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Communion with Christ, 2 Cor. viii. 12. which consists in an absolute Choice, Heb. xi. 25. not carried after spiritual Things only, as beneficial unto ourselves, but as simply and in themselves good, for their own Sakes to be desired of all, Pf. xlii. 3. and lxxhi. 25. carried as well after Sanctification as after Justification and Redemption, which are in Chrift, 1 Cor. i. 30. with greater Efteem for Christ than all Things befide, i Pet. ï. 6.

3dly, We must have a sincere Affection to come to the Love of Christ, and all his Followers, because no Gifts signify any Thing without Love, 1 Cor. xiii. 2.

Q. Is there any Thing farther necessary, for worthy Receivers to examine themselves about?

A. Yes; the Sincerity of their Hearts, whether it be evidenced by their Obedience, without which they cannot worthily approach this Table, 1 Cor. 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 Sincerity, and Truth.

Q. What more ought to be tried?

Ā. Whether we find in ourselves a Hunger and Thürft after the Grace of God in Christ, both for the pardoning and mortifying of all our Sins, and for the Amendment and reforming of our Lives, having a sincere Intention to be zealous of good Works, I Tim. ü. 14. Then we may advance our Claim, and hold fast the Blessing; for such the Saviour is providedto such his Benefits are proposed, and on such his Grace will be.magnified. Then we may approach that holy Presence, and be assured, that our Sins, for Christ's Sake, are pardoned ; then we will have Peace and Love, reviving Influences of fresh Annointings of the Spirit; yea, then we will receive a Thousand Mercies, and find inestimable Treasures in Christ Jesus.

Hence then, every one, who, as a poor, indigent, guilty Sinner, flies to Christ, may take Views of the wonderful and astonishing Grace and Condescension

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of God to his People; who, notwithstanding all their Sins, Corruptions, and other Evils, will not reject their Persons or Duties, nay, though Evil be present with us, our gracious God will not be absent from us ; see that in the Spouse, Cant. ij. 8. It is the Voice of my beloved! Behold, he cometh, leaping over the Mountains, skipping over the Hills; it is the Voice of my "beloved!" That abrupt Expression shews a perfect Su ize. She saw Mountains of Guilt and Unworthiness betwixt Christ and her Soul; and yet, behold, he comes, fripping over all those Mountains and Hills. Ofree Grace! O rich and admirable Grace! which with fo 'many Neverthelesles will fave and comfort the poor and unworthy Soul!

Q. What is the Danger of coming ta the Lord's Table without these Graces?

4. The Danger is exceeding great, both to Sou and Body; 1A, the Soul, I Cor. xi. 29. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh Damnation to himself, (orto an aggravating) of his Damnation. 2dly, To the Body, 1 Cor. xi. 30. For this Cause many are weak and fickly among you, and many leep.

Q: If upon Examination we are in Doubt about our Faith and Sincerity, muft we forbear?

A. Ifour Doubts arise from Weakness, and not the total Want of Grace, such Doubts should not hinder us, Rom. xiv. 1. Him that is weak in the Faith, receive

you, &c.

Q. How may the Believer support himself against all Temptations of the Devil, the World and the Flesh, i which are drawn from hence, that there are not many Fruits of bis Faith to be difcerned?

A. I/, He ought to consider, that Faith in it's own Nature, is of those Things which are not seen or felt, Heb. xi. and 'in this it differs from Vifion, Rom. viii. 24. I Cor. xlii. 12. And therefore there is no more required to the Being of Faith, but that a

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Man do with his whole Heart make choice of Chrift for his Saviour, and with his whole Heart adhere unto him; other Things belong to the well-being of Faith, but not absolutely to the Being of it, Col. ii. 7. 2dly, He ought to consider, that the Want of many Fruits may argue Faith to be languishing or weak, but it cannot argue that there is no Faith, 2 Pet. i. 8. 3dly, He ought to consider, that the Conscience is often supported by the Remembrance of what is past, thoa for the prefent Grace doth not appear, Pf. lxxvii. 6, 7, 12. And by the Judgments of others that are godly and wise, concerning us when our Judgment is troubled, Heb. vi..9, 2 Cor. ii. 7, 8.

'Q. But how may a Man fupport himself against Temptations which are drawn from hence, that he feels upon bim Signs of the Wrath of God?

A. iA, He ought to consider, that many Signs of God's Wrath may coincid with his Love and Favour, Pf. xcix. &. 2dly, He ought to remember, that Christ who was the Son of God's Love, has tasted the Wrath of God in this Sort, Matt. xxvii. 46. 3dly, He ought to consider, that it is required of the Faithful that they believe against Hope in Hope, Rom. iv. 18. and that they (do as it were) wrestle with God by Faith, Gen. xxxii

. 24. Hof. xii. 4, 5. Q. How may be hold up his Head against those Temptations which arise from bence, that his Faith doth not increase, Rom. i. 17.

A. He ought to consider, that it is with 'Faith as it is with Plants and living Creatures, which we may more easily perceive to have grown, than to be growing. 2dly, That the increase of Faith is not to be expected to be known every Moment, and at all Seafons of our Life, Heb. v. 12. but especially is it known, when the Son of Righteousness approacheth nearer to our Horrizon by a more merciful Communication of his Grace, Äets ix. 31. 2 Pet. i. 2, 3. 3dly, That those Temptations which do hinder the

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Increase of Faith for the present, may turn Advan. tageous to it thereafter, even as the Winter turns out to Plants, and as Sickness to the Bodies of young Persons.

Q. How may a Man comfort himself against those Terrors wbich arise from the Guilt of his Sins, efpecially if they are grirvous ?

A. He ought to remember, 11, That such Tempo tations as these do proceed from a Defect in Faith, Rom. vi. 11. Eph. vi. 16. 1 Pet. v. 9. And therefore that we are not to caft away our Faith because of such Sins, but rather so much the more to strengthen it, Luke xxii. 32. 2dly, He ought to consider, that it is the Duty of the Faithful, not on account of Sin to Ay from, but rather to God, and to adhere to him in Christ, in order that Sin may be remitted and abolished, Job iii. 14. with Num. xxi. 9.

Q. How may a Christian sustain himself in Time of Affliction?

A. He ought to consider, if, That such Kind of Tryals are Fruits of God's Love, Heb. xii. 6. 2dly, By which God would molity his Heart, 2 Chron. xxxiii 10. And, 3dly, Mortify his Corruptions, Pf. cxix. 67. 4thly, They shall Work for his Good, Rom. viii. 28. and augment his Graces, James i. 3. 5thly, The Grace of God in all such Cafes are fufficient for him, 2 Cor. xii. 9. 6thly, He ought to consider, that God will save his afflicted People, 2 Sam. xxii. 28. that he hears their Cry, 7ob xxxiv. 28. PS. xviii. 27. &c. He will have Mercy upon them, lfa. xlix. 13. &c. 7thy, He ought to consider, that Afflictions are the Lot of God's Children, Pf. xxxiv. 19. fo of David, Pf. cxxxii. s. Of Paul, 18ts xx. 23. andi others. Sthly, If we are in Time of Afflictions we ought to account it as a special Favour ; so did Job vii. 18. and Jeremiah prayeth, Correct me, o Lord, Chap. X. 247 David, before he was afflicted,

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Q. What are the Duties of worthy Receivers at the Lord's Table?

A. To endeavour to discern Christ by the Eye of Faith, under these Signs of his Body and Blood, 1 Cor. xi. 29. and on the discerning of him, to mourn bitterly for Sin, Zech. xii. 10. and to excite all their Graces into vigorous Acts, for the applying Christ to themselves, Cant. iv. 16. Awake, O North Wind, and come thou South ; blow upon my Garden, that the Spices thereof may flow out, &c.

Q. What is the Duty of worthy Receivers after the Sacrament?

A. Their Duty is heartily to praise and bless God, for Christ, and the Benefits of his Blood, Matt. xxvi. 30. to double their Diligence and Watchfulness against Sin, Eph. iv. 30. and to grow more fruitful in all spiritual Obedience, Col. i. 10. That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good Work, and increasing in the Knowledge of God.

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The 82d Question of the HEIDELBERG

CATECHISM.
A Y those who by their Principles and Prac-

tices are Unbelievers and ungodly Perfons, be admitted to the holy Sacrament?

A. No; for that would be to prophane the « Covenant of God, and to draw down bis Wrath

upun the whole Church; wherefore the Christian “ Church is obliged, according to the Ordinances of " Jesus Christ and his Apostles, to exclude all such

by Virtue of the Keys of the Kingdom of Hea“ ven, until they discover an Amendment of Life.”

Q. How do you prove that Unbelievers and ungodly
Perfins ought not to receive the Lord's Supper ?
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