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SACRAMENT OF THE LORD'S SUPPER,
My object in the following Address is to endeavour to explain to the sincere and humble Christian what I conceive is necessary to be known in order to his receiving, in a suitable manner, the holy communion of the body and blood of our Saviour Jesus Christ.
In order to this I will consider the following particulars:
1. The INSTITUTION OF THIS SACRAMENT.
III. THE QUALIFICATIONS OF THOSE WHO RECEIVE IT ARIGHT.
IV. THE BENEFITS TO BE DERIVED FROM IT.
RAISED CONCERNING IT.
VI. The OBLIGATIONS WE ARE UNDER TO REGULARLY PARTAKE OF IT.
THE INSTITUTION OF THE LORD'S SUPPER.
A SACRAMENT is an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace, ordained by Christ himself, as a means of receiving that grace, and a pledge to assure us of it. In the Sacrament of the Lord's Supper the outward sign is bread and wine; the invisible grace a participation by faith of the benefits of the body and blood of Christ, to the strengthening and refreshing of the soul, and the preserving of it to everlasting life. It was instituted by our blessed Lord the very same night in which he was betrayed. The Holy Scriptures inform us, that, as our Saviour was eating the last Paschal Supper with his disciples, He took bread and gave thanks, and blessed it, and gave it to his disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body which is given for you: this do remembrance of me. And after supper he took the cup, and gave thanks, and
it to them, saying, Drink
ye all of it: for this is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you and for many for the remission of sins'.
· Matt. xxvi. Luke, xxii.