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was not Rabab the harlot justified by works, when fbe bad received the Messengers, and bad sent then out another way.
Q. Why is the Church called Holy ?
A. Not that every Member is holy, Matth. xiii. 24, 30, 47, 49. Another Parable
put unto tben, Saying, The Kingdom of Heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good feed in bis field. Let both grow together until the barvest : and in the time of harvest, I will say to the reapers, gather ye together firš the tares, and bins them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into nay barn. Again, the kingdom of Heaven is like unto a net that was cast into tbe sea, and gathered of every kind. So fall it be at ibe end of the world: the Angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among
the juft. But the wbole, Eph. v. 25, 26, 27. Husbands love your Wives even as Christ also loved tbe Church and gave himself for it; that be might fan&tify and cleanse it with the washing of water, by the word, That be might present it to bimself a glorious Church, not baving Spot or wrinkle, or any such thing ; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
In its Institution, Design, Profession, Office, and End. Many sincerely holy here, 1 Pet. ii.9. But ye are a chosen Generation, a royal Priesthood, an holy Nation, a peculiar People ; that ye should fhene forth the praises of him who bath called you out of darkness' into bis marvellous light. Perfectly in Heaven, Heb. xii. 23. To the general assembly and church of the first-born, which are written in beaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the Spirits of just men made perfe£t.
Q. Why Catholick or Universal,
A. Because dispersed all over the World. Mat, xxviii. 19., Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Mark xvi. 15. And said unto tbem, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel in every creature. Apoc. v. 9. And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art wortby to take the book, and to open the Seals thereof, for thou wast Nain, and hast redeemed us to God by tby blood, out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.
2. Why needful to believe this?
4. Acts ii. 47. Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the eburch daily such as should be saved.'
The Communion of the Saints.
Q. What do
ye mean by Saints. A. All that are Baptized, or in the Church, are called to be Saints, Rom. i. 7. To all that bé in Rome, beloved of God, called to be Saints, grace to you, and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Tim. i. 9. Who bath saved us, and called us with an bìly calling, not according to our works, but according to his own pur. pose and grace which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the world began. 2 Tim. ii. 19. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth fure, baving this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are bis; and let every one ibat naneth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. They only are rcal Saints who perform thcir Baptismal Vow, 2 Cor vii. 1. Having tberefore these Promises (dearly beloved) let
us cleanse our selves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfečting holiness in the fear of God. 1 Pet. 1. s. But as be which bath called
is boly, so be ye boly in all manner of conversati
2. How are Saints made ?
A. By the Spirit of Christ, 1 Cor. vi. 11. And such were some of you, but ye are washed, but
ye are fan£tified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God. Acts xxvi. 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and Inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
9. Whom have the Saints Communion with?
A. With God the Father and Son, 1 Jobn i. 3. That which we have seen and beard, declaro we unto you, that ye also may bave fellowship with us : and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. And with one another as Saints, 1 Foln i. 7. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ bis Son cleanseth us from all fin.
Q. What mean you here by the Communion of Saints ?
A. That there is really in the World a Society or Fellowship or Body of real Saints, Eph. ii. 18. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the Saints, and of the bousbold of God.
Q. How is this Body or Socicty made ?
the head over all things to the Church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in alle Eph. iv. 4, 5, 10. There is one body and one fpirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling, one Lord, oné Faith, one Baptism. From whom the wholo Boo dy farly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body, unto the edifying of it self in Love. i Cor. xii. 12, 13, 20. For as the body is one, and harh many
members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so alfo is Chrift. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one bady, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, wherher we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. But now are they many members, yet but one body.
Q. Why do we believe this? A. That we may strive to be of this Body or Communion, Col. i. 12. Giving thanks unto the Fam ther, which harb made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light.
The Forgiveness of Sins.
Q. What is Sin?
A. Transgression of the Law, 1 John iii. 4. Whafoever committeth fin, transgresseth also the Law; for fin is the transgression of the Law,
Q. Who are guilty of it?
A. All Men, Rom. iii. 23. For all have finned and come sort of the glory of God. Eccles. vii. 20. For there is not a just man upon earth, that doth good, and finneth 30t. 1 John i. 8. If we say that we
have no fin, we deceive our felves, and the truth is not in us.
Q. What is the Forgiveness of Sins?
A. The freeing us from the Punishment due to us for them, 2 Šam. xii. 13. And David said unto Nathan, I have finned against the Lord; and Nathan said unto David, the Lord also bath put away thy Sin; thon Malt not dic.
Q. How are our Sins forgiven?
A. Only for Christ's fake, Eph. i. 7. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of Sins, according to the riches of his Grace. 1 Joha ii. 1, 2. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye fin not. And if any man fin, we have An advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteons. And he is the propitiation for our fins : and not for ours only, but also for the fins of the whole world. Aas xiii. 38. Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness of sins.
Q. What must we do towards it?
A. 1. Repent, i John i. 9. If we confess our fires, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all uwrighteousness; Ezech. xviii. 30. Therefore I will judge you, O House of Ifrael every one according to his ways, saith the Lord God: Repent, and turn your selves from all your transgressions, so Iniquity Mall not be your " ruin,
2. Believe the Gospel, Ats xvi. 31. And they said, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved, and thy bouse. John iii. 16. For God To loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but bave everlasting life.