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Anfw. The outward and ordinary Means whereby Christ communicateth to us the Benefits of Redemption, are, his Ordinances, especially the Word, Sacraments and Prayer, all which are made effectual to the Elect, for Salvation m.

89. Queft. How is the Word made effectual to Sal


Anfw. The Spirit of God maketh the Reading, but especially the Preaching of the Word, an ef fectual Means of convincing and converting Sinners, and of building them up in Holinefs and Comfort, through Faith unto Salvation ".

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ment, relieve the oppreffed, judge all: v.25. And thus are the fecrets the fatherless, plead for the widow. of his heart made manifeft; and 88. m Matth. 28. 19. Go ye there- fo falling down on his face, he will fore and teach all nations baptizing worship God, and report that God them in the name of the Father,and is in you of a truth. Acts 26. 18. of the Son, and of the holy Ghoft: To open their eyes, and to turn v. 20. Teaching them to obferve them from darkness to light, and all things whatsoever I have com- from the power of Satan unto God manded you: and lo, I am with you that they may receive forgiveness alway even unto the end of the of fins, and inheritance among world. Amen. Acts 2. 42. And them which are fanctified by faith they continued ftedfaftly in the a- that is in me. Pfalm 19. 8. The poftles doctrine and fellowship, and ftatutes of the Lord are right, rein breaking of bread, and in prayers, joicing the heart: the command2. 46. And they continuing daily ment of the Lord is pure, enlightwith one accord in the temple, and ning the eyes. Acts 20.32. And breaking bread from house to houfe, now, brethren, I commend you to did eat their meat with gladness and God, and to the word of his grace, fingleness of heart; v. 47. Praising which is able to build you up, and God, and having favour with all to give you an inheritance among the people. And the Lord added to all them which are fanctified. Rom. the church daily such as should be 15. 4. For whatsoever things were faved, written aforetime, were written for our learning; that we through pa tience and comfort of the fcriptures might have hope. 2 Tim. 3. IS. And that from a child thou haft known the holy fcriptures, which are able to make thee wife unto falvation, through faith which is in

89. Nehem. 8. 8. So they read in the book, in the law of God diftinctly, and gave the fenfe, and caused them to understand the reading. Cor. 14. 24. But if all prophefie, and there come in one that believeth not, or one unlearned, he is convinced of all, he is judged of


90. Queft. How is the Word to be read and heard, that it may become effectual to Salvation?

Anfw. That the Word may become effectual to Salvation, we must attend thereunto with Diligence, Preparation P, and Prayer 9, receive it with Faith and Love, lay it up in our Hearts, and practise it in our Livest.

91. Queft. How do the Sacraments become effectual Means of Salvation?

Anfw. The Sacraments become effectual Means of Salvation, not from any vertue in them, or in him that doth adminifter them, but only by the Blef

Chrift Jefus. v. 16. All feripture
is given by inspiration of God, and
is profitable for doctrine, for re-
proof,for correction, for inftruction
in righteousness: v. 17. That the
man ofGod may be perfect,through-
ly furnished unto all good works.
Rom. 10. 13. For whofoever shall
call upon the name of the Lord,
fhall be faved.
v. 14. How then
fhall they call on him, in whom
they have not believed? and how
fhall they believe in him, of whom
they have not heard? and how shall
they hear without a preacher? v.15.
And how fhall they preach, except
they be fent as it is written, How
beautifull are the feet of them that
preach the gospel of peace, and
bring glad tidings of good things,
v. 16. But they have not all obeyed
the gospel. For Efaias faith, Lord,
who hath believed our report? v.17.
So then, faith cometh by hearing,
and hearing by the word of God.
Rom. 1. 16. For I am not ashamed
of the gospel of Chrift: for it is the
power of God unto falvation, to
every one that believeth, to the Jew
firft, and alfo to the Greek.

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man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.

PI Pet. 2. 1. Wherefore laying afide all malice and all guile, and hypocrifies, and envies, and all evil fpeakings, v. 2. As new-born babes defire the fincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.

9 Pfalm 119. 18. Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.

Heb. 4. 2. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixt with faith in them that heard it. 2 Theff. 2. 10. And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness, in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be faved.


Pfalm 119. 11. Thy word have hid in mine heart, that I might not fin against thee.

Luke 8 15 But that on the good ground, are they, which in an honeft and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience. James 1. 25. But


Bleffing of Chrift, and the working of his Spirit in them that by Faith receive them "

92. Queft. What is a Sacrament?

Anfw. A Sacrament is an Holy Ordinance inftituted by Chrift; wherein, by fenfible Signs, Christ and the Benefits of the New Covenant are reprefented, fealed and applied to Believers *.

93. Queft. Which are the Sacraments of the News Teftament?

Anfw. The Sacraments of the New Teftament, are Baptism, and the Lord's Supper 2:

whofo looketh into the perfect law of liberty, and continueth therein, hé being not a forgetful hearer, but a doer of the work, this man fhall be bleffed in his deed.


91. 1 Peter 3. 21. The like figure whereunto even baptifm, doth alfo now fave us, not the putting away the filth of the flesh, but the anfwer of a good confcience towards God, by the refurrection of Jefus Chrift. Matth. 3. 11. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance; but he that cometh after me, is mightier than I, whose fhoes I am not worthy to bear: he fhall baptize you with the holy Ghoft, and with fire. 1 Cor. 3. 6. I have planted, Apollos watered but God gave the increase. v. 7. So then, neither is he that planteth any thing, neiiher he that watereth: but God that giveth the increase.


w1 Cor. 12. 13. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

92. * Gen. 17.7. And I will eftablifh my covenant between me and shee, and thy feed after thee, in

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I Cor. II. 23.

their generations, for an everlasting
covenant; to be a God unto thee,
and to thy feed after thee. vITO.
This is my covenant, which ye fhall
keep between me and you, and thy
feed after thee; every man-child
among you shall be circumcifed.
Exod. 12. throughout.
For I have received of the Lord,
that which also I delivered unto
you, that the Lord Jefus the fame
night in which he was betrayed,
took bread. v. 26. For as often as
ye eat this bread, and drink this
cup, ye do fhew the Lords death
till he come.

93. Matth. 28. 19. Go ye therefore and teach all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Ghost.

* Matth. 26. 26. And as they were eating, Jefus took bread and bleffed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and faid, Takė, eat; this is my body. v. 27. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink yẽ all ofit: v, 28. For this is my blood of the new teftament which is fhed for many for the remiffion of fins.

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94. Queft. What is Baptifm?

Anfw. Baptifm is a Sacrament, wherein the washing with Water, in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, doth fignify and feal our Ingrafting into Chrift, and partaking of the Benefits of the Covenant of Grace, and our Engagement to be the Lord's ".

95. Queft. To whom is Baptifm to be adminiftred? Anfw. Baptifm is not to be adminiftred to any that are out of the Vifible Church, till they profeis their Faith in Chrift, and Obedience to him, but the Infants of fuch as are Members of the Visible Church are to be baptized d.

96. Queft. What is the Lord's Supper?

Anfw. The Lord's Supper is, A Sacrament, wherein, by giving and receiving Bread and Wine according to Chrift's Appointment, his Death is fhewed forth;

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95. Acts 8. 36. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water and the eunuch faid, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? v. 37. And Philip faid, If thou believeft with all thine heart, thou mayeft. And he anfwered and faid, I believe that Jefus Chrift is the Son of God. Acts 2. 38. Then Peter faid unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jefus Chrift, for the re

mission of fins, and ye shall receive the gift of the holy Ghost.

& Acts 2.38. See before. v.39. For the promife is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God fhall call. Gen. 17. 10. See in letter * Compared with Colof.2. 11. In whom alfo ye are circumcifed with the circumcifion made without hands, in putting off the body of the fins of the flesh, by the circumcifion of Chrift: v. 12. Buried with him in baptifm, wherein alfo ye are rifen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. I Cor. 7.14. For the unbelieving husband is fan&tified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is fanctified by the hufband: elfe were your children unclean; but now are they holy.

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forth; and the worthy Receivers are, not after a Cor poral and Carnal manner, but by Faith, made Partakers of his Body and Blood, with all his Benefits to their Spiritual Nourishment, and Growth in Grace. 97. Queft. What is required to the worthy receiving of the Lord's Supper?

Anfw. It is required of them that would worthily partake of the Lord's Supper, That they examine themselves, of their Knowledge to difcern the Lord's Body, of their Faith to feed upon him, of their Repentance, Love, and new Obedience ; left coming unworthily, they eat and drink Judgment to themselves!. 98. Queft.

8 2 Cor. 13.3. Examine your felyes, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own felves: know you not your own felves, how that Jefus Chrift is in you, except ye be reprobates?

hI Cor, II. 31, For if we would judge our felves, we should not be judged.

96. I Cor. 11. 23. For I have received of the Lord, that which alfo I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jefus the fame night in which he was betrayed,took bread: v. 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. 25. After the fame manner alfo he took the cup, when he had fupped, faying, This cup is the new teftament 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 fhew the Lords death till he come, I Cor. 10, 16, The bread, cup of bleffing which we blefs, is it not the communion of the blood of Chrift The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Chrift?

97. 1 Cor. 11, 28. But let a man examine himself, and fo 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 difcerning the Lords body.

1 Cor. 10. 16. The cup of bleffing which we blefs, is it not the communion ofthe blood of Chrift? the bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Chrift? v. 17. For we being many are one bread, and one body: for we are all, partakers of that one

k1 Cor. s. 7. Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Chrift our paffover is far crificed 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 fincerity and truth.

1 I Cor. IT. 28, 29. See in letter f Ffa 98. Pfalm

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