|Author:||Viret, Pierre, 1511-1571.|
|Title:||A Christian instruction, conteyning the law and the Gospell. Also a summarie of the principall poyntes of the Christian fayth and religion, and of the abuses and errors contrary to the same. Done in certayne dialogues in french, by M. Peter Viret, sometime minister of the Word of God at Nymes in Prouince. Translated by I.S. Seene and allowed according to the Queenes Maiesties iniunctions.|
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A Christian instruction, conteyning the law and the Gospell. Also a summarie of the principall poyntes of the Christian fayth and religion, and of the abuses and errors contrary to the same. Done in certayne dialogues in french, by M. Peter Viret, sometime minister of the Word of God at Nymes in Prouince. Translated by I.S. Seene and allowed according to the Queenes Maiesties iniunctions.
Viret, Pierre, 1511-1571., Viret, Pierre, 1511-1571., Shute, John, fl. 1562-1573,
Imprinted at London: By [Henry Bynneman? for] Abraham Veale, dwelling in Paules churchyard at the signe of the Lambe, Anno. 1573.
|Alternate titles:||Instruction chrestienne en la doctrine de la loy et de l'Evangile. English. Selections Instruction chrestienne en la doctrine de la loy et de l'Evangile.|
A translation of part of "Instruction chrestienne en la doctrine de la loy et de l'Evangile", which was based partly on his: Instruction chrestienne et somme generale de la doctrine comprinse ès sainctes Escritures.
I.S. = John Shute, whose name appears on *2r.
Actual printer's name conjectured by STC.
Reproduction of the original in Peterborough Cathedral. Library.
Some print faded; pages 39-40 creased.
Christian life -- Early works to 1800.
Theology, Doctrinal -- Early works to 1800.
To the honorable and vertuous Lady, Eli∣zabeth, Countesse of Lincolne, Iohn Shoute vvisheth encrease of all godly honoure and knowledge.
To the Christian Reader.
THE SVMME OF the principall pointes of the Christian faith and Religi∣on, and of the abuses and errors contrary to the same.
Hovve nedefull it is, that all Christians doe vvell knovv vvhat faith is, vvherby they are made Christians, & vvhat things she doth comprehend. Chap. 1.
Of the summaries of the faith of the chri∣stian Churche named Symboles. Chap 2.
Of the vnderstanding of the matters conteyned in these Summaries, and howe necessarie it is. Chap. 3.
Of the principall pointes wherevppon the true Christian faythe is buylded: and first of the vnitie of God. Chap. 4.
Of the Trinitie of persons, in the vnitie of the diuine essence, and of their pro∣prieties, and of the creation of the worlde. Chap. 5.
Of the prouidence of God. Chap. 6.
Of the eternall Predestination of God, and of the manifesting of the same, and where wee ought to seeke it. Chapter. 7.
Of the author of sinne, and of the incom∣prehensible wisedome of God, which is in his eternal ordinance. Chap. 8.
Of man, and of the creation and fall of him by sinne. Chap 9.
Of the redemption and restoring of man, and of the only mediator Iesus Christe. Chap. 10.
Of the true inuocation and prayer to∣wardes God. Chapter. 11.
Of the order of prayer whiche Iesus gaue to his Church. Chap. 12.
Of the principall faultes whiche wee must auoyde when we pray. Chap. 13.
Of the meane by the which men may bee heard of God in their prayers. Chapter. 14.
Of the nature of the true mediator, and of the vnion of God and man in him, in one selfe person. Chap. 15.
Of the diuine and humaine nature of Ie∣sus Christe, and of the sanctification made by him. Chap. 16.
Of the errour touching the inuocation of Sainctes Chap. 17.
Of the vertue of the death and passion of of Iesus Christe, and of the true purga∣torie of the Christians. Chap. 18.
Of the Purgatorie and satisfaction of the Papistes. Chap. 19.
Of the cōmunication in the benefites of Iesus Christ. Chap. 20.
Of the faith in Iesus Christ. Chap. 21.
Of the iustification by faith. Chapter. 22.
Of the meane by the whiche God giueth faith to men, and of the manifestation of the word of God, and of the true vse of the same. Chap. 23.
Of the declaration of the will of God by the lawe, the whiche he hath giuen to men concerning the obedience and the ser∣uice that he requireth of them. Chapter. 24.
Of the lawe of God conteyning a sum∣marie of the declaration of his will. Chapter. 25.
The first commaundement.
The second Table.
Of the Summarie that Iesus Christe hathe made of the law of God. Chap. 25.
Of the true fulfilling of the lawe of God. Chap. 27.
Of good works which are the frutes of true fayth. Chap. 28.
Of the principall pointes conteined in the holie Scriptures, whiche doe summarily comprehend all that which is requi∣red in the true seruice of God. Chapter. 29.
Of the true seruice of God whiche is spirituall. Chap. 30.
Of the ministerie of the Gospell, and of the principall partes of the same, and of the true vse of the sacraments. Chapter. 31.
Of the obedience that all men doe owe to the ministerie of the Gospel: and of those whiche doe despise it, and of the prote∣station and profession of the chri∣stian doctrine, whervnto euery one is bound. Chap. 32.
Of the number of Sacraments of the true Christian Church. Chap. 33.
Of baptisme, and of the true vse of the same. Chap. 34
Of the baptisme of yong children. Chap. 35.
Of the children that are borne dead, and of the true foundation of the saluatiō of all men. Chap. 36.
Of the administration of the Sacraments and to whom it belongeth. Cha. 37.
Of the Baptisme administred by women, and of the errour that therein is. Chapter. 38.
Of the Supper of our Lorde, and of the true vse thereof. Chap. 39.
Of the signification of the signes of bread and wyne in the Supper, and of the agree∣mente and difference of them, with the things that they signifie, and of the error of the popish transubstan∣tiation. Chap. 40.
Of the commemoration of the sacri∣fice of Iesus Christ in the Supper. Chap. 41.
Of the Supper, and of the Masse of the Papistes, and of the principall pointes wherin it is different and contrary to the true Supper. Chap. 42.
Of the proofe that euery man oughte to make of him selfe, to communicate worthily at the supper, and of the things required in the same. Chap. 43.
Of the penance and sanctification of the Christians, and of the true originall of the same, & of al good works. Chap. 44.
Of the true and Christian confession and absolution, and of the remission of sinnes. Chap. 45.
Of the power of ministers of the Church, to pardon or reteyne sinnes. Chap. 46
Of brotherly reconciliation. Chap. 47.
Of the satisfaction towarde our neighboure. Chap. 48.
Of the Churche and of the foundation of the same, and of hir head. Chap. 49.
Of the markes whereby to knovve in thys world, which is the true Church, and who are to be accoumpted for true members of the same. Chap. 50.
Of the Magistrate. Chap. 51.
Of Mariage. 52.
Of the doctrine of the Churche, and of mans traditions, and of those whiche she doth acknowledge for true or false ministers. Cha. 53.
THE SVMMA∣rie of the christian doc∣trine, set foorthe in forme of Dialogue and of Cathechisme. Of the principall cause and ende of the creation of man.
Of the true seruice of God.
Of the principall points wherevnto men may applie all the doctrine contey∣ned in the holy scriptures.
Of the difference that is betweene the lawe and the Gospell.
The lawe of God.
The first commaundement.
Of the summe of the lawe.
Of the corruption of man, and howe harde it is for him to do well.
Of the redemption of man.
Of the communication or partaking of the benefite of Christ.
Of the Faith.
The Simbole of the Apostles.
Diuision of the matters conteyned in the Simbole of the Apostles.
Of the fayth towards God.
Of the vnitie and Trinitie in the diuine essence.
Of the principall workes of God, by the whiche he hath declared himselfe to men.
Of the creation of the worlde, and of the Prouidence of God.
Of the incarnation of Iesus Christ and of the redemption had by hym.
Of the vnion of the diuine and humaine nature, in the person of Iesus Christ, and of his office.
Of the vvorks of viuification and sanctification.
Of the Churche.
Of the things whiche we ought to be∣leeue of the Churche.
Of the benefites of Iesus Christe towar∣des his Churche.
Of the possession of the benefites of Iesus Christ in the church during this lyfe.
Of the consummation of the benefits of Iesus Christe.
Of the frutes and effects of the lawe, and of good vvorks.
Of the good workes which God requi∣reth of the faithfull.
Of the inuocation of the name of God.
Of the sum of the first table of the law.
Of the summe of the second Table.
The forme of Prayer giuen by Iesus Christe.
Diuision of the matters conteyned in the Lordes Prayer.
Of the addresse of the Christians in their prayers, and of their true aduocate in the same.
VVhat thinges vve ought to demande of God, in our prayers.
A diuision of the requests conteyned in the Lorde his prayer.
Of the ministerie of the Church, and of the vse of the same.
Of the partes of the ministerie of the Churche.
Of the discipline of the Churche.
Of the Sacraments that are in Christes Church, and of the things that ar to be considereed in them.
Of the things that are to be consi∣dered in the woorde.
Of the vse of the signes.
Of the number of Sacraments vvhich are in the Chucrhe of Christ.
Of the Supper.
To vvitte vvhether the bread & the wine be conuerted into the body and bloud of Iesus Christ in the Supper.
Of the coniunction of the signes in the supper, vvith the thinges that they signifie.
Of the presence of the body and bloud of Iesus Christ in the Supper.
Of them to vvhome the communion of Sacramentes doth belong.
Of the proofe that is required of eue∣ry man in the Supper.
Of the principall points vppon the which euery man ought to examine and proue himselfe.
Of the ministers of the Churche, and of Magistrates.
A FAMILIAR exposition of the princi∣pall points of the Cathechis∣me, and of the Christian doctrine, made in forme of Dialogue.
Of the true seruice of God, and of good intents. The first Dialogue.
Of the chiefe felicitie of man, and of the ende for the vvhich he vvas crea∣ted of God.
Of the true honor and seruice of God.
Of the summe of all the Doctrine con∣teyned in the holy scriptures.
Of the lawe of God, and of the of∣fice of the same.
Of the Gospell, and of his office.
Of the difference that is to bee considered betwene the law and the Gospell.
Of the couenant and agreement of the lawe and the Gospell.
Of the cause for the vvhich God vvoulde him selfe declare his vvill vnto man by his vvorde.
Of the good intentes of men that are not gouerned by the vvord of God.
Of humaine traditions.
Of the seruice of God according to the traditions of men.
Of the difference of the true and false fayth.
Of the assurāce of the cōscience by the word of God, and what cōmoditie commeth therby to man.
Of the Lawe of God. The second Dialogue.
Of the manifestation of the wil of God by the law of the two Tables.
Of the number of the commaunde∣mentes conteyned in the two tables.
The first table of the lawe.
The seconde Table.
Of the sum of the lavve.
Of the diuision of the matters set foorth in the lawe.
The diuision of the poyntes conteined in the firste table: and of the principall parts of the true seruice of god.
Of the faith tovvards God.
Of the testifying and declaring of faith, and of the partes thereof.
Of the inuocation of Gods name, and of the true vvorshipping of him.
Of the outvvard testimonie of faith, vvhich God requireth of man.
Of the meanes ordeyned to man by God, vvhereby they may make profession of their faith.
Of the charitie tovvards our neyghboure.
A diuision of the matters conteyned in the second table.
Of the points vvherein euery one is bounde to his neyghbour.
Of the vveaknesse & defaulte of povver that is in man to accomplishe the lavve of God.
Of the fall and restoring of Man. The third Dialogue.
Of mans Freevvill.
Of sinne, and of the nature of it, and what originall sinne is properly.
Of the meane vvhereby man maye be de∣liuered from sinne, and from the vvrathe of God, vvhiche sinne bringeth to him.
Of the causes for the vvhich there is ney∣ther man nor Angell sufficiente to the office of mediatoure betvvene God and man, and of the greatnesse of the vvrath of God against sinne.
Of the setting forth of the iust iudgemēt, & of the mercy of god, in the redēptiō of mā.
Of the only & true mediator Iesus Christ.
Of the vnion of the diuine and humaine nature in the person of Iesus Chryst, and of the causes of the same.
Of the sacrifice and satisfaction of Iesus Christ, and of the vertue therof.
Of the communication in the bene∣fites of Iesus Christ.
THE FOVRTH dialogue, is of the iu∣stification and sanctifi∣cation of man.
Of the faith in Iesus Christ, and of the Iustification thereby.
Of the iustificatiō by faith & by vvorks.
Of the satisfactiō tovvards god by works.
Of the works wherby man may satisfie at the iudgement of God.
Of the causes why iustification is attributed to faith only.
Of the satisfaction by faith.
Of the true spring of good vvorks.
Of the accomplishing of the lavve in Iesus Christ, and of the diffe∣rence that is betvvene the iustification and sancti∣fication of a Christi∣an man.
Of the distinction that ought to be had betvvene the cause of our saluation, and the testimonie of the same.
Of the difference that must be put be∣tvvene the sanctification by Christ, vvhich is atributed vnto vs, and that vvhich is ioyned to our person, as a qualitie stic∣king to the same.
Of the cause of the difference that is in these tvvo kindes of sanctification.
Of the cause of the imperfection that is in the sanctification ioyned to our person, and of the vvorks vvhich proceede therof.
Of the meanes that vve haue tovvard God, in recompence of the im∣perfections vvhich alwayes dvvell in vs.
THE FIFTHE dialogue, is of the faith in God.
Of the true foundation of Faith, & of the difference that it maketh betweene the Christian religion, and all other religions.
How that all religion is without God, sa∣uing the Christian religion.
Of the summarie of the christian faith, and for what cause it is called the Symbole of the Apostles.
The Symbole of the Apostles.
Of the generall diuision of the princi∣pall pointes conteined in the Sym∣bole of the Apostles.
Of the faith that a Christian man oughte to haue in God.
Of the vnitie and trinitie that is in the essence of God.
Of the difficultie that is in this matter.
Of the principall vvorks of God vvhere∣of mention is made in the Simbole of the Apostles.
Of the vnion that is betvvene the father, the sonne, and the holy Ghost in their vvorks.
Of the moderation and measure that ought to be holden in this matter.
THE SIXTE DI∣alogue is of the creati∣on and of the Prouidence and predestinatiō of God, and of the vocation of man.
Of the vvorke of the Creation.
Of other vvorks of God that are conioy∣ned to the vvork of the creation.
Of the prouidence of God.
Of the eternall predestination of God.
Of the vocation of the elect, and of the degrees whereby God bringeth them to saluation.
Of the outwarde and inwarde vocation.
Of the effectes of the inwarde and outward vocation, and vvher∣vnto they serue.
Of the cause of vnbeleefe, and of Faythe.
Of the renewing of man, and of the gifte of faith.
Of the causes of election and reprobation.
The seuenth Dialogue is of the redemption and of the person of Iesus Christe.
Of the vvorke of the redemption, and of the things that are to be considered in the person of Iesus Christ.
Of the faith of the Christians concerning the diuine and humane natures of Iesus Christe.
Hovv the diuine and humaine natures vvhich are in the person of Iesus Christ, do not make two Ie∣sus Christs, but one only.
VVhether the diuine nature be in Iesus Christ in stead of the soule, or else that he hath a very humane soule.
How the eternall worde of God be∣came fleslie.
Of the conception of Iesus Christ, and of the nature of his fleshe.
VVherevnto the genealogie of Iesus Christe, according to the fleshe, dothe serue vs.
Of the woorkes of the holye Ghost in the conception of Iesus Christ.
Of the true substance of the bodie of Iesus Christe.
The eyght Dialogue is of the communion betwene Iesus Christe and man.
Of the communion of the nature, vvhich Iesus Chryst hath with man, and not with angels, and how necessarie it is to mans saluation.
Of two sortes of vnion and communion vvhiche Iesus Christe hath with man, without the which no man can obtayne saluation.
Of the spirituall marriage betweene Iesus Chryste and his Churche, and firste of the vnion of nature that is requi∣red in this mariage.
Of an other more speciall vniō and con∣iunction which is proper to marri∣age, vvhich is betvvene Iesus. Christ and his Churche.
How that Iesus Christe can not be the sa∣uiour of mankinde, vnlesse hee haue as well an humane soule, as an humane bodie.
The nynth Dalogue is of the offices of Iesus Christ.
Of the signification and exposition of the name of Christ, and of his offi∣ces, the whiche that name doth comprehend.
Of the office, of a Prophete of Iesus Christ, and of the per fection of his doctrine.
Of the povver and efficacie of the mini∣sterie of Iesus Christ, and of that vvhich he giueth to the ministerie of others.
Of the office of Kyng of Iesus Chryste.
Of the office of Sacrificer of Iesus Chryst, and of the parts therof.
Of the office to teache.
Of two most principall partes of the preestly office of Iesus Christ.
Hovv that none may be a perfecte sacri∣ficer but Iesus Christ only.
For vvhat cause no sacrifice nor any other vvorke of man vvhatsoeuer it be, may be able to make satisfac∣tion to God.
VVhy one only sinne maketh a man guiltie of all the lavve and of damnation.
If those vvhiche haue most sinned shal be most punished by Gods iudgemente.
Of the impuritie of mens vvorks, and hovv God iudgeth of them.
Of the obligation vvherby mā is bound to God, and for vvhat cause he cannot make recompence by the good vvorks vvhich he doth, for the euill vvorks vvhich he hath committed.
For what cause there is nothyng but the only sacrifice of Iesus Christ, which may satisfie at the iudgement of God.
Of the perfecte obedience of Iesus Christe, vvhiche maketh his office so perfecte.
Of the office of intercessor, and of Ad∣uocate of Iesus Chryst, and of the vertue of the same.
Of the two commings of Iesus Christ.
¶ Of the person of the holie Ghost. The tenth Dialogue.
Of the vvoorke of viuification, and of the principall pointes to bee considered concerning the holie Ghoste.
Of the diuinitie of the holy Ghost, and of the proprieties ascribed to all the persons of the Trinitie.
If there be any beginning in the diuine essence, and hovv the holy Ghost proceedeth from the father and from the sonne.
Hovv vve ought to vnderstand the order vvhiche is in the persons of the Trinitie.
Of the difference that must be put betwene the essence and the giftes of the holie Ghoste.
The eleuenth Dialogue is of the gifts of the holie Ghoste, belonging to the only elect.
Of the number of the gifts of the holy ghost, & of the distributiō of them.
Of the diuersitie of the giftes of the holie Ghoste, and of the diffe∣rence of them.
Of the giftes of the holie Ghoste ne∣cessarie for euerie man to ob∣tayn saluation therby.
VVhether charitie iustifie with faithe, or else faith onely, and what difference there is betwene faith and cha∣ritie in suche a case.
In vvhat sorte charitie is necessary to saluation.
Of the regeneration of a Christi∣an man.
Of the life of the regenerate man.
The twelfth Dialogue is of the giftes of the holie Ghost, whiche are common to the elect, and to the reprobates.
Of the gifts of the holie Ghost which mē may haue & not be chosen of god, and without the which the elect may be saued touching themselues.
Of the giftes of the holy Ghoste gi∣uen to the wicked.
For vvhat cause God sometime dothe cō∣municate to the wicked of the giftes of the holie Ghost, the which he doth not cōmunicate to the electe.
Of the giftes of God which are moste ex∣cellent and most to be desired.
Hovv the gifte of prophecie may serue to the saluation of those vvhich haue it not, and not of them vvhiche haue it.
Of the true knovvledge of God proper only to his elect, and of the generall vvhich is common to all men.
Hovv that the vvicked vvhich prophecie do vnderstand or not vnderstand, their ovvne very prophecies.
Hovv that the true knovvledge of God comprehendeth both the vnderstan∣ding and the vvill.
Of the true and full reformation of man, and of the partes thereof.
Hovv that ignorance and malice are con∣trary to true regeneration and reforma∣tion, and hovv there is either more or lesse ignorance and malice in some than in other some.
Of those vvhiche offende more thorow malice than by ignorance.
Of those whiche sinne more through ig∣norance than through malice.
Of the comparison betwene those which offende of malice, and those whiche offende through ignorance.
Of the difference which God vseth in the dispensation of his gifts betwene the e∣lect and the reprobates and how the wicked corrupt and abuse the giftes of God.
VVhat cause men haue to glory of the gifts of God, and of vvhat qua∣litie, and vvhiche be those men that ought to be most esteemed.
The thirtenth Dialogue is of the Churche, and of the ministerie of the same.
Of the sanctifieng of the Church, and of the members of the same.
Of the ministerie of the Churche, and of the gifts necessarie to the same.
Hovve that the gifte of preaching is at all times necessarie in the Church, and of the ordinarie ministe∣rie of the same.
How that the ministerie of the worde of God is perpetually necessarie to the Churche in this worlde.
Of other giftes of God whiche are not so necessarie for the Church as the gift of preaching.
Howe the Lorde taketh the ministers of his Churche of his verie people, and not of a strange people.
The fourthtenth Dialo∣gue is of the preaching of the Gospell.
Of the principall partes of the ministerie of the Church.
Of the administration of the vvorde, and of the principall points that therein are to be considered.
Of the points that are required to set foorth purely the vvorde of God.
Of the principall pointes of Gods worde, vvhich oughte to be set foorth by the preaching of the same, & what order there ought to be obserued in setting of it foorth.
Of repentaunce by the vvhiche the preaching of the Gospell must be begonne.
Hovve that true repentaunce cannot be vvell preached vvithout ioyning of the doctrine of the lavve and the Gospell togither.
Howe that true repentance can not be without faith.
Of the true and false faythe and repentance.
Of the forgiuenesse of sinnes, and of the assurance of the conscience by the same.
Of the cōmunion of saincts, & hovve the church entreth into the same by meane of the ministerie of the Gospell.
By vvhat meane men attayne to eternall life, and of the benefites comprehen∣ded in the communiō of Saincts.
Of the excellencie of the ministerie, and of the other two partes of the same.
The fiftenth Dialogue is of the sacramēts of baptisme, and of the Lords Supper.
Of the Sacraments and of the number of them.
Of that vvhich is generall and common to all Sacraments.
Of Baptisme, and of the signifi∣cation of it.
Of the agreement and difference that is betwene baptisme and the supper.
Of the proprietie of the water of Bap∣tisme to represent the graces of god whiche are communicated vn∣to vs by the same.
Of the admonition and figure that the faithfull haue of a Christian life in Baptisme.
Of the Supper, and why Iesus Christe did ordaine two signes for the same.
Of that whiche is speciall in the Supper, wherein it differeth from baptisme, and howe that all that is verye well represented in the bread and the wyne.
How we must eate the body and fleshe of Iesus Christ, and drinke his bloud in the Supper.
Of the true spirituall eating and drinking.
The sixtenth Dialogue is of the transubstātiation & cō∣substantiation, and of the true presence of Iesus Christ in the Supper.
Of the error of transubstantiation, and hovv the Supper cannot be a Sacramente, if the bread and the vvine do not there remayne in their proper substance.
Of things vvithout the vvhich the sacraments cannot be sacramēts.
Of things vvhich are to be considered in the vvord of God in all Sacraments, and in the signification of the same.
Of things to consider in the signes, and in the signification of them, in all Sacramentes.
VVhether Hipocrites and Infidells do as vvell communicate in the Supper, of the things signified by the signes as they do of the signes.
VVherfore are the breade and wyne cal∣led by the name of the body and bloud of Iesus Christ, if they be not that body and bloud.
Of the manner in the vvhiche the bodie and the bloud of Iesus Christe are pre∣sent in the supper, and are commu∣nicate to the faithfull as vvell as the signes vvhich repre∣sent them.
Of the substantiall and naturall coniun∣ction of the bodie and bloud of Iesus Christ, with the bread and vvith the vvine of the Supper.
Of the agreement that is betwene this o∣pinion & that, of transubstantiation.
The seauententh Dialo∣gue is of the communication of Iesus Christ as wel in Bap∣tisme as in the Supper.
VVherevnto baptisme and the significa∣tion thereof may serue to giue vs to vn∣derstand in vvhat sorte it behoueth vs to be nourished by the body and bloud of Iesus Christ.
In vvhat sorte vve do communicate of the body & bloud of Iesus christ in baptism.
VVhat difference there is betvvene the baptisme and the Supper, touching the communion of the body and of the bloud of Iesus Christ.
In vvhat sorte the faithfull in baptis∣me do put on Iesus Christ, and are vvashed vvith his bloud.
VVhat greater reason there is to commu∣nicate corporally of the body and of the bloud of Iesus Christ in the Supper, than in Baptisme.
Hovve the corporall and carnall presence of the bodie and of the bloud of Iesus Christ in the Supper greeth not with the true nature of them.
Hovve the glorifying of the bodie of Ie∣sus Chryst, doth not chaunge at all the substantiall nature & propre sub∣staunce of the same.
Of the contrarietie that is betvvene the corporall presence of Iesus Chryst in the Supper, and his ascen∣tion into heauen.
The eightenth Dialogue is of the presence of Iesus Christe in heauen, and in the supper and in his Church.
VVhether the ascention of Iesus Christe be a true ascention or no, or else if he made himselfe only inuisible.
Hovve that the presence corporall of Iesus Christ in the Supper may haue no place excepte he haue an infinite bo∣die, or manye.
Of the inuisible comming of the body of Iesus Christe.
Of the spirituall comming of Iesus Christ.
Hovve that the corporall presence of Ie∣sus Christ in the supper, is contrary to the diuine vertue that is in him to communicate his gifts and graces to his Church.
Of the spirituall and diuine presence of Iesus Christ in his Church, and of the vertue of the same.
Hovve that the corporall presence of the body and of the bloude of Iesus Christ is contrary to the true communion of them in the Supper.
VVhether a man maye conclude of the vvords of Sainct Paule, that a man may receyue the body and the bloud of Iesus Christ in the supper, to condemnation.
Of the principall difference that maye be betvveene the transsubstanciation of the bread and of the vvine into the bodie and the bloud of Iesus christ and the bodily coniunction of them together.
Of the vnion that is betvvene Iesus Christ and his members, signified by the breade and the vvine in the Supper.
Hovv the supper is the sacrament of vnion and of charitie, and of the admoniti∣on that vve haue in the same.
The 19. dialogue is of the proofe that euery man ought to make of himselfe before the supper.
Of the principall points vvhich are requi∣red in the proofe that is required of euery man before he go to the Supper.
VVhether it be requisite that euery man haue perfecte repentance, faith and charitie, before he go to the Supper.
VVhat differēce ther is betvvene true & perfect repentance, faith, & charitie.
Hovv greatly necessarie the ministerie of the Church and prayer is for al men during this life.
Of the discipline of the church, and of the principall partes of the same.
The. 20. dialogue is of the discipline, censures and consisto∣ries of the Churche.
Of the discipline of the Church, and of the principall partes of the same.
Of the chiefe things vvherevppon the discipline of the Church ought to vvatche.
Of the censures and ancients of the Church, and of the maner of the policie of the same.
Of the true head of the Church and of the power giuen to the church by Iesus Christ to chose those vvhich haue publique office in the same, & hovv requisite it is that that order be there obserued.
Of the office as vvell of the ministers as of the other auncientes and Censures of the Church, and of the regard that chie∣fly must be had vnto them.
The .xxj. Dialogue is of brotherly correction, of excōmunicati∣on, & of particular instructions.
Of the order that must be holden in the correction of euery mans faults, accor∣dyng to the nature and quali∣tie of the same.
Of excommunication, and of the grea∣test rigour of the same.
Of the force of laufull excommuni∣cation, and of the povver of the keys giuen to the church.
If excommunication may extende further than to the disobedient.
Of the difference that ought to be had betvveene excommunication and suspen∣sion from the Sacraments: and hovv that the Sacraments may not be administred to all those to vvhom the doctrine of the same is set foorth.
Hovv necessarie particuler instructions are in the Churche.
In vvhat sort the ministers may be faultie or no, of the pollution of the Sacra∣mentes, if they do administer them to the vnvvorthy.
Of the ecclesiasticall iudgement re∣quired before the excommu∣nication.
Of the means that the ministers ought to vse, if they may haue no discipline in the Church, nor yet administer the Sacra∣ments in the same vvithout pro∣phaning of them.
Of the difference that must be put be∣tvveene the ignorant, and vvhich they are of them that ought to be hol∣den for dogges and svvine.
Of those that declare themselues svvine and dogges in their liues.
Whether the discipline ordeyned by Iesus Christe be necessary in the Churche or no.
Of the Baptisme of little children, and of brotherly con∣fession and Reconciliation. The .xxij. Dialogue.
If litle children should be shutte out from Baptisme bicause they be not yet in∣structed, and of the difference that is betvvene Baptisme and the Supper in that point.
Of the principall foundation of the Baptisme of litle children, and of the vertue of the aliance vvher∣vppon it is grounded.
If it be lavvfull to Baptise the children of infidels, and what conditions are required in them vvhich do present them.
Of confessiō & of brotherly recōciliatiō.
The. 23. Dialogue is of Supplication & of Chris∣tian praier.
Of prayer, and hovv it belongeth to none but to the faithfull, and may not be addressed but to God.
Hovv that our prayers cannot be agre∣able vnto god vvithout a mediator, and by vvhat mediator it behoueth vs to present them.
Hovv that none other aduocate nor mediator may be ioyned to Iesus christ, vvithout greatly disho∣noring of him.
Of the commaundemente vvhiche the faithfull haue to pray one for ano∣ther, but not to addresse them selues to any dead sainte.
VVhat regard the faithfull haue the one for the others in their prayers.
For vvhat cause God hath commaunded vs to pray one for an other.
Of the forme of praier which Christ gaue to the Church, and of the parts therof.
Of the pointes of the doctrine con∣teined in the preface of the Lordes prayer.
Of the content of the three first requests of the Lordes prayer.
Of the content of the three last demaūds, and what things we ought to demaund of God, and to what ende.
Of the deuision of the things vvich we aske of God and first of things corporall.
Of spirituall thinges which we aske of God for vs.
¶The Printer to the Readers, greeting.
The Exposition of the Preface of the Law, set foorth by maister Peter Viret, Mini∣ster of Gods worde.
Questions concerning the presence of God in the mountayn of Synai, and of his voyce, and of the lawe gi∣uen by the Angelles.
Of the presence of God in general, which is common to all men and creatures, and of his speciall presence to∣wardes his seruantes.
Of the voice of God vvhich vvas heard by men, and of his lavve giuen by the Angels.
Of the preface of God in his Lavve, and of the titles vvhich he giueth to himself in the same: and of the poynt that is chiefly required in that Lavve.
Of the name Eternal vvhich is Jehoua in Hebrevve, giuen to God.
In vvhat sorte God is generally called the God of all men, and chiefely the God of his chosen people.
For vvhat cause God doth make expresse mention in the preface of his Lavve, of the deliuerance of Israell out of Egipte.
Hovv that this remembraunce of the go∣ing foorth out of Egypte, is a marke to separate the true God from the false Goddes.
Of the sundry tytles which haue bene gi∣uen to God in the holy scriptures, as well before the going foorth out of Egypt, as after, and cheefly sithe the comming of Christe in the fleshe, and for vvhat causes they haue bene giuen.
Of the true knovvledge and manifestatiō of God, and to vvhat ende the titles serue vvhich are giuen to him to guyde and leade vs to the same.
How the deliueraunce of the people of Is∣rael out of Egipt, was a shadow and figure of the deliuerance which is made by christ Iesus, and howe the Christian people are comprehended in the people of Israel, and their deliueraunce also in the deliueraunce of that people.
Of the order and meane that God dyd kepe in gyuing of his law, and of the great doctrine contained therein: and what agrement it hath with the forme of prayer which was gyuen by Iesus Christ.
Of the testimonyes that God in his lawe gyueth vnto vs of himself, and of his nature, and of the nature of man, and of the redemp∣tion of him.
Hovv that the lavve of God conteyneth much more in substance than the wordes seeme to signifie at the first sight, and hovv they ought to be vnderstood according to the nature of the Lavv maker
Of the difference that is betvveene the lawe of God and the lawes of man, and the things required in these same and of the iudgement of God, and the iudgemēt of men concernyng the same.
In vvhat sorte the vvordes of the lavve of God ought to be vnderstode: and hovve that God dothe not onely beholde the outvvarde vvorkes, but the origi∣ginal of them also, & vvhat be the things that God doth al∣lovv or cōdemne in man.
Of the consideration of those things which in dede displease God in man, and first of all in his vvorke: and in vvhat sort it ought to be cōsidered, as com∣maunded or forbidden by God.
By what rule the vvorks of men ought to be examined, and hovv daungerous a thing it is to follovve the iudge∣mente of mans reason.
Hovv that the lavv of god is transgres∣sed not only in doing that vvhich is for∣bidden by it, but also in leuing that vn∣done vvhiche is therin commaunded, and hovv that those good vvorks which vve do, are not able to satisfie for them vvhich vve ought to do, and do not, ne yet for those vvhich vve do against the vvill of God.
Hovv that it is not sufficient to do out∣vvardly the vvorks vvhich God com∣maundeth, if that they be not done to the intent and to the very same pur∣pose for the vvhich God doth commaund them, & hovv greatly hypocrisie dis∣pleaseth God.
VVhat good or hurte the vvorke doth that is outvvardly done, & not vvith a good hart, & vvhat it may bring to the vvorker of the same, & also to others, and vvhether it be better that it be done or vndone.
In vvhat sorte the harte of man maye fulfill the lavve of God or no, and may be condemned, or absolued by the same, vvithout the vvorks which god requireth of him in the same.
Hovve that men do glory in vayne of their good harte and of their faithe, if their vvorkes beare not vvitnesse of it, and for vvhat cause the iudgement shal be giuen by God according to theyr vvorks, and vvhy the Prophets do so ernestly require them, exhorting the people of God to repentaunce.
Hovv that the dissimulation and fayning of mans harte is declared by the trans∣gression of the Lavve of God: and hovv there is neither ignorance, nor con∣straint, nor any reason, vvhat so euer it be, that can ex∣cuse him.
Hovv sinne can not be but voluntary, and hovv difference must be put in this matter, betvveene constraint and necessitie, and in vvhat signification they ought to be taken in this case.
Examples and similitudes for declara∣tion of the difference that is put betweene Necessitie and Constraint.
Of the free necessitie to do vvell, that vvas in man before sinne: and of the necessitie to doe euill, vnconstrayned notvvithstan∣ding, into the vvhich he is fallen through the same, and in vvhat meaning this vvord of necessitie ought to be taken, vvhen it hath regard to good things.
Hovv that the necessitie that is here spo∣ken of, is free and commendable in good things: and hovv it ought to be othervvise conside∣red in God than in Creatures.
Of the creation and fall of the Angels, and hovv that God in the same hath declared the difference that is betvveene the Crea∣tor and the Creature, and hovv it is onely he that is perfect and vnchaungeable.
Of the maruelous counsel of God vvhich was declared in the fal of the angels, which are fallen from their first estate: and in the preseruation of those which did continue firme and stedfast, and how he hath de∣clared the iustice of his iudgement towards the one sort, & the riches of his grace towards the others.
Howe that the diuel may not impute the fault and fall of his damnation but to him selfe, and how it is manifest by that fal that ther is no vnchangeable veritie nor constancie but in the na∣ture of God.
Of the comparison and agreement of the first estate, and of the fal of man, with that of the Angels, and their first estate: and in to what necessitie man hath brought himselfe throughe his sinne.
Of the maruellous counsel of God which is declared in the fall and the restoring of man: and wherin it is different, or like to that which he hath declared in the fall of the euill Angels, and in the conseruation of the good.
Hovv that al that vvhich hath bin don as vvell in the fall and conseruation of the Angells, as in the fall and restoring of man, tendeth to the glory of God, and hovv that same only reason ought to content vs in the do∣ctrine of predestination.
Hovve that the vvill of man cannot by any meanes be constrayned, no, not by the deuill himselfe, but on∣ly of his ovvne vvickednes.
Of the contrarietie vvhich semeth som∣time to be among the commaunde∣ments of God, and vvhat consideration is required in the same, and of the de∣uision of the vvhole lavve into tvvo tables, and of the order of the matters that are dis∣posed & cōteined in thē.
Of the manner hovv to accord and agre the passages and sentences of the lavve and of the holy Scriptures, vvhich seme to disagree, set foorthe vppon the com∣maundement giuen to honoure father and mother, and vvhat loue or ha∣tred he vvould that we shuld beare them.
An example to the like purpose, vpon the commaundement giuen of the obedience due to Princes, and vpon the com∣maundement giuen against murder.
Of the hidden sinnes that are in the con∣science and vvicked vvil of man and hovv that concupiscence is a sinne vvorthy of damnation in the sight of God, and hovv greatly it doth dis∣please him, and for vvhat cause.
Hovv that by reason of that concupis∣cence vvee are iustly vvorthy of death and damnation, euen from our mo∣thers vvombe.
Of diuers degrees of sin, and of the roote and fruites, and of their begetting and consummation.
Of the names of sinnes, according to their degrees and proper kinds, vvith their generation.
Of deadly and veniall sinnes, and of the difference of them: and in vvhat mea∣ning vvee oughte to vnderstande the sinnes to be veniall or mortall.
Of the opinion of those which say, that none shall be damned: and of the abuse of the mercy of god, and of the greatnesse of sinne, and of the paine due to the same, and of the wrath of God against it, decla∣red in the death of Iesus Christe, and of the meane whereby to be deiluered from it, and in what meaning we ought to vnderstand that God hath made no man to destroy or damne him.
Hovve that euery sinne is of his ovvne nature damnable, and hovv that notvvithstanding, it is not able to damne the faythfull.
VVhat meane it behoueth to kepe to fight against sinne and to resist it, and to be deliuered from it, and how euery mā ought to feare least he shuld be hardned therin, and should fight against his ovvne conscience, to the ende that sinne be not to death.