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A. The House of God; which is the Church of the living God, 1 Tim. iii. 15.

Q. How do you prove it, that those only who are eleEted and called, are the true Members of the Church?

A. From Rev. xvii. 14. These mall make War with the Lamb, and the Lamb jhall overcome them; for he is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings ; and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And I Pet. i. 1, 2. Peter, an Apoftle of Jesus Christ, to the Strangers scattered throughout Pontus Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bythinia, elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through Sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the Blood of Jesus Chris, &c. Rom. viii. 29, 30.

Q. Are they, who are only externally called, the true Members of the Church?

4. No, whilst they never are called by the Work of the Spirit in Conjunction with the Word, and altho they exercise external Profession of Faith, so that they are hardly to be distinguished, yet they are not Meinbers of the true Church.

Q. Wbat Reason can you give for it?

A. Because they are described as Chaft, Matt. ij. 12. Bad Fish, Matt. xiii. 48. Vefsels to Diponour, 2 Tim. ii. 20. And the Descriptions of the true Members as goad Wheat, the good Fish, the Wife, the Bride of Chrif, his people, Inheritance, Sheep, &c. never can be applied unto them, Rev. xxi. 2. xxii. 17. Matt. i. 21. Pf. ii. 8. John X. 15.

Q. Wly do you call the Church a Christian Church?

Ā. Becaufe Chrift alone is the Head of the Church,
Eph. i. 22, 23:

Q. Is not the Pope the Head of the Church?
A. No; but the true Antichrift, 2 Thef. ii. 4. 9. IO.
Q. What Relation hath Christ to the Church?

A. He, or the Father in Chrift hath chosen them,
Epb. i. 5.4
Q. ivhat doth he more as their Lord?

A. He

4. He gathers them by an effectual calling, 2 Tim. i. 9. Who hath faved us, and called us with an holy Calling, not according to our Works, but according to his own Purpose and Grace, which was given us in Chrift Jefus before the World began ; whereby we may

fee that it is not by our Merit, but out of his meer good. Pleasure, that we are chosen and called. Q. Out of what Nation and State bath be called them?

A. Out of all Mankind, and also out of an Estate of Darkness and Misery, Col. i. Gal. iii. 28. Rev.v. 9.

Q. To what End hath he called them?

A. /, To believe in Chrift, Aets xiii. 48. And as many as were ordained to eternal Life believed, Tit. i. r. 2dly, To the Communion of God and his People, I Cor. i. 9. 3dly, to Virtue and Glory; 2 Thes. ii. 14.

Q. That are the Means he makes use of to call us ?

A. The Operation of the Spirit in Conjunction with his Word, Jef. lix. 21. 2 Cor. v. 19, 20. And Axls xvi. 14. How the Lord opened the Heart of Lydia when she heard the Apostles.

Q. When did he begin to gather them?

A. From the Beginning, under the Promises of the Law and the Gospel, and will do it to the End of the World, Matt. xxvii. 19, 20. Rev. xxi. 25, 26.

Q. IThat doth he more as their Lord and Proprietor ?

A. He now defends, and maintains them by his Spirit and Word against all thcir Enemies, Zach... 5, 8. Pf. Ixxii. 5. And Matt. xvi. 18. So that the Gates of Hell fhall not prevail against them.

Q. What are the Properties whereby this Courth 'is distinguished from others?

1. That she is an Only, Haly, Catholick and Christian Church.

Q. Why do you call it an Only Church?.

1. Because there is one only Head; for as there is but one Body, so there is but one true Church, Song, vi. 9. My Dove, my undefiled is but one, she is the only one of her Mother And Eph. iv. 4. There is one Body

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and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one Hope of your calling

Q. Why do you call it Holy?

Ă. Not because of any external Holiness, "of that it is perfect here on Earth ; but because it is holy in Christ by his Spirit, Phil. i. 1. Separated and Sancti fied in Christ to all good Works, Eph. v. 26, 27,

Q. Why do you call the Church Cotholick?

A. if, Because it maintains the same Doctrine which hath been always. 2dly, Because it consists of all Nations, and is not more confined to any Place, as it was in former Days.

Q. How do you farther diftinguijh this Church?

1. As one, wherein true Believers live, and fpiritually fight under Christ on Earth ; and as one, that becomes a triumphant Church afterwards in Heaven, Eph. vi. 12. And Heb. vi. 12, 22, 23:

Q. Do they belong to one Congregation ?

A. Yes; these are a separated People, who have their peculiar King, Laws, and Privileges, Num. xxiii. 9. Aits v. 13. 2 Cor. vi. 17.

Q. What doth the Catechis further confejs concerning the Church?

1. That he believeth himself to be a living Mem-
ber of it, as risen from the Death of Sin. Eph. ii.
5. Whilst Christ lives in him, Gal. ii. 20. And he
lives for Christ, 2 Cor. v. 15. And also a Fellow-Citi-
Zen with the Saints, and of the houfhold of God, Epb.
ji. 19, 22. And that he hall continue such eternally,
2 Tim. i. 12. For I know whom I have believed, and
I am perfuaded, that he is able to keep that, which I have
committed unto him against that Day.
The 55th Question of the HEIDELBERG

W 14T do you mean by the Communion of
Saints ?

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« A. 11, That all Believers in general, and every
" one in particular, have a Communion with Jesus
56 Chrift, as his Members, and that they partake in
5* his Riches and in his Gifts. 2dly, That every
« one ought to know, that he is obliged promptly
SS and chearfully, to employ all the Gifts, which
as he has received, to the Profit and Salvation of
« the other Members."
The 56th Question of the HEIDELBERG

Q. WHAT de you believe of the Remiffion of Sins ?

C6 4. That in Consideration of the Satis-
« faction made by Jesus Christ, God will no longer
“ remember my Sins, or my corrupt Nature, against
« which I am to fight all my Life long, but that
“ he gracioully gives me the Justification of Christ
“ Jesus, that I may never come into Judgment
« before him."
The 57th Question of the HEIDELBERG

Q. WHAT Comfort does the Resurrection of the

Body give you?
A. That not only my Soul, upon the leaving
« this Life, shall be immediately carried up to Hea-

ven, to be united to Jesus Christ, it's Head; but
" that my Body, also being raifed again by the Power
« of that divine Redeemer, shall be re-united to my
« Soul, and rendered conformable to the glorious
6. Body of Jesus Chrift."
The 58th Question of the HEIDELBERG

Q. ND what Confolation do you receive from the
Article of eternal Life?

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« A. That as at present 1 perceive in my Heart 3 “ Beginning of eternal Joy, I shall after this Life

enjoy that perfect Happiness, which the Eye hath “ not seen, or Ear heard, neither hath entered into “ the Heart of Man to concejve, wherein I shall “ praise God to all Eternity.".

0. What Benefits bath the Lord bestowed upon the

4. Very precious and faving Gifts by Grace, Eph. 1.13. Blesed Be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Cbrift, who bath blessed us with all fpiritual Blistings ix. barverly Places in Chrift. And í Pa. i. 3.

Q. What are the Gifts ?

A. Four ; of which we receive two in this Life, the Communion of Saints, and the Remiffion of Sins ; and two after this Life, the Refurreétion of the Body, and eternal Life.

Q. What do you mean by the Communion of Saints ?

1. Not a bodily, but a spiritual Communion, whilft God (concerning temporals) hath put every one into Poffeffion of their own, forthe good Use of which, each one is accountable, unto him, Prov. xxii. 2. The Rich and the Poor meet together; the Lord is the Maker of them all... A&S .V. 4. Whilf it remained was. it not thine own, and after it was sold was it not in thine own Power. And 2 Cor. xiii. 13.

Q. Doth the Scripture mentima spiritual Communion ?

A. Yes. John i. 3. That ye also may have Fellowship with us; and, truly, our Fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son.:Jesus Chrift,

Q. Wherein deth this fpiritual Communion confift?

4. In two Things; 11, That every one of the true Believers has a Right to partake of Jesus and his saving Grace, and fucceed even as Children unto the Estate of their parents, Rom. vii, 17. And if Children, then Heirs, Heirs of God, and joitat Heirs with Chrifti, if lo be we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. 2dly, That every one lays out their

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