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XIX. Of the union and distinction of the two na-.
tures in the perfon of Chrift.
We believe that by this conception, the perfor of the Son, is inseperably united and connected with the human nature. So that there are noi two Sons of God, nor two perfons, but iwo natures united in one single person, yet cach nature retains its own distinet properties. As then the divine nature hath always remained uncreated, without beginning of days or end of life, filling heaven and earth : also. hath the human nature no: lost its properties, but remained a: creature, having beginning of days, being a finite nature, and retaining all the properties of a real body. And tho' he hath by his resur. rection given immortality to the fame, nevertheless, he hath not changed the reality of his human nature: for: as much as our. falvation and resurrection alfo.. depend on the reality of his body.. But these two natures are so closely, united in one person, that they were not seperated even by his death. Therefore that which he when dying commended into the hands of his Father, was a real human fpirit, de. pariing from his body.:. But in the mean time the divine nature always remained united with the haman, even when he laid in the grave: and the godhead did not cease to be in him; any more than it: did when he was an infant, tho' it did not so clearly manifeft itfclf for awhile. Wherefore, we confess:
that he is very GOD; and very man : Very God by his power, to conquer death ; and very man chat he night die for us according to the infirmity of his fichi.
XX. That GOD hath manifefted his righteoul
nefs and mercy in Chrift.
We believe that God, who is perfeâly merciful and just, sent his Son to assume that nature, in which the disobedience was committed, to make fatisfaction in the same, and to bear the punihment of sin by his most bitter passion and death. God there. fore manifested his justice against his Son, when he laid our iniquities upon him and poured forth his mercy and goodness on us, who were guilty and worthy of damnation, out of mere and perfect love, giving his Son unto death for us, and raising him for our justification, that through him we mighi obcainiinmortality and life eternal.
XXI. of the fatisfaction of Christ our only High
Priest for us. We believe that Jesus Christ is ordained with an oath to be an everlasting High Priest, after the order of Milchisedec. Who hath presented himself in our behalf before his Father, to appease his wrach by his full fatisfa&tion, offering himself on the tree
of the cross, and pouring out his precious blood to purge away our fins : as the prophets had foretold. For it is written, he was wounded for our transgres. fions, he was bruised for iniquities : The chastisement of our peace was upon him, and with his fripes we are healed : He was brought as a lamb to the Naughter, and numbered with the transgressors : And condemned by Pontius Pilate as a malefactor, though he had first declared him innocent. Therefore he restored that which he took not away, and suffered, the just for the unjust, as well in his body as foul, feeling the terrible punilhments which our fins had merited, insomuch that his sweat became like unto drops of blood falling on the ground. He called out, my God ! my God! why hast thou forsaken me? And hath suffered all this for the remission of our fins. Wherefore we justly say with the apostle Paul, that we know nothing but Jesus Christ, and him crucified, we count all things but loss and dung for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord; in whore wounds we find all manner of consolation. Neither is it necessary to seek or invent any other means of being reconciled to God, than this only facrifice once offered, by whicli believers are made perfect forever. This is also the reason why he was called by the angel of God, Jesus, that is to say, Sa. viour, because he should fave his people from their
· XXII. Of our justification through faith in Jefus
We believe that to attain the truc knowledge of this great mystery, the Holy Ghost kindleth in our hearts an upright faith which embraces Jesus Chrift, with all his merits appropriates him and secks nothing more besides bim. For it must needs follow, either that all things which are requisite to our salvation are not in Jefus Christ, or if all things are in him, that then those who possess Jesus Christ through faith, have complete salvation in him. Therefore should any assert, that Christ is not sufficient, but that something more is required besides him, would be too gross: a blasphemy : For hence it would follow, that Chrift: was but half a Saviour. Therefore we justly say with: Paul, that we are justified by faith alone,, or by, faith without works. However to speak more clearly, we do not mean, that faith itself justifies us, for: it is only an instrument with which we embrace Christ our righteousness :: But Jesus Christ imputing to us all his merits, and so many holy works which he hath done for us, and in our fiead, is our rightcousness.. And faith is an instrument that keeps us in commu.. nion with him in all his benefits, which when be. come ours, are more than fufficient to acquit us: of: our sins,
XXIII. That our justification consists in the forgive
ness of fin, and the imputation of Christ's obedience. We believe that our salvation consists, in the remis. fion of our fins for Jesus Christ's fake, and that there. in our righteousness before God is implied ; As D1vid and Paul teach us, declaring this to be the happiness of man, that God im putes righteousness to him without works. And the same apostle faith, that we are justified freely, by his grace through the redemption which is in Jesus Christ. And therefore we always hold fast this foundation, ascribing all the glory to God, humbling ourselves before him, and acknowledging ourselves to be such as we really are, without presuming to trust in any thing in ourselves, or in any merit of ours, relying and resting upon the obedience of Christ crucified alone, which becomes ours, when we believe in him : this is sufficient to cover all our iniquities, and to give us confidence in approaching to God; freeing the conscience of fear, terror and dread, without following the example of our first father Adam, who irembling, attempting to cover himself with fig-leaves. And verily if we should appear before God, relying on ourselves or on any other creature, thongh never so little, we should alas ! be consumed. And therefore every one must pray with David ; O Lord enter not into judgement with thy servant : For in thy liglit Ahall no man living be justified.