A collection of the principall points, which they ought to knowe, that will communicate at the holie Supper of the Lord Iesus Christ.
THere is one onlie God, on whome all things depend.
1 The first point to honor God well, consi∣steth in this, that we haue all our confidence in him, and that we perceiue the meanes to knowe him; namelie, in Iesus Christ. Heerevnto serueth the confession of faith before recited. The said confession conteineth foure parts.
The first is of God the father, who is the beginning and principall cause of all things.
The second of his sonne Iesus Christ, who is the e∣ternall wisdome of God. And in this part is compre∣hended the whole historie of our redemption, to know, that by Iesus Christ alone we obteine saluation, and the meanes whereby he hath purchased it for vs:
The third of the holie spirit, who is the vertue and power of God, which he powreth vpon his creatures, and neuerthelesse is resident still in himselfe.
The fourth of the Church, and of the graces of God towards the same.
2 The second point to honour God aright, consisteth in this, that we obey his will. The rule to obey him, is giuen vs in the ten commandements of the lawe.
The foure first commandements conteine the dutie that we owe vnto God.
The sixe following conteine the dutie that we owe vnto our neighbours.
3 The third point to honor God aright, consisteth in this, that in all our necessities we call vpon him alone.
The instruction to call rightlie vpon God, is giuen vs in the praier of our Lord Iesus Christ.
The three first petitions of the same praier, concerne the glorie of God.
Page 246 The other three concerne our owne welfare & profit.
4 The fourth point to honour God aright, lieth in this, that we looke for all good things at his hand, as it is he onlie from whom all good things proceede.
The promises of this free goodnesse that God vseth towards his owne, are conteined in the Gospell.
The same promises are comprehended by faith.
Faith is an assured knowledge of the good will of God towards vs, grounded vpon the free promises, which is giuen vnto vs in Iesus Christ, and confirmed in our hearts by his holie spirit.
Because of the weakenesse of our faith, our Lord hath giuen vs the Sacraments.
A Sacrament is an outward testimonie, which by a visible signe representeth vnto vs the promises of God, spirituallie accomplished in vs.
Baptisme is vnto vs as an entrance into the Church of God, and representeth vnto vs the remission of our sinnes, and our renouation of life.
The water, as the propertie thereof is to wash, doth signifie the washing of our soules, which is done for vs through the bloud of Iesus Christ, in the forgiuenes of our sins.
The water also is put vpon the head, in signe of death: neuerthelesse, in that it is done but for a little time, it is a figure of our resurrection.
The Supper was instituted of our Lord, to assure vs, that by the communion of his bodie, & of his bloud, our soules are nourished in hope of life euerlasting.
The bread and the wine signifie vnto vs the bodie & bloud of Iesus Christ, which haue the same propertie towards our soules, that the bread and wine haue to∣wards our bodies; namelie, to nourish & strengthen.
The right vse of cōmunicating at ye supper, is chieflie, a man to proue himselfe, whether he haue true faith with repentance & charitie towards his neighbours.