Page images
PDF
EPUB

v. Although it be a great sin to contemn or neglect this ordinapce n, yet grace and salvation are not so inseparately annexed unto it, as that no person can be regenerated or fared without it o, or that all that are baptized are undoubtedly regenerated p.

VI. The efficacy of baptism is not tied to that moment of time wherein it is administred q; yet notwithstanding, by the right use of this ordinance, the grace promised is not only offered, but really exhibited and conferred by the Holy Ghost

, to such

Lord our God shall call. And Rom. in his arms, put his hands upon iv. II. And he received the figo of them, and blessed them. Luke xviii, cicumcision, a seal of the righteous. 15. And they brought unto him alness of the faith, which he had yet so infants, that he would touch being uncircumcised: that he might them: but when his disciples faw ij, be the father of all them that believe, they rebuked them. though they be not circumcised; V. n Lake vii. 39. But the Phathat righteousness might be imputed risees and lawyers rejected the counanto them also: v. 12, And the fa- sel of God against themselves, being ther of circumcision to thern, who not baptized of him. With Exod. are not of the circumcision only, but iv, 24. And it came to pass by the also walk in the steps of that faith way in the ion, that the Lord met of our father Abraham, which he him, and sought to kill him. v. 25. had being yet uncircumcised. 1 Cor. Then Zipporah took a sharp stone, vii. 14. For the unbelieving hus- and cut off the foreskin of her son, band is fanctified by the wife, and and cast it ar bis feet, and said, the ynbelieving wife is fanétified by Surely a bloody husband art thou to the husband : else were your chil. me. V. 26. So he let him go: then dren unclean: but now they are ho. he said, a bloody husband thou art, ly. Mar, xxviii. 19. Go ye there.. because of the circumcilion. fore and teach all nations, baptizing o Rom. iv. 11. (See in letter m.) them in the name of the Father, Afs. x. 2, 4, 22, 31, 45, 47. and of the Son, and of the Holy P Afts viii. 1 3. Then Simon hini. Ghoft. Mark x, 13. And they self believed allo: and when he was brought young children to him that baptized, he continued with Philip, he should touch them; and his dif- and wordered, beholding the miiaciples rebuked those that brought cles and signs which were done. v. . them. v. 14. But when Jesus saw 23. For 1 perceive that thou art in it, he was much displeased, and the gall of bitterness, and in the faid unto them, Suffer the little bond of iniquity. children to come unto me, and for- VI. 9 John i. 5. Jesus answer. bid them not: for of such is the ed, Verily, verily, I lay unto thee, kingdom of God. 0. 15. Verily | Except a mau be born of water and say unto you, Whosoever shall not of the Spirit, he canoot enter into receive the kingdom of God as a the kingdom of God. v. 8. The litte child, he shall not enter there wind blowerty where it listeth, and in, 1. 16. And he took them up thou bearest the found thereof, but

canit

X 4

such (whether of age or infants )as that grace belongech unto, according to the counsel of God's own will, in his appointed timer.

VIL. The facrament of baptism is but once to be admini. ftred on any persons

[ocr errors]

Chap. XXIX. Of the Lord's Supper.
UR Lord Jesus, in the night wherein he was betrayed,

inttitured the sacrament of his body and blood, called the Lord's Supper, to be observed in his church unto the end of the world, for the perpetual remembrance of the facrifice of himself in his death, the scaling all benefits thereof unto true believers, their spiritual nourishment and growth in him, their farther engagement in and to all duties which they owe unto him; and to be a bond and pledge of their communion with him, and with each other, as members of his myftical body a.

II. In

canít not tell whence it cometh, and 1. a I Cor. xii 23. For I have rewhither it goeth : fo is every one ceived of the Lord, that which also that is born of the Spirit.

I delivered unto you, That the Lord r Gal. iii. 27. For as many of Jesus, the same night in which he you, as have been baptized into was betrayed, took bread : v. 24. Christ, have put on Chrit. Tit. iii. And when he had given tuanks, he 5. Not by works of righteousness brake it, and said, Take, eat; this which we have done, but according is my body which is broken for you, to his mercy, he saved us by the this do in remembrance of me. v. washing of regeneration, and re- 25. After the same manner also he newing of the Holy Gholl. Eph. c. took the cup, when he had fupped, 25. Husbands, love your wives, faying, This cup is the new testaeven as Christ allo loved the church, ment in my blood : this do ye, as and gave himself for it ; v. 26, That oft as ye driok it, in remembrance he might sanctify and cleanse it with of me. v, 26. For as often as ye eat the wathing of water by the word. this bread, and drink this cup, ye do Aas ii. 38. Then Peter said unto shew the Lord's deatli till he cone. them, Repent, and be baptized e. i Cor, x. 16. The cup of blessing very one of you in the name of Je- which we bless, is it not the comfus Christ, for the remiffion of lins, munion of the body of Christ ? The and ye shall receive the gift of the bread which we break, is it not the Holy Ghoft. v. 41. Then they that communion of the body of Christe? gladly receiver his word, were bap- v. 17. For we being many, are one tized : and the fanie day here were bread and one body: for we are all added unto them above three thou- partakers of that one bread. v. 21. sand fouls.

Ye canoor drink the cup of the Lord, VII.Tit. iii. 5. (See in letter r.) and t!e cup of devils; ye cannot be

partakera

1

II. In this facrament, Christ is not offered up to his Father, nor any real facrifice made at all, for reinillion of sins of the quick or dead b; but only. a commemoration of that one offering up of himself, by himself

, upon the cross, once for all; and a spiritual oblation of all poslible praise unto God for the fame c; so that the popish facrifice of the mass, as they call it, is most abominably injurious to Christ's one only facrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of the elect d.

III, The Lord Jesus hath, in this ordinance, appointed his ministers to declare his word of institution to the people, to pray, and bless the elements of bread and wine, and hereby to fet them apart from a common to a holy use; and to take, and break the Isread, to take the cup, and (they communicating alTo themselves) to give both to the communicants e; but to none

who

partakers of the Lord's table, and took the cup, and gave thanks, and of the table of devils, s Cor. xii, 13. gave it to them, saying, Drink ye For by one Spirit are we all baptiz- all of it. ed into oue body, whether we be d Heb. vii. 23. And they truly Jews or Gentiles, whether we be were many priests, because they were bond or free ; and have been all , not suffered to continue by reason of made to drink into one spirit. death : v. 24. But çhis man, because

11. b Heb. ix, 22. And almost all he continueth ever, bath an unthings are by the law purged with changeable pric thood, v. 27. Who blood; and without Thedding of needeth not daily, as those high blood is no remiffion. v. 25. Nor priests, to offer up facrifice, first for yet that he should offer himself of his own fins, and then for the pev. tea, as the high priest entereth into ples : for this he did once when he the holy place every year with blood offered up himself. Heb. x. 1 1. And of others : v. 26. (For then must he every priest standeth daily ministeroften have suffered since the foun- ing, and offering oftentines tlie dation of the world) but now once

fame sacrifices, which can never in the end of the world hath he ap- take away lips : v. 1 2. But this man, peared to put away sin by the facri- after he had offered one sacrifice for fice of himself. v. 28. So Christ was Sins for ever, sat down on the right once offered to bear the lins of hand of God. v. 14. For by one ofmany, and unto thofe that look for fering he hath perfe&ted for ever him, shall he appear the second time, them that are sanctified. v. 18. Now without fin, unto salvation.

where remission of these is, there is ç i Cor. xi. 24, 25, 26. (See them no more offering for fin. in letter a.) Mat. xxvi. 29. And as Ill. e Mar. xxvi. 26, 27. (See in they were eating, Jesus took bread, letter c.) v. 28. For this is my blood and blessed it, and brakeit, and gave of the new testament, which is med ir to the disciples, and said, Take, for many for the remission of lins. ear; this is my body, v. 27. And he And Mark xiv, 22. And as ihey did

eat,

who are not then present in the congregation f.

IV. Private masses, or receiving this facrament by a priest or any other alone g, as likewise the denial of the cup to the people h, worthipping the elements, the lifting them up, or carrying them about for adoration, and the resessing them for any pretended religious use, are all contrary to the nature of this sacrament, and to the inititution of Christ i.

V. The outward elements in this facrament, duly set apart to the uses ordained by Christ, have such relation to him crucified, as that truly, yet facramentally only, they are sometimes called by the name of the things they represent, to wit, the body and blood of Christ k; albeit, in substance and nature, they still remain truly bread, and wine, as they were before I.

VI. That

cat, Jefus took bread, and bleffed, h Mark xiv, 23. (See in letter a) and brake it, and gave to them, and i Cor xi, 25, 26. See letter a) v. faid, Take, eat; this is my body. v. 27. Wherefore, whosoever shall eat 23. And he took the cup, and when this bread, and drink this cup of the he had given thanks, he gave it to Lord unworthily, fhall be guilty of them; and they all drank of it. v. the body and blood of the Lord. v. 24. And he said uoto them, This is 23. But let a mau examine himself, my blood of the new testament, and so let him eat of that bread, and which is shed for many. And Luke drink of that cup, v. 29. For be that 'xxii. 19. And he took bread, and eateth and dripketh unworthily, give thanks, and brake it, and gave eateth and drinketh damnation to unto them, saying, This is my body himself, not discerning the Lord's which is broken for you : this do body. in remembrance of me. v, 20. Like- i Mat. xv. 9. But in vain they do wife also the cup after supper, say. worship me, teaching for doctrines ing, This cup is the new teltament the commandments of men. in my blood, which is shed for you, V. k Mat. xxvi. 26. And as they With 1 Cor. xii. 23, 24, 25, 26. (See were eating, Jesus took bread, and all in letter a.)

blefl'ed it, and brake it, and gave it f Acts xx. 7. And upon the first to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; -day of the week, when the disciples this is my body. v. 27. And he took came together to break bread, Paul the cup, and gave thanks, and gare preached unto them, ready to depart it to them, laying, Drink ye all of on the morrow, and continued his it: v. 28. For this is my blood of fyecch until mid-night. Cor, xi. the new testament, which is thed for 20. When ye come together there. many for the remission of Gins. fure into one place, this is not to li Cor. xi. 26. For as often as ye eat the Lurd's fupper.

eat this bread, and drink this cup, IV. & 1 Cor. x. 6. Now these ye do fhew the Lord's death till he things were our examples, to the come. v. 27. Wherefore, whosoever jotent we should not lust after evil fall eat this bread, and drink this * things, as they also lufted.

сир

VI. That do&trine which maintains a change of the substance of bread and wine, into the substance of Christ's body and blood (commonly called transubstantiation) by confecration of a priest, or by any other way, is repugnant, not to scripture alone, but even to common sense and reason; overthroweth the nature of the facrament, and hath been and is the cause of manifold superstitions, yea, of gross idolatries m.

VII. Worthy receivers, outwardly partaking of the visible elements in this facranient n, do then also inwardly by faith really and indeed, yet not carpally and corporally but ipiritually, receive and feed upon Christ crucisied, and all benefits of his death: the body and blood of Christ being then, nor corporally or carnally, in it, or under the bread and wine; yet as really, but spiricually, present to the faith of believers in that ordinance, as the elements themselves are to their outward senses o.

VIlI. Altho' ignorant and wicked men receive the outward elements in this facrament, yet they receive not the thing signified thereby; but, by their unworthy coming thereunto, are guilty of the body and blood of the Lord, to their own damnation. Wherefore all ignorant and ungodly persons, as they are unfit to enjoy communion with him, lo are they unworthy of the Lord's table, and cannot without great în against Christ, while

they

cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be After the same manner also be took guilty of the body and blood of the the cup, when he had fupped, fayLord, v. 28. But let a man examine ing, This cup.is the new teftament himself, and fa let him eat of that in my blood; this do ye, as oft as bread, and drink of that cup. Mat. ye drink it, in remembrance of me. xxvi. 29. But I say unto you, I will V, 26. (See letter lj Luke xxiv. 6. not drink henceforth of this fruit of He is not here, but is risen: rememthe vine, until that day when I ber how he spake unto you when he drink it new with you in my Fa- was yet in Galilee. v. 39. Behold my ther's kingdom,

hands and my feet, that it is I my VI. 21. Acts.iii. 21. Whom the hea-. self: handle me, and fee, für a sp:• ven must receive, until the times of rit hath not fiefh and bones, as ye restitution of all things, which God see me have. hath spoken by the mouth of all his VII. n 1 Cor. xi. 28. (See in letholy prophets, fince the world be- ter/.) gan. Wich 1 Cor. xi. 24. And when or Cor. x, 16. The cup of blefling he had given thanks, he brake it, which we bless, is it not the comand said, Take, eat; tliis is my munion of the blood of Christ ? the body, which is broken for you; this bread which we break, is it not the do in remembrance V. 25. cornmunion of the body of Christ?

me.

« PreviousContinue »