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First resurrection; how understood by some
Its literal sense debated
General conflagration

New heavens and new earth..

Resurrection of the church sometimes taken mystically
1000 years how understood by some
These not yet begun

Mediatorial kingdom of Christ eternal.
1 Cor. xv. ver. 24, 25, 28. explained

This shewn in his birth and infancy

In his parentage

In the place of his birth and abode
In the sinless infirmities of his life
In his being made under the law-
In his being exposed to indignities
Temptations endured by him

General remarks on them

QUEST. XLVI, XLVII, XLVIII. Of Christ's Humi-
liation.

The time and place thereof

His first temptation
His second temptation
Its matter explained
His third temptation

What to be observed therein
Temptations were mental, in a note

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QUEST. LX. Of the disadvantages of those who never
hear the gospel.

In what respects it is one

In what respects it is not one

Its concern for the children of its members

Jewish church, its establishment

Its government

Its power of admission

The reformed churches differ about this
Terms of communion fixed by Christ

Its power of exclusion

Causes of exclusion

The first preaching and success of the gospel
Conduct of the Apostles in planting gospel-churches

522

ibid

526

ibid

THE

DOCTRINES

OF THE

CHRISTIAN RELIGION

EXPLAINED AND DEFENDED.

THE WORK OF CREATION.

QUEST. XIV. How doth God execute his decrees?

ANSW. God executeth his decrees in the works of creation and providence, according to his infallible fore-knowledge, and the free and immutable counsel of his own will.

QUEST. XV. What is the work of creation?

ANSW. The work of creation is that, wherein God did, in the beginning, by the word of his power, make, of nothing, the world, and all things therein, for himself, within the space of six days, and all very good.

AVING considered God's eternal purpose, as respecting

H come to pass, is an

internal, or immanent act of the divine will, we are now to consider those works which are produced by him, in pursuance thereof. It is inconsistent with the idea of an infinitely perfect Being, to suppose, that any of his decrees shall not take effect, Hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good? Num. xxiii. 19. His counsel shall stand, and he will do all his pleasure, Isa. xlvi. 10. This is a necessary consequence, from the immutability of his will, as well as from the end which he has designed to attain, to wit, the advancement of his own glory; and therefore, if he should not execute his decrees, he would lose that revenue of glory, which he designed to bring to himself thereby, which it cannot be supposed that he would do; and according ly we are to consider his power as exerted, in order to the accomplishment of his purpose. This is said to have been done either in the first production of all things, which is called, The work of creation, or in his upholding and governing all things, VOL. II.

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