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graces*, by serious meditation^, and fervent prayerz.
17 2. May one who doubteth of his being in Christ:, or of his due preparation, come to the Lord's supper?
A. One who doubteth of his being in Christ, or of his due preparation to the sacrament of the Lord's supper, may have true interest in Christ, though he be not yet assured thereof a; and in God's account hath it, if he be duly affected
fore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us. v. 8. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
x 1 Cor. xi. 25. After the fame manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. v, 26. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do ihew the Lords death till he come. v. 28. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. Heb. x. 21. And having an high priest over the house of God : v. 22. Let us draw near with a true heart, in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water, v. 24. And let us consider one another to provoke unto love, and to good works. Psa. xxvi. 6. I will walh mine hands in innocence: so will I compals thine altar, O Lord.
y 1 Cor. xi.24. And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. v. 2 f. After the fame manner also he took the cup, when
he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as qft as ye drink it, is remembrance of me.
z 2 Chron. xxx. 18. For a multitude of the people, even many of Ephrailn,and.Manasseh,uTacha^,and Zebulun, had not cleansed themselves, yet did they eat the passover, otherwise than it was written: but Hezekiah prayed for them, saying, The good Lord pardon every one v. 19. That prepareth his heart to seek God, the Lord God of his fathers, though he be not cleansed according to the purification of the sanctuary. Mat. xxvi. 26. And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and laid, Take, eat; this is my body.
172. a Isa. 1. 10. Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. 1 John v. 13/These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God; that ye may know that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe,on the name of the Son of God. Pfal. lxxxviii. throughout. Pfal. lxxvii. to the 12. v, 1. 1 cried unto God with, my voice: even unto God with my voice, and he gave ear unto me. v. 2. In the day of my trouble I sought the
Lord; Lord; my sore ran in the night, and ceased not: my soul refused to be comforted, v. 3. I remembred God, and was troubled: I complained, and my spirit was overwhelmed. Selah. v> 4, Thou holdest mine' «eyes waking: I am so troubled, that I cannot speak, &c. v. 7. Will the Lord cast off for ever? and will he be favourable no more? v. 8. Is his mercy clean gone for ever? doth his promise fail for evermore? v. 9, Had) God forgotten to be gracious? bath he in anger shut up his tender mercies? Jonah ii. 4. Then I said, I am cast out of thy sight; yet I will Jook again toward thy holy temple, v. 7. When my soul fainted within me, I remembred the Lord, and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.
ted with the apprehension of the want bf it b, and unfeignedly desires to be found in Christ c, and to depart from iniquity d: in which cafe (because promises are made, and this sa
t Isa. liv. 7. For a small moment have I forsaken thee, but with great mercies will I gather thee. v. 8. In a Tittle wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, faith the Lord thy redeemer, v. 9. For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee. v. 10. For the mounr tains shall depart, and the hills be removed, but my kindness (hall not depart from thee, neither (hall the covenant of my peace be removed., faith the Lord, that hath mercy on thee. Mat. v. 3. Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven, v. 4. Blessed are they that mourn; for they (hall he
comforted. Psa. xxxi. 22. For I-said in my haste', I am cut off from-before thine eyes: nevertheless, thou heardst the voice of my supplications, when I cried unto thee. Plal. lxxiii. 13. Verijy I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. v. 22. So foolish was I, and ignorantM was as a beast before thee. v. 2J. Nevertheless, I am . continually with thee; thou hast hoi den me by my right hand.
c Phil. iii. 8. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss, for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung that I may win Christ, v. 9, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. Plal. x.. 17, Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou, wilt cause thine ear to hear. * Psal. xlii. £. As the hart panteth after the water-brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. v, 2. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when (hall I come and appear before God ? v. j. Why art thou cast down, O my soul: and why art thou disquieted in me ? hope thou in God, for I (hall yet praise him for the help of his countenance. V. II. Why art thou cast down, O my soul ? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God, for I (hall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
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crament is appointed, for the relief even of weak and doubling Christians e) he is to bewail his unbelief/, and labour to have his doubts refolvedg; and* so doing, he may and ought to come to the Lord's supper, that he may be further strengthened fr.
173. May any who profess the faith, and desire to come to the Lord's supper, be kept from it?
A. Such as a re found to be ignorant or scandalous, notwithstanding their profession of the faith, and desire to come to the Lord's supper, may, and ought to be kept from that sacrament, by the power which Christ hath left in his .' church,
i 2 Tim. ii. 19. Neverthelesi, the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth thorn that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ, depart from iniquity. Isa.l. 10. Who is among you that seareth the Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no lights let him trust in the name of the Lord, and stay upon his God. Pfal. lxvi. 18. If I regard iniquity in my heart: the'Lord will not hear me. v. 19. But verily God hath heard me: he hath attended to the voice of my prayer, v. 20. Blessed be God, who hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me. '- «Ilk. xl. 11. He lhall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm and carry them in his bosom, and lhall gently leadthofe that are with young." v. 29. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might, he increaseth strength, v. 31. But they that wait upon the Lord, shall renew theirstrength : they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they lhall run, and not be weary, and they shall walk, and not taint. Mat.
xi. 28. Come unto me all ye that
1 /Mark ix. 24. And straightway
h Rom. iv. 11. A nd he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he had yet being uncircumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised: that righteousness might be imputed unto them also. 1 Cor. xi. 28. But let 2 man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
church i, until they receive instruction, and manifest theirxe* formation k.
1 7 4. What is required of them that receive the sacrament of the Lord's supper in the time of the administration of it>
A. It is required of them that receive the sacrament os the Lord's supper, That, during the time of the administration of it, with all holy reverence and attention they wait upon God in that ordinance /, diligently observe the sacramental elements and actions m, heedfully discern the Lord's body,
173. i i Cor. xi. 27. to the end. Wherefore, whosoever (hall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the L,ori unworthily, (hall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. v. 28. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. v. 29. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lords body. v. 30. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep, v. 31. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged, &c. to the end of the chapter. Compared with Mat. vii. 6. Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearlsbefore swine, lestthey trample them under their feet, and turn again and rent you. And with 1 Cor. chap. v. to the end. And with Jude ver. 23. And others save with fear, pulling themoutof the sire; hating even the garments spotted by the flesh. And with 1 Tim. v. 22. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partakers of othar mens fins: keep thyself pure.
* 2 Cor.ii. 7. Sothatcontrarywise, ye ought rather to forgive him, and comfort him, lest perhaps such a one should be swallowed up with over
• 174./Lev.x. 3. Then Mosessaid unto Aaron, This is it t hat the Lord spake, saying, I will be sanctified in, them that come nigh me, and before all the people I will be glorified.— Heb. xii. 28. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably, with reverence and godly fear. Psa. v; 7. But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy, and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple. 1 Cor. xi. 17. Now in this that I declare unto you, I praise you not, that ye come together, not for the better, but for the worse. 26. For as often as ye' eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do ihew the Lords death till he come. v. 27. 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. •
m Exod. xxiv. 8. And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant which the Lord hath made with you, concerning all these words. Compared with Mat. xxvi. 28. For this is my blood of the new testament which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
dyn, and affectionately meditate pn his death/and sufferings*, and thereby stir up themselves to a vigorous exercise of theif graces/>; in judging themselves^, and sorrowing for sinr; ia earnest hungering and thirsting after Christy] seeding on him, by faiths, receiving of his fulness-y, trusting in his merits w, rejoicing in his loye#, giving thanks for his graces; in re'.. "i .: I . ■ >• newing
'a 1 Cor. xi j 2 9. For he that eateth
drinketh damnation to himself, not
discerning the Lords body.
0 Luke xxii. 19. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, faying, This do in remembrance of me.
f 1 Cor. xi. 36. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do lliew, the Lords death till he come. 1 Coy. x. 3. And did all eat the fame spiritual meat; v. 4. and did all drink the same spiritual drink: (for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ.) y, j. Rut with many of them God was pot well pleased: for they were qverthrown in the wilderness, v. il. Now .all these things happened unto them for erisamples: and they are written for pur admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. v. 14. Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry,
f 1 Cor. xi. 31. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
r Zech. xii. jo. And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace, and of supplications, and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitter
ness for his first born.
/Rev.xxii. 17. AiidtheSpiritrand the bride fay, Come. And let him that heareth, fay, Come. And let him that is a'thirst, come: And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. . .'.
t Johnvi. 35. And Jesussaid unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me, shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me, shall never thirst... .;
v John i. 16. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. . 1
v> Phil. Hi. 9, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith. ,
*;Psal. lxiii.4. Thus will I bless thee, while. I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name. v. j. My foul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness: and my month shall praise thee with joyful lips. 2 Cfrron. xxx. 21. And the children of Israel that were present at Jerusalem, kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with great gladness: and the Levites, and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing with loud instruments to the Lord.
3 Psal. xxii. 26. The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the Lord that seek him; your heart shall live for ever.