Imatges de pÓgina

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; (1) and in God's account hath it, if he be duly affected with the apprehension of the want of it, (2) and unfeignedly desires to be found in Christ, (3) and to depart from iniquity; (4) in which case (because promises are made, and this sacrament is appointed, for the relief even

(1) 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.

(2) Isa. liv. 7, 8, 10. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment: but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord, thy Redeemer.-For the mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee, neither shall the covenant of my peace be removed, saith the Lord that hath mercy on thee. Matt. v. 3, 4. Ps. xxxi. 22.

(3) Ps. xlii. 11. Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

(4) 2 Tim. ii. 19. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ, depart from iniquity. Rom. vii. 24, 25. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me froin the body of this death? I thank God, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

of weak and doubting Christians) (1) he is to bewail his unbelief, (2) and labour to have his doubts resolved; (3) and so doing, he may and ought to come to the Lord's supper, that he may be further strengthened. (4)

Q. 173. May any who profess the faith, and desire to come to the Lord's supper, be kept from it?

A. Such as are 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, (5) until they receive instruction, and manifest their reformation. (6)

(1) Matt. xxvi. 28. For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins. Matt. xi. 28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Isa. xl. 11, 29, 31.

(2) Mark ix. 24.-And said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.

(3) Acts xvi. 30.-And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? Acts ix. 6.

(4) 1 Cor. xi. 28. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. Matt. xi. 28.

(5) 1 Cor. xi. 29. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation [judgment] to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. 1 Cor. v. 11. But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one, no, not to eat. Matt. vii 6. Jude 23.

(6) Gal. vi. 1. Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the

Q. 174. 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 of 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; (1) diligently observe the sacramental elements and actions; (2) heedfully discern the Lord's body, (3) and affectionately meditate on his death and sufferings, (4) and thereby stir up themselves to a vigorous exercise of their graces; (5) in judging themselves (6) and sorrowing for sin; (7) spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

(1) 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. Lev. x. 3.

(2) Gal. iii. 1.-Before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you.

(3) 1 Cor. xi. 29. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth_and_drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

(4) Luke xxii. 19. And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you; this do in remembrance of me.

(5) Eph. iii. 17, 18, 19.-That ye, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; and to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fulness of God.

(6) 1 Cor. xi. 31. For if we would judge ourselves we should not be judged.

(7) Zech. xii. 10.-And they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn.

in earnest hungering and thirsting after Christ, (1) feeding on him by faith, (2) receiving of his fulness; (3) trusting in his merits, (4) rejoicing in his love, (5) giving thanks for his grace; (6) in renewing of their covenant with God, (7) and love to all the saints. (8)

Q. 175. What is the duty of Christians, after they have received the sacrament of the Lord's supper?

A. The duty of Christians, after they have received the sacrament of the Lord's supper, is seriously to consider how they have behaved

(1) Rev. xxii. 17. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

(2) Gal. ii. 20.-And the life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. John vi. 35.

(3) John i. 16. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. Col. i. 19.

(4) Phil. iii. 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.

(5) 1 Pet. i. 8. Whom having not seen, ye love: in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. 2 Chron.

Xxx. 21.

(6) Ps. xxii. 26. The meek eat and be satisfied; they shall praise the Lord that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.

(7) Jer. 1. 5.-Come, and let us join ourselves to the Lord in a perpetual covenant that shall not be forgotten. Ps. 1. 5.

(8) 1 Cor. x. 17. For we, being many, are one bread, and one body: for we are all partakers of that one bread. Acts ii. 42.

themselves therein, and with what success; (1) if they find quickening and comfort, to bless God for it, (2) beg the continuance of it, (3) watch against relapses, (4) fulfil their vows, (5) and encourage themselves to a frequent at tendance on that ordinance: (6) but if they find no present benefit, more exactly to review their preparation for, and carriage at the sacrament; (7) in both which if they can approve themselves to God and their own consciences, they are to wait for the fruit of it in due time; (8) but if they see they have failed in

(1) 1 Cor. xi. 17, 30, 31. Ps. lxxiii. 28.

(2) 2 Cor. ii. 14. Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ. Acts ii. 42, 46, 47.

(3) Rom. xv. 13. Now, the God of hope fill you. with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Ps.

xxxvi. 10.

(4) 1 Cor. x. 12. Wherefore, let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall. Rom. xi. 20.

(5) Ps. 1. 14. Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the Most High.

(6) 1 Cor. xi. 25, 26. Ps. xxvii. 4. Acts ii. 42. commune with mine own heart; and my spirit made diligent search. Ps. cxxxix. 23, 24. Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

(8) Ps. cxxiii. 1, 2. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens. Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us. Isa. viii. 17.

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