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miffioned Persons, who pretend to give the Privileges granted by those Publick Acts ; and yet, those Publick-Acts or Laws do, by necessary. Consequence, Invalidate and make Void the Attempts of all uncommission'd Pretenders ; for this Reason ; because the granting a Commission to confer on others fuch particular and special Privileges, plainly implies, that those Privileges are not to be had, (under the

present Circumstance of things) but by virtue of that Commission; else, what need of the Legislator's giving any Commission at all? 'Tis enough that the Law prescibes a Commission; this Limiting Ad of the Law, excludes the Uncommission'd, and this Exclusion of them, makes their Afts, (for which the Commission was appointed by the Law) to be meer Nullities, as is plain in Cases of Naturalizations and Freedoms, to be granted and conferr'd (according to Law) by Commission'd Officers and Ma giftrates ; for if Aliens and Strangers (in such Cases) apply themselves to others to be Naturaliz'd, or made Free, 'they'll find themselves mistaken in their imaginary Privileges; and notwithstanding all the formal Prétences of the Uncommission'd Persons they apply'd themselves to, they'll be all as destitute of a Freedom as they

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tism from a Lawful Hand; and yet denying (what he calls) Rebaptization, to those who were Baptiz'd by Lay Hands, whom the King affirm'd also to be Unlawful Hands. This Argument of our Author against King James, stands equally good in the present Cafe before us, for the Church has made fuch Premises by her Articles and Laws, as determine, thạt to administer Sacraments, unauthorized Hands are Unlawful Hands; the Law by which she comes to know this, has also determin'd, that 'tis necessary for us to receive Sacraments from Lawful Hands, the Consequence makes it self, that Baptism by unauthoriz’d Hands, is not the Baptism that is Necessary : -Therefore by the Laws of Christ, and of our Church, it must be had from Lawful, i. e. Authoriz'd Hands; this we gain from our Author's Argument against King James. But not to put these Gentlemen off thus ; It is notorious, that Publick Afts, or Laws, either of Church or State, which empower Men to confer such Privileges on others, as they could not obtain before such Publick Adis or Laws were made ; I say 'tis evident, that such publick Laws are generally made in such Terms, as do not Expresly Null and make Void, the Attempts of uncom,

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miffioned Persons, who pretend to give the Privileges granted by those Publick Acts; and yet, those Publick-Acts or Laws do, by necessary. Consequence, Invalidate and make Void the Attempts of all uncommission'd Pretenders ; for this Reason; because the granting a Commission to confer on others fuch particular and special Privileges, plainly implies, that those Privileges are not to be had, (under the present Circumstance of things) but by virtue of that Commission; else, what need of the Legislator's giving any Commission at all? 'Tis enough that the Law prescibes a Commission; this Limiting Ad of the Law, excludes the Uncommission'd, and this Exclusion of them, makes their Afts, (for which the Commission was appointed by the Law) to be meer Nullities, as is plain in Cases of Naturalizations and Freedoms, to be granted and conferr'd (according to Law) by Commission'd Officers and Ma. giftrates ; for if Aliens and Strangers (in such Cases) apply themselves to others to be Naturaliz’d, or made Free, 'they'll find themselves mistaken in their imaginary Privileges ; and notwithstanding all the formal Pretences of the Uncommission'd Persons they apply'd themselves to, they'll be all as destitute of a Freedom as they

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were before fuch their Application; because the thing they fought for, was by the Law appointed to be conferr'd on them, only by Commission'd Persons; and with. out this Law, they had no Right at all to fuch a Freedom.

6. XVI. This is the very Case of Baptism appointed by Christ himself, to be perform’d, by his Commission'd Officers, and (his Law has discover'd to us no others that can Minifter it) for the receiving of us into the number of his Children, and making us free Denizens of his Spiri. tual Kingdom ; This is a Privilege unspeakably Great and Glorious: But without our submitting to this Law of his, we have no assurance of obtaining it ; If we do not receive our Title to it at their Hands, wliom he has Commission'd to convey it, we frustrate the Design of his Law; and conse. quently receive not that which his Law intended us, because he committed the Authority of vesting us with it, Only to those who bear his Commission, and our Refusing or Neglecting to receive the Title to this Privilege at their Hands, is a despising of his Authority, whose Commission they are vested with, and consequently a putting our selves out of the Condition pre

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scrib'd to us, by the fundamental Law of Christ, the Supreme Legislator of the Christian Church.

Our Church in conformity to this Original Law of our Saviour, has made Articles, Canons and Rubricks, which affert this Power to be in No Others, but his Commission'd Officers: She denies it to belong to any other Man; nay, to our very Princes ; and does therefore in all her publick Acts require, that we apply ourselves to the Lawful Minister for Baptism ; She provides no other, for Cases of greatest Extremity and what is this, but confining the Power of Baptism to the lawful Minister, and there. fore, of excluding all others from that Power; and in consequence of that, Nulling and making Void their A&ts, tho' not in express Words, yer by the necessary consequence of her Laws, agreeable to those Laws that were made by Christ himself?

Where does the Scripture in express Terms Null and make Void a Baptism perform'd without Water ? Certainly, no where ; yet, the Law of Christ makes it Null; because it requires Water. Where does the Scripture in positive Terms pronounce Baptism Null and Void, when perform’d without the Form in the Name of the Trinity ? No where ; yet it is Null and Void by Christ's

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