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Of the Communion of Saints.
LL Saints that are united to Jesus Chn
their heal by his spirit and faith althoug they are not made thereby one person wit him e have fellowship in his graces, sufferings death, resurrection and glory : b and being usi ted to one another in love, they have communion in each others gifts and graces, c and are obliged to the performance of such duties, publick and private, as do conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man. d
a Col. i, 18, 19. I Cor. viii, 6. Isa. xlii, 8. I 'Tim. vi, 15, 16. Psal. xlv. 7, with Heb. i, 8, 9, 6 I John, i, 3. Eph. iii, 16, to 19. John, i, 16. Eph. ii, 5, 6. Phil. iii, 10. Rom. vi, 5, 6. II Tim. ii, 12. Eph. iv, 15, 16. I Cor. xii, 7, and iii, 21, 22, 23. Col. ii, 19. dI Thes. v, 114
14. Rom. 1, 11, 12, 14. I John, iii, 16, 17, 18. Gal. vi, 10.
II. All Saints are bound to maintain an holy fel. lowship and communion in the worship of God, and in performing such other spiritual services as tend to their mutual edification, e as also in , relieving each other in outward things according to their several abitities and necessities:
ich connunion though especially to be ex. cised by them for the relations in which they nd, whether in families or in churches yet as id off reth opportunity, is to be extended un all those who in every place call upon the ime of the Lord Jesus,
e Heb. X, 24, 25. Acts i, 42, 46. Isa, ii, 3. [ br. ii 20. j Eph. vj. 2. 4, 5. 9, and v, 22. to 26 I l'im. v. 8. Gal vi, 10. g Acts ii, 44. 45. I John iji, 17. II Cor. viii and ix chapters. Acta xi, 29, 30.
tiuuted by Christ, b to represent him and his benefits and to confirm our interest in him, c and solemnly to engage us to the service of God in Christ, according to his Word. d
a Rom iv, 11. Gen. xvii, 7, 10, 6 Mat. xxviii, 19, I Cor. xi, 23. c I Cor. x, 16, and xi, 25, 26. d Rom. vi, 3, 4. I Cor. x, 16, 21.
II, There is in every Sacrament a spiritual rela.
tion or Sacramental union between the sign, and the thing signified; whence it comes to pass that the names and effects of the one are attributed to the other, e
e Gen. xvii, 10. Mat. xxvi, 27, 28. Tit. iii, 5.
III. The grace which is exhibited in or by the Sacraments rightly used, is not conferred by any power in them, neither doth the efficacy of the sacrament depend upon the piety or intention of him that doth administer it, f but upon the work of the Spirit, g and the word of ins. titution, which contains together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of bencfit to worthy receivers. h
f Rom. ii, 28, 29. I Pet. iii, 21. g Mat. iii, 11. I Cor. xii, 13. h Mat. xxvi, 27, 28, and -xxviii, 19, 20.
IV. There be only two Sacraments ordained by Christ our Lord in the gospel, that is to say, Baptism and the Lord's Supper ; neither of which may be dispensed by any but by a minister of the word lawfuliy called. i
i Mat. xxviii, 19. I Cor. xi, 20, 23, and iv, 1. Heb. V, 4.
The Sacraments of the Old Testament in re.
gard of the spirithal things thereby signified and exhibited, were for substanoe the same with those of the new.k
k I Cor. x, 1, 2, 3, 4.
tament ordained by Jesus Christ, a to be upto the party baptised a sign and seal of the Covenant of grace, 6 of his ingrafting into Christ, c of regeneration, d of remission of sins, e and of his giving up unto God through Jesus Christ to walk in newness of life f which ordinance is by Christ's own appointment to be continued in his Church until the end of the world. g
a Mat. xxviii, 16. b Rom. iv, 11, with Col. ii, 11, 12 c Gal. iii, 27. Rom. vi, 5. d Tit. iii, 5. e Mark i, 4. f Rom, vi, 3, 4. xxviii, 19, 20.
II. The outward element to be used in this ordinance is water, where with the party is to be babtized in the name of the Father, and of the
8n, and of the holy Ghost, by a minister of the gospel, lawiully caliud ehertunto. h.
h M it. lll, id. John i, 33. Mat. xxviii, 19, 20.
IU. Dipping of the person into the water is not nec: $sary, but bapusm is rightly administered by pouring or sprinkling water upon the pers son i
i Hob. ix, 10. 19, to 22. Acts, ii, 41, and xvi, 33. Mark vii, 4.
IV. Not only those that do actually profess faili in, and obedience unto Christ, k but also the in. fanis of one or both believing parents are to be baptiz d and those only. I
k Mark xvi, 15, 16. Acts visi, 37, 38. I Gets **11.7 9 with Gal. iii, 9, 14, and Col. ii, lho and Acts vi 38 39 and Rom. iv, 11, 12. I Cor. vii. 14. Mat. xxvui, 19, Mark x, 13 to 18 Luke xviii, 15.
V. Although it be a great sin to contemn oi neglect this ordinance, m yet grace and salva tion are not so insep p by annt sed to it, as that no person can be regenerate or saved without it in or that all that are baptised are undoubl. odly regi nerited o
an Lukt vii, su, with Exod. iv, 24, 26, 26. #