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having food and raiment, they are therewith content (u).


Concerning Worlhip. - THE hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father' in fpirit and in truth ; for the Father seeketh such to worship him (*). * John God is a spirit, and they which worlhip 4. 23. him, must worship him in spirit and in ... Truth (y). For the Lord is nigh to all , Ver. them that call upon him, to all that call 24. ! upon him in truth (Z). He is far from the x Pfalm wicked; but he heareth the prayer of the 145. 18. righteous (a). And this is the confidence a Prov, that we have in him, that if we ask anys. thing according to his will, he heareth us (b). What is it then? We must pray with b? John ihe spirit, and with the understanding also

s. 14. (c). Likewise the spirit also helpeth our c 1 Cor. infirinities; for we know not what we

14. 15. Dhould pray for as we ought ;, but the spirit itself maketh intercession for us, with groanings which cannot be uttered : and he that searcheth the heart, knoweth what is the mind of the spirit, because he maketh intercellion for the saints, according to the will of God (d). .

d Rom. M 3

ARTICLE 8. 26,

Concerning Baptism.

4. 5.

3. II.

AS ihere is one Lord, one fạith, so there e Eph. is one baptism (e). Which doth also now

fave, us, not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good con

fcience towards God, by the refurrection of f 1 Pet. Jesus Christ (f). For John indeed baptized 22.4. with water, but Christ with the Holy Ghost ç Mat. and with fire (8). Therefore as many as

are baptized into Jesus Christ, are baptized into his death, and are buried with him by baptifm into death, that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of

the Father, even so they alfo should walk 6 Rom. in newness of life (b). Having put on 6.3:4 Christ (i). 3. 27.


Concerning eating of bread and wine,

washing of one another's feet, abftaining · from things strangled, and from blood,

and anointing of the fick with oil.

THE Lord Jesus, the fame night in which he was betrayed, took bread; and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat ; this is my body which

is broken for you; this do in remembrance of me: after the same manner also he took the cup, when he had fupped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood; this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me; for as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do fhew the Lord's death till he come (k). Jesus knowing that the Father had . I Cor. given all things into his hands, and that he 24; 25: was come from God, and went to God, he riseth from supper, and laid aside his gar. ments, and took a towel, and girded himfelf; after that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded: fo after he had washed their feet, and had taken his gar. ments, and was sat down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you? Ye call me Master, and Lord, and ye say well; for fo I am: if I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another's · feet; for I have given you an example,

that ye should do as I have done to you (1). For it seemed good to the Holy Ghost' John and to us, to lay upon you no greater 5.12, to burden than these necessary things, that ye 15. abstain from meats offered to idols, and from blood, and from things strangled, and from

fornication ;


for Luld do asood to


fornication ; from which, if ye keep yourm Acts selves, ye shall do well (m). Is any man fick

among you ? let him call for the elders of

the church, and let them pray over him, n James anointing him with oil (n). 5. 14.



Concerning the liberty of such Christians

as are come to know the substance, as to the using or not using of these rites, and of the observation of days.


THE kingdom of God is not meat and

drink, but righteousness, and peace, and o Rom. joy in the Holy Ghosto. Ler no man 14, 17. therefore judge us in meat or drink, or in

..respect of an holy day, or of the new mooi, p Col. 2. or of the fabbath days (). For if we be

dead with 'Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are we subject to ordinances ?. Let us not touch, or taste, or handle, which all

are to perilla with the using, after the com. , Ver. mandinents and doctrines of men (w). For 20,to 22

now, after we have known God, or rather are known of him, why should we turn again unto the weak and beggarly elements, or desire again to be in bondage, to observe

days and months, and times and years, lest : Gal.4. labour have been bestowed on us in vain (r)? 9 to 11."

If one man esteem a day above another, another esteems every day alike; let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind : he that regardeth a day, regardeth it unto the Lord : and he that regardeth not the day, to the Lord he doth not regard it (s). R

(5) 145. 6. ARTICLE XXI.

Concerning Swearing, Fighting, and


IT hath been faid by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths : but Christ says unto us, Swear not at all, neither by heaven, for it is God's throne ; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King; neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white · or black; but let your communication be yea, yea; nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these, cometh of evil (t). And James + Mat. charged us, Above all things not to swear; 10 33. neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath ; but let your yea be yea, and your nay, nay ; left ye fall into condemnation (u). Though we walk in the u James flesh, we are not to war after the flesh; for S***: the weapons of our warfare are not to be


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