A Dissuasive from Popery
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ... for ever.,"And when the Jews heard the aposv tles speak with tongues at the first and miraculous descent of the Spirit in Pentecost, to take off-the strangeness of the wonder and the envy of the power, St. Peter' at that very time tells them plainly, " Repent and be baptized every one of-you, --and' ye shall' receive the gift of the Holy Ghost: " Zxaaros 6;/.EJv' not the meanest person a.mongst you all but shall receive this great thing which ye observe us to have received; and not only you, but your children too; not your children of this generation only, " sed nati natorum, et qui nascentur ab illis," but your children for ever: " for the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even to as many as the Lord our God shall call." Now then let it be considered, 1. This gift is by promise-; by a promise not made to the apostles alone, but to all; to all for ever. 2. Consider here at the very first as there is a ' verbum, ' ' a word' of promise, so there is ' sacramentum' too (I use the word, as I have already premonished, in a large sense only, and according to the style of the primitive church): it is a rite partly moral, partly ceremonial; the first is prayer, and the other is laying on of the hands: and to an effect that is but transient and extraordinary, and of a little abode, it is not easy to be supposed that such a solemnity should be appointed. I say, ' such a solemnity;' that is, it is not imaginable that a solemn rite annexed to a perpetual promise-should be transient and temporary, for by the nature of rela tives they must be of equal abode. The promise is of a thing for ever; the ceremony or...
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