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teeified its joint celebration as the highest pledge'as the hallowed test' of 'obedience to the commandment of the Son of God'; ata of the maintenance of that union which must characterise the true members of his chürch. iv. Hence;" St. Paul says The cup of blessing which we bless; is it not the comminión of the blood of Christ?? The bread which we break, is it not the communiont of the body of Christ :: Fortwie, being many; are one bread and one body. TOR WEATE ALL PARTAKER'S ON THAT ONE BRETAS. (1 Cor. $0 116, 17.) with a dició) tinn i Thus we see that our' Lord taught and enförned the necessity of maintaining the ünityi öf his church ;) and that a dérout participation in this most sacréd ordinance and therefore, in every act of public worship, is jequired, as a necessary proof of our love to him, and of our obedience to his com: 3111i il !!: 0: 9: Let us- therefore, my brethren, be per fectly united in one heart, and in one niind, thati the world may believe that Christ was sent. from Godisthe Father, and that we are shis true disciples, oci tanto O mn )

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Two gredtiduty of preserving the unity of the church inobedience to the command of our divine Master, was, in the apostolical age,' emphatically asserted, and zealously maintained'; inasmuch as this church is represented as one individual body, of which Christ is the head. Thus the apostle tells us, that the Father gave Christ to be the head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. (Eph. i. 22, 23.) Nor is this body to be regarded as an undistinguished mass, without internal order and harmony of parts : for the same apostle exhorts his converts, that they) speaking the truth in love,, may grow kuprinta hinal in all things, which is the head, even Christ: from whom the whole body, fitly joined together, and compacted by that which every, joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. (Eph. iv. 15, 16.) Arid, in another place, he speaks of holding the head, from which all the body, by joints and bands, having nourishment ministered and knit together, increaseth with the increase of God. (Col. ii. 19.) 20 Thus it appears, that the church of Christ is a well-organized body, in which every nember has its due place and office, and the several partş have a mutualisubserviency and co-operation to the good of the whole. Wherefore St. Paul exhorts, That there be no schism + or breach in the body, but that all the members should have the same care one for another. (1 Cor. xi. 25.) He does not speak of the local congregations of the church as distinct bodies ; for we; being manj, are oné body in Christ, and every one members one of another. (Rom. xii. 5:): -1 3: In another place, he says---Gad is faith Ful, by whom yes were called unto the felloweship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.+ Nara

Ibeseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together, in the same mind, and in the same judgment. et Cor. ii"9, 10.) 5 St. John also declares If we walk in the lightyjas he is' in the light, we have fellow: ship one with another ;" and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (1 John, 1. 7.) Thus vye learn that, in compliance avith our Lord's new commandment, the apostles inculcated' the essential lesson of unity in mind, in judgment, and in affections, amongst the true professors of Chris, tianity. And we shall presently see, that one principal end, for which a regular and duly authorised ministry had its appoint, ment, was the maintenance of this - union, which was consolidated, not only by the use of the same sacred ordinances, but also by the profession of one common faith, and the acknowledgment of one uniform system of doctrine. Many, indeed, have urged the plea of Christian liberty, for the disturbing of ithe constituted order of the church in these particulars. But it is clear, that this

great principle of liberty, sås Unfolded by the apostles, does not extend to the setting aside of the authorised ministry; lon the dissolving of the integrity of Christ's body: sb neither does it furnish the slightest, pretence for any innovation in its faith, or the doctrine of its teachers'; the purity and identity of the faith being essential to the very being of the church. 'Our Lord prayed to the Father, that all those who should believe in him through the word of his apostles, (might be preserved in perfect ranity. 's Accordinglys we are told that the three thousand who were converted at one time by the preaching of St. Peter---those first fruits of the church

continued stedfast in the apostles' docinine and fellowship, and in breaking bread, and in prayer. (Acts, iic 42.);... bowders vius

These converts, not only received the dacr trine of the apostles as they had been taught, but continued perfectly united with them, and with each other; in the congregation of the faithful, in the use of the sheredi ardinancés, and in the form of worshipu. They did not satisfyi themselves with sia) genestad belief in the truth of the Gospel cand thon avithdraw into little separates assemblies #o

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