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Q. 8. But if a mao reform his life, and live soberly and juftly for time to come, may he not that way escape God's wrath and curse ?
4. No; fobriety and reformation are duties, but it is faith and regeneration that puts med into Christ, and out of danger ; Matth. 2. 20. Except your righteousness (hall exceed the righie. outness of the Scribes aod Pharisees, ye Mall io no cate edier into the kingdom of heaven. Tit. iii. 5. Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he faved us, by the washing of regeneration, aod renewing of the holy Ghost.
. 9. Do all believing and peniteat Gogers escape God's wrath and corse?
A. Yes, they do, aod Mall for ever escape it ; Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore bow do condemnation to them which are in Chrill Jesus, &c. Col. i. 12, 13. Giving thanks voto God the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inhe. ritance of the saints io light; who hath delivered us from the power of darkpels, and hath trapslated us into the kiogdom of his dear Son. Jobo v, 24. He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that fent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation ; but is passed from death unto life.
Q. 10. What is the fir ioference hence ?
A. Hence it appears how falle and dangerous the Antinomian doctrine is, which teaches that our fios are pardoned before they are committed, or we either believe or repent ; contrary to Aets xxvi. 18. To open their eyes, aod to turn them from darkoels unto light, and from the power of Satan up to God, that they may receive forgiveness of fio, and inheritance as mong them which are fanctified by faith that is in me. James v. 20. He which converteth the finger from the error of his way, fhall save a fool from death, &c. Aēts X. 43. To him give all the prophets witness, that through his dame whofocver believe eth io him (hall receive remission of lios.
Q. II. What is the recood inference hence ?
A. Hence it follows, that it is dangerous op the one side not to strive in all the ways of duty for Christ and salvation, cpatrary to Luke xiii. 24. Strive to enter io at the strait gate ; for mapy, I say unto you, will leek to enter in, aod shall not be able. And as dangerous, on the other side, to rest in, and depend op our owo works and duties ; Phil. iii. y. And be found in him, por having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the rightcousnese which is of God by faith.
Q. 12. What is the third inference hence ?
A. Hence we learn the miserable Itate of all unbelievers, and impenitent persons; the curse and wrath of God lies upon them; Gal. iji. 1o. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curle, &c. And their mittispus for hell is already made; John jii. 18. He that believeth not, is condemnad already.
Q. 13. What is the fourth inference hence ?
A. Hence we learn the happy state into which faith and repentance bring the souls of med; Acts xiii. 38, 39. By him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.
Of saving Faith.
W A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a faving grace,.. wobereby we receive and reft upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the gospel.
Q. 1. What is the root or cause of faith?
A. Not the power of mad's will; Eph. ii. 8. For by grace are ye faved through faith, and that got of yourselves; it is the gift of God : But the Spirit of God; Gali v. 22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, loog-suffering, gentleness, good, Dess, faith. John i. 12, 13. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the fits of God, even to them that believe on his pame; which were born, not of blood, nor
of the will of the field, nor of the will of man, but of God.' . . 2. How doth the Spirit of God ordinarily produce faith? :
A. By the preaching of the word he ordinarily begets it; Rom. X. 17. Faith cometh by hearing, aod hearing by the word of God; though sometimes he doch it immediately. .
e 3. Who are the proper subjects of faith?
A. Convinced and sensible singers are the proper subjects of faith ; Joho xvi. 8, v. 10. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of fin, of righteousness, and of judgment. Of lin, because they believe not on me: of righteousoess, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more : of judgment, because the prioce of this world is judged.
Q. 4. What is the seat or habitation of faith?
A. Not only the head or understanding, but priocipally the heart aod will; Rom. x. 10. With the heart map believeth unto righteousoels, &c. Acts viii. 37. And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart; thou mayest.
Q. 5. But is not the assent of the understanding true faith? · A. The mere affede of the voderstanding to the truths of fcripture, is not such a faith as will save the soul; James ïi. 19,
Thou believest that there is one God; thou dost well : the demoovils also believe, and tremble.
e 6. What is the act of faith that justifies a singer?
A. It is the receiving of Christ, by the full and hearty consene of the heart that justifies us ; Joho i. 12. 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.
Q: 7. What is the object of faith?
A. The primary object of faith is the perfon of Christ, and the secondary his benefits; Isa. xlv. 22. Look uoto me and be faved, all the ends of the earth, &c. Phil. iii. 8, y. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the koowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: For whom I have suf'fered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine owa
righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through the · faith of Christ'; the righteousoefs which is of God by faith,
Q. 8. May not a man look partly to Christ, and partly to his own works and duties for righteousness? ... . A. No; he must eye Christ only, and exclude all others, or he cannot be justified ; Phil. iii. 9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousoess, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ : The righteousoess which is of God by faith. Rom. iv. 5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousoess.
Q. 9. Is it enough to eye the person of Christ only in believing?
A. No; we must eye the person of Christ, as cloathed with all his offices ; Acts xvi. 31. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thine house. Our ignorance needs him as a prophet, our guilt as a priest, our sios and enemies as a king exclusive of all
Q. 10. Is true faich exclusive of all fears and doubts ?
A. No; it is oat, but true believers are troubled with many fears and doubliogs; Ila. I. 10. Who is he among you that · feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkoess, and hath no light, C. Mark ix. 24. And straightway the Father of the child crieth out with tears, Lord, I believe, help thou mine upbelief. : :11. Is no man actually justified till he believe ?
A. No, he cannot be justified actually till he believe actually ; Gal. iii. 22. But the scripture harh concluded all under fin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Joba iü. 18. He that believeth on him, is not
condemoed : But he that believeth not, is condemned already because he hath oot believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
: 12. Is every man that believes justified immediately aod fully upon his believing?
A. Yes, he is ; Rom. v. 1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God throngh our Lord Jesus Chrift. Jobs V. 24. He that heareth my words, and believeth on him that fent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into coodembacion ; but is passed from death unto life.
Q. 13. What is the true character or description of a believer ?
A. He is one that having been convinced of his sia and mile. ry, and of his own and all other creatures inability to save him, and of the ability and willingness of Christ to save him, lets go all hold and dependance on creatures, and his own righteoufDess, and casts himself catirely upon Chrift for righteousnets and life.
Of the Properties, Signs, and Means of Faith. Queft, 1. VIT Hat is the first property of faith?
IV A. It is a molt precious grace ; 2 Pet, i. i. To them that have obtained like precious faith with us, &c. · And must needs be so, seeing it is the bood of our union with
Chrift; Eph. iii. 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye being rooted and grounded in love. That by which we are justified ; Rom. v. 1. Therefore being justified by faith, &c. And that by which our souls do live; Heb. ii. 4. The just shall live by faith.
2. What is the secood property of saviog faith? • A. The second property of faith is this, that it is the most useful grace in this world to a believer, it being the foul's eye ; Heb. xi. 27. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: For he endured, as seeing him who is invisible, &c. It is hard to apprehend Chrilt ; Phil. iii. 12. That I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. It is cordial in a fainting season ; Plalm xxvii. 3. I had faioted, unless I had believed, &c. : : 3. What are the foundations that support faith?
A. The first fouodation or prop of faith, is the power of God; Rom. iv, 20, 21. He staggered oot at the promise through unbelief, but was stroog in faith, giving glory to God. And being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Heb. vii. 25. He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, &c. . i 4. What is the second prop of faith? .
· A. The truth and faithfuloefs of God in his promises ; Heb. X. 23. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wa. vering, for he is faithful that hath promised. Heb. vi, 18. That by two imputable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us...
. 5. What encourages the faith of the saints ? Tom
A. The manifold, sweet, and seosible experiences of others; Psalm lxxiv. 14. Thou breakest the heads of Leviathan in pieces, and gaveft him to be meat for the people inhabiting the wilderness. And efpecially their own experiences; Joh. xxiii, 14. Ye know in all your hearts, and in all your fouls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God (pake concerniog you; all' are come to pass unto you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
Q. 6. What is the first figo of a weak faith? * A. Staggeriogs in our affeot to divine truths, argue the weakDefs of faith; Rom. iv, 10. He staggered dot at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong io faith, &c.
Q. 7. What is the second figo of a weak faith? : A. Inability to trust God in time of danger, evidenced by Tipful haste to avoid it; Ila. xxviii. 16. He that believeth, thail Dot make halte.
e 8. What is the third siga of a weak faith?
A. When we cannot live purely by faith, except we have some sensible encouragement; John XX. 25. Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my fioger into the print of 'the nails, and thrust my hand into his fide, I will not believe.
Q. 9. What is the fourth sign of a weak faith . . .
A: When a pew temptation makes us easily let go our for. mer confidence; Luke xxiv. 21. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Ifrael : And besides all this, today is the third day since these thiogs were done.
e. 10. What is the fifth figo of a weak faith?
A. The prevaleace of carnal fears, in times of trouble, argues weak faith; Marth. viii. 26. And he faith unto them, Why are ye fearful, Oye of little faith? doc.
Q. 11. What is the sixth sign of a weak faith?
A. Too much carefuloefs and anxiety about the things of this life ; Matth. vi. 30. Wherefore if God so clothe the grass of the field, which 10-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, Thall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Q. 12. What is the first benefit of a stropg faith?
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