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declaring that of fuch, that is of them and fuch as they, is the kingdom of God. When I fay in my heart, Then God for Christ's fake did forgive my faults, and give me the help of the Holy Ghoft to believe and ferve him, by faying fo in my heart, I believe the promises of God made in Baptifm.
XXVII. Q. What faults had you before you were Christen'd?
A. Our Great Grandfather z. Gen. iii. a. Gen. viii. 21. Job xiv. 4. Adam offended God z: And Rom. v. iz. b. Rom. ever fince we bring many faults v. 12, 18. ch. vi. 23. with us into the world a: for which we are born under God's anger b.
XXVIII. Q. But why were you Chriften'd, when you could not think of leaving your faults, and believing and ferving God?
c. A. Because my Father and my Mother, and my Friends
would teach me when I can learn, to leave my faults, and believe and ferve God.
reason why infants are
the true God: fo 1 Cor. vii. 14, thofe infants are holy to be
XXIX. Q. You fay, when you were Christen'd, God did give you the help of the Holy Ghoft to leave your faults, and believe and ferve God. What must you do that God may give you more of the help of the Holy Ghost?
A. When I have learn'd my Catechifm fo as to xiii. 19,23. Understand it, and Do what it teaches med; then
1 muft learn to understand the Service of Confirmation e. And I must go to my Minifter, for him. Eccl. v. 1. f. This to bring me to the Bishop to be Confirm'd f. is certainly
the Commandment of God. For à Great Increase of the Grace of the Holy Ghoft, of the living water of Baptifm (John iv. 1, 10, 14.) is promis'd to all Chriftians, chap. vii. 37, 38, 39, to the end of the world, chap. xiv. 15, 16. As ii. 38, 39; and the fame is given in the Ordinary way, only in Confirmation. And John vii. 37, &c. Chrift folemnly commands all Chriftians to come to him for this Increase of Grace. And by fo doing he folemnly commands us to come to him by the way whereby he gives it, and performs the promise of it. As iv. 31, We are told how the promise was perform'd to thofe St. Peter spoke to chap. ii. 38, 39. And how it was perform'd in the Ordinary fettled way to all others, we are plainly told, chap. viii. 14 to 19. chap. xix. 6. And this Confirmation is, Heb. vi. 2, one of the first principles of the doctrine of Chrift, to be taught to babes, chap. v. 12, 13.
XXX, Q. What will the Bishop do to Confirm you?
g. Aūts viii. 15. b. Ver. 17. Matth. xix.
13, 15, we learn that Laying on of hands fighifies bleffing or pray ing for any one. i. Luke xi. 8 to 14. k. If I am duly prepar'd, and
A. He will pray for meg, and lay his hand upon me and bless me b. And I must pray heartily with him i. Thenk God will give me a great help of the Holy Ghoft to know m and do his Word n.
Rightly and Orderly take Confirmation. 1. As viii. 17. Johnvii. 37, 38, 39. m. John xiv. 26. n. Als iv. 31. Eph. v. 9. XXXI. Q. What must you do before you are brought to be Confirmed?
•. John 14. 15, 16. chap. 15. 2. p. Alts 26. 17, 18. 1. Orderly and reverently do all I am order'd to do in the Common-prayer-book, and heartily pray with the Bishop. 1 Cor. 14. 40. Heb. xx.6.
A. I muft fee that I will do with all my power, all that my Godfathers and Godmo thers promis'd for meo. And I must fee that I truly repent of my faults p.
And I must believe that if I do as I fhou'd do at my Confirmation 9, God will give me
the help of the Holy Ghoft promifed in Confirmation r, for Jefus Chrift's sake s.
r. Heb. xi. 6. Luke xi. 13. John 7. 37, 38, 39. Acts 2. 38, 39.
s. Titus ii. 14. See 25 Question.
XXXII. Q. What must you do that God may always give you his forgiveness, and all his bleffing? A. When I have learn'd my Catechifm fo as to understand it, and do what it teaches met; and am ready and defirous to be Confirm'd'; then I must learn to understand the Service of the Lord's Supper u. And I must often keep that remembrance of Chrift's dying for the forgiveness of our Sins x.
t. Matt. xiii. 19, 23. u. Eccles. v. I. x. Acts ii. 42, 46. ch. xx. 7. 1 Cor. xi. 20, 24, 25, 26.
XXXIII. Q. What is the Lord's Supper?
A. The Minifter takes Bread and Wine, and blesses them by giving thanks y; and fhews how Chrift commanded them to be taken z, and breaks the Bread a; and for a Blefprays fing upon our right taking them b.
y. For Chrift's Dying for the forgiveness of our sins; and for all the Bleffings we have by his Dying for the forgiveness of our Sins; (of which Bleffings the Bread and Wine are fome. See 25 Queftion) and for Chrift's ordaining this bleffed Remembrance of his Dying for us. Chrift after giving Thanks commanded them to be taken in Remembrance of his Body broken for us, and of his Blood of the New Teftament fhed for us, for the forgiveness of our Sins. 4. 1 Cor. xi. 23, 24. b. Matt. vii. 7.
Then I muft give thanks, and pray with him. And I must take the broken Bread from him and eat it, remembring Chrift's Body broken to Death for the forgiveness of
our Sins c.
c. 1 Cor. 11. 24. This is the plain meaning of Chrift's Words, This is my body which is given (broken) for you; this do in remembrance of me. The words, This do in remembrance fme, do fhew the fame meaning.
And I must take the wine and drink it, remembring Chrift's Blood fhed to Death for the forgiveness of our Sins, promifed in the New Teftament, if we do what he commands in the New Teftament d.
d. Matth. xxvi. 27, 28. 1 Cor. xi. 25. This is the plain meaning of Chrift's words, lood of the
new testament, or the new teftament in my blood, which is fhed for you, and for many, for the remiffion of fins: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For the bread is the Body of Christ, and the wine is the Blood of Chrift, in the fame fenfe that the Paffover Lamb was the Paffover. That Lamb was called the Paffover, because it was eaten in Remembrance of God's Paffing over, his Paffing over his people when he flew the firstborn of the Egyptians, (Exod. xii. 11. to 15, 26, 27.) and his delivering his people by that means from the bondage of the Egyptians, ver. 42. So the ufe of the bread and wine is to be tokens to help us to remember Chrift's Body and Blood; the bread broken, given, and eaten, to help us to remember Chrift's Body broken for us; and the wine pour'd out, given, and drank, to help us to remember Chrift's Blood of the New Teftament, fhed for us for the Forgiveness of our Sins, Exod. xiii. 9, 16.
XXXIV. Q. What must you then remember to do? A. I that truly repent, muft believe e, and be glad f, that God will give me the forgiveness, and all the bleffings of forgiveness g, promised in the New Teftament for the fake of Chrift dying for us b.
2. I must give the greatest thanks I can for the most wonderful Love of God i, and Chrift k, in Chrift's dying for us, and for all the bleffings we have by his Death /.
e. Heb. xi. 6. f. A&s ii. 46. g. Grace, more and more Grace, everlasting Life, all that is good for us in this world, and de
liverane from all evil.
See Question 25. b.
Rom. iii. 25. i. In giving his only 4, 10. k. In laying down his Matth. xxvi. 30. Eph. v. 20. 3. And
3. And I must love God and Christ with all my power, for their most wonderful Love b; and do with all my power all they commanded us in the New Teftament i.
b. i John 4. 19. i. 1. John. 5. 3. k. 1 Joh
4. 10, 11.
4. And I must love every body, as they have loved us, k. XXXV. Q. What will God do for you, when you keep this Remembrance of Christ's Dying for the forgiveness of our Sins?
a. As 34 Qu. 1. For it is by believing God's Promifes, that
A. If I carefully keep it as I ought to do, then God will furely do as I believe a.
the truly penitent, obedient Chriftian, receives the Mercies promifed, Mark 11. 24. Heb. 11. 6, 11. 2 Kings 7. 2. 2 Chron.
By fo believing, I eat and drink Chrift's Body and Blood; (John 6. 47, 51, 54.) that is, I receive the forgivenefs, and the bleffings of forgiveness, for which his Body was broken, and his Blood shed. See 34 Qu. g. b.
And fo my Soul is strengthned and refreshed by the Body and Blood of Chrift, that is, by the forgivenefs, and blef fings of forgiveness, for which his Body was broken, and his Blood fhed...
1 Cor. 10. 16. The cup of bleffing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blond of Chrift? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Chrift? By thefe words is meant, That the bleffing and partaking of this bread and cup, is our partaking of Chrift's Offering for for us his Body and Blood, (Heb. 10. 10, 12. that is, our joyning
with him in his Offer-
As ver. 18. the Jews which did eat of the facrifices, were par takers of the altar; that is, did joyn with the Prieft in his offering the Sacrifices upon the altar.
For both the Christian Communion, and the Jews eating_of the Sacrifices, are brought to prove, That the eating of that which