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rated himself, fearing them which L

Q.78. Whence ariseth the imperfection of sanctification in believers ?

A. The imperfection of sanctification in believers ariseth from the remnants of sin abiding in every part of them, and the perpetual lustings of the flesh against the spirit; whereby they are often foiled with temptations, and fall into many 'sins, are hindered in all their spiritual services °, and their best works are imperfect and defiled in the sight of God

Q. 79. May not true believers, by reason of their imperfections, and the many temptations and sins they are overtaken with, fall away from the state of grace ?

A. True believers, by reason of the unchangeable love of God', and his decreeand covenant to give them perseverances,

their forgetting those things which are be

aside every weight, and the sin which hind, and reaching forth unto those doth so easily beset us, and let us run things which are before, Ver. 14. I

with patience the race that is set beprese toward the mark, for the prize fore us. of the high calling of God in Christ

e Isa. Ixiv. 6. But we are all as an

unclean thing, and all our righteous. *78. Rom. vii. 18. For I know, that

nesses are as filthy rags, and we all do in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth fade as a leaf, and our iniquities, like no good thing: for to will is present

the wind, have taken us away. Exod. with me, but how to perform that

Xxviii. 38. And it shall be upon which is good I find not. Ver. 23.

Aaron's forehead, that Aaron may But I see another law in my members

bear the iniquity of the holy things, warring against the law of my mind,

which the children of Israel shall halme into captivity to the low in all their holy gifts; and it

shall be always upon his forehead,

And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there

that they may be accepted before the

Lord. cometh one of the maids of the high

79. f. Jer. xxxi. 3. The Lord hath priest, &c. Gal. i. 11. But when

appeared of old unto me, saying, Peter was come to Antioch, I with

Yea, I have loved thee with an ever. stood him to the face, because he was

lasting love, therefore with lovingto be blamed. Ver. 12. For before

kindness have I drawn thee. that certain came from James, he did

8 2 Tim. ii. 19. Nevertheless, the eat with the Gentiles: but when they

foundation of God standeth sure, hav. were come, he withdrew, and sepa

ing this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one

that nameth the name of Christ. de. d Heb. xii. 1. Wherefore, seeing we also are compassed about with so

part from iniquity. Heb. xiii. 20.

Now the God of peace, that brought great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay

again from the dead our Lord Jesus,


and bringing

Mark xiv, 66. to the end.

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in the estate of grace, and that they shall persevere therein Assurance o ary revelation, by faith grounded upon the truth of God's pro- d 15ha selves those graces to which the promises of life are made ', , because

1 John ii. 27. But the anointing and shall 2 which ye have received of him abido pet bineVer hath taught you, ye shall abide in him. in him: to do them good; but I will put my pet dweli

mi Peti. 5. Who are kept by the fire departe

their inseparable union with Christ", his continual inter- Wearing mit cession for them, and the Spirit and seed of God abiding slim el Got in them", can neither totally nor finally fall away from a state of the state of grace', but are kept by the power of God bring

& through faith into salvation.

Q: 80, Can true believers be infallibly assured that they are hiking in the unto salvation

A. Such as truly believe in Christ, and endeavour to walk in all good conscience before him", may, without extraordinmises, and by the Spirit enabling them to discern in them

and that great Shepherd of the sheep, seed remaineth in him : and he can. through the blood of the everlasting not sin, because he is born of God. covenant, Ver. 21. Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is well eth in you; and ye need not that any pleasing in his sight, through Jesus man teach you: but as the same anChrist; to whom be glory for ever ointing teacheth you of all things, and and ever. Amen. 2 Sam. xxiii. 5. is truth, and is no lie, and even as it Although my house be not so with God, yet he hath made with me an i Jer. xxxii. 40. And I will make everlasting covenant, ordered in all an everlasting covenant with them, things and sure & for this is all my sal that I will not turn away from them vation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.

fear in their hearts, that they shall hi Cor. i. 8. Who shall also con not depart from me. John X. 28. firm you unto the end, that ye may And I give unto them eternal life, be blameless in the day of our Lord and they shall never perish, neither Jesus Christ. Ver. 9. God is faithful, shall any pluck them out of my by whom ye were called unto the fela hand. lowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

power of God through faith unto i Heb. vii. 25. Wherefore he is able salvation, ready to be revealed in the also to save them to the utterniost last time, that come unto God by hin, seeing 80. n 1 John ii. 3. And hereby we he ever liveth to make intercession do know that we know him, if we for them. Luke xxii. 32. But I have keep his commandments. prayed for thee, that thy faith fail 01 Cor. ii. 12, Now we have not; and when thou art converted, received, not the spirit of the strengthen thy brethren.

world, but the Spirit which is of ki John jii. 9. Whosoever is born

God: that we might know the of God doth not commit sin; for his things that are freely given to us

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beareth witness with our spirit, that
91 John v. 13. These things have ing shall my prayer prevent thee.

and bearing witness with their spirits that they are the children of God P, be infallibly assured that they are in the estate of grace, and shall persevere therein unto salvation,

Q. 81. Are all true believers at all times assured of their present being in the estate of grace, and that they shall be saved ?

A. Assurance of grace and salvation not being of the essence of faith", true believers may wait long before they obtain it';

and, W of God. 1 John iii. 14. We know

the name of the Son of God, that that we have passed from death

ye may know that ye have eternal unto life, because we love the life, and that ye may believe on the brethren : he that loveth not his

name of the Son of God. brother, abideth in death. Ver. 18.

81. * Eph. i. 13. In whom ye My little children, let us not love

also trusted, after that ye heard in word, neither in tongue, but in

the word of truth, the gospel of ideed, and in truth. Ver. 19. And hereby we know that we are of the

your salvation; in whom also, after

that ye believed, ye were sealed truth, and shall assure our hearts with that Holy Spirit of promise. before him. Ver. 21. Beloved, if

s Isa. 1. 10. Who is among you our heart condemn us not, then

that feareth the Lord, that obeyhave we confidence towards God.

eth the voice of his servant, that Ver. 24. And he that keepeth his

walketh in darkness, and hath no commandments dwelleth in him, light ? let him trust in the name and he in him :. and hereby we

of the Lord, and stay upon his know that he abideth in us, by the

God. Psal. lxxxviii. throughout. Spirit which he hath given us.

Ver. 1. O Lord God of my salva1 John iv. 13. Hereby know we

tion, I have cried day and night that we dwell in hin, and he in

before thee: Ver. 2. Let my prayer us, because he hath given us of his

come before thee: incline thine ear Spirit. Ver. 16. And we have known and believed the love that

unto my cry; Ver. 3. For my soul

is full of troubles, and my life God is love; and draweth nigh unto the grave.he chat dwelleth in love dwellech in

Ver. 6. Thou hast laid me in the
God, and God in him. Heb. vi. 11.
And we desire that every one of you

lowest pit, in darkness, in the deeps.

Ver. 7. Thy wrath lieth hard upon do shew the same diligence, to the me,

and thou hast afflicted me full assurance of hope unto the

with all thy waves. Selah.--Ver. 9. be not

Mine eye mourneth by reason of slothful

, but followers of them, affliction: Lord, I have called who through faith and patience in. daily upon thee; I have stretched

Ver. 10.

out my hands unto thee. Rom. viii. 16. The Spirit itself Wilt thou shew wonders to the

dead ?-Ver. 13. But unto thee have we are the children of God.

I cried, O Lord; and in the morn

God hath to us.

end : Ver. 12. That

herit the promises.

I written unto you that believe on

Ver. 14. Lord, why castest thou off


urs after death".

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the contrary,


, and

such a presence and support of the Spirit of God as the couch have

Q. 82. What und des of judg when I cried unto thee. Psal. Ki them in this! xxii. 1. My God, my God, why we are members ul John iii. 9. Whosoever is mence, joy in

Job xiii. 15. Though ticked the li Lord cast off for ever? and will he hold, I should offend against ihes. Cor. ii. 18.

will I gather thee.. Ver. 8. In 17, Verily I say have washed my feet, how shall I lasting kindness will I have piercy fit. , 17. TH

and, after the enjoyment thereof, may have it weakened to so What is there
and intermitted, through manifold distempers, sins, temps trible church
tations, and desertions'; yet are they never left without 1 The communion
keeps them from sinking into utter despair“.
my soul? why hidest thou thy face thine eyes; nevertheless thou heard.
from me? Ver. 15. I am aflicted est the voice of my supplications
and ready to die from my youth
up : while I suffer thy 'terrors I am
distracted, &C.

hast thou forsaken me? why art.
t[Psal. lxxvii. t. to the 12th thou so far from helping me, and
verse] Ver. 1. I cried unto God from the words of my roaring?
with my voice, even unto God with
my voice; and he gave ear unto me. born of God doth not commit sin;
Ver. 2. In the day of my trouble I for his seed remaineth in him; and
sought the Lord: my sore ran in he cannot sin, bed use he is born
night, and ceased not: my soul re of God.
fused to be comforted. Ver. 3. I
remembered God, and was troubled : but I will maintain mine own
I complained, and my spirit was ways before him. Psal. lxxiii, 15.
Ver. 7. Will the If I say, I will speak thus ;

be favourable no more? &c. Cant. generation of thy children. 23.

. 2. I sleep, but my heart waketh: Nevertheless, I am continually with
it is the voice of my beloved that thee: thou hast holden me, by
knocketh, saying, Open to me, my my right hand. Isa, liv. 7. For
sister, my love, my dove, my un a small moment have I forsaken
defiled : for my head is filled with thee; but with great mercies
dew, and my locks with the drops of
the night. Ver. 3. I have put off a little wrath I hid my face from
my coat, how shall I put it on ? I thee for a moment; but with ever-
defle then ? Ver. 6. I opened to on thee, saith the Lord thy Re-
my beloved; but my beloved had deemer. Ver. 9. For this is as the
withdrawn himself, and was gone : waters Noah unto me: for as
my soul failed when he spake: I I have sworn that the waters of
Bought him, but I could not find Noah should no more go over the
him : I called him, but he gave


So have
Psal. li. 8. Make would not be wroth with thee,
me to hear joy and gladness: that nor rebuke thee. Ver. 10. For the
the bones which thou hast broken mountains shall depart, and the
may rejoice. Ver. 12. Restore unto hills be removed; but my kindness
me the joy of thy salvation; and shall not depart from thee, neither
uphold me with thy free Spirit. shall the covenant of my peace

Psal. xxxi. 22. For 1 said in my removed, saith the Lord, that hath
haste, I am cut off from before

mercy on thee.

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Q. 82. What is the communion in glory which the members of the invisible church have with Christ?

A. The communion in glory which the members of the invisible church have with Christ, is in this life w, immediately after death, and at last perfected at the resurrection and day of judgment °.

Q. 83. What is the communion in glory with Christ which the members of the invisible church enjoy in this life ?

A. The members of the invisible church have communi. cated to them in this life the first-fruits of glory with Christ, as they are members of him their head, and so in him are interested in that glory which he is fully possessed of* ; and, as an earnest thereof, enjoy the sense of God's love", peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost, and hope of glory b; as, on the contrary, sense of God's revenging wrath, horror of conscience, and a fearful expectation of judgment, are to the wicked the beginning of their torments which they shall endure after death.

Q. 84. Shall 82, W2 Cor. ii. 18. But we all by the Holy Ghost which is given with open face beholding as in a

unto us. Compared with 2 Cor. i. 22, glass the glory of the Lord, are

Who hath also sealed us, and given changed into the same image, from

the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts. glory to glory, even

as by the

b Rom. v. Spirit of the Lord.

1. Therefore being

justified by faith, we have peale * Luke xxiii. 43. And Jesus said

with God, through our Lord Jesus unto him, Verily I say unto thee, Christ. Ver. 2. By whom also we To-day shalt thou be with me in

have access by faith into this grace

wherein we stand, and rejoice in Y 1 Thess. iv. 17. Then we which hope of the glory of God. Rom. are alive and remain shall be caught xiv: 17. For the kivgdom of God up tngether with them in the clouds, is not neat and drink, but righteto meet the Lord in the air : and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

ousness, and peace, and joy in the

Holy Ghost. 83. 2 Eph. ii. 5. Even when we

Gen. iv. 13. And Cain said were dead in sins, hath quickened

unto the Lord, My punishment is us together with Christ, (hy grace greater than I

can bear.

Mat. ye are saved,) Ver. 6. And hath

xxvii. 4. Saying, I have sinned, in raised us up together, and made

that I have betrayed the innocent

And they said, What is

that to us? see thou to that. Heb... Rom. v. 5. And hope niaketh

X. 27. But a certain fearful look


in Christ Jesus.



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