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Jones, who is the Saviour only of his body the church t.
Q. 61. Are all they saved who hear the gospel, and live in the cburch?
A. All that hear the gospel, and live in the visible church, are not saved; but only they who are true members of the church invisible v.
Q. 62. What is the visible church?
A. The visible church is a society made up of all such as in all ages and places of the world do profess the true religion w,
ousness, which is of the law, but obtained that which he seeketh for; that which is through the faith of but the election hath obtained it, Chrift, the righteousness which is of and the rest were bliaded. God by faith.
62, w i Cor. i. 2. Unto the church Ads iv, 12. Neither is there fal of God which is at Corinth, to them vation in any other : for there is that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, none other name under heaven gi- called to be' saints, with all that in ven among men, whereby we muit every place call upon the name of be saved.
Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs t Eph. v. 23. For the husband is and ours, 1 Cor. xii. 13. For by one the head of the wife, even as Christ Spirit are we all baptized into one is the head of the church, and he body, whether we be Jews or Genis the Saviour of the body.
tiles, whether we be bond or free; 611 v John xii. 38. That the say, and have all been made to drink ining of Esaias the prophet might be to one spirit. Rom. xv. 9. Add that fullilled, which he fpake, Lord, who the gentiles might glorify God for hath believed our report? and to his mercy, as it is written, For this whom hath the arm of the Lord cause I will confess to thee among been revealed ? v. 39. Therefore the Gentiles, and fing unto thy they could not believe, because that
V. 10. and again he faith, Efaias said again, v. 40. He hath Rejoice ye Gentiles with bis people, blinded their cyes, and hardened v. 11. And agaio, Praise the Lord their hearts ; that they should not all ye Gentiles, and laud him all ye see with their eyes, nor understand people. v. 12. And again Esaias with their heart, and be converted, faith, There hall be a root of Jeffe, and I should heal them. Rom. ix. 6. and he that shall rise to reign over Not as though the word of God hath the Getiles ; io him shall the Gentaken pone effect. For they are not tiles trust. Rev. vii. 9. After this I all Israel, who are of Israel. Mat. beheld, and lo, a great multitude, xxii. 14. For many are called, but which no man could number, of all few are chosen. Nat. vii, 21. Not nations, and kindreds, and people, every one that saith unto me, Lord, and tongues, stood before the throne, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom aod before the Lamb, clothed with of heaven : but he that doth the will white robes, and palms in their of my Father who is ia heaven. Rom. hands. Psal. ii. 8. Ak of ine, and xi. 7. What then? Ifrael hath not I Shall give thee the heathen for
and of their children x.
Q.53. What are the special privileges of the visible church?
A. The visible church hath the privilege of being, under God's special care and government y; of being protected and preserved in all ages, notwithstanding the opposition of all enemiesz; and of enjoying the communion of saints, the ordinary
thine inheritance, and the uttermost xror. vii. 54. For the unbelievparts of the earth for thy poffeffion. ing husband is fanétified by the wife, Psal. xxii. 27. All the ends of the and the unbelieving wife is sanctified world thall remember and turn in by the husband : elle were your chilto the Lord : and all the kindreds dren unclean; but now are they holy. of the nations shall worship before Aas ii. 39. For the promise is unthee. v. 28. For the kingdoin is the to you, and to your children, and Lord's; and he is the governor 2
to all that are afar off, even as many *mong the nations. v. 29. All they as the Lord our God shall call. Rom. that be fat upon earth shall eat and xi. 16. For if the first fruit be holy, worship : all they that go down to the lump is also holy: and if the the dust, shall bow before him, and root be holy, so are the branches. none can keep alive his own soul. v. Gen, xvii. 7. And I will establish my 30. A seed thall serve him, It shall covenant between me and thee, and be accounted to the Lord for a ge- thy feed after thee, in their generaReration. V. 31. They shall come, tions, for an everlısting covenant : and finall declare his righteousness to be a God unto thee, and to thy unto a people that hall be born, seed after thee. that he hath done this. Pfal. xlv. 63. y Isa. iv. 5. And the Lord 17. I will make thy name to be re will create upon every dwellingmembred in all generations: there. place of mount Sion, and upon her fore shall the people praise thee for assemblies a cloud, and smoke by ever and ever. Mat. xxviii. 19. Go day, and the shining of a faming ye therefore and teach all nations, fire by night: for upon all the glory baptizing them in the name of the shall be a defence. 7. 6. And there Father, and of the Son, and of the shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in holy Ghost : v. 20. Teaching them the day-time from the heat, and for to observe all things 'whatsoever I a place of refuge, and for a covert hare commanded you : and lo, I am from storm and from rain. Tim. with you alway, unto the end of the iv. 10. For, therefore we both laworld. Amen. Isa. lix. 21. As for bour, and fuffer reproach, because me, this is my covenant with them, we trust in the living God, who is iaith the Lord, My fpirit that is the Saviour of all men, especially of upon thee, and my words which I those that believe. have put in thy mouth, shall not z (Pfal. cxv. ibroughout.) v. I. depart out of thy mouth, nor out Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, of the mouth of thy seed, nor out but--V. 2. Wherefore should the of the mouth of thy feed's seed, faith heathen fay, Where is now their the Lord, from henceforth and for God? &c, v.9.0 Ifrael, trust thou
in the Lord: he is their help and
means of salvation a, and offers of grace by Christ to all the members of it in the ministry of the gospel, testifying that whosoever believes in him shall be saved b, and excluding none that will come unto him c.
Q. 64. What is the invisible church?
A. The invifible church is the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ
their shield, &c. Ifa. xxxi. 4. For will seek to destroy all the nations thus hath the Lord spokeo unto me, that come against Jerusalem. like as the lion and the
lion a Acts ii. 39. For the promise is roaring on his prey, when a multi unto you, and to your children, and tude of shepherds is called forth a to all that are afar off, even as m2gainst him, he will not be afraid of ny as the Lord our God shall call. their voice, nor abase himself for V. 42. And they continued stedfastly the noise of them : so fhall the Lord in the apolles doctrine and fellow. of hosts come duwn to fight for thip, and in breaking of bread, and mount Sion, and for the hill thereof. in prayers. V. 5. As birds flying, so will the b Psal. cxlvii. 19. He sheweth his Lord of hosts-defend Jerusalem, de- word unto Jacob, his statutes and fending also he will deliver it, and his judgments unto Israel. v. 20. He pafling over he will preserve it. hath not dealt fo with any nation : Zech. xii. 2. Behold, i will make and as for his judgments, they have Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto not known them. Praise ye the all the people round about, when Lord. Rom. ix. 4. Who are lsra. they shall be in the fiege, both 2 elites; to whom pertaineth the against Jadah, and against Jerusalem. doption, and the glory, and the v. 3. And in that day will I make covenants, and the giving of the Jerusalem a burtheosome stone for all law, and the Service of God, and people: all that burden themselves the promises. Eph. iv. II. and he with it shall be cut in pieces, though gave some, apostles : and fome, all the people of the earth were ga- prophets : and fone, evangelists: thered together against it. v. 4. In and some pastors and teachers; that day, faith the Lord, I will imite v. 12. For the perfecting of the every horse with astonishment, and his faints, for the work of the mirider with madness, and I will open piltry, for the edifying of the bominc eyes upon the house of Judah, dy of Christ. Mark xvi. 15. And and will smite every horse of the he said unto them, Go ye into all people with blindness. v. 8. In that the world, and preach the gospel to day shall the Lord defend the inba- every crenture. V. 16. He that bebitants of Jerusalem, and he that is lieveth and is baptized, shall be far: feeble among them at that day shall ed; but he that believeth not thali be as David; and the house of Da. be damned. vid fall be as God, as the angel of c Jalan xi. 37. All that the Father the Lord before them. v. 9. and it givech me, shall come to me; and hall come to pas in that day, that I him that cometh to me, I will in ng
wife cast our
the head d.
Q. 65. What special benefits do the members of the invisible church enjoy by Christ?
A. The members of the invisible church, by Christ, enjoy union and communion with him in grace and glory e.
Q. 66. What is that union which the elect have with Christ?
A. The union which the elect have with Christ is the work of God's grace f, whereby they are spiritually and mystically, yet really and inseparably, joined to Christ as their Head and Husband g; which is done in their effectual calling h.
64. d Eph. i. 10. That in the dis. hold my glory, which thou hast giø. pensations of the fulness of times, he en me : for thou lovedst me before might gather together in one all the foundation of the world. things in Christ, both which are 66.f Eph. i. 22. And hath put all in beaven, and which are on earth, thiogs under his feet, and gave him even in bim. V. 22. And hath put to be the head over all things to the all things under his feet, and he gave church. Eph. ii. 6. And hath raised him to be the head over all things us up together, and hath made us to the church, y. 23. Which is his fit together in heavenly places, in body, the fulpess of him that filleth Christ Jesus. v.7. That in the ages all in all. Joho. X. 16. And other to come he might shew the exceede sheep I have, who are not of this ing riches of his grace, in his kindfold: them also must I bring, and nels towards us, through Christ Jethey fall hear my voice ; and there sus. v. 8. For by grace ye are saved, shall be one fold, and one shepherd. through faith; and that not of John xi. 52. and not for that nati- yourselves : it is the gift of God, on only, but that also he should
ga g 1 Cor. vi. 17. Bat he that is ther together in one, the children of joined unto the Lord, is one spirit. God that were scattered abroad. John X. 28. And I will give usto
65.2 Joho xvii. 21. Tliat they all them eternal life, and they mall nemay be one, as thou, Father, art in ver perith, neither shall any pluck me, and I in thee; that they also them out of my hand. Eph. v. 23. may be one in us : that the world for the husband is the head of the may believe that thou hast sent me, wife, even as Christ is the head of Eph. ii.
5. Even when we were dead the church: and he is the Saviour in fins, hath quickened us together of the body, v. 30. For we are with Christ, (by grace ye are saved.) members of his body, of his flesh, 8.6. And hath raised us up together, and of his bones. and made us fit together in heaven bi Pet, v. jo. But the God of all Jy places, in Christ Jesus. John xvii. grace, who hath called us unto his 24. Father, I will that they allo eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after whom thou hast given me be with that ye have suffered a while, make me where I am; that they may be you perfect, stablish, frengthen,
Q.67. IVhat is effectual calling?
A, Effe&tual calling is the work of God's almighry power and grace i, whereby (out of his free and especial love to his ele&t, and from nothing in them moving him thereunto k) he doth in his accepted time invite and draw them to Jesus Christ, by his word and Spirit 7; savingly enlightening their
-Settle you. 1 Cor. 1.9. God is faith of regeneration, and renewing of ful, by whom ye were called unto the Holy Ghost. Eph. q. 4. But the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ God, who is rich in mercy, for bis our Lord,
great love wherewith be loved us, 67. i John v. 25. Verily, verily V. 5. Even when we were dead in 1 say unto you, The hour is corning, lins, hath quickened us together and 'nowis, when the dead shall bear with Christ (by grace ye are fared.) the voice of the Son of God: and vi 7. That in the ages to come be they that lear fhall live. Eph. i. 18. might thew the exceeding riches of The eyes of your understanding be- his grace, in bis kindness towards ing enlightened; that ye may know us, through Christ Jesus. v. 8For what is the hope of his calling; and by grace ye are faved, thro' faith; what the riches of the glory of his and that nos of yourselves : it is the inheritance in the saints ; v. 19. gift of God. V. 9. Not of works, and wha: is the exceeding great- lest any map lould boast. Rom. is. ness of his power to us-ward, who 11. For the children being not yet believe, according to the working of born, neither having done any good his mighty power. 8. 20. Which he or evil, that the purpose of God ac. wrought in Christ, when he raised cording to election might stand, not him from the dead, and set him at of works, but of him that callech. his own right hand in the heavenly 1 2 Cor. v. 20. Now then we are places. 2 Tim, i, 8. Bc not thou ambafadors for Chrilt, as thougla iberefore ashamed ofthe teftimony of God did beseech you by us : we pray our Lord nor of mę. his prisoner : you in Christ's stead, be ye
reconcilbut be thou partaker of the afliai. ed to God. Compared with 2 Cor. ons of the gospel, according to the vi. 1. We then as workers together power of God; V. 9. Who bath with him, beseech you also, that ye faved us, and called us with an ho receive not the grace of God in vain. ly calling, not according to our V. 2. For he faith, I have heard thee works, but according to his own in a time accepted, and in the day purpose and grace which was given of salvation I have succoured thee : us in Christ Jesus, before the world behold, now is the accepted time; began.
behold, now is the day of salvation. & Tic. ill. 4. But after that the Joha vi, 44. No man can come to kindness and love of God our Saviour me, except the Father who hath toward man appeared, v. 5. Not by fent me, draw him : and I will raise works of righteousness which we him up at the last day. 2 Theff, ii. have done, but according to his 13. But we are bound to give thanks mercy he saved us by the wahing alway to God for you, brethren,