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blood of his cross by him, to reconcile all things unto himself; by him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven. And you that were sometimes alienated, and enemies in your minds by wicked works; yet now hath he reconciled in the body of his flesh, through death, to present you holy, unblameable, and unreproveable in his fight.
Neither by the blood of goats and calves, Heb. 9. but by his own blood, he entered in once 12, 14. into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your consciences from dead works to serve the living God? i For Christ also hath once suffered for 1 Pet. fins, the Just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God: being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the spirit.
Hereby perceive we the love of God, 1 John because he laid down his life for us. And for this cause he is the Mediator of Heb. 9.
IS. the New Testament, that by means of the redemption of transgressions that were under the First Testament, they which are called might receive the promise of the eternal inheritance.
Q. Is Christ then the Mediator?
diator between God and man, the man Chrift Jefus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be teftified in due time.
Q. Was not Chrift the Mediator until he appeared, and was crucified in the flesh?
A. He is the Lamb that was flain from 12. and the foundation of the world. 13. 8.
YO. 1, 2, 3, 4.
I Pet. 2.21.
Q. Is it needful then to believe, that the faints of old did partake of Christ, as then prefent with, and nourishing them?
A. Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye fhould be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all paffed through the fea, and were all bap
zed unto Mofes in the cloud, and in the fea, and did all eat the fame fpiritual meat; and did all drink the fame fpiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Chrift.
Q. But whereas most of thefe fcriptures before-mentioned do hold forth, that the death and fufferings of Christ were appointed for the defroying, removing, and remitting of fin; did he fo do it while he was outwardly upon earth, as not to leave any thing for himself to do in us, nor for us to do, in and by his firength?
A. For even hereunto were ye called, because Chrift alfo fuffered for us, leaving
us an example, that ye fhould follow his steps.
Whereof I Paul am made a minifter, Col. I. who now rejoice in my fufferings for you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Chrift in my flesh, for his body's fake, which is the church.
Always bearing about in the body the 2 Cor. dying of the Lord Jefus; that the life 4: 10, alfo of Jefus might be made manifeft in our body. For we which live, are alway delivered unto death for Jefus's fake, that the life alfo of Jefus might be made manifeft in our mortal flefli.
And that he died for all, that they which 2 Cor. live, fhould not henceforth live unto themfelves, but unto him that died for them, and also rofe again.
That I may know him, and the power Phil. of his refurrection, and the fellowship of 3. 10. his fufferings, being made conformable to his death.
Of the New Birth, the inward appearance of Chrift in Spirit, and the unity of the Saints with him.
Queft.-DOTH Chrift promife then to come again to his difciples?
John 1. I will not leave you comfortleis; I
will come to you.
Q. Was this only a special promise to these disciples? Or, is it not the common privilege of the saints ?
A. For thus faith the high and lofty 57.15. One, that inhabits eternity, whose name is
Holy, I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, &c.
For ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them.
Behold I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and sup with him, and he with me.
Q. Doth the apostle Paul speak of the Son of God being revealed in him?
A. But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb, and called me by his grace, to reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen.
Q. Is it needful then to know Cbrift within?
À. Examine yourselves, whether ye be 13.5. in the faith, prove your own selves, know
ye not your own selves, how that Jesus
ward birth of Christ fhould be brought forth in any?
A. My little children, of whom I travail Gal. in birth again, until Chrift be formed in 4.19. you.
Q. What faith the fame apostle of the neceffity of this inward knowledge of Christ, and of the new creature, beyond the outward?
A. Wherefore henceforth know we no 2 Cor. 5. 16, 17, man after the flefh; yea, though we have known Chrift after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Chrift, he is a new creature; old things are paffed away, behold all things are become new.
But ye have not fo learned Chrift; if fo Eph. 4. be that ye have heard him, and have been 23, 24. taught by him, as the truth is in Jefus : that ye put off, concerning the former converfation, the old man which is corrupt, according to the deceitful lufts; and be renewed in the fpirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteoufnefs and true holiness.
Q. Is this Chrift within, the mystery of God and hope of glory, which the apostle preached?
A. To whom God would make known Col.. what is the riches of. the glory of this 27,2 mystery among the Gentiles; which is,