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tion, the whole will of God", in all things concerning their edification and falvation'.

Q. 44. How doth Christ execute the office of a priest ?

A. Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering himself a sacrifice without spot to God', to be a reconciliation for the fins of his people"; and in making continual interceflion for them.


Q. 45. How doth Christ execute the office of a king?


selves, but unto us they did 'Till we all come in the unity minifter the things which are of the faith, and of the knownow reported unto you, by ledge of the Son of God, onto a them that have preached the perfect man, unto the meafure gospel unin you, with the Holy of the stature of the fulness of Ghost fent down from heaven. Cirill. juin 20. 31.

z Heb. 1. I, e. God who c Heb. 9. 14 28 How much at fundry times, and in divers more shall the blood of Christ, manners, spake in time past upto who through the e'ernal Spithe fathers, by the prophets, rit offered himself without hath in these last days spoken spot to God, purge your conunto us by his Son.

science-So Christ was a John 15. 15. But I have offered to bear the sins of called you friends; for all things many: that I have heard of my Father, d Heb. 2. 17. That he might I have made known unto be a merciful and faithful high you.

priest, in things pertaining to b Eph. 4. 11, 12, 13. And God, to make reconciliation for he gave fume, apostles; and the fins of the people. some, prophets; and some, e Heb. 7. 25. Wherefore he evangelists; and fome, pastors is able also to save them to and teachers; for the per- the uttermost, that come unto fearing of the saints, for the God by him, seeing he ever work of the ministry, for the liveth to make intercession for edifying of the body of Christ; them.

A. Christ executeth the office of a king, in calling out of the world a people to himselff; and giving them officers, laws", and censures, by which he visibly governs them'; in bestowing saving grace upon his elect", rewarding their obedience', and correcting them for their fins", preserving and supporting them under all their temptations and sufferings", restraining and overcoming all their enemies", and powerfully ordering all things for his own glory", and their

flfa. 55. 4, 5.—Behold thou ye shall loose on earth, shall fhalt call a nation that thou be loosed in heaven. 1 Cor. knowest not, and nations that 5.4.5. 1 Tim. 5. 20. Tit. 3. 10. knew not thee, shall run unto k Acts 5. 31. Him hath thee, because of the Lord thy God exalted with his right God, and for the Holy One of hand to be a Prince and a Israel; for he hath glorified Saviour fur to give repentance thee. Gen. 49. 10.

tolfiael, and forgiveness of Gus. g i Cor. 12. 28. And God 'fa 68. 18. hath set some in the church, I Rev. 22. 12. And behold first apostles, secondarily pro-. I come quickly; and my rephets, thirdly teachers, after ward is with me, to give every That miracles, then gifts of man according as his work healings, helps, governments, shall be, Mat. 25. 34, 35, 36. diversities of tongues. Eph. Rom. 2. 7. 4. 11, 12

m Rev. 3, 19 As many as h lfa. 33. For the I love I rebuke and chaften.. Lord is our judge, the Lord Heb, 12. (), 7. is our law-giver, the Lord n Ifa. 63. 9. In all their is our king, he will save affliction he was afflicted, and

the angel of his presence saved i Mat. 18. 17, 18. And if them : in his love and in his be shall neglect to hear them, pity he redeemed them, and tell it unto the church: but if he bare them, and carried he neglect to hear the church, let them all the days of old him be unto thee as an heathen o i Cor. 15. 25. For he man and a publican. Verily I say must reign till he hath put all nnto you, Whatsoever ye shall enemies under his feet.' Psa.. bind on earth, shall be bound 110. throughout. in heaven; and whatsoever p Rom. 14. 11. As I live.



good!; and also in taking vengeance on the rest, who know not God, and obey not the gospel'.

Q. 46. What was the estate of Chriff's humiliati


A. The estate of Christ's humiliation was that low condition, wherein he, for our fakes, emptying himself of his glory, took upon him the form of a servant, in his conception and birth, life, death, and after his death until his resurrection'.

Q. 47. How did Christ humble himself in his conception and birth?

A. Christ humbled himself in his conception and birth, in that, being from all eternity the Son of God in the bosom of the Father, he was pleased in the fulness of time to become the fon of man, made of a woman of low estate, and to

faith the Lord, every knee Lord Jesus Christ

. Psa. 2.9. shall bow to me, and every Thou shalt break them with a tongue shall confess to God. rod of iron, chou shalt daih Phil. 2. II. And that every them in pieces like a potter's tongue should confess, that Je- vesel. sus Christ is Lord, to the glo- s Phil. 2. 6, 7, 8. Who bery of God the Father.

ing in the form of God, q Rom. 8. 28. And we thought it not robbers to be eknow that all things work to. qual with God: but made gether for good, to them that himself of no reputation, and Jove God, to them who are took upon him the form of a the called according to his servant, and was made in the purpose.

likeness of inen: and being r 2 Theff. 1. 8. In flam. found in fashion as a man, ing fire, taking vengeance on he humbled himself, and bethem that know not God, and came obedient unto death, ethat obey not the gospel of our ven the death of the cross.

be born of her, with divers circumstances of more than ordinary abasement'.

Q. 48. How did Christ humble himself in his


A. Christ humbled himself in his life, by subjecting himself to the law, which he perfectly fulfilled", and by conflicting with the indignities of the world', temptations of Satan', and infirmities in his flesh; whether common to the nature of man, or particularly accompanying that his low condition”.

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Q. 49. How did Christ humble himself in his death?

A. Christ humbled himself in his death, in that having been betrayed by Judas", forsaken

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that worm, and no ye through his poverty might be proach of men, and despised of rich. Luke 1. 31. Acts 2. 24. the people. Ifa. 53. 2, 3. Heb.

t John 1. 14. The Word 12. 2. 3: was made flesh and dwelt a- y Mat. 4. I to 12. Then mong us-v. 18. The only be- was Jesus led up of the Spirit gotten Son, which is in the into the wilderness, to be bofom of the Father. Luke 2. tempted of the devil, &c. 7. And she brought forth her Luke 4. v. I to 14. first born son, and wrapped 2 Heb. 2. 17, 18. Where. him in swaddling clothes, and fore in all things it behoved laid him in a manger

him to be made like unto his v Gal. 4. 4. God sent forth brethren-For in that he himhis Son, made of a woman, self hath fuffered, being temptmade under the law.

ed, he is able to succour them w Mat. 5. 17. Think not that are tempted. Heb. 4. 15. that I am come to destroy the sa. 52. 14. law or the prophets; I am not

by his disciples", scorned and rejected by the world', condemned by Pilate, and tormented by his perfecutors"; having also conflicted with the terrors of death and the powers of darkness, felt and born the weight of God's wrath, he laid down his life an offering for fin', enduring the painful, thameful, and curfed death of the cross

Q. 50. W herein consisted Chriffs humiliation af. ter his death ?

A. Chrift's humiliation after his death, confisted in his being buried", and continuing in the state of the dead, and under the power of death till the third day', which hath been otherwise expreffed in these words, He descended into hell.

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Mat. 27. 46. And about the b Mat. 26. 56. Then all ninth hour, Jesus cried with a the disciples forfook him, and loud voice, -Eli, Eli, lama fafed.

bachthani,- MyGod, my God, c Ifa. 53. 1. 3. He is de. why haft thou forsaken me? fpifed and rejected of men, a Rom. 8. 32. Liike 22. 23. man of sorrows and acquaint- f Ifa. 53. 10. Thou shalt ed with grief; and we hid as make his soul an offering for it were our faces from him; sin. he was despised, and we ef- g Phil. 2. 8. And being teemed him not.

found in fashion as a man, he d Mat. 27. 26. And when hunibled himself, and becanie he had fcourged Jesus, he de- obedient unto death, even the livered him to be crucified. death of the cross Heb. 12. 2. John 19. 34. Luke 22. 63, Gal. 3. 13.

hi Cor. 15. 3, 4. e Luke 22. 44. And being i Mat. 12. 40. For as Jonas in an agony, he prayed more was three days and three nights earnestly, and his sweat was in the whale's belly; so thall as it were great drops of blood the Son of man be three days falling down to the ground. and three nights in the heart


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