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Vulgar CAPACITIES, & c. 1. Question. W is the Catechifim ?
Answer. An Instruction to Afts 8.14. be learned of every person, before he be brought to be Confirmed by the Bishop.
II. Q. How must you learn the Catechism ?
A. I must learn to understand it a, and re-a. Mat.13. member it b, and live according to it a, b. III. Q. What else must you learn and do, before. Luke 8.
15. you are brought to be Confirmd ?
A. I must learn what it is to be Confirm'd ; Ecclef.5.1. and to Understand the Service of Confirmation, John 4. that I may Devoutly do my part in it. I must 34:
Mal. 1.8. also learn and do what is requir'd of me when I
Heb. 12. am 28, 29,
am to be brought to be Confirm'd. See, To be learn'd after the Catechism, 4 Queftec
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4. I mut go to my MiHeb. 13. 17. See the helt Order at the end nitter, for him to see whether of the Catechism in
, the Common - Prayer- he finds me duly prepar'd, then Buok.
to bring me to the Bishop to
be Confirm’d. V. Q. Wbat is the Bilbop ? a. As was Timothy Place of an Apostle a : and
A. The Bishop is one in the at Ephesus, (1 Tim. 1. 3.) and the other fixothen Ministers are Officers Angels of the Churches under him b. of Afa, (Revel, 1. 20.) and Tisus in Creme & of
are Officers underthe Bifhop: as were the Bishops or Elders, and Deacons under Timothy and Titus, 1 Tim. 3. I to 16. Ch. 5. 19. Tit. 1. 597. The word Bishop fignifies an Overseer : and fo these inferiour Bishops or Elders, whatever they were, might be all callid Bishops, as the inferiour Priests of the Temps were calld Prielts.
The holy Martyr Ignatius, (who was made Bishop of Antioch by St. Peter and St. Paul) in his Epistles very often speaks of Biops, Presbyters and cons: Andrin his Epistle to the
: Irallians, he affirms, That without the Billbop, and the Presbyters, and the Deacons, it is not call. a Church,
The University of Oxford, in their Reasons against the Solemn League and Covenant, declared concerning the Government of the Church by Bishops, in these words. We are assured by the undoubted Testimony of ancient Records, and later Histories, that this Form of Government bath been continued with such an universal; uninterrupted, unquestioned Succession in all the Churches of God, and in all-kingdoms that have been callod Christian i broughout the whole world, for fifteen hundred years together ; that there was never in all that time any confiderable opposition made, there against.
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VI. Q. What is to be Confirm'd by the Bishop ?
A. By his Prayer, and his a Aits 8, 14, to 19. Luke 11.'8, "to 14. laying on of his hand and The Bishop first prays bleffing, and my earnest prayfor all that they may ing with him, to receive the
AHS 8. 15. Then he Holy Ghost a to make ine lays his hand on every plenteous in Godliness b. one, and blesses him, that is, prays particularly for him. ver. 17, compard with Math. 19. 13, 15.
b. John 7. 37, 38, 39. chap. 14. 26. This is a plenteous Increase (chap. 7. 38, 39.) of the Grace given in Baptism, (chap: 3, 5. chap. 4. 1, 10, 14. chap. 6. 35.) of that renewing of the Holy Gholi, whereby we are saved,. Tit. 3. 5.6.
This Increase of Grace did not cease to be given in Confirmation, when the miraculous gifts given to some did cease to be given with it. For it is promised to all Christians, John 7. 37, 38, 39; for ever, chap. 14. 15, 16. And being given to the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost Afts 2. the same is by them again promised to all Baptised Christians for ever, ver. 38, 39. See ver. 17, 33. The Grace of Confirmation is the Thing meant by the gift of the Holy Ghost, V: 38, given to those St. Peter then spake to, sometime after their Baptism, chap.4. 31. Only the Promise of this plenteous Increase of Grace fupposes and implies a Promise of the Grace given in Baptism.
This Increase of Grace was given after Baptism, first to the Apostles on the Day of Pentecost; then by the Prayer of the Apostles, (Ads 4.31.) according to the Promise, chap. 2. 38, 39. And ever since, in the ordinary settled way, it was, and is given, not in Baptism, (A&s 8. 16.) but by the Prayer and Laying on of the hands of the Apostles, and their Successors the Bishops, v. 15, 17. chap. 19. 6.
Therefore, Heb. 6. 1, 2, laying on of hands is one of the firft Principles of the Doctrine of Christ, to be taught to babes, chap. 5. 12, 13. And the solemn Commandment of Chrift, John 7. 37, 38, 39, to come to him for the Grace that is to be received only by this means, is a solemn Commandment, to use this Means. And his Words, If any man thirst, let him come to me and drink, require us to use this means with earnest thirst; ing for his Grace.
The Lord's Supper will no more supply the want of Confirmation, then it can supply the want of Baptism, or of any other meaps of Grace.
Benefits and Vow of Baptism. 1. Question. WHAT is gour Name ?
Answer. N. or M. II. Q. What do these Questions of your Name teach you?
A. That my Name is to As the Name of put me in mind of my BapAbraham (which fig. tism, and of what I was then nifies a great Father of multitude,
made, and of what was then part of God's Cove promised in my
Name. nant with him) was given him to put him in mind of that Covenant. Gen. 17. 4, 5. and of his Circumcision then commanded for a token of the same Covenant. ver. 9, 10, 11. III. Q. Who gave you this Name?
.: A. My Godfathers and Goda As God gave A- mothers in my Baptism a; braham his name when
wherein I was made a memhe commanded him to be Circumcisid ; (Gen. ber of Christ b, the child of 17. 5.) and Christ and
God c, and an inheritor of God's People had their
the kingdom of heaven d. names given
them when they were Circumcis'd ; (Luke 1. 59, 60. chap. 2. 21, which answers to our Baptism. b Gal. 3. 27. To put on Christ, is to believe in Chrift, (that is, believe and cbey him) and to be made a member of him. c Ver 26. By Baptism we put on Christ; and by faith in Christ we are the Children of God. Infants are made the Children of God hy the faith of their Parents bringing them to Baptism. d. Ver. 29. By Baptism we put on Chrift: 'and if weate Christ's, then we are Abrabam's feed, and heirs of the promise of God's bleffing (and in that blessing everlasting life) promised to Abraham, and to his
Seed, Christ and his members, ver. 16. Gen. 12. 2, 3. ch. 22. 17,18. Tit. 3, 5, 7. These Mercies are promised to Infants. Luke 18. 15, 16. See Baptism 21 Q.
IV. Q. What is a member of Christ? 1 Cor. 12. 27. A A. One of Christ's Church. Christian is a member of that body, that is, company of people of which Christ is the Head, that is, the Lord and Saviour, (Eph. 5. 23.) and also Husband, v. 31, 32. Members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.v. 30, fignifies members of him: because He, his body, flesh and bones, is our Head, and because, as Eve taken out of Adam cast into a deep fleep, was bone of his bones, and flesh of his flesh: so the Church has her whole being from Christ's body, flesh and bones dead upon the Cross.
V. Q. What is a Child of God?
12, 13 Christian, and God loves as his Child. VI. Q. What is an inheritor of the kingdom of 1. John 3
1, 9, 10. beaven?
A. One that shall enjoy the great blessedness of Matt. 25: heaven.
34 VII. Q. What did your Godfathers and Godmothers for you in your Baptism?
A. They did promise and vow three things in my name: First, that I should renounce the Devil and all his works, the pomps and vanity of this wicked world, and all the finful lufts of the flesh. a. Secondly, that I should believe all the Ar-a Aits. 2. ticles of the Christian Faith. b. And, thirdly, 38, 40, that I should keep God's .holy Will and Com-: Markı6. mandments, and walk in the same all the days. Mark 28. of my life. c.
19, 10, VIII. Q. How did your Godfathers and Godmothers promise and vow these things in your Name?