|Question||What benefits do they that are effectually called partake of in this life?|
|Answer||They that are effectually called do in this life partake of justification,1 adoption,2 sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them.3|
The Baptist Catechism Set to Music
Benjamin Beddome’s Exposition
Is effectual calling of great advantage?
Godliness is profitable unto all things,
1 Timothy 4:8
Is it of immediate advantage?
If ye be willing and obedient ye shall eat the good of the land,
And of eternal advantage?
For it hath the promise not only of the life that now is, but of that which is to come,
1 Timothy 4:8
Doth it bring into a state of grace?
Such are not under the law, but under grace,
And into a state of comfort?
We who have believed do enter into rest,
And into a state of holiness?
God hath not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness,
1 Thessalonians 4:7
And is it an earnest of everlasting glory?
For God will give grace and glory, and no good thing will he withhold from those who walk uprightly,
Are those who are effectually called justified?
Whom he called, them he also justified,
Is this a great privilege?
Blessed is the man to whom the Lord imputeth not iniquity,
Is it the certain and enduring privilege of all the saints?
There is no condemnation to them that are in Christ Jesus,
And are all others excluded?
They are in the gall of bitterness and in the bond of iniquity,
Are all those that are effectually called adopted?
Ya are all the children of God by faith in Jesus Christ,
Is this a great instance of love in God?
Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God,
1 John 3:1
And a great blessing to men?
For if children, then heirs,
Are such also sanctified?
They are sanctified in Christ Jesus,
1 Corinthians 1:2
And without this would their happiness be incomplete?
For without holiness none shall see the Lord,
Have those who are effectually called a title to all other covenant blessings?
All things are yours,
1 Corinthians 3:22
And may they take the comfort of them?
As having nothing and yet possessing all things,
2 Corinthians 6:10
And is this their case without exception?
For the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him,
The Westminster Larger Catechism
|Question||What is the communion in grace which the members of the invisible church have with Christ?|
|Answer||The communion in grace which the members of the invisible church have with Christ, is their partaking of the virtue of his mediation, in their justification,1 adoption,2 sanctification, and whatever else, in this life, manifests their union with him.3|