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Chap. XXV. — Of the Communion of Saints, — the Fifth Privilege of Believers.

Q. 1. What is the communion of saints?

A. An holy conjunction102102   By virtue of this, we partake in all the good and evil of the people of God throughout the world. between all God’s people, wrought by their participation of the same Spirit, whereby we are all made members of that one body whereof Christ is the head.
Cant. vi. 9; Jer. xxxii. 39; John xvii. 22; 1 Cor. xii. 12; Eph iv. 3–6, 13; 1 John i. 3, 6, 7.

Q. 2. Of what sort is this union?

A. First, aspiritual and internal, in the enjoyment of the same spirit and graces, — which is the union of the church catholic; secondly, bexternal and ecclesiastical, in the same outward ordinances, — which is the union of particular congregations.
a1 Cor. xii. 12, 13; Eph ii. 16, 19–22; 4931 Cor. x. 17; John xvii. 11, 21, 22; John x. 16; Heb. ii. 11. b1 Cor. i. 10, 11; Rom. xii. 5; 1 Cor. xii. 27, 28; Eph iv. 11–13; Phil. ii. 2; Col. iii. 15; 1 Pet. iii. 8.


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