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Q. 8. But if a man reform his life, and live soberly and justly for time to come, may hę not that way escape God's wrath and curse?
4. No; Sobriety and reformation are duties, but it is faith and regeneration that puts men into Christ, and out of danger ; Mattb. v. 20. Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteoutness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall io no cale enter in. to the kingdom of heaven. Tit. iii. 5. Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he faved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the holy Ghost.
Q. 9. Do all believing and penitent soners escape God's wrath and curse ? :
4. Yes, they do, aod Mall for ever escape it ; Rom. viii. 1. There is therefore now no condemaation to them which are ia Christ Jesus, &c. Col. i. 12, 13. Giving thanks voto God the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the jaheritance of the saints io light; who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kiogdom of his dear Son. Jobo v, 24. He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that fent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condempation ; bụt is passed from death unto life.
Q. 10. What is the fire inference hence ?
A. Hence it appears how falle and dangerous the Antinomian doctrine is, which teaches that our fins are pardoned before they are committed, or we either believe or repent; contrary to Acts xxvi. 18. To opco their eyes, and to turn them from darkness uoto light, and from the power of Satao upto God, that they may receive forgiveness of lio, and inheritance among them which are fanctified by faith that is in me. James 5. 20. He which converteth the finger from the error of his way, fhall save a soul from death, &c. Acts X. 43. To him give all the prophets witoess, that through his name whosoever believe eth in him (hall receive remission of lins.
Q. 11. What is the second inference hence ?
A. Hence it follows, that it is dangerous on the one side not to strive in all the ways of duty for Chrift and falvation, potrary to Luke xiii. 24. Strive to enter io at the strait gate ; for mapy, I say unto you, will leek to enter in, aod shall not be able. And as dangerous, on the other side, to rest in, and depend on our owo works and duties; Phil. iii. 9. And be found jo him, oot having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousnese which is of God by faith..
Q. 12. What is the third inference hence ?
A. Hence we learn the miserable itate of all unbelievers, and impenitent persons; the curse and wrath of God lies upon them; Gal. iji. 10. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curfe, &c. And their mittispus for hell is already made; Joho jii. 18. He that believeth not, is condemned already.
Q. 13. What is the fourth inference hence ?
A. Hence we learn the happy state into which faith and repentance bring the fouls of med; Acts xiii. 38, 39. By him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Mofes.
Of saving Faith.
A. Faith in Jesus Christ is a saving grace, wobereby we receive and reft upon him alone for salvation, as he is offered to us in the golpel.
Q. 1. What is the root or cause of faith?
A. Not the power of mad's will; Eph. ii. 8. For by grace are ye faved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God : But the Spirit of God; Gali v. 22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, loog-suffering, gentleness, good. Dess, faith. John i. 12, 13. But as many as received him, them gavc
to become the fois of God, even to them that believe on his name ; which were born, pot of blood, nor of the will of the field, nor of the will of man, but of God.
Q. 2. How doth the Spirit of God ordinarily produce faith?
A. By the preaching of the word he ordioarily begets it; Rom. x. 17. Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God; though sometimes he doch it immediately.
e 3. Who are the proper subjects of faith?
A. Convinced and sensible finners are the proper subjects of faith ; Joho xvi. 8,0. 10. And when he is come, he will reprove the world of fin, of righteousness, and of judgment. Of lin, because they believe not on me: of righteouspels, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more : of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.
Q. 4. What is the feat or habitation of faith?
A. Not only the head or understanding, but priocipally the heart and will; Rom. 8. 10. With the heart map believeth untrighteousnels, doc. Acts viii. 37. And Philip fuid, If thou believest with all thine heart; thou mayest.
Q. 5. But is not the assent of the understanding true faith?
A. The mere affent of the understanding to the truths of scripture, is not such a faith as will fave the soul ; James ii. 19.
Thou believest that there is one God; thou dost well : the devils also believe, and tremble.
e 6. What is the act of faith that justifies a singer?
A. It is the receiving of Christ, by the full and hearty confere of the heart that justifies us ; Joho i. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his oame.
Q: 7. What is the object of faith?
A. The primary object of faith is the perfon of Christ, and the secondary his benefits; Isa. xlv. 22. Look uoto me and be faved, all the ends of the earth, &c. Phil. iii. 8, 9. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but lofs, for the excellency of the koowledge of Christ Jefus my Lord: For whom I have suf'fered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine owa righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ; the righteousoefs which is of God by faith.
Q. 8. May not a man look partly to Christ, and partly to his own works and doties for righteousness?
A. No; he must eye Chrift oply, and exclude all others, or he cannot be justified ; Phil. iii. 9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousoefs, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Chrift: The righteousoess which is of God by faith. Rom. iv. 5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Q. 9. Is it enough to eye the person of Christ only in believing?
A. No; we must eye the person of Christ, as cloathed with all his offices; Acts xvi. 31. And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thine house. Our ignorance needs him as a prophet, our guilt as a priest, our fios and enemies as a king.
Q. 10. Is true faith exclusive of all fears and doubts?
A. No; it is oor, but true believers are troubled with many fears and doubtings; Ila. I. 10. Who is he among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyerh the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkoess, and hath no light, óc. Mark ix. 24. And straightway the Father of the child crieth out with tears, Lord, I believe, help thou miae upbelief.
Q.11. Is no man actually justified till he believe ?
A. No, he cannot be justified actually till he believe actually; Gal. iii. 22. But the scripture hath concluded all under fin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. Joba ii. 18. He that beliereth on him, is not
condemoed : But he that believeth not, is condemned already because he hath got believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.
Q. 12. Is every man that believes justified immediately and fully upon his believing ?
A. Yes, he is ; Rom. v. 1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Chrift. Jobs V. 24. He that heareth my words, and believeth on him that fent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death uoto life.
Q. 13. What is the true character or description of a believer ?
A. He is one that having been convinced of his sia and mile. ry, and of his owo and all other creatures inability to save him, and of the ability and willingness of Christ to save him, lets go all hold and dependance on creatures, and his own righteoutness, and casts himself catirely upon Christ for righteousnet's and life.
Of the Properties, Signs, and Means of Faith. Q10A, 1. Hat is the first property of faith?
A. It is a molt precious grace ; 2 Pet. i. 1. To them that have obtained like precious faith with us, &c. And must needs be fo, seeing it is the bood of our union with Chrift; Eph. iii. 17. That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith, that ye being rooted and grounded in love. That by which we are justified ; Rom. v. 1. Therefore being juftified by faith, &c. And that by which our souls do live; Heb. ii. 4. The juft Thall live by faith.
e 2. What is the second property of saving faith?
A. The second property of faith is this, that it is the molt useful grace in this world to a believer, it being the soul's eye ; Heb. xi. 27. By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: For he endured, as seeing him who is invisible, &c. It is hard to apprehend Christ; Phil. iii. 12. That I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus. I. is cordial in a fainting season ; Palm xxvii. 3. I had faioted, unless I had believed, doc.
Q: 3. What are the foundations that support faith?
of God; Rom. iv, 20, 21. He staggered not at the promise through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. And being fully persuaded, that what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Heb. vii. 25. He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, &c.
Q: 4. What is the second prop of faith :
A. The truth and faithfuloefs of God in his promises ; Heb. X. 23. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for he is faithful that hath promised, Heb. vi, 18. That by two imputable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope fer before us.
. 5. What encourages the faith of the faints ?
A. The manifold, sweet, and sensible experiences of others; Psalm lxxiv. 14. Thou breakest the heads of Leviathan in pieces, and gaveft him to be meat for the people inhabiting the wilderness. And especially their own experiences; Joh. xxiii. 14. Ye know in all your hearts, and in all your fouls, that not one thing hath failed of all the good things which the Lord your God spake concerning you; all' are come to pass vato you, and not one thing hath failed thereof.
Q. 6. What is the first sigo of a weak faith?
A. Staggeriags ig our affeot to divine truths, argue the weakDefs of faith ; Rom. iv, 10. He staggered dot at the promise of God through unbelief, but was Itrong io faith, 6c,
Q. 7. What is the second figa of weak faith?
A. laability to trust God in time of danger, evidenced by finful hafte to avoid it';. Ifa. xxviii. 16. He that believeth, Thall Dot make halte.
e 8. What is the third siga of a weak faith?
A. When we cannot live purely by faith, except we have some sensible encouragement; John xx. 25. Except I shall fee in his hands the print of the nails, and put my fioger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his fide, I will not believe.
l. 9. What is the fourth sign of a weak faith?
A. When a pew temptation makes us easily let go our for. mer confidence; Luke xxiv. 21. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Ifrael : And besides all this, today is the third day since these ihings were done.
Q. 10. What is the fifth figo of a weak faith?
A. The prevalence of cardal fears, in times of trouble, argues weak faith; Matth. viii. 26. And he faith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? &c.
Q. 11. What is the sixth sign of a weak faith?
A. Too much carefulaess and anxiety about the thiogs of this life ; Matth. vi. 30. Wherefore if God lo clothe the grass of the field, which ro-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the