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1 PETER 5 14. Peace be with you all that are in Christ Jesus. Amen.
2 PETER 3 18. Grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory, now and forever. Amen.
REV. 22: 21. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.
3. Meetings for Devotional Exercises.
MAT. 18 19. If two of you shall agree on earth, as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I, in the midst of them.
JOHN 20 19. The same day at evening, being the first day of the week... the disciples were assembled. -26. After eight days, again the disciples were within.
ACTS 3: 1. Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour.
1 13. When they were come in, they went up into an upper room... where abode Peter, &c....These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women, and Mary the mother of Jesus, and
with his brethren.
6: 4. We will give ourselves continually unto prayer, and to the ministry of the word.
12 5. Prayer was made, without ceasing, of the church unto God for him.
16 13. On the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made.
LUKE 9 18. As he (Christ) was alone praying, his disciples were with him.-28. About an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James and went up into a mountain to pray.
11 1. As he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray.
II. Seal of Covenant.
1. Baptism of John.
MAT. 3: 5. Then went out to him
Jerusalem, and all Judea, and all the region round about Jordan, and were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins... Many of the Pharisees and Sadducees came to his baptism. — 11. I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance,... he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. 13. Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him. But John forbade him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me? And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him. And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water.
MARK 1 4. John did baptize in the wilderness, and preach the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins.
JOHN 3: 23. And John was baptizing in Enon, near to Salim, because there was much water there; and they came and were baptized.
MAT. 3 11. I indeed baptize you with water, unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire: whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner: but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
Acts 19 3. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, That they should believe on him which should come after him, that is on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.
fying. And they came unto John, and said unto him, Rabbi, he that was with thee beyond Jordan, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same baptizeth, and all men come to him. 4: 1. When therefore the Lord knew how the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John, (though Jesus himself baptized not, but his disciples,) he left Judea, and departed again into Galilee.
ACTS 1 5. For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost, not many days hence.
24. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the spirit gave them utterance.
2. Christian Baptism.
MAT. 28: 19. Go ye, therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost.
MARK 16 16. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved.
JOHN 3:25. Then there arose a question between some of John's disciples and the Jews about puri
2:38. Repent and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ, for the remission of sins.
2:41. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.
TS: 12. When they believed Philip... they were baptized, both men and women.... Simon was baptized. 35. Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water
and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thy heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commandthe chariot to stand still and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up ont of the water, the spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.
10: 47. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.
13: 23. Of this man's seed hath God, according to his promise, rais
if the will of God be so, that ye suffer for well-doing, than for evildoing. For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but quickened by the Spirit: by which also he went and preached unto the spirits in prison, which sometime were disobedient, when once the long suffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few (that is, eight) souls, were saved by water: the like figure whereunto, even baptism, doth also now save us; (not the putting away of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God,) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ; who is gone into heaven, and is on the right hand of God; angels, and authorities, and powers being made subject unto him.
1 COR. I: 13. Were ye baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I baptized none of you, but Crispus and Gaius, lest any should say that I had baptized in my own name.... Christ sent me, not to baptize, but to preach the gospel.
¶ GAL. 3: 26. Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek; there is neither bond nor free; there is neither male nor female; for ye are all one in Christ.
ROM. 6: 2. How shall we that are dead to sin live any longer therein? Know ye not, that as many of were baptized into Jesus Christ, were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death; that like as Christ was raised up from the dead, by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we be planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection; knowing this that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
COL. 2: 11. In whom also ye are circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, in putting off the body of the sins of the flesh: by the circumcision of Christ, buried with him in baptism; wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who hath raised him from the dead. And you being dead in your sins, and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses.
1 PETER 3: 17. For it is better,
10: 1. Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea.
3. Relation of Baptism to Circumcision, and other Jewis Rites.
ROM. 2: 25. For circumcision verily profiteth, if thou keep the law; but if thou be a breaker of the law, thy circumcision is made uncircumcision. Therefore, if the uncircumcision keep the righteous ness of the law, shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision? And shall not uncircumcision which is by nature, if it fulfil the law, judge thee, who by the letter and circumcision dost transgress the law? For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: but he is a Jew which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter: whose praise is not of men, but of God.
Ex. 24: 6. And Moses took half of the blood, and put it in basins; and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar. And he took the book of the covenant and read in the audience of the people: and they said, All that the LORD hath said will we do, and be obedient. And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.
MARK 7: 4. And when they come from the market, except they WASH [baptize] they eat not. And many other things there be, which they have received to hold, as the WASHING [baptizing] of cups and pots, brazen vessels and tables.
HEB. 9: 9. The first tabernacle was a figure for the time then present in which were offered, both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience, which stood only in meats and drinks and diverse WASHINGS [baptisms] carnal ordinances, imposed on them till the time of reformation.
LUKE 11: 38. When the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first WASHED [baptized] before
where the priests' feet stood firm, twelve stones,and ye shall carry them over with you, and leave them in the lodging-place, where ye shall lodge this night.
1. Of Deliverance among the Jews. Josн. 4: 1. And it came to pass, when all the people were clean passed over Jordan that the LORD spake unto Joshua, saying, Take you twelve men out of the people, out of every tribe a man, and command ye them, saying, Take you hence out of the midst of Jordan, out of the place
19. And the people came up out of Jordan, on the tenth day of the first month, and encamped in Gilgal, in the east border of Jericho. And those twelve stones, which they took out of Jordan, did Joshua pitch in Gilgal. And he spake unto the children of Israel, saying, When your children shall ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean these stones? Then ye shall let your children know, saying, Israel came over this Jordan on dry land. For the LORD your God dried up the waters of Jordan from before you, until ye were passed over, as the LORD your God did to the Red sea, which he dried up from before us, until we were gone over: that all the people of the earth might know the hand of the LORD, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the LORD your God forever.
2. Memorial of Christ's Death for Sin.
MAT. 26: 26. As they were eating, Jesus took bread and blessed it and break it, and gave it to the disciples and said, Take, eat; this is my body. And he took the cup and gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many, for the remission of sins. For I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of the fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father's kingdom. And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the Mouut of Olives.
MAT. 14 22. And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat this is my body. And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it. And he said unto them, This is my blood of the New Testament, which is shed for many. Verily, I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink
it new in the kingdom of God. And when they had sung a hymn, they went out into the Mount of Olives.
LUKE 22 14. And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve Apostles with him. And he said unto them, with desire I have desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer. For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the kingdom of God. And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, Take this, and divide it among yourselves. For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the kingdom of God shall come.
And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me. Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you. But behold, the hand of him that betrayeth me is with me on the table.
Manner of observing this Ordinance.
ACTS 20: 7. On the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them.
passover is sacrificed for us. Therefore let us keep the feast, not with the old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
1 Cor. 10: 16. The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we being many are one body and one bread; for we are all takers of that one bread.
1 COR. 11. 23. For I have received of the Lord, that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, 1. and said, Take, eat: this is my body which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the New Testament in my blood : this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in
remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come.
57. Purge out the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened; for even Christ, our
10:21. Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of devils; we cannot be partakers of the Lord's table and the table of devils.
11 27. Whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if ye would judge yourselves, ye should not be judged.
[For services at the communion table see our Savior's conversation at the appointment of the ordinance. John 13 to 16, and his prayer, John 17.]
IV. Religious Festivals. Thanksgivings for Mercies and De
(1.) Moses and Miriam.
LORD; for he hath triumphed gloEx. 15: 1. I will sing unto the riously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. The LORD is my strength and my song: and he is become my salvation. -21. And Miriam answered them: Sing ye to the LORD; for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
(2.) Deborah and Barak.
JUDG. 52. Praise ye the LORD for the avenging of Israel, when the people willingly offered themselves.
even I, will sing unto the LORD; I will sing praise unto the LORD God of Israel.-9. My heart is toward the governors of Israel, who offered willingly of their substance; praise the LORD.
2 SAM. 22: 1. And David spake