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41 Q. What was the first Notice the Apostles of Ch.it had of his Refurrection?
A. Early in the Morning after the Sabbath, fome good Women came to bring Spices and Ointments, to anoint the Body, and they found theStone rolled away from the Sepulchre; and an Angel told them Jefus was rifen; and bid them go tell his Difciples, Mark xvi. 1—8.
42 Q. Which of the Apoftles came to the Sepulchre to examine this Matter?
A. Peter and John both went to the Sepulchre, and found the linen Clothes and the Napkin, in which the Body was wrapped, and were convinced that Jefus was rifen, John xx. 1-10.
43 Q. What Story did the Jews tell concerning the Refurrection of Chrift?
A. When the Guards told the Chief Priefts what was done, the Priefts and Elders bribed them largely to fay, that while they fell asleep, his Difciples came by Night, and stole him away, Matt. xxvii. 11-13.
44 Q. How then did the Soldiers come off with the Governor ?
A. The Priests perfuaded the Governor to forgive them for fleeping, ver. 14.
45 Q To whom did Jefus appear after his Refurrection?
A. First to Mary Magdalen, afterwards to two Difciples going to Emmaus; then to the Apoftles affembled, without Thomas; and all this on the Day of his Refurrection: Afterwards he appeared to the Apostles when Thomas was with them, again at the Sea of Tiberias to feven of his Difciples; then to eleven of his Difciples on a Mountain in Galilee; then near Jerufalem, when he afcended to Heaven.
46 Q. How
46 Q. How long did he continue on Earth after his Refurrection?
A. He continued forty Days, giving his Difciples further Inftructions in the great Things of the Gofpel, which they were not prepared to receive: before his Death, As i. 3. John xvi. 12.
47 Q. How did he appear to Mary Magdalen? A. When the found not Jefus in the Tomb, fhe turned away from the Sepulchre, and she faw Jefus, but knew him not till he called her by her Name, John xx. 14-16.
48 Q. What did he fay to her?
A. Touch me not at prefent, but go to my Brethren, and tell them, I afcend to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God, ver. 17.
49 Q How did he appear to his two Difciples going to Emmaus?
A He joined himself to them as they were walking; he reproved them for their Unbelief; he proved to them out of the Prophets, that the Meffiah was to fuffer Death, and to enter into Glory: He went into the House and eat with them; and when they began to know him, he vanished out of their Sight, Luke xxiv. 13-31.
50Q How did he reveal himself to the Apoftles when Thomas was abfent, the fame Evening?
A. When the Doors were fout for Fear of the Jews, Jefus came, and flood in the Midst of them; he bleffed them, and gave them a Commiffion, tọ preach the Gospel; he breathed on them, and bid them receive the Holy Ghoft, John xx. 19-23.
51Q. How did he appear to them when Thomas was with them?
A. A Week after, Jefus flood in the Midft of them again, when the Doors were fhut, and bid Thomas fee and feel the Marks of the Nails in his
Hands, and of the Spear in his Side, and rebuked his Unbelief, John xx. 24-27.
52 Q. Did Thomas confefs him then? A. Thomas with Surprise and Joy acknowledged him; he broke out into a Rapture of Zeal and Worship, and faid to him, My Lord and my God,
53 Q: How did he fhew himself to them at the Sea of Tiberias ?
A. Some of them went a fifhing, and caught nothing all Night: Jefus ftood on the Shore in the Morning, and bid them caft the Net on the right Side of the Ship; and they took a Multitude of Fishes. Johnxxi. 1-6.
54 Q: What remarkable Occurrence happened at this Meeting?
A. When they knew it was the Lord, Peter caft himself into the Sea; and when they were come to the Shore, they eat fome broiled Fish, and Jefus eat with them, John xxi. 7, 13.
55 Q. How did Jefus reprove Peter for his Want of Love to him, and denying his Mafter?
A. He rebuked him in a very gentle Manner of Speech, by afking Peter three Times, whether he loved him or no, and then he foretold that Peter fhould love him fo well as to fuffer and die for his fake, ver. 15-19,
56 Q How did he appear to them on the Mountain in. Galilee ?
A Jefus appointed them to meet him there; he told them that all Power in Heaven and Earth was given into his Hands, he gave them their Commiffion to preach the Gospel to all Nations; and promised his Prefence with them, and a Power to work Miracles for the Vindication of their Doctrine, Matt. xxviii. 16-20.
SECT. III. Of his ASCENSION to Heaven.
57. HOW did he manifeft himself to them near Jerufalem?
A. He met them, and led them out as far as to Mount Olivet, near Bethany; he bid them to tarry at Jerufalem till the promised Spirit should fall upon them; he repeated their Commiffion, appointed them to be Witnesses for him in the World; and, having bleed them, he afcended to Heaven in a bright Cloud, Luke xxiv. 49-51. Acts i. 4-11.
58 Q. Did he not appear to five hundred Brethren at once?
A. St Paul afferts it, 1 Cor. xv. 6. and it was neither the first nor the laft Time of his Appearance; but when it was, is uncertain, Acts i. 12.
59 Q. What Notice was there given from Heaven of his Return again?
A. While they were gazing towards Heaven, two Angels appeared, and affured them, that they fhould fee him return in the fame Manner as he afcended, As i. 10, 11.
60 Q. Whither went the Disciples then?
A. They worshipped Chrift when he afcended to Heaven, and returned to Jerufalem with great Foy, praifing God, Luke xxiv. 52, 53.
CHA P. XXV.
Of the Acts of the Apostles, chiefly PETER and JOHN; and the Deacons, STEPHEN and PHILIP.
1QWHAT was the firf remarkable Thing the Apofles did toward their future Miniftry, after they returned to Jerufalem?
A. They chofe two out of their Company at Jerufalem, (which was one hundred and twenty) that one of them might be an Apoftle and Witness of the Refurrection of Chrift, in the Room of Judas the Traytor, Acts i. 15-22.
2 Q. How did they determine which of those two fhould be the Man?
A. They called on the Lord by Prayer, then caft Lots, and the Lot fell upon Matthias, who was numbered with the eleven Apoftles, Acts i. 24-26.
3 Q. How long did they wait for the promised Spirit to fall on them?
A. On the Day of Pentecoft, which was ten Days after the Afcenfion of Chrift, the Spirit of God was fent down upon them, Acts ii. 1, &c.
4 Q. In what Manner did the Spirit come upon them?
A. The House where they were met was filled with the Sound of a rushing Wind, and cloven Tongues of Fire appeared as fitting on all their Heads,
ver. 2, 3.
5 Q. What was the firft Effect of the Defcent of the Holy Spirit upon them?
A. They all spake with various Tongues the wonderful Works of God; to the Amazement of the Jews, and a Multitude of Profelytes of all Nations that were then at Jerufalem, ver. 4-II.
6 Q. Which of the Apostles feemed to be the chief Speaker at that Time, and what was their Doctrine?
A. Peter preaches to this Multitude, bears Witnefs to the Refurrection and Exaltation of Chrift, and the pouring out of the Spirit of God on Men; partly from his own Knowledge, and from these prefent vifible Effects thereof among them, and partly from the Prophecies and Promifes of Scrip