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Truth, and the Life; nd man cometh unto the Father but by me.
Q. By whon, and after what manner, doth the Son reveal this knowledge ?
A. But as it is written, Eye hath not 1 Cor. feen, nor ear hreard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him but God hath revealed them unto us by his spirit: For the spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God. For what nian knoweth the things of a man, fave the spirit of a man which is in him? Even fo the things of God knoweth no man, but the spirit of God. Now, we have received, not the fpirit of the world, but the fpirit which is of God, that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.
But the Comforter, which is the Holy John Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, &c.
Of the Rule and Guide of Christians, and
of the Scriptures. Quest.-SEEING it is by the Spirit, that Christ reveals the knowledge of God in thing's
fpiritual; is it by the Sprit that we meest be led under the gospel ?
A. But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now, if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
Q. Is it an inward principle then, that
is to be the guide and rule of Christians ? 1 John A. But the anointing, which ye have re2. 27. ceived of him, abideth in you; and ye need
not that any man teach you, but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie; and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in him.
But as touching brotherly-love, ye need not that I write unto you; for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.
Q. I perceive by this, that it is by an inward anointing and rule that Christians are to be taught : is this the very tenour of the new covenant dispensation?
4. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; after those days, faith the Lord, I will put my laws
into their mind, and write them in their Ver. In hearts : and I will be to them a God, and
they shall be to me a people. And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, Know
I Ther. 4. 9.
the Lord; for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.
And they fhall be all taught of God. John
Q. Did Christ then promise, that the Spirit should both abide with his disciples, and be in them?
A. And I will pray the Father, and he John 14. fhall give you another comforter, that he 16, 57. may abide with you for ever, even the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it feeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him ; for he dwells with you, and shall be in you.
Q. For what end were the Scriptures written?
A. For whatsoever things were written Rom, aforetime, were written for our learning, 15:4. that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Q. For what are they profitable?
A. Thon haf known the loly fcrip--Timtures, which are able to make thee wife 16, iz. unto falvation, through faith which is in Christ Jefus. All fcripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
Q. Wherein confifteth the excellency of the fcriptures?
A. Knowing this first, that no prophecy 2 Pet..
of 20, 21.
(6) of the scriptures is of any private interpretation. For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man, but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
0. The scriptures are then to be regarded, because they came from the Spirit, and they also testify, that not they, but the Spirit, is to lead into all truth: in what respect doth
Christ command to search them? John Ă. Search the scriptures, for in them ye 5. 39. think ye have eternal life, and they are
they which teftify of me.
Q. I perceive there was a generation of old, that greatly exalted the scriptures, and yet would not believe, nor come to be guided by that, the scriptures directed to: how doth
Christ bespeak fuch? John A. Do not think that I will accuse you 5:45, to the Father: there is one that accuseth 46, 47.
you, even Mofes, in whom ye trust. For had ye believed Mofes, ye would have believed me, for he wrote of me.
But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
Q. What ought such then to be accounted of, notwithstanding of their pretences of being ruled by the scriptures ?
A. In which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable, wrest, as they do also the other scriptures; unto their own destruction.
2 Pet. 3. 16.
Of Jesus Christ being manifest in the
Flesh ; the use and end of it.
Quest.—WHAT are the scriptures which do most obfervably prophesy of Christ's appearance?
A. The Lord thy God will raise up unto Deut. thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of 18. 15. thy brethren, like unto me, unto him ye shall hearken.
Therefore the Lord himself shall give ifa. you a sign: Behold a virgin shall conceive 7. 14. and bear a Son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Q. Was not Jesus Christ in being before he appeared in the flesh? What clear scriptures prove this, against such as erroneously affert the contrary?
A. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, Mic. though thou be little among the thousands 5. 2. of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me, that is to be ruler in Israel, whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting
In the beginning was the Word, and the John 1. Word was with God, and the Word was 1, 2, 3. God; the same was in the beginning with God: all things were made by him, and