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Nevertheless, there shall be always a church on earth, to worship God according to his will m.
VI. There is no other head of the church but the Lord Jesus Christ n. Nor can the pope of Rome in any sense be head thereof; but is that antichrift, that man of tin, and fon of perdition that exalteth himself in the church against Chriit, and all that is called God o.
CHAP. XXVI. Of the Communion of Saints.
his Spirit and by faith, have fellowship with him in bis graces, sufferings, death, resurre&ion and glory a: and, being
united m Mat. xvi. 18. And I say also means: for that day shall not come únto thee, That thou art Peter, except there come a falıing away
this rock I will build my firit, and that man of sin be reveal. church: and the gates of hell shall ed, the son of perdition: v. 4. who not prevail against it. Pfal. lxxii. opposeth and exalteth him'elf above 17. His name thall endure for ever: all that is called God, or that is wor. his name shall be continued as long ihipped: so that he as God fitteth as the fun: and men thall be blefed in the temple of God, thewing him. in him: all nations shall call him self that he is God. v. 8. And then blefied. Pfal, cii. 28. The children thull that wicked berevealed, whom of thy servants shall continue, and the Lord shall consume with the spitheir feed shall be eltablished before rit of his mouth, and thall de troy thee. Mat. xxviti. 19, 20. (See in with the brightness of his coming. letter g.)
v. 9. Even him whose coming is afVI. , Col. i. 18. And he is the ter the working of Satan, with all head of the body, the church; who power, and signs, and lying wonis the beginning, the first born from ders. Rev. xiii. 6. And he opened the dead: that in all things he might his mouth, in blasphemy against have the pre-eminence. Eph.i.22. God, to blafpheme his name and his And hath put all things under his tabernacle, and them that dwell in feet, and
him to be the head heaven, over all things to the church.
I. a 1 John i. 3. That which we o Mat. xxiii. 8. But be not ye cal- have seen and heard, declare we unled Rabbi: for one is your Master, to you, that ye also may have feleven Christ, and all ye are brethren.' low hip with us: and truly our felv.9. And call no man your father lowship is with the Father, and with upon earth: for one is your Father, his Son Jesus Christ. Eph. iii, 16. who is in heaven. v. 10. Neither be That he would grant you accordye called masters: for one is your ing to the riches of his glory, to be Master, even Christ. 2 Theff. ii. 3. strengthened with might, by his Let no man deceive you by any Spirit in the inner-man; V. 17. that
united to one another in love, they have communion in each others gifts and graces b; and are obliged to the performance of fuch duties, publick and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man i.
II. Saints, Christ may dwell in your hearts by love. i Cor. xii. 7. But the manifaith; that ye being rooted and festation of the Spirit is given to egrounded in love, v.18. may be able very man to profit withal, 1 Cor. iii, to comprehend with all saints, what - 21. Therefore let no man glçry in is the breadth and length and depth, men, for all things are yours: v.22. and height; v. 19. and to know the Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Celove of Christ, which passeth know- phas, or the world, or life, or death, ledge, that ye might be filled with or things present, or things to come, all the fulness of God. John i. 16. all are yours; v. 23. And ye are And of his fulness have all we re- Christ's and Christ is God's. Col. ceived, and grace for grace. Eph. ii. 19. And not holding the head, ii. 5. Even when we were dead in from which all the body by joints fins, hath quickened us together and bands having nourishment miwith Christ, (by grace ye are faved.) nistred, and knit together, increa1.6. And hath raised us up toge- feth with the increate of God. ther, and made us fit together in c i Thess. v. 11. Wherefore com heavenly places in Chriit Jefus, fort yourselves together, and edify Phil. iii. 10. That I may know him · one another, even as also ye do. v: and the power of his refurrection, 14. Now we exhort you, brethren, and the fellowship of his sufferings, warn them that are unruly, com being made conforınable unto his fort the feeble-minded, support the death. Rom. vi. 5. For if we have weak, be patient toward all men. been planted together in the like- Rom. i. 11. For I long to see you, ness of his death: we shall be also in that I may impart unto you some the likeness of his resurrection. v.6. fpiritual gift, to the end Knowing this, that our old man is citablished: v, 12. That is, that I crucified with him, that the body of may be comforted together with fin might be destroyed, that herice. you, by the mutual faith both of forth we should not servesin. 2 Tim. you and me. v. 14. I am debtor both
I ü. 12. If we fuffer, we shall also reign to the Greeks, and to the barbariwith him: if we deny him, he also ans, both to the wise, and to the un-, will deny us.
wife. I Johnii. 16. Hereby perceive • Eph. iv. 15. But speaking the we the love of God, because he laist truth in love, may grow up into him down his life for us: and we ought in all things, which is the head, e- to lay down our lives for the breven Christ, v. 16. From whom the 'thren. v. 17. But wholo hath this whole body fitly joined together, world's good, and fecth his brother and compacted by that which every have need, and shutteth up his bowjoint supplieth, according to the ef. els of compaflion from him, how fequal working in the measure of dwelleth the love of God in him? every part, maketh increase of the v. 18. My little children, let us nog. body, unto the edifying of itself in love in word, neither in tongue, but
ye may be
II. Saints, by profeffion, are bound to maintain an boly fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification d, as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their several abilities and necessities. Which communion, as God offererh opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who in every place call upon the name of the Lord Jesus e.
III. This communion which the saints have with Christ, doth not make them in any wise partakers of the substance of his Godhead, or to be equal with Christ in any respect: either of which to affirm, is impious and blafphemous f. Nor
doth in deed and in truth. Gal. vi. io. supper. As we have therefore opportunity,
e Ads ii.
And all that believlet us do good unto all men, espe- ed were together, and had all things cially unto them who are of the common, v. 45. and fold their porhoushold of faith.
fefiions and goods, and parted them II. d Heb. x. 24. And let us con- to all men, as every man had need, fider one another, to provoke unto 1 John ji. 17. (See in letter c.) (2 love and to good works. v.25. Not Cor. viii, and ix. chapters.) Acts xi. forfaking the airembling of outselves 29. Then the disciples, every man together, as the manner of fome is; according to his ability, determined but exhorting one another: and so to send relief unto the brethren who much the more, as you see the day dwelt in Judea. V. 30. Which also approaching. Acs ii. 42. And they they did, and fent it to the elders by continued fledfastly in the apoitles the hands of Barnabas and Saul. doctrineand fellowihip,and inbreak- III. f Col. i. 18. And he is the ing of bread, and in prayer. v. 46. head of the body, the church: who And they continuing daily with one is the beginning, the first-born from accord in the temple, and breaking the dead; that in all things he might of bread from house to house, did have the pre-eminence. v. 19. For eat their meat with gladness and it pleaseth the Father that in him fingleness of heart. Iia. ii. 3. And should all fulness dwell. 1 Cor. vii. many people thall go and say, Come 6. But to us there is but on God, ye, and let us go up to the mountain the Father, of whom are all things, of the Lord, to the house of the God and we in him; and one Lord Jelus of Jacob, and he will teach us of his Christ, by whom are all things, and ways, and we will walk in his paths: we by him. Isa. xlii. 8. I am the foroutof Zion shall goforth the law, Lord, that is my name, and my gloand the word of the Lord from Je- ry will I not give to another, neirufalem. 1 Cor. xi. 20. When yệ ther my praile to graven images. come together therefore into one 1 Tim. vi. 15. Which in his times place, this is not to eat the Lord's he shall shew, who is the blessed and
doth their communion one with another, as faints, take
away or infringe the title or property which each man hath in his goods and possessionsg.
CHAP. XXVII. Of the Sacraments. SACRAMENTS are holy figns and seals of the covenant of
grace a, immediately instituted by God b, to represent Christ and his benefits; and to confirm cur interest in himc; as also to put a visible difference between those that belong
unto only Potentate, the King of kings, he had yet being uncircumcised: and Lord of lords. v.16. W ho only that he might be the father of all hath immortality, dwelling in the them that believe, though they be light which no man can approach not circumcised; that righteousness unto, whom no man hath feen, nor might be imputed unto them allo. can fee: to whom be honour and Gen. xvii. 7. And I will establish my power everlasting. Amen. Pfal. xlv. covenant between me and thee, and 7. Thou loveit righteousness, and thy feed after thee, in their generahatelt wickedness: therefore God, tions, for an everlasting covenant; thy God, hath anointed thee with to be a God unto thee, and to thy the oil of gladness above thy fel- ' feed after thee. v. 10. (See below lows. With Heb. i. 8. But unto the in letter f.) Son he faith, Thy throne, O God, b Mat. xxviii, 19. Go ye therefore is for ever and ever; a sceptre of and teachall nations, baptizing thern righteousness is the sceptre of thy in the name of the Father, and of the kingdom: v. 9. Thou hart loved Son, and of the holy Ghoft. i.Cor. righteousness, and hated-iniquity; xi. 23. For I have received of the therefore God, even thy God, hath Lord, that which also I delivered anointed thee with the oil of glad. unto you, That the Lord Jefus, the ness above thy fellows.
fame night in which he was betray& Exod. xx. 15. Thou shalt not ed, took bread, feal. Eph. iv. 28. Let him that ci Cor. x. 16. The cup of blerkole, steal no more: but rather let fing which we bless, is it not the him labour, working with his hands communion of the blood of Chrift? the thing which is good, that he may the bread which we break, is it not have to give to him that needeth. the communion of the body of Aas v. 4. Whiles it remained, was Chrift? 1 Cor. xi. 25. After the same it not thine own? and after it was manner also he took the cup, when fold, was it not in thine own power? he had supped, saying, This cup is why halt thou conceived this thing the new tellament in my blood: this in thine heart? thou hast not lied doye, as oftasye drink it, in rememunto men, but unto God.
brance of me, v. 26. For as often as I. . Rom. iv. i1. And he receiv- yeealthis bread, and drink this cup, ed the sign of circumcifion, a seal of ye do fhew the Lord's death til he the righteousness of the faith, which * Gal. iii. 27. For as many
unto the church, and the rest of the world d; and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according to his word e.
II. There is in every facrament a spiritual relation, or sacramental union, between the sign and the thing signified; whence it comes to pass, that the names and effects of the one are attributed to the other f.
III. The grace which is exhibited in or by the facraments rightly used, is not conferred by any power in chem; neither doth the efficacy of a sacrament depend upon the piety or intention of him that doth administer itg, but upon the work
of of you as have been baptized into even so we also should walk in newChriít, have put on Chrilt Gal. iii. ness of life. I Cor.x. 16. (See in let17. And this I say, That the cove- ter c.) v. 21. Ye cannot drink the nant that was confirmed before of cup of the Lord, and the cup of deGod in Christ, the law which was vils: ye cannot be partakers of the four hundred and thirty years after Lord's table, and of the table of cannot disannul, that it should make devils. the promise of none effect.
II. f Gen. xvii. 10. This is my d Rom. xv. 8. Now I say, That covenant, whici ye shall keep beJesus Christ was a minister of the tween me and you, and thy feed afcircumcision for the truth of God, ter thee; Every man child among to confirm the promises made unto you shall be circumcised. Mat. xxvi. the fathers. Exod. xii. 48. And when 27. And he took the cup, and gave a stranger Thall sojourn with thee, thanks, and gave it unto them, sayand will keep the pasfover to the ing, Drink ye all of it. v. 28. For Lord, let all his males be circumci- this is my blood of the new testased, and then let him come near and ment, which is thed for many for keep it; and he shall be as one that the remillion of fins. Tit, iii. 5. Not is born in the land: for no uncir- by works of righteousness, which cumciled person shall eat thereof. we have done, but according to his Gen. xxxiv. 14. And they said unto mercy he saved us by the washing them, We cannot do this thing, to of regeneration, and renewing of the give our sister to one that is uncir. holy Ghost. cumcised: for that were a reproach III. g Rom. ii. 28. For he is not unto us.
a Jew, who is one outwardly; nei. Rom. vi. 3. Know ye not, that ther is that circumcision, which is so many of us as were baptized into outward in the flesh: v. 29. But he Jefus Christ, were baptized into his is a Jew, who is one inwardly; and death ? v. 4. Therefore we are bu- circumcision is that of the heart, in ried with him by baptism into death: the spirit, and not in the letter, that like as Christ was raised up from whose praise is not of men, but of the dead by the glory of the Father, God. i Pet. iii. 21. The like figure