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is nothing which can alienate us from his love,y since all creatures are so far under his power, that without his permission not only are they incapable of acting, but are unable to move.
OF GOD THE SON.
29. Q. Why is the Son of God called Jesus, that is, a Saviour ?
A. Because he saves us from all our sins ja neither ought we to look to any other for salvation, nor can any elsewhere be found.b
with the Lord. Wherefore we labour, that whether present or absent we may be accepted of him. 2 Cor. v. 8,9. For if in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. I Cor. xv. 19. In God I have put my trust. Ps. lvi. 11.
y For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus. Rom. viii. 38, 39,.. • 2 All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; and he doth according to his will, in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth : and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, what doest thou ? Dan. iv. 34, 35; Acts xvii. 24-26.
* And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call bis name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins. Mat. i, 21. Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Heb. vii. 25.
b Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. Acts iv. 12. For there is one God, and one Mediator
30. Q. Do they then believe in the only Saviour Jesus, who look to themselves, or any other for salvation ?
A. No. For though in word they boast in that Saviour, yet in reality they deny him as the only Saviour. For it must needs be that either Jesus is not a perfect Saviour, or that they who embrace him as their Saviour with a true faith, possess all things in him, which are required unto salvation.d
31. Q. Why is he called Christ, that is, Anointed ?
A. Because he was ordained of the Father, and anointed of the Holy Ghost,e the chief Prophet and Doctor, who hath laid open to us the secret counsel and whole will of his Father concerning
between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Tim. 2,5; 1 John v. Il; John xv. 4; Is. xliii. 11.
c Is Christ divided ? I Cor. i. 13. Of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, sanctification and redemption : that according as it is written, he that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord. I Cor. i. 30, 31; Gal. v. 4.
d Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. Heb. xii. 2. For it pleased the Father that in him should all fullness dwell. Col. i. 19, 20. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power. Col. ii. 10,
e Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity, therefore God, even thy God, has anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows. Heb. i. 9; Ps. xlv. 7, 8. The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor, &c. &c. Luke iv. 18; Is, Ixi. 1.
I The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me , unto him ye
our Redemption; 8 and the High Priest, who with that one only sacrifice of his body hath redeemed us, i and doth continually intercede for us with his Father;j. and a King, who ruleth us by his word and Spirit, and defendeth and maintaineth that salvation which he hath purchased for us.kr
shall hearken. Deut. xviii. 15. For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you. Acts iii. 22 ; vii. 37; Is. lv. 4.
& No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom of the Father, he hath declared him. John i. 18. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth ; but I have called you friends ; for all things that I have heard of my Father, I have made known unto you. John xv. 15.
h The Lord hath sworn and will not repent, Thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchisedek. Ps. cx. 4.
i But Christ being come an High Priest of good things to come, neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Heb. ix. 11, 12. But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins, for ever sat down at the right hand of God; for by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Heb. x. 12, 14.
į It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Rom. viii. 34. And if any man sin, we have an advo. cate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 1 John ii. 1. Heb. ix. 24.
k Yet have I set my King upon my holy hill of Zion. Ps. ii. 6. Rejoice greatly, o daughter of Zion, behold thy King cometh unto thee; he is just, and having salvation. Zech. ix. 9; Mat. xxi. 5. And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Mat. xxviii. 18. And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never
32. Q. But why are you called a Christian?
A. Because through faith I am a member of Jesus Christ, and a partaker of his anointing ; m that I may both confess his name, and present myself to him as a lively sacrifice of thankfulness ; and also may in this life fight against sin and Satan with a free and good conscience,P and afterwards enjoy an everlasting kingdom with Christ our Lord.9
perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John X. 28. ,! And it came to pass, that a whole year they assembled themselves with the church, and taught much people. And the disciples were called Christians first in Antioch. Acts xi. 28.
10 But the anointing which ye have received of him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you; but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. 1 John ii. 27,
Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. Mat. x. 32. For with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. Rom. x. 10.
• I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. Rom. xii. 1. What shall I render unto the Lord for all his benefits towards me? Ps. cxvi. 12; 1 Peter ii. 9.
P Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand the wiles of the devil. Eph. vi. ll. Abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul. 1 Pet. ii. 11. This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare. 1 Tim. i. 18, 19; Gal. v. 16, 17.
4 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Mat. xxv. 34. If we suffer, we shall also reign with him. 2 Tim. ii. 12.
33. Q. Why is Christ called the only begotten Son of God, since we also are the sons of God ?
A. Because Christ alone is the co-eternal and natural Son of the Father, and we are but sons adopted of the Father by grace, for his sake.s
34. Q. Why do you call him “ Our Lord ?”
A. Because by redeeming our body and soul from sin, not with silver nor gold, but with his precious blood, and delivering us from all the power of the Devil, he hath claimed us as a peculiar people to himself.t
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. John i. 14. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John iii. 16. In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him. 1 John iv. 9; Rom. viii. 32.
s The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God. Rom. viii. 16. But as many as received him to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John i. 12. Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will. Eph. i, 5.
· Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. 1 Pet. i. 18, 19. Ye are bought with a price; therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit which are God's. 1 Cor. vi. 20. Who gave himself a ransom for all. 1 Tim. 2, 6. Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people ; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. 1 Pet. ii. 9.