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we ought to do, are in no be forgiven for Christ's danger of death eternal. sake.
These being pledges to For God grants whatassure us, that as certainly ever we ask, and which as bread and wine do He sees to be for our good, nourish our bodies, so when we ask in faith, do these seal to us all that is, in His Son's Name; the benefits which Jesus and therefore the Church Christ hath purchased for concludes all her prayers us, by His sacrifice and in these most prevailing death.
words, for Jesus Christ's And when any Chris- sake. tian does wilfully, and for In one word, we do by want of faith, deprive him this Sacrament keep up a self of this spiritual food, continual correspondence he falls, as our first parents with our Lord in heaven, did, into a state purely and hold communion with natural, and destitute of Him, and with all the the means of grace and members of His body, salvation.
which receive nourishFor the happiness of ment and growth from the world, and of every Him, as the branches from soul in it, depends upon the tree in which they are the sacrifice of Christ; of grafted, and from which, which we are bound to when they are separated, keep up the remembrance they can bear no fruit, after this solemn manner. and are only fit to be That, whenever we pray burned. for any favour or bless- As every Christian is ing, we may rememb to obliged, at the peril of his do it in His Name: That, soul, to observe it, so the whenever we are so un- duty must be such, as happy as to have done every one, even the most any thing which may unlearned, may underdisplease God, we may stand, if it is not his own remember
fault. And so indeed it
is; for as an Israelite, to abhor those sins which under the law, being cost Jesus Christ His life, obliged to lay his hand before God could be preupon the head of his sacri- vailed with to pardon fice, confessing his sins, them. and laying them, as it
He will also easily unwere, upon that creature derstand, that the love of -as he did easily under- Christ, and the rememstand, that this was to brance of His death ought shew him, that death was to be very dear to us; and the due reward of sin: that the oftener we rethat this ought to humble member it in the manner him before God, and to | He ordained, the more give him the greatest ab- graces we shall receive horrence of sin, which from God; the firmer will could not be pardoned be our faith, the surer but by the loss of the life our pardon, and the more of an innocent creature. comfortable our hopes of
As this was plain, to meeting Him, not as an themeanest Israelite, even enemy, but as a friend, at so the most unlearned whose Table we have been Christian, when he con- so often entertained. siders that our Lord Jesus And now, if you have Christ became a sacrifice considered what you have for us, and that on Him read with any degree of all our sins were laid, - attention, you will pause on Him who knew no sin; awhile, until you have ex--he will easily under pressed your gratitude for stand how sad our condi- this mercy, after some tion was, which required such manner as this folsuch a sacrifice: that this lowing: therefore ought to humble us, to lead us to re
The Prayer. pentance, to make us fearful of offending God, and O Jesus, who hast loved 1 Lev. i. 4.
us, and washed us from our sins, and purchased | remembrance of Thy holy us by Thine own blood, example, of Thy heavenly and didst ordain this Sa- doctrine, of Thy laborious crament in order to secure life, of Thy bitter passion us to Thyself, by a grate- and death, of Thy glorious ful remembrance of what resurrection, of Thy as
Thou hast done and suf- cension into Heaven, and fered for us, make me of Thy coming again to truly sensible of Thy love, judge the world. and of our sad condition, And may I never forget which did require such a the obligation Thou hast sacrifice.
laid upon us, to live as May I always receive becomes Thy disciples ; this pledge of Thy love, and to
forsake every the offers of mercy, par- course of life contrary to don, and grace, tendered thy Gospel: Cease not, O to us in this holy Ordi- Lord, to love us; and by nance, with a thankful
the grace vouchsafed in heart, and in remem- this Ordinance, cause us brance of Thee, our great
to love Thee with all our and best Benefactor ; in hearts. Amen.
How a Christian ought to prepare himself for this
S the above account | is such as will neither
of this holy Ordi- | puzzle the understanding, nance is easy to be under
nor burden the memory, stood, even by the most nor take up too much of unlearned Christian ; so the time of those that are the preparation required | engaged in the most necessary employments of follow a few plain direclife.
tions, which they that can The Church had regard read should read with to all her members, when care ; and they that canshe gave this short and not, if they have a true plain direction to such as concern for themselves, prepare to go to the Lord's will find some good ChrisSupper:
tian, who will be glad to That they examine read it to them, and do themselves,
thereby a work which Whether they repent must be well pleasing to them truly of their former God. sins?
Whether they stedfastly The FIRST HEAD on whichi purpose to lead a new
you are to examine yourlife?
self, is, concerning your Whether they have a
Repentance. lively faith in God's mercy through Christ?
By what you have alWhether they have a ready_heard concerning ihankful remembrance of the Fall of Man, you His death? And,
understand how all men Whether they be in became subject and prone charity with all men ? to sin ; and you cannot
Now, forasmuch as all but feel it to be so by sad Christians who are cap- experience. We are asable of examining them- sured also, and this by the selves and their own con- Spirit of God, that withsciences are bound, as out a sincere repentance they hope for salvation no man must hope to be through Christ, to go to saved. this Sacrament; and be- Noiv by repentance you cause young people are are to understand a man's often at a loss how to condemning himself for examine themselves upon having done any thing these several heads; here | displeasing to God: either such things as God has are sinners, and cry, Lord, forbidden, to keep us from forgive us; and this too ruining ourselves; or by often without any great omitting such duties as concern or purposes of He has commanded, in amendment. But this order to fit us for happi- you will not think sufness when we die.
ficient, when you seriously So that if either the consider that the end and fear of God's displeasure, punishment of sin are not or a love of Him who has to be seen in this life. been so good to you, will If, therefore, you stand weigh with you, you will in any fear of the judgmost heartily condemn ment of God, set yourself yourself for every thing seriously to consider your you have done contrary to past life; see whether you His will and command. have not lived, or do not
You will also beg Him now live, in any known most earnestly to forgive sin, or evil habit; for you what is past; and you example, of lying: or will promise and resolve, swearing : or drinking : through His grace and or filthy talking : of unhelp, not wilfully to offend cleanness: of keeping loose Him again.
and profane company : of And, lastly, you will not following unwarrantable forget to pray for His grace pleasures and diversions ; every day of your life; or of leading an idle, usewithout which your best less, sinful life. resolutions will come to
If this has been your nothing
case, resolve to break off That is that repentance all these, and all such-like concerning which you are evil ways, which are disrequired to examine your- | pleasing to God; conself, before you go to the demn yourself for having Lord's Supper.
so desperately broken the Most people, it is true, commands of One who are ready to own that they can destroy both body and