“This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.” (Ephesians 5:32). William GougeOf Domestical Duties, 1.85-92 § 85. Of the Matrimonial Conjunction of Christ and the Church. The forenamed ancient marriage law is here applied mystically to Christ and the church, as is evident by the next verse, where the apostle… Read More The Mystery of Christ and the Church
On every point Transubstantiation is a false, shocking, & novel doctrine. With Transubstantiation falls the sacrifice of the Mass. Upon Transubstantiation, everything important and decisive in the church of Rome may be said in a degree to hang. Yet, Protestant sacramentology truly captures the simple and beautiful institution of Jesus Christ.… Read More Transubstantiation: Unbiblical, Ahistorical, and Unreasonable
Thomas Boston Works, vol. 2, pp. 460-465. For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit (1 Corinthians 12:13). I come now to handle the questions in the Catechism concerning the… Read More How the Sacraments are Effectual Means of Salvation
Herman Witsius Economy of the Covenants Between God and Man Volume 1, Book 2, Chapter 10, pp. 271-280. After what manner Christ Used the Sacraments. I. Thus far we have at large treated of those things that relate to the covenant between Christ and the Father; and might seem to have completely finished that subject,… Read More Why Did Christ Partake of the Sacraments?
“Why dost thou prepare thy teeth and belly? Believe, and thou hast eaten.” (Augustine, Tractate 25). Daniel Featley, Transubstantiation Exploded pp. 154-189. That the words of the institution, “This is my Body,” are to be taken in a tropical [from trope. Figurative; rhetorically changed from its proper or original sense] and figurative sense, is proved:… Read More “This Is My Body”: Literal or Figurative?
Daniel Featley, Dippers Dipt, Article 4. Concerning the calling of Pastors. ANABAPTIST. That there ought to be no distinction by the Word of God, between the Clergy and the Laity; but that all who are gifted may preach the Word, and administer the Sacraments. THE REFUTATION. This prodigious error, which may be easily convinced not… Read More Difference Between Ministers and Laymen
The New Testament teaches that Gentiles are now partakers in the covenants of promise (Ephesians 2:12-13) that were formerly exclusive to the nation of Israel. One of those promises is that God will be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee (Genesis 17:7); and this promise is explicitly repeated in the New… Read More A Clear and Concise Case for Infant Baptism
Samuel Rutherford on Infant Baptism (Part 1) Chapter 13 of The Covenant of Life Opened (published in 1655) There are two sorts of Covenanting, one external, professed, visible, conditional, another internal, real, absolute and the differences betwixt them. 2. Infants Externally in Covenant under the New Testament 3. Some Questions touching infants. Persons are two ways… Read More Infant Baptism Proven from the Scriptures
Samuel Rutherford The Covenant of Life Opened pp. 82-85 Q.5. What holiness is it that is called federal, or Covenant holiness which is in Infants? Ans. It is not so much personal holiness (though it may so be called, because the person is a Church member, separated from the world to God) as holiness of… Read More The Federal Holiness of Infants | Samuel Rutherford