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Q. 152. IVhat doth every sin deserve at the hands of God?

A. Every sin, even the least, being against the sovereigntya, goodness", and holiness of God', and against his righteous

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and walk after other gods whom for I hear of your evil dealings by ye know not; Ver. 10. And come all this people. Ver. 21. Nay, my and stand before me in this house, sons: for it is no good report that which is called by my name, and I hear; ye make the Lord's people say, We are delivered to do all to transgress. these abominations ? Prov. vii. 14. 152. a James ii. 10. For whosoI have peace-offerings with me; ever shall keep the whole law, this day have I paid my vows. and yet offend in one point, he is Ver. 15. Therefore came I forth guilty of all. Ver. 11. For he that to meet thee, diligently to seek said, Do not commit adultery, thy face, and I have found thee. said also, Do not kill.John xiii. 27. And after the sop b Exod. xx. 1. God spake all Satan entered into him. Then these words, saying, Ver. 2. I said Jesus unto him, That thou am the Lord thy God, which doest, do quickly. Ver. 30. Ile have brought thée out of the then, having received the sop, land of Egypt, out of the house of went immediately out:

bondage. y Ezra ix. 13. And after all that cllab. i. 13. Thou art of purer is come upon us for our evil deeds, eyes than to behold evil, and canst and for our great trespass, seeing not look on iniquity: wherefore that thou our God hast punished lookest thou upon them that deal us less than our iniquities deserve, treacherously, and holdest thy and hast given us such deliverance tongue when the wicked devouras this; Ver. 14. Should we again eth the man that is more rightebreak thy commandments, and join ous than he? Lev. X. 3. Then in affinity with the people of those Moses said unto Aaron, This is it abominations? wouldest not thou that the Lord spake, saying, I be angry with us till thou hadst will be sanctified in them that consumed us?

come nigh me, and before all the 22 Sam. xvi. 22. So they spread people I will be glorified.--Lev. Absalom a tent upon the top of xi. 44. For I am the Lord your the house, and Absalom went in God: ye shall therefore sanctify unto his father's concubines in the yourselves, and ye shall be holy; sight of all Israel. 1 Sam. ii. 22. for I am holy: neither shall ye deNow Eli was very old, and heard file yourselves with any manner of all that his sons did unto all Is- creeping thing that creepeth upon rael, and how they lay with the the earth. Ver. 45. For I am the women that assembled at the door Lord that bringeth you up out of of the tabernacle of the congrega- the land of Egypt, to be your God: tion. Ver. 23. And he said unto ye shall therefore be holy; for I them, Why do ye such things? am holy.

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Q. 153. What doth God require of us, that we may escape is wrath and curse due to us by reason of the transgression of the late ?

A. That we may escape the wrath and curse of God due o us by reason of the transgression of the law, he requireth of us repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ', and the diligent use of the outward means

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di John iii. 4. Whosoever com- h Heb. ix. 22. And almost all nitteth sin, transgresseth also the things are by the law purged with aw: for sin is the transgression of blood ; and without shedding of he law. Rom. vii. 12. Wherefore blood is no remission. 1 Pet. i. 18. he law is holy, and the command- Forasmuch as ye know that ye nent holy, and just, and good. were not redeemed with corrup

c Eph. v. 6. Let no man deceive tible things, as silver and gold, -ou with vain words: for because from your vain conversation, reof these things cometh the wrath ceived by tradition from your faof God upon the children of dis- thers; Ver. 19. But with the prebedience. Gal. iii. 10. For as cious blood of Christ, as of a lamb many as are of the works of the without blemish, and without aw are under the curse: for it is spot. written, Cursed is every one that 153. i Acts xx. 21. Testifying continueth not in all things which both to the Jews, and also to the are written in the book of the law Greeks, repentance toward God, co do them.

and faith toward our Lord Jesus f Lam. iii. 39. Wherefore doth Christ. Mat. iii. 7. But when he a living man complain, a man for saw many of the Pharisees and che punishment of his sins ? Deut. Sadducees come to his baptism, xxviii. from Verse 15. to the end. he said unto them, O generation But it shall come to pass, if thou of vipers! who hath warned you wilt not hearken unto the voice of to flee from the wrath to come? the Lord thy God, to observe to Ver. 8. Bring forth therefore fruits lo all his commandments and his meet for repentance. Luke xiii. statutes, which I command thee 3, 5. I tell you, Nay: but except this day, that all these curses shall ye repent, ye shall all likewise come upon thee, and overtake thee. perish. Acts xvi. 30. And (the Ver. 16. Cursed shalt thou be in the jailer) brought them out, and city, and cursed shalt thou be in said, Sirs, what must I do to be the field. Ver. 17. Cursed shall be saved? Ver. 31. And they said, Bee thy basket and thy store, dic.

lieve on the Lord Jesus Christ, & Mat. xxv. 41. Depart from and thou shalt be saved, and thine me, ye cursed, into everlasting house. John iii. 16. For God so fire, prepared for the devil and loved the world, that he gave his his angels.

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Q. 154. What are the outward means cohereby Christ communicates to us the benefits of his mediation ?

A. The outward and ordinary means whereby Christ communicates to his church the benefits of his mediation, are all his ordinances; especially the word, sacraments, and prayer; all which are made effectual to the elect for their salvation!

Q. 155. How is the word made effectual to salvation ?

A. The Spirit of God maketh the reading, butespecially the preaching of the word, an effectual means of enlightening

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ever believeth in him should not Father, and of the Son, and of the perish, but have everlasting life. Holy Ghost: Ver. 20. Teaching Ver. 18. He that believeth on him them to obser all things whatis not condemned: but he that soever I have commanded you: believeth not is condemned al- and, lo, I am with you alway, ready,

even into the end of the world. * Prov. ii. 1. My son, if thou Acts ii. 42. And they continued wilt receive my words, and hide stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine my commandments with thee; and fellowship, and in breaking Ver. 2. So that thou incline thine of bread, and in prayers. Ver. 16. ear unto wisdom, and apply thine And they, continuing daily with heart to understanding : Ver. 3. one accord in the temple, and Yea, if thou criest after know- breaking bread from house to ledge, and liftest up thy voice house, did eat their meat with for understanding: Ver. 4. If thou gladness, and singleness of heart; seekest her as silver, and searchest Ver. 47. Praising God, and having for her as for hid treasures: Ver. 5. favour with all the people. And Then shalt thou understand the the Lord added to the church fear of the Lord, and find the daily such as should be saved. knowledge of God. Prov. viii. 33. 155. m Neh. viii. 8. So they read Hear instruction, and be wise, and in the book in the law of God refuse it not. Ver. 34. Blessed is distinctly, and gave the sense, and the man that heareth me, watch- caused them to understand the ing daily at my gates, waiting at reading. Acts xxvi. 18. To open the posts of my doors. Ver. 35. their eyes, and to turn them from For whoso findeth me, findeth darkness to light, and from the life, and all obtain favour of the power of Satan unto God, that Lord. Ver. 36. But he that sin- they may receive forgiveness of neth against me wrongeth his own sins, and inheritance among soul: all they that hate me love them which are sanctified by death.

faith that is in me. Psal. xix. 154. Matth. xxviii. 19. Go ye 8.- The commandment of the therefore, and teach all nations, Lord is pure, enlightening the baptizing them in the name of the eyes.

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ni Cor. xiv. 24. But if all pro- sand souls. Acts viii. from Verse ohesy, and there come in one that 27. to 39.-And, behold, a man of believeth not, or one unlearned, Ethiopia, an eunuch of great auhe is convinced of all, he is judged thority,--Ver

. 28. Was returning, of all: Ver. 25. And thus are the and sitting in his chariot, read ecrets of his heart made mani- Esaias the prophet. Ver. 29. Then est; and so, falling down on his the Spirit said unto Philip, Go ace, he will worship God, and near, and join thyself to this chaeport that God is in you of a riot. Ver. 30. And Philip ran ruth. 2 Chron. xxxiv. 18. Then thither to him, and heard him Shaphan the scribe told the king, read the prophet Esaias, and said, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath Understandest thou what thou given me a book. And Shaphan readest?-Ver. 35. Then Philip read it before the king. Ver. 19. opened his mouth, and began at And it came to pass, when the the same scripture, and preached king had heard the words of the unto him Jesus. Ver. 36.--And aw, that he rent his clothes. the eunuch said, See, here is waVer. 26. And as for the king of Ju- ter; what doth hinder me to be lah, who sent you to enquire of baptized ? Ver. 37. And Philip the Lord, so shall ye say unto said, If thou believest with all him, Thus saith the Lord God of thine heart, thou mayest. And Israel concerning the words which he answered and said, I believe thou hast heard; Ver. 27. Because that Jesus Christ is the Son of chine heart was tender, and God. Ver. 38.—And they went thou didst humble thyself before down both into the water, both God, when thou heardest his Philip and the eunuch; and he words against this place, and baptized him. against the inhabitants thereof, P2 Cor. ii. 18. But we all with and humbledst thyself before open face, beholding as in a glass me, and didst rend' thy clothes, the glory of the Lord, are changed

before me; I have into the same image, from glory even heard thee also, saith the to glory, even as by the Spirit of Lord. Ver. 28. Behold, I will ga- the Lord. ther thee to thy fathers, and thou 92 Cor. x. 4. For the weapons shalt be gathered to thy grave in of our warfare are not carnal, peace,

but mighty through God to the • Acts ii. 37. Now, when they pulling down of strong holds: heard this, they were pricked in Ver. 5. Casting down imaginations, their heart, and said unto Peter and every high thing that exaltand to the rest of the apostles, eth itself against the knowledge Men and brethren, what shall we of God, and bringing into capdo? Ver. 41. Then they that gladly tivity every thought to the obedireceived his word were baptized: ence of Christ: Ver. 6. And havand the same day there were add- ing in a readiness to revenge all ed unto them about three thous disobedience, when your obedi

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ence is fulfilled. Rom. vi. 17. But tion of God, and is profitable for God be thanked, that ye were the doctrine, for reproof, for correcservants of sin; but ye have obey- tion, for instruction in righteoused from the heart that form of ness: Ver. 17. That the man of doctrine which delivered God may be perfect, throughly you.

furnished unto all good works. Mat. iv. 4. But he answered + Rom. xvi. 25. Now to him and said, It is written, Man shall that is of power to establish you not live by bread alone, but by according to my gospel, and the every word that proceedeth out of preaching of Jesus Christ, acthe mouth of God. Ver. 7. Jesus cording to the revelation of the said unto him, It is written again, mystery, which was kept secret Thou shalt not tempt the Lord since the world began. 1 Thess. thy God. Ver. 10. Then saith Jesus iii. 2. And sent Timotheus our unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: brother, and minister of God, for it is written, Thou shalt wor- and our fellow-labourer in the ship the Lord thy God, and him gospel of Christ, to establish you, only shalt thou serve. Eph. vi. 16. and to comfort you concerning Above all, taking the shield of your faith: Ver. 10. Night and faith, wherewith ye shall be able day praying exceedingly that we to quench all the fiery darts of the might see your face, and might wicked. Ver. 17. And take the perfect that which is lacking in helmet of salvation, and the sword your faith. Ver. 11. Now God of the Spirit, which is the word himself and our Father, and our of God. Psal. xix. 11. Moreover, Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way by them is thy servant warned; unto you: Ver. 13. To the end and in keeping of them there is he may establish your hearts ungreat reward. 1 Cor. x. 11. Now blameable in holiness before God, all these things happened unto even our Father, at the coming them for ensamples: and they are of our Lord Jesus Christ with written for our admonition, up- all his saints. Rom. xv. 4. For on whom the ends of the world whatsoever things were written

aforetime were written for our s Acts xx. 32. And now, bre- learning ; that we, through pathren, I commend you to God, tience and comfort of the scripand to the word of his grace, which tures, might have hope. Rom. is able to build you up, and to x. 13. For whosoever shall call give you an inheritance among all upon the name of the Lord shall them which are sanctified. 2 Tim. be saved. Ver. 14. How then shall iii. 15. And that from a child thou they call on him in whom they hast known the holy scriptures, have not believed? and how shall which are able to make thee wise they believe in him of whom unto salvation, through faith they have not heard ? and how which is in Christ Jesus. Ver. 16. shall they hear without a preachAll scripture is given by inspira- er? Ver. 15. And how shall they

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