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Q. 50. Wherein consisted Christ's humiliation after his 32. How death?

A. Christ's humiliation after his death consisted in his being buried ", and continuing in the state of the dead, we beli and under the power of death till the third day'; which hath been otherwise expressed in these words, He descenda dy but ed into hell.

Q. 51. What was the estate of Christ's exaltation ?

Å. The estate of Christ's exaltation comprehendeth his resurrection", ascension', sitting at the right hand


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. 10. Yet it pleased the whom God hath raised up, having Lord to bruise him ; he hath put

loosed the pains of death; because him to grief: when thou shalt make

it was not possible that he should be his soul an offering for sin, he shall

holden of it. Ver. 25. For David see his seed, he shall prolong his

speaketh concerning him, I foresaw
days, and the pleasure of the Lord the Lord always before my

face; for
shall prosper in his hand.
8 Phil. ii. 8. And being found in

he is on my right hand, that I should

not be moved : Ver. 26. Therefore fashion as a man, he huntbled him did my heart rejoice, and my tongue self, and became obedient unto death,

was glad; moreover also my flesh even the death of the cross. Heb.

shall rest in hope : Ver. 27. Because xii. 2. Looking unto Jesus, the author

thou wilt not leave my soul in hell,
and finisher of our faith ; who, for

neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy
the joy that was set before him, en-
dured the cross, despising the shame,

One to see corruption. Ver. 31. He,

seeing this before, spake of the resur•
and is set down at the right hand of

rection of Christ, that his soul was
the throne of God. Gal. iii. 13.
Christ hath redeemed us from the

not left in hell, neither his flesh did
curse of the law, being made a curse

see corruption. Rom. vi. 9. Knowa for us; for it is written, Cursed dead, dieth no more; death hath no

ing that Christ, being raised from the is every one that hangeth on a

more dominion over him. Mat. xii. 50. h 1 Cor. xv. 3. For I deliver

40. For as Jonas was three days and ed unto you first of all that which I

three nights in the whale's belly; so

shall the Son of man be three days and
also received, how that Christ died
for our sins, according to the scrip-

three nights in the heart of the earth.

51, k 1 Cor. xv. 4. And that he
tures. Ver. 4. And that he was
buried, and that he rose again the

was buried, and that he rose again
third day, according to the scriptures.

the third day, according to the scrip

i Psal. xvi. 10. For thou wilt not
leave my soul in hell; neither wilt

I Mark xvi. 19. So then, after the
thou suffer thine Holy One to see

Lord had spoken unto them, he was
corruption, Compared with Acts ij. 24.

received up into heaven, and sat on
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Q. 52. How was Christ exalted in his résurrection?

A. Christ was exalted in his resurrection, in that, not having seen corruption in death, (of which it was not possible for him to be held o,) and having the very same body in which he suffered, with the essential properties thereofP, (but without mortality, and other common infirmities belonging to the life,) really united to his soul9, he rose again from the dead the third day by bis own power'; whereby he declared himself to be the Son of God', to have satisfied divine justice, to have vanquished death, and him that had the power of it",



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Eph. i. 20. Which he wrought 9 Rom. vi. 9. Knowing that 1 in Christ, when he raised him from Christ, being raised from the dead, in the dead, and set him at his own dieth no more; death hath no more right hand in the heavenly places.

dominion over him. Rev. i. 18. Í Acts i, 11, Which also said, Ye am he that liveth, and was dead; men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing and, behold, I am alive for evermore, up into heaven? this same Jesus, Amen; and have the keys of heli which is taken up from you into hea

and of death. ven, shall so come in like manner as r John X. 18. No man taketh it Bye have seen him go into heaven. from me, but I lay it down of myActs xvii

. 31. Because he hath ap- self: I have power to lay it down, pointed a day, in the which he will and I have power to take it again. judge the world in righteousness by This commandment have I received that man whom he hath ordained, of my Father. whereof he hath given assurance unto

s Rom. i. 4. And declared to be all

men, in that he hath raised him the Son of God with power, accordfrom the dead.

ing to the Spirit of holiness, by the 52.° Acts ïi. 24. Whom God hath resurrection from the dead, raised up, having loosed the pains. t Rom. viii. 34. Who is he that of death : because it was not possible condemneth? It is Christ that died, that he should be bolden of it. Ver. yea rather, that is risen again, who is 27. Because thou wilt not leave my even at the right hand of God, who soul in hell, neither wilt thou suf. also maketh intercession for us. fer thine Holy One to see corruption.

u Heb. ii. 14. Forasmuch then as P Luke xxiv. 39. Behold my

the children are partakers of flesh and hands and iny feet, that it is my blood, he also himself likewise took self : handle ne, and see ; for a spirit part of the same ; that through death hath not flesh and bones, as ye see

he might destroy him that had the me have.

power of death, that is, the devil.


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and to be Lord of quick and dead w: all which he did' as, a publick person, the head of his Church, for their justification”, quickening in grace ", support against enemies b; and to assure them of their resurrection from the dead at the last day :

Q. 53. How was Christ exalted in his ascension ?

A. Christ was exalted in his ascension, in that having after his resurrection often appeared unto and conversed with his apostles, speaking to them of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God, and giving them commission to preach the gospel to all nations, forty days after his


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w Rom. xiv. 9. For to this end sit together in heavenly places in

G Christ both died, and rose, and re

Christ Jesus. Col. ii. 12. Buried with vived, that he might be Lord both hint in baptism, wherein also ye are of the dead and living.

risen with him, through the faith’of XI Cor. xv. 21. For since by man

the operation of God, who hath came death, hy man came also the raised him from the dead. resurrection of the dead. Ver. 22.

b 1 Cor. xv. 25. For he must! For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all he made alive.

reign till he hath put all enemies un

der his feet. Ver. 26. The last enes. y Eph. j. 20 Which he wrought in

my that shall be destroyed is death, this Christ, when he raised him from the

Ver. 27. For he hath put all things dead, and set him at his own right upder his feet. But when he saith, hand in the heavenly places. Ver. all things are put under him, it is 22. And hath put all things under his

manifest that he is excepted which feet, and gave him to be the head

did put all things under him. over all things to the church, Ver.

ei Cor. xv. 20. But now is Christ 23. Which is his body, the fulness of

risen from the dead, and become the him that filleth all in all. Col. i. 18.

first-fruits of them that slept. And he is the head of the body the.

53. d Acts i. 2. Until the day in church, who is the beginning, the

which he was taken up, after that first-bern from the death ; that in all

he through the Holy Ghost had things he might have the pre- given commandments unto the apo eminence.

stles whom he had chosen. Ver. 3. 2. Rom, iv. 25. Who was delivered

To whom also he shewed himself for our offences, and was raised again alive after his passion by many ima Eph. ii. 1. And you hath he

fallible proofs, being seen of them quickened, who were dead in tres

forty days, and speaking of the passes and sins,

things pertaining to the kingdom of Ver. 5. Even when God. we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace

e Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye ye are saved.) Ver. 6. And hath

fore, and teach all nations, baptie Käised us up together, and made us

zing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of

the :

for our justification.




' Tesurrection, he, in our nature, and as our head, triumphing over enemies, visibly went up into the highest heavens, there to receive gifts for men", to raise up our affections thither, and to prepare a place for us where himself is, and shall continue till his second coming at the end of the world!

Q. 54. How is Christ exalted in his sitting at the right hand of God?

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to men.

the Holy Ghost : Ver. 20. Teach also, that the Lord God might dwell
ing them to observe all things what among them.
soever I have commanded you: and, i Col. iii. 1. If ye then be risen
lo, I am with you alway, even unto with Christ, seek those things which
the end of the world. Amen. are above, where Christ sitteth on

f Heb. vi. 20. Whither the fore the right hand of God. Ver. 2. Set
runner is for us entered, even Jesus, your affections on things above, not
made an high priest for ever after on things on the earth.
the order of Melchisedec.

k John xiv. 3. And if I go and pre8 Eph. iv. 8. Wherefore he saith, pare a place for you, I will come When he ascended up on high he led again, and receive you unto myself, captivity captive, and gave gifts un that were I am, there ye nay be also.

1 Acts iii. 21. Whom the heaven b Acts i. 9. And when he had


must receive until the times of restiken these things, while they beheld, tution of all things, which God hath he was taken up; and a cloud recei- spoken by the mouth of all his holy ved him out of their sight. Ver. 10. prophets since the world began. And, while they looked stedfastly to

m Phil. ii. 9. Wherefore God ward heaven, as he went up, behold, also hath highly exalted him, and two men stood by them in white ap- given him a name, which is above parel; Ver. 11. Which also said, every namie. Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye

R'Acts ii. 28. Thou hast made gazing up into heaven? this same Je known to me the ways of life; thou sus, which is taken up from you into

shalt make me full of joy with thy heaven, shall so come in like manner countenance. Comared with Psal. as ye have seen him go into heaven. xvi. 11. Thou wilt shew me the path Eph. iv., 10. He that descended is of life : in thy presence is fulness of the same also that ascended up far joy, at thy right hand there are above all heavens, that he might fill pleasures for evermore. all things. Psal. lxviii. 18. Thou o John xvii. 5. And now, O Father, hast ascended on high, thou hast led glorify thou me with thine own self, captivity captive: thou hast received with the glory which I had with gifts for men ; yea, for the rebellious thee before the world was.

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Christ is not entered into the holy Ver. 34. Who is he that condemn

power over all things in heaven and earth”; and doth series gather and defenú his church, and subdue their enemies ;' sreding to furnishęth his ministers and people with gifts and graces”, and maketh intercession for them",

1,8 R. 55. How doth Christ make intercession?

A. Christ maketh intercession, by his appearing in our Chris nature continually before the Father in heaven, in the merit of his obedience and sacrifice on earth", declaringed bis his will to have it applied to all believers"; answering all accusations against them ", and procuring for them quiet

of P Eph. i. 22. And hath put all the figures of the true; but into things under his feet, and gave him heaven itself, now to appear in the to be the head over all things to the

presence of God for us, church. 1 Pet. iii. 22. Who is gone

+ Heb. i. 3. Whó, being the into heaven, and is on the right hand brightness of his glory, and the of God; angels, and authorities, and

express image of his person, and powers, being made subject unto upholding all things by the word him.

of his power, when he had by 9 Eph. iv. 10. He that descended himself purged our sins, sat down is the same also that ascended up far on the right hand of the Majesty above all heavens, that he might filli on high. all things. Ver. 11. Aud he gave

u John iii. 16. For God so loved some apostles, and some prophets, the world, that he gave his only be and some evangelists, and

gotten Son, that whosoever believech pastors and teachers; Ver. 12. For in him should not perish, but have the perfecting of the saints, for the everlasting life. John xvii. 9. I pray work of the ministry, for the edify

for them : I pray not for the world, ing of the body of Christ. Psal. cx. 1. but for then which thou hast given 'The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit

me, for they are thine. thou at my right hand, until I make Neither pray I for these alone, but thine enemies thy footstool, &c. (Sée for them also which shall believe the Psalm throughout.]

on me through their word. Ver. 24. "Rom. viii. 34. Who is he that Father, I will that they also whom condemneth? It is Christ that died, thou hast given me be with me yea rather, that is risen again, who is where

am ; that they may even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

behold my glory, which thou

hast given me : for thou lovedst 55. S Heb. ix. 12. Neither by the

me before the foundation of the blood of goats and calves, but by his world. own blood, he entered in once into

w Rom. viii. 33. Who shall lay the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. Ver. 24. For

any thing to the charge of God's

eléct : li is God that justifieth : places made with hands, which are

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