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and the caves he was forc'd to hide himself in ; or (which is the same in effe&t) his great troubles which brought him into such dangers, and hiding places. So there is no need to think that Christ was any lower than the grave in the deep. There is no need, nor true reason to think
was fo low as in the prison of hell, call'd the deep (d'Bua) Luke viii. 31. Epb. iv. 9 is the same with John iii
. 13; the lower parts of the earth being these lower parts of the world wherein we dwell, Pf. 139. 15. Ifa. 44. 23.) and to which the grave belongs. Or by the lower parts of the earth may be meant the grave, (PJ. 63. 9, 10.) into which Christ was to descend, before he ascended into heaven. His words John xx. 17, I am not yet ascended to my Father, prove no more, than that he had not ascended in his body; as Axts ii. 34.
1 Pet. iii. 19. Cbrif went by the Spirit in Noah, a preacher of righteousness, 2 Ep. ii. 5, (as by his Spirit in the Apostles be came and preached peace, Eph. ii. 17.) and preached unto the spirits in prison in hell, when they were alive, as ch. iv. 6; or to the spirits in the prison of fin; as Luke iv. 18. Ifa. xlii. 6; 7. chap. 61.1.
As to the opinion of his descending into a paradise in hell Sce, 33 2
XXVI. Q. For what did : Chris Suffer, was
A. He so Suffer'd a suffiMattb. xxvi. 28. His cient punishment for our sins, punishment was suffi
to obtain pardon for us. çient for all our fins, because he is the Son of God. - His Godhead made the Suffer. ings of his Manhood of Infinite Value. Afts xx. 28. 1 John ji. 16. He could not Die as he is God, but as he is Man. By his suffering a sufficient punishment for all our sins, he paid our whole' debt: and so he perfectly fulfilled the righteousness of the Law for us, who truly repent and amend. Rom. viii:
3, 4• ' XXVII. Q. What do you believe in the fifth Article, concerning Christ's Rising again?
A. Pbelieve that the third-day he Rose again Rom. X. 9. from the dead. 1 Cor. xv.
XXVIII. Q. 4,
53 XXVIII. Q. What do you believe in the fixth Article, concerning bis Ascending into Heaven?
A. I believe that he ascended into Heaven, Mark xvi. and Sitteth at the Right hand of God the Fa: 19. ther Almighty.
XXIX. Q. How does Christ fit at the right band of God?
A. He fitteth at the right hand of the Throne Heb. viii. of God.
XXX. Q. For what did Christ rise again, as-
A. To pray to God for
us a, and to reign over all
XXXI. Q. What do you believe in the seventh
A. I believe that he shall come from Heaven Aits i. 11. to Judge the quick and the dead.
XXXII. Q: What will Christ then do?
A. He will raise all the dead a ; and give the a John v. Kingdom of Heaven to all that have done good 28, 29, b; and condemn to everlasting fire all that have done evil. c.
c Matth. XXXIII. Q. What does he unto the dead in the xxv. 41, mean time?
6 Matth. X.XV. 34•
:Aas vii. 59. A. He receives by his An6 Luke xvi. 22, 35; gels the Souls of the rightech. 23. 43, compar'd with 2 Cor. xii. 2, 4.
ous into heaven and happiNo other Paradise be ness a: and he sends the fides Heaven is to be wicked into hell and tor. found in the Scripture. ments b.
2 Cor. 5. I to 9. We know that if (our body, callid) our earebly house of this tabernacle (Job. iv. 19. 2 Pet. 1. 13, 14) were disolved (by death) we bave a building of God, an house not made with bands, fto supply the want of our body) eternal in the heavens (until the Resurreáion of car body, and then compleated in our body forever.)
2. For in this (earthly body) we groan earnestly, defiring to be slotbed upon with our bouse which is from beaven ; (and in which
thither. 3. This shall be,) If so be that being clothed (with our body, that is, before we die,) we fall not be found naked (without righteousness. Rev. ii. 17, 18, ch. 16. 15. It feems to be rather thus) If fo be that (when we die, wdurdheroes gouros Eugeongbusda.) we loall be found clothed (with righteousness,) not naked.
4. For we that are in this tabernack de gront, being burdened (with fin and misery:) not for that we would be uncloíbet, (with out our body, or any clothing in the place of it,) but clothed upon, (have better clothing, a finless blessed house of our Souls ;) that mortality might be fwallowed up of life.
5. Now be that hath wrought us for the self same thing, is God; who also bath given unto us the earnest of the Spirit.
6. Therefore we are always confident (in expectation of being clothed upon, and of blessed life in heaven immediately after death) knowing that whilf we are at home in the earthly) body, we are absent from the Lord,
7. For we walk in confidence) by faith, the belief of what death will bring us to,) not by fight (of it now.)
8. We are confident, 1 say, and willing raiber to be abfent from the body, and to be present with the Lord in heaven. ver. 1, 2. Fon xii
. 26. Phil. i. 23. Ecclef, iii. 21. No other place is to be found in the Scripture for the Souls of the Saints at any time, either before or after the Resurrection of Chrift; when the Papifts Fay those Souls came out of their place in hell. And others have believ'd that they are there uns til the day of Judgment.
Therefore in heaven they always were, as well as Enoch and Elias. And from heaven without doubt the Soul of Mofes came with Elias, when they appear'd to Christ. Matth. xvii. 3.
The devil's pretending to raise up Samuel, 1 Sam. xxvii, proves nothing but that there was then such a gross error amang men, as to think that the Souls even of the best Saints were in the power of devils, and also at the black commands of the wordt of mankind. ver. A Christian therefore may not think it was Samuel that appear'd, but the familiar Spirit in his shape. Whereas it is said, When the Woman saw Samuel: And Saul perceived that it was Samuel: And Samuel faid: that is only according to the opinion of Saul and the witch; or according to the outward appearance, as the serpent is said to speak to, and deceive Eve, when it was the devil in the serpent. As to that Spirit's foretelling, he might easily perceive the overthrow of Saul, by his coming to him, and God's forsaking him. And Satan might have express leave from God to punish Saul and his army, as he had to affict Job.
They were Angels that carried Lazarus into Abraham's Bosom, to be sure not in the power of devils. Nor did they bring him into any place of comfort in hell; altho' the parable says that the rich man faw Abraham afar off, and that they (pake one to another. For parables are not to be taken ftri&tly according to the words, but according to the design of them. And the design of that parable is to shew the different condition of the righteous and the wicked after death: who we may be sure are not so near, as to sec or talk with one another. Luke viii. 31. ch. 16. 23. John v. 22. Mattb. vii. 21, 22, 23. When the wicked are brought out of hell, and placed on the left hand, they will then plainly fee that there is no pleading for mercy. Therefore, Many will say to me in that day, is to be understood of the day of death.
XXXIV. Q. What do you believe in the eighib Article, concerning the Holy Ghost?
A. I believe that there is Mattb. xxviii, 19. * That is God's Spirit the Holy Ghost *, and I that makes us holy. trust in him, and obey him t. Luke xi. 13. + Obey his Word in the Holy Scripture, and his Motions in our hearte to obey the same word. I XXXV. Q. Who is the Holy Ghost?
· 3, 4. ch. xxviii:
a John xv. 26.
A. The Spirit of God and Rom. viii. 9. b. Afts and of Christ a, and the same
25, God with them b; who Sancompar'd with Ijai. vi. 9. I Cor. ii. 10. 11.
ctifies all God's people c. As the spirit of a man, that knows all things of a man, is the man himself: so the Spirit of God, that knows all things of God, is God himself. ch. 6. 19. 2 Cor. iii. 17. : He is the fame God, but not the same Person with the Father and the Son. Matth. xxvii.
19. c. John iii. 5. Axs ii. 38, 39. : Rom. viii. 14.
XXXVI. Q. Why must you trust also in the
Holy Ghost? a Jon xv. 26. Rom.
A. Because the Father and the Son do Sanctify
us a, and do all other things for us. by him b. byob XXXVII. What is the Holy Ghost's Sanétifying
xxvi. 13. us? ch. 33. 4.
A. He gives us grace to a Tobn xiv. 26.
understand a, and obey God's b. Eph. ii. 16. ch. v.
Word b; and helps us to 9. c Rom. viii. 26. He intercedes for us, pray cos by helping us to pray, and by putting into our hearts desires and groanings, more than we utter with our mouths.
XXXVIII. How is the Holy Ghost our Comfor
a John xiv. 15, 16.
A. He gives Comfortable ch. 15. 2. b Rom. viii. increase of grace to them that 14 to 18. He bears' faithfully obey God, a'; and witness by his increase assures them of God's love h. of grace, and by the promises of his word, that we are the children of God, particularly by the promise, v. 14.
XXXIX. Q: What do you believe in the ninth Article, concerning the Church?