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A PRACTICAL EXPOSITION
Q. WHAT are your names ?
Q. Had you both of these names when you were born
A. No; the name of John was given to me when I was baptized and admitted a member of the Christian Church,
Q. Where are the principles of your profession to be found ?
A. In the Holy Scriptures, which are the word of God.
Q. Have you any summary thereof?
A. Yes; in three forms of confession, commonly called, the Apostles' Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Creed of St. Athanasius.
Q. As the Apostles' Creed is the first that you have mentioned, let me hear if you can repeat it.
A. I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of beaven and earth: and in Jesus Christ bis only son our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; he descended into bell: the third day he rose again fronı the dead, he ascended into heaven, and sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost; the Holy Catholic Church; the Communion of Saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.
Q. Why is it called the Apostles' Creed?
A. Because it contains the doctrines of the Apostles, and because it was composed about the time in which they lived.
Q. What does this Creed particularly teach?
A. That we must believe in God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost; three persons but one God; Trinity in Unity; and Unity in Trinity:
Q. In whom do you first believe?
A. He is our Father by creation; he is the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; and in him the reconciled Father of all true believers.
Q. What do you believe of God the Father ?
A. That he is Almighty,
A. That he has power to do all things, and is the upholder and governor of the universe.
Q. What more do you believe respecting God the Father?
A. That be made the heaven and the earth, and all things therein.
Q. In whom do you believe secondly?
A. Jehovah the Saviour, and was given to Christ, because he was to save his people from their sins.
Q. What does Christ imply ?
A. By the spiritual unction, or anointing of the Holy Ghost.
Q. For what end was he thus anointed ?
Q. How do you explain these offices with respect to us?
A. He is our Prophet to instruct us ;, our Priest to atone and intercede for us; King to rule over us.
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Q. Who do you say was Jesus Christ?
A. Because he is the Most High God, and the Sovereign Head of all Christians.
Q. Was Christ ever upon earth ? A. Yes; he was conceived by the Holy Ghost, and born of the Virgin Mary.
Q. Who was the reputed father of our Lord?
A. Joseph the carpenter; the husband of the Virgin Mary.
Q. How long did Christ live upon the earth?
A. About thirty-three years.
Q. What did he the first thirty years of his life?
A. He lived in retirement with his parents at Nazareth, in Gallilee, and was subject unto them.
Q. What did he the last three years of his life?
A. He went about preaching the Gospel, and confirming the same with miracles.
Q. What is a miracle?
A. An act beyond the power of any created being, and contrary to the established course of nature.
Q. Why was Christ made man ?
Q. Under whom did Christ suffer?
Q. How did Christ suffer ?
A. He was nailed to a cross of wood by his hands and feet until he was dead.
Q. Was this a Jewish mode of punishment ?
A. No; it was inflicted by the Romans on notorious offenders, as the most ignominious and painful death.
Q. Why was Christ thus cruelly treated ?
A. Because he was appointed to suffer for us, and to make atonement for the sins of the world.
Q. What became of him then ?
A. A rich Counsellor among the Jews who had not consented to his death.
Q. Where is Christ said to have descended! A. Into bell.