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2. Careful not to con 88 Laye Baptism ceiving such Valid Baptism. This is so clear and eviđent that there is no need to enlarge upon it'; "Only I would further add, That if he knows himfelf to be invalidly Baptiz'd by one who never had, the Divine Commission, and who notwithstanding presum’d to Baptize him, in Opposition to and Rebellion against those who were truly Authoriz'd for that purpose.; his acquiescing with lych a Baptism, will be an Addition to his Sin; because he thereby makes himself a PARTNER in the other's REBELLION, and strengthens him and his Adherents in their Wickedness of Oppofing Christ's Lawful Ministers, concerning whom

Blessed Lord has positively affirm’d, That he who despises them, despises shine; and he shat despises him, despises him that sent hine And what greater Contempt can be offer?d

to them, ihan to take part with such as oppofe them in all the Ministrations of that Sacred Office, to which our Saviour has appointed them? This çur with such Men in their Usurpation ; efpes cially considering, that by this our Concurs rence, we involye Djur felves in the Guilt of Rebellion, even against God himself, The Core sequence of which must needs, fali infinitely 1hort of any the least Advantage, and, on the contrary, bring upon us the severest of his Wrath, instead of those Supernatural Graças and Benefits which he has promise to those who duly obey his Holy Institutes 199


to 3 Invalid. I i AS for thofe who do not, but yet máy know, whether the Baptison they have receiv'd be according to Christ's Institution, or no, and consequently, Valid or not Valid; it highdy concerns them to make use of those Facul ties wherewith God has blessed them, that they may not be deceiv'd in Jo great an Affair as this is. For, wilful Ignorance, and Carelessxefs in Spiritual Things, will never excuse them at the Day of Judgment. Nor will it then serve their Turns to plead, that they followd the Instructions and Examples of their Teachers; for our Lord, who is Truth it felf, has faithfully affurdus, that if the Blind lead the Blind, both soall fall into the Ditch: And the Unprofitable Servant, who improv'd not his LordsTalent, but hid it in 4 Nắpkin, was for his Sloth and Idleness branded with the dreadful Name of Wicked, and cast into outer Darkness, to teach us Diligence in the most Important Things of another Life. And to know, whether we are truly initiated into the Christian Church, and thereby entitled to all those infinite Benefits and Privileges, those inestimable Graces and Blessings which every Member of the Church has a Right and Title to ? Certainly, it highly concerns us to know the Truth of our Claim to such vast Benefits, Hnce our Saviour has, told us,: That except a Man ibe born of Water, &c. he cannot enter into the Kingdom of God; he cannot be a


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Member of that Kingdoin here in the Cliurch Militant zythe onlyr: knowho Ark of Salvation from the Wrath to come , doo in Heaven here afges, in the Cburcle Triumpblanty if thro? his Carelessness and Negligence he has not been really initiated or enter?d thereintoy by that One Baptism which Clwilt has institutod, vand Core miffiond his. Apostles, and theme odly, with their Succeffors, and their Substitutes, to i Adminifter for that Párpofe ta the End of rtka World. midt JUAN DE hosto having gone thro? all that I defign?d to fayxabout Invalid -Baptif 1 fhall concludes with miy Abfwers to fòme few ob jactions, that may probably be stalted againft this Efay. id sdt olie is diody a soud plads Sou buiorni oily jaro Sot U oil ému O BJECI TU :O:N 8, Irisl od six bybumid I bus diu? citi "ot Bjo MOM E may Objeft, That'stho Jlom s Christ bid his Eleven Apofter di ciple the Nationsy Baptizingis them; &coopet he did not therefore confine Baptifm to their and their Succeffors Miniftratiohy so as that pore 'cano Administer True Baptifmi but they and such only as they shall auchorize: Roslit he had, he would in exprefs Words have told us, that no others should Ibavei Agthority to Baptize but they. og din 01

flora sia il Ch ojci Jorneo.but oil) s Anfiersi?Tis-universally granted,"ithapour Lord confind the Matter of Baptifm to Marer, and the Form to: In the Name of the Trinkaya



merely by his saying these Words, Baptizing them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghosh. So that no other Metter or Form can be introduc'd for the Administrar tion of Valid Baptifm, the Christ has not in express Words forbidden us to introduce them. Even so, tho' he has no where faid in express Words, That none, but his Apoftles, and their Successors, and such as they foould appoint, mighs bave this Authority; yet I affirm that he has confin'd true Christian Baptism to their Minia ftration only; because he has done as much as if he had said fo in express and positive Words; for, he gave that Commission PARTICULAR; . LY to them, and to, no

, athers, and promis'd con, ftantly to concur with, and support them in the Exercise thereof; tp the End of the World; and he has made no such Promise to Lay Bapti, zers; and this is as full and express, as his appointing no other Matter than [Water, ] and no other Form than (In the Name of the Trinity,]: as is very evident to all, who give theme felves leave to think justly, and adequately on the Words of Institution. Besides, this Com, mission is of such great Moment, that the A, postles themselves could never have lawfully undertaken to Minister in it

, if Christ himself had not particularly authorizd them to to do because, Baptism is, by Virtue only of Christ's Institution, made a Means of conveying Su. PERNATURAL BENEFITS, which they had no NATURAL RIGHT to confer on


any Man by means thereof, and they could ac quire no SUPERNATURAL ONE to do so, till Christ gave them that Power by a particular Designation, as we find he did, in the very Words of Institution; and therefore, since the Apostles themselves could never have presum'd to act in this great Ministration, without a Particular Divine Commission; it being impossible for even them to administer

. Baptism valid, for fupernatural Ends and Purposes, without it it must needs follow, that no others can do so, but by virtue of this, or some other nen Commission; and if they have no new one, they must do it by Virtue of the Old; and consequently he who administers Baptifm, valid for Supernatural Purposes (AND 'TIS NOT CHRISTIAN BAPTISM IF IT BE NOT THUS VALID) mult nécessarily be vested with the Divine Commission, givenat first to the Eleven Apostles, and by their Successors convey'd down to him: And if so, then all others are excluded from

ny Valid Ministration hereof, because they are Đeftitute of this Divine Commisfion, which was never once given to them for such a púrpofe. Obj

. II. Others may probably object, That at this Rate I confine the Efficacy of the Sacraments, and particularly of Baptifm, wholly to the Divine Authority of the Administrator and so, if the Person who Ministers, has not been Commission'd by Chrift, he adminifters no'real Sacraments at all,



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