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A60368 Christian instruction directing to a more perfect and saving knowledge of God, in the foundation-principles of true religion. By way of question and answer. Meet to be seriously considered by all true Christians, for their help and furtherance in the great concerns of eternal life. By W.S. Saller, William, d. ca. 1680. 1670 (1670) Wing S398C; ESTC R218598 19,270 28

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Church and not by virtue of any power or authority that is placed in any Officer or company of Ministers whatsoever to give him lawful power to Officiate as a Minister of Christ that otherwise wanted a lawful authority so to do My Reasons are First I find hands laid on them that neither wanted an Office nor a sufficient Call to the exercise of it upon their setting forth from the Church to preach the Gospel abroad in the world Acts 12.3 Secondly I find that whose hath gifts to Preach may lawfully use them 1 Pet. 4.10 11. and yet this seems to be the greatest work of an Apostle of Christ Compare 1 Cor. 1.14 17. with 9.16 17. And I can find no warrant for Churches or Ministers to commit a Pastoral charge to any man but such an one as is a known apt and able Preacher 1 Tim. 3.2 Tit. 1.9 which cannot well be except he be frequently found in the work of Preaching and therefore my judgement is that the work of the Ministry is not bound to a Minister although a Minister be bound to his work Acts 20.28 Q. You said a little before that Baptism belonged to such as believe and repent Let us understand what that Ordinance is and wherein it will profit us A. It is a Burial in Water in the Name of the Father Son Holy Spirit to signifie Death Burial and Resurrection that as Christ died for us and rose from the Grave so we that believe shall rise by means of his Death to inherit eternal life and shall receive grace through his Death to kill sin and quicken us to walk in newness of life 1 Cor. 15.29 Rom. 6.3 4. Q. Since you say Believers shall rise to inherit eternal Life shall no others rise from the grave again A. Yea although all shall not rise to glory yet Christ having Redeemed them from the Curse of the Law it is impossible the Grave can detain them for ever but first or last both good and bad shall rise again John 5.28 29. 1 Cor. 15.21 22. Q. Do not all the dead good and bad rise at once A. No the faithful rise to enjoy a glorious Kingdom with Christ a thousand years before the wicked world shall rise again 1 Thes 4.16 Rev. 20.3 4 5 6. yet shall they at last rise to receive the sentence of condemnation Dan. 12.2 John 5.29 Q. What think you of the Spirit or Inward-man Doth that more excellent part die with the Body or what state is it in till the Resurrection A. What its injoyments are or in what place or places their Spirits remain I shall not say and I would no man would say more in the case than he can clearly prove to raise fruitless contention but this much is clear That the Spirits of men do live when the Body is dead and are capable of enjoying more communion with Christ than while they remained in the Body 2 Cor. 5.6 8 9. and 12.2 3 4. Phil. 1.21 22 23 24. Mat. 10.28 Luke 9.30 31. and what I have seen urged to the contrary wants strength and clearness but Controversie becomes not a Catechism Q. Is the Spirit taken out of the Body to the estate it shall for ever remain in as some think and the Body never rise out of the dust again A. Although the fore-named Texts be full of authority to prove that that very Body that dies and is laid in the dust shall rise again yet I for a further proof commend to consideration 1 Cor. 15. Job 19.25 26 27. These places can admit of no other Interpretation Q. Will you speak to the Ordinance of Laying on of Hands in what cases it is appointed A. It seems to me to be appointed in several cases First for the blessing of the Lord on Church Members for the gifts and increase of the Spirit that they may grow useful in and to the Body the Church Acts 8.15 16 17 18 19 20. and 19.2 6 7. 1 Cor. 12.14 and 1.12 And being reckoned among the Principles Heb. 6.1 2. I cannot see but Principles of Religion must belong to all that are Religious Q. But those Texts in the Acts speak of the gift of Tongues given by this Ordinance Is it to be practised for that end A. Hands are to be laid on for what Gifts it pleaseth the Holy Spirit to give 1 Cor. 12.11 for however it pleased the Lord to give those gifts that were more than ordinary in the use of it sometime in that day yet it seems to be more the design of the Lord for the advancement of the Gospel in that day than the end of that Institution and the Gift might exceed the expectation of the Administrator or the Receiver its like if we consider 2 Tim. 1.6 7. 1 Cor. 12. and 14 Chapters It can no more be proved that it was appointed for such an end than it can be proved that Preaching the Gospel was appointed for that end yet it pleased the Lord to appear as far in the one of those Ordinances as in the other of them in that day Acts 10.46 But if there be any ground to expect those gifts that are more than ordinary in the use of any means or duties incumbant upon us it may rather be expected from Believing Repentance or Baptism than from Laying on of Hands Mark 16.17 18. Acts 2.38 Q. In what other cases is this Ordinance appointed A. In the setting apart Church Officers to their Ministry for the further assistance of the Holy Spirit to supply them with help for the discharge of their great work Acts 6.6 1 Tim. 4.14 as likewise for healing the sick Mark 16.18 Acts 28.8 9. Q. But is it not appointed for Children likewise that they may receive a blessing from Christ A. I cannot say there is any appointment by way of command for it to them if our Lords example Mat. 19.13 14 15. Mark 10.13 14 15 16. be not a sufficient warrant to his Ministers to bless in his Name as his Ministers of old did Deut. 10.8 Numb 6.23 to 27. There is no other warrant that I know of I shall therefore leave it to consideration Q. But is there not an Ordinance of Annointing appointed for the sick Members of the Church A. Yea and the manner directed and precious Promises annexed to the upright and faithful performance of that duty Jam. 5.14 15 16. Q. What is the right manner of receiving the Lords Supper A. The worst of men do acknowledge that the persons receiving must be qualified with Faith and Repentance thankfulness to God and charity to men I need not prove that Let not such men as confess that rise up in judgement against us But what I shall say is to the time which is plainly signified to be at night after our own supper is lovingly eaten together and therefore are they reprehended that are their own supper before their poor brethren came to eat with them 1 Cor. 11.21 22 23 24 25. and are commanded