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him for the help of his countenance, self-same thing that ye sorrowed

sciences, they are to wait for the fruit of it in due time': but, if they see they have failed in either, they are to be humbled", and to attend upon it afterward with more care and diligence'

Q. 176. Wherein I have gathered my myrrh with my

Ver, 8. Yet the Lord will command spice ;

I have eaten my honey-comb his loving-kindness in the day-time, with my honey; I have drunk my and in the night his song shall be wine with my milk : eat, О friends; with me, and my prayer unto the drink, yea, drink abundantly, o beloved. Ver. 2. I sleep, but

God of my life. Psal. xliii. 3. O send waketh: it is the voice of my beloved

out thy light and thy truth; let them

lead me, let them bring me unto thy that knocketh, saying, Open to me,

holy hill, and to thy tabernacles

. my sister, my love, my dove, my un

Ver. 4. Then will I go unto the al. defiled : for my head is filled with

tar of God, unto God my exceeding dew, and my locks with the drops of the night. Ver. 3. I have put off my

joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise

thee, O God, my God. Ver. 5. coat; how shall I put it on ? I have

Why art thou cast down, O my soul? washed my feet; how shall i defile them ? Ver. 4. My beloved put in

and why art thou disquieted within

me? hope in God: for I shall get his hand by the hole of the door, and

praise him, who is the health of my my bowels were moved for him.


Ver. 5. I rose up to open to my be-

k 2 Chron. xxx. 18. For a multiand hands dropped with

tude of the people, even many of Ephmyrrh, and my fingers with sweet

raim and Manasseh, Issachar and Ze. smelling myrrh, upon the handles of bulun, had not cleansed themselves

, the lock. Ver. 6, I opened to my

yet did they eat the passover otherwise beloved ;, but my beloved had with

than it was written: but Hezekiah drawn himself, and was gone ; my soul failed when he spake : I sought Lord pardon every one veroud


prayed for them, saying, The good him, but I could not find him; I calle That prepareth his heart to seek God; ed him, but he gave me no answer.

the Lord God of his fathers, though i Psal. cxxiii. 1. Unto thee lift I

he be not cleansed according to the up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest purification of the sanctuary. Isa

. in the heavens. * Ver. 2, Behold,

i. 16. Wash ye, make you clean; as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the

put away the evil of your doings eyes of a maiden unto the hand of evil. Ver. 18. Come now, and let

from before mine eyes; cease to da her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God,

until that he have though your sins be as scarlet mercy upon us,

Psal. xlii. 5. Why they shall be as white as snow; art thou cast down, O my soul ? "and though they be red like crimson, why art thou disquieted in me? hope they shall be as wool, thou in God : for I shall yet praise





us reason together, saith the Lord:

1 2 Cor. vii. 11. For, behold, this


Q. 176. Wherein do the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's supper agree?

A. The sacraments of baptism and the Lord's supper agree, in that the author of both is God"; the spiritual part of both is Christ and his benefits"; both are seals of the same covenanto, aretobedispensedbyministers of thegospel,andbynoneotherP;


after a godly sort, what carefulness the Father, even so we also should it wrought in you, yea, what clear. walk in newness of life. I Cor. ing of yourselves, yea, what indig x. 16. The cup of blessing which we nation, yea, what fear, yea, what bless, is it not the communion of the vehement desire, yea, what zeal,

blood of Christ ?. the bread which yea, what revenge! in all things ye we break, is it not the communion of have approved yourselves to be clear the body of Christ ? in this matter.

1 Chron. XV. 12. • Rom. iv. ll. And he received And (David) said unto them, Ye are the sign of circumcision, a seal of the chief of the fathers of the Le

the righteousness of the faith which vites : sanctify yourselves, both ye he had yet being uncircumcised ; and your brethren, that ye may

that he might be the father of all bring up the ark of the Lord God of them that believe, though they be Israel unto the place that I have not circumcised; that righteousness prepared for it. 'Ver. 13. For be- might be imputed unto them also, cause ye did it not at the first, the

Compared with Col. ii. 12. Buried Lord our God made a breach upon

with him in baptism, wherein also us, for that we sought him not after ye are risen with him through the the due order. Ver. 14. . So the

faith of the operation of God, who priests and, the Levites sanctified hath raised him from the dead. themselves to bring up the ark of

Mat. xxvi. 27. And he took the

сир, the Lord God of Israel,

and gave thanks, and gave it to 176. m Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye

then, saying, therefore, and teach all nations,

Ver. 28. For this is my blood of the baptizing them in the name of the

new testament, which is shed for Father, and of the Son, and of the

many for the remission of sins. Holy Ghost, i Cor. xi. 23. For I

P John i, 33. And I knew him have received of the Lord that

not; but he that sent me to baptize which also I delivered unto you,

with water, the same said unto me, That the Lord Jesus, the same night Upon whom thou shalt

see the Spiin which he was betrayed, took rit descending, and remaining on

him, the same is he which bap"Rom. vi. 3. Know ye not, that tizeth with the Holy Ghost. Mat. 80 many of us as were baptized into xxvül. 19. Go ye therefore, and Jesus Christ were baptized into his

teach all nations, baptizing them in death? Ver. 4. Therefore we are

the name of the Father, and of the buried with him by baptism into

Son, and of the Holy Ghost. 1 Cor. death; that like as Christ was raised

xi. 23. For I have received of the up from the dead by the glory of Lord that which also I delivered una

ye all of it :


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uś, by the washing of regeneration, Lord Jesus, the same night in

and renewing of the Holy Ghost. . which he was betrayed, took

and to be continued in the church of Christ until his second coming

Q. 177. Wherein do the sacraments of baptism and the Lord's supper differ?

A. The sacraments of baptism and the Lord's supper differ, in that baptism is to be administered but once, with water, to be a sign and seal of our regeneration and ingrafting into Christ', and that even to infants?; whereas the Lord's supper is to be administered often, in the elements of bread and wine, to represent and exhibit Christ as spiritual nourishment to the soul', and to confirm our

continuance to you, That the Lord Jesus, the Gal. üi. 27. For as many


you same night in which he was be have been baptized into Christ have trayed, took bread. 1 Cor. iv. 1.

put on Christ. Let a man so account of us as of the s Gen. xvii. 7. And I will estaministers of Christ, and stewards of blish my covenant between me and the mysteries of God. Heb. v. 4.

thee, and thy seed after thee, in their And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, nant, to be a God unto thee, and to

generations, for an everlasting coveas was Aaron.

thy seed after thee. Ver. 9. And 9 Mat. xxviii. 19. Go ye there. fore, and teach all nations, bap- keep my covenant therefore, thou,

God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt tizing them in the name of the and thy seed after thee, in their geo Father, and of the Son, and of the nerations. Acis ii. 38. Then Peter Holy Ghost: Ver. 20. Teaching said unto them, Repent, and be them to observe all things what baptized every one of you in the soever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto

name of Jesus Christ, for the re

mission of sins, and ye shall receive the end of the world. Amen. I Cor. xi. 26. For as often as ye eat this

the gift of the Holy Ghost. Ver. 39. bread, and drink this cup, ye do

For the promise is unto you, and to · shew the Lord's death till he come.

your children, and to all that are 117. 'Mat. iii. 11. I indeed bap

afar off, even as many as the Lord

our God shall call, 1 Cor. vii. 14. tize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is

For the unbelieving husband is sanc

tified by the wife, and the unbemightier than I, whose shoes I am

lieving wife is sanctified by the not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and unclean; but now are they holy.

husband; else were your children with fire. Tit. ii. 5. Not by works of righteousness which we have done,

tl Cor. xi. 23. For I have rebut according to his mercy he saved

ceived of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the


continuance and growth in him", and that only to such as are of years and ability to examine themselves".

Q. 178. What is prayer?

A. Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God.*, in the name of Christ y; by the help of his Spirit?; with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgment of his mercies b.

Q. 179. Are we to pray unto God only?
A. God only being able to search the hearts, hear the


pray for as


bread : Ver. 24. And, when he 2 Rom. viii. 26. Likewise the had given thanks, he brake it, and Spirit also helpeth our infirmities : said, Take, eat; this is my body, for we know not what we should which is broken for you: this do in

we ought : but the remembrance of me. Ver. 25. After Spirit itself maketh intercession for the same manner also he took the us with groanings which cannot be cup, when he had supped, saying, uttered. This

cup is the new testament in a Psal. xxxii. 5. I acknowledged my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity drink it, in remembrance of me. have I not hid: I said, I will conVer. 26. For as often as ye eat this fess my transgressions unto the Lord; bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew and thou forgavest the iniquity of the Lord's death till he come.

my sin. Selah. Ver. 6. For this u 1 Cor. x. 16. The cup of bless

shall every one that is godly pray ing which we bless, is it not the unto thee in a time when thou communion of the blood of Christ ?

mayest be found. Dan. ix. 4. And the bread which we break, is it

I prayed unto the Lord my God, not the communion of the body of

and made my confession, and said,

O Lord, the great and dreadful Wi Cor. xi. 28. But let a man God, examine himself, and so let him eat

b Phil. iv. 6. Be careful for noof that bread, and drink of that

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thing: but in every thing by prayer Ver. 29. For he that eateth and and supplication, with thanksgiving, drinketh unworthily, eateth and

let your requests be made known drinketh damnation to himself, not

unto God. discerning the Lord's body.

179. C1 Kings viii. 39. Then hear 178, Psal. lxii. 8. Trust in him

thou in heaven thy dwelling-place, at all times, ye people; pour out

and forgive, and do, and give to your heart before him: God is a every man according to his ways, Selah.

whose heart thou knowest ; for thou, y John xvi. 23. And in that day ye

even thou only, knowest the hearts shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily,

of all the children of men. Acts I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall i. 24. And they prayed, and said, ask the Father in my name, he will Thou, Lord, which knowest the

hearts of all men, show whether of



refuge for us.

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requests", pardon the sins ', and fulfil the desires of all'; and only to be believed in, and worshipped with religious worship"; prayer, which is a special part thereof', is to be made by all to him alonek, and to none other'.

Q. 180. What is it to pray in the name of Christ?

A. To pray in the name of Christ is, in obedience to his command, and in confidence on his promises, to ask

mercy for his sake; not by bare mentioning of his name", but by drawing our encouragement to pray, and our boldness

, strength, and hope of acceptance in prayer, from Christ and his mediation

Q. 181. Why

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these two thou hast chosen. Rom.

every place call upon the name of viii. 27. And he that searcheth the Jesus Christ our Lord, both theirs hearts knoweth what is the mind of and ours. the Spirit, because he maketh inter k Psal. 1. 15. And call upon me in cession for the saints according to

the day of trouble ; I will deliver the will of God.

thee, and thou shalt glorify me. d Psal. lxv. 2. O thou that hear

1 Rom. X. 14. How then shall est prayer, unto thee shall all flesh they call on him in whom they have

not believed ? e Micah vü. 18. Who is a God

180. m John xiv. 13. And what like unto thee, that pardoneth ini

soever ye shall ask in my nanie, quity, and passeth by the trans that will I do, that the Father may gression of the rempant of his heri

be glorified in the Son. Ver. 14. If tage? he retaineth not his


ye shall ask any thing in my name, ever, because he delighteth in mercy. I will do it. John xvi. 24. Hitherto f Psal

. cxlv, 18. The Lord is nigh have ye.asked nothing in my name : unto all them that call upon him, ask, and ye shall receive, that your to all that call upon him in truth. joy may be full. Dan. ix. 17. Now Ver. 19. He will fulfil the desire of therefore, o our God, hear the them that fear him; he also will prayer of thy servant, and his supo hear their cry, and will save them. plications, and cause thy face to shine

8 Rom. x. 14. How then shall they call on him in whom they for the Lord's sake.

upon thy sanctuary that is desolate, have not believed ?

n Mat. vii. 21. Not every one h Mat. iv. 10. Then saith Jesus

that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, unto him, Get thee hence, Satan : for it is written, Thou shalt worship

shall enter into the kingdom of the Lord thy God, and him only

heaven; but he that doeth the shalt thou serve.

will of my Father which is in

heaven. il Cor. i. 2. Unto the church of God which is at Corinth, to them

° Heb. iv. 14. Seeing then that that are sanctified in Christ Jesus,

we have a great high priest that is falled to be saints, with all that in

passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our


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