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tion or Sacramental union between the siga, 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. iä, 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 institution, wbich contains together with a precept authorizing the use thereof, a promise of benefit to worthy receivers. h

f Rom. ii, 28, 29. I Pet. iii, 21. g Mat. jii, 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 mine ister of the word lawfuliy called. i

i Mat. xxviii, 19. I Cor. xi, 20, 23, and iv, l. Heb. v, 4.

The Sacraments of the Old Testament in re

gard of the spiritual things thereby signified and exhibited, were for substance the same with those of the new.k

k I Cor. x, 1, 2, 3, 4.

CHAP. XXIX.

Of Baptism.

:D APTISM is a Sacrament of the New Tes

D tament ordained by Jesus Christ, a to be unco the party baptised a sign and seal of the Covenant of grace, b 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. 6 Rom. iv, 11, with Col. ii, il, 12. c Gal. iii, 27. Rom. vi, 5. d Tit. iii, 5. e Mark i, 4. f Rom, vi, 3, 4. & Mat. xxviii, 19, 20.

II.

; The outward element to be used in this ordiDanae is water, wherewith the party is to be babrized in the name of the Father, and of thę

Son, and of the holy Ghost, by a minister of the gospel, lawlully calied thereunt. I

h Mat. lll, 11. John i, 33. Mat. xxvill, 19, 30.

III. Dipping of the person into the water is not Dect ssary, but baptism is rightly administered by pouring or sprinkling water upon the pers son. i

2 Heb. ix, 10. 19, to 22. Acts, ii, 41, and Xvi, 33. Mark vii, 4. ,

IV. Not only those that do actually profess faiili in, and obedience unto Christ, k but also the in. fants of one or both believing parents are to be baptized and those only. 1

k Mark xvi, 15, 16. Acts viii, 37, 38. (Gen. xvii. 7, 9 with Gal. iji, 9, 14, and Col. ii, U, and Acts ii 38 39 and Rom. iv, 11, 12. I Cor. vii. 14. Mat. xxviii, 19, Mark X, 13. to 16. Luke xviii, 15.

V: Alihough it be a great sin to contemn or neglect this ordinance, m yet grace and salvation are not so insepar by annexed to it, iis ihat no person can be regenerate or saved without it ;n or that all that are baptised are undoubiçdiy regenerated. •

m Luke vii, 30, with Exod. iv, 24, 25, 26. #

Rom. iv, 11. Acts x, 2, 4, 22, 31, 45, 47, o Acts ix, 13, 23.

VI. The efficacy of Baptism is not tied to that moment of time wherein it is administered, p yet notwithstanding, by the right use of this ordinance, the grace promised is not only offered, but really exhibited and conferred by the holy Ghost to such (whether of age or infants) as that grace belongeth unto, according to the counsel of God's own will in his appointed time. 9

p Jobniji, 5, 8. Gal. iii, 27. Tit. iii, 5, Eph. V, 25, 26. Acts ii, 38, 41,

VII. Baptism is but once to be administered to a. ny person, r

q Titus iii, 5.

CHAP. XXX.
Of the Lord's Sunnet.

UR Lord Jesus in the night wherein be U was betrayed, instituted the Sacrament of his body and blood called the Lord's Supper, to be observed in his Churches to the end of the world, for the perpetual remembrance, and shewing forth of the sacrifice of himsell in his death, the sealing of all benefits thereof unto true believers, their spiritual nourishment and growth in him, their further engagementin und to all duries which they owe unto him, and lo be a bond and pledge of their communion with him and with each other. a

a I Cor. x1, 23, 24, 25, 26, and 8, 16, 17, 21, and xii, 13.

II. In this Sacrament Christ is not offered up to his Father, nor any real sacrifice mile at all for remission of sin of the quick or dead, o but on. ly a memorial of that one offering up of himself upon the Cross, once for all, and a spiritual oblation of all possible praise unto God for the same, c so that the Popish sacrifice of the Mass (as they call it) is most abomin:lly injur rious to Christ's own only sacrifice, the alone propitiation for all the sins of the cleci.

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