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52. Q. What consolation do you receive from the belief of the second coming of Christ to judge the quick and the dead ?
A. That in all my miseries and persecutions, with a cheerful hope, I remain in expectation of him, (who yielded himself for me to the judgment of God, and removed from me every curse,) as judge from heaven, 1 who will cast all his enemies and mine into eternal punishments ;m but will take me,
them eternal life ; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John X. 28. We are more than conquerors through him that loved us. Rom viii. 37.
1 For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. Phil. iii. 20. Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity. Tit. ii. 13, 14. And then they shall see the Son of man coming in a cloud with power and great glory; and when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh. Luke xxi. 27, 28. And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of Gud to be the judge of quick and dead. Acts x. 42. For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment to the Son. John v. 22. Acts xvii. 31.
m The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment, to be punished. 2 Pet. i. 9. Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you: and to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ; who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power. 2 Thess. i. 69.
with all his chosen people, unto himself, into celestial joys and everlasting glory."
OF THE HOLY GHOST.
53. Q. What do you believe concerning the Holy Ghost ?
A. First, That he is the true and co-eternal God with the eternal Father and the Son.° Secondly, That he is also given to me,P to make me, through
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. Matt. xxv. 34.
. For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost, and these three are one. 1 John v. 7. And Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost ? Thou hast not lied unto men but unto God. Acts v. 3, 4. Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, bim shall God destroy : 'for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. I Cor. iii. 16, 17. What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost, which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own ? 1 Cor. v. 19.
P And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Gal. iv. 6. Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. 2 Cor. i. 22. In whom also, after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the pur. chased possession, unto the praise of his glory. Eph. i. 13, 14.
faith, partaker of Christ and all his benefits, 9 to comfort me, and to abide with me for ever.s
54 Q. What do you believe concerning the Holy Catholic Church of Christ?
A. I believe that the Son of God,t doth from the beginning of the world to the end,' gather, de
9 That the blessing of Abraham might come on all the Gentiles, through Jesus Christ ; that ye might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Gal. iii. 14. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit that we are the children of God. Rom. viii. 14—16.
• But when the Comforter is come, whom I will send you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, which proceedeth from the Father, he shall testify of me. John xv. 26. Then had the churches rest throughout all Judea, and Galilee, and Samaria, and were edified; and walking in the fear of the Lord, and in the comfort of the Holy Ghost. Acts ix. 31.
• And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever. John xiv. 16. 1 Pet. iv. 14.
* And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets ; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors, and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ. Eph. iv. Il, 12. Even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; that he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious Church, not hav. ing spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing ; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Eph. V. 25–27. John X. 11. 1 Cor. i. 8.
o As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the Lord; My Spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the
fend, and preserve unto himself, by his Spiritw and word, out of all mankind,* a company chosen to everlasting life,y and agreeing in true faith;- and that I am a lively member of that company, and shall for ever remain so.
mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed's seed, saith the Lord, from henceforth and for ever. Isaiah lix. 21. I Cor. xi. 26.
And I say unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon this rock will I build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Matt. xvi. 18.
w And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. John x. 28–30. For by one spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free. I Cor. xii. 13.
And he said unto them-Goye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark xvi. 15. That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations. Luke xxiv. 47. Ask of me, and I will give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Ps. ii. 8. Acts X. 34, 35. Matt. xxviii. 19, 20.
y Who has saved us and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. 2 Tim. i. 9. According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame. Eph. i. 4. Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Tit. ii. 14.
2 There is one body, and one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism. Eph. iv. 4, 5. Rom. viii. 14-17.
• Thou hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation. Rev. v. 9.
55. Q. What do you understand by the communion of saints ?
A. First, That all who believe are, in common, partakers of Christ and all his graces, as being his members.b Secondly, That each ought readily and cheerfully to contribute the gifts and graces which they have received for the common good and safety of all.c
56. Q. What do you believe concerning the remission of sins ?
A. That God, for the satisfaction made by Christ, hath put away all remembrance of my sins, a
b That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us : and truly our fellow. ship is with the Father, and with his son, Jesus Christ, 1 John i. 3. He that spared not his own Son but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things ? Rom. viii. 32. For by one spirit we are all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one spirit. 1 Cor. xii. 13. But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit. 1 Cor vi. 17.
• For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the whole body of Christ. Eph. iv. 12. Let all things be done unto edifying. 1 Cor. xiv. 26. Look not every man on his own things, but every inan also on the things of others. Phil. ii. 4. To do good, and to communicate, forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased. Heb. xiii. 16. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy ; that they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate. 1 Tim. vi. 17. 18.
d He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for our's only, but also for the sins of the whole world. 1 John ii. 2. The