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Nevertheless, there (hall be always a church ou earth, to worihip God according to his will m.
VI. There is no other head of the church but the T.crd Jesus Christ n. Nor can the pope of Rome in any fense be head thereof; but is that antichrist, that man of fin, and son of perdition that exalteth himself in the church against Christ, and all that is called Godo.
CHAP. XXVI. Of the Communion of Saints.
ALL saints that are united ro Jesus Christ their head, by his Spirit and by faith, have fellowship with him in his graces, sufferings, death, resurrection and glory a: and, being
m Mat. xvi. 18. And I say also ftnto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church: and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. Psal. Ixxii. 17. His name shall endure for ever: his name shall he continued as long as the fun: and men lhall be blessed in him: all nations lhall call hum blessed. Psal. cii. 28. The children of thy servants lhall continue, and their feed shall be established before thee. Mat. xxviti. 19, 20. (See in letter,?.)
Vs. « Col. u 18. And he is tie head of the body, the church; who is the beginning, the first born from the dead: that in all things he might have the pre-eminence. Eph.i.22. And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church.
« Mai. xxiii. 8. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ, and all ye are brethren, v. 9. And call no man your father upon earth: for one is your Father, who is in heaven, v. 10. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. 2 Thefs. ii. 2. Let no man deceive you by any
means: for that day shall not come except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition: v. 4. who opposeth andexaltetii him'elsabove all that is called God, or that is worlhipped: so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God. v. 8. And then shall that wicked be re vealed, whotrt the Lord sh-ill consume with the spirit of his mouth, and lhall deltroy with the brightness of his coming, v. 9. Even him whose coming is after the working of Satan, with all power, and signs, and lying wonders. Rev. xiii.y6. And he opened hi's mouth, in blasphemy against. God, to blaspheme his name and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
I. a 1 John i. 3. That which we have seen and heard, declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ. Eph. iii. 16. That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might, by hii Spirit in the inner-man; V.-I7. that aimed to one another in love, they have communion in each others gifts and graces and are obliged to the performance of such duties, publick and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward mans.
Christ may dwell in your hearts by fiiith; that ye being rooted and grounded in love, v. 18. may be able to comprehend with all saints, what iuhebreadthand length,ahddepth, and height; v. 19. and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God. John i,, 16. Aad of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. Eph. ii. 5. Even when we were dead in sms, hath quickened us together withChrist, (bygraceyeare saved.) '. 6. And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in i:avenly places in Christ Jesus. Phil. iii. 10. That I may know him ifld the power of his resurrection, ind the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his djath. Rom. vi. j. For if we have been planted together in the likeæfi of his death: we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection, v. 6. Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of Sa might be destroyed, that henceforth wclhouldnotservesin. a Tim. ii. 12. If we suffer, we (hall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also' will deny us.
* Eph. iv. 15. But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him :a all things, which is the head, even Christ, v. 16. From whom the whole body fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every joint snpplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of <try part, maketh increase os the *»dy, unto the edifying of itself in
love, i Cor. xii. 7. But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal. 1 Cor. iii. 21. Therefore let no man git ry irf men, for all things are yours: v. 22. Whether Paul, or Apollos, or Cephas, or the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come, all are yours; v. 23. And ye are Christ's and Christ is God's. Col: ii. 19I And not holJing the head, from which all the body by joints and bands having nourilhment ministred, and knit together, increased), with the increale of God.
c 1 Thess. v. 11. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do. v; 14. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unmiv, comfort the feeble-minded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. Rom. i. 11. For I long to see you,that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established: v, 12. That is, that I may be comforted together with, you, by the mutual faith both of you and me. v. 14.1 am debtor both to the Greeks, and to the barbarians, both to the wife, and to the unwise. 1 Johniii. 16. Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid: down his life for us: and we oughtto lay down our lives for the brethren, v. 17. But whoso hath this world's good, and feeth his brother have need, and ihutteth up his bowels of compadion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? v. 18. My little children, let us no* &■ love in word, neither in tongue, but*
II. Saints, by profession, are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edifications, as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their several abilities and necessities. Which communion, as God ossereth opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who in every place call upon the name of the Lordjesusf.
III. This communion which the saints have with Christ, doth not make them in anywise partakers of the substance of his Godhead, or to be equal with Christ in any respect: either of which to affirm, is impious and blasphemous/ Nor
e Acts ii. 44. And all that believed were together, and had all things common, v. 45. and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need. 1 John iii. 17. (See in letter c) (2 Cor. viii. and ix. chapters.) Acts~xi. 29. Then the disciples, every man according to his ability, determined to send relief unto the brethren w ho dwelt in Judea, v. 30. Which also they did; and sent it to the elders by the hands of Barnabas and Saul.
Ill,/Col. i. iS. And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the first-born from the dead; that in all things he might have the pre-eminence, v. 19. For it pleafeth the Father that in him should all fulness dwell. 1 Cor. viii. 6. But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. Isa. xlii. 8. I am the Lord, that is my name, and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praile to graven images. 1 Tim. vi. 15. Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and
in deed and in truth. Gal. vi. io. As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the houthold os faith.
II. i Heb. x. 24. And let us consider one another, to provoke unto love and to good works, v. 25. Not forsakingtheassemblingofoutselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you fee the day approaching. Actsii. 42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles doctrine and fellowfhip.and in breaking of bread, and in prayer, v. 46. And they continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking of bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart. Isa. ii. 3. And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain osthe Lord, to the house os the God of Jacob, and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: soroutof Zion (hall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. 1 Cor. xi. 20. When yq come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's
doth their communion one with another, as faints, take away or infringe the title or property which each man hath in his goods and posseffionsg.
CHAP. XXVII, Of the Sacraments.
Sacraments are holy signs and seals of the covenant of graces, immediately instituted by God£, to represent Christ and his benefits; and to confirm our interest in him*-; as also to put a visible difference between those that belong
only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords, v. 16. Who only hsth immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. Pfal.xlv. 7. Thou loveit righteousness, and hiitcit wickedness: therefore God, thy Cod, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fel
lows. WithHeb. L8. Butuntothe Son he faith, Thy throne, O God, i» for ever and ever; a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom: v. 9. Thou hall loved righteousness, and hated-iniquity; therefore God, even thy God, hath znointed thee with the oO of gladness above thy fellows.
/ Exod. xx. Ij. Thou shalt not steal. Eph. iv. 28. Let him that stole, steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. Acts v. 4. Whiles it remained, was it not thine own? and after.it was sold, was it not in thme own power? why hast thou conceived this thing ia thine heart? thou hast not lied ento men, but unto God.
I. « Rom. iv. i 1. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith, which
he had yet being uncircumciled: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them alia. Gen. xvii. 7. And I willcltablilh my covenant between me and thee, and thy seed after thee, in their generations, lor an everlasting covenant; to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. v. 10. (See below in letter /.)
b Mat.xxviii. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations.baptizingthem in the name osthe Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost. i Cor, xi. 23. For I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jclus, the fame night in which he w^s betrayed, took bread,
c 1 Cor. x. 16. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it pot the communion of the blood osChrist? the bread which we bre;ik, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? iCor.xi.2c.Afterthesame manner also he took the cup, v hen he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, asoftasyedrink it, in remembrance of me. v. 26. For ;is often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death til! he come. * Gal. iii. 27, For as many K. 3 pf
unto the church, and the rest of the world*/; and solemnly to engage them to the service of God in Christ, according
II. There is in every sacrament a spiritual relation, or sacramental union, between .the sign and the thing signified; whence it comes to pass, that the names and effects of the one are attributed to the other/.
III. The grace which is exhibited in or by the sacraments rightly used, is not conferred by any power in them; neither doth the efficacy of a sacrament depend upon the piety or intention of him that doth administer itg, but upon the work.
of you as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Chrill Gal. iii. 17. And this I fay, That the covenant that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law which was four hundred and thirtyyears after cannot disannul, that it ihould make the promise of none effect.
d Rom. xv. 8. Now I fay, That Jesus Christ was a minister of the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers. Exod.xii. 48. And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to vthe Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he lhall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumciled person shall eat thereof. Gen. xxxiv. 14. And they said unto them, We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one that is uncircumcised: for that were areproftch unto us.
/ Rom. vi. 3. Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into his death? v. 4. Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father,
even so we also should walk in newness of life. 1 Cor.x. 16. (See in letter c.) v. 21. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
II. /Gen. xvii. 10. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep between me and you, and thy feed after thee; Every m;m child among you shall be circumcised. Mat. xxvi. 27. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it unto them, saying, Drink ye all of it. v. 28. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins. Tit. iii. 5. Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the holy Ghost.
III. g Rom. ii. 28. For he Is not a Jew, who is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: v. 29. But he is a Jew, who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter, whose praise is not of men, but of God. 1 Pet. iii. 21. The like figure