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God by Baptism, is plainly asserted here by the Church, to be, by the Office, of those who (in her 26th Article she says) “ Minister in “ Christ's Name, and by his Commission and Au“thority; plainly Connecting the Divine Authority of the Administrator of Baptism, with the Baptism it felf, and so closely too, that she no where in any of her Publick Aas, gives us the least encouragement to think that this Dedication can be by any other; and therefore, what God and his Church have so joyn’d to: gether, let no Man put asunder.
AND now to sum up all that has been faid under these Six Heads.
FORAS MUCH as God under the Mosaic Dispensation, which was but the fore-runner of the Christian, made the Divine Author rity of the Administrator an Essential Part of his then Positive Institutions, insomuch as not to accept of the Performance of the latter without the former: Forasmuch, as Christ • himself, notwithstanding his own Personal Exçellencies and Perfections, and the pressing Necellities of the whole World, which stood in need of his Ministrations, would not leave his private Station to take upon him so great an Office till duly Authoriz'd by the Divine External Commission : Forasınuch, as in the Words of the Institution of Baptism, our Lord 'Commillion'd no other than his Eleven Apostles and their Successors and Substitutes to Baptize to the End of the World: Forasmuch as their
Commission (as all others are ) is Exclusive of all, but those to whom 'twas given; and the very Form of Administration of Baptism, in the Name, or by the Authority of the Trinity requires, and necessarily supposes and implies the Divine Authority of him who Administers : Forafmuch, as the Words of Institution are an express Command to the Apostles and their Successors and Substitutes, to Baptize all capable Persons who have not been Baptized by them. Forasmuch, as the Benefits of Baptism are so great and SUPERNATURAL, that none can give or convey them by Baptism, but such as God has appointed; forasmuch, as Chrift himself Baptizes us by the Ministry of those whom he has sent for that purpose ; and we cannot be said to be Baptized by him, when 'tis done by one whom he never fent : Forasmuch, as all who call themselves the Divinely Authorizd Ministers of Christ, have in all Ages claim'd the Power of Baptizing upon the Account of their Divine Commiffion: And Lastly; Forasmuch, as the Church of England by her. Doétrine and Practice, gives fufficient ground to believe, that none can Administer Sacraments but those who are Divinely Authoriz'd for that purpose, and that to pretend to do fo, is contrary even to the very Institution of the Christian Sacraments, Seeing all these Premises are true, and not to be deny’d, without running into unavoidable Inconsistencies and Contradictions, it must
neceffarily be granted, that the Divine Authority of the Administrator of Baptism is an Esential part of that Holy Institution, co be observ'd as often and as long as Baptism shall be necessary to be Administer'd, even to the End of the World
THAT every Essential Part of Christian Baptism; (viz. The Divine Authority of the Administrator, The Water, and the form of Administration in the Name of the Trinity) iş of equal Obligation and Necessity to us.
DEMON. This will follow from the first Proposition of the Introduction; which I shall apply to this Divine Positive Institution; For the very Nature of this Institution is such, that it had no Intrinsick Excellency, or Moral Virtue, either in the Perfon Baptizing, or in the Water, or in the Form of Words wherewith Baptism is given, to bind or oblige us to observe the same, till the Divine Command laid that Neceflity upon us, as indeed we find it did ; so that now we are oblig'd to observe this Institution, purely and only by Virtue of this Divine Command; which, forasmuch as it extends it self to every one of the said Essential Parts thereof ( as has been prov'd in the pre: ceeding Proposition, wherein 'twas Demonftrated, That the Divine Authority of the Ado
ministration of Baptism is an Essential Part there. of as well as the Water and the Form) will make them all of equal Authority, and consequently of equal Necessity and Obligation to us ; because, 'the Divine Authority of the Administrator, the Water, and the Form of Administration, are every one of them distinctly of the same Nature (i. e. but meer Positive Institutes) as the whole Institution it felf. And again, being all Efential Parts (or such as are constantly to be observ'd as long as the Ordinance of Baptism fall be obliging] 'tis evident, that for the same Řea, fon as one part may be omitted, another may be so likewise, and consequently, that every one of them is upon all Accounts whatsoever, of equal Obligation and Necessity to us. l. E. D,
HENCE it follows, that as no Humane Authority can Dispense with the whole Institution of Baptism, where 'tis binding and obliging (Axiom 3.) so neither can they Dispense with the Omission of either Water,or the Form of Administration, in the Name of the Trinity, or the Divine Mission of him who Adminitters. Nor can any such Authority determine, that one of these Essential Parts of the Administration of Baptism, is more excellent than another, because they have every one distinctly, the fame Authority Commanding,
from which alone they receive their whole Force and Efficacy, and are only by Virtue of that one Authority, made equally necessary and binding to us.
WHOSOEVER affirms Baptism to be wholly Null and Invalid, by reason of the Omission either of Water, or of the Form of Administring in the Name of the Trinity, ought also for the same Reason to acknowledge, that Baptism is as much Null and Invalid when it wants only the Divine Authority or Commission of the Administrator.
DEMON. This will follow from the Sea cond Proposition of the Introduction.
FOR the only Reason why the Omission of either Water, or the Form, makes such a Baptism Void, must be, because such Omission is Unlawful, or Contrary to the Institution of Baptism (Axiom 4.) So that he must affirm such Baptism Noll, because 'tis Adminifter'd either with such Matter or Forn as the Institurion has not appointed; or, because ’tis not Administer'd with such Matter or Form as the Institution requires. Now, forasmuch as Christ, who appointed the Water and the Form, appointed also the Person who should Adminifter both the one and the other : And since the Divine Authority of this Administrator is an Effential Part, and as much obliging