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4. A Body “ Catholic,” kafolekń; “ Church Univer
sal.” Litany.-As to all time, from Apostles (“ Apostolical") to the end of the world ;-as to
every place ;—as to all truth. 5. A Body predestinated. See Rom. viii. 29, 30.
Eph. i. 5. 11. 2 Tim. i. 9.
Prayer for Church Militant. 2 Tim. iv. 7, 8.
VI. What do you believe are the marks by which this body, as militant, is, or ought to be, distinguished ?
1. Pure and sound doctrine.
holy institution. 3. Right use of ecclesiastical discipline. See Homily for Whit Sunday, part ii. p. 413. King Edward VIth's Catechism, Enchir. Theol. vol. i. p. 45. ed, 12mo.
VII. What do you believe ought to be the government of this body as militant ?
1. Bishops. ’ETLOKOTOL.
3. Deacons. Alákovot. See preface to Ordination Services; and comp. ch. VI. 11. 4.
VIII. What do you believe are the properties and privileges of this body?
1. Communion of Members, i. e. Saints.
· IX. What do you understand respecting the communion proper to the members of this body? . 1. Communion of members militant one with another.
See Eph. ii. 19. 1 John i. 7. In doctrine ;-in sacraments ;-in public worship ;-in charity ;
in sympathy. 2. Communion of members militant with members
triumphant. See Heb. xii. 22. Phil. iii. 20. 3. Communion of members militant (and triunphant)
with the holy angels. See Heb. i. 14. Matt.
xviii. 10. 4. Communion of members militant (and triumphant)
with the three persons of the Holy Trinity. See John xiv. 20. 23. xvii. 20, 21. 1 John i. 3. ii.
24. iv. 13. Col. iii. 2. 2 Cor. xiï. 14. See Collect for All Saints,—“O Almighty God, who hast knit together Thine elect in one communion and fellowship, in the mystical Body of Thy Son Christ our Lord,” &c.
X. What do you understand respecting the forgiveness of sins, which is a privilege of this Body?
1. That it is granted to all who are duly admitted
into the Body by Baptism. See Acts ii. 38.-
Body, as true and lively members, by the means of grace, and especially by the communion of the body and blood of Christ, “ which was shed for the remission of sins.” See Matt. xxvi. 28. See
also the first prayer in the Post Communion. 3. That it may be restored to all who have become
worthless and corrupt members, and forfeited
God's favour, upon their true Repentance, (Pæna, Pænitentia—Penitence, Penance-uetávola, resipiscentia,) by the means which God has mercifully appointed for their reconciliation to Himself; i. e. obedient hearing of His word, duly preached; unfeigned and sorrowful confession of all their past sins; satisfaction, as far as may be, to the body, or to all whom they have wronged or offended; intercession of other, lively, members, and especially of the Ministry, as rulers of the Church (James v. 14. Joel ii. 17); absolution faithfully received at the mouth of those to whom Christ has given the keys of His kingdom and power to remit sins (Matt. xviii. 18), John xx. 23; and, thereupon, worthy partaking of the body and blood of Christ, whereby they are restored to
all the privileges of full Communion. XI. What do you understand respecting the resurrection of the body to everlasting life, which is another privilege of this Body?
See Athan. Creed. John v. 24. 29. Matt. xxv. 46. 1 Cor. xv. 44.
XII. Why do you believe that the Church, and it only, speaks all truth, and is therefore to be believed ? 1. Because it is “a witness and keeper of Holy
Writ” (Art. xx.), i. e. of the word of God; and all that it teaches me, e. g. in the Creeds, “ may be proved by most certain warrants” of God's
word. (Art. viii.) 2. Because it is “the pillar and ground of the truth.”
1 Tim. iii. 15. 3. Because it has the promise of the perpetual guid
ance of God's Holy Spirit. John xvi. 13.
Consequent danger of separation from the Churchthe only Ark. See Baptismal Service; 1 Pet. iii. 20, 21. -Sins of heresy (aipeous) and schism (oxioua).--Christ's vesture. John xix. 23.
OF OBEYING-DUTY TOWARDS GOD.
I. What is the third part of the vow you are preparing to CONFIRM ?
II. Show how the Commandments are closely connected with the Creed, and naturally follow after it.
1. Because niotic without obedience is imperfect,
and dead ;-xwpis rāv špywv vekpá. James ii. 26. 2. Because the Commandments are the will of Him,
eiç öv mloteúw. See John xiv. 15. 2 John 6. 3. Because I receive the Commandments and the
rest of God's word by tradition from the Church,
ñ lOTEÚw. 4. Because the several Articles of the Creed are not
only matter of faith but motives to obedience; i. e. they contain the reasons why I am bound to love
God, and keep his Commandments. III. Have not we Christians many more motives to obedience than the Jews had; and is it not reasonable that the Commandments given to us should be enlarged too?
See Matt. v. 17. oŮ karalūgai, allà ainowoai. John xiv. 1. Illorevetɛ eis ròv Osov (who brought you
out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage) kai £is ’EME (your Saviour and Sanctifier out of the bondage and corruption of sin) TTLOTEÚETE. Also John v. 23.
IV. How are the Commandments divided in the Catechism, and how many fall under each division ?
V. Show from this division, as found in the Law and the Gospel, that these Commandments (however fulfilled and enlarged to us in some particulars) are in the sum and substance of them, no less than in the letter, “the same which God spake” to the Jews.
Compare Deut. vi. 4, 5. x. 12. Lev. xix. 18. with Luke x. 27. Matt. xxii. 37. vii. 12.
VI. What is the First Commandment, as delivered in the Law, and as fulfilled by Jesus Christ?
To worship and serve the Lord our God (see Creed), and Him only. See Deut. vi. 13. Matt. iv. 10.
VII. What are the duties especially contained under this First Commandment ?
1. To serve and obey God in all things; i. e. to keep
all his Commandments. 2. To serve and worship God, observing all the ordi
nances which He has particularly appointed for his own worship. Public and Private Prayer, according to God's word, and in communion
with, and obedience to, his Church. 3. To serve and worship God according to Catholic
religion, i. e. as One; and according to Christian
verity, i. e. as THREE PERSONS. 4. To serve and worship none other God. VIII. What is the Second Commandment, as delivered in the Law, and fulfilled in the Gospel ?