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to save themselves the trouble of any preparation at all.*
Of our Duty after Receiving. But what will all the preparation in the world avail us, if, as foon as we have turned our backs on the Lord's Table, we forget that ever we were there, and remember no more our folemn engagement, or those holy refolu.' tions, which had been raised in our minds by that course of devotions in the week, prem paratory to our receiving the holy Commu. nion? inftead of placing us in the favour of the Almighty, this will draw upon us the abundance and severity of his wrath, for fuch our mockery of his divine institution and commands,
Some account of the method of this work,
Therefore I have, in this second part of the new Weck's Preparation, inserted such meditations, hymns, and prayers, to be used by the worthy compunicant, during the week following his participation of Christ's Body and Blood, as I apprehend will furnish him with a right sense of his duty: which I take to be the best means he can make use
of, of, to secure himself, against the sudden furprise and impetuous attacks of all his enemies, ghostly or bodily. And,
* See the preface to the first part of the new Week's Preparation, concerning the usefulnes of actual Prepare!ica before the rocciving or the Lord's SOPPER,
It is great satisfaction to me, that I can afsure the reader, I have taken the Church Catechism and the Communion Service for my guide ; fo that he may be satisfied, this New Week's Preparation is strictly orthodox, and perfectly agreeable to tbe doctrine of the Church of England, and to the word of God.
Moreover, I have been advised to prefix the explanation of that part of the Church Cate. chilm, which relates to the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper, by fome who believe it to be the shortest, plain it, and most compre!en. five of any extant; and for the satisfaction of those who are desirous to search the Scrip. tures, and to see and examine the authorities upon which this explanation is founded, I have cited the texts at the bottom of each page,
FAMILIAR AND COMPREHENSIVE ;
OF THAT PART OF Tue
Relates to the Sacraments, especially that of the Lord's Supper, 'as warranted and
supported by Scripture. THE Church tells us, that Christ hatlı
1 ordained only two Sacra- . ments, as generally necessary to fal. The two
Sacraments. vation; that is to say, Baptism and the supper of the Lord. Now Baptism was instituted by Christ, to be the rite of admiffion into his church, sand is answerable to circumcision among the Jews. The Lord's fupper was ordained for the exercise and confirmation of our faith in Christ, ?and ap, pointed by him instead of the Jewish passover; sand these are thus necessary to falva
4 i Cor, xii, 13. 1 Cor. x, 2, 3, 4. John xix. 34. 1 John v. 6, 8. 5 Acts ii. 41. Acts viii. 12. Acts X. 48. Mat. xxviii. 19. Heb. vi. 1, 2. Cor. ii. II, 12. Gen. , xvii. 9, 12, 23, 27. Phil. iii. 3. 9 i Cor. xi. 23, 24, 25, Luke xxii. 19, 20. 8 1 Cor. v. 7, 8. Exod. xii. 3, 21, 22, 23, 27. John i. 29. I Pet. i. 18, 19.
tion, viz. Baptism is necessary thereto, as being the appointed instrument of our regenetation or new birth; "and the Lord's Supper, as being that spiritual food, by which we are nourished up to everlafting life, the former to be only once, the latter often received. These ordinances ministering to such great
ends, we say are only generally How neceilary to Salvation.'
onary and not absolutely necessary to
Salvation; because we dare not take upon us to exclude all hope of God's mercy in such extraordinary cases, as the want of opportunity or capacity of receiving them reluces mankind often unto. r°But as the Jews were obliged under the feverest pewalty to be circumcifed, and keep the parlover; “fo our guilt and danger will be proportionably great, in not observing when it is in our power, these two more eafy instiputions, which are not only of a higher authority, but also the distinguishing badges of a more excellent profeflion.
portti 'fo curcumcised, under the leve is in ourly great, i and dance keep the
· Johnii. S. John i. 12. 13. Tit. ii. S 1 Pet. ii. 2. 7 Joho vi. 3. Eph. v, 29. Col. ij 19, Jude 21. Cor. xi. 33, 34. Eph. iv. 5. John iii. iv. Rom. vi, 1o. 9 Alts.
. 42. i Cor. xi. 3), 26. Luke xiv.15. John vi. 34. 10 Mais xii. 7. Joth 5,6,7. Luke xxiii. 43. 1 Cor. v. 12, 13.
i Gev. xvii. 14. Exod iv. 24, 25, 26. 4 Numb. ix. 13, &c. Exod. xii. Matt. xxvi. 18. si Johd v. 3. 2 Kings V. 13. John iv. 40. 6 Heb. xii. 25. Heh. ii. 2, 3. Heli. X, 28, 29. 1 John ii. 4. John xiii. 8. Pfa. ii. 12 7 1 Cor. ni, 26. s Tim. ii, 19. 8. John i. 17. 2 Cor. iij. 7,8,9.
* By the word Sacrament, the Church tells .us, is meant an outward and visi
The meaning of ble sigo of an in ward and fpiri. a. tual grace, given unto us, ordained by Chrif himself, as a means whereby we receive the same, and a pledge to assure us thereof. Now for the clearer understanding this account, which the Church gives us of a Sacrament, it is necessary that the several parts of which it confifts, Haould be diftinguished: and therefore you are to observe, we are therejn taught, that to constitute a Sacrament, there must be, first, fomething difcernible and apparent to our senses; which, fecondly, must represent fome spiritual grace and favour vouchlafed us by God; thirdly, that outward figo must be of Christ's own institution; and, fourthly, appointed by him as a means of conveying to us this inward grace, and as a feal and token of assurance, that he will be tow the one upon those who do worthily receive the other; and as these properties are only to be found in Baptism and the supper of our Lord, no other religious rite can be truly called, or ought to be esteemed, a Sacrament.
Now the parts, of which a Sacrament confifts, are two, viz. the outward visible sign, and the inward spina
a Sacrament. ritual grace. Thus, outward fenfible things can be a means of conveying,