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fers to be continu'd, for the fanie use to which
low'd to ithe same purpose, as the Cenfers wherewith Adron offer'd' Incense; for God did not order those Two Hundred and Fifty Cen
thuse Sinners put them, but requir’d them to
Two Hundred and Fifty Princes, aindeed, if compard to the Unauthoriz'de Administrators of Baptism, may be fomething to the purposesi and 10 may the Incense, if compar'd to the Water in Baptifm: Becaufe, as this, when rightly Administerd, is the means of Spiritual Benefits, 10 Incense, when riglicly offer’d, ize. by la Divinely Commission'd Perfon, wąš, a means likewise of procuring the Favour of God, by making an Atonement, for the Sins) of the People. But as for the Censers, they were only the Vessels wherein this Incente, the Outward Means of the Atonement, wass contain'd ; so that they have not the least res ference, either to the Perfon Administring, ori the Vater of Baptism, or to the Person Bapri tized and therefore, if the Objector will have them to be Paralel to any thing at a all in this matter, they must be fo to the Vessely wlyich contains the Baptifm-Water ; And he may, make as much use as he plea fes of thatı Parallelism, which is nothing at all to our prefent purposes ini di bus MURO Nithe Whole ; i the Grand Defign of: these Princes wasi (in oppofition to the Eftans blish'd Priesthood) to afferi Incenfe before thes Lordn.contrary to a Divine Pofitive Institution, which comfind that Action: to Aaron and his Sons oply.rry luis Offering being thus unlawful; fors want of the Divine Authority of the Perfons: Administring, was so far from being accepted, that it was a crying Abominations and insteadı on T
of procuring a Blelling, either for themselves or their Abetrors, drew down upon them swift Destruction, the Princes being immediately consum'd by a Fire from the Lord, and Fourteen Thousand Seven Hundred of their Partiżans destroy'd by a Plague. Even so, if any thing about Baptism may be hence inferr’d, we may juftly fear, that the Administration of suppos’d Baptism by Non-commillion'd Persons, in Opposition to the Divinely establist'd Priest hood of the Christian Church, instead of being a Means of conveying Spiritual Graces and Benefits, to those who krovingly receive, or acquiesce in it, will rather exclude both fuch Giver and Receiver, (tho they escape God's Judgments here ) from the infinite Pri. vileges of his Children hereafter, without a fincere and speedy Repentance.
Some other objections I have endeavour'd to obviate in the Progress of this Essay, and therefore shall only further declare, that I fincerely believe the Subject of this Discourse to be a substantial Truth"; nay, even a first Principle of Christianity, and that without the couragious Affecting and Vindication question ( as we see it has lately been'in Publịck Print) and confequently in time so far deny?d,' as to encourage every bold intruder to ufurp that Sacred Office and Ministry, even in opposition to that Divine Commission,
which has been constantly handed down from Christ and his A poltles, to this very Day.
I hope therefore that None who are vested ñith this Divine Authority, will fight against it by appearing publickly in opposition to the Subject of this Essay: As for my manner of arguing to defend it, there may be some undeSiand Faults therein, which I humbly submit to their juft Correction, and prudent Censure lioping they will execute both, with so much Wisdom and Conduct, as (to make me see my own Errors, and at the same time, not to pre. judice, but add Strength and Cogency to the Cause I have pleaded, which ought by no means to fuffer for my Weakness in its Defence.
AS for the mere Pretenders to this Divine Authority, I have nothing to say to them or their Followers, but only to desire 'em to take care not to deceive themselves, but seriously to enquire whether there is any Legalīty in that pretended Commission, by which they A&'; which till they can solidly prove, I shall always esteem to be utterly Invalid for the Administration of Christian Sacraments. I shall not trouble my self to enter the Lists with them, tho*they quarrel never so much with what I have said, they have Work enough already cut out to their Hands, in those excellent Books which I have mention'd in my Answer to the Third Objection; and to their Arguments I refer them for the DI. VINE RIGHT OF EPISCOPACY, that
they may save themselves the trouble of demanding them from me.
If they shall oppose my Assertion of the Necessity of a Divine Commision to Adinini. fter Baptism, they will thereby Confound themselves when they affirm that they Baptize by Virtue of such'a Cominisfion: 'And thien shall not think them'worth my Answering:
I conclude all with my hearty Prayers to Almighty God, that this my weak Endeavour may be for his Glory, and that he would keep us from all FALSE DOCTRINE, HERESÝ AND SCHISM; that all who profefs and call themselves Christians may be led into the WAY OF TRUTH, and hold the Faith in Unity of Spirit, in the Bond of Peace, and in Righteoufness of Life ; and that he would be pleas'd to Illuminate AL'L BISHOPS, PRIÉSTS AND DEAÇONS, with true Knowledge and Understanding of his Word, that both by their Preaching and Living they may set it forth and fbew it accordingly; and rightly and duly Administer HIS HOLY SACRAMENTS, that fo JEROBOA M'S PRIESTS máy not PROPHANE HIS SERVICE, but that THE SEED OF AARON may still MINISTER before him; to whom, with bis Eternal Son, and Holy Spirit, Three Persons, but One God, be ascribed, as is most due, All Honour, Praise, and Glory, Might, Majesty and Dominion, by every Creature that is in Heaven and Earth, and under the Earth, Før guer and ever Amen.