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Westminster Shorter Catechism Project

A Scripture Catechism
in the
Method of the Assembly's

by Matthew Henry

Q. 32. What benefits do they that are effectually called partake of in this life?
A. They that are effectually called do in this life partake of justification, adoption, and sanctification, and the several benefits which in this life do either accompany or flow from them.

1. Are all those happy which are effectually called? Yes: for God hath called us to his kingdom and glory, 1 Thess. 2:12. Are they partakers of the blessings of the new covenant? Yes: for the promise is sure to all the seed, Rom. 4:16. Are they happy even in this life? Yes: for after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise, Eph. 1:13.

2. Are they dignified and preferred? Yes: Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, 1 Pet. 2:9. Are they brought near? Yes: Ye who sometimes were afar off, are made nigh, Eph. 2:13. Are they enriched? Yes: God hath called the poor in this world rich in faith, Jam. 2:5. Are they taken into the communion of saints? Yes: for we are come to the church of the first-born which are written in heaven, Heb. 12:23. And into communion with the holy angels? Yes: for we are come to an innumerable company of angels, Heb. 12:29. Are they entitled to tile best possessions? Yes: all things are yours, whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all are yours, 1 Cor. 3:22. Are they happy in the best blessings? Yes: The God and Father of our Lord Jesus hath blessed us with spiritual blessings in heavenly things, Eph. 1:3. Are they happy both for soul and body? Yes: He hath given us all things that pertain to life and godliness, 2 Pet. 1:3.

3. Are they justified? Yes: whom he called, them he justified, Rom. viii. 110. Is that an unspeakable benefit? Yes: blessed is the man whose iniquity is forgiven, Ps. 32:1. Are they adopted? Yes: for he hath predestinated us to the adoption of children, Eph. 1:5. And is that an unspeakable benefit? Yes: for if children, then heirs, Rom. 8:17. Are they sanctified? Yes: they are sanctified in Christ Jesus, 1 Cor. 1:2. And is that an unspeakable benefit? Yes: for we are partakers of his holiness, Heb. 12:10.

4. Do they partake of other benefits? Yes: The Lord will give grace and glory and no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly, Ps. 84:11 Are all these benefits given to them that are effectually called? Yes: for the promise of the remission of sins, and the gift of the Holy Ghost, is to as many as the Lord our God shall call, Acts 2:39. And shall every thing turn to their advantage? Yes: all things work together for good to them that are the called, Rom. 8:28. Will you therefore make it sure that you are effectually called, by coming at the call? Yes: behold, we come unto thee, for thou art the Lord our God, Jer. 3:22.

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