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commerithand debate upon that truth, and to shape i dubridoëtrines and opinions 1 for themselves, teachcafter (the dictatesilof his own judgment, or the conceptions of his own fancy; all which they might have done with out the dread of civil restriction::t for'atithat time the uniformity of Christian faith and worship was not enforced by: penal laws. But such an'extent of Aliberty was not warranted by the Gospel ;7and hadi these nen enforced the claim as it is urged in our days, they would not have been backnowledged as true convertsal, The apostles admitted of no such latitude. On the contrary; we hear St. Paul, the prisoner of the Lord, beseeching the Ephesians, that they walk worthy of their vocation, wherewith they are called, with all> lowliness and meekness,l and" long *suffering, forbearing one another in bove, era deavouring to keep the unity of the spirit, in the bond of peace.--- Fori as the apostle próceeds, there is one body-one visible church mand one spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling ; one Lord, ONE PAITH, one baptism. (Eph. iv. 1445.) is 1.5. Wherefore, as it follows-Christ igave home, apostles; and some; prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers, For wliat purpose were they given? was it for the founding of various sects and denor minations? No! They were given for the perfecting of the saints; for the work of the ministry it for the edifying of the body of Christ till ye all come, IN THE UNITX107 TWRITAIT, and of the knowledge of the Soni of GodUNTO A PERFECT MA'Nr-unto one undivided church-unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ. Was the church, after this, i to separate into different parties and denominations? By no meanse u The divine pwpose, in giving this orgavised ministry, is expressly stated to be- That we; henceforth, be no more cheldron, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, where by they lie in wait to deceive. This latter clause has a reference to certain teachers, who are not acknowledged as apostolicals whose great principle is not unity, but sepaa'ation, who, instead of holding fast the one faith, teach a variety of doctrines, shifting about:as the inconstant winds, and, instead of edifying the saints in simplicity and god

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ly sincetitý, with cunning craftiness, lié'iri wait to deceive. The words are St. Paul's! They are descriptive, but I need not apply them.

This whole passage sets before us, in the apostolical church, a due order, and just grau dation of the ministry: some of them, indeeds extraordinary, and only stationed for a time, till a certain end should have been obtaina ed, such as apostles, prophets, and evangelists; and others, ''permanent, and contid. nual, such as pastors and teachers, but all of them given by Christ, or invested with their several offices according to his declared and express appointinent; and all directing their labours to the attainment of one great end-the edifying of the church, into one perfect and undivided body, united in the acknowledgement of orie: immutable faith: and all appointed, likewise, for the express purpose of guarding this church, against those various winds of doctrinelund those seeds of error and division, which conceited and unauthorised teachers 'were already furnished with, and waiting an oppora tunity to scatter amongst the brethren.)

And the frustration of these deceivers was

& charge of no trifting moment: for, the unity, and purity of the faith-the ground : work of all true Christianity are matters of such weight, that their absolute necessity is inculcated throughout the apostolical writings. ;

-Thus St. Paul charges the Philip pians, that they stand fast in one spirit, with one, mind, striving together for the: faith of, the Gospel (Phil. i. 27.)

And St. Jude declares—It was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort.youz that ye should earnestly contend for the faith ance, delivered to the saints. v. S. ONCE DES LIVERED!, for the faith is one, and it is deliz pered from heavenge, It is no human specu, lation, to be remodelled by the private judgment of individuals, and accommodated to the progress of science, the state of society, or disposition of the times.

And, that there might be no room for doubt:gr hesitation as to the nature of that faith, which was uniformly and indispens. ably required in the members of Christ's churchour Lord himself declares its great and leading articles, when, just before his ascension, he commands his apostles to go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing theni in the name of the FATHED, and of the Son, and of the Holy GhosȚ. The faith, therefore, in which all these disciples were to be baptized, included a belief in the thrée persons of the ever-blessed TrinityAnd the profession of this faith was required, poer vious to baptism, of every adult convertito the apostolical church, whether from Juda. ism or Heathenism. And whenl during the period of infancy, the children of Christ tians were received by baptism into the con gregation, the profession of the same faith was demanded, in their names of those who made themselves responsible for their religious education.

k* 1777 Our Lord also taught his apostles, that himself and the Father are one, insomuch that all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. (John, v. 23.), We learn, moreover, that the Holy Ghost is the spirit of the Father, and the spirit of Christ'; and, therefore, that the three persons of the Godhead are essentially one. {ti v I

This is the faith which was received in the one body of the apostolical church and the church maintained it, because it was revealed in the word of God, and because


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