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52 Q: What are some of the more remarkable Virtues, Graces or Duties, wherein Christ appears to be our Example?
1. 1. He fought the public Glory of God with the warmest Zeal, and vindicated the Honour of his Father's Appointment against the Corruptions of Men, John viii. 50. chap. xvii. 4. and ii. 16, 17. Matt. xxiii.
2. He was strictly observant of all the Commands of God, even the Ceremonial as well as the Moral : He observed the Sabbath, he came up to the Feast at Jerusalem, he desired to be bap
he came to fulfil the Law of God, and made it his Meat and his Drink, Matt, iii. 15. and v. 17. John xiv. 31. chap. iv. 34. and vii. 10.
3. He was frequent and fervent in religious Exercises, Prayer and Praise, Luke vi. 12. and xi. 1, 2. Matt. xiv. 23. and xi. 25.
4. He was eminent for Heavenly-mindedness, Self-denial as to the Comforts of chis Life, and Trust in God for his daily Bread: He was so poor that the good Women ministered to him out of their Substance, and he bad not where to lay his Head, Luke ix. 58. and viii. 3.
5. He bore the Sorrows from the Hand of God with the highest Submission, and the vilest Injuries from Men with perfect Patience and Meekness: not returning Railing for Railing, but blessing those that persecuted him, i Pet. ii. 21–23. Matt. xi. 29. Luke xxii. 42. and xxiii. 34.
6. He gave the moft glorious Inftances of Goodwill to Men, Compassion to the Miserable, and Love to Friends, to Strangers, and to Enemies. He often had Pity on the Multitudes that followed him; he travelled about, and took all Occasions to do Good to the Bodies and the Souls of Men ; to 03
their Bodies, by his healing and feeding them; and to their Souls, by his Preaching and Conversation; and at last he laid down bis Life for Sinners, Aets x. 38. Matt. ix. 36. and xiv. 14. John xv. 13. Rom. v. 6, 8, 10.
7. He was obedient to his Parents, paying them Honour; and obedient to Magistrates, paying Tax and Tribute, Luke ii. 51. Matt. xvii. 24.
8. He was humble and familiar with the Poor, and even with Publicans and Sinners for their Good, Matt. xi. 29. and ix. 11. He washed the Feet of his own Disciples, John xiii. 14.
9. He was stedfast in reliiting the Temptations of the Devil, and oppofing the Iniquities of Men, Matt. xiv. I-II. Heb. ii. 18. and chap. xii, 1, 2. Matt. xxiii. John ii. 13, &c.
10. He was prudent and watchful against the Snares of his Enemies, and careful to give them no just Occasions against him: This appears in the Wisdom of his Discourses, and his daily Conduct, John vii. 1. and xi. 54. Matt. xvii. 27.
Sect. V. His calling the APOSTLES, and in
Aructing them. 53 Q. WHAT was the fifth Part of the Bu
finess and Design of his public Miniftry?
A. To call his Apoftles, and instruct them in their great Commiffion of preaching the Gospel.
54 Q. How many Preachers did our Saviour send forth
A. He first fent twelve, who were called Apofiles, whom he defigned to make his chief Ministers; and he afterwards fent sevenly (Disciples) through the Land of Israel on the same Errand of preaching the Gofpel, Matt. x, 1. Luke vi. 13. and chap. x. I.
55 Qs What was the Commiffion that Christ gave them all ?
4. To preach the Gospel, to heal the Sick, and to cast out Devils, Matt, x, 1-8. Luke x. 9, 174
56 Q. What were the Names of the twelve Apoftles ?
A. Simon Peter, and Andrew his Brother, who were Fishermen; James and John, the Sons of Zebedee, who were allo Fishers; Philip and Bartholomew * ; Thomas and Matthew the Publican, who is also called Levi; James the Son of Alpheus, who is called the Lord's Brother ; and Jude, the Brother of James, who is also called Lebbeus and Thaddeus; Simon the Canaanite, who is called Zelates.t; and Judas Iscariot, who afterward betrayed his Mafter, Matt. X. 24. Luke vi. 14-16.
Gal. i. 19.
Some suppose Bartholomew to be the same with Na
thanaele + Simon was not a Canaanite by Nation, for the Apo
Atles were all Jews: Some therefore think it is only the Hebrew or Syriac. Word Cana, which fignifies a Zealot, with a Greek Termination added.
57 Q. Had these Messengers of Christ Success in their Work ?
A. Yes, they had fome Success; for the Sea venty returned with Joy, saying, Lord, even the Devils are subjeft unto us through thy Name, Luke
58 Q. How did he train up his twelve Apostles for their future Service ?
4. They were very frequently attending upon him, and dwelt much with him, before and after their furft Miffion abroad; so that they enjoyed his
private Instructions, his Prayers, and his Example, continually, Matt. x. 27. Luke xi. 1. Mark iv. 34.
59 Q. What peculiar Inftru&tions did he give his Apostles ?
A. 1. He explained the Parables to them at home, which he spake to the People, and acquainted them in private what they should preach in public, Matt. X. 27. Mark iv. 34.
2. He foretold they must expect Difficulties and Persecutions, but he promised the Aids of his Spirit and his own Presence with them, and a large Reward in Heaven, Matt. x. 16–33. and xxviii. 20.
3. He charged them to love all Men, and particularly to love one another; and not to affect Dominion and Authority over one another, fo particularly, as if he designed to preclude the Popish Error of Sc Peter being made the Prince of the Apofles, John xiii. 34, 35. Mark xx. 25.
4. If any House welcomed and received them, they were ordered to pronounce the Blessing of Peace upon chat House ; but when any
Town refused to receive their Message, they were commanded to shake off the Duft of their Feet as a Testimony against them, Matt. X. II, 15. Luke
ix. 54, 55.
5. He told them that he was the Messiah, and that he came to give his Life a Ransom for Men; that he should be crucified and put to Death at • Jerusalem; and that he should rise again the third Day, Matt. xvi. 16-22. and xx. 28.
6. He prayed with them often, and taught them how to pray both in their
and their more advanced State of Knowledge, Luke xi. 1, &c. John xvi. 23, 24. 7. He gave them many admirable Discourses
before his Death; he foretold the Destruction of Jerusalem ; and indulged their Presence with him in his most excellent Prayer to God just before his Sufferings. See Matt. xxiv. John xiv, xv, xvi, and xvii.
8. He ordered them after his Death to tarry at Jerusalem, till they should receive the promised Spirit to fit them for their further Service, Luke xxiv. 49.
60 °. Were there any of these Apostles that seemed to be his Favourites ?
A. If there were any, they were Peter, James, and John; for they were admitted to be present in the Room when he raised the Ruler's Daughter; and in the holy Mount, when he was transfigured ; and in the Garden, when he sustained his Agony: beside, that John was called the beloved Disciple, and leaned on Jesus's Bosom at the holy Supper, Mark v. 37, 38. Matt. xvii. 1. and xxvi. 37. John
Sect. VI. His Appointment or Institution of,
the Two. SACRAMENTS.
61 Q. WHAT is the laft Part of the public
Ministry of Christ?
62 Q. When did he appoint Baptism?
A. It is supposed that he confirmed and practised the Baptism of John in bis Life-time, that is, the Baptism of Repentance for the Remission of Sins; but doubtless with this constant Requirement, that he y should believe on him as a Prophet sent from O 5