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Concerning Baptism, and Bread and
Quest.—rHOW many baptisms are there? EPh
A. One Lord, one saith, one baptism. 4-s
Q^ What is this baptism?
A. The like figure, whereunto even *Petbaptism deth now save us, (not the putting 3* away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels and authorities, and powers, being made subject unto him.
q. What faith John the Baptist os Christ's baptism? How distinguisheth he it from his?
A. I indeed baptize you with water unto Mat. repentance; but he that cometh after me,3 "is mightier than I, whose (hoes I am not > worthy to bear, he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire. "Q^ Doth not Christ so distinguish it also?
A. And being assembled together withActsIthem, commanded them that they should4' not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me. For John truly baptized with water, but ye fliall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence. H 0^ Doth
G\ Doth not the apostle Peter also observe this.? '-. .
Acts H. A. And as I began to speak, the Holy
'5'1' Ghost fell on thetri, as on us at the beginning. Then remembered I the word of the Lofd, ho\V that he said, John indeed baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost.
Q\ Then it seems John's baptism ftmsl pas envoy, that Christ's may take place; because John must decrease, that Chris may increase.
John A. He must increase, but I must decrease.
3- 30. Q^ j perceive f/igft Many may besprinkled
with, and dipped and baptized in, water, and yet not truly baptized with the baptism os Christ: What are the real effecls in such as are truly baptized with- she baptism os Christ?
Rom. A. Know ye not, that so many of us as
6-3,4. were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism irttb death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, evert so we also should walk in newness of life.
Gai. For as many of you as have been bap
%1' tized into Christ, have put on Christ.
Col. Buried with him in baptism, wherein
also ye are risen with him, through the saith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead.
Q^ I perceive there was a baptism os waief, which was John's baptism, and is therefore by John himself contra-distinguished from , Christ's: Was there not likewise something of the like nature appointed by Christ to his dis ciples, of eating bread, and drinking wine, in remembrance of him?
'A. For I have received of the Lord,t Corthat which also I delivered unto you, that \^, \\[ the Lord Jesus, the fame night in, which he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and laid, Take, eat; this is my body which is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in roy blood -f this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.
Q^ How long was this to continue?
A. For as often as ye eat this bread, i Cor. and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's "-%6death till he come.
(^ Did Christ promise to come again to his 4\sciples f
A. I will not leave you comfortless; I John will come to you. Jesus answered and said \f,' unto him, If a man love me, he will keep pry words, and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our .abode with hips.
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Q\ Was this an inward coming? Jo'in A. At that day ye shall know that I am
I4- *° in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you. Q^ But it would seem, this was even practised by the church of Corinth after Chrisl was come inwardly: Was it so, that there were certain appointments pofitivelj commanded, yea, and zealously and conscientiously pratlifed by the faints of old, which were not of perpetual continuance, nor yet now needful to be praclifed in the church? John 13, A. If then your Lord and Master have J4-I5- washed your feet, ye also ought to wash . - one another's.feet. For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have dorte to you. Acts 15. For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost * and to us, to lay upon you no greater burthen than these necessary things; that ye abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from fornication; from which, if ye keep yourselves, ye shall do well: sare ye well, jamei Js any man sick among you? Let him s%4. call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
(^ These commands are no less positive than the other; yea, some of them are asserted as the very fense of the Holy Ghost, as no less