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cribed to the human nature, or the properties of the human nature be ascribed to the divine nature of Christ?
A. Though it be improper to ascribe the properties of the one nature to the other naiure ; yet by virtue of this near union of both natures in one person, there is a communication of the properties of each nalure to the
person of Chiis:.
Q: 22. How did Christ, being the Son of God, become man?
A. Christ being the son of God, became man, by taking to himself a true body and a reasınable soul, being concived by the power of the Holy Ghost in the womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of hur, yet wishoui siis.
Q. 1. Was it a voluntary act in Christ, the son of God, to become man?
A. Yes; because he took on him the human nature, that he might be thereby firied to be our redeemer. Lieb. x. 6. 7. li, burnt offerings, and sacrifices for sin, thou hast no pleasure. Then said 1, lo, I come. Hub. ii. 16, He tuok on him the sted of Abrahanı.
Q. 2. Was Christ, thie son of God, a real man, like unto other men ?
A. Christ, the son of God, was a real man. taking to himself the iwo essential paits of man. 1. He had a real body of flesh, and blood and bones; not a fantasticul body, which is a body only in appearance.
Like xxiv 39, Behold my hanris and my feet, handle me, and see, for a spirit hath not flush and bones, as yesre me ha e. 2. He had a real rutional soul, and his divine nature did not supply the place of the soul. Isaiah livi. 10, Thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin. Matth. xxvi. 38, My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death.
Q. 3. Was the birth of Christ like unto the birth of other men ?
A. No); for Christ was born of a virgin, namely, the Virgin Mary. Isaiah vii. 14, Behuile, a virgin shall conceive and bear a sun. Math. i. 24. 25, And Joseph, took unio him Mary his wife ; and knew her not till she had brought furth her first-born Son, and he called his name Jesus.
0. 4. How could Christ be born of a virgin?
A. It was a niilaculous conception by the power of the Holy Gliosi, in tise wimb of the Virgin Mary. Luke j. 94,35, And Mary said to the angel, How shall this boy seeing I know not a man? And the angel said unto hir, The Holy Ghost shall cou.e upon ther, and the power of the Highest siiall o crshadow tiree; therefore also, that holy thing which shall be born of tliee, shall be called the Son of God.
Q 5. Was Christ born in sin, like unto other men ?
A No; for Bowever Christ took upon l.in the nature of man, and many human infirmilius,
s, yet he was perl. ci. ly free from sinful infinities. Heb.iy. 15, Welave nut a hig, priest which cannot be touched with the feel. ng of our iforini ies, but was in all puinis lempted like as we are, yet without sin.
Q. 23. What offices doth Christ execute as
A. Chiist, as our Redeemer, executeth the office of a
A To execuie an office, is to do or perform what be-
Q 2. How many offices doth Christ execute as our
A. There are three offices Christ cloth execute as our
Q. 3. 111 what estate doth Christ execute these offices ?
A. 1. Christ doth execute these offices in his estate of humiliation bere on earih. 2. Christ doth execute these offices in his estate of exaltation now in heaven.
Q. 24. How doth Christ execute the office of a prophet?
A. Christ executeth the office of a prophet in revealing to us, by his word and Spirit, the will of God for our Saliation.
Q: 1. What doth Christ reveal io us as a prophet?
A. Chrisi, as a prophet, doch reveal unto us the will of God for our salıation.
Q. 2. What is nieant by the will of God which Christ doth reveal ?
A. By the will of God which Christ doth reveal, is meant the whole counselof God, or whatever God would have us to know, believe, and do, in order to salvation.
Q. 3. Whereby doth Christ reveal unto us the will of God for our salvasion ?
A. Chiist doib l'eveal unto is the will of God for our salvation, 1. By his word. Johd xx. 31, These things are written, that ye might be ieve that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing, ye might have life through his name. 2. Ey his spirit. John xiv. 26, But the Com!orer, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Fa. ther will send in my name, he shall teach you all things.
Q. 4. Which is the word of Christ, whereby he cloth reveal to us the will of God?
A. The whole book of the scriptures of the old, especially of the new testament, is the word of Christ. Col. iii. 16, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.
Q. 5. How are tlie whole scriptures the word of Christ, when but a small part of them were spoken by his own mouth?
A. The whole scriptures are the word of Christ, forasmuch as the prophets and apostles, and other pen." men of the scriptures, wrote not their own word, but ihe word which thev had from the Spirit of Christ. 1 Pet. i 10, 11. Of which salvation the prophets have inquired, searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ, which was in thum, did sigrify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, &c.
Q. 6. Is the word of Christ, without his Spirit, sufficient to teach us the will of Gud for our salvation ?
A. The word, without the Spirit of Christ, is insufficient to teach us the will of God for our salvation, because it is by the Spirit of Christ only, that we are enabled to discern and receive the things which are necessary to salvation. 1 Cor. 11, 14, The natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness unto him ; neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
Q. 7. Is the Spirit of Christ, without his word, sufficient to teach us the will of God for our salvation ?
A. Christ by his Spirit, without his word, could teach us the will of God; but he doth not, neither hath promised now to do it, since the whole will of God necessary to our salvation, is revealed in his word : the word of Christ, without his Spirit, cannot ; the Spirit of Christy without his word, will not teach us the will of God for our salvation.
R. 25. How doth Christ execute the office of a priest?
A. Christ executeth the office of a priest, in his once offering up of himself a sacrifice to satisfy divine justice, and reconcile us to God, and in making continual intercesssion for us.
Q. 1. What is the first part of Christ's priestly office ?
A. The first part of Christ's priestly office, is, his offering up sacrifice to God for us. Heb. viii. 3, Every high priest is ordained to offer gifts and sacrifices; wherefore it is of necessity that this man have somewhat also to offer.
Q. 2. What is a sacrifice ?
A. A sacrifice is a holy offering rendered to God by a priest of God's appointment.
Q. 3. Was Christ a priest of God's appointment?
A. Yes; for he was called and anointed by God to this office. Heb. v. 4, 5, 6, No man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron : so also Christ glorified not himself to be made an high priest; but he that said, Thou art iest forever, after the order of Melchisedec.
Q. 4. What sacrifice did Christ offer to God for us?
A. Christ did offer unto God for us, the sacrifice of himself. Heb. ix. 26, But now once in the end of the world hath he appeared, to put away sin by the sacrifice of hiinself.
Q. 5. Did Christ offer the sacrifice of himself often ?
A. No: but he offered the sacrifice of himself once only, this being sufficient for our sins. Heb. ix. 28, Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many.
Q. 6. Wherefore was it that Christ did offer the sacrifice of himself unto God for us?
A. Christ did offer the sacrifice of himself unto God for us, I. That hereby he might satisfy God's justice for us. 2. And that hereby he might reconcile us unto God.
Q 7. How doth it appear that Christ did satisfy God's justice by the sacrifice of himself?
A. 1. Because Christ's sacrifice of himself was of sufficient worth to satisfy God's justice, infinitely offended by our sins, being the sacrifice of him, who, as God, was of infinite dignity. 2. Because this sacrifice of Christ was accepted by God in the behalf of sinners. Eph. v. 2, Christ hath loved us, and hath given himself for us, an offering and sacrifice to God, for a sweet smelling savour. 3. It doth further appear, because Christ in his death, who was our sacrifice, did bear our sins, or the punishment due for our sins; and wherefore did he bear ihem, but for the satisfaction of God's justice ? 1 Peter ii. 24, Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree. And he is said to give his life a ransom for many, (Matth. xx. 28) which ransom was God's satisfaction.
Q. 8. What is the consequent of the satisfaction Christ hath given to God by this sacrifice of himself?
A. The consequent of Christ's satisfaction by this sacrifice, is our reconciliation unto God. Eph. ii. 16, That he might reconcile both unto God in one body by the cross.
Q. 9. What is the second part of Christ's priestly office ?
A. The second part of Christ's priestly office, is his making intercession for us. Isa. liii. 12, He bare the sins of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.