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9. The Ninth of Vera Thou shalt not bear city.
False Witness, &c.
10. The Tenth concerning a
right Affection totoards our Neighbour.
Thou shalt not covet thy Neighbour's House; thou shalt not, &c.
These Six last Commandments, which are called the Second Table, are a Righteous Institution of our Duty towards our Neighbour. And the Sum thereof is what is meant in the last Commandment, viz. To love him as ourselves. This, as our Saviour tells us, is the Second great Commandment; and so as a Lieutenant it brings up the Rear.
IV. The Fourth Branch of our Division is that which concerneth Prayer, Chap. 4. And here you are pre-instructed in the Reasons and Grounds of Prayer, the Ufe of it, and some necessary Properties, or Qualifications of it, 'namely, Constancy and Diligence.
These are the subject Matters of that preparatory Instruction, (Saying, Aly good Child, know this, that thou art not able of thyself to do these things, &c.) And then you are called upon to say the Lord's Prayer asfolloweth. Our Father, which art in Heaven, &c.
This most admirable Form of Prayer is called the Lord's Prayer, because it was composed by our Blersed Lord himself, to be a Pattern of Prayer ; according to which, and also a Form of Prayer, by, or with which, we ought to pray. And 'tis reducible to Four Parts, viz.
i. The Addrefs or Pre Our Father, which art fuce.
in Heaven. Sect. 1.
Hallowed be thy Name. Some Petitions that Thy Kingdom come. more immediately relate! Thy will be done in to God.
Earth, as it is in Heaven.
Give us this Day our
daily Bread. 3. Some Petitions that | And forgive us our Tresmore immediately respect ; passes, as we forgive them ourselves.
that trespass against us. And lead us not into
| Temptation, c. Sect. 3. The Conclusion For thine is the Kingor Reasons of these Petic | dom, and the Power, and tions.
the Glory, for ever and
ever, Amen. And to teach you what it is that you desire in this Prayer, it is briefly explained to you in this part of our Catechism.
V. The Fifth Branch thereof is conceroing the Christian Sacrament, viz. Baptism and the Lord's Supper, see Chap. 5! And the Matters contained therein are all the following Particulars, viz.
1. The Number of the Two only, viz. Baptism Evangelical Sacraments.
and the Lord's Supper. 2. Their Necefity: 2 ! They are generally ne.
? cessary to Salvation. 3. The common Næ An outward' visible ture and the essential Pares Sign of an inward Spirithereof, viz.
ili tual Grace.
4 The Author ofed by Christ himself.
of Given unto us, ordain.
To be a Means where
by we receive the same 5. Their Ends and U-! (viz. Spiritual and inses.
ward Grace ) and also a Pledge to assure us thereof.
Water, wherein the 6. The Outward Part Person is baptized, in the or Sign of Baptism in par- Name of the Fatber, and ticular.
of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft.
A Death unto Sin and
a New Birth unto Righ7. The Inward Part teousness; for being by or Spiritual Grace of Bap Nature born in Sin, and tism.
Children of Wrath, we are hereby, made Chil. dren of Grace.
they forsake Sin; and 8. The Qualifications Faith, whereby they sted, of such as are to be bap- fastly believe the Promitized.
ses of God made to them in that Sacrament.
Altho' by reason of 9. A Vindication of the their tender Age they Baptism of young children. cannot perform them (ie.
Faith and Repentance)
yet they promise them both by their Sureties, which Promise when they come to Age, themselves are bound to perform.
The continual Remem10. The Special End of brance of the Sacrifice of the Lord's Supper in parti. the Death of Christ, and of cular.
the Benefits that we re
ceive thereby 11. The Outward Part, Bread and Wine which or Sign of the Lords Supper. the Lord hath command
ed to be received.
The Body and Blood of 12. The Inward Párt, or Christ, which are verily shing signified in this Sao and indeed taken and recrament.
ceived by the Faithful in the Lord's Supper.
The Strengthning and 13. The Benefits that we refreshing of our Souls by receive by this Ordinance. the Body and Blood of
Christ, as our Bodies are by the Bread and Wine.
To examine themselves whether they repent them truly of their for.
mer Sins, ftedfastly pur14. And lastly, The posing to lead a new Life, Qualifications of such as have a lively Faith in come to the Lord's Supper.
God's Mercy through
with all Men. All these Points of Doctrine concerning the Chriftian Sacraments, are distinctly contained and taught you in this part of your Catechism. But as some of thefe Particulars are common to both the Sacraments, fome proper to one, others to the other of them; they are all reducible to these Three Heads, viz.
'1. Concerning the two Sacraments in general. See Sect.s. II. Concerning Baptism,
Sect. 2. III. Concerning the Lord's Supper,
These are the Points and Principles that the Catechifm consists of, and into which it is refolvible. It immediately resolves it felf into Five Special Parts, and each of these into several less Particulars: The First into Five. The Second into Twelve. The Third joto Ten. The Fourth into Four. The Fifth into Fourteen, or more compendiously into Three. And. So the Catechism presents itself in the Similitudę of a Tree. The whole Catechism is as the whole Tree. The five first Parts are as so many Master-Limbs; and the Particulars of those Parts are as so many Smaller Branches. And they are here first exhibited in their Dependencies and proper Places, in order to a fuller and methodical Explication of them, in the following Manner. But to apply this more familiarly to the Capacities of the Young and Ignorant, I Mall propound it Catechetically, by way of Question and Answer.
The Questions and Answers.
Q. What are the Principles or chief Parts
of this Catechism? The Divisi A. They are those five that have been aw of the Can teshifm.
specified in the Analysis, viz. The several Explications of
1. The Christian Covenant. nalysiso
2: The Christian Faith, &c.
Q. In what Place of your-Catechism have you these chief Parts thereof?
A. The first is contained in the four Preliminary Questions,
See the A