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cal body, vitally united to Christ the head, animated by one spirit, even as they are call'd and embark'd in one hope of the heavenly glory, the great scope and end of their calling: Having one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in them all: and as to lesser differences, forbearing one another in love, and endeavouring to keep the unity of the spirit in the bond of peace.
XXXIII. I believe that baptism, and the Lord's supper, are the only sacraments of Christ,s appointment under the gospel; to continue in force to the end of time, the initiating and confirming seal of the new covenant, in which covenant all that are competently instructed, and credibly profess their faith and repentance, and so their willing consent thereto, are, by the washing of water in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, to be admitted as visible members of Christ's church; and also in the same manner, their infant offspring, as the promise is to them, and to their children, which is to be done but once. But baptized, adult believers are often to partake of the sacramental bread and wine, the communion of the body and blood of Christ, for their spiritual nourishment and growth in grace j and doing this in remembrance of their Lord, shew
forth his death till he come.
XXXIV. I believe the immortality of the soul, and a future (late of rewards and punishments, as to both eternal: That it is appointed unto men once to die, and the business of their lives to prepare for it. That at death, the fouls of penitent, persevering believers, being made perfect in holiness, do immediately enter into the joy of their Lord -, whilst the fouls of the wicked, that have no part in Christ, are cast into hell, the place of torment, reserved with apostate spirits, to the fame judgment. :•
XXXV. I believe that God hath appointed a day wherein he will judge the world in righteousness, by our Lord Jesus Christ, the man whom he hath ordained, whereas he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.
XXXVI. In order to which, I believe that in that day there shall be a. resurrection of the bodies of all, -both just and unjusl, agreeable to the scriptures and the power of God; and all nations and persons shall be gather'd before the tribunal of Christ, as final judge of quick and dead. And tho' the righteous and wicked here live mix'd, he will then divide she one from the other, placing the righteous on bis right hand, and the wicked on the left, as a shepherd divideth bis sheep from the goats. After which, as King, from his glorious throne, he will bespeak his friends on his right hand in the most endearing manner, Jaying, Come ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you, from the foundation of the world. And with a voice like thunder pronounce this dreadful doom on those on the left, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting f re, prepared for the Devil and his angels: Upon which execution shall be swifr, and these shall go away into everlasting punishment, wrath beyond expression great, and never to end: But the righteous into life eternal, and so shall be ever with the Lord.
Vol. III. T These These things, as fetch'd from the bible, I again refer to it as our standing rule, the form of Jound words by which all others are to be :•.' tried, and as far as found in that word of truth, and agreeable to it, being the word of God who cannot lye, with an unfeigned assent, I fay I believe. And in tejlimony that I do so, I moreover by a 'deliberate jree consent and choice, take this God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to be my God: The Author of my being, to be my reconciled Father; and Jesus Christ for my Lord and allsufficient Saviour; the Holy Ghost for my fanctisier, teacher, guide and comforter ., and the holy scriptures for the rule of my faith, desires, and walk: And repenting of all sin, of nature and life, I likewise devote and give up myself to God, in a perpetual covenant never to be forgotten, to be his own, his jubject, his servant; to love him above all, and live to him, and for him; resolving in his strength to watch and fight against all the temptations of the Devil, the world, and flesh, and follow the Captain of my salvation in. faith and holiness even to the death: relying on
• his sacrifice and intercession, power, and grace, 1 to bring me to everlasting life and glory.
Thus as a christian I desire to lay hold of the gospel for my own soul; and as a minister would . not be afiamed to publish it to others, it being the power of God to salvation to every one that believeth. In order to this, as Christ hath purchased his church with his own blood, and will gather and build it by
• his word and spirit in the mouths of bis servants
whom whom he will call and send; to him for the service of his church-, I dedicate my strength, my life, my all, to be employ'd where, and how, and as Ion? as he fees good.
And the Lord grant! / may find mercy to he faithful in the minijlry lam here in the appointed way to receive from him, in a sense of the account to be given to him; that after I have preached to others, I myself may not be a cast-aix-ay: Bat taking heed to myself and to my doctrine, may be able to give up my account with joy, in the presence of cur Lord f/ui Cbrift, at his coming. . In his name I humbly go forth to the awful Work j on him I dtpend for assistance, acceptance, and all , my success: O my God, Redeemer and Sancjtfier! Let my own and hearers eternal salvation eternally redound to the praise os the glory of thy grace. Amenf and ji/tiettt
I. C\F the Existence of God.
II. " Divine Revelation the Reason of Faith.
XXXV. Of the Day of Judgment.
XXXVI. The Transactions of that Day. The Resurre-
Consent to the Baptismal Covenant and Dedication to God
and Christ, as a Christian and as a Minister.