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vers, when they eat him, that is to say, when they apply and receive him by faith in the spirit. Christ that he might represent unto us this spiritual and heavenly bread, bash instiquted an earthly and visible bread, as a sacrament of his body, and wine as a sacrament of his blood, ia teftify by them unto us, that as certainly as we receive and hold this facrament in our hands, and eat and drink the same with our mouths, by which our life is afterwards nourised; that we also do as certainly receive by faith (which is the hand and mouth of our soul) the true body and blood of Christ our only Saviour in our souls, for the support of our fpiritual life. Now as it is certain and beyond all doubt, that Jefus Christ hath not enjoined to us the use of his facraments in vain, so he works in us, all what he represents to us by these holy signs, though the manner fürpasses our understanding, and cannot be comprehended by us, as the operations of the Holy Ghost are hidden and incomprehensible. In the mean time we'err not when we say, that that, which is eat and drank by us is the proper and natural body, and the proper blood of Christ. But the man. ner of our partaking of the fame, is not by the mouth but by the Spirit through faith. Thus then, though Christ alway (its at the right hand of his Father in the heavens, yet therefore doth he not cease to make lis partakers of himself by faith. This feast is a spiricual table, at which Chrift communicates himfelf with all his benefits to us, and gives us there to enjoy both himself, and the merits of his sufferings
and death, nourishing, strengthening and comfort. ing our poor confortless fouls, by the earing of his Aleh, quickening and refreshing them by the drink. ing of his blood, Farther though the facraments are connected with the thing lignified, neveribcleis both are not received by all men : The engodly indeed receives the facrament to his condemnation, but, he doth not receive the truth of the sacrament: As Judas and Simon the forcerer both indeed received the facrament, but not Christ, who was signified by it, of whom believers, only were made partagers. Lastly, we receive this holy facrament in the affem: bly of the people of God, with bumility and reverencé, keeping up antongst os a hóly reinem brance of the death of Christ onr Saviour, with thankfgiva ing: Making there confession of our faith, and of the Christian religion. Therefore no one ought to come to this table, without having previov Ay riglnly examined himself ; left eating of this bread and drinking of this cap, be eat and drink bis own dam. nation... In a word, we are excited ly the use of this boly facrament, to a fervent love towards God, and our neighbour. Therefore te reje&t all mix. tures and dam niable inve mion's," which men have added unto, and blended with the facraments, as profanations of them : And affirm that we ought to test satisfied with the ordinance which Christ and his apostles have taught us, and that we 'molt speak of them in the fame manner as they have spoke. "..
9. . XXXVI. . .. Of Magistrates.
We believe that our gracious God, beéanfe of the depravity of mankind, liath appointed kings, prina ces, and magiftrates, willing that the world should be governed by certain laws and polices-s-to' the end obat the disoluteness of men might be reftraine ed, and all things carried on among men with good order and decency. For ibis purpose, he hath invelled the niagistracy: with the fword, for the pule nishment of evil doers, and for the protection of themi that do well. And their office is, not only to have regard unto, and watch for the welfare of she civil ftate, but also to protect the holy church service, and to prevent and extirpate all idolatryland falfe won. hip, to destroy the kingdom of antichrift, to promote the kingdom of Jesus Christ, and to take care, :thas the word of the gospel be proached cvery where, that God may be honoured and worshipped by every one, as he commands in his word. Moreover, it is the | boundeq dury of every one, of what ftate, quality or
condition focuer he may be, to, tubject himself to the magistralcs, to pay tribute, to fhow due honor and
refpe&t to them, and to obey them in, all thihgs , which are not repugnant to the word of God; to pray
for them iq their prayers, that God may rule, and guide them in all their ways, and that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and ho
nesly. Wberctore ve dereft the anabapiists and other seditious people, and in general all those who teject the higher powers and magistrales, and would fubvert justice, introducing a communion of goods, and confound that decency and good order which God bach enablidhed among men.
XXXVII. Of the jufi judgement. ." Finally we believe, according to the word of God, when the time appointed by the Lord (which is unknown to all creatures) is come, and the number of the elect complete, that our Lord Jesus Christ will come from heaven, corporally and visibly, as be ascended, with great glory and majesty, to de. clare himself judge of the quick and the dead; berning this old world with fire and flame, to cleanse it. And then all men will personally appear before this grėát judge, both men and women, and children, that have been from the beginning of the world 10 the end thereof, being fummoned by the voice of the archangel, and by the sound of the trampet of God. For all the dead shall be raised out of the earth, and their fouts joined and united with their proper bo: dies, in which they formerlylived. As for those who hall then be living, thcy shall not die as the others, but be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and from corruptible, become incorruptible. Then the books (that is say the consciences) Niall be opened, and