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did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever. .
59. These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.
60. Many therefore of his disciples, when they heard this, said, This is an hard saying, who can hear it ?
61. When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you ?
62. What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?
63. It is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
An Examination of Young Persons, and of
others who may require it, before receiving the Holy Sacrament, from Bishop Wilson's
Parochialia : with Alterations. "Because many Christians, especially the younger sort, and those whose instruction has been neglected, may not know. upon what heads, and after what manner, they ought to examine themselves, or lest they should do it imperfectly, or perhaps not at all, a faithful friend or pastor will shew them the way, by examining them himself, after this or some such PLAIN METHOD."
1. An Examination concerning Repent.'
ANCE. Do you know that God will not accept of the services of such as live in the practice of any KNOWN SIN ?
Let me therefore advise you, as you love your soul, to consider seriously,
whether you are subject to any evil UABIT, either of lying, or swearing, or drinking, or uncleanness, or dishonesty, or of an idle life, which will lead to these? And if you are, your duty is, to judge yourself, to beg God's pardon, and to amend your life,
Will you do this in OBEDIENCE TO GOD, because he requires it?
Will you promise sincerely to avoid all occasions of sin, especially of such sins as you have been most apt to fall into ?
Will you endeavour to live in the fear of God, always remembering, that a GOOD LIFE is the best preparation for this Sacrament?
Will you constantly pray for God's grace and assistance, without which all your good purposes will come to nothing?
Will you strive to keep your conscience TENDER and AWAKE, and that your heart may not be hardened, which is the greatest evil that can befal you.
Lastly; will you be careful to keep a watch over yourself, that you may not fall into the sin you have repented of?
And will you often examine into the state of your soul, especially before you
go go to the Lord's Table, that you may see whether you grow in grace, and get the mastery over your corruptions ? For if you do so, you are certainly under the government of God's Holy Spirit.
An Examination concerning Purposes of
leading a New, that is, a CHRISTIAN LIFE,
Do you SINCERELY purpose to make the law of God the rule of your life?
Will you do whatever you believe will please God, and avoid what you know or suspect will displease him?
Will you shew, that you believe, and fear, and love God with all your heart, by being fearful of offending him, by giving him thanks for his mercies, and by praying to him daily for pardon, for grace, and for protection?
Will you have a great regard for every thing that belongs to God, his name, his church, his day, his word and holy ordinances ?
Will you be careful to attend the public worship of God, and especially upon the
Lord's Day, as you hope for God's blessing the whole week following ?
Will you reverence and obey your parents, your governors, and all to whom respect and obedience are justly due ?
Will you endeavour to live peaceably and charitably with all men, avoiding all malice, revenge, ill-will, quarrelling, and contention ?
Will you be chaste, sober, and temperate, as becomes a member of Christ and his family, avoiding all excess in meat and drink, and an idle life, which are the occasions of sins not fit to be named among Christians ?
Will you be true in all your dealings, avoiding all wrong, oppression, and extortion ?
And will you remember, that without restitution, or amending what you may have done wrong, where it can be done, there is no acceptance with God? · Will you be careful to speak the truth, avoiding the sins of lying, of perjury, of tale-bearing, and meddling with matters which do not belong to you, as things hateful to God and man?