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CLXXIX. CLXXX. Concluding Address to the Godfathers
and Godmothers, and to the Newly-baptized. Porasmuch as these persons have promised in your presence to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to serve him; ye must remember, that it is your part and duty to put them in mind, what a solemn vow, promise, and prokession they hare now made before this congregation, and especially before you their chosen witnesses. And ye are also to call upon them to use all diligence to be rightly instructed in God's holy Word; that so they may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ, and live godly, righteously, and soberly in this present orld.
And as for you, who have now by Baptism put on Christ, it is your part and daty also, being made the children of God and of the light, by faith in Jesus Christ, to walk answerably to your Christian calling, and as becometh the children of light; remembering always that Baptism representeth unto us our profession ; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto him; that as he died, and rose again for us ; 80 should we. who are baptized, die from sin, and rise again unto righteousness; continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living.
A CATECHISM, that is to say, an Instruction to b: learned of every person, before he be brought to be confirmed by the Bishop.
That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed. [Greek, catechized.] Luke i. 4. This man was instructed [Greek catechized) in the way of the Lord. Acts xviii. 25. Being instructed (Greek catechized) out of the law. Rom. ii. 18. I had rather speak five words with my understanding, that by my voice I might teach (Greek catechize) others, than ten thousand words in an unknown tongue. 1 Cor. xiv. 19. Let him that is taught [Greek catechized] in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Gal. vi. 6.
CLXXXI. The Baptismal Vow, or Engagement. 1. What is
1. 2. Neither shall thy name any more be called your Name !
Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham ; for a fa2. Who gave you this
ther of many nations have I made thee. And God Kame? said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou
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and an inheritor of the
shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. Gen. xvii. 5. 15. And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. Luke i. 59, 60. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona; thou shalt be called Cephas,
which is by interpretation, A stone. John i. 42. 3. My God- 3. Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, Go
and teach all nations, baptizing them. Matt. xxvii. in my Bap
18, 19. Jesus said, Suffer little children and fortism; wherein I was made bid them not, to come unto me : for of such is the a member of kingdom of heaven. Matt. xix. 14. As the body child of God, is one, and hath many members, and all the mem
bers of that one body, being many, are one body: kingdom of so also is Christ. For by one Spirit are we all bap
tized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free ; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit. For the body is not one member, but many. Now ye are the body of Christ and members in particular. 1 Car. xii. 12, 13, 14. 27. Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. Gal. iii. 26, 27. As many as received him, to them
gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name : which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. Joka! i. 12, 13. And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together. Rom. viii. 17. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved. Mark xvi. 16. Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; that being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Titus iii. 5, 6, 7. Blessed be
TO# three things in my
wicked world, and
the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven. 1 Pet. i. 3, 4. Our conversation* is in heaven. Phil. iii. 20.
4, 5. Promise unto the Lord your God, and did your God fathers and keep it, all ye that are round about him. Psal. Godnothers, lxxvi. 11. They shall vow a vow unto the Lord,
and perform it. Isa. xix. 21. If ye will obey 5. They did promise and my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye
shall be a peculiar treasure unto me. And Moses hame. First, came and called for the elders of the people, and that I should laid before their faces all these words which the devil and all Lord commanded him. And all the people anhis works,
swered together and said, All that the Lord hath ani vanity of spoken we will do. Exod. xix. 5. 7, 8. He that
committeth sin is of the devil ; for the devil sinall the sinful neth from the beginning.
For this purpose the flesh
. Second- Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy should be the works of the devil. 1 John iii. 8. The great liete all the dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the the Christian Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world: Barthe
, find and they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, I should keep and by the word of their testimony. Rev. xii. 9. srill and com- 11. The spirit that now worketh in the children of mandments
, disobedience. Eph. ii. 2. Be sober, be vigilant ; the same all because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, the days of walketh abcut, seeking whom he may devour :
whom resist stedfast in the faith. 1 Pet. v. 8, 9. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Eph. vi. 11. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. James iv. 7. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own; for he is a liar, and the father of it. John viii. 44. If ye have bitter envying and strife in your hearts, glory
not, and lie not against the truth. This wisdom descendeth not from above, but is earthly, sensual, devilish. James iii. 14, 15. Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them. Eph. v. 11. Be not conformed to this world. Rom. xii. 2. Know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God ? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. James iv. 4. The world hateth me because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil. John vii. 7. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. 1 John i. 15, 16. The whole world lieth in wickedness. 1 John v. 19. Therefore hell hath enlarged herself, and opened her mouth without measure : and their glory, and their multitude, and their pomp, and he that rejoiceth, shall descend into it. Isa. v. 14. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. Eccl. i. 2.
Christ gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world. Gal. i. 4. They that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts. Gal. v. 24. Now the works of the filesh are manifest, which are these ; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like ; of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. Gal. v. 19, 20, 21, Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth. Col. iii. 5. Denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Tilus ii. 12. Ye believe in God, believe also in me. John xiv. 1. Without faith it is impossible to please him : for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Heb. xi. 6. These are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name. John xx. 31. As many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name. John i. 12. Repent ye, and believe the gospel. Mark i. 15. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith : as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Rom. i. 17. Teaching them (the baptized] to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you. Matt. xxviii. 20. Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Matt. xxii. 37, 38, 39. Owe no man any thing, but to love one another : for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law. For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet ; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. Rom. xiii. 8, 9. Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also, Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. James ii. 10, 11. Hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. i John ii. 3. to 6. Doing the will of God from the heart. Eph. vi. 6. Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, that ye may stand perfect and