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are the poor in spirit : for theirs is art thou cast down, O my soul? and the kingdom of heaven. Ver. 4. why. art thou disquieted within me? Blessed are they that mourn : for hope thou in God, for I shall yet they shall be comforted. Psal. xxxi. praise him, who is the health of my 22. For I said in my haste, I am cut countenance, and my God. off from before thine eyes ; neverthe d 2 Tim. ii. 19. Nevertheless, the less thou heardest the voice of my

foundation of God standerh sure, supplications, when I cried unto thee. having this seal, The Lord knoweth Psal. lxxiü. 13. Verily I have clean then that are his. And, Let every sed my heart in vain, and washed my one that nameth the name of Christ hands in innocency. Ver. 22. So depart from iniquity. Isa. 1. 10. foolish was I, and ignorant : I was as Who is among you that feareth the a beast before thee. Ver. 23. Never Lord, that obeyeth the voice of his theless I am continually with thee; servant, that walketh in darkness, thou hast holden nie by my right and hath no light ? let hiin trust in hand.

the name of the Lord, and stay upPhil. iii. 8. Yea doubtless, and I on his God. Psal. lxvi. 18. If I re-* count all things but loss, for the ex gard iniquity in my heart, the Lord cellency of the knowledge of Christ will not hear me. Ver. 19. But Jesus my Lord: for whom I have verily, God hath heard me: he hath suffered the loss of all things, and do

attended to the voice of my prayer. count them but dung, that I may win Ver. 20. Blessed be God, which hath Christ, Ver. 9. And be found in him, not turned away my prayer, nor his not having mine own righteousness, mercy from me. which is of the law, but that which e Isa. xl. ll. He shall feed his is through the faith of Christ, the flock like a shepherd: he shall garighteousness which is of God by ther the lambs with his arm, and faith. Psal. x. 17. Lord, thou hast carry them in his bosom, and shall heard the desire of the humble : thou gently lead those that are with young. wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt Ver. 29. He giveth power to the cause thine ear to hear. * Psal. xlii. 1. faint; and to them that have no As the hart panteth after the wa might he increaseth strength. Ver. ter-brooks, so panteth my soul after 31. But they that wait upon the thee, O God. Ver. 2. My soul Lord shall renew their strength: they thirsteth for God, for the living God: shall mount up with wings as eagles; when shall I come and appear before they shall run, and not be weary; God? Ver. 5. Why art thou cast and they shall walk, and not faint. down, O my soul ? and why art thou Mat. xi. 28. Come unto me, all disquieted in me? hope thou in God, ye that labour and, are heavy 'for I shall yet praise him for the help laden, and I will give you rest. of his countenance. Ver. 11. Why Mat. xii. 20. A bruised reed shall

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he is to bewail his unbelief, and labour to have his
doubts resolved s ; and, so doing, he may and ought
to come to the Lord's supper, that he may be further
strengthened

Q. 173. May any who profess the faith, and desire to come
to the Lord's supper, be kept from it?

A. Such as are found to be ignorant or scandalous, notwithstanding their profession of the faith, and desire to come to the Lord's supper, may and ought to be kept from that sacrament, by the power which Christ hath left in his church', until they receive instruction, and manifest their reformation

Q. 174. What

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he not break, and smoking Aax shall the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty
he not quench, till he send forth of the body and blood of the Lord.
judgment unto victory. Mat. XXV Ver. 28. But let a man examine him.
28. For this is my blood of the new

self, and so let him eat of that bread,
testament, which is shed for many and drink of that cup. Ver. 29. For
for the remission of sins,

he that eateth and drinketh' unf Mark ix. 24. And straightway worthily, eateth and drinketh damthe father of the child cried out, and

nation to himself, not discerning the
said with tears, Lord, I believe; help Lord's body. Ver. 30. For this
thou mine unbelief.

cause many are weak and sickly
8 Acts il. 37. Now, when they among you, and many sleep. Ver. 31.
heard this, they were pricked in their
heart, and said unto Peter and to the

For if we would judge ourselves, we

should not be judged, &c to the end rest of the apostles, Men and bre of the Chapter. Compared with Mat

. thren, what shall we do? Acts xyi.

vii. 6. Give not that which is holy 30. And he brought them out, and

unto the dogs, neither cast ye your said, Şirs, what must I do to be pearls before swine, lest they trample saved?

them under their feet, and turn h Rom. iv. 11. And he received again and rend you. And with 1 Cor

. the sign of circumcision, a seal of the Chapter V. to the end. And with Jude

, righteousness of the faith which he

Ver. 23. And others save with fear, had yet being uncircumcised; that pulling them out of the fire; hating he might be the father of all them

even the garments spotted by the cumcised, that righteousness might hands suddenly on no man, neither

flesh. And with 1 Tim. v. 22. Lay be imputed unto them also. 1 Cor. xi. 28. But let a man examine him- keep thyself pure.

be partakers of other men's sing : self, and so let him eat of that bread,

k 2 Cor. ii. 7. So that contrari173. i 1 Cor. xi. 27. to the end.

wise, ye ought rather to forgive him,

and comfort him, lest perhaps such
Wherefore, whosoever
this bread, and drink this cup of

an one should be swallowed up with
overmuch sorrow.

and drink of that cup.

shall eat

174. ! Lev.

of it?

Q. 174. What is required of them that receive the sacrament of the Lord's supper in the time of the administration

A. It is required of them that receive the sacrament of the Lord's supper, that, during the time of the administration of it, with all holy reverence and attention they wait upon God in that ordinance', diligently observe the sacramental elements and actions , heedfully discern the Lord's body ", and affectionately meditate on his death and sufferings, and thereby stir up themselves to a vigorous exercise of their graces p; in judging themselves', and sorrowing for

sin;

come.

174. I Lev. x. 3. Then Moses said

stament, which is shed for

many

for unto Aaron, This is it that the Lord thé remission of sins. spake, saying, I will be sanctified in ni Cor. xi. 29. For he that eateth them that come nigh me, and before and drinketh unworthily, eateth and all the people I will be glorified. drinketh damnation to himself, not Heb. xii

. 28. Wherefore, we recei- discerning the Lord's body. ving a kingdom which cannot be o Luke xxii. 19. And he took moved; let us have grace, whereby bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, we may serve God acceptably, with

and gave unto them, saying, This is reverence and godly fear. Psal. v. 7. my body, which is given for you: But as for me, I will come into thy this do in remembrance of me, house in the multitude of thy mercy ;

Pi Cor. xi. 26. For as often as ye and in thy fear will I worship to:

eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye ward thy holy temple. I Cor. xi.

do shew the Lord's death till he 17. Now in this that I declare unto

1 Cor. x. 3. And did all eat you, I praise you not, that ye come

the same spiritual meat ; Ver. 4. together not for the better, but for And did all drink the same spiritual Ver. 26. For as often as

drink: (for they drank of that spiye eat this bread, and drink thig ritual Rock that followed them; and cup, ye do shew the Lord's death that Rock was Christ.) Ver. 5. till he come. Ver. 27. Wherefore,

But with many of them God was whosoever shall eat this bread, and

not well pleased; for they were drink this cup of the Lord, un

overthrown in the wilderness. Vere worthily, shall be guilty of the body

11. Now all these things happened and blood of the Lord.

unto them for ensamples; and they * Exod. xxiv. 8. And Moses took

are written for our admonition, upon the blood, and sprinkled it on the

whom the ends of the world are people, and said, Behold the blood

Ver. 14. Wherefore, my of the covenant which the Lord hath

dearly beloved, fle on idolatry. made with you concerning all these

9 1 Cor. xi. 31. For if we would words. Compared with Mat. xxvi. 28

judge ourselves, we should not be For this is my blood of the new te.

judged.

Zech,

the worse.

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°x Psal. lxii. 4. Thus will I bless helped : therefore my heart great.

sin'; in earnest hungering and thirsting after Christ', feeding on him by faith', receiving of his fulness", trusting in his merits w, rejoicing in his love", giving thanks for his grace ' ; in renewing of their covenant with God”, and love to all the saints a.

Q. 175. What is the duty of Christians, after they have received the sacrament of the Lord's supper?

A. The duty of Christians, after they have received the sacrament of the Lord's supper, is seriously to consider how they have behaved themselves therein, and with what success b; if they find quickening and comfort, to bless God for

it, Zech. xii. 10. And I will pour

shall be satisfied as with marrow and upon the house of David, and upon

fatness; and my mouth shall praise the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spi thee with joyful lips:

2 Chron. rit of grace and of supplications; and

XXX. 21. And the children of Israel they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn

that were present at Jerusalem kept

the feast of unleavened bread seven for him, as one mourneth for his only

days with great gladness: and the son, and shall be in bitterness for

Levites and the priests praised the him, as one that is in bitterness for

Lord day by day, singing with loud his first-born.

instruments unto the Lord. $ Rev. xxii. 17. And the Spirit and

y Psal. xxii. 26.' The meek shall the bride say, Come. And let him

eat and be satisfied; they shall praise that heareth say, Come. And let

the Lord that seek him : your heart him that is athirst come. And who shall live for ever. soever will, let him take the water

2 Jer. I. 5. They shall ask the way of life freely.

I to Zion with their faces thitherward, t John vi. 35. And Jesus said unto

saying, Come, and let us join our. them, I am the bread of life: he that

selves to the Lord in a perpetual cometh to me shall never hunger;

covenant that shall not be forgotten. and he that believeth on me shall

Psal l. 5. Gather my saints together never thirst.

unto me: those that have made a u John i, 16. And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for

covenant with me by sacrifice.

a Acts ii. 42. And they continued grace.

stedfastly in the apostles doctrine and W Phil. iii. 9. And be found in him; fellowship

, and in breaking of bread, not having mine own righteousness, and in prayers. which is of the law, but that which

175. b Psal. xxviii. 7. The Lord is through the faith of Christ, the is my strength and my shield

, ang sighteousness which is of God by faith. heart trusted in him, and I am thee while I live: I will lift up my hands in thy name.

ly rejoiceth, and with my song Ver. 5. My soul

will í praise him. Psal. lxixv. 8.

I will

it'; beg the continuance of itd, watch against relapses fulfil their vows, and encourage themselves to a attendance on that ordinance 8: but if they find no pre sent benefit, more exactly to review their preparation to, and carriage at, the sacrament h; in both which, if they can approve themselves to God and their own con

sciences,

frequent

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I will hear what God the Lord will chamber of her that conceived me. speak: for he will speak peace unto 1 Chron. xxix. 18. O Lord God of his people, and to his saints : but let Abrahanı, Isaac, and of Israel, oui them not turn again to folly. i Cor.

fathers, keep this for ever in the imaxi, 17. Now in this that I declare un

gination of the thoughts of the heart to you, I praise you not, that ye come of thy people, and prepare their lieart together not for the better, but for

unto thee. the worse. Ver. 30. For this cause

1 Cor. x. 3. And did all eat the many are weak and sickly among

same spiritual meat ; Ver. 4. And did you, and many sleep. Ver. 31. For all drink the same spiritual drink : if we would judge ourselves, we (for they drank of that spiritual Rock should not be judged.

that followed them; and that Rock C 2 Chron. xxx. 21, 22, 23, 25, 26.

was Christ.) Ver. 5. But with many Ver. 21. And the children of Israel of them God was not well pleased ; that were present at Jerusalem kept for they were overthrown in the the feast of unleavened bread seven

wilderness. Ver. 12. Wherefore, let days with great gladness; and the

him that thinketh he standeth take Levites and the priests praised the

heed lest he fall. Lord day by day, singing with loud

f Psal. 1. 14. Offer unto God thanksinstruments unto the Lord, &c giving, and pay thy vows unto the Acts ii. 42. And they continued sted. inost High. fastly in the apostles' doctrine and g 1 Cor. xi. 25. After the same fellowship, and in breaking of bread;

manner also he took the cup, when and in prayers. Ver. 46. And they, he had supped, saying, This cup is the continuing daily with one accord in

new testament in my blood : this do the temple, and breaking bread from ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance house to housę, did eat their meat

of me. Ver. 26. For as often as ye eat with gladness and singleness of heart, this bread, and drink this cup, ye do Ver. 47. Praising God, and having shew the Lord's death till he come. favour with all the people...

Acts ii. 42. And they continued sted: Psal

. xxxvi. 10. o continue thy fastly in the apostles doctrine and fel, loving-kindness unto them that know lowship, and in breaking of bread, and thee, and thy righteousness to the

in prayers. Ver. 46. And they, conupright in heart. Cant. iii. 4. It was tinuing daily with one accord in the but a little that I passed from them, temple, and breaking bread from but I found hin whom my soul lov? house to house, did eat their meat eth: I held him, and would not let with gladness and

singleness of heart. him go, until I had brought him into h * Cant. v. 1. I am come into my mother's house, and into the

my garden, my sister, my spouse :

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