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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 unre. proveable 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?
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 Mediater?
I Cor. 3, 4.
diator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
Q. Was not Christ 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.
Q. Is it needful then to believe, that the saints of old did partake of Christ, as then prefent with, and nourishing them?
A. Moreover, brethren, I would not TO, ?12, that ye should be ignorant, how that all
our fathers were under the cloud, and all pafsed through the fea, and were all bap
zed unto Mofes in the cloud, and in the sea, and did all cat the fame spiritual meat ; and did all drink the fame spiritual drink; for they drank of that spiritual rock that followed them, and that rock was Christ.
Q. But whereas most of these foriptures before-mentioned do hold
forth, that the death and sufferings of Christ were appointed for the destroying, removing, and remitting of fin ; did he jo 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 bis strength ?
À. For even hereunto were ye called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving
us an example, that ye should follow his steps. Whereof I Paul am made a minister, Col. I.
23, 24, who now rejoice in my sufferings for
you, and fill up that which is behind of the afflictions of Christ 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 Jesus; that the life 4. 10, also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live, are alway delivered unto death for Jesus's fake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flefli.
And that he died for all, that they which 2 Cor. live, should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him that died for them, and also rose again.
That I may know him, and the power Phil. of his resurrection, and the fellowship of 3. 10. his sufferings, being made conformable to his death.
Of the New Birth, the inward appearance
of Christ in Spirit, and the unity of the
Quest.--DOTH Christ promise then to come again to his disciples?
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 Christ be formed in 4. 19. you.
Q. What faith the same apostle of the necessity of this inward knowledge of Christ, and of the new creature, beyond the outward?
A Wherefore henceforth know we no 2 Cor.5. man after the flesh; yea, though we have known Christ after the flesh, yet now henceforth know we him no more. Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature; old things are paffed away, behold all things are become new.
But ye have not so learned Christ; if fo Eph.4 be that ye have heard him, and have been 23, 24 taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: that ye put off, concerning the former converfation, the old man which is corrupt, according to the deceitful lofts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind; and that ye put on the new man, which after God' is created in righteousness and true holiness.
Q. Is this Christ 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 27,25 mystery among the Gentiles; which is,