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ture, or the moral law at all; and we fhould as foon chuse to honour God by facrifices, and eating the flesh of them, if it were not for the authority of Jefus Christ. Herein doth faith give honour to Chrift in his kingly office. This is the most direct profeffion of the fubjection of our fouls and confciences to the authority of Christ, in all our religion. We can give no other reason, we can take no allufion from things, but merely this, Chrift would have it fo.
2. Faith hath a peculiar respect to the love of Christ in dying for us, making the atonement for us by his blood, and therein the glorifying of the wisdom, love, and grace of God the Father. Faith is led into fpecial communion with Christ as dying for us to make the atonement; and therein we give glory to Chrift in his priestly office in a peculiar manner in this ordinance, it refpecting the facrifice of Chrift, whereby he made atonement for us.
3. Faith hath refpect to this fpecial manner of the exhibition of Chrift to the fouls of believers, under the outward figns and fymbols of bread and wine by his inftitution, making fuch a facramental union between the thing fignified and the fign, that the figns remaining to be what they are in themfelves, they are unto us the thing that is fignified, by virtue of the facramental union that Chrift hath appointed between his body and blood, and the benefits of it; and this bread and wine, though not changed at all in themfelves, yet they become to us by faith, not what they are in themfelves, but what is ignified by them, "the body and blood of Christ." Herein we give glory to Chrift in his prophetical office. It is he who has revealed, taught, and inftru&ted his church in this truth, which depends on the facramental union which follows by his inftitution. That is the third thing wherein faith peculiarly acts itself in this ordinance.
4. The fourth thing is, the myfterioufnefs, which I leave to your experience, for it is beyond expreffion, the myfterious reception of Chrift in this peculiar way of exhibition. There is a reception of Chrift as tendered in the promife of the gofpel; but here is a peculiar way of his exhibition under cutward figns, and a myfterious
reception of him in them really, fo as to come to a real fubftantial incorporation in our fouls. This is that which believers ought to labour after an experience of in them felves; to, find that indeed under thefe four confidera tions, they fubmit to the authority of Jefus Chrift in peculiar manner, giving him the glory of his kingly of fice; mixing faith with him as dying and making atone ment by his blood, fo giving him the glory and honou of his priestly office; much confidering the facramenta union that is, by his inftitution, between the outwar figns and the thing fignified, thus glorifying him in h prophetical office; and raifing up their fouls to a my fterious reception and incorporation of him, receivin him to dwell in them,'warning, cherishing, comforting a ftrengthening their hearts.
I have mentioned these things as those which lie your practice, and to obviate that (if I may mention i which you may be tried with. There is but one plau ble pretence that our adverfaries, who defign to oppr us, have in this bufinefs: If, fay they, there be no real prefence and a real substantial tranfmutation of t elements into the fubftance of the body and blood Chrift, frew you a way whereby you may have a pecul communion with Chrift, any more than in the wo preached. We fay, we have in these things experie of a peculiar communion with Chrift, in a way m proper to this ordinance, which is not to be found in other ordinance.
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