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fection of thy kingdom take place, f wherein thou shalt be all in all.
f 1 Cor. 15. 28.
XLIX. LORD'S DAY. Q. 124. Which is the third petition ?
A. a “ Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven;" that is, grant that we and all men may rénounce b our own will, and without murmuring c obey thy will, which is only good ; that so every one may attend to and d perform the duties of his station and calling as willingly and faithfully, as the e angels do in heaveu.
a Mat. 6. 10. b Mat. 16. 24. Tit. 2. 12. 6 Luke 22. 42. & 1 Cor. 7. 24. Eph. 4. I. e Psa. 103. 20.
L. LORD'S DAY.
A. a“Give us this day our daily bread;" that is, be pleased to provide us with all things b necessary for the body, that we may thereby acknowledge thee to be the only fountain of all c good, and that neither our care nor industry, nor even thy gifts can d profit us without thy blessing; and therefore that we may withdraw our trust from all creatures, and place e it alone in thee.
a Mat. 6. 11. b Psa. 145. 15. Mat. 6. 25, &c. c Acts 17. 25. and 14. 17. di Cor. 15. 58. Deut. 8. 3. Psa. 127. 1, 2. e Psa. 62. 11. and 55. 22.
LI. LORD'S DAY. R. 126. Which is the fifth petition ?
A. a “ And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors ;" that is, be pleased for the sake of Christ's blood, b not to impute to lis poor sinners, our transgressions, nos that depravity, which always cleaves to us; even as we feel this evidence of thy grace in us, that it is our firm re solution, from the heart to c forgive our neighbour.
a Mat. 6. 12. b Psa. 51. 1. 1 John 2. 1, 2. c Mat. 6. 14, 15.
LII. LORD'S DAY. Q. 127. Which is the sixth petition ?
A. a“ And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil ;" that is, since we are so weak in ourselves, that we can
a Mat. 6. 13.
not stand b a moment; and besides this, since our mortal enemies, c the devil, the d world, and our own e flesh cease not to assault us; do thou therefore preserve and strengthen us by the power of thy holy spirit, that we may not be overcome in this spiritual warfare ; f but constantly and strenuously may resist our foes, till at last weg obtain a complete victory.
b Rom. 8. 26. Psa. 103. 14. ci Pet. 5. 8. d Eph. 6. 12. John 15. 19. Rom. 7. 23. Gal. 5. 17. f Mat. 26. 41. Mark 13. 33. g 1 Thes. 3. 13, and 5. 23.
Q. 123. How dost thou conclule thy prayer ?
A. h“ For thin is the kingdom, the power and the glory for ever ;" that is, all these we ask of thee, because thou, weing our King and Almighty, art waibug and able to i give us all good; and all this we pray for, that thereby not we, but thy holy name j may be glorified for ever.
h Mat. 6. 13. i Rom. 10. 12. 2 Pet. 2. 9. j Joha 14. 13. Psa. 115. I. Phil. 4. 20.
Q. 129. What doth the word “ Amen” signify ?
A. k“ Amen” signiñes, it shall truly and certainly be: for my prayer is more assuredly heard of God, than I feel in my heart that I desire these things of him.
k 2 Cor. 1. 20. 2 Tim. 2. 13,
OF THE CHRISTIAN RELIGION.
Question 1. He lumenjoy ing real confort mayest live and die happily.
OW many things are to Answer. Three : first, how great my sins and iniseries are : the second, how i may be delivered from all my sins and miseries : the third, how I shah express my gratitude to God for such deliverance.
THE FIRST PART.
OF THE MISERY OF MAN.
A. That is contained in the ten commandments, which he hath revealed in scripture, as follows:
Exodus xx and Deut. 5. 4, 5, &c. I am the Lord thy God, which have brought tee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.
1. Com. Thou shalt have no other Gods before me. 11. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, por apy likeness of
of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth Thou shalt not how down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children, unto the third and fourth generation of them, that hate me, and showing mercy unto thousands of them, that love me, and keep my commandments.
III. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain : for the Lord will not hold him guiltless, that taketh his name in vain.
IV Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy : six days shalt tbou labour and do all thy work ; but the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God; in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy man servant, por thy maid-servant, nor thy cattle, nor tby stranger that is within thy gates : for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day : wherefore the Lord blessed the sahbath day, and hallowed it.
V. Honour thy father and thy mother, that thy days may be long upon the land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
VI. Thou shalt not kill.
X. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house ; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wise, nor his map-servant, vor his maid-servant, nor his os, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's.
Q. 4. How are the ten commandments divided ?
Q. 5. Which is the sum of what God requires of thee in the four com: mandments of the first table ?
A. That I love the Lord my God, with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength : this is the first and great com. mandment.
Q. 6. Which is the sum of what God commands thee in the six commandments of the second table ?
A. That I love my neighbour as myself: on these two commandments hang the whole law and the prophets.
Q. 7. Canst thou keep all these things perfectly ?
A. In no wise : for I am prone by nature to hate God and my neighbour; and to transgress the commandments of God in thought, word, and deed. Q. 8 Hath God created thee naturally so wicked and perverse
A. By no means: but he created me good and after his own image, in the true knowledge of God, in righteousness and in holiness.
Q. 9. Whence then proceeds that depravity which is in thee?"
A. From the fall and disobedience of Adam and Eve in Paradise ; hence our nature is become so corrupt, that we are all conceived and born in sin,
Q. 10. What was that disobedience'
A. That they did eat of the fruit of the tree, which God bad forbidden them.
Q. U. Does the disobedience of Adam concern us?
Q. 12. Are we then incapable of doing any good of ourselves, and prode to all manner of wickedness?
A. Indeed we are : unless we are regenerated by the spirit of God.
A. By no ieans : but in his just judgment will punish them, both in tine and eternity, as it is written: “cursed is every one that contidueth not in all things, which are written in the book of the law to do them."
THE SECOND PART.
OF MAN'S DELIVERANCE. Q. 14. By what means canst thou escape this punishment, and be again received into favour?
A. By such a Mediator, who is in one person very God, and a real righteous man.
Q. 15. Who is that Mediator?
A. Our Lord Jesus Christ, who in one person is true God, and a real
means, than through this Mediator.
A. No: but those only who receive him by a true faith: as it is written, John 3. 16, “for God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believed in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Q. 19. What is true faith?
A. It is a certain knowledge of God, and of his promises revealed to us in the gospel, and an hearty confidence that all my sins are forgiven me, for Christ's sake.
Q. 20. What is the sum of that which God hath promised in the gospel, and coinmanded us to believe ?
A. That is comprehended in the twelve articles of the Catholic Christian Faith, which are as follows :
1. I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth. 2. And in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord : 3. Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary.
4. Suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead and buried, he descended into hell.
5. The third day he rose again from the dead. 6. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God, the Father Almighty.
7. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
Q. 21. When you profess to helieve in God the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Ghost, do you mean three God's thereby ?
A. In no wise : for there is but one only true God. Q. 22. Why do you thien naine three, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost
A. Because God hath so revealed himself in bis word, that these three distinct
persons, are the only one and true God, and we also are baptised in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
Q. 23. What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth?""
A. That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who of nothing made heaven and earth, and still upholds them by his providence, is my God and Father, for Christ his Son's sake.
Q. 24. What believest thou when thou sayest,“ And in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son, our Lord ?”
A. That Jesus Christ is the eternal and only Son of the Father, co-essential with God the Father, and the Holy Ghost.
Q. 25. Do you not believe that he also became man?
A. Yes: for he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary.
Q. 26. Is his Godhead then changed into humanity?
A. No: but he took it on him of the Virgin Mary, by the operation of the Holy Ghost, and is thus become like unto us his brethren in all things, sin excepted, Heb. 2. 17, and 4. 15.
Q. 29. Why is he called Jesus, that is Saviour?
A. No: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved, than in the name of Jesus, Acts 4. 12.
Q. 31. Why is he called Christ, that is anointed?
A. Because he was anointed with the Holy Ghost, and ordained by God the Father, to be our chief Prophet, our oply High Priest, and our eternal king.
Q. 32. What then hath Jesus Christ done to save us?
A. He has suffered for us, was crucified and died, was buried and defcended into hell; that is, he suffered the torments of hell, and thus became obedient to his Father, that he might deliver us from the temporal and eternal punishment due to sin.
Q. 33. In which nature hath he suffered this?
A. His Godhead, by its power, in such wise strengthened the assumed human nature, that it could bear the burden of God's wrath against sin, and deliver us from it.
Q. 35. Did Christ then remain under the power of death?
A. No: but he rose from the dead the third day for our justification, Rom. 4. 25.
Q. 36. Where is Christ now, as to his buman nature ?
A. He is ascended into heaven, and sits at the right hand of God the Father;
that is, exalted in the highest glory, far above all creatures, Eph. 1. 20, 21.
Q. 37. To what end is he there so highly exalted ?
A. Particularly that he might from thence govern his church, and there be our intercessor with the Father.
Q. 38. Is he not with us then even unto the end of the world, as he liath promised us, Mat. 28. 20?
A. With respect to his Godhead, majesty, grace and spirit, he is never abgent from us ; but with respect to his human nature, he remains in heaven, until he shall come again to judge the quick and the dead.
Q. 39. What do you believe concerning the Holy Ghost ?
A. That he is the true and co-eternal God with the Father and Son: and that he being given to me of the Father, through Christ, regenerates me and leads me into all truth, comforts me, and will abide with me forever.
Q. 40. What believest thou concerning the Holy Catholic church?
A. That the Son of God gathers by his word and spirit out of the whole buman race, those, who are chosen to eternal life, to be a church to himself; of which I believe I am, and always shall remain a living member.
Q. 41. Where doth he gather his church? A. Where God's word is purely preached, and the holy sacraments administered according to the institution of Christ.
Q. 42. What benefits doth Christ bestow on his church?
A. He grants hier reinission of sins, the resurrection of the flesh, and eternal life.