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are endued, makes a Man a Member of the Church.

The first or Major Proposition is fo very clear and manifeft, chat I think, no person can have the face to deny it. And as for the second or Minor, it is easily proved from a paffage of St. Paul himself in this very Epistle. He faies, For we being many are one Bread and one Body. For we are all pare takers of that one Bread, 1 Cor. 10. 17. What is meant by the Bread here mentioned, I shall not ac present inquire: but 'tis plain, that in the Apostle's judgment, being partakers of one and the fame thing, does make the partakers thereof one Body. For he gives this as the reason, why they were all one Body, viz. because they were all partakers of that one Bread. And consequently in the 13th Verse of the 12th Chapter, which is the Text I am now considering, those persons who are endued with the Extraordinary Gifts of one and the same Holy Ghost, are, in the Apostles judgment, and by his own way of arguing used but a little before in this very Epistle, by the participation of the Extraordinary Gifts of one and the same Holy Ghost,united to Christ the Head and to the Members of the Church, and made one Body with them who partook of the same. And since the Premifles are so evident, as the one is in it felf, and the o. ther is proved to be; the Conclusion must be undeniable, viz. that being endued with the Extraordinary Gifts of one and the fame Holy Ghost, where with Christ was, and the Members of the Church are cndued, makes a'Man a Member of the Church; which was what I undertook to prove.

If it should be objected, that the Apostle faies, with one Spirit are we all baptized into (or made Members of) one Body; and consequently being baprized with the Spirit cannot here signify being

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endued with the Extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit; because all the Disciples of Christ were not even in the primitive times endued there with; I answer, that all the Disciples of Christ were not even in the primitive times endued with the Extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit, as I shall afterwards prove; and consequently they could not all be baptized therewith into one Body, that is, they could not by being endued therewith be made Members of the Church. But then I add, that the word all does not in this Text comprehend all the Christians of those Times. For I have already shewn (chap. 5. p. 56.60. and cho 9. p. 96, 97.) that the Apostle in this Chapter treats of those persons only who were endued with the Extraordinary Gifts of the Holy Ghost; and he himself was certainly one of them. And therefore he might truly say of himself, and all those he was then speaking of, with one Spirit are we all baprized; that is, we are all endued with the Extraordinary Gifts of one and the same Spirit. And that by bea. ing endued therewith they were made Members of the Church, I have already shewn.

But it may be said perhaps, that the persons who are endued with the Extraordinary Gifts of the Holy Ghost, could not be thereby made Members of the Church; because, 1. they must have been Members of the Church, before they were endued there with; 2. by being endued therewith they were united (not to the whole Church, every Member of which did not, as has been granted, enjoy those Extraordinary Gifts, but) to some particular persons only who were endued with the fame. Besides, if they were made Members of the Church by being endued with the Extraordinary Gists of the Spirit; then, 1. upon my own

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Principles the Necessity of Water-baptism seems to be destroyed, because Men may become Mem- . bers of the Church without it; 2. it seems to follow, that the same Extraordinary Endowments are also now necessary, because we are now made Members after the same manner as they were heretofore. All these things put together seem to overthrow my Interpretation of the Apostles words; because they seem inconsistent with my asserting, that a Man is made a Member of the Church by being endued with the Extraordinary Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Now to all this I might return the following Answer, viz. that since the Argument above recited has so evidently proved the Truth of what I asserted, it is incumbent upon those who differ in opinion from me, to account for these difficulties, as much as upon my self. For I am not a little confident, that the Argument it self is pot fairly capable of being answered. But I need not fly to this refuge; because this whole heap of Objections, tho' seemingly terrible, is by no means insuperable. And I doubt not but I shall convince the Reader, that every particular thereof may be very fairly and easily removed.

I begin with the first and greatest Difficulty, 'Tis pretended, that those who were endued with the Extraordinary Gifts of the Holy Ghost, could not be thereby made Members of the Church; because they must have been Members of the Church, before they were endued therewith. In answer to this, I deliré those who are not Quakers, to confider, that this Argument will as effectually overthrow the Apostle's express Declaration in one part of this very. Epistle, as they think it does my interpretation of his Words in another part thereof. For, as I have already observed, the Apostle faies,

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We being many are one Bread and one Body. For we are all partakers of that one Bread, 1 Cor. 10.17. 'Tis plain then, that in the Apostles judgment they were therefore one Body, because they were partakers of that one Bread. Now those who are not Onakers do universally grant, that the Bread here mentioned is what we call the Eucharist. 'Tis plain then, that we are therefore one Body, because we do all partake of the Eucharist. And consequently we are made Members of Christ's Church by the participation of the Eucharist. But must we not be Members of the Church, before we partake of the Eucharift? Yes surely. How then does our Participation of the Eucharist make us Members of the Church; since we must be Members, before we can partake of it? Certainly, since the Apostle faies, that the Participation of the Eucharist makes Men Members of the Church, whereas they must have been Members, before they could partake thereof; this Objection will as evidently prove that the Apostle was mistaken, as that I am mistaken in asserting, that by the Pará ticipation of the Extraordinary Gifts of the Holy Ghost, Men were made Members of the Church, whereas they must have been Members, before they could partake of 'em. Let those who refuse my interpretation of the Apostle's words answer the Obe jection they have made against the Apostle, and they will not want an Answer to that which they have made against me.

But I shall now furnish 'em with an Answer to both, which they may be pleased to take as fol. lows. I grant, that ordinarily Men could not be endued with the Extraordinary Gifts of the Spirit, untill they were actually Members of the Church, I say, ordinarily. For the instance of Cornelius

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and his Friends is an exception; and perhaps the only one, that ever was known. But then I add, what I hope will be duely observed, that when a Man is said to be united to Christ and the Members of the Church, that is, when a Man is said to be made a Member of the Church; it is not alwaies necessarily to be understood, that he was wholly disunited, or not at all a Member thereof before, or that that whereby he is united to it or made a Member of it, is the only or principal Tie or Band of Union, whereby he is united to it, or made a Member of it. For all that is necessarily to be understood, is this, viz. that that where. by he is said to be united to it, or made a Member of it, is one Tie or Band of Union. Perhaps he was not united to it and made a Member of it, before he was united and made a Member by that particular Band: and perhaps he was. For tho' one Band has actually united him to the Church, there may notwithstanding be many other Bands, by every one of which he is really united again, that is, he is joined to it by new and fresh Ties.

I shall illustrate this by making a plain and familiar Supposition, which I hope will en able the most unlearned person throughly to un. derstand my meaning. Suppose a Parcel of Sticks to be tied together with one Band. That wherewith they are thus tied together, does certainly unite the whole, and make them one Bundle. But to this one Band, which has already united them, and made them one Bundle; there may be an Hundred other Bands added, each of which does really Tie them together, and make them one Bundle, not withstanding they were really u, nited and made one Bundle, even when there was but one Band. And thus the Body of Christians,

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