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purpose) make that which before was Invalid, to become as Valid as Conforming to the Dic vine Institution it self would have made it.
VI. He that knows to do good, and does it not, to him it is Sin; and a Continuance in Sin, can bring no Supernatural Benefit or Advantage.
Every Essential part of a Divine Positive Institution of Religion, is of Equal Obligation and Necessity to us. DEMONSTRATION. This is evident,
First, from the very Nature of such an Institution, which (by Definition 1.) has no intrinsick excellency, or moral Virtue to oblige us to observe it, till the Divine Command lays that neceffity upon us; so that now we are oblig'd only by virtue of the Authority Commanding ; which being but One, (i,e. That of God) must necessarily reach to every Esential Part of the Institution, and thereby make them all of equal Authority and equally necessary and obliging to us; because they are every one of the fame Nature as the Institucion it self (by Axiom 1.) And
Secondly, This is further evidenc (from Definition 2.) since we are constantly bound to observe every such Essential Pers as long as the Institution it helf shall have any Force or Virtue. Therefore, since every one of these Parts have but one Authority, without any Inherent Virtue separate there from; and are also binding as long as the Institution shall last; it mult needs be certain, that they are all of equal Obligation and Neceffty to us. But this is so very plain at the first Proposal, to all Intelli, gent Persons, that it hardly deserves the Name of a Proposition to be Demonstrated; and therefore I shall not lose more time about it,
COROLLAR Y. HENCE it follows, that as no Human Authority can dispense with any Divine Politive Institution (Axiom 3.) so neither can they give any Superiority of Excellency, or Neceflity to one Essential Part thereof more than to another, because, they are all equally necessary and obliging; and have their whole Force and Energy merely from the Divine Command.
Whospever juftly efteems an Act (said to be done in pursuance of a Divine Positive Infiturion) to be wholly Null and løvalid for
want of one Essential Part of that Institution, ought also to acknowledge, that such an Ad is as much Null and Void, when it wants but any other One Essential part of the fame Institution. its :
DEMON. For he can reasonably judge that Act to be Invalid, only because it is unlawful, or contrary to the Institution; (Axiom 4.) SO that, the want of tlaat Essential Part being un. lawful, he thence concludes the Invalidity of the Act: Now, forasmuch as all the Essential Parts of the Institution are of equal Authority and Necessity to us (by the foregoing Proposition) it muft-necessarily follow, that the Omission of any one of them will be equally Unlawful or Invalid; and conséquently such a Deficient Act, as wants any one of those Essential Parts, be ing by him justly esteem'd Invalid, bụght also
for the fame Reason to be esteem'd as much Invalid, when he knows it to want butany other One Essential part of the same Institution: Which was the thing to be prov'd
HENCE it unavoidably, follows that there can be no fuch Thing as a Partial Invalidity, thro? the Omission of any Essential Part of a Divine Positive Institution : For, if the Act be wholly Null for want of one such Part, it must be also entirely Void for the want of any
other, by reason of the Equal Authority and Necessity of every Essential Part.
He who knows himself bound to conform to a Divine Positive Institution in all its Essential Parts, and is convinc'd that he has not so far conform’d; can have no just Grounds to expect the Supernatural Benefits annex’d to
done his utmost for the Obtaining of them; by endeavouring an Entire Conformity to every Essential Part of the said Institution.
Demon. This wants but little Proof: For thus entirely to obey the Institution, is certainly good, and he who knows this, and does it not, to him it is Sin;.( Axiom 6.) which if he continues in, no Supernatural Advantage can accrue to him thereby, (by the fame Axiom) much less those Benefits annex'd to the Obfervance of the Institution : And consequently, he ought to do his utmost for the Obtaining of them, by endeavouring, &c. as was to be demonstrated.
HRISTIAN Baptism, is a Divine
Religion; whereby 'tis appointed, that the APOSTLES, and their SUCCESSORS, to the End of the World, should [ by Virtue of a Particular Commishon which Christ gave them før this Purpose ] either themselves in Person, or by THEIR SUBSTITUTES, enter into Discipleship, or into the Church of Christ, all Nations, Baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft, &c. The Supernatural Privileges and Benefits annex'd to this Institution, are, The Pardun of Sins, the Gift of the Holy Ghost, and Eternal Life after Death: Or, as the Church of England words it, “ Being by “ Nature born in Sin, and the Children of Wrath,
we are hereby made" the Children of Grace, “ Members of Chrift, Children of God, and In“ heritors (ór Heirs) of the Kingdom of Hea
ven: Which Vaft and Unspeakable Advantages none can ordinarily have any Right