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the same Being with the Father, and also a Lord, le could not be an Object of Faith and Confidence, and Christ could not have executed his Offices, and be the Messias,, or a Saviour, Isaiah xxv. 9.
Q. What Conclufion then do you make from what Hath been said?
A. That the Catechist.hath fully explained this Article of our Faith, which gives us the furest Means to receive true Consolation, according to the pure Doctrine of our Church, founded on the Gospel
. Q. What Instruction do you receive from hence ?
A. That we pay all due Reverence to the Son, as the true God, departing from our Sins, and entirely fubjecting ourselves to the Dominion of this bountiful and mighty
. Lordo The 35th Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. Q. WHAT means the Saying, that he was conceived
of the Holy Ghost, and borx. of the Virgin Mary:
"'A. That the eternal Son of God, who was very * God from all Eternity, and remains fuch, took on « him the true human Nature of the Flesh and Blood « of the Virgin Mary, by the Operation of the Holy « Ghost, that he might be the true Seed of David, being
made in all Things like his Brethren, exa Q. How do you prove that the Son of God took on bim the true human Nature of the Fiefh and Blood.
A. From John i. 14. And the Word was made Fles, and dwelt among us.
And Phil. ii. 7. And took upon him the Form of a Servant, and was made in the Likeness of Men.
Q. What is meant by the Words, Being made Flesh ?
A. That God took upon him a real Body, and not the Appearance and Likeness only, Luke xxiv. 38,
and 39. And he said unto them, Why are you troubled, &c. Bebold! My Hands and my Feet, that it is myself bandle me, and Jee me, for a Spirit hath no Flesh and Bones as ye see me have.
Q. Had he a true human soul as well as a Body?
A. Yes ; together with the natural Faculties and Powers thereof, Mat. xxvi. 38. Then faith he unto them, My Soul is exceeding forrowful, even unto Death.
Q. How did Christ, being the Son of God, become Man ?
A. He was conceived by the Power of the Holy Ghost, in the Womb of the Virgin Mary, and born of her, yet without Sin, Luke i. 31. And behold, thou fhalt conceive and bring forth a Son, and shall call - his Name Jesus. And Luke i. 35. The Haly Ghoft shall come upon thee, and the Power of the Highest shall over. shadow thee.
Q. How do you prove that Chrift was without Sin?
A. From Heb. vii. 26. For such an High Priest became us, who is hely, harmless, undefiled, separate from Sinners, &c.
Q. Do these two Natures make two Persons.
A. No. The human Nature is united to the fecond Person, and subsists in Union with it, John i. 14. Ifa. vii. 14. Behold, a Virgin shall conceive, and bear a Son, and fall call bis Name Emanuel. And yet cache of these Natures are attended with its diftinct Properties.
Q. Is not the Godhead altered into human Shape?
A. No; Because the Godhead is unchangeable, Mich: iii. 6. John i. 17.
Q. Why was it necessary be pould become Man?
A. That he might be capable of suffering Death in our Room, Heb. xi. 15, 16, 17. But verily, he took not on him the Nature of Angels, but be took on him the Seed of Abraham, Wherefore in all Things it behaved him to be made like unto his Brethren, that he might be a
merciful and faithful High Priest, in Things pertaining to God, to make Reconciliation for the Sins of the People. The 36th Question of the HEIDELBERG.
holy Conception and Birth of Jesus Chrift?
Innocence and perfect Holiness he hides before God “ those Sins in which we were conceived, and with 66 which we came into the World."
Q: What doth the Believer apply too himself from bence
A. Not only that this Man Christ Jesusis his Mediator of Conciliation and Interceffion, 1 John ii. 1, 2. but. that he, by his Innocence, hides before God all his Sins.
Q. What Sins are meant ?
1. Every Sort of Sin, especially that in which he was conceivad, and which, as well as actual Sins, deserves Punishment.
Q. How are they covered?
m. By an Imputation of Righteousness, and For givne s of the same, Pf. xxxii. 1.
Q. By what Means?
m. By the innocent and perfect Holiness of the Redeemer, Rom. v. 19. Luke ii. 10, 11. Q. What do you conclude from the Inftruction you
have received from the Catechift in this Article of Faith?
A. That the sorrowful Sinner is hereby led unto the true Means of Confolation, and which also fhews the Purity of our Doctrine..
Q. What Uje do you make of it?
A.- Hi, Fobelieve that this Doctrine (notwithstanding the difficulty of it to be-underitood) is exactly conformable to the Word of God. 2dly, To pour out our Hearts in Gratitude to God for his infinite Goodness in sending us his dear and only Son as a
· Redeemer, who alone is able to reconcile us to him; verily, such an inconceivable Love of the Almighty Father, is enough to infame us with the devoutet Acknowledgements, and transport us with Admiration. 3dly, 'To pray to him that he may be conceived and dwell in our Hearts; and to embrace him with a true Faith, so that we may be consoled as well in Life as Death.
The 37th Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. : Q. WHAT do you understand by the Words, He
has suffered ? “ A. That during all the Time he lived upon the “ Earth but more particularly towards the End of his “ Life, he bore both in Body and Mind the Weight of " the Wrath of God for the Sins of all Mankind; to “ the End, that by his Sufferings, as a propitiatory “ Sacrifice, he might redeem our Bodies and Souls « from eternal Damnation, and acquire for us the “ Grace of God, Justification, and eternal Life.” The 38tk Question of the HEIDELBERG
. Pontius Pilate “ A. That he who was innocent, being con“ demned by a temporal Judge, might thereby free “ us from the severe Judgment of God, which was
The 39th Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. S there any Thing more in his being crucified than, if he had suffered any other kind of Death?
“ A. Yes,
« A. Yes, without Doubt; for I am thereby ar
sured that he took upon himself the Curse to which " I was obnoxious, the Death of the Cross being “ cursed by God himself.”
The 40th Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. Q. W Hy was Jesus Chrift obliged to humble him
self even unto Death ? “ A. Becaufe, according to the Justice and Truth cs of God, there could be no possible Satisfaction for “ our Sins, but by the Death of his Son Jesus Christ."
The 41/ Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. Q. WHr was he buried?
“ A. To fhew thereby that he was really 66 dead.”
The 42d Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. O SIN
INCE therefore Jesus Christ died for us, how
comes it that we are ftill fubjet to Death? « A. Our Death is not a Satisfaction for our Of. “ fences, but an Abolition of Sin, and a Passage to 46 eternal Life.”
The 43d Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. QWHAT Benefit have we by the Sacrifice of
Jesus Christ, and by his Death on the Cross? " A. By his Virtue, our old Man is crucified with " him, dies, and is buried, that our carnal Appetites