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here' appointed; forásmuch as cleansing is one well known property of water, it is evidently a fit hgnto denote our being washed from fin”, by virtue of the blood of Chrift"; and since all men were to be invited into his church, and fome form of admission to be ordained, it argued great wisdom and goodness in our Lord, to take away that painful rite of circumcifion, and, instead thereof, to appoint the most common, and the most easy hign that could be invented, to be the door of entrance into that church.

Now.the Lord's Supper is fo called, because the Jewish custom of eating bread and drink ding wine, at the conclusion of the paschal sup

per, was by our Lord converted into the facrament of his most precious body and blood.” But this does not transfer any obligation upon us to receive this facrament after supper, or in the evening, any more than to receive it in an upper chamber, a table posture, or with any other circumstance of the like nature; where

with our Lord did eat the pasfover with his - disciples, before he suffered. For in matters

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Eph. V. 25, 26.-Aets xxii. 16. Tit. iii. 5.-Heb. x. 22. 1 Cor. x.1, 2. 1 John i. 7.-Heb. ix. 14. * Matt. xi. 30.-1 John v.-3.-Acts xv.:10.-Heb. ix. 10. p Lub xxii. 19, 20. Cor. xi. 20. I Cor. x. 25.--Acts xx.

of this kind, we are to be directed by the lawful dispensers of this holy mystery; 'who, with a due regard to its fuperior dignity and the imitation of fcripture, have appointed the Lord's bouse,' and the Lord's day, and the forepart of that day, "for the stated celebration thereof. And

you are to take notice, that it is ordered to be received three times a year at leaft,* whereof Easter to be one, ' in the humble polture of kneeling; and with all those inward acts of suitable devotion, which our mostexcellent office of administration cannot but raise in every attentive communicant."

The church assures us, that the facrament of the Lord's fupper was ordained for the continual remembrance of the facrifice and death of Cbrif, and of the benefits wbich we receive thereby; and this memorial of Christ's death is to be a standing service in his church, fo long as it conti


4 1 Cor. iv. 1.--Heb. v. 1, 4.- Pet. ii. 5.- Jer xxxiii. 18. si Tim. iji. 16.-Dan. x. 21. si Cor. xi. 22.

1 Acts xx. Deut. xii. 5, 6. Deut. xvi. 22.-Psal. xxvii. 6. 7.-Rev. i. 10. u 1 Cor. xi. 20, 21.- Acts ii. 15.

* Exod. xxiii. 14, 17.-Deut. xvi. 16.-Heb. x. 1-Heb. xiii. 15.Ačts ii. 42.

y i Cor. v. 7, 8.-Exod. xii. 17.-Deut. xvi. 1.-Numb. xi. 13. z Phil. ii. 9, 10, 11, -Rom. xiv. II Eph. ii. 14,19.-Mark i. 40. PC 1i. 17.-Ifa. Ivii. 15.Isa. xxv. I. Pf. lxiii. 5. Pf. xcix. 5.-Matt. xxvi. 30.Col. iii. 16. Þ , Cor. xiv. 26, 40.

Eccl. v. 1.-Matt. XV, 8.

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pues militant here on earth; for Christ did institute, and in his holy gospel command us to continue a perpetual memory of that his precious death, until his coming again. Now the death of Christ is called a sacrifice, because that our heavenly father, of his tender mercy, gave his only son Jesus Christ, to suffer death upon the cross for our redemption; who made there (by his one oblation of himself opce of fered) a full, perfect, and sufficient sacrifice, oblation and satisfaction for the fins of the whole world; and thereby we receive the benefits of obtaining remission of our sins, and of being made partakers of the kingdom of heaven and by this we are to understand, that as the son of GOD did vouchsafe to yield up his soul by death

the cross for our salvation; so it is the duty of all christians to receivethecommunion, in remembrance of the sacrifice of bis death, as he himself hath commanded ; and to do it fo frequently, that they may always have a fresh and lively remembrance thereof, in their minds. 5 Now the church teaches us, thattbeoutward B 3


part & 1 Cor. xi. 26.-Acts i. 11.-Matt. x. 32, 33.-Heb. ix.

• Heb. ix. 26.—Heb. vii. 27.—John i. 29.—2 Cor. v.21.-Pet. jii. 18, Heb. ix. 28, 12.-Heb. x. 10, 12, 14, 18.-Rom. v. 10.--2 Cor. v. 21.-Col. i. 251, 22. xi. 25,



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part or sign of the Lord's supper isbread and wine which the Lord has commanded to be received; and from hence we are to observe, that notwithstanding it is our duty to rest satisfied in our Lord's will and pleasure, without seeking after a reason for his appointments; we cannot but observe, that as our spiritual purification is appositely represented by water, in the otber facrament, so is our fpiritual sustenance by bread and wine, in this; I and that, both bread and wine being parts of one compleat nourishment, and separately ineffectual, * this facrament is commanded to be administered in both kinds.?

Thechurch likewisetells us, that the inward part, or thing hgnified, is the body and blood of Chrift; by which we are to understand that GOD did not only give his fon Jesus Christ to die for us, but also to be our spiritual food and fustenance in this holy sacrament; and that, if we receive it with a true penitent heart and lively faith, we do spiritually eat the flesh of Christ and drink his blood : * and you are to infer from what the church thus teaches in the



b, Cor. xi. 23, 24, 25:

i Pr. civ. 15.-Jud. ix. 13.

I Matt. I Tim. v. 23 1 Cor. ix. 24, 25-1 Cor. x. 16.

a Matt. iv. 22, 23.- Cor. x. 16, 177.18.-John. vi. 55. xxvi. 26, 27, 28.

communion service, which she also teaches in the thirty-nine articles; namely, that the body of Christ is given, taken, and eaten in the holy supper, after a heavenly and spiritual manner; and that the means whereby the body of Christ is received and eaten in the supper, is faith."

The church tells us, that the benefits whereof we are partakersthereby, is the strengthening and refreshing of our

souls bythe body and blood of Christ, as our bodies are by tbe bread and wine ; for, as breadandwine, considered only as natural food, strengthen and refresh our bodies; so, this bread

and wine, considered and taken, as memorials d of the body and blood of Christ, our master,

lead us, by their peculiar tendency, to all fuch

thoughts and practices, as are indeed the imDe provement and health of our souls: and in this į ordinance our fouls are strengthened by the

most solemn exercise of our faith; and other & religious acts: 'and by that supernatural grace,

which we receive from this fpiritual food, to enable us for the better performance of our

christian duty for the future, Pour souls are al: fo refreshed by the comfortable assurance,


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* John vi. 35, 40, 47, 63.- Johni. 12.-Gen. iii. 1.-Eph.

o i Tim. 1v. 7.--Heb. v. 14.. P John vi. 56.2 Cor. xii. 9.-Phil. iv. 13.-Pf.cxxxviii. 3.-Matt. XXV. 29.

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