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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1747. Excerpt: ... on this Subject, for Want of a right Understanding of the Passages of Scripture which treat of this Matter. Of the prefer Dispositions for receiving the holy Sacrament. IN the last Chapter I have endeavoured to shew the Obligations which lie upon all Christians to receive this holy Sacrament; but as it is not sufficient to perform any Duty how good soever it be, unless it be done with such Disposition, as the Nature of the Duty requires, I come now to explain wherein the Dispositions for receiving the Sacrament aright consist. The noted Passage of St Paul, I Cor. xi, (wherein the Apostle speaks of Self-Examination as a necessary Preparation in order to come acceptably to the Lord's Table) having a very intimate Relation to the Subject, it will be proper to enquire into the Meaning of it, which will give me an Occasion to rectify several Mistakes which many overscrupulous Persons have entertained in this Matter. It appears by the eighteenth Verse of this Chapter, that the Corinthians were (exceed ingly divided among themselves , and that in so violent a Manner, that they shewed the Effects of their Divisions even in the Church. Instead of eating together their Love-Feasts f, which then preceded the Lord's Supper, as a Token of their Amity, and in order to increase it, every one eat what he had brought without tarrying one for another, whereby it happened that those that could not bring any Thing were hungry, and the Rich that could bring bring much, were full . An Abuse.f so contrary to the Design of these Feasts (and productive of all Manner of Disorder and Confusion) could not but make them very unfit to tat tbe Lord's Supper, since these Agapce, instead of being a Preparative to the receiving the Eucbar.ist with more Amityserved them for an Occasion of ...
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