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" the same Time it is nevertheless in, and remains o perfectly united to it."
By which we fee how the Catechist denies that Consequence, because it reft upon a false Foundation, that even of the Union of both Natures being a Mixture; and therefore his Answer is, “ Not at all." Giving this Reafon, “ Since the Divinity is incompre
hensible, and is present every where, it necessarily “ follows, that it is in Truth distinct from the Humanity " which it has assumed to itself, but that at the fame “ Time it remains perfeitly united to it.” Even as our Souls can employ themfelves in Thoughts and Concerns about Things without us, and at a Distance, yet the Union of our Souls and Body is not thereby broke; much more is it true, that the Divinity of Christ can work every where while - united to his human Nature, and yet the same Union not be broke or diminuilhed. The 49th Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. Q: WHAT does the Ascension of Christ signific
to us? “ A. 14, That he is for us in Heaven, in the “ Presence of his father, as our Advocate. 2dly, " That in his Person we have our Flesh in Heaven,
as an affured Pledge, that he who is our Chief, 66 will take us to himself as his Members ; and that " he sends us his Spirit as a Pledgé, by Virtue “ whereof we seek not what is upon Earth, but " that which is in Heaven, where Jesus is fitting on " the Right Hand of God.” Q. What is here the
first Benefit from the Ascension of Jesus Chrilt for all true Believers?
X. That he is for them in Heaven as their Advocate, Zach. vi. 13. Heb. ix. 29.
Q. hat Benefit is therein?
Man Sin, we have an Advocate with the Father Jesus Christ the Righteous. And wins th Cause against the Accusers, kom. viii. 34. By whose Life the Believers are faved, Rom. v. 1o. And prevails with the Father to preserve them, John xvii. 11. To hear their Prayers, John xiv. 14. (. What is the second Benefit ?
A. That in his Person they have their human Nature in Heaven, as an assured Pledge, and that he will take them to himself, Jonn xvii. 24. Father, I will that they also whom thou haft given me, be with me where I am, that they may behold my Glory which thou haft given me. And Heb. vi. 19, 20.
Q. What are the other Benefits ?
Ā. That he sends them his Spirit, John xvi. 7. If I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you" ; but if I depart, I will send him unto you. And Acts ji. 33.
And well as an Earnest; and also as a Supply for his Departure, Eph. i. xii. 14. In whom also after that ye believed, ye were faved with that holy Spirit of Promise, &c. And 1 Cor. i. 2r. Also by Virtue thereof they seek not what is upon Earth, but that which is in Heaven. Col. iii. 1, 2. If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those Things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right Hand of God.' Set your Affections on Things above, not on Things on the Earth.
What do you conclude from what hath been said? A. That our Catechist hath answered his Intention,
, which is, to administer to his Disciple the true Remedy for his faving Comfort, according to the Purity of our Doctrine.
Q. What doth his Resurrection and Ascension teach
A. That we endeavour to rise with Christ, seeking those Things which are alone where Chuft litovih at the right Hand of God, Col. iii. s.
The goth Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHIS M. e
Hr is it added, And sits on the right Hand
of God? " A. To thew that Christ is ascended into « Heaven, that there he may make himself known « for the Head of the Christian Church, by whom « God the Father governs all Things.”
Q. What was the third Degree of Christ's Exaltation?
A. He is sitting at his right Hand in Heaven, Heb. i.
3 When he had by himself purged our Sins, sat down on the right Hand of the Majesty on High.
Q. t hat does God's right Hand fignify?
A. A State of the highest Honour and Interest with the Father, Heb. i. 13. But to which of the Angeli, said he, at any Time, sit on my right Hand, until I make thine Enemies thy Foot Stool? And Matt. xxvi. 64. Hereafter fall you see the Son of Man sitting on the right Hand of Power.
Q. What is implied in Christ's fitting there?
A. That his Work on Earth is finished, Heb. X.12. But this Man, after be bad offered one Sacrifice for Sin, for ever sat down on the right Hand of God.
Q. What else doth it signify?
A. :f, As a Prophet, in sending Ministers as Instruments, by whom he will teach us, Zpb. iv. 11. 12. And in diffusing the Gifis of the Holy Ghost on us, Atis ii. 33. 2dly, As a Priest to intercede for us, Heba viii. 25. W herefore he is able also to save them to. the utter not, that ome unto God by him, leeing he ever Liveth to make intercession for them. 3dly, His kingly Office in fubduing us to himself; in ruling and de ferding us, and reftraining and conquering all his and our Enemies, Pf..cx. 2. The Lord fall fena the
Rod of thy Strength out of Zion : Rule thou in the midst of thine Enemies. Especially to the Benefit of his people, being only the Head of the Church, Eph. i. 22. 23. And hath put all Things under his Feet, and gave him to be the Head over all Things to the Church, which is his Body, the fullnefs. of him that filleth all in all,
Q. But is not the Pope, or any Man, the visible Head of the Church?
A. No. For the holy Scriptures know, nothing of such a Head, Col. i. 18. Chrift alone is the Head of the Body (the Church) who is the beginning of the first born from the Dead, the
in all Things he might have the Pre-eminence. 2dly, He wants not a visible Head, because Christ is Omnipresent, and gives every Thing needful for us, Eph. i. 23. 3dly, This is against the Office of the Ministers of Chrift, Matt. xx. 25, 27. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Ye know that the Princes of the Gentiles exercised Dominion over them, and they that are great exercise Authority upon them; but it shall not be so among you, but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your Minister; and whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your Servant.
Q. Is there any Thing more wherein his sitting at the right Hand of God confits?
À. In the Reverence which he, as our glorified Mediator, receives from Man and Angels, Heb. i. vi. And Philip. ii. 9.
The 51st Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. QW HAT. Advantage have we by that Glory of
Christ being our Head or Chief? “ A. if, By his holy Spirit he diffuses all his "heavenly Gifts to us who are his Members; and " then by his Power defends and preierves us from
Q. What Q. What Gifts are these?
1. The several Graces and Operations of the Holy Ghost, 1 Cor. xii. 6. And there are Diversities of Operatios; but it is the fame God which worketh all in all.
Q. IVhat is meant by his diffusing those Gifts on us ?
A. It shews the Abundance of God's Grace, above what is contained in the Old Testament, Ija. xliv. Joel ii. 28,
Q. Wherein deth such an Abundance confift?
A. In a greater and clearer Knowledge, Love, Boldness, fpiritual Strength for Duty, and Joy, 2 Cor. iii. 13, 18. 2 Tim. i. 7. Rom. xiv. 17.
Q. What is the second Advantage ?
Ă. That he biy bis Power defends and preserves us from our Enemies, Rom. viii. 34. To restrain them, to protect his Church amidst them, Pf. lxxvi. 10. Exod. iii. 3. And also by his fupreme Power the Church is saved amidst all Dangers, Jer, xxx, 11, For I am with thee, faith the Lord, to save thee, though I make a full End of ail Nations whether I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full End of thee.
Q. What is the laft Step of Christ's Exaltation ?
A. His coming to Judgment, Acts X. 42. And he commanded us to preach unto the People, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of Quick and Dead.
Q. Is it certain that there will be a Fudgment Day?
A. Yes; the Scripture assures it, 2 Cor. v. 10 For we must all appear before the Jugment Seat of Christ. And every Man's Conscience witnesses to it, Rom. ii. 16. In the Day when God shall judge the Secrets of Man by Jesus Christ, according to my Gospel. Matt. xii. 36. But I say unto you, that every idle Word that Man shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the Day of Judgment.
c. IVhat will be the first Property of Christ's Judgment?
A. It will be awful and Solemn, i Thef. iv. 16.