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Comfort, that when the Body is in Pain, his Sins are forgiven, the Soul is well. Let him be cast into Prison, here is that, which will turn a Prison into a Paradise, Aals v. 4. Let him be pinched with outward Want, this will supply all, as having nothing, and yet podelling all Things, 2 Cor. vi. Yea, these Affurances support and encourage him in the Hour of Death, when all other Comforts fail, Heb. xi. 13. He knows that his Redeemer liveth, Job xix. And therefore he taketh Death chearfully by the cold Hand, welcomes it's grim Messengers, and longs to be gone and be with Chrift.
. By what Means doth the Holy Ghost confirm our Faith?
4. Externally, by his Word, by which he hath wrought it in us in the Beginning, 1 Pet. ii. 2. As new born Babes defore the fincere Milk of the Word, that ye may grow thereby; and by the Ordinances thereof, particularly our receiving the Sacraments.
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* CATECHISM. Q. WHAT are those Sacraments ?
". A. They are holy, visible Signs and “ Seals, instituted by God, that by their frequent “ Use he might make us better understand, and seal 66 to us the Promises made in his Gospel ; that is to ! fay, That in Confideration of the Sacrifice alone " of Jesus Christ, once offered upon the Cross, he
grants us Remision of our Sins, and freely gives:
. Sense of this. Word, Sacrament?
A. It primarily signifies à folemn Oath, taken by
A. Though the Word be not found in Scripture, yet the Things intended by it is, and that brings the Word in Ule; for in the Sacraments God obliges him elf to us, by confirming his Covenant by it, Rom. iv. 11. And he received the Sign of Circumcifion, a Seal of the Righteousness of the Faith, &c. And we bind ourfelves to God, Rom. vi. 3, 4. Know ye not, that so many.of. us as were baptizez into Christ, were baptized into his Death ; therefore we are buried with him in Baptifm into Death, that like as Christ was raised up from the Dead by the Glory of the Father, even fo we also walk in newness of Life. Q. Why do you call them holy Signs ?
A. Not from any Holiness in them, or in him that doth administer them, but by Reason of their being separated to a holy Use, even as in the Old Testament thé Ceremonies and Vessels, &c. were called Holy.
Q. Who is the Author of the Sacraments?
A. The Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Church ; by whose fole Authority they were or could be instituted, Matt. xxviii, 19, 20. And 1 Cor. xi. 23, 24.
Q. What do they hgnify and seal ?
A. They fignify and feal to all Believers, the Promises made in the Gospel ;-that is to say, that in Consideration of the Sacrifice alone of Jesus Christ, once - offered upon the Cross, he grants them Remission of their Sins, and freely gives them Life everlasting, Ron. iv. II. Gal. iii. 27. And Asts xxii. 16, &c. The 67th Question of the HEIDELBERG
CATECHISM. Q: WERE them both the Word and Sacraments
instituted and designed for that End, to conduet our Faith to the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross, as the only Graind of our. Salvation ?
A. Yes, " A. Yes, certainly; for the Holy Ghost teacheth “ us in the Gospel, and affurcth us by the Sacraments, " that our entire Salvation is founded upon the one " and only Sacrifice of Jesus Christ, offered for us
on the Cross.”
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in the new Covenant ?
Q. Hath not Christ appointed more than these?
A. No. Whence we may conclude, he judged these sufficient for our Practise and Confirmation. St. Paul speaks only of these two, 1 Cor. xii. 13.
Q. Are these two Sacraments intended to confirm God's Covenant to Believers ?
A. Yes. As Baptism is a Sacrament fignifying and sealing our being ingrafted into the Communion of the Church; and the Lord's Supper is a Sacrament of nourishment, properly fitted to assure and
confirm our Faith, which is all we want for our spiriitual Nourishment.
Q. How many Sacraments bave the Papists added to them?
A. Five, viz. Confirmation, Penance, Ordination, Marriage, and extreme Unction; all against God's Ordinances, being superftitious Additions, Matt. xv. 9. Teaching for Doctrin, the Commandments of Men; and never were instituted by God's Command; besides the Unconformity and Impropriety of them with a Sacrament.
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Q. HOW art thou admonished and afured in
Baptism, that the Sacrifice alone of Christ, made upon the Cross, turns to your Benefit ?
66 Ā. Because Christ has established this outward
washing, by adding to it this Promise, that as cer“ tainly as I am waihed outwardly with Water, which 6 is proper to cleansetthe Filth of the Body, I am “ washed with his Blood and Spirit from the Un“ cleanness of my Soul, that is, from all my Sins.”
Q. What is the external Part of Baptism?
A. It is pure, unmixed Water, Heb. x. 22. And our Bodies washed with pure Water. And therefore it is a vile Practice of the Papifts, to add Oil, Salt and Spittle to Water in Baptism, or signing the Children with the Sign of the Cross, and other superstitious Ceremonies.
Q. Why is it Water that mult be used?
Ā. As Water is the only Means used in cleansing or washing, therefore it doth the more properly represent the cleansing of the Soul, 1 Pet. iii. 21. The like Figure whereunto even Baptism doth also now fave us, not the putting away the Filth of the Flesh, but
the Answer of a good Conscience towards God, by the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Q. Who may administer Baptism?
À. Ministers alone, or who have a right to preach and instruct the Congregation, Matt. xxviii. 19. and must be done by dipping in, or sprinkling with Water, in the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Q. What doth Baptism signify and feal.?
A. The cleansing from the Impurities of the Soul, by the Blood and Spirit of Jesus Christ. Aets xxii. 16. And now why tarriet thou ? Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy Sins, calling on the Name of the Lord. And Mark i. 4.
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CATECHISM. Q. WHAT do you mean by it, to be washed with
the Blood and Spirit of Chrift? « A. It is, graciously to receive from God, Re« miflion of our Sins, by the Blood which Christ 66 has shed for us in the Sacrifice on the Cross. Ic
means also to be renewed and fanctified by the
holy Spirit, in order to become Members of " Christ; to die more and more to Sin, and to walk “ before God in a Way unblameable.”
Q. How many fold is this cleansing ?
A. Two-fold.' ift, Justification, whereby we are cleared from our Guilt and Punishment. 2dly, Sanctification, whereby we are fanctified or washed from the Impurity and Power of Sin. I Cor. vi. II. And fuch were some of you ; but ye are washed, but ye are fanétified, but ye are justified, in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
Q. Doth the Baptism signify and feal these two kinds of washing ?
A. Yes. Afts ii. 38. Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized, every orie of you, in the Name of Jesus Chrift, for the Remiffion of Sins, and
ye pall receive the Gift of the Holy Ghift?
Q. Can the external Water wah us from Sin?
A. No; it is but a Sign and Seal of it. Christ alone can purify the Soul from Sin, by Virtue of his Blcod, Heb. i. 3. He hath ly himself purged our Sins, 1 John i. 7. The Blood of Jesus Christ his Sor, cleanseth
us from all Sin.