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necessary for our admission into Heaven. Certainly that Faith which sufficeth to bring us hereafter into the Presence of the Lamb, must be sufficient to bring us to the Supper of the Lamb ; and that is, not a confident Presumption of a Man's absolute Pardon and Election unto Happiness, but a firm and comfortable Perswalion, that Fesus Christ came into the World, to Save Sinners, which is a most faithful Jaying, and worthy of all acceptation, saith St. Paul, 1 Tim. 1. 15.
2. THAT this Faith is enough for a Communicant will appear, Secondly, from its Anaglogy and Proportion to the Faith of the First Disciples. It was St. Peter's Consession (for. which he was called Blessed) Thou art Christ the Son of the Living God, Matth. 16. 16. It was Martha's Confeffion, Lord I believe that thou art Christ the Son of God, that should come into the world, J2h. 11. 27. It was the Eunuch's Confession, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, A&t. 8. 37. Nay indeed, it was the Confession of all the Apostles, before every particular was extracted which lay hid and folded ap in it, We believe and are sure, that thou art that Christ, the Son of the Living God, Foh. 6. 69. Now. do but consider and judge in your selves: . Is it poslible for any Ratianal Man
to believe, that the Faith which served for the Salvation of those, will not be enough to Dispose and Fit us for the sacrament ? Certainly, by the same Faith whereby the Disciples of Old felt and handled the Word of Life, we, may also Feed on him. For this Faith is as unalterable as the Author of it, who is the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. And if in that plain and easie Belief the Church went to Heaven of Old, why may we not do lo still ? And why may we not go to the Sacrament, as to Heaven-gate, by that Faith whereby so many Thousands have all along entered into Paradise.
3. ESPECIALLY if we consider, in the 3d place, the Nature and Reason of this present Solemnity. It is the EvangeJical Feast, . by partaking whereof, we do Renew our Covenant with God, as the Jews did by Eating of the Passover. And hence we may conclude, that which Ca. pacitates a Man to enter into Covenant with God first of all, is sufficient to Qua, lifie and Fit him for the Renewing of that Covenant now ; because the Terms of the Covenant are all along the same; and what we did at our Baptism, and do now again, is but the fame thing acted over and over. Now it is evident from the Holy Scriptures, that the cordial belief
of the Authority and Merits of Christ, was accounted enough in the Apostles days for the admission of People unto Bapa tism, which is the Initiating Mystery, at which God and Men do interchangeably Seal Indentures first of all. In Act. 8. we find Philip Preaching to the Ethiopian Eunuch, and requiring a Confession of his Creed, that he might be Baptized; and when the Eunuch made this short Confession, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, it was thought enough to give him a right to the Seal of the Covenant ;and so straightway Philip went down into the Water, and Baptized him, v. 38. The like we Read of Paul and Silas, how they directed the frighted Jayler, to believe on the Lord Jesus, Ac. 16. 33. and instantly upon that Confession, Baptized him.: Now we do not any where read, or find any Reason to conjecture, that the Apostles demanded any other Faith of their Converts before the Communion, than what they had delivered unto them to prepare them for Baptism. The fame. Belief which qualified them for that, did also Qualifie them for this other Sacrament ; for in A&t, 2-where we meet with the first converts, and a great number of them, even three Thousand Souls, St. Luke relates, that they were Baptized, and con
tinued stedfast in the Apostles Doctrine, and in breaking of Bread, v. 42. And by the Story it seems to be intimated, that in a very short time after they were Baptized, they were all admitted to the Lord's Table.
I add to this, in the last place, that the Primitive Church of Christ required this of Communicants, that they should believe those things to be True, which were taught them by their Pastours; for. To Justin Martyr expresly tells us; and those things were no other, than the common. Faith of all trưe Christians in all Ages, and which in the Athanasan Creed is called, the Catholick Faith ; consisting of the Fundamental Articles of our Religion, which were'antiently drawn up into Thort Summaries. * And by a passage in St. Am. brose it doth appear, that Baptised Persons were not prohibited from coming to the Communion, but for the space of a few days afrer their Baptism : And this Prohibition was intended, not that they might in that time learn a New Creed; but only gain some further Knowledge, touching the Nature and Ends of this Religious Mystery ; ftill the Faith was one and the fame, even a. comfortable. belief in Jesus Christ, and him Crucified.
TO all which, I shall only add the Judgment of the Church, as to the Na.
ture of that Faith, which is necessary for Baptism, &c. as it appears in the Office of Publick and Private Baptism, in the Vihtation of the Sick, in the Exposition of the Creed, in the Catechism; as also in that old useful Book, called the Institution of a Christian Man: In all which, no more is lookt upon as necessary, but an hearty assent to the Truth' of those common Doctrines of Christianity contained in the Apoftolical Symbol.
BY what then hath been thus particuJarly shew'd, any ordinary Communicant may easily discern, whether his Faith be genuine, and right, and approved, and such as the Gospel doth require. In short, do you
believe that the Holy Jesus was the Son of God That he came into the World, by the Appointment of his Father? That his gréat Errand, was to Redeem an undone and (without him) a loft World? That he Dyed upon the Cross for this pura pole ? That his Blood was shed as a Ranlom for all ? That he paid a Price even for thy poor Soul ? And that for his fake thou may'st find Mercy at the hands of God > If this be thy Faith, thou may'st be assured, that thy Faith is as right and true, as ever was the Faith of an Apostle, tho thou canst not Remove Mountains, nor Heal the Sick with thy shadow. And