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12, At that time we were without Christ, having no hope, and without God in the world.
Q. 4. Is the loss of communion with God, a great misery and loss?
Ai Yes : because God is our chief good, and in com munion with him doth consist man's chiefest happiness; therefore the loss of communion with God is man's greatest loss..
Q. 5. What is man brought under by the fall?
A. By the fall man is brought under God's wrath and curse. Eph. ii. 3. And were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. Gal. iii. 10, As many as are of the works of the law (that is, all such who are under the covenant of works, as all unbelievers are) are under the curse.
Q. 6. Is it a great misery to be under God's wrath and curse?
A. Yes: because as his favour is better than life, so his wrath and displeasure is worse than death ; his blessing maketh man blessed and happy, his curse maketh man wretched and miserable.
Q.7. What is that punishment which man is liable unto by the fall ?
A. Man is liable by the fall, 1. Unto all miseries in this life. 2. To death itself. 3. To the pains of hell for ever.
Q. 8. What are the miseries in this life which man is liable unto by the fall ?
A. The miseries in this life which man is liable unto by the fall, are either external, or internal and spiritual.
Q. 9. What are the external miseries of this life which the fall hath brought upon mankind ?
A. All the external miseries which either are, or have been in the world, are the effects of the fall; and sin doth expose men to all sorts of miseries. 1. To more public and general calamities, such as pestilence, famine, sword, captivity, and the like. Ezek. v. 17, I will send upon you famine and pestilence, and bring the sword upon thee. 2. Sin doth expose men unto more private and particular miseries, such as, 1. All sorts of sickness in their bodies. Deut. xxviii, 22, The Lord shall smite
thee with a consumption, and with a fever, and with an inflammation, and with an extreme burning, &c. 2. Lose ses of their estates. Deut. xxvii. 30, Thou shalı build an house but thou shall not duell therein ; thou shalt plant a viveyard, and shall not gather the grapes thereof. 3. Reproach and disgrace on their names. Ver. 37, Thou shalt become a proierb, and a by-vi ord. 4. Losses of relations, and every other exteinal afHiction and misery men are liable unto in this life for their sins..
Q. 10. What are the internal and spiritual miseries which men are liable unto in this life by the fall ?..
A. Men by the fall are liable, 1. To the ihraldom of the devil, to be led about by him at his wiil. 2 Tim. ii. 26, And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. 2. To judiciary blindness of mind, and a reprobate sense. Rom. xi. 8, God hath given them the spirit of slumber, eyes that they should not see, and ears that they should not hear. Rom. i. 28, Because they liked not to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate sense. 3. To judiciary hardness of A heart, and searedness and benumbness of conscience. Rom. ix. 18, Whom he will he hardeneth. I'lim. iv. 2. Having their conscience seared as with a hot iron. Eph. iv, 19, Who being past feeling, have given them. selves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 4. To vile affections. Rom.i, 26, 27, For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections ; and they burned in their lusts one towards another, men with men, working that which is unseemly. 5. To strongilelusions and belief of damnable errors. 2 Thess. ii. 11, 12, God shall send them strong delusions, to be. lieve a lie ; that they all might be damned that believed not the truth, but had pleasure in wrighteousness. 6. To distress and perplexity of mind, dread and horror of spirit, and despairful agonies through the apprehension of certain future wrath. Heb. x. 27, There remaineth nothing but a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversary.
Q. 11. What is the punishment which man by the fall is liable unto at the end of his life?
A Man by the fall at the end o: his life, is liable unto death itself. Rom. v. 12, Death passed upon all, for that all have sinued. Rom vi. 23. The wages of sin is death,
Q. 12. Is deaih a punishment uuto all upon whom it is juflictud?
A. 1. Though death be the consequent of sin in all, yet to believers, through Chiisi, it is unştinged, and it is an wutl i from misery, and an inlet to glory. 2. Dea:h to the wicked and unbelievers, is a dreadful punishment, being a king of terrors, and giim sergeant, that is sent by God to arrest the wicked, and convey them into future misery.
Q. 13 Whut is the punishment which man by ihe fall - is liable anto in the other world?
A. The punishment which man by the full is liable unto in the other world, is the punislıment of liell forever. - Q. 14. Wherein doth consist the punishment of hell?
A. The punishment of hell doth consist, 1. in the punishment of loss. 2. In the punishment of sense.
Q. 15. What will be the punishment of loss in hell ?
A. The punishment of loss in hell will be a banishment from the comfortable presence of kod, and an ex. clusion or shuiting out from heaven; where the saints will have a fullness and eternity of joy and happiness. Matth. XXV. 41, Depart from me ye cursed. Luke xiii. 28, Ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. Psalm xvi. I1, In thy presence is fullness of joy, and at thy right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
Q. 16. What will be the punishment of sense in hell?
A. The punishment of sense in hell, will be both upon the soul and on the body. 1. The souls of the wicked in hell will be filled with horror and anguish through the strokes of God's immediate vengeance, and the bitings of the neler dying worm of conscience. Heb. x. 31, It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Mark ix, 44, Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 2. The bodies of the wicked
in hell will be most grievously tormented in every part and member, and that both in extremity, and to eternity. Matth. XXV. 41, Depart from me, ye cursed, into ever. lasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels. Mutih. xiii. 41, 42, Tine son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all them that do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Q. 20. Did God leave all mankind to perish in the estate of sin and misery?
A. God having out of his mere good pleasuré, from all ecernity, elecied some to everlasting life, did enter into a covenant of grace, to deliver them out of the estate of sin and misery, and to bring them into a state of salvation by a Redeemer.
Q. 1. Doth all mankind perish in the estate of sin and misery into wliich tlier are fallei?:"); * A. Ny; for some God cloth bring out of this.estate of sin and misery into al estate of salvation, Philip. i. 28, Bing in nothing terrified by your adversaries; which to them is an evident token of perdition, but to you of sal. vation, and that of God.
Q 2. Whom doth God bring into an estate of salvation ?
A. Gud doch bring all his elect people into an estate of salv. tion, unto which lie hatli chosen them, 2 Thess.ii. 13. God hath from the beginning chosen yriul to salvation. : Q. 3. Who are he elect people of God?
A. The cleci people of Gidire those whom from all eternity, out of his mere good pleasure, he hato chosen unto everlasting life. Epli.i. 4, 5, According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world : haiing predestinated us unto the adoption of cliildren, according to the good pleasure of his will. Acis xiii. 48, As many as were ordained io eternal life believed.'
Q4. By whom doth God bring his eleci into an estate of salvarjon?
A. God doth bring his elect into an estate of salvation by a Redeemer, Acts iv, 12, Neither is there salvation
in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men whereby we must be saved.
Q. 5. In what way doth God bring his elect into an es. tate of salvation ?
A. God doth bring his eleçt into an estate of salvation in the way of his covenanta
Q. 6. By virtue of which covenant of God is it that his elect are saved ?
A. 1. Not by virtue of the covenant of works. Gal. ji, 10, As many as are of the works of the law, are un der the curse.-Ver. 21, If there had been a law given, which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 2. It is by virtue of the covenant of grace that the elect are saved.
Q. 7. With whom was the covenant of grace made?.
A. As the covenant of works was made with the first Adam, and all his posterity ; so the covenant of grace was made with Christ, the second Adam, and in him with all, the elect, as his seed, which are the Israel of God. Gal. jii. 16, Now to Abrahain and his seed were the pronises made, (ihat is not the promises of making all nations blessed) He saith not, unlo seeds, as of nany ; but as of one, to iliy sevd which is Christ. Heb. viji. 10, This is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel.
Q. 8. Was it the same covenant which was made with Christ and the elect?
A. No; for there was a covenant which God made with Christ as mediator, and the representative of the elect, which was the foundation of all that grace which was afterwards promised in i hat covenant of grace, which he made with themselves in and though Christ. - Q. 9. What was the covenant which God made with Christ, as the head and represenialive of the elect?
A. God dill covenant and promise to Christ, as the rep. resentative of the elect that, upon condition he would submit to the penalty which the sins of the elici did deservę, and undertake in all things the office of a Media tor; he should be successful, so as to justify and save them. Isai.h liji. 10. 1l, When thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his secd, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. And by