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Why should we be more obliged to imitate
But I would farther ask these our Bre-
Law which they would impofe upon others? Do they use that Gesture in taking the holy Supper that our Saviour and his Apostles did? If what they fay be true, namely, that the Apostles received the Sacrament at our Saviour's Hands in a Table Pofture, then I am fure they do not. For the Pofture which our Saviour and his Apostles used in taking their Meals, was not fitting, as we practise, but lying or leaning on a Couch. As may be proved from feveral Texts of Scripture; and particularly from the Account that is given by St. John, of this very laft Supper of our Saviour's. But now I never heard that any of our Brethren ufed to receive the Sacrament in this Posture, but they do it either fitting or ftanding, which is a quite different Gesture. But in Answer to this, they fay, that we are not obliged to obferve precisely that particular Pofture that our Saviour ufed, but only in general, that Pofture which is used at Meals, because he did fo. Now the Cuftom of our Country is to take our Meals fitting, and therefore in ufing that Pofture at the Sacrament, we do fufficiently follow our Saviour's Example.
To this I reply firft, that this is gratis dictum thofe that fay this, can give no Reason why they fay fo. If the Principle they build their Notion upon will hold Water, it will every Jot as much prove the
Neceffity of imitating Chrift in the parti-
But further; If the general received Po-
little, and without any publick Authority, had to bring in fitting in the Place of leaning?
But I am fenfible I tire you with being fo long upon this Head. All the Apology I have to make, is, that I thought it would ferve fome Purpose to make this Matter as plain as was poffible.
I have now done with my Cafes of Confcience concerning the Extent of our Obligation to follow Chrift's Example, which, you fee, I have refolved in fix Proposi
The next Thing I am to do, is to propofe fome of thofe Virtues which our Saviour was most eminent for, and which are of the greatest Use in human Life, and ferioufly to recommend them to your Imitation.
I pray God give a Bleffing to what has been faid.
Now to God, &c.
Chrift's Piety, and Diligence, and
1 PET. ii. 21.
Leaving us an Example, that we should fol-
HAVE made two Sermons upon this Text. In the firft of them, I laid before you in general the great Obligation that lies. upon us to follow our Lord's Example. In the fecond, I endeavoured to fhew the Extent of this Obligation; how far, and in what Inftances Chrift's Life was an Example to us; in what Cafes we are obliged to the Imitation of it, and in what Cafes not. I now come to the third Thing I propofed upon this Text, and which indeed is the principal Thing I in-. tended when I first pitched upon it; and