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Q. 3. Who, and what binders the propagation of it? · A. Antichrift, that man of sin, hinders. it externally ; 2 Theff. ii. 4. Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped ; so that he as God fitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. The devil and mens lusts internally; 1 Theff. ii. 18. Wherefore we would have come unto you (even I Paul) once and again; but Satan hindered us. Luke xix. 14. But his citizens hated him, and sent a messenger after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us. . Q. 4. What then is the desire of all good men, with respect to the coming of the gospel kingdom ?
A. That all nations may be brought to Christ by the preaching of it, and so Christ's kingdom be greatly exalted and en. Jarged ; Isa. ii. 2. And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it.
Q. 5. What is the second thing here meant by the kingdom of God?
A. It signifies and intends the work of saving grace wrought in mens souls ; Luke xvii. 21.- Behold, the kingdom of God is within you.'
2. 6. Why is this work of grace called the kingdom of God?
A. Because where-ever saving grace comes, it subdues the foul to Christ's fceptre ; 2 Cor. x. 5. Càsting down imaginati. ons, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the know· ledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. . Q. 7. Wherein consists the kingdom of grace ? : A. It consists not in external rites and observances, but in
righteousness, and peace, and joy in the holy Ghost; Rom. . xiv. 17. For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but
righteousness, and peace, and joy in the holy Ghost i · Q. 8. What do we ask of God in this petition, with respect
to this kingdom of grace ? . A. Herein we desire not only our own personal progressive
fanctification, but the fanctification of others all the world over; Acts xxvi. 29. And Paul said, I would to God that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almoft, and altogether such as I am, except these bonds.
Q. 9. What is the third thing here meant by the kingdom of God?
A. By it is here meant the future state of glory and blessed
an oft!) ness; 1 Cor. xv. 50. Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and
in my throne, &c.
kingdom? y the pot. A. We desire not only our preservation in our passage to hred 2" that state of glory ; 1 Pet. v. 10. But the Gol of a'i grace, who Ene lafu hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that establib ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, ftablish, strengthse che ti en, fettle you. But the hastening of it to ourselves and others;
Rev. xxii. 20.-Amen, even so, come Lord Jesus. , he kino 0..12. What is the first instruction hence ?
A. That the gospel is an invaluable mercy, as it is the ince WC strument of bringing us into Christ's gracious and glorious
kingdom; Acts xxvi. 18. To open their eyes, and to turn them
that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance a.)
1. That many men really hate and oppose the very thing they pray for.
Q. 14. What is the last instruction hence ?,
seem to be founded in the world, they must and shall fall be-
. Concerning the doing of God's Will. ,
: A. In the third petition, which is, (Thy
Q.1. What will of God is here intended ?
1 Cor. ii. II. The things of God knoweth no man, but the
ce. 2. What will then is here meant ?"
A. The will of his providence may be here meant ; Psalm Cxxv. 6. Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth, and in the seas, and all deep places. And Psalm cxix. 89. For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Ver. 91. They continue this day according to thine ordinances i for all are thy servants. :
Q. 3. How are we to understand the doing of this will of providence in heaven ?!!!!
A. (1.) As it is done by the sun, moon, and stars; Psalm cxix. 89. Thy word is settled in heaven. Ver. 91. They continue this day according to thine ordinances. Pfalm xix. 6. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, 'and his circuit unto the ends of it; and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.. (2) Así it is done by angels, Psalm' civ. 4. Who maketh the angels spirits, his ministers a flaming fire. Heb. i. 14. Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation ? · Q. 4. How do these perform the will of God's providence ? . A. (1.) The heavenly bodies do it evenly, constantly, and unweariėdly; Psalm civ. 19. He appointeth the moon for seafons, the sun knoweth his going down.' (2.) The angels do it fpeedily, voluntarily, chearfully, and to knowingly, Psalm ciji. 21. Ye 'ministers of his, that do his pleafurė. iQ. 5. Must we be agents in this providential will,?.
A. Yes, we must; A Els xiii. 36. For David, after he had served his generation by the will of God, fell on sleep.
Q. 6. How muft we do it? ! iin?
A. By employing our abilities, faculties, and interests, in the duties of our particular callings, and by moving conflantly, prudently, and vigorously in our own sphere, and so imitate those in heaven.'
l. 7. Why do we pray that God's will of providence may be done by us? is it? !..!
A. Because we are his creatures, and the most noble inftruments of the inferior world; and therefore we should be wil. ling to be acted by him, and active for him; and because this. will of providence is always juft, good, and true, and for his own glory; Psalm cxlv. 17. The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works. Psalm cxix. 89. For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Ver. 01. They conti. ríue this day according to thine ordinances ; for all are thy fervants,
0.8. What other will of God is here meant?
even. tl. How muly and ration
A. The will of his precepts, and this is chiefly intended.
A. By the angels it is done universally, chearfully, constant-
A. Yes; for tho? we cannot perfectly without fin do it, yet
A. Not notionally and rationally only, but fpiritually alfo;
Q. 12. Why is knowing God's will placed here before doing it, doc.?
A. Because the understanding is the leading faculty, without which it is impossible there should be any obedience; Prov. xix. 2. Also that the soul be without knowledge it is not good. Jer. v. 4. Therefore I said, Surely these are poor, they are foolish; for they know not the way of the Lord, nor the judg. ment of their God.
Q. 13. Why pray we to God for this knowledge; can we not know it of ourselves ? : A. No, it is the special gift and grace of God; Gal. i. 15, 16. 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, immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood. Eph. i. 17, 19. That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give un." to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him.- And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power. Eph. v. 8. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord.
Q. 14. Why do we pray that we may obey ; can we not do it of our own free-will when we know it? · A. No, for our wills are stubborn and rebellious against God's commands, as well as our minds ignorant of them; Rom. viii. 7. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be. Ezek.
ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the ftony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. Phil. ii. 13. For it is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of his good pleasure. .Q. 15. What is meant by submitting to God's will ?
A. (1.) Either a voluntary subjection of foul, and a preparedness actually to do his will : Or, (2.) A voluntary and filent submission to his will of providence in affliction : but in this particular we cannot imitate those in heaven, because no cross ever befals them.
Q. 16. Why is will added in all things?
A Because partial obedience is no obedience; he that does not obey God in every thing, obeys him in nothing ; Jam. ii.
one point, he is guilty of all.
Q. 17. Why do we pray that God by his grace would work this will in us, and by us ?
A. Because it is free grace that determines it ; 2 Tim. i. 9. Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus, before the world began. And efficacious grace that works it in us, and enables us to do it ; Eph. v. 8. For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord. Verse 10. Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
Q. 18. What is the first inference from hence ?
A. That it is man's glory and felicity to be conformed to the will of God; Prov. xii. 26. The righteous is more excellent than his neighbour. Psal. xix. 10, 11. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than inuch fine gold; sweeter also than honey and the honey-comb. Moreover, by them is thy servant
Q. 19. What is the second inference ?
A. That we must mortify in ourselves every luft that contradicts God's will, and renounce without ourselves every thing