I belong not unto myself, but unto my faithful Saviour Jesus Christ.
Q. Don't you belong to yourself?
A. No, for St. Paul says, ift Cor. vi. xix. You ara not your own.
Q. What is the Meaning of being our own?
A. Yes; for such a Person cannot be acquitted before the Judgment of God, Job. ix. 2. 3. Howy pould a Man be just with God, and Ps. xliii. 2. Enter not into Judgment with thy Servant, for in thy Sight Mall' no Man-living be justified. He follows his own corrupt Will; he goes from Evil to Evil, and can expect nothing else than the Punishment of God, Pf. Îxxxi. 11. 12. But my People would not hearken to my Voice; and Israel would none of me,
so I gave them up to their own Hearts Luft, and they walked in their own Counsels.
Q. Wherein confifts your Comfort and Salvation?
A. The beloved Son of God the Father, who is come into the World for our Redemption, and to give us eternal Life. I it. ii. 14. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all Iniquity, and John iii. 16. For God so loved the World that he gave his only begotten C2
Son, X. 14. &c.
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting Life.
Q. What do you mean by belonging to Jesus Chrift?
A. To be his Property, Rom. viii. his Holy Bride, Jes. 56. his Children, Jes. viii. 18. his Sheep, John
Q. How did you become his Property?
A. By a voluntary Gift of the Father to the Son, John xvii. 6. I have manifested thy Name unto the Men which thou gavest me out of the World.
Q. In what other Manner 8
À. Because he has made with his precious Blood, full Satisfaction for all my Sins, ift. Pet. i. 18. 19. For as much as ye know, that ye were not redeemed with corruptible Things, as Silver and Gold, from your vain Conversation received by Tradition from your Fathers, but with the precious Blood of Christ.
Q. How else?
À. By a Covenant, Ezech. xvi. 8. I sware unto thee, and entered into a Covenant with thee faith the Lord God, and so you became mine.
Q. But why must you be his Property in Soul and Body?
A. This we learn in the Scripture, ift Cor. vi. 20. because God will be glorified in both.
Q. Do you belong to Christ as well in Life as Death?
A. Yes. Rom. xiv. 8. For whether we live, we live unto the Lord; and whether we die, we die unto the Lord; whether we live therefore or die, we are the Lord's.
Q. What Benefits have you received from that ?
A. ift. That he delivered me from the Power of Satan, Heb. ii. 14. 15. that through Death he might destroy him that had the Power of Death ; that is the
. 2. That he preferves me to eternal Life. John vi. 39, 40. And this is the Father's Will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last Day. 3. That he assured me of my Salvation. Rom. viii. 16, 17.
The Spirit itself beareth Witness with our Spirits, that we are the Children of God; and if Children, then Heirs ; Heirs of God, and joint Heirs with Christ. 4. That he reforms, and makes me willing to live with a fincere Heart and Affection towards him. Pf. cx. 3. The People shall be willing in the Day of tlıy Power, in the Beauties of Holiness, from the IVomb of the Morning. Iit. ii. 14. IV ho gave nimself for us, that he might redeen us from all Iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar People, zealous of good IVorks.
Q. But is it fufficient to know that there is such a Consolation for a Christian?
A. No. I must endeavour to be able to answer and know for myself, that Soul and Body, whether alive or dead, belong not to me, but to my faithful Saviour Jesus Chrift.
Q: How fall you obtain this Knowledge?
1. By using all such Means as can give true Comfort.
Q. What are such Means ?
À. We do find them in the following Question,
to live and die with this saving Comfort ?
Q. IVhat do you mean by the first Article ?
A. 1. I mean not only to know, but also to repent of and confess the Sins by which I have offended and provoked the Mercy and Goodness of God, acecrding to PJ. li. 3, 4. I acknowledge my Trarlgre;}ions ; and my Sin is ever before me. Against thee, thee on!
have I sinned, and done this Evil in thy Sight. 2. That I know the evil Consequence of Sin, how highly it wrongs my Soul, defacing and defiling it; also renders me guilty, and consequently exposes me to Condemnation, as Prov. viii. 36. He that finneth against me, wrongeth his own Soul ; and they that hate me, love Death.
Q. Is that the true Method to obtain a faving Comfort?
A. "Yes, certainly. For by this, 1. The Spirit of God humbles the Heart of Man, brings it to Selfdenial, and makes it long for Salvation. Aets ii. 37: Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their Hearts ; and said unto-Peter, and the Rest of the Apostles, Men and Brethren, what shall we do? 2. It reveals the Excellency and Preciousness of Jesus Christ. Phil. iii. 8, 9. I count all Things but Loss, for the Excellency of the Knowledge of Chrif Jejus ; for whom I have Juffered the Loss of all Things, and do count them but Dung, that I may win Christ, &c.
Q. What do you mean by the second Article, “To be delivered from them ?”
A. That isto say, how that by Faith in the Son of God, and byhis Righteousness manifested in the Holy Gospel, I can be justified and redeemed from all Sin and Misery, and become a Partaker of all the Benefits, which he, as Mediator, has obtained. Aets xvi. 31. And they said, believe in the Lord Jesus Chrif, and thou shalt be saved.
Q. Is this Faith expedient for our Consolation ?
A. Yes. Because by it we discover the only and perfect Saviour; it moves the Soul to adore him ; and is the Medium to unite us to Christ.
Q. What is the third Article?
Ā. It shews, “what Acknowledgment I ought to make to God for such Deliverance; that is, 1. That I confefs my own Invalidity, Guiltiness, and Corruption; and that I deserve eternal Punishment. 2. That I glorify God in all his Attributes, especially his Wifdom, Love, Power, and Justice discovered in the Re
velation of such an All-gracious Redeemer, through whose super-abundant Merits, we can be delivered from all our Sins and Miseries. O! unspeakable Love! well may we cry out, Pf. cxvi. 12, 13. What Mall I render unto the Lord, for all his Benefits towards
I will take the Cup of Salvation, and call upon the Name of the Lord. And that we present our Soul and Body as reasonable, holy, and lively Sacrifice unto him, who has not only rescued us from Hell, but established our Title to all his Blessings included in the Promises, and all the Felicity laid up in Heaven.
Q. Is that also a certain Way' to obtain fubftantial Comfort ?
A. Yes. Whilft such a Gratitude is the End of my
Deliverance. Luke i. 74. That he would grant unto
that we being delivered out of the Hands of our Enemies, might serve him without Fear. And 1 John, v. 2. By this we know, that we love the Children of God, when we love God, and keep his Commandments.
Q. What Use should we make of this pure Doctrine ?
Ā. Thereby to endeavour to become the Property of Jesus Christ.
Q. In what Manner? A. By despising all vain and idle Things, which used to be my only Comfort; disclaiming all Selffufficiency; but as a poor returning Sinner going to Jesus Christ, devoting myself wholly to him, praying that he may make me his Property, to live and die in him. The FIRST PART
. The third Question of the HEIDELBERG
OW are you made sensible of your Misery ?
Of the Misery of MAN.