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deck, king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine; and he was the priest of the Most High God.
18. Q. Wherein did Christ exercise this office?
A.. In all the parts of the priestly function: he offered up himself a sacrifice for our sins. Hel». vii. 27. Who needeth not daily, as those high-priests, to offer up sacrifice, first for his own sins, and then for the people's: for this he did once, when he offered up himself, ix. 12, 26, 28.- Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.—Now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.— Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation, x. 10. By the which will, we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Having done this, he ascended into heaven, there to appear in the presence of God for us. Rom. viii. 34. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea, rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right band of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Heb. ix. 12, 24. Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood, he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.—For Christ is not entered into the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us.
And he blesseth us, not only by delivering us hereby from the punishment of our sins, A< is, 26. Unto you first God, having raised up Ins-Son Jesus, sent him to bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities; But by sanctifying our souls; and so freeing us, in great measure, even from the present power of them. Heb. ix. 14. How much more shall the blood of Christ, who, through the eternal Spirit, offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? x. 10, 14, 15, 16. By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified. Whereof the Holy Ghost also is a witness to us: for after that he had said before, This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, saith the Lord, I will put my laws into their hearts, and in their minds will I write them; and their sins and iniquities will I remember no more: now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for sin.
19. Q. How does it appear that our Lord was not only a prophet and a priest, but a king also?
A. The Scriptures expressly call him so; John, xii. 15. Fear not, daughter of Stan: behold, thy king Cometh, sitting on an ass's colt. xviii. 37. Pilate therefore said unto him, Art thou a king then? Jesus answered, Thou sayest that I am a king. And, that authority which he has all along exercised over his church, proves him to have been so.
Proofs Subjoined.—Isaiah, ix. 6, 7. For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, the mighty.God, the everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with justice and with judgment from henceforth, even for ever. Luke, i. 32, 33. Compare Daniel, vii. 14. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his Father David; and he shall reign over the house of David for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Daniel. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. Micab, iv. 7. And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion, from henceforth, even for ever. Matt. xxi. 5. Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold thy King cometli unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt, the foal of an ass. Rev. xix. 12, 16. His eyes were as aflame of Jire, and on his head were many crowns: and he had a name written that no man knew, but he himself.— And he hath on his vesture, and on his thigh a name written, King of kings, and Lord of lords.
20. Q. What is that authority? A. While he was yet upon earth, he gave laws unto his church, for the regulation of the lives and actions of those who should become members of it , Matt. vii. 24, 26. Therefore, whosoever heareth these words of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man that built his house upon a rock: and every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man which built his house upon the sand.
These laws he established with the royal sanction of rewards and punishments. Matt. vii. 19, 21. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down, and cast into the fire.—Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father, which is in heaven.
He settled a ministry for the conduct of his church under him. John, xx. 21, 22, 23. Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you. And when he had said this he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost: whose-soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whosesoever sins ye retain, they are retained.
He rules in the hearts of the faithful, by his Spirit. He has already begun to subdue our enemies, sin, the devil, and death, and he will hereafter utterly destroy them. 1 Cor. xv. 24, 25, 26. Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father, when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
He now sits in full power at the right hand of God, interceding for us; and, at the end of th» world, he will descend from thence with glory, to judge mankind, and so put in execution his promises and threatenings; by infinitely rewarding those who shall be found to have observed his laws, and exceedingly punishing those who shall have broken them. Matt. xxv. 31, &c. When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory. And before hm shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. And these sludl go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
Of his Divine Nature, and his authority over us, as our Mediator.
1. Q. What is that relation which Christ is here said to have to God?
A. He is his Onlp £>0m
2. Q. In what respect do you believe Christ to be the Son of God?
A. He is so called in the Holy Scriptures upon several accounts. * As he was conceived by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary. Luke, i. 35. And the angel answered and said unto her, the Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
* As he was anointed by the same Blessed Spirit to the office of the Messiah. John, x. 34, 36. Jesus ansivered them, Is it not written in your law, I said, ye are gods? If he called them gods, unto whom the word of God came, and the Scripture cannot be broken, say ye of him whom the Father hath sanctified, and sent into the world, thou blasphemest; because I said, I am the Son of God. Acts, ix. 20. And straightway he preached Christ in the synagogues, that he is the Son of God.
* As he was begotten again of God when he raised him from the dead. Acts, xiii. 33. God hath fulfilled the same (promise) unto us their children, in that he