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doth daily break them, in thought, word and deed z.
Q. 83. Are all transgressions of the law equally heinous ?
A. Some fins in themselves, and by reason of several aga gravations, are more heinous in the fight of God than others a
Q. 84. What doth every sin deserve ?
Ă. Every sin deserveth God's wrath and curse, both in this life, and that which is to come b.
Q. 85. What doth God require of us that we may escape his wrath and curse due to us for fin? A. To escape the wrath and curse of God due to us
for good, and sinneth not. I John i. 8. 83. a Ezek. viii. 6. He said farIf we say that we ha é no sin, we thermore unto me, Son of man, deceive ourselves, and the truth is seeft thou what they do? even the not in us. v. 10. If we say that we great abominations that the house have not sinned, we make him a of Ifrael committeth here, that I liar, and his word is not in us. should go far off from my
fanctu Gal. v. 17. For the flesh lusteth a- ary, but turn thee yet again, and gainst the Spirit, and the Spirit a- thou shalt see greater abominations. gainst the flesh : and these are con- He said also unto me, Turn trary the one to the other ; so that thee yer again, and thou shalt fee ye cannot do the things that ye. greater abominations that they do. would.
V. 15. Then said he unto me, Haft 2 Gen. vi. 5. And God saw that thou seen this, O son of nian? turo the wickedness of man was great in thee yet again, and thou shalt see the earth, and that every imagina- greater abominations than the e. tion of the thoughts of his heart 1 John v. 16. If any man see bis was only evil continually. Gen. brother fin a fin which is not unto viii, 21. And the Lord smelled a death, he shall ask, and he shall sweet savour; and the Lord said in give him life for them that fip not his heart, I will not again curse the unto death. There is a sin unto ground any more for man's fake; death : I do not say, that he shall for the imagination of man's heart pray for it. Pfal. Ixxviii. 17. And is evil from his youth : neither will they finned yet more against him, I again smite any more every thing by provoking the Most High in the living as I have done. Rom. iii. wilderness.
V. 32. For all this they 9. What then? are we better than finned ftill: and believed not for they? No, in no wise: for we have his wondrous works. before proved both Jews and Gen- they tempted and provoked the most tiles, that they are all under fin- high God, and kept not his testimoand so on to verf. 21. Jam. iii. 2. nies. For in many things we offend all. 84. b Eph. v.
6. Let po man de If any man offend not in word, the ceive you with vain words : for beo fame is a perfect man, and able also cause of these things cometh the to bridle the whole body-and so on wrath of God upon the children of
difubedience. Gal. ii. 10. For as
10 verf. 13.
for fin, God requireth of us faith in Jesus Christ, pentance unto life c, with the diligent use of all the outward means whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption d.
Q. 86. What is faith in Jesus Christ ?
Ă. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace e, whereby we receive and rest upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel f.
Q. 87. What is repentance unto life?
many as are of the works of the law But he that finneth against me,
85.6 Acts xx. 21. Testifying both f John i. 12. But as many as reto the Jews, and also to the Greeks, ceived him, to them gave he
power repentance toward God, and faith to become the sons of God, even to toward our Lord Jesus Christ. them that believe on his name. Ir.
d Prov. ii. i. My son, if thou xxvi. 3. Thou wilt keep him in wilt receive my words, and hide my perfect peace, whose mind is stayed commandments with thee; v. 2. So on thee: because he trusteth in that thou incline thine ear unto wil
ye in the Lord dom, and apply thine heart to un- for ever : for in the Lord JEHOVAH derstanding: v. 3. Yea, if thou is everlasting strength. Phil. iii. 9. crieit after knowledge, and liftest up And be found in him, not having thy voice for underitanding: v. 4. mine own righteousness, which is If thou seekelt her as filver, and of the law, but that which is through searchest for her, as for bid trea- the faith of Christ, the righteous. sures : v.5. Then shalt thou under- ness which is of God by faith Gal. stand the fear of the Lord; and find ii. 16. Knowing that a man is not the knowledge of God. Prov. viii. justified by the works of the law, 33. Hear inltruction, and be wise, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, and refuse it not. 34•
Blessed is even we have b:lieved in jelus. the man that heareth me, watching Christ; that we might be justified daily at my gates, waiting at the by the faith of Christ, and not by poits of my doors. v. 35. For who- the works of the law; for by the jo findeth me, findeth life, and sha!! works of the law shall no flesh be obtain favour of the Lord. v. 36. jultified.
thee. v. 4.
finner, out of a true sense of his fin b, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ i, doth, withi grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto Godk, with full purpose of, and endeavour after new obedience l.
88. What are the outward means whereby Christ.com. municateth to us the benefits of redemption ?
A The outward and ordinary means, whereby Christ communicateth to us the benefits of redemption, are his ordinances, especially the word, facraments, and prayer; all which are made effectual to the elect for salvation m.
Q. 89. Fow is the word made effectual to salvation ?
cially 87. & Acts xi. 18. When they structed, I fmote upon my thigh: I heard these things, they held their was afhanied, yea, even confoundpeace, and glorified God, saying, ed, because I did bear the reproach Then hath God also to the Gentiles of my youth. Ezek. xxxvi. 31. granted repentance unto life. Then shall ye remember your own
h fes ii. 37 Now when they evil ways, and your doings that heard this, they were pricked in were not good, and shall lothe their heart, and said unto Peter, yourselves in your own fight, for and to the rest of the apostles, Men your iniquities, and for your aboand brethern, what shall we do? minations. v. 28. Then Peter said unto them, 12 Cor. vii. 1]. For behold, this Resent, and be baptized every one self same thing that ye sorrowed or you in the name of esus Christ, after a godly fort, what carefulness for the remifhon of lins, and ye it wrought in you, yea, what clearfhall receive the gift of the Holy ing of yoursclves, yea, what indig. Ghost.
nation, yea, what fear, yea, what i joel ii. 12: Therefore, also vehement desire, yea, what ztal, now,
faith the Lord, turn ye even yea, what' revenge! in all things to me with all your heart, and with ye have approved yourselves to be fafting and with weeping, and with clear in this matter.
If. i. 16. mourning. Jer. iii. 22. Return, ye Wash ye, make ye clean, put abacksliding children, and I will heal way the evil of your doings from your backslidings : behold, we come before mine eyes, cease to do evil, unto thee, for thou art the Lord V. 7. Learn to do well, leek judge our God.
ment, relieve the oppressed, judge k Jer. xxxi. 18. I have surely the fatherless, plead for the widow. heard Ephraim bemoaning himself 82. in Matth. xxviii.
19. thus, Thou hast chastised me, and therefore and teach all nations, I was chastised, as a bullock unac- baptizing them in the name of the cufloned to the yoke; turn thcu Father, and of the Son, and of the me, and I shall be turned; for thou Holy Ghoit: v. 20. 7 eaching them art the Lord my God. v. 19. Sure- to observe all things whatsoever I ly after that I' was turned, I re- have commanded you : and lo, 1 penied, and after that I was in- am with you alway even unto the
cially the preaching of the word, an effectual means of cons
O. 90. How is the word to be read and beard, that it
A. That the word may become effectual to salvation, we must attend thereunto with diligence o prepara- :
tion end of the world. Amen. 'Acts ii. which are fanctified. Rom. xv.4. For 42. And they continued stedfaftly whatsoever things were written ain the apostles doctrine and fellow- foretime, were written for our learn. thip, and in breaking of bread, and ing; that we through patience and in prayers. V: 46. And they con- comfort of the scriptures might bave tinuing daily with one accord in the hope. 2 Tim. ii. 14.. And that from temple, and breaking bread from a child thou hast known the holy house to house, did eat their meat scriptures, which are able to make with gladness and singleness of heart, thee . wise unto salvation, through V. 47. Praising God, and having fa: faith which is in Chrilt Jesus. v. 16. your with all the people. And the All scripture is given by inspiration Lord added to the church daily such of God, and is profitable for docas should be saved.
trine, for reproof, for correction, 89. n Neh. vii. 8. So they read for instruction in righteouinels : in the book, in the law of God di- v. 17. That the man of God may
be stinctly, and gave the sense, and perfect, throughly frihed unto all caused them to understand the read- good works. Rom. X. 13. For whoing. 1 Cor. xiv. 24. But if all pro. loever shall call upon
the name of phefy, and there corne in one that the Lord, shall be saved. believeth not, or one unlearned, he How then shall they cail on him in is convinced of all, he is judged of whom they have not believed ? and all: v. 25. And thus are the secrets how shall thcy believe in him of of his heart made manifest : and so whom they have not heard? and how falling down upon his face, he will shall they bar without a preacher? Woríhip God, and report that God v. 15. ind how fall they preach, is in you of a truth. Acts xxvi. 18. except they be sent ? as it is written, To open their eyes, and to turn Huw beautiful are the fout of them them from darkness to light, and that preach the gospel of p-ace, and from the power of Satan unto God, bring giad tidings of goud things? that they may receive forgiveness v. 16 But they have not all obeyed of fins, and inheritance aniong
the gospel. For Efaias iaith, Lord, them which are fanctified by faith who hath believed our report ? v. 17. that is in me. Psal. xix. 8. The Ita. So then, taith cometh by hearing, tutes of the Lord are right, rejoi and hearing 'by the word of God. cing the heart: the commandnient Rom. 1. 16. For I am not ashared of the Lord is pure, enlightening of the ospel of Chriít: for it is the
Acts xx. 32. And now, power of God unto salvation, to e
I commend you to God, very one that believeth, to the jew
you up, and to give yo. o Prov. vin. 34. Blessed is the inberitance among all them man tbat heareth me, watching dai
able to ou an
P, and prayer q; receive it with faith and love r; lay it up in our hearts /; and practise it in our lives t.
0.91. How do the sacraments become effectual means of Jalvation ?
A. The facraments become effectual means of salvation, not from any virtue in them, or in him that doth adininifter them ; but only by the blessing of Chriit v, and the working of his Spirit in them that by faith receive them w.
Q. 92. What is a facrament?
À. A facrament is an holy ordinance instituted by Christ, wherein, by sensible figns, Christ and the benefits of the new covenant, are represented, sealed, and applied to be
ly at my gates, waiting at the posts 91. v 1 Pet. ii. 21. The like fi. of my doors.
gure whereunto even baptism, doth pi Pet. ii. 1. Wherefore laying also now fave us, (not the putting afide all malice, and all guile, and away of the filth of the flesh, but the hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil answer of a good conscience towards fpeakings, v. 2. As new born babes God) by the resurrection of Jesus defire the fincere milk of the word, Chtist. Matth. iii. 11. I indeed that ye may grow thereby.
baptize you with water unto repenc9 Psal. cxix. 18. Open thou mine ance; but he that cometh after me eyes, that I may behold '
wondrous is mightier than I, whose shoes I am things out of thy law.
not worthy to bear: he shall bap g Heb. iv. 2. For unto us was tize you with the Holy Ghost, and the gospel preached, as well as, unto with fire. i Cor. iii. 6. I have plantthen : but the word preached did ed, Apollos watered, but God gave not profit them, not being mixed the increase. v. 7. So then, neiwith faith in them that heard it. ther is he that planteth any thing, 2 Theff. ii. 10. And with all de- neither he that watereth: but God ceivableness of unrighteousness, in that giveth the increase. them that perish; because they re- w i Cor. xii. 13. For by one Spie ceived not the love of the truth, rit are we all baptized into one body, that they might be saved.
whether we be Jews or Gentiles, s Pfal, exix. 11. Thy word have whether we be bond or free ;
and I hid in mine heart, that I might not have been all made to drink into one fin against thee.
Spirit. Luke viji. 15. But that on the 92. x Gen. xvii. 7. And I will good ground are they, which in an establish my covenant between me honest and good heart, having heard and thee, and thy seed after thee, the word, keep it, and bring forth in their generations, for an everlait. fruit with patience. James i. 25. But ing covenant; to be a God unto thee, whoso looketh into the perfect law and to thy feed after thee. v. 1o. of liberty, and continueth therein, This is my covenant, which ye Tall he being not a forgetful hearer, but keep between me and you, and thy a doer of the work, this man lhall feed after thee : Every man-child be blessed in his deed.
among you shall be circumciled.