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O F T H E
Church - Catechism.
Of the Baptismal Vow.
Answ. Jt 0? M.
Upon Occasion of repeating our Chrisiian Name, the Catechism begins with reminding us of the Nature of our Holy ProfeJJion; "Which is perpetually signified to us by the very Name we bear, the Name of Christians.
Into This Holy Profession we are initiated or admitted by Baptism j And therefore our Instruction begins, with an explication of the Nature of That Solemn Covenant, and of the Obligations incumbent upon us from thence.
BAPTISM, as it has the nature of a Sacrament, will be considered afterwards in the latter part of the Catechism. But in This place 'tisr considered barely as our Admittance or Entrance into the Christian Church; with the Privileges to which we are thereby received, and the Obligations we thereby take upon ourselves.
These Privileges are expressed in the Answer to the following Queslion, and the Obligations in the Answer to the Question next following after That.
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I N This Answer is contained an Account of the Privileges or Benefits to which we are admitted by Baptism. But before I enter upon the explication of These particulars, there are Two things remarkable in the Introduction of this Answer.
i. The consideration of the Name being Given at Baptism.
2. T H E Persons who are here said to give us that Name.
i. Concerning the Name being Given at Baptism, 'tis to be observed that This is No part of the Sacrament itself, nor at all of Divine institution, but of Humane appointment only. Baptism therefore ought not to be lookt upon as the bare Form or Ceremony of Giving a Name: But on the contrary the Ceremony of giving the Name, is a mere external Form, annexed without any necessity, and by mere Custom only, to the Solemn B 2 dedication dedication of ourselves unto God in Baptism. And it was prudently designed, for a perpetual Memorial of our Duty, that our very Name mould remind us of our Holy Profession: And because we received our Own Name, at the same time we were baptized into the Name of our Lord ^ that therefore we should never hear our own Name mentioned, without being put in mind of our being dedicated to His. Thus ought we always to remember, that Baptism doth represent unto us our Profession. And the very Mention of a Man's Christian Name is a perpetual Reproach to every one, who by his conversation renounces what was solemnly promised for him at his receiving That Title, and who does not answer the Character of a Christian. Better had it been for all such persons, never to have been baptized at all into the Name of Christ; than that, by a Life unsuitable to that worthy Character, they mould dishonour both His Name and their Own. Our Christian. Name is a perpetual declaration of our being dedicated to the Service of Christ *,