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right and due use thereof to make me capable of receiving them; And Secondly, as a Pawn, as is were, from God, by the hand of the Minister, to give me ground of confidence and acquiescence, that thote Graces and Favors are now so made over to me that I shall not fail of 'em. of this kind, to which all Christians are strictly obliged, there be only Two, first Baptism;and fecondly The Supper of the Lord.

9. 3. The Lord's Supper is THE setting apart, and blessing of Bread and Wine, breaking the Bread, and dividing That and the Cup among those which are present, iu Imiinion of that which Christ did after his last Supper; and by way of Commemoration of that Death of His for us, which immediately followed that Supper; and which (as a special part of His Office in working our Redemption) I ought frequently to Recount and to present it before His Father, to whofe Favor I have no claim but thro' those sufferings; and thereby I publickly Own Chrift, Profess his Religion, Renew my Baptismal vow, and Confirm the New Covenant with Almighty God.

S. 5. IT is not unfitly callid the Lord's Snpper still, beo cause the same substantial Actions, and effential Things are ítill observ'd in the celebration of it, that were used by Christ and his Disciples at his firft Institution in the Nigbi; and not only the fame Actions, but the same End, scope, drift, and design of all is still preserv'd and kept on foor, which we find in its first Foundation; and whenever it is Celebrated, it's still in Imitation of that Supper; and that Supper is still religiously remembred in it: So that if any Man seems to be contentious about the Name, we have no such Custom, neither the Churches of God. I Cor. 11. 16. See Part 2. ch. 1, S. 12. $.6.My Vow in Baptism was (as in that Office,)

I, TO Renounce the devil and all his works; the vain pomp and glory of the World, with all covetous desires of the same; and the carnal defires of the Flesh, so as not to follow nor be led by them. 2 ; To Believe all the Articles of the Christian Faith. 3, Obediently to keep God's holy Will and Commandments, and walk in the lame all the Days of

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5.7. EVERY Man sees they are valt inultitudes that have entred the Baptismal Vow; and I fear no small number of 'em that 'weigh it as little when they shou'd perform it, as they did when thy made it; have no other Notion of Baptisms, but as a Custom of the place, or a time of Festive isy; consider no farther Significancy in the spiritual Bands, than they do in the Swadling clothes of their Infancy; and can give no better Account why they took on 'em Christ's Livery, than why they wear such Garments as the common Fashion of their Country prescribes 'em.

$. 8. The new Covenant is, (in short, ) A Mutual Contract and Ingagement between God and me, wherein He molt graciously Promises to me, if I truly Believe, and accordingly I molt humbly Accept it, that He will forgive me all my fins when I fincerely Repent of 'em; and belp me to any Graces when I carefully Concur with Him, and Indeavor after them; and give me Eternal Life after I have intirely Obey'd Him. This is the New Covenant, and this Christ's Bloudy Death has purchased and procure

g. 9. Che Warning for the Celebration of:he Holy Com. munion, is, as in that Office, (which as the Minister is reading it, I may turn into Pruises, Prayers, and Resolusions ; anih and the same again now I read it here.)

BENGLU beloved , on day next, I purpose, through God's assistance, to administer to all such as shall be religiously and devoutly difpofed, the most comfortable Sacrament of the body and bloud of Christ, to be by them received in remembrance of his meritorious Cross and Passion, whereby alone we obtaio remission of our fins , and are made partakers of the Kingdom of Heaven. Wherefore it is our duty to render most humble and hearty thanks to Almighry God our heavenly Father, for that He hath given his son our Savior Jefus Christ, not only to dy for us, but also to be our spiritual foot and sustenance in that holy Sacrament. Which being so divine and comfortable a thing to them who receive it worthily, and fo dangerous to them that will presume to receive it unworthily; my duty is to exhort you in the mean season to consider the dignity of that holy Mystery, and the great peril of unworthly receiving thereof, and fo to search and examine your own Consciences, (and that not lightly, and after the manner of dissembler's with God; but jo) that ye may come holy and clean to such a heavenly feast , in the marriage garment required by God ia holy Scripture ; and be received as worthy partakers of that holy Table. The way and means thereto is : Firft to examine your lives and conversations by the rule of God's Commandments; and wherein foever ye shall perceive your felves to have offended, either by will, word. or deed, there to bewail your own finfulness, and to confess yonr felves to Almighty God, with full puipose of amendment of life. And if ye fhall perceive your offences to be such as are not only against God, but also againit your neighbors, then ye ihall reconcile your selyes unto them, being ready to make reftitution and satisfaction according to the uitermost of your powers, for all injuries and wrongs done by you to any other; And being likewise ready to forgive others that have offended you, as ye would have forgiveness of your offences at God's hands, for otherwise the receiving of the holy Communion doth nothing else but increase your damnation. Therefore if any of you be a blasphemer of God, an hinderer or slanderer of his Word , an Adulterer, or be in malice , or envy, or any other grievous crime ; Repent you of your fins, or else come not to that holy Table, left after the taking of that holy Sacrament, the devil enter into you, as he entred into Judas, and fill you full of all iniquities, and bring you to destruction both of body and soul. And because it is re: quisite, that no man should come to the holy Communion, but with a full trust in Gods mercy, and with a quiet Con. science ; Therefore if there be any of you, who by this means cannot quiet his Couscience herein , but requireth further comfort or counsel ; let him come to me , or to some other discreet and learned Minister of God's Word, and open his grief, that by the ministry of God's holy Word he may receive the benefit of abfolution , together with ghostly counsel and advice, to the quieting of his Conscience, and avoiding of all fcruple and doubtfulness.

S. 10. WHEN I come home I mult deliberately read, duly weigh , and caretully improve the above Warning; which will exceedingly hep towards my Preparation.

S. 11. THO'no Man living is of himself worthy to be a Guest at fo holy a Banquet, yet it pleases God to accept him for a worthy receiver, who indeavors to receive that

Holy Holy Mystery with that competent measure of Knowledge, and reverence, and other qualifications that He hath prescri. bed in his Word. i Cor. Il. 28. Let a man examine him. Self, and fo let him eat of that Bread and drink of that Cup. Ia:55. Ho every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters , and he that hath no money; comeye, buy and eat , yex, come, buy wine and milk without money, and without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? anil your las bor for tha, which satisfieth not? bearken diligently unto Me , and eat that which is good, and let your soul delight it self in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto Me, bear, and your soul Shall live, and I will make an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David. Behold, I have given Him for it witness to the people, a leader and commander :o the people. Bee hold, Thou sbale call a Nation that Thou knowest not, and Nas tions that knere not Thee shall run unto Thee, because of the LORD thy God, and for the Holy one of Israel; for He hath glorified Thee. Seek ye the LORD while He may be found , call ye upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked for fake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts and let him return unto the LORD, and He will bave mercy upon him, and to our God, for He will abundantly parton. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways faith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, fo are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the frow from heaven, and returnerb not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may gove seeil to the lower,

and bread to the eater : So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth; it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing

whereto I sent it. For ye shall go out with joy, and be led e forch with peace : the mountains and the hills shall break

forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands. Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir-tree, and in Bead of the briar shall come up the myrtle tree : and it shall be to the LORD for a Name, for an everlasting sign that shall

Ş. 12. Pralm 30. As in our Common Prayer-book,Mr. TIN. DALL's, the Martyr, and Mr. COVERDALE'S Translation, {WHO, 'twixt 1527, and 1536 Annu, translated the whole Bible into English, which was set forth and used in the time

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TOE LORD, even the most mighty God hath spoken : and called the World, trom the rising up of the fun, unto the going down thereof. Out of Sion hath God appeared : in perfect beauty. Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence: there shall

go before Him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempest shall be stirred up round about Him. He shall call the heaven from above : and the earth that He may judge his people. Gather my faiots together unto Me:those that have made a covenant with Me with facrifice. And the heavens shall declare his righteousness : for God is Judge Himself. Hear, O my people, and I will speak : I my seit wil testifie against, O Israel; for I am God, even thy God. I will not reprove thee because of thy sacrifices, or for thy burnt offerings: because they were not alway before me. I will take no bullock out of thine house : nor he-goat out of thy folds. For all the beasts of the forest are niine : and so are the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains : and the wild beasts of the field are in my sight. If I be hungry, I will not tell thee : for the whole world is mine, and all that is therein. Thinkest thou that I will eat bulls flesh : and drink the bloud of goats? offer unto God thanksgiving : and pay thy vows unto the most Highest. And cal lupon Me in the time of trouble : fo will I hear thee, and thou shalt praise Me. But unto the uogodly faid God: why dost thou preach my laws, and takest my. covenant in thy mouth; Whereas thou harest to be reformed: and halt cast my words behind thee? When thou sawelt a thief, thou coo sentedst unto him : and haft been partaker with the adulterers. Thou hast let thy mouth speak wicked. nefs : and with thy tongue thou hast set forth deceit. Thou. satelt and spakelt again at thy brother: ye and haft Nandered. thine own mothers fon. These things hast thou done, and I held my tongue, and chou thoughtest wickedly, that I am even fuch a one as thy felf: but I will reprove thee, and fet before thee the things that thou hast done. O confider this ye that forget God : left I pluck you away, and there


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