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ON THE CHRISTIAN SACRA- These remarks may be applied MENTS.

with full force to the plain and simAdilressed to those designed for Cone ple, although most salutary and most firmation.

efficacious, ordinances which Christ

the merciful Redeemer hath estabLUKE xxii. 10.

lished in his Church; and I am led “ This do in remembrance of me." to these topics of consideration at

this moment more especially, beIt must be reckoned among the cause we stand on the eve of an appeculiar mercies of God in provid.' proaching day of Confirmation for ing for the redemption of mankind the young among us, and it is my through Jesus Christ, that he has duty' and my earnest wish to lead set forth the method of salvation in a

their notice, with that of others of manner so easy, natural, and simple, maturer years, to some of the first with respect to what is necessary to foundations of our common faith. be known and believed, and what is Among these, as our Lord's own to be done, by men of all ranks and words declare, and those of his ages. It is no hard thing or difficult Apostle testify most plainly, the endeavour for all who wish to become Sacraments of his Church hold a acquainted with their duty, to obtain chief rank and possess a most disthe needful information for this pur- tinguished place. Foundations they pose. They who seek the knowledge are justly called in the Epistle to of God's holy will sincerely, and set the Hebrews, for they form the themselves in earnest to comply with grounds of that life which begins it, will soon find that ignorance be.' under the healing influence of one longs to those only who want the of them, and is renewed, and inclination to improve.

nourished, and supported by the It has pleased God therefore in his other; and they who impeach the mercy, to provide so for the wants value of these means of grace, or of men, that each one may find what who neglect them, must be blind to is sufficient for his need, if he will the plainest testimonies of the sacred apply himself to seek it. That the Scripture, and regardless of their task

may not be too hard for any of own best interests. the number, the most needful things The Jewish sacrifices and obserare such as are most easy to be vances of many kinds had served known, and such as with as little the ends for which they were apdifficulty may be put in practice. pointed. They had represented REMEMBRANCER, No. 66.


some particulars concerning Christ wherein ye are also risen with him ;" their final object, and the substance such is the language of St. Paul, and of them was completed and exhibit- it denotes that interest in the death ed in him. The prophets had borne and resurrection of our blessed Lord witness of the same Redeemer. The which was thus signified and thus figures of the old law were made to be obtained.

to be obtained. Baptism became good in his person, in his life, death, accordingly the seal of that saving resurrection, and ascension. Ac. covenant which was founded in the cordingly, when all these ends were death and resurrection, the cleansaccomplished, when the Church of ing blood, and the prevailing merits God was no longer to be confined to of an all sufficient Mediator. The Jerusalem and its sacred temple, or ministration of this sacrament berestrained to one peculiar nation, comes therefore the first provision when all men every where were to made, in ordinary course, for the be called and invited to take part in earnest and beginning of that spirithe covenant of salvation, the Me- tual life, and of those spiritual prividiator of that salutary covenant, the leges, to which believers, and the Lord and Saviour of mankind, pro- children also of believing parents, ceeded to appoint two easy rites in are admitted, order to set forward the great work “ Arise and be baptized, and of bringing men to a reconciled and wash away thy sins," were the words loving Father by the means of grace,

of Ananias. And it was concernChrist appointed the waters of ing baptism that St. Paul spake, baptism that theymight serve through when he said to others, but ye the Holy Spirit's promised influence, are washed, but ye are sanctified :" to cleanse and sanctify the candidates and again as many as are baptized for pardon and eternal life, who were have put on Christ, or been united thus to be admitted to the privileges to bim as members to their head. of the covenant of Christ, and the fel- They who would leave the bare lowship of his acknowledged house. rite of baptism, without the benefit hold.

intended, the sign without the sub. The rite of baptism has its special stance, the ordinance of Christ marks of typical resemblance to without the spiritual influences and which our Lord and his apostles effects of which it is the settled and have alluded, and of which the appointed channel of conveyance, Church in all ages has preserved the must lose sight of scripture language memory. Thus the being baptized altogether, into the death of Christ, is the The pouring out of the Spirit, is phrase employed by the Apostle to frequently compared in the phrase imply the benefits resulting from his of Scripture to the pouring out of death, among which the death unto waters, and our Lord hath coupled sin, and the new birth unto righ- these together in his conference with teousness, are distinctly set forth, Nicodemus. He reproved the Jewish and have never failed to be regarded ruler, at the same time, for his inas the fruits of baptism in the Chris, attention, as well to the known altian Church.

lusions of the Prophets, as to the The “ being buried with Christ common acceptation and acknowin his baptism," alludes to the going leged usage of the Jewish Church. down into the waters, a practice “ This day have I begotten thee," used in warmer climates than our were the solemn words applied to the own; and the rising again from the baptism of our Lord himself, when salutary flood, is as distinctly viewed the Holy Ghost descended visibly in its relation to the resurrection of upon him, It was then that his our Lord.

Heavenly Father, for the first time, Buried with him in baptism, openly, in this scene of our Redoemer's

earthly sojourn, owned him for his If then, we are so plainly told that Son who indeed was the onlybegotten by “one spirit are we all baptized and eternal Son, the partner of his into one body," and entered thereby glory from before all worlds. into the fellowship and communion

Great then are their misconcep- of one holy Head, how shall we tions, who either strip'this sacrament not look back upon our baptism, of its spiritual efficacy where no im- with its seal and pledge of covepediment is put, (and the child of nanted hope, with every grateful ihe believer can put none to hinder sense and welcome recollection of that wbich is transacted for his bene- the mind and heart. fit by those who have the best right We may now pass on to remark, to act in his behalf,) or who, on the that our blessed Lord appointed also other hand, suppose that these first the sacramental use of bread and earnests of divine grace will, of wine at his table of Communion, for themselves, effect all that is intended the perpetual bond of fellowship, or required without the timely reso- for the remembrance of his saving lutions by which the day of trial death, for the setting forth his body must be met, and without the fit dis. broken and his blood shed for us, charge of every branch of the first and for the pledges of his everlastvow, as that must be reduced to prac- ing favor. With reference therefore tice in all parts of the Christian life. to this sacrament, which succeeded

It is one thing to be baptized, and as next in order to that of haptism, another to perfect holiness in the and regarding it as that to which fear of God; but the one is in order the views of those who now come to the other. The truth is, that the forward to renew their covenant with supposition, that baptism of itself God first pledged in their baptism, can make men good and holy, is I shall now direct my thoughts and called in for no other purpose than observations, I shall endeavour to to discredit it, and to strip it alto pursue the same line which is so gether of its spiritual influence; for well adapted to the common profit they who value it most highly have of mankind, and shall strive to set never entertained that strange con- before you plain and simple illusceit, that it must do all things or strations of what is so simple and nothing: they distinguish always so plain in this institution of our between what is promised and be. Lord, and yet so transcendant in its stowed on God's part, and what is efficacy, and so full of benefit to required on ours.

those for whose sake it was or. If the first step in the Christian dained. course is made for us by others, who When our Lord before his crucibear us in their arms when we cannot fixion met his Apostles for the last otherwise make good our advances, time at the table which was spread the steps which are to follow in due for the celebration of the Jewish season must be made, under the Passover, a feast which was observa guidance and the promised influences ed, in remembrance of the rescue of God's Holy Spirit, by ourselves. of the twelve tribes from a cruel If baptism then, admit us to the state of bondage in the land of privileges of the Covenant of Grace, Egypt, at that hour, Christ, who who can doubt that the benefit which was the true Passover, the Lamb is sufficient from the first, will be sluin for deliverance, the great proincreased to us when we take up pitiation, the sole sufficient sacrifice the terms of our engagement in any of rescue and atonement, signified, moment of restipulation ; when the that from thenceforth the figurative covenant is renewed, and when its rite and ceremonial feast should pass benefits are sealed to us again. away. It was fulfilled, indeed, in

that redemption which he came to throughout every portion of his life; accomplish, and in that salvation but the cares of life are many, and which was so promised and tendered demand so large a share of our to mankind. The precious benefits consideration, the pursuits of life of pardon and eternal life were pur- are also pressing, and tend to fix the chased for us with his own blood, mind to such long and close attenand won for others by his death tion to things present, that it is most upon the cross, and by his triumph needful that fit times should be set over death: he therefore took an apart, and proper opportunities proeasy and familiar method for im- vided for better recollections. Nor pressing this upon the minds of is this all. The Christian has a his disciples by an ordinance at public part to act. It is not enough once most salutary and significant. for him to remember his Redeemer; Thus he appointed that the bread it is his duty to show by some puband wine of the paschal supper,

lic tokens that he does remember which he celebrated with his dis- him. It is his duty to make known ciples, should be the perpetual-me- by some plain and open testimony morials in his Church of his body that he is thankful for the benefits broken and blood shed for us, com

which he hath received through the manding his disciples to do that death of his Redeemer, and for the which he then did, to break the blessings which are furnished to him bread and to pour out the wine, to through his saving merits. He is eat the one and drink the other in bound to glorify God in this behalf. remembrance of him.

Religion is a public duty in which The precept therefore binds God requires the homage of his through every age, in all which the creatures. same reasons and the same necesity


remark now to the same subsist for keeping his death in effect, that our Redeemer, both in remembrance with the liveliest sense that exercise of religiou which he of gratitude and love. Such then made good in bis own person, and was his express injunction,

" this do in that method of it which he prein remembrance of me.”

scribed to his disciples, paid a due The whole, then, of that religious regard to the nature of man. As rite which we celebrate as Christians, that nature consists of soul and body, and in which we may be partakers each of wbich should be employed when we draw near to the table of in the service of the Lord, so did the Lord, the whole of what is the great Author of Salvation couple there set forth and represented to the improvement of the heart in inus, and of what is thus commu- ward dispositions with the perforninicated and received, is done in ance and discharge of outward remembrance of Christ Jesus, and offices. Thus he prescribed, as we in participation of the benefits which have seen, the outward form of that he promised. It is no hard thing, dedication to himself at baptism therefore, to know and understand which is accompanied with such that we are invited to that table of measures of forgiveness and renewal communion, and should meet there as are needful to admit the candis to remember Christ, to call to mind dates for future glory to a state of expressly what he suffered for our grace, and to begin the spiritual life. sakes, to commemorate his death, by Thus also he ordained the outward which he purchased life for us, and means for the memorial of his death, to receive again the pledges of his as the main seal of the covenant, grace.

and for the increase and furtherance To remember Christ is indeed the in grace. He appointed that holy perpetual duty of the Christian rite for which the table of the Lord

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