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a Matth. xxviii

. 19, A. I believe that there is 6 Aits ii. 42. I Cor.

ordaind the Holy Catholick xii. 25. It is not e

Church a, and the Communough to be a member nion of Saints b; and I hope of the Church (which for Salvation in the same is compar'd to the bo

Church c and Communion d. dy of a man) without doing the part of a , member, which is to go with the Church where it goes, and to love and help all the other members. Charity both does all

the good it can to the beloved, and never unkindly separates from their company. 6. Mark xvi, 15, 16. di 1 Cor. xiii. 1, 2, 3.

XL, Q. What is the Church?


Heb. iij. 6. To hold A. Christ's Family of Chrifaft, gri' is to do as

stians. we are exhorted. 1 Cor. 15. 58. XLI. Q. What is the Holy Catholick Church?

A. One Church of Holy 4 Epb. iv. 3 to 7. livers for all the world a, and * Matth. xxviii. 19,

to continue to the end of the 20. Gal. i. 8, 9.

world b. XLII. Q. What is the Communion of Saints?

A. All true Christians do a Aals ïi. 42. 46. Heb. z. 25. b Levit. in all the publick Worlhip of

constantlyjoyn with the Church -xix. 17; 1 Thell. v. ll, 14. Heb. iii. 13. ch. God a; and do all the good 10. 24, 25. Matth. they can, to the Souls b and XXV. 34 to the end.

bodies of one another c. The Communion or fellowship of true Christians with God their Father, and with

Christ their Head or Lord, ? John i. 3; and with the Holy Ghost their Sanctifier, 2 Cor. xiii. 14, belongs to the first, fécond, and eighth Articles.


XLIII. Q. What do you believe in the tentb Article, concerning the Forgiveness of fins ?

evil a.

Luke xxiv. A. I believe that I and all Christians, truly 46, 47: repenting * have the forgiveness of our fins,

See the upon the account of Christ's Dying for the Command fame. ments, 27. 29 2

XLIV. Q. What Benefits do we receive by tbe forgiveness of our fins ?

4. By fin we forfeited and a Gex. ii. 17.ch. iii. 15 to 20. ch. viii. 21.

loft all good, and fell into all Rom. v. 12. ch. vi.

Therefore when our

23. 2 Cor. 2. 14. 6 There- fins are forgiven upon the acfore Mattb. xxvi. 28,

count of Christ's Dying for Chrift's blood med for the remission of fins, is

us, then God gives us grace the blood of the new

and all other good, and deliteftament; that is the

vers us from all evil, as he Blood that seals the fees fit b. New Testament, and all the promises therein, to them that perform the Commandments. Christ's Blood is the Seal of all both the Promises and Commands of the New Testament: as Exod. xxiv. 7, 8, the blood of the old covenant or testament was the Seal of all the Promises and Commands of it in the foregoing Chapters. See Heb. ix.

The Promises of the New Testament seal'd and obtain'd by Chrift's Dying for the forgiveness of our sins, are the promises of forgiveness, Matth. xxvi. 28; of grace, Tit. i. 14 ; of everJafting life, fohn ii. 14, 15; of all things that are good for us, Rom.viii. 32; and of deliverance from all evil, Gal. ii. 13.

15 to 21.

XLV. Q. What do you believe in the eleventh and twelfth Articles, concerning the Resurrection of tbe body, and the Life everlasting?

A. I believe that I and all A 1 Cor. XV. 22, 58.

true Christians, continuing in bi Pet. i.

3, 4

The resurrection and ever

well-doing, shall have a blessed lafting punishment of Resurrection of our bodies d, the wicked belong to and everlasting blessed Life in the seventh Article.

heaven b. Matth. XXV. 41. John V. 28, 29. In these Articles are contain'd the Gifts of God to


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all true members of his Church. I Cor. XV. 20 to the end. - John
V.10, 11. Everlasting life always fignifies in the Scripture a Happy
life. Mattb.xxv. 46. ch. xix. 16. John vi. 53, 54. The Ancient
Chriftians fometimes dispused the last part of the Creed thus, I be-
lieve in the Holy Ghost, the forgiveness of fins, the resurrection
of the flesh, and the life everlasting. by the holy Church; to
lignify, that forgiveness of fins, and resurrection to everlasting
life, are to be obtain'd in the Church. Cyprian Epift. 76. 6.

XLVI. Q. What do you mean by Amen?
A. All this I stedfastly believe.

2 Cor. i. XLVII. Q. What dost thou, chiefly learn in these 20. Articles of tby Belief ?

A. First, I learn to believe in God the Father,
who hath made me, and all the world:
Secondly, in God the Son, who hath redeemed

1 John iii. me, and all mankind :

16. chim, Thirdly, in God the Holy Ghost, who Sancti: 10. ch. ii. fieth me, and all the elect people of God.

XLVIII. Q. What do you mean by this?

A. I believe that God the Father made me and all the world: and I trust in him, and obey him.

I believe that God the Son Redeemed me, and all mankind : and I trust in him, and obey him.

And I believe that God the Holy Ghoft Sanctifieth me, and all the elect people of God: and I trust in him, and obey him.

XLIX. R. Are shere' more Gods than one ?
a i Cor. viii. 4, 6.

A. No a: The Father, and
Matth. xxviii. 19.

the Son, and the Holy Ghoft
Mark xij. 29.

are three Persons b, and one
1 Joba v.7.

God c.
L. Q. What do you learn by the Father, and
the Son, and the Holy Ghost being one God?

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pard with Luke xxi. does a, or speaks to us b

15. John xy. 26,
compar'd with 1 Cor. ii. 10, 11, 12. John xvi. 15.
LI. Q. What must you therefore do ? :

A. I must give the glory * The meaning of Glory be to the Fatber, and thanks of all good to the and to the Son, and to Father, and to the Son, and ibe 'Holy Gboft. As to the Holy Ghost *, and

pray this glory was given with the Church to each of 10 all Three in the ber : ginning of the Church them, and to all of them to(Matth. xxviller

is gether. how given,

pall be given world without end. I say, in the beginning of the .

Church, because the mystery of the Trinity was not plainly reveal'd before. ; Matth. xxviii. 19.

LII. Q. What is Christ's Redeeming us?! Ep5.i. 7.! A. His Dying for the forgiveness of our sins. \ LIII. Q. How bas Christ redeem'd all mankind?

A. Upon the account of a Rom. v. 6, 8, to his. Dying for all, God fo-far and of all good, and forgives all a, as instead of the the suffering of all evils, punishments * due to their sins, and everlasting death to give them Grace to do what b. 1 Tim. ii. 4, 5, 6. he expects from them b, and ch. iv. 1o. Rom. ii.

other mercies and corrections , .

Ezek. Xxxiii."112" Matth: to lead them to repentance c. 5:45:. Luke vi. 35. And when they do what he Rom. ii. 4. Jer. i. expects from them, then he ful30. ch. v. 3, 24. Sec 44 2

ly forgives them, so as to give

them more Grace, and all other' mercies, and to deliver them from all evil, as he fees fit d. 1.

LIV. Q. LIV. Q. Who are meant by Eleet People?

Mark. iy. 24, Those that bear; that 4. Chosen People, they is obey what they hear; that obey God. and bave, that is, carefully uke what they have) God chuses, and gives more to them. But be that hath not, that is, does not use the Grace he hath, from bim fall be taken, even that which he hath: and fo he is reprobated.

That none are reprobated for want of fufficient Grace to en. able them to do what God expects from them for their Election and Salvation ; see Ifa. v. 4. Jer. ii. 21. Marth: xviii

. 14. ch. xxiii. 37. They that understand any places of Scripture in a sense contrary to these, certainly understand them not rightly.

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LV. Q. Who do obey God, and do what be expeets from them?

2. Heb. xi. 6. Rom. A. They that do their best i. 13, 14; 15.

endeavour to learn, and bebu Fobni. 8, 9. Prov. lieve and do the truth of his

Word a and truly repent of The best Christians have their failings, both

their sins b. in faith and obedience. Therefore, in the Creed of St. Athanasius, to keep the Catholick. Faith whole and undefiled, is, to believe all that by diligent learning we can know to be the truth of God's word, and to endeavour diligently to live according to it. And that Creed, and the 18th of the 39 Articles condemn only those that willingly err from the Truth, (John iii. 18, 19.) or through nego lect to know it. Matth. 13. 15. For our Church in several of the Prayers truly fays unto God, who hateft nothing that those haft made. Pf. 145. 9. Mantb 7. 1.1

'We may not understand any words of the Holy Scripture, or of the writings of the Church, in a hard sense contrary to other plain words of the Scripture, and of the Church. How pleasing it is unto Christ, to take his words that seem hard, in a merciful sense. See Matth. 15. 22 to 29.


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