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and to be Lord of quick and dead w: all which he did' as. a publick person*, the head of his Church, for their justification”, quickening in grace, support against enemies '; and to assure them of their resurrection from the dead at the last day :
Q. 53. How was Christ exalted in his ascension ? A. Christ was exalted in his ascension, in that having after his resurrection often appeared unto and conversed with his apostles, speaking to them of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God", and giving them commission to preach the gospel to all nations, forty days after his
w Rom. xij. 9. For to this end sit together in heavenly places in Christ both died, and rose, and re- Christ Jesus. Col. ii. 12. Buried with vived, that he might be Lord both hint in baptism, wherein also ye are of the dead and living.
risen with him, through the faith of XI Cor. xv. 21. For since by man the operation of God, who hath came death, by man came also the raised him from the dead. resurrection of the dead. Ver. 22. bi Cor. xv. 25. For he must For as in Adam all die, even so in reign till he hath put all enemies unChrist shall all he made alive.
der his feet. Ver. 26. The last eney Eph. i. 20 Which he wrought in my that shall be destroyed is death. Chust, when he raised him from the Ver. 27. For he hath put all things dead, and set him at his own right under his feet. But when he saith, hand in the heavenly places. Ver. all things are put under him, it is 22. And hath put all things under his manifest that he is excepted which feet, and gave him to be the head did put all things under him. over all things to the church, Ver. ci Cor. xv. 20. But now is Christ 23. Which is his body, the fulness of risen from the dead, and become the him that filleth all in all. Col. i. 18. first-fruits of them that slept. And he is the head of the body the. 53. d Acts i. 2. Until the day in church, who is the beginning, the which he was taken up, after that first-bern from the death ; that in all he through the Holy Ghost had things he might have the pre- given commandments unto the apoeminence.
stles whom he had chosen. Ver. 3. 2. Rom, iv. 25. Who was delivered To whom also he shewed himself for our offences, and was raised again alive after his passion by many infor our justification.
fallible proofs, being seen of them Eph. ii. 1. And you hath he forty days, and speaking of the quickened, who were dead in tres- things pertaining to the kingdom of passes and sins. Ver. 5. Even when God. we were dead in sins, hath quicken- e Mat. xxvii. 19. Go ye thereed us together with Christ, (by grace fore, and teach all nations, baptie ye are saved.) Ver. 6. And hath zing them in the name of the Käised us up together, and made us Father, and of the Son, and of
Tesurrection, he, in our nature, and as our head, triumphing over enemies, visibly went up into the highest heavens, there to receive gifts for men", to raise up our affections thither', and to prepare a place for us , where himself is, and shall continue till his second coming at the end of the world!
Q. 54. How is Christ exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God ?
A. Christ is exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God, in that as God-man he is advanced to the highest favour with God the Fatherm, with all fulness of joy", gloryo, and
the Holy Ghost : Ver. 20. Teaching them to observe all things what. soever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
f Heb. vi. 20. Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
8 Eph. iv. 8. Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men.
b Acts i. 9. And when he had spoken these thirgs, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. Ver. 10. And, while they looked stedfastly toward heaven, as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; Ver. 11. Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven. Eph. iv. 10. He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things. Psal. lxviii. 18. °Thou hast ascended on high, thou hast led captivity captive: thou hast received gifts for men ; yea, for the rebellious
also, that the Lord God might dwell among them.
i Col. iii. 1. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Ver. 2. Set your affections on things above, not on things on the earth.
k John xiv. 3. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself, that were I am, there ye may be also.
1 Acts iii. 2). Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.
54. m Phil. ii. 9. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name, which is above every nanie.
R Acts ii. 28. Thou hast made known to me the ways of life; thou shalt make me full of joy with thy countenance. Com artd with Psal. xvi. 11. Thou wilt shew me the path of life : in thy presence is fulness of joy, at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.
o John xvii. 5. And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self, with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
power over all things in heaven and earth”; and doth gather and defend his church, and subdue their enemies ; furnisheth his ministers and people with gifts and graces 9, and maketh intercession for them".
Q. 55. How doth Christ make intercession ?
Ă. Christ maketh intercession, by his appearing in our nature continually before the Father in heaven, in the merit of his obedience and sacrifice on earth”, declaring his will to have it applied to all believers"; answering all accusations against them", and procuring for them quiet
P Eph. i. 22. And hath put all the figures of the true; but into things under his feet, and gave him heaven itself, now to appear in the to be the head over all things to the presence of God for us, church. 1 Pet. iii. 22. Who is gone t Heb. i. 3. Who, being the into heaven, and is on the right hand brightness of his glory, and the of God; angels, and authorities, and express image of his person, and powers, being made subject unto upholding all things by the word him.
of his power, when he had by 9 Eph. iv. 10. He that descended himself purged our sins, sat down is the same also that ascended up far on the right hand of the Majesty above all heavens, that he might fill on high. all things. Ver. 11. And he gave u John iïi. 16. For God so loved some apostles, and some prophets, the world, that he gave his only be. and some evangelists, and gotten Son, that whosoever believech pastors and teachers; Ver. 12. For in him should not perish, but have the perfecting of the saints, for the everlasting life. John xvii. 9. I pray work of the ministry, for the edify- for them : I pray not for the world, ing of the body of Christ. Psal. cx. 1. but for them which thou hast given 'The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit me, for they are thine. Ver. 20. thou at my right hand, until I make Neither pray I for these alone, but thine enemies thy footstool, &c. (See for them also which shall believe the Psalm throughout.]
on me through their word. Ver. 24. r Rom. viii. 34. Who is he that Father, I will that they also whom condemneth? It is Christ that died, thou hast given me be with me yea rather, that is risen again, who is where
that they may even at the right hand of God, who behold my glory, which thou also maketh intercession for us. hast given me : for thou lovedst
55. S Heb. ix. 12. Neither by the me before the foundation of the blood of goats and calves, but by his world. own blood, he entered in once into Rom. viii. 33. Who shall lay the holy place, having obtained eter- any thing to the charge of God's nal redemption for us. Ver. 24. For eléct : It is God that justifieth : Christ is not entered into the holy Ver. 34. Who is he that condemnplaces made with hands, which are eth? It is Christ that died, yea
of conscience, notwithstanding daily failings *, access with boldness to the throne of grace y, and acceptance of their persons ? and services
Q. 56. How is Christ to be exalted in his coming again to judge the world?
Ă. 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 , shall come again at the last day in great power", and in the full manifestation of his own glory, and of his Father's, with all his holy angels a, with à shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, to judge the world in righteousness.
Q. 57. What
rather, that is risen again, who is the Holy One and the Just, and deeven at the right hand of God, who. sired a murderer to be granted unto also maketh inter cession for us. you ; Ver. 15. and killed the Prince
* Rom. v. 1. Therefore being of life, whom God hath raised from justified by faith, we have peace with the dead, whereof we are witnesses. God, through our Lord Jesus Christ. C Mat. xxiv. 30. And then shall Ver. 2. By whom also we have ac- appear the sign of the Son of man in cess by faith into this grace wherein heaven; and then shall all the tribes we stand, and rejoice in hope of the of the earth mourn; and they shall see glory of God. 1 John ii. 1. My the Son of man coming in the clouds little children, these things write I of heaven, with power and great unto you, that ye sin not. And if glory. any man sin, we have an advocate d Luke ix. 26. For whosoever shall with the Father, Jesus Christ the be ashamed of me and of my words, righteous: Ver 2. And he is the of him shall the Son of man be asha. propitiation for our sins; and not for med, when he shall come in his own ours only, but also for the sins of the glory, and in his Father's, and of whole world.
the holy angels. Mat. xxv. 31. When | Heb. iv. 16. Let us therefore the Son of man shall come in his come boldly unto the throne of grace, glory, and all the holy angels with that we may obtain mercy, and find him, then shall he sit upon the throne grace to help in time of need.
of his glory. 2 Eph. i. 6. To the praise of the ei Thess. iv. 16. For the Lord glory of his grace, wherein he hath himself shall descend from heaven made us accepted in the Deloved. with a shout, with the voice of the
1 Pet. ii. 5. Ye also, as lively archangel, and with the trump of stones, are built up a spiritual house, of God; and the dead in Christ shall an holy priesthood, to offer up spi- rise first. ritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by f Acts xvii. 31. Because he hath Jesus Christ.
appointed a day in the which he will 56. b Acts ïïi. 14. But ye denied judge the world in righteousness by
Q. 57. What benefits hath Christ procured by his mediation?
A. Christ, by his mediation, hath procured redemption, with all other benefits of the covenant of
Q. 58. How do we come to be made partakers of the benefits which Christ hath procured?
A. We are made partakers of the benefits which Christ hath procured, by the application of them unto us, which is the work especially of God the Holy Ghost *.
Q. 59. Who are made parlakers of redemption through Christ?
A. Redemption is certainly applied, and effectually communicated, to all those for whom Christ hath purchased it'; who are in time by the Holy Ghost enabled to believe in Christ according to the gospel m.
Q. 60. Can
that man whom he hath ordained; of truth, the gospel of your salvation ; whereof he hath given assurance un- in whom also, after that ye believed, to all men, in that he hath raised him ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit from the dead.
of promise, Ver. 14. Which is the 57. & Heb. ix. 12. Neither by the earnest of our inheritance, until the blood of goats and calves, but by his redemption of the purchased possesown blood, he entered in once into sion, unto the praise of his glory. the holy place, having obtained eter- John vi. 37. All that the Father givnal redeniption for us.
eth me shall come to me; and him that h 2 Cor i. 20. For all the pro
cometh unto me I will in no wise cast mises of God in him are yea, and in out. Ver. 39. And this is the Father's him amen, unto the glory of God by will which hath sent me, that of all
which he hath given me I should lose 58. i John i. 11. He came unto nothing, but should raise it up again his own, and his own received him at the last day. John X. 15. As the Ver. 12. But as many as re
Father knoweth me, even so know I ceived him, to them gave he power the Father : and I lay down my life to become the sons of God, even to for the sheep. Ver. 16. Aud other them that believe on his name. sheep I have, which are not of this
k Tit. iii. 5. Not by works of fold: them also I must bring, and they righteousness which we have done, shall hear my voice ; and there shall be lut according to his mercy he saved one fold, and one shepherd. us, by the washing of regeneration, Eph. ii. 8. For by grace are ye saand renewing of the Holy Ghost : ved, through faith; and that not of Ver 6. Which he shed on us abun. yourselves: it is the gift of God. 2 Cor. dantly, through Jesus Christ our iv. 13. We having the same spirit of Saviour.
faith, according as it is written, I belie59. 1 Eph. i. 13. In whom ye also ved, and therefore have I spoken : we trusted, after that ye heard the word also believe, and therefore speak. 27
60. ^ Rom.