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tion a, and offers of grace by Christ to all the members of it in the ministry of the gospel, testifying that whosoever be fieves in him shall be faved b, and excluding none that will come unto him c.
Q. 64. What is the invisible church?
A. The invisible church is the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall be gathered into one under Christ the head d.
Q. 65. God? &c.v.9. O Israel, trust thou that day, that I will seek to destroy in the Lord: he is their help and all the nations that come against Je. their field, &c. Il. xxxi. 4. For rusalem. thus hath the Lord spoken unto me, a Acts ii. 39. For the promise is Like as the lion and the young lion unto you, and to your children, and roaring on his prey, when a multi- to all that are afar off, even as matude of shepherds is called forth a- ny as the Lord our God shall call. gainst him, he will not be afraid of v. 42. And they continued stedfalt. their voice, nor abase himself forly in the apostles do&trine and fel. the noise of them : fo shall the Lord lowship, and in breaking of bread, of hosts come down to fight for and in prayers. mount Zion, and for the hill thereof, b Pfal. cxlvii. 19. He sheweth his v. 5. As birds flying, so will the word unto Jacob, his statutes and Lord of hosts defend Jerusalem, de his judgments unto Israel. v. 20. fending also he will deliver it, and He hath not dealt so with any nation: paffing over he will preserve it. Zech. and as for his judgments, they have xii. 2. Behold, I will make Jerusa-. not known them. Praise ye the Lord. Jem a cup of trembling unto all the Rom. ix. 4. Who are Ifraelites ; people round about, when they shall to whom pertaineth the adoption, be in the fiege both against Judah, and the glory, and the covenants, and against Jerusalem. v. 3. And in and the giving of the law, and the that day will I make Jerusalem a service of God, and the promises. burdensúme stone for all people: Eph. iv. 11. And he gave fome, aall that burden themselves with it postles: and some, prophets : and hall be cut in pieces, though all fome, evangelists: and some, pastors the people of the earth be ga- and teachers. V.12. For the perfecting thered together against it. V. 4. In of the saints, for the work of the that day, faith the Lord, I will ministry, for the edifying of the body smite
every horse with astonishment, of Christ. Mark xvi. 15. And he said and his rider with madness, and I unto them. Go ye into all the world, will open
mine eyes upon the house and preach the gospel to every creaof Judah, and will smite every v. 16. He that believeth and horse of the people with blindness. is baptized, shall be saved ; but he V. 8. In that day shall the Lord de- that believeth not, shall be damoed. fend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, c John vi. 37. All that the Fa. and he that is feeble among them at ther giveth me, shall come to me; that day shall be as David; and the and him that cometh to me; I will house of David ihall be as God, as in no wife calt out. the angel of the Lord before them. 64. d Eph. i. 10. That in the 8.2. And it Mall come to pass in dispensation of the fulness of times,
0.65. What special benefits do the members of the invisible church enjoy by Chrift?
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 Chrift?
A. The union which the elect have with Christ is the work of God's Grace f, whereby they are fpiritually and mystically, yet really and inseparably joined to Christ as their Head and Husband g; which is done in their effectual calling h. 0:67. What is effectual calling?
Å. Effectual 1: he might gather together in one all 66: Eph. 1. 22. And hath put things in Christ, both which are in all things under his feet, and gave heaven, and which are on earth, e- him to be the head over all things ven in him, v. 22. And hath put all to the church. · Eph. ii.. 6. And things under his feet, and gave him hath raised us up together, and to be the head over all things to the made us fit together in heavenly church. v. 23. Which is his body, places in Christ Jesus. v. 7. That the fulness of him that filleth all in in the ages to come he might fhew áll. John x, 16. And other sheep the exceeding riches' of bis grace, I have, which are not of this fold: in his kindness toward us, through them also I must bring, and they Christ Jesus. v. 8. For by grace fhall hear my voice; and there fhall are ye saved, through faith; and be one fold, and ople fhepherd. John that not of yourselves : it is the gift xi. 52. And not for that nation on- of God. ly, but that also he should gather to- gi Cor. vii 17. But he that is gether in one, the children of God joined unto the Lord, is one fpią ihat were fcattered abroad.
rit. John X. 28. And I give unto 65. e John xvi. 21. That theỳ them eternal life, and they fall all
may be one, as thou, Father, never perish, neither fhall any pluck art in me, and I in thee; that they them out of my hand. Eph. v. 23.
may be one in us : that the For the husband is the head of the world
may believe that thou hast wife, even as Christ is the head of sent me. Eph. ii. 5. Even when the church: and he is the Saviour we were dead' in fins, hath quick of the body. v. 36. For we are ened us together with Christ, (by members of his body, of his fleih, grace ye are saved), v. 6. And hath and of his bones. saifed us up together, and made us h 1 Pet. v. 10. But the God of fit together in heavenly places in all grace who hath called us unto Christ Jesus. John xvii. 24. Fa. his eternal glory by Christ Jesus; ther, I will that they also whom after that ye have suffered a while, thou haft given me, be with make you perfect, ftablish, strengthen, where I am; that they may behold settle you. i Cor. i. 9. God is faith+ my glory which thou hast given ine: ful, by whom ye were called unto for thou lovedst me before the foun- the fellowlhip of his Son Jesus dation of the world.
Chrilt our Lord,
A. Effectual calling is the work of God's almighty power and grace i, whereby (out of his free and special love to his elect, 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 l. savingly enlightning their minds m, renewing and
powerfully 67. i John T. 25. Verily verily V.7. That in che ages to come he I say unto you, The hour is com- might hew the exceeding riches of ing, and now is, when the dead his grace, in his kindaess towards shall hear the voice of the Son of us, through Christ Jefus. v. 8. For God: and they that hear shall live. by grace are ye faved, throngh faith; Eph. i. 18. The eyes of your un- and that not of yourselves: it is the derstanding being enlightened; that gift of God: v. 9. Not of works, ye may know what is the hope of best any man should boast. Rom. his calling, and what the riches of ix. 11. For the children being not the glory of his inheritance in the yet born, neither having done any faints. 1. 19. And what is the ex- good or evil, that the purpose of ceeding greatness of his power to God according to election might us-ward who believe, according to Aand, not of works, but of him that the working of his mighty power; calleth. V. 20. Which he wrought in Christ, 1 2 Cor. V. 20. Now then we are when he raised him from the dead, ambassadors for Christ, as though and fer him at his own right hand God did befeech you by us : in the heavenly places. 2: Tim. id pray you is Christ's stead, be ye 8. Be not thoa therefore ashamed reconciled to God. Compared withi of the testimony of our Lord, nor 2 Cor. vi, 1. We then as workers of me his prisoner : but be thou together with him, beseech you alpartaker of the afflictions of the go- so, that ye receive not the grace of fpel, according to the power of God in vain. v. 2. For he faith, , God; V.9. Who hath saved us, I have heard thee io a time accept: and called us with an holy calling, ed, and in the day of falvation have not according to ogr works, but ac- I fuccoured thee: behold, now is cording to his own purpofe, and the accepted time; behold, now is grace which was given us in Christ the day of salvation. John vi. 44Jefus, before the world began. No man can come to me, except the
k Tit. . 4. But after that the Father which hath sent me, draw kindness and love of God oúr Sæ- him: and I will raife him up at the viour toward man appeared, V. S. last day. 2 Theff. q. 13. But we Not by works of righteousness, which are bound to give thanks alway to we have done, but according to his God for you, brethren, beloved of mercy he faved us by the washing the Lord, because God hath from of regeneration, and renewing of the beginning chosen you to salvathe Holy Ghost. Eph. i. 4. But tion, through fanctification of the God, who is rich in inercy, for his Spirit, and belief of the truth: v. 14• great love wherewith ye loved us, Whereunto he called you by our
Even when we were dead in gospel, to the obtaining of the glofins hath quickened us together with ry of our Lord Jesus Christ. Christ, (by grace we are saved) m Acts xxvi. 18. To open their
powerfully determining their wills n, so as they (although in themselves dead in fin) are hereby made willing and able freely to answer his call, and to accept and embrace the grace offered and conveyed therein 0.
Q. 68. Are the elect only effectually.called?
A. All the elect, and they only, are effe&tually called p; although others may be, and often are, outwardly called by the ministry of the word q, and have some common operations of the Spirit r; who, for their wilful neglect
and eyes, and to turn them from dark-" gether with Christ, (by grace ye are ness to light, and from the power faved). Phil. ii. 13. For it is God of Satan unto God, that they may which worketh in you, both to will receive forgiveness of fins, and in- and to do of his good pleasure! keritance among them which are Deut. xxx. 6. And the Lord thy fan&tified by faith that is in me. God will circumcise thine heart, and 1 Cor. ii. 10. But God hath reveal- the heart of thy feed, to love the ed them unto us by his Spirit: for Lord thy God with all thine heart, the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, and with all thy soul, that thou the deep things of God. v. 12. mayest live. Now we bave received, not the spi- 68.p Ads xiii. 48. And when rit of the world, but the Siprix the Gentiles heard this, they were which is of God; that we might glad, and glorified the word of the know the things that are freely given Lord: and as many as were ordainto us of God.
ed to eternal life, believed. n Ezek. xi. 19. I will give them 9
14. one heart, and I will put new fpi- called, but few are chosen. rit within you; and I will take the r Matth. vii. 22. Many will say stony heart out of their flesh, and to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have will give them an heart of Aesh. we not prophesied in thy name ? and Ezek. xxxvi. 26. A new heart also in thy name have cast out devils ? will I give you, and a new spirit and in thy name done many wonput within you,
and I will derful works? Matth. xiii. 20. take away the fony heart out of But he that received the feed into your flerb, and I will give you an stony places, the fame is he that heart of flesh. V. 27. And I will
heareth the word, and anon with put my spirit within you, and cause, joy receiveth it: v. 21. Yer hath you to walk in my itatutes, and ye he not root in himself, but dureth hall keep my judgments, and do for a while: for when tribulation them. John vi. 45. It is written or persecution ariseth because of the in the prophets, And they shall be word, by and by he is offended. all caught of God. . Every man Heb. vi. 4. For it is impoflible for therefore that hath heard, and hath those who were once enlightened, learned of the Father cometh unto and have tasted of the heavenly gift,
and were made partakers of the Hoe Eph. ii. 5. Even when we were ly Ghost. v. 5. And have tasted the dead in fins hath quickened us to- good word of God, and the power
For many are
and contempt of the grace offered to them, being juftly unter left in their unbelief, do never truly come to Jefus thing Chrift f.
he Q. 69. What is the communion in grace which the members
God of the invisible church have with Chris??
A. The communion in grace, which the members of the invisible church have with Christ, is their partaking of the virtue of his mediation, in their justification t, adoption v, fanctification, and whatever else, in this life, manifefts their union with him w.
Q.70. What is justification?
A. Justification is an act of God's free grace unto sin ners x, in which he pardoneth all their fins, accepteth and
accounteth of the world to come; *5.6. If they I should heal them. John. vi. 64. fhall fall away, to renew them again But there are fome of you that beunto repentance.
lieve not. For Jefus knew from S John xii. 38. That the saying the beginning, who they were that of Efaias the prophet might be ful- believed not, and who should betray filled, which he spake, Lord, who him. v. 65. And he faid, therefore hath believed our report?" and to said I unto you, that no man can whom hath the arm of the Lord come unto me, except it were gibeen revealed; v. 39. ' Therefore ven unto hini of my Father. Pfal. they could not believe, because that lxxxi.' 11. But my people would Efaias said again.
v. 40. He hath not hearken to my voice: and Israel blinded their eyes, and hardened would none of me. y. 12. So I gave their heart; that they should not them up unto their own hearts luft: fee with their eyes, nor understand and they walked in their own coun, with their heart, and be converted, fels. and I should heal them. Acts xxviii. 69. * Rom. viii. 30. Moreover, 25. And when they agreed not ac whom he did predestinate, them he mong themselves, they departed, also called and whom he called; after that Paul had spoken one them he also justified; and whom word, Well spake the Holy Ghost he justified, them he also glorified. by Esaias the prophet, unto our fa- v Eph. i. 5. Having predestinated thers. V. 26. Saying, Go unto this us unto the adoption of children by people, and say, Hearing ye shall Jesus Christ to himself, according to hear, and shall not understand; and the good pleasure of his will. Seeing ye shall fee, and not perceive. w i Cor. i. 30. But of him are V. 27. For the heart of this people ġe in Christ Jesus, who of God is is waxed gross, and their ears are made unto us wisdom, and rightedull of hearing, and their eyes have ousness, and fanctification, and rethey closed; left they fhould fee demption. with their eyes, and hear with their 70. * Rom. iii. 22. Even the ears, and understand with their righteousness of God which is by heart, and should be converted, and faith of Jesus Christ unco all, and