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A09959 A little catechisme, that is to say, a short instruction touching christian religion, set forth by Theodorus Beza Minister of the Church of God in Geneua; Petit catéchisme. English. Bèze, Théodore de, 1519-1605. 1578 (1578) STC 2022; ESTC S120273 6,658 18

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ordinary and vsuall labor to doe a worke which is better and more profitable The sixt section Q 1. You haue sayde that they only are good workes which God hath commanded Wherfore tell me can we accomplish and fulfyll the commandements of God A. No not so muche as begin to doe anye thing but by a certaine singuler and speciall grace of god Yea there neuer hath bin or shall be a man excepting Iesus Christe only which hath perfectly fulfilled y same Q. 2. Wherefore say you so A. Because God will saue vs thorowe his only mercy in Iesus Christ Q 3. Yet so it is that a good lyfe is the way to saluation A. It is true that repentaunce and amendment is ioyned with the forgiuenes of our sinnes but yet it followeth not therevppon that we be saued by our workes Q. 4. And why shall we not be saued by our workes seing that they are good A. Because they be not good inough for that purpose Q. 5. Wherefore then are they good A. To sette forth Gods honor to winne or else to strengthen our neighbors and to make vs know and feele in our selues that we are the children of God. Q. 6. Good workes then make vs not Gods children A. No for contrariwise a man must firste be the child of GOD before he can doe good woorkes but this is a marke or badge whereby men may knowe the children of God. Q. 7. What then maketh vs the children sonnes of God A. The onely grace and mercye of God by his holy spirite because he hath elected and chosen vs from before all euerlastingnes according to his good pleasure The seuenth section Q. 1. The holy ghost then is hee which maketh vs the children of god but what instruments or meanes doth he ordinarily commonly vse to bring vs to that honor and kepe vs in the same A. The preaching of the word praier and the vse of the sacraments Q. 2. What call you preaching of the word A. An exposition of the writinges of the Prophets and Apostls which is don in the Churche by such as he hath called to that holy ministery of Whom it is sayd the that receiueth you receiueth me Q. 3. And how doe you pray A. Saying O our father which art in heauen c. Q. 4. To whom speake you these wordes A. To God the Father Q. 5. How is he your father seeing that he hath but one onely sonne that is to say IESVS CHRIST A. First because that Iesus Christe hys eternal sonne being made man is become our brother secondly because he loueth me in Iesus Christ his sonne with a greater then a fatherly loue and affection Q. 6. Albeit then that you directe not your speach and wordes eyther to the sonne or to the holy ghoste yet you doe not exclud or shutte out eyeher the one or the other A. No For I can not call him Father but in the name of his sonne IESVS CHRISTE nor praye vnto hym but by the holy ghost Q. 7. And is it not lawfull for a man to frame or make his prayer to the person of the sonne and of the holy ghost A. Yea in deede For seeing that the three persons are one onely and the selfe same God inuocation or prayer dooth equallye belong vnto them And whether I call vpon the father in the name of the sonne by the holy ghost or that I make my prayer vnto the sonne to leade and bring mee to the father or that I pray the holy ghost to teache me the father and the sonne all commeth to one The eyght section Q. 1. And what is a Sacrament A. It is a thing which God setteth before mens eyes in his church to signify vnto vs for our saluation an other thing which men see not Q. 2. And wherfore hath God ordeined these signes to his promises A. For to make vs so much the more assured of the certainty of them Q. 3. How many such signes are there in the christian Church A. Two that is to say Baptisme and the holy Supper Q. 4. What see you in Baptisme A. Water Q. 5. What dothe thys water signifye vnto you A. The bloud of Iesus Christ Q 6. To what end A. To make cleane my sins as the water being occupyed maketh cleane the filthines of the body Q 7. Doth this water make cleane and purge sinnes A. No but it signifyeth vnto me that which washeth my sinnes to wit the bloud of Iesus Christ Q 8. Meane you that this matter or substance of the bloud of Iesus Christe washeth our soules A. No for our soules can not be clensed with any matter as our bodyes But thys bloude maketh me cleane because the Iesus Christe hath shed it for satisfaction and full recompence of my sinnes Q. 9. Is there then anye difference betweene the water of Baptisme and common water A. No as concerning the matter and substance for it is alwayes water but there is very great difference as concerning the vse for the common water serueth to wash and make cleane our bodilye filthinesses and the water vsed in Baptisme is a sacrament of the washing of our soules The ninth section Q. 1. What see you in the supper A. The bread and the wine which is there giuen and receiued according to the ordinaunce and institution of God. Q. 2. What doth this breade and this wine signifie vnto you A. The bread signifieth to me the bodye crucified for mee and the wine signifyeth vnto mee the bloudde shedde out for me Q. 3. To what end A. To testifie vnto me to assure me that euen as this bread this wine are ordeined for y maintenance and nourishment of this life so our Lorde Iesus Christe hath giuen his body his bloud for me and giueth himselfe to mee to the ende that from him as from a fountaine there may flowe vnto me eternal life Q. 4. Are this bread and wine our spirituall nourishment A. No but they signifie vnto vs that from whence verye eternall lyfe it selfe proceedeth that is to saye from hym which hath suffered his death and passion to take away the cause of our death that is to say sins and to renue vs vnto eternall life thorow a spiritual liuelines which resteth and remaineih in him Q. 5. Is there anye difference betweene the bread and wine vsed in this sacrament and common bread and wine A. No as touching the matter and substaunce for it is alwayes bread and wine but there is very great difference as concerning the vse for ordinary and common meates are appointed for the vse of thys present life but this sacrament is ordeyned to signify and seale vnto vs our spirituall and euerlasting nourishment The tenth section Q. 1. Wherefore hath the Lorde ordeined instituted two signes in his holy supper seeing that in Baptisme there is but one only A. To assure vs that he doth not feede vs to the halues but wholly being not onelye our meate but also our drinke Q.
2. Where is Iesus Christ nowe according to his humane nature A. In heauen from whence he shall come to iudge the liuing and the dead Q. 3. By what meanes can you then whiche are on the earth receiue him A. As I receiue with my hande and my mouth the sacrament that is to saye that bread and that wine for the nourishment of thys bodye euen so by the vertue and power of the holye Ghoste I doe inwardly and in my soule receiue and imbrace thorowe faythe our Lorde Iesus Christ verye God and verye man that by him I may liue eternally Q. 4. Doe they which haue no fayth receiue Iesus Christ in the supper A. No for Iesus Christe is not receaued but by fayth yet doe they in deede receiue the sacrament but to theyr condemnation Q 5. How so A. Because that they make no difference betwene common bread and cōmon wine and that which is the sacrament of the body and bloud of Iesus Christe whom they reiect and throw from them thorowe theyr vnbeliefe Q 6. Howe must a man prepare himselfe t● come worthily to the supper A. If he haue true repentance of the life that is passed confessing their sins before God and amending them towards God and his brethren so much as in him lyeth with aful● deliberation purpose to be better in time to come and embracing Iesus Christ by a● true fayth in his promises and sacraments for the alone and only sauior Q. 7. But hath Iesus Christe left it vnto our liberty and choyse ▪ whether we will go to the supper or not goe to it A. In forbidding men to resort thether vnworthily he commandeth all them whiche haue iudgement and discretion to prepare themselues that they may repaire worthily to it God giue vs all grace to go to it to his honor and glory and to our saluation So be it A prayer to be sayd of children before they study their lesson VVherein shall a child addresse his vvay in guiding himselfe according to thy vvord O Lorde Open our eyes and we shal consider the merueilous things of thy lavv Giue vs vnderstanding and vve shall keepe thy lavv yea vve vvil I keepe it vvith our hart O Lord whych art the fountaine of al wisedom and knowledge seeing it hath pleased thee to giue vs the meane to bee taught in our young age to knowe how to guyde our selues holily and honestly in all the rest of our life hereafter to come let it please thee also to lighten our vnderstanding vvhiche of it selfe is blind that it may comprehend and receiue that doctrine and learning which shall be taught vs confirme also and strengthen our memory to keepe it vvel dispose our harts to receiue the same vvillingly vvith such desire as is mete least that thorow our vnthankfulnes the occasion that thou dost offer vnto vs shuld perish and be lost To this end powre vpon vs we pray thee thy holy spirit which is the spirite of all vnderstanding truth iudgement vvisedome and learning which may make vs able to profit so wel that the pains vvhich shall be taken in teaching vs be not lost And to whatsoeuer study that we apply our selues graunt that vve may refer it to the true and right end vvhich ys to knovv thee in our Lord Iesus Christe that vvee may haue ful trust of our saluation and eternall lyfe in thy grace and may serue thee vpryghtlye and purely accordyng to thy good pleasure so that al that which we shal learn may be an instrumēt to helpe vs therto And seeyng that thou doest promyse to giue wysedome to the little ones and such as are humble and on the otherside to confound the proude in the vanity of their wits and vnderstandinges likewise to make thy selfe knovvne vnto them that bee of an vpryghte hart on the otherside to make blinde the wicked vngodly vve besech thee to fashion and subdue vs to true humility that thereby vve may be made apte to learne obedient also first vnto thee secondly vnto our superiors which thou hast appoynted to gouerne and teach vs Moreouer vve hartily prayer thee to dispose and frame our harts vnfeynedly to seeke thee for saking all fleshly and euil affections that we may novv in such sorte prepare our selues to serue thee hereafter in that estate calling which it shal please thee to ordeine appoynt for vs vvhen vve shal come to age Heare vs O father of al mercy thorovv our Lord Iesus Christe So be it PSALME 25 The Lord reuealeth his secretes vnto them which feare him and maketh them to knowe hys couenaunte Imprinted at London by Hugh Singleton dwelling in Creede Lane at the signe of the GILDEN TVNN nere vnto Ludgate Cum priuilegio Anno. 1578. HS