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hé did as a public person X, the head of his church y, for their justification 2, quickning in grace a, support against enemies b, and to assure them of their resurrection from the dead at the last day c.
Q. 53. How was Christ exalted in his afcenfion?
A. Christ was exalted in his ascension, in that having after his resurrecton often appeared unto and conversed with his apostles, speaking to them of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God d, and giving them commission to preach the gospel to all nations e; forty days after his resurrection, he in our nature, and as our head f, triumphing over enemies g, visibly went up into the highest heavens, there
to vived, that he might be Lordboth till he hath put all enemies under of the dead and living.
his feet. v.26. The last enemy that x 1 Cor.15.21. For lince by man thall be destroyed, is death. came death, by man came also the v. 27. For he hath put all things resurrection of the dead. v. 22.For under his feet. But when he saith, as in Adam all die,cven soin Chrilt all things are put under hint, it is Thall all be made alive.
manifelt that he is accepted which y Eph. 1.20. Whichhe wrought did put all things under him. in Christ when he raised him from
ci Cor.15.20. Butnow is Christ the dead, and set him at his own risen from the dead, and become right hand in the heavenly places. the first fruits of them that ftept. 7:22. And hath put all things up. 53. d Acts 1. 4.Until the dayin der his feet and gave him to be the which he was taken up, after that head over all things to the church, he through the holy Ghost had giv.23. Which is his body, the fulo ven comniandments unto the aponelsof himthat filleth allinall.Col. ftles whom he hath cholen.v. 3,TO 1. 18. And he is the head of the whom also he fhewed himfelf alive body, the church;who is the begin. after his passion, by, many infalning, the firit born from the dead; lible proofs, being seen of them that in all things he might have forty days, and speaking of the the pre-eminence.
things pertaining to the kingdom z Rom.4.25. Who was delivered of God. for our offences, and was raised 4 e Mat. 28. 19. Go ye therefore gain for our justification.
and teach all nations, baptizing aEph.2.1. Andyouhathhequick- them in the name of the Father, ned, who were dead intrespaltes & and of the Son, and of the holy uns, v. 5. Even when we weredead Ghost:v,20. Teaching theni toob. in fins, hath quickned us together ferve all things whatloever I have with Christ,(bygraceye are saved) commanded you: and lo,I am with 1.6. And hath raised us up toge- you alway, even into the end of ther, and made us fit together in the world. Amen. heavenly placesinChrist Jesus.Col. f Heb. 6. 20. Whither the fore. 2. 12.Buried with him in baptisnı, runner is for us entred, even Jesus wherein alto ye are risen with him made an high priest for ever after thro' the faith of the operation of the order of Melchifedec. God, who hath railed him from
g Erh. 4,8.Wherefore he faith, the dead.
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Q. 54. How is Christ exalted in his sitting at the right hand
A. Christ is exalted in his fitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man he is advanced to the highest favour with God the Father m, with all fulness of joy n, glory 0, and power over all things in heaven and earth p; and doth gather and defend his church, and fubdue their enemies; furnisheth his ministers and people with gifts and graces a, and
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perfecting of the saints, for the 1 Actsz. 21. Whom the heavens work of the ministry,for the edifymust receive, until the times of re- ing of the body of Christ.Plal.110. Bitution of all things, which God throughout. The Lordjaidunto my
maketh interceffion for them r.
Q. 5. How doth Christ make interceffion?
A. Christ maketh interceffion, by his appearing in our nature continually before the Father in heavens, in the merir of his obedience and sacrifice on cartht declaring his will to have it applied to all believers v, answering all accufa. tions against them w, and procuring for them quiet of confcience notwithstanding daily failings x,access with boldness to the throne of grace y, and acceptance of their persons z, and services a.
Q. 56. Lord, Sit thor at my tight hand, my glory which thou haft given until I make thine enemies thy me: for thou fovedst me before footstool.
the foundation of the world, r Rom.8.34, Whois
he that con w Rom, 8. 33. Who fhall lay demneth? it is Christ that died, any thing to the charge of God's yea rather that is rifen again, whó elect? it is God that justifieth : v. is even at the right hand of God, 34. Who is he that condemneth? it whoallomakethinterceflion for us. is Christ that died, yea,rather that
53.Heb.9.:2. Neither by the is risen again, who is even at the blood of goats and calves, but by right hand of God, who also mahis own blood he entred in oncein- keth intercession for us. to the holy place, having obtained x Rom.5.1. Therefore being jueternal redemption forus.v.24. For stified by faith, we have peace with Christ is not entred into the holy God, through our Lord JelusChrist. places made with hands, which are v. 2. By whon allo we have access the figures of the true; but into by faith into this grace wherein we heaveu itlell, now to appear in the Itand, and rejoice in hope of the presence of God for ns
glory of God. I John, 2. 1, My Heb.1.3. Who beingthebright- Tittle children, these things write 1 ness of his glory, and the express onto you, that ye fin nor. And if image of his person,and upholding any man fin, we have an advocate all things by the word of his with the Father, Jesus Christ the power, when he by himself purged righteons; V.2, And he is the proour fins, fate down on the right pitiation for our fins: and not for hand of the Majesty on high. ours only, but also for the lins of
v John 3. 16. For God so loved the whole world. the world, that he gave his only be. y. Heb. 4. 16. Let as therefore gotten Son, that wholoever belie. come boldly unto the throne of veth in him, Mould not perish, but grace, that we may obtain mercy. have everlasting life. John 17.9.1 and find grace to help in time of pray for them: I pray not for the need. world,butfor them which thou hatt 2 Eph. 1. 6. To the praise of the given me for they are thine. v.20. glory of his grace, wherein he hath Neither pray 1 for these alone, but made us accepted in the belo yed. for them also which shall believeon a i Pet. 2. 5: Ye also as lively me through their word. v.24. Fa. Hones arebuilt up a fpiritual house, ther, I will that they also whom an holy priesthood, to offer up fpithou haft given me, be with me ritual sacrifices, acceptable to God where I am ; that they may beholo by Jesus Chrifto
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0. 56. How is Christ to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world?
A. Christ is to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world, in that he, who was unjustly judged and condemned by wicked men b, shall come again at the last day in great power c, and in the full manifestation of his own glory and of his father's, with all his holy angelsd, with a shout with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet' of Gode, to judge the world in righteousness f.
Q. 57. What benefits hath Chirist procured by his mediation?
A. Christ by his mediation hath procured redemption g, with all other benefits of the covenant of grace h,
Q. 58. How do we come to be made partakers of the benefits
Christ hath procured?
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Q. 59. Who are made partakers of redemption through Chrift?
A. Redemption is certainly applied, and effectually communicated, to all those for whom Christ hath purchafed it l; who are in time by the holy Ghost enabled to believe in Christ according to the gospel m.
Q. 60, Can they who have never heard the gospel, and so know not Jesus Christ, nor believe in him, be saved by their living according to the light of nature?
A. They who, having never heard the gospel , know not Jesus Christ 9, and believe not on him, cannot be laved P, be they never so diligent to frame their lives according to the light of nature 4, or the laws of that religion which they
59.1 Eph.1.13. In whom ye also have not believed ? and how fall trusting after that yeheard theword they believe in him of whom they of truth, the golpelofyour falvati. have not heard? and how shall they on; in whom alfo after that ye be- hear without a preacher? Jieved, ye werelealed with thatholy 0 2 Theff. 1.8. In flaming fire, Spirit of promise. 7, 14: Which is taking vengeance on them that the ear neft of our inheritance, un. know not God, and that obey not til the redemption of the purchased the gospel ofour Lord Jesus Christ: poffeslion, unto the praise of his v.9. Who shall be punished with glory, John 6. 37. All that the Fa- everlastingdestructionfromtheprether giveth me, shall come to me; fence of the Lord, and from the and him that cometh unto me, I gloryof his power. Eph.2.12. That will in no wife cast out. v.39, And at that time ye were withoutChrist, this is the Fathers will which hath being aliens from the commonsent me, that of all which he hath wealth of Israel and strangers from given me, I should lole nothing, the covenants of promise, having but should raile it up again at the no hope, and without God in the last day. John 10.15. As the Father world, John 1, 10. He was in the knoweth me, even fo know I the world, and the world was made by Father: and í lay down my life for him, and the world knewhim not. the sheep. v. 16. And other sheepI v. 11. He came into his own, and have, which are not of this fold: his own received him not. v. 12. them also I must bring, and they But as many as received him, to shall hear my voice; and there shall them gave he power to become the be onę fold and one shepherd. fons of God, even to them that be
m Eph. 2. 7. For by grace are ye lieve on his name. saved through faith; and that not p John 8.24. I said therefore unof yourselves: it is the gift of God. to you, that ye shall die in your 2 Cor. 4. 13. We having the same lins: for if ye believe,not that I am spirit of faith, according as it is he, ye shall die in your fins. Mark written, I believed, and therefore 16. 16. He that believeth, and is have I spoken: we allo believe, baptized, shall be saved; but he that and therefore speak.
believeth not fhall be danined. 60, n Rom. 10. 14. How then q i Cor.1.20. Where is the wise? Thall they call on him inwhom they where is the fcribe? where is the