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fefs our Ignorance, to forfake our corrupt Underftanding, I Cor. i. 18. Harkening to him, Ifa. lv. 2. practising what he teaches us, John viii. 31. 2dly, To adhere to him as the only. Prieft; to be reconciled to God by his Sacrifice and Propitiation; and to acknowledge him as a King, by living in a true Obedience to his Laws; and then we may have that lafting Confolation, that he will be to us Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanctification, and compleat Redemption.
The 32d Question of the HEIDELBERG CATECHISM.
UT why are you called a Chriftian?
"A. Because I am by Faith made a Mem"ber of Jefus Chrift, and by Confequence partaker "of his Unction, in order to confefs his Name, to "offer myself a living Sacrifice, to Fight during this "Life with a free and good Confcience, against Sin "and the Devil, and at last to Reign for ever with "Jefus Chrift over all Creatures."
Q. Where are the Believers called Chriftians?
A. In the Scripture, Acts xi. 26. And it came to pass, that a whole Year they affembled themselves with the Church, and taught much People; and the Difciples were called Chriftians firft in Antioch.
Q. How many Reafons hath the Catechift given wherefore we are called Chriftians?
A. Three, 1, Because I am by Faith made a Member of Jefus Chrift. 2dly, That I am a Partaker of his Unction. 3dly, Because through his Means I am made a King, a Priest, and a Prophet.
Q. How do you prove that you are made a Member of Jefus Chrift?
A. From 1 Cor. xii. 12. For as the Body is one, and hath many Members, and all the Members of that one Body being many, are one Body, fo alfo is Chrift.
Q. How do you prove that you are a Partaker of his Unction?
A. From 1 John ii. 20. But ye have an Unction from the Holy One, and ye know all Things.
Q. How do you prove that you are made to be a King, a Prieft, and a Prophet?
A. From Rev. i. 6. And hath made us Kings and Priefts unto God and his Father. And Joel ii. 28. And it fhall come to pass afterward, that I will pour my Spirit upon all Flesh, and your Sons and your Daughters. Shall Prophefy.
Q. Wherein do they exercife their Office as Prophets? A. In their internal Learning, by the Word and Spirit of God in their Souls, by which they are enriched in all Utterance, and in all Knowledge, I Cor. i. 5.
Q. How elfe Should they exercife their Gift of Prophely?
4. 1ft,In a true Understanding and Explanation of the fure Word of Prophefy, which is contained in the Scriptures, 1 Cor. xiv. 1. 1 John, ii. 20. 2dly, In fhewing forth the Praifes of him who hath called them out of Darkness into his marvellous Light, 1 Pet. ii. 9. Q. Wherein do they exercife their Office as Priefts? A. In that they offer up themselves wholly to God, with their Affections, their Graces, their Prayers, their Goods, their Life, Hof. xiv. 3. Rom. xii. 1, 2. Heb. xiii. 15. Pf. cxli. 2. Heb. xiii. 16. 2 Tim. iv. 6. Q. How do they behave themfelves as Kings?
A. They become of exalted Spirits, difdaining the Pleafures of Time, defiring to be clothed upon with their House, which is from Heaven, 2 Cor. v. 2. and is their fuperior Courage and Conftancy; to Fight against Sin and Satan, their Enemies, Eph. vi. 12, 17. With a Free and good Conscience, in Favour of him, who abfolved them of Condemnation, and affured them of Grace, whereby they will reign for ever with Jefus Chrift over all Creatures, Rev. vii.
9. xv. 2, 3. And become more than Conquerors through him that loved them, Rom. viii. 37.
Q. What do you understand from what hath been faid? A. That we ought not to be fatisfied with the external Name of a Chriftian, but to live accordingly, praying that Chrift may anoint us with his Spirit, and enable us to perform our Christian Offices, that finally we may triumph over all our Enemies, Rev. iii. 21.
The 33d Question of the HEIDELBERG CATECHISM.
Q. WHY is fefus Chrift called the only Son of God, if it be true that we are alfo his Children? "A. Because Jefus Chrift alone is the eternal Son of God by his Nature, whereas we are only fo "through Grace and Adoption."
Q. How many Natures are there in Chrift? ? A. Two; one Divine, and one Human.
Q. Is Jefus Chrift the Son of God only because the Lord was pleafed to dignify him with that Title?
A. No. But because he is, in an incomprehenfible Manner, generated from the Father, P. ii. 7. Iwill declare the Decree, the Lord hath faid unto me, Thou art my Son, this Day have I begotten thee. And Prov. viii. 24, 25. The Lord poffeffed me in the Beginning of his Way, before his Works of old, I was fet up from everlafting, from the Beginning, or ever the Earth was ?
Q. Do you mean hereby that he hath exifted from Eternity a Being equal with the Father?
A. Not only that, but we must certainly also underftand this by it, As the Father has Life in himself, that he alfo has given to the Son, to have Life in himLelf, John v. 26.
Q. Are there any other Places of Scripture by which you can prove that he is the eternal Son of God?
A. Yes. He is named the Son of God, the Brightnefs of his Glory, and the exprefs Image of his Perfon,
Heb. i. 354. His only generated Son, John i. 14. John iii 16. The Son of God, in his proper Nature, John v. 18. Rom. viii. 32. And for that Reason, he that was in the fame Form of God, thought it not Robbery to be equal to God, Philip. ii. 6. Of the fame Being, John x. 30. And alfo, the one eternal God with the Father and the Holy Ghoft, Zach. xiii. 7. Col. ii. 9.
Q. Doth the Godhead of the Son appear clearly in the Holy Scriptures?
A. Yes. Ift, By the Names of God, which are given to him, fuch as Jehovah, Jer. xxiii. 6. God, a frong God, a great God, a true God, the God of Ifrael, Pf. Ixviii. 19. Ifa. ix. 5. Tit. ii. 13. 1 John v. 20. &c. 2dly, By his divine Properties, the Eternity, Rev. 1. 8. Ifa. ix. 5. Immutability, Pf. cii. 28. Omniprefence, Ifa. Ixvi. 1. Matt. xviii. 20. Omnifcience, Rev. ii: 23. Q. How else doth it appear?
A. From the Works of God, which are ascribed to the Son. 1, The Creation, John i. 3. The fuftaining of all Things, John v. 17. Col. i. 17. The Miracles performed by his own Power, John v. 15. The redeeming, the fanctifying, the preferving of his People, Ifa. xlv. 17. And the glorifying of them.
Q. Is there any farther Evidence of it in Scripture? A. Yes. That he must be honoured of all Men, even as the Father, John v. 23.
A: What do you mean by that?
A. If, To know him, John xvii. 3. 2dly, To believe in him, John xiv. 1. 3dly, To love him, 1 Gor. xvi. 22. 4thly, To ferve him, 2 Cor. v. 15. 5thly, To pray to him; and 6thly, To give him Thanks, Rom. i. 7. Rev V. 12.
Q. Is there not a great Difference between the Sonship of Chrift, and that of Believers?
A. Yes, a very great Difference. For the Believers are Children through Chrift, Eph. i. 5. John i. 12 Which comes to pafs in the prefent Time, by t H
Grace of God; but the Sonship of Chrift is from
The 34th Question of the HEIDELBERG
Q. WHY do you call him our Lord?
"A. Because he has redeemed our Bodies "and Souls from Sin, not with Gold or Silver, but "with his precious Blood; and because he has delivered "us from the Tyranny of Satan, and confequently "acquired us to himself, as his own Property."
Q. Can you prove from the Scripture that Chrift is called Lord?
A. Yes. Luke ii. 11. And unto you is born this Day, in the City of David, a Saviour, which is Chrift the Lord. And Philip ii. 11. And that every Tongue should confefs that Jefus Christ is Lord, to the Glory of God the Father.
Q. What is the Signification of this Name?
A. That he is with the Father, the Lord and Poffeffor of all which is created, Gen. xiv. 19. Pfalm 1. 12. And the Redeemer, who hath a certain Flock as his Property, in which he liveth by his Spirit, and go-G verns and defends it amidst all Enemies by the fame.
Q. Do not all Believers confefs him in that Manner, when they call him Lord?
A. Yes. Ift, Because the Father hath given them to Chrift, John xvii. 9. 2dly, Because he hath redeemed them from all Evil, both Body and Soul, not with Gold or Silver, but with his precious Blood, 1 Cor. vi. 20. Heb. 9. 12. And confequently they are his Property, which he has united to him, making them willing to obey him, Pf. cx. 3. Tit. ii. 14. Referving them, John vi. 39. And faving them, John x. 28. Q. Why is it neceffary to profefs thefe Articles of
A. Did we not confefs that the Son of God was the