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and to be continued in the church of Christ until his second coming ?

Q. 177. Wherein do the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's supper differ?

A. The sacraments of baptism and the Lord's supper differ, in that baptism is to be administered but once, with water, to be a sign and seal of our regeneration and' ingrafting into Christ', and that even to infants'; whereas the Lord's supper is to be administered often, in the elements of bread and wine, to represent and exhibit Christ as spiritual nourishment to the soul', and to confirm our


to you, That the Lord Jesus, the Gal. iii. 27. For as many of you as same night in which he was be- have been baptized into Christ have trayed, took bread. 1 Cor. iv. 1.

put on Christ. Let á man so account of us as of the s Gen. xvii. 7. And I will esta. ministers of Christ, and stewards of blish my covenant between me and the mysteries of God. Heb. v. 4. thee, and thy seed after thee, in their And no‘man taketh this honour unto generations, for an everlasting covehimself, but he that is called of God, nant, to be a God unto thee, and to as was Aaron.

thy seed after thee. Ver. 9. And 9 Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye there. God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt fore, and teach all nations, bap- keep my covenant therefore, thou, tizing them in the name of the and thy seed after thee, in their geFather, and of the Son, and of the nerations. Acts ii. 38. Then Peter Holy Ghost : Ver. 20. Teaching said unto them, Repent, and be them to observe all things what baptized every one of you in the soever I have commanded you: and, name of Jesus Christ, for the relo, I am with you alway, even unto mission of sins, and ye shall receive the end of the world. Amen. I Cor. the gift of the Holy Ghost. Ver. 39. xi. 26. For as often as ye eat this for the promise is unto you, and to bread, and drink this cup, ye do your children, and to all that are shew the Lord's death till he come. afar off, even as many as the Lord

177. Mat. iii. 11. I indeed bap- our God shall call. I Cor. vii. 14. tize you with water unto repentance: For the unbelieving husband is sancbut he that cometh after me is tified by the wife, and the unbemightier than 'I, whose shoes I am lieving wife is sanctified by the not worthy to bear: he shall bap- husband; else were your children tize you with the Holy Ghost, and unclean; but now are they holy. with fire. Tit. iii. 5. Not by works ť 1 Cor. xi. 23. For I have reof righteousness which we have done, ceived of the Lord that which also but according to his mercy he saved I delivered unto you, That the us, by the washing of regeneration, Lord Jesus, the same night in and renewing of the Holy Ghost.. which he was betrayed, took


continuance and growth in him", and that only to such as are of years and ability to examine themselves w.

Q. 178. What is prayer?

A. Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, in the name of Christ v; by the help of his Spirit?; with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies b.

Q. 179. Are we to pray unto God only?
A. God only being able to search the hearts“, hear the



bread: Ver. 24. And, when he 2 Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the had given thanks, he brake it, and Spirit also helpeth our infirmities : said, Take, eat; this is my body, for we know not what we should which is broken for you: this do in pray for as we ought : but the remembrance of me. Ver. 25. After Spirit itself maketh intercession for the same manner also he took the us with groanings which cannot be cup, when he had supped, saying, uttered. This cup is the new testament in Psal. xxxii. 5. I acknowledged my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity drink it, in remembrance of me. have I not hid: I said, I will conVer, 26. For as often as ye eat this fess my transgressions unto the Lord; bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew and thou forgavest the iniquity of the Lord's death till he come. my sin. Selah. Ver. 6. For this

ui Cor. x. 16. The cup of bless- shall every one that is godly pray ing which we bless, is it not the unto thee in a time when thou communion of the blood of Christ ? mayest be found.Dan. ix. 4. And the bread which we break, is it I prayed unto the Lord my God, not the communion of the body of and made my confession, and said, Christ?

O Lord, the great and dreadful W 1 Cor. xi. 28. But let a man God, examine himself, and so let him eat b Phil. iv, 6. Be careful for noof that bread, and drink of that cup. thing: but in every thing by prayer Ver. 29. For he that eateth and and supplication, with thanksgiving, drinketh unworthily, eateth and let your requests be made known drinketh damnation to himself, not unto God. discerning the Lord's body.

179. “1 Kings viii. 39. Then hear 178. * Psal. lxii. 8. Trust, in him thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, at all times, ye people; pour out and forgive, and do, and give to your heart before him: God is a every man according to his ways, refuge for us. Selah.

whose heart thou knowest ; for thou, y John xvi. 23. And in that day ye even thou only, knowest the hearts shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, of all the children of men.

Acts I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall i. 24. And they prayed, and said, ask the Father in my name, he will Thou, Lord, whichknowest the give it you.

hearts of all men, show whether of



requests“, pardon the sins, and fulfil the desires of all; and only to be believed in, and worshipped with religious worship"; prayer, which is a special part thereof', is to be made by all to him alone k, and to none other?.

Q. 180. What is it to pray in the name of Christ ?
A. To

pray in the name of Christ is, in obedience to his command, and in confidence on his promises, to ask mercy for his sake; not by bare mentioning of his name", but by drawing our encouragement to pray, and our boldness,' strength, and hope of acceptance in prayer, from Christ and his mediation

Q. 181. Why


these two thou hast chosen. Rom. every place call upon the name of viii. 27. And he that searcheth the Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs hearts knoweth what is the mind of and ours. the Spirit, because he maketh inter- k Psal. I. 15. And call upon me in cession for the saints according to the day of trouble ; I will deliver the will of God.

thee, and thou shalt glorify me. d Psal. Ixv. 2. O thou that hear- I Rom. X. 14. How then shall est prayer, unto thee shall all Aesh they call on him in whom they have come,

not believed ? © Micah vü. 18. Who is a God 180. m John xiv. 13. And whatlike unto thee, that pardoneth ini- soever ye shall ask in my name, quity, and passeth by the trans- that will I do, that the Father may gression of the remnant of his heri- be glorified in the Son. Ver. 14. if tage? he retaineth not his anger for ye shall ask any thing in my name, ever, because he delighteth in mercy. I will do it. John xvi. 24. Hitherto

f Psal. cxlv, 18. The Lord is nigh have ye asked nothing in my name: unto all them that call upon him, ask, and ye shall receive, that your to all that call upon him in truth. joy may be full. Dan. ix. 17. Now Ver. 19. He will fulfil the desire of therefore, o our God, hear the them that fear him; he also will prayer of thy servant, and his suphear their cry, and will save them. plications, and cause thy face to shine

& Rom. . 14. How then shall upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, they call on him in whom they for the Lord's sake. have not believed !

n Mat. vii. 21. Not every one h Mat. iv. 10. Then saith Jesus that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, anto him, Get thee hence, Satan : shall enter into the kingdom of for it is written, Thou shalt worship heaven ; but he that doeth the the Lord thy God, and him only will of my Father which is in shalt thou serve.

heaven. ii Cor. i. 2. Unto the church of ° Heb. iv. 14. Seeing then that God which is at Corinth, to them we have a great high priest that is that are sanctified in Christ Jesus, passed into the heavens, Jesus the called to be saints, with all that in Son of God, let us hold fast our


Q. 181. Why are we to pray in the name of Christ?

A. The sinfulness of man, and his distance from God by reason thereof, being so great, as that we can have no access into his presence without a mediator P; and there being none in heaven or earth appointed to, or fit for, that glorious work but Christ alone ?, we are to pray in no other name but his only".

Q. 182. How doth the Spirit help us to pray ?

A. We not knowing what to pray for as we ought, the Spirit helpeth our infirmities, by enabling us to understand both for whom, and what, and how prayer is to be made; and by working and quickening in our hearts (although not in all persons, nor at all times, in the same measure)


profession. Ver. 15. For we have In whom we have boldness and not an high priest which cannot be access with confidence by the faith touched with the feeling of our in- of him. firmities; but was in all points 9 John vi. 27. Labour not for the tempted like us we are, yet without meat which perisheth, but for that sin. Ver. 16. Let us therefore come meat which endureth unto everlastboldly unto the throne of grace, that ing life, which the Son of man shall we may obtain mercy, and find grace gite unto you: for him hath God to help in time of need. i Joho the Father sealed. Heb. vii. 25. V. 13. These things have I written Wherefore he is able also to save unto you that believe on the name them to the uttermost that come of the Son of God, that ye may unto God by him, seeing he ever know that ye have eternal life, and liveth to make intercession for them. that ye may believe on the name of Ver. 26. For such an high priest bethe Son of God. Ver. 14. And this came us, who is holy, harmless, una is the confidence that we have in defiled, separate from sinners, and him, that, if we ask any thing ac. made higher than the heavens ; cording to his will, he heareth us. Ver. 27. Who needeth not daily, as Ver. 15. And if we know that he those high priests, to offer up sacrihear us, whatsoever we ask, we fice, first for his own sins, and then know that we have the petitions for the people's; for this he did once, that we desired of him.

when he offered op himself. 1 Tim. 181. P John xiv. 6. Jesus saith un- ii. 5. For there is one God, and one to him, I am the way, and the truth, mediator between God and men, the and the life; no man cometh unto man Christ Jesus. the Father but

Isa. lix. 2. r Col. ii. 17. And whatsoever ye But your iniquities have separated do in word or deed, do all in the between you and your God, and name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks your sins have hid his face from you, to God and the Father by him. Heb. that he will not hear. Eph. jii. 12. xiii, 15. By him therefore let us offer




those apprehensions, affections, and graces which are requisite for the right performance of that duty”.

Q. 183. For whom are we to pray?

A. We are to pray for the whole church of Christ upon earth'; for magistrates ", and ministers w; for ourselves", our brethren", yea, our enemies?; and for all sorts of men living', or that shall live hereafterb; but not for the dead",


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the sacrifice of praise to God con- authority; that we may lead a quiet tinually, that is, the fruit of our lips, and peaceable life in all godliness and giving thanks to his name.

honesty 182. SRom. viii. 26. Likewise the w Col. iv. 3. Withal, praying also Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for us, that God would open unto us for we know not what we should a door of utterance, to speak the pray for as we ought: but the Spirit mystery of Christ, for which I am itself maketh intercession for us with also in bonds. groanings which cannot be uttered. * Gen. xxxii. 11. Deliver me, I Ver. 27. And he that searcheth the pray thee, from the hand of my hearts knoweth what is the mind of brother, from the hand of Esau: for the Spirit, because he maketh inter. I fear him, lest he will come and cession for the saints according to smite me, and the mother with the the will of God. Psal. x. 17. Lord, children. thou hast heard the desire of the y James v. 16. Confess


faults humble: thou wilt prepare

their one to another, and pray one for heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to another, that ye may be healed: the hear. Zech. xii. 10. And I will effectual fervent prayer of a righpour upon the house of David, and teous man availeth much. upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, Z Mat. v. 44. But I say unto you, the spirit of grace and of supplica. Love your enemies, bless them that tions; and they shall look upon me

curse you, do good to them that hate whom they have pierced, and they you, and pray for them which deshall mourn.

spitefully use you, and persecute you, 183. Eph. vi. 18. Praying al- a 1 Tim. ii. 1, 2. [See above in ".] ways with all prayer and supplica- John xvii. 20. Neither pray ! for tion in the Spirit, and watching these alone, but for them also which thereunto with all perseverance, and shall believe on me through their supplication for all saints. Psal. word.

2 Sam. vii. 29. Therefore xxviii

. 9. Save thy people, and bless now let it please thee to bless the thine inheritance : feed them also, house of thy servant, that it may and lift them up for ever.

continue for ever before thee: for u i Tim. ii. 1. I exhort there. thou, O Lord God, hast spoken it, fore, that, first of all, supplications, and with thy blessing let the house prayers, intercessions, and giving of of thy servant be blessed for ever. thanks, be made for all men : Ver. 2.

C2 Sam. xii. 21. Then said his For kings, and for all that are in servants unto him, What thing is

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