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PAGE Introduction ..
.. 575 Section I. The Absolute Necessity and Divine Authority
of the Lord's Supper: By John Morrison, D. D., from the second edition..
577 The Church an Executive, Not a Legislative Body... 577 Christ's Claims as a Lawgiver...
.. 578 His Right to Ruie-Divine..
.. 578 Acquired ..
.. 579 Exclusive ...
.. 581 Peremptory Nature of the Duty Enjoined.. .. 581 A Duty Most Significant.
.. 582 Most Binding
583 To be Performed Without Delay...
.. 586 Resistless Motives Urged
.. 588 Do It for Christ's Sake...
589 For the Sake of the World..
589 Of the Church
.. 589 Of Your Families
589 For Your Own Sakes..
589 Remember ChristIn His Preincarnate State...
.. 590 In His Assumption of Human Nature.
591 In His Sufferings
.. 591 In His Approach to Judgment.
.. 591 EncouragementsThe Command of Him Who Died.
592 His Honour
593 The Nature of the Approach....
593 The Experience of the Church.
Section II. The Institution, Design, Qualifications, Bene
fits, &c.: By Daniel Wilson, D. D., Bishop of Calcutta. From the eleventh London edition...
595 1. The Institution of the Lord's Supper..
595 2. The Design of It....
597 3. The Qualifications of Those Who Deceive It Aright 600 4. The Benefits to be Derived from It.....
609 5. The Objections Raised Concerning It...
613 6. The Obligations at Once and Regularly to Partake of It ...
621 Section III. The Young Communicants' Catechism: By the Rev. John Willison, of Dundee...
626 Section IV. The Spiritual and Ecclesiastical Theories of the Lord's Supper Stated and Explained...
663 Section V. Replies to the Objection that the Observance
of the Lord's Supper is not essential to true piety because it is only a positive and not a moral duty, wherein it is shown that on that very account it is a greater test and evidence of love; and also to the objections of unfitness and want of strong faith....
678 Section VI. Exercises on the Lord's Supper which may
be used by parents in the family; by Sabbath School teachers and pastors in adult Bible classes, and by communicants themselves
Section VII. Prayers for use before and after the communion.
The Editor of this work has often felt the want of a work which could be put into the hands of inquirers in which their minds would be at once awakened to a sense of their imperative obligation to become communicants by making a sincere, heartfelt and public profession of religion; instructed in the real nature, object, and design of the Lord's Supper and of what is implied in its observance; and assisted in their preparation for it by some form of self-examination, humiliation, and devotion.
This work will, it is hoped, serve this threefold purpose. It is adapted not only to those who have made up their minds to come forward to the communion, but to those who are disposed to examine into the claims which the ordinance has upon them. It will, he trusts, deepen their convictions of the necessity of a personal interest in the Saviour and of a personal discharge of all the duties which, as redeemed sinners, we owe to Him "who loved us and gave Himself for us ;" and lead them to see the solemn and important interests both of their own souls and of the souls of others, which are involved in a proper observance of the Lord's Supper; and thus fill them with a holy desire to participate in its unspeakable benefits.
It will at the same time constitute a closet companion which will be of inestimable service. The perusal of the whole volume at least once a year and of the Catechism as a part of their devotional services before every communion season is earnestly recommended. This catechism has been long and favourably known both in the old country and in America and has passed through many editions. It is now out of print and its reproduction has been desired by many in different parts of the country. Dr. Morrison gives a very clear and satisfactory view of the authority and obligation of the Lord's Supper, while Bishop Wilson's outline is one of the most comprehensive views of the whole subject in our language.
As the whole doctrine of transubstantiation and the real presence as held by Romanists and High-churchmen, is founded on the discourse of our Saviour respecting the eating of his flesh in order to attain everlasting life, a chapter is appended
in which this discourse is examined and the different theories of the sacrament contrasted.
The whole volume is commended to pastors and to all inquirers with the fervent prayer that it may be used by the ever blessed Spirit in awakening, convincing, instructing and comforting many souls, and to Father, Son and Holy Spirit shall be all the praise.