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in remembrance of me. 26. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, * ye do fhew [Or, shew ye] the Lords death e till he come. 27. f Wherefore, whosoever Shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. 28. But let a man 8 examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. 29. For he that (1) eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh * damnation


26. e f Joh. 14: 3. See on that I will give is my Flesh; which A&s 1. 11.

I will give for the Life of the 29. f f Numb. 9. 10,13. -If any World. It is the Spirit chat Man of you, or of your Posterity, quickneth, the Flesh proficeth no• shall be unclean by reason of a sthing: the Words that I speak un. dead Body, or be in a Journey afar to you, they are Spirit, and they off, yet he shall keep the Passover are Life. Joh. 13. 27. After the unto the Lord. But the Man that Sop Såtan entred into him.- 11 is clean, and is not in a journey, Cor. 10. 21. and forbeareth to keep the Paffoc 10 28. 8 Lam. 3. 40. Let us fearch ver ; even the same Soul shall be and try our Ways, and turn again to cut off from his people. - 'Joh. the Lord. t 2 Cor 13. $. Examine 6. 51, 63. I am the living Bread your selves, whether ye be in the which came down from Heaven : Faigh; prove your own felves. if any Man eat of this Bread he 1st Gal. 6.4. Let every Man prout shall live for ever: and the Bread his own Work.

(1) The Word here rendered Damnation, properly signifies Judgment, or Punishment. And the Judgments infli&ted on these Corinthians for their unworthy receiving were Temporal. Nor can these Words be referr'd to eternal Punishments, but on supposition that the inporthy receiver dies with out Repentance. The Mcaning of them therefore is not, that they who receive the Sacrament unworthily, are certainly damned; for there is room for Repeni ance in this case as well as others. Nor is their Condition desperate, who have fallen into fin afrer they have received the Sacra ment. For St. Peter denied his Lord and Mafter after he had received the Sacrament, and was notwithstanding admitted to Repentance an Pardon. Some scrupulous Perfons may have been kepe from the Sacrament by what is here said ; but I doubt the true Reason why so many live in the neglect of this holy Ordinance is, not so much the fear of receiving unworthily, as an unwillingness to part with their Sins. But such ought to know and confider, that as long as they are in this State, they are in dan ger of eternal Condemnation, whether they receive the Sacrament or no Were Chriftians convinced of their Duty in this respect, which they might easily be, they would be as much afraid of unworthy refusing, as o unworthy receiving. For if this be a Duty, there is a Punishment annex! the negleet, as well as to the ill Performance thereof. There is there danger in not coming at all, as well as in coming unworthily ; for God cffended by Sins of Omission as well as Commission. Did Chriftians truly love God; were they duly fenfible of the inestimable Value of the Benests Christ's Death; did they ferioufly endeavour to become such renew

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