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Quest. 15. What was the work the Father gave him to do?
Answ. It was to assume holy human nature, to yield a perfect finless obedience to the whole law, and to give a complete satisfaction to justice, for man's sin, by his meritorious sufferings and death, Heb. ii. 14. Mat. iii. 15. Luke xxiv, 26.
Quest. 16. How does Christ gorify God in heaven?
Answ. By appearing in the presence of God for us, and applying, by the power of his Spirit, that redemption which he purchased by the price of his blood on earth. Heb. ix. 24. Tit. iii. 5, 6. Acts
Quest. 17. When is it that a finner begins uprightly to aim at the glory of God
Answ. When, through a faith of God's operation, he believes in Christ. I John v, 10.
Quest. 18. Can. no man glorify God. acceptably, unless he first believe in Chrift?
Answ. No : for without faith it is impossible to please him ; and whatsoever is not of faith is fin, Heb. xi. 6. Rom. xiv. 23.
Quest. 19. How is it that faith in Chrift glorifies God?
Answ. As it sets to its seal to the record of God, and unites us to Christ, from whom only our fruit is found. John iii. 33. Hof. xiv. 8.
Quest. 20. Is not God glorified by the good works of believers ?
Anfw. Yes : Herein, says Christ, is my Father glorified, that ye bring forth much fruit, John xv. 8. Quest
. 21.. What are these fruits brought forth by believers whereby God is glorified ?
Answ. They may be summed up in faith working by love, and their aiming at universal obedience to the law as a rule. Gal. v, 6.
Quest. 22. How inay we glorify God in eating and drinking?
Answ. By taking a right to the supports of natural life, through the second Adam, the heir of all things, who has purchased a covenant right to tem. poral, as well as fpiritual mercies for his people, and thankfully acknowledging God for the same. Rom. yiii. 32. 1 Cor. iii. 21, 22, 23. Phil. iv. 19. 1 Tim. 4, 5. Isa. xxxiii. 16.
Quest. 23. How must we glorify God in our religious worship, and other acts of obedience ?
Answ. By doing all that we do in the name of the Lord Jesus, worshipping God in the spirit, rejoicing in Christ Jesus, and having no confidence in the flesh, Col. iii. 17. Phil. iii. 3. Quest
. 24. What is it, next to the glory of God, we should aim at?
Answ. Next unto God's glory, we are to aim at the enjoyment of him. Pfal. lxxiii. 23, 26.
Q 25. Why are we to aim at the enjoyment of God?
Ans. Because he is the chief good of the rational soul ; and nothing, besides him, is either suitable to the nature, or satisfying to the desires of the soul of man. Psalm cxliv. 15. and cxvi. 7.
Quest. 26. How may a finite creature enjoy an infinite God?
Answ. By taking, and rejoicing in him, as its everlasting and up-making portion. Psalm xvi. 5, 6. and xxxvii. 4. Hab. iii. 17, 18.
Quest. 27. Did our first parents, in a state of innocence, enjoy God?
Answ. Yes : there was perfect friendship and fellowship between God and them ; for, God made man upright, Eccl. vii, 29.
Quest. 28. What broke that blesed friendship and fellowship?
Answ. Sin : Our iniquities have separated between us and our God, and have hid his face from us. Isa. lix. 2.
Quest. 29. Quest. 29. Can a finner, in a natural state, enjoy God, or have any fellowship with him ?
Answ. No: for, what communion hath light with darkness ? and what concord hath Chrijl with Belial ? 2 Cor. vi. 14, 15.
Quest 30. How may a loft finner recover the en, joyment of God, and fellowship with him ?
Answ. As we lost it by our fall in the first Adam, fo it can only be recovered by union with a second Adam ; for, there is no coming to God but by him. Rom. v. 18, 19. John xiv. 6.
Queft. 31. When is it that a sinner begins to enjoy God?
Anfw. When, having received Christ by faith, he rests upon him, and upon God in him, for righteoufness and strength, and out of his fulness receives and grace
for grace. Ifa. xlv. 24. John i. 16. and
Q. 32. What are the eternal means by, or, in which, we are to seek ofter the enjoyment of God
Answ. In all the ordinances of his worship, pub. lic, private, and secret ; such as, the word read and heard, the sacraments, prayer, meditation, fasting, thanksgiving, and the like.
Quest. 33, Do we find the saints of God admitted to enjoy God in these?
Answ. Yes : these are the tristing places where his name is recorded ; and there he has promised to come and bless them: and accordingly we find them much employed in these duties, and expressing the utmost regard for the ordinances of his grace. Exod. xx. 24. Psalm lxiii. 1, 2. and lxxxiv. 1, 2. Song iii, 1, 2, 3.
Quest. 34. IV hat satisfaction has the foul in the enjoyment of God?
Andw, Unspeakably more gladness than when corn, wine, and all earthly comforts, do most abound. Pfalm iv. 17. Prov. iii. 17.
Queft. 35. Is there any difference betwixt the en. joyment of God in this life, and that which the saints Thall obtain in the life to come?
Answ. Not an essential, but a gradual difference, as to the manner and measure of it.
Quest. 36. What is the difference as to the manner of the enjoyment here and hereafter ?
Answ. Here, the enjoyment is mediate, by the in. terve tion of means; hereafter, it will be immediate, without any use of these means : Here we see darkly, as through a glafs, but then, FACE TO FACE, i John iii. 2. I Cor. xiii. 12. Rev. xxi. 22.
Quest. 37. What is the difference as to the measure of the enjoyment in this life, and that which is to come?
Answ. In this life, the enjoyment is only partial: in that which is to come, it will be full and complete: here, the enjoyment is only in the seed, or first fruits ; there, it will be in the full harvest. Psalm cxxvi. 5, 6.
Quest. 38. Is the partial enjoyment of God in grace here, a fure pledge of the full enjoyment of him in glory hereafter ?
Answ. It is both the pledge and earnest thereof. Eph. i. 13, 14. Psalm lxxxiv. 11.
Quest. 39. Doth the gracious Joul, in that state, fully receive its chief end?
Answ. Yes : in regard that then it shall be brimful of God, and celebrate his praises with high and uninterrupted Hallelujahs, through all eternity. Plalm xvi. 11. Isaiah xxxv. 10. Rev. v. 12, 13, 14.
Quest. 40. Why is the glorifying God made the leading part of man's chief end, and set before the enjoyment of him?
Answ. Because, as God's design in glorifying himself, was the reason and foundation of his design in making man happy in the enjoyment of him ; lo he has made our aiming at his glory, as our chief end,
to be the very way and means of our attaining the enjoyment of him. Rom. xi. 36. Psalm 1. 23.
Quest 41. Whether is our happiness, in the enjoyment of God, to be our chief end ?
Answ. No; but the glory of God itself : in our aiming at which chiefly, we cannot miss the enjoyment of him, Isa. xlii 8. and xlviii, 11. Pfal. xci, 14, 15, 16.. Quest
. 42. Is not our delighting in the glory of God to be reckoned our chief end?
Answ. No : we must set the glory of God above our delight therein, otherwise our delight is not chiefly in God, but in ourselves,
Our fubjective delighting in the glory of God, belongs to the enjoyment of him, whose glory is above the heavens, and infinitely above our delight therein, Isa. ii. 11, 17. Pfalm xxi. 5. and cxiii. 14. and cxlviii. 13. Quest
. 43. Whom does God dignify with the enjoyment of himself, in time, and for ever?
Antw. These whom he helps actively to glorify and honour him : for he has said, Them that honour me, I will honour, i Sam. ii.
30. Quest. 44. Does any thing so much secure our happy enjoyment of God, as the concern that the glory of God has therein?
Answ. No: for as God cannot but reach the great end of his own glory, so, when the glory and ho. nour of his perfections is concerned and engaged, by promise in Christ, for salvation and trappiness, we cannot come sort of it, because it stands upon his honour and glory to make it good. Tit. i. 2. Heb. X. 23.
Quest. 45. How does it appear, that the enjoyment of God, which is connected with the glorifying of him, shall be for ever?
Answ. Because he who is the object enjoyed is the everlasting God; and the spiritual enjoyment of him is not transitory, like the passing enjoyments of PART I.