Confirmation and restauration the necessary means of reformation, and reconciliation; for the healing of the corruptions and divisions of the churches: submissively, but earnestly tendered to the consideration of the soveraigne powers, magistrates, ministers, and people, that they may awake, and be up and doing in the execution of so much, as appeareth to be necessary as they are true to Christ, his Church and Gospel, and to their own and others souls, and to the peace and wellfare of the nations; and as they will answer the neglect to Christ, at their peril.
Baxter, Richard, 1615-1691.
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Prop. 10. To this Ministerial Approbation of the Profession, and Qualification of the ex∣pectant, there is to be adjoyned a Ministerial Investiture, or Delivery of the Benefit expected.

THis is the proper work of the Ministers of Christ. He that is Himself in the Heavenly Glory, hath left his Spirit within to draw men to him, and his Ministers with∣out, to Deliver up the Counter-covenant on his part, in his Name, and to espouse them to Christ, and to Accept them in his Name, and stead. And this Investiture is one of the principal parts of the Nature and use of Sa∣craments, which all have not fully Con∣sidered of. The Papists tell us of seven Sa∣craments, Baptism, Confirmation, Pen∣nance, Orders, the Eucharist, Matrimony, and Extream Unction. Calvin sticks not to yield them three. The name Sacrament be∣ing not in Scripture, but of meer Ecclesia∣stik use, and being a word that will stretch, I distinguish between three sorts of Sacra∣ments. 1. For any Divine Institution which notably signifieth Spiritual Grace: And so (though I think Extream Unction none, as being now no duty, yet) I doubt not but Page  89 there's more then seaven. 2. For any so∣lemn Investiture of a person by Ministerial Delivery, in a state of Church-priviledges, or some special Gospel-mercy. And so I grant that there are five Sacraments: Bap∣tism, Confirmation, Absolution, the Lords Supper, and Odination. As a man that de∣livereth Possession of a house, doth deliver the Key to him that enters; and as we are Invested in the Possession of land, by the de∣livery of a twig and turfe; and as Ministers were wont to be invested, or have Induction into the Churches by giving them the Books, and the Bell-ropes; and as women were wont to be married with a ring, and as a Prince doth Knight a man by a sword; so Christ by his Ministers doth first by Baptism Invest us in our Church-state, and Infant-priviledges: and by Confirmation, confirm us in our Church-state, and Invest us with a Right to the Priviledges of the Adult: and by Absolu∣tion reinvest us in the Priviledges that we had forfeited: and by the Lords Supper Deliver to us Christ and his Benefits, for our ordi∣nary nourishment, and growth in Grace: and by Ordination he Investeth the pardon ordained with Ministerial Power. 3. But taking the word Sacrament in that strictest sence, as our Divines define a Sacrament, Page  90 as it is an outward signe of Christs Institution, for the obsignation of the full Covenant of Grace, betwixt him and the Covenanter, and a delivery, Representation, and Inve∣stiture of the Grace, or Benefits of that Co∣venant; thus we have only two Sacra∣ments, Baptism, and the Lords Supper. But truly I would not quarrel with them for the meer name, as to the five which I men∣tioned.