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were not to eat or taste any thing till he who broke had tasted
first.” Nor was it permitted, at festivals and solemn feasts, for
any of the guests to drink of the cup, till after the master of the
family had done it first, according to an express passage quoted
by Buxtorf from the Talmud, where it is said, “to be an ex-
cellent precept, that he who sanctifies or blesses, should first
taste, and after all the guests sitting down, tasted: every one
took a draught;" see the above dissertation, sect. 76. In this
manner Christ acted at the paschal supper, Luke xxii. 15, 17.
and why not so at this new mystical supper ? -
IV. 2dly. This observation will be more cogent, if we con-
sider that the same phraseology used by Christ of the paschal
cup, Luke xxii. 18. I will not drink of the fruit of the vine,
until the kingdom of God shall come, is also, according to
Matt. xxvi. 29. made use of concerning the cup at the holy sup-
per. Whence we infer, that then Christ likewise drank of the
cup with his disciples.
W. 3dly. We may add, that no reason can be assigned why
Christ should not Fo of the supper, as he did of baptism,
and consecrate, in his own person, these two Sacraments of the
New Testament.
WI. 4thly. Nay, this seems requisite from the mutual union
between Christ and believers, and that intercourse of intimate
familiarity, which among other things, was sealed in this mysti-
cal feast, and which our Lord himself has very elegantly pro-
, under the similitude of a mutual supper, Rev. iii. 20.
“I will sup with him, and he with me.”
VII. This also was the opinion of the fathers: As of Jerome
in epist. ad Hedibiam, quest. 2. “Not Moses, but the Lord
Jesus gave us the true bread: he himself at once the entertainer
and the entertainment; the eater and the food.” Of Augus-
tine de Doctrina Christiana, lib. 2. cap. iii., “And having
first tasted the sacrament of his body and blood, he signified his
meaning.” Of Chrysostom, Homil. 83 in Matth. “He also
drinks thereof, lest on hearing his words they should say, And
do we then drink blood and eat flesh P And therefore, in order
to prevent this, he himself sets them an example,” &c.
... VIII. This use of the Sacraments was not a matter of choice
to Christ, but a part of his righteousness, and a duty incumbent
upon him. For he himself declared when John refused to bap-
tize him, suffer it to be so now; for thus reiro, gri, it becometh
us to fulfil all righteousness, Matt. iii. 15. Where by right-
eousness, he means the obedience due to the command of God,
and it became both John and Christ, to fulfil all, and consequent-
ly this part. The part of Christ was to present himself to be

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baptized by John: and John's duty not to deny Christ in this:
thus it became both of them: nor was it a matter of mere.ft.
ness in this place, as if baptism was a thing unnecessary; (it
being, as I have already said, a#. of the righteousness which
Christ was to fulfil) but it signified every duty incumbent, and
the performance of every such duty is an ornament to the saints,
and renders them beautiful in the eyes of God: as the Psalmist
sings, Psal. xciii. 5, holiness [is the beauty of] becometh thine
house [or those that frequent thy house]. In this sense Paul
said, Eph. v. 3. as agoru becometh saints, and 1 Tim. ii. 10.
3 rooru which women professing godliness, and Heb.
ii. 10...for irrors it became him. *The rectitude, beauty, or
comeliness of God, who is adorned with rectitude and beauty,
Psal. lxxxix. 8, (which rectitude he can neither deny nor act
contrary to) required, that the captain of our salvation.should
be made perfect by sufferings; such a High Priest became us,
Heb. vii. 26. From which it appears, that the baptism of
Christ was a part of his duty, by which he rendered himself
comely both in the eyes of God and men.
IX. But besides this, the Sacraments which Christ made use.
of had still a further respect. They are not only to be consi-
dered as acts of obedience, enjoined by the law, but also assigns
and seals of the covenant, whereby the mutual engagements of
the contracting parties are sealed. For God did not institute
the Sacraments with a view that any should place virtue and ho-
liness in the bare exercise of those acts, but that they might be
seals of spiritual things. Nor does he make a proper use of the
Sacrements, who does not apply them to that end. But, doubt-
less, Christ made use of these institutions agreeably to the in-
tention of God who appointed them, as was proper to be done
by that most perfect and excellent servant in whom God was
well pleased. There was therefore, in the use of the Sacraments,
a confirmation of the promises, both of those made by the Fa-
ther to the Son, and by the Son to the Father.
X. But then, the promises made to Christ were of various
kinds: some were made to him as a particular man, born holy,
who was to be justified and made happy upon constantly perse-
yering in the course of his commenced purity. For Christ was
indeed a holy creature, but to make a boly creature happy who
preserves its holiness untainted, is so ble to the divine
goodness, that it is scarce, if at all o it could be other-

* The author here uses a word of a very general signification, signifying every
thing that is suitable to the perfections of God. And as the divine rectitude, bo-
lines, or righteousness, is his beauty, so this, I apprehend, is what the author
means here by decentia Dei.
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wise, as we have proved at large, Book I. chap. iv. § XII. seq. And these promises are legal, and belong to the covenant of works: but there were other promises made to him as Surety and Mediator, by which his person, and his office, and work, as Mediator, should be acceptable to God, and very successful: and a twofold effect was certainly to ensue, one for himself, viz. a most excellent degree of glory; the other for the elect, who were to be united to him, namely, their salvation. And these last are properly the promises of the covenant we are now upon, of which we have given a specimen, chap. iii. § XXIX. seq. XI. We may now enquire, whether both these kinds of promises were sealed to Christ, by the ordinary Sacraments of the Old and New Testament, which he partook of. But we must not determine anything rashly with respect to this: and therefore I shall jo propose what I think most probable. There is indeed no reason why Christ, as a holy man, and who as such, was to be made happy, might not be confirmed in the faith of this promise by some certain Sacraments, as appears

from the Sacraments of the covenant of works given to Adam .

before the fall. But that such Sacraments were for that purpose granted to Christ, does not appear from scripture. Moreover, I dare not affirm, that the ordinary Sacraments, which Christ made use of, were subservient to the confirming the legal promises belonging to the covenant of works, because they are Sacraments of the covenant of grace. And it does not seem consistent, that the promises of the covenant of works should be sealed by the Sacraments of the covenant of grace.

XII. I cannot indeed refuse, that there is a great difference in some circumstances, relative to the signification of the Sacraments, as made use of by Christ, and as used by believers. For to the latter they seal regeneration, the mortification of the old, and the vivification of the new man, the remission of sins. But, as there neither was, nor could be any occasion for these with respect to Christ, the holy One of God, so they could not, in this manner, be seals to him. Christ also, by the Sacraments, engaged to perform obedience otherwise than believers do; for he engaged to perform the most perfect obedience, without any defect, and bound himself to bear the curse of the law, in order to satisfy divine justice. But though believers, in the use of the Sacraments, engage to perform obedience, yet not that which is absolutely perfect (for that would be to be guilty of a formal life), neither do they bind themselves to bear the curse, nor promise any thing, by which of themselves they may satisfy the justice of God. So that all the same things, at least not in the

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same manner, were not sealed to Christ by the Sacraments,
which by these are sealed to believers. . . .
XIII, That very accurate divine, Gomarus, having duly
examined these things, has presented us with a certain general
signification of the Sacraments, which he maintains to have been
applicable to Christ, and, according to him, was this: namely,
* a sign and seal of his covenant with God, and communion with
the church, that God should be his God, and the bestower of
salvation: and he himself bound to perform perpetual, grateful
obedience to him, and joined in communion with the church.”
On Matt. iii. 13. Though there is no impropriety in these
things, and they were doubtless signified in the Sacraments
which Christ made use of, yet they do not seem to come up to
the full signification of the Sacraments; because the proper,
proximate, and principal end, and consequently the very nature
of these Sacraments, is o to be a seal of the new cove-
nant. And here holds what is commonly said in the schools,
the principal act specifies, as the great Voetius, Disput. Tom.
ii. p. 161. has accurately observed. - -*
ki. I therefore conclude, that the promises made to Christ
as Mediator, were principally sealed to him by the Sacra-
ments; Christ indeed obtained these in virtue of his merits, or
to speak with Paul, because he fulfilled the righteousness of the
law; yet in themselves, and as they relate to believers, they are
promises of the covenant of grace. By them it was declared,
that Christ should be highly exalted, and become the head of
believers, and that they should be redeemed by his satisfaction,
justified by his merits, and at length made perfectly happy with
im, that so he might for ever exult for joy with them, and in
them, as his glorious inheritance.
XV. The justification of the Lord Jesus is contained in these
promises, concerning which he himself says, Isa. l. 8,9. “he is
near that justifieth me, who will contend with me? Who is he
that shall condemn me?" and Paul, 1 Tim. iii. 16. “he was
justified in the Spirit.”. This justification does not only consist
in his being declared innocent of those crimes with which he
was falsely accused, and for which he was condemned by men;
hor in the Father's declaring him to be holy and righteous, and
worthy of his favour, on account of the perfect holiness of his
nature and actions; but in his being, as Mediator, declared to
have performed every thing he was bound to for the payment
of the debt he had taken upon himself. So that he who had
before appeared in the likeness of sinful flesh, Rom. viii. 3...was
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. XVI. Yet I dare not say with a certain divine, in other re-
ts very sound, that the remission of those sins which Christ
as Surety took upon himself was sealed to him. . For the scrip-
ture no where speaks in this manner; besides, the remission of
sins is the forbearance, or removal, of the punishment due to
them. Which cannot be said of Christ, because he suffered
the punishment due to us, and in the fullest manner satisfied
the justice of God. Our sins are forgiven us, on account of the
satisfaction of Christ. But neither scripture nor reason will
authorise us to say, that sin was forgiven to Christ.
XVII. However, agreeably 'to both we may say, that the
regeneration of the elect, the remission of their sins, their sanc-
tification and glorification, in a word, all those benefits, which
by virtue of the covenant of grace, are bestowed upon them,
were promised and sealed to Christ by the Sacraments. For
since, by virtue of the mystical union, Žiš. on the decree of
God, Christ and the elect are one spiritual body, he received
those gifts in the elect which are given to them; as we have
several times hinted from Psal. lxviii. 18.
XVIII. May we not here also refer what Paul writes, Eph.
i. 23. that the church is oråågwua răila is rāqi rangwuins the
Julness of him that filleth all in all? Fulness, I say, not only to
be completed by Christ, but also in its measure which makes
Christ complete, who himself seems not to be completed with-
out his whole body. So that the promises made to the elect
may so far be looked upon as made to Christ, and thus sealed
to him by the Sacraments. - *
XIX, Moreover, Christ on the other hand, promised the
Father, in the use of the Sacraments, faithfully and persever-
ingly to perform all he bound himself to by agreement. For,
in the use of the Sacraments, there is, as it were, a kind of re-
newal of the covenant, and, if we may thus speak, a repeated
solemnization thereof. Christ therefore, by that act, publicly
protested before God and the church, that he would not fail in
any part of his duty. -
XX. Some perhaps may think, to what pu: this mutual
sealing of the promises by Sacraments: for neither was the faith
of Christ subject to any vicious flaw of weakness, to render
such a confirmation necessary; nor the Father under any doubt
as to the fidelity of his engaging Son. But the answer is easy.
1st. The institution and use of Sacraments do not from the nature
of the thing, presuppose sin, or any weakness of faith, as appears
from the Sacraments instituted before the fall. And are not
therefore to be esteemed a vain institution; for that would be

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