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on the cross, as a sacrifice for sin ; by which sacrifice, as he triumphed over death, hell, and the grave, in his own person, so he enables his followers to obtain the like victory, by which they are reconciled and reunited to God, from whom they were before separated by their sins.
Hleb. ii. 14. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil.
1 Peter ii. 24. Who in his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we being dead to sin, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.
1 John iii. 8. He that committeth sin, is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Matt. iv. ). Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness, to be tempted of the devil. 10. Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 11. Then the devil leaveth him, and behold angels came and ministred to him.
Isaiah xxv. 8. He will swallow up death in victory.
Hosea xiii. 14. I will ransom them from the power of the grave: I will redeem them from death : O Death, I will be thy plagues; O Grave, I will be thy destruc. tion.
Rom. vi. 9. Knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
Rev. i. 18. I am he that liveth and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and death.
Eph. ii. 13. But now in Christ Jesus, ye, who sometimes were far off, are made nigh by the blood of Christ. 18. For through him we both have an access by one Spirit unto the Father. 19. Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow-citizens with the saints, and of the household of God.
Eph. vi. 11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
1 Cor. xv. 57. But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom. xvi. 20. And the God of peace shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly.
5 1st Q.—How did Christ prove his victory over sin and death?
A.-By his resurrection from the grave. As this afforded an indubitable and illustrious proof of his being the Messiah, so it confirms our faith in his power to destroy sin, which had been the means of introducing death; and also to raise up our bodies like unto his glorious body.
Rom. vi. 4. Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death; we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection.
i Cor, vi. 14. And God hath both raised up the Lord, and will also raise up us by his own power. 2 Cor. iv. 14. Knowing that he which raised up the
Lord Jesus, shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
1 Cor. xv. 13. But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen. 41. There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon,
and another glory of the stars; for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42. So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43. It is sown in dishonour, it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power: 44. It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.
1 John iii. 2. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that when he shall appear, we shall be like him.
52d Q.-Do all men partake of the benefit of Christ's coming and mediation ?
A.-Christ died for all men; for, by his death, all are put in a capacity for salvation; but those only receive the full benefit of Christ's death and mediation, who, accepting his offer of salvation, “live not unto themselves, but unto him who died for them.”
Heb, ii. 9. But we see Jesus who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.
1 John ii. 2. And he [Jesus Christ] is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.
1 Tim. ii. 1. I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men: 3. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4. Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
John iii. 14. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up; 15. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
Rom. v. 18. Therefore as by the offence of one, judgment came upon all men to condemnation: even so by the righteousness of one, the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life.
John xi. 25. Jesus saith unto her [Martha], I am the resurrection, and the life; he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live; 26. And whosoever liveth, and believeth in me, shall never die.
2 Cor. v. 14. For the love of Christ constraineth us, because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead: 15. And that he died for all, that they which live, should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again.
Gal. ii. 20. I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.
53d Q.-How does Christ offer himself to mankind as a Saviour from sin ?
A.-He offers himself immediately and universally to mankind by his Spirit. He also offers himself by the Scriptures; and by his servants whom he commissions to preach the gospel of life and salvation; and both these direct men to his Spirit within them : which if they resist not, but receive into their hearts in living faith, he redeems them from their fallen state of death and darkness, and translates them into a state of life and light; in which they become sons of God, and heirs of a happy and glorious immortality.
1 Cor. xii. 7. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.
Gal. iv. 6. God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts.
Eph. ii. 18. Through him [Christ] we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father.
Eph. iv. 7. Unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ.
John v. 39. Search the Scriptures; for in them ye think
ye have eternal life, and they are they which testify of me. 40. And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
Rom. xv. 4. Whatsoever things were written afore. time were written for our learning; that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.
2 Cor. v. 20. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
Acts xx. 32. And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.
John i. 12. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.
John i. 9. That was the true light, which lighteth cvery man that cometh into the world.
Col. i. 12. Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light. 13. Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son.