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he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh, is fesh; and that which is born of the Spirit, is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. The wind bloweth where it lifteth, and thou hearest the found thereof; but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it gocth: fo is every one that is born of the Spirit.
After which he shall say this Exhortation following :
Saviour Chrift, that except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. Whereby ye may perceive the great necessity of this Sacrament, where it may be had. Likewise immediately before his ascension into heaven (as we read in the last Chapter of Saint Marks Gospel) he gave command to his disciples, saying, Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature. He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved , but he that believeth not, shall be damned. Which also Theweth unto us the great benefit we'reap there. by. For which cause Saint Peter the Apostle, when upon his first preaching of the Gospel many were pricked at the heart, and said to him and the rest of the Apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? replied and said unto them, Repent and be baptized every one of you for the remiffion of fins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. For the promise is to you and your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God Mall call. And with many other words exhorted he them, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. For (as the fame Apostle testifieth in another place) even Baptism doch also now fave us (not the putting away of the filth of the feh, but the answer of a good conscience towards God) by the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Doubt ye not therefore, but earnestly believe, that he will favourably receive theft present Persons, truly repencing and coming unto him by faith ; that he will grant them remiffion of their fins, and be ftow upon them the Holy Ghoft; that he will give them the blessing of eternal life, and make them partakers of his ever. lafting kingdom.
Wherefore we being thus persuaded of the good will of our heavenly Father towards these Perfuns, declared by his Son Jesus Chrift; let us faithfully and devoutly give thanks to him, and fay,
Lmighty and everlasting God, heavenly Father, we
give thee humble thanks, for that thou haft vouchfated co call us to the knowledge of thy grace and faith in thee; Increase this knowledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore: Give thy Holy Spirit to these Persons, that tbey may be born again, and be made heirs of everlasting falvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, now and for ever. Amen. Then tbe Priet fall speak to the Persons to be baptized on this wife:
Ell-beloved, who are come hither defiring to receive
hach prayed that our Lord Jesus Christ would vouchlafe to receive you and bless you, to release you of your fins, to give you the kingdom of heaven, and everlasting life. re have heard also that our Lord Jesus Christ hath promised in his holy word to grant all those things that we have prayed for; which promise he' for his part will most surely keep and performi
Wherefore, after this promise made by Christ, ye must also faithfully for your part promise in the presence of these your witneffes, and this whole Congregation, that ye will renounce the devil and all his works, and constantly believe God's holy Word, and obediently keep his Commandments. Then pall the Priest demand of each of the Perfons to be baptized, severally,
i bese Questions following. Queft. OST thou renounce the devil and all his works,
the vain pomp and glory of the world, with all covetous desires of the same, and the carnal desires of the flesh, so that thou wilt not follow, nor be led by them ? Answ. I renounce them all.
OST thou believe in God the Father Almighty,
Quel. D Maker of heaven and earth ?
And in Jesus Christ his only begotten Son our Lord ? And that he was conceived by the Holy Ghost; born of the Virgin Mary; that he suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; that he went down into hell, and also did rise again the third day ; that he ascended into heaven, and liteeth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; and from thence shall come again at the end of the world, to judge the quick and the dead?
And doft thou believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy Can tholick Church ; the Communion of Saints; the Remission of sins; the Resurrection of the Flesh; and everlasting life after death?
Answ. All this I stedfastly believe.
Answ. That is my desire.
Quef. W "and commandments
, and walk in the same all
the days of thy life?
Then all the Prieft fay,
fons may be fo buried, that the new man may be raised up in them. Amen. Grant that all carnal affections may die in them, and chat all things belonging to the Spirit may live and grow in shex.
Grant that they may have power and strength to have victory, and to triumph against the devil, the world, and the Aesh. Amen.
: Grant that they being here dedicated to thee by our Office and Ministry, may also be endued with heavenly virtues, and everlastingly rewarded, through thy mercy, 'o blessed Lord God, who dost live and govern all things, world without end. Amen.
Son Jesus Christ, for the forgiveness of our fins, did Thed out of his most precious fide both water and blood; and gave commandment to his disciples, that they should go teach all nations, and baptize them in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghoft; Regard, we beleech thee, the supplications of this Congregation ; sanctify this water to the mystical washing away of fin : and grant that the Persons now to be baptized therein, may receive the fulness of thy grace, and ever remain in the number of thy faithful and elect children, through Jesus Chrift our Lord. Amen. Then shalt the Prieft take cach Perfon to be baptized, by the Right Hand, and
placing him conveniently by the Font, according to his difcretion, shall ask
I baptize thee, In the Name of the Father, and of the
Then fall the Prief say,
* Here the Priest mall make a sign him with the lign of the
Cross upon the Persons forebead. Cross, in token that hereafter be shall not be ashamed to confess the faith of Christ crucified, and manfully to fight under his banner against sin, the world, and the devil; and to continue Christs faithful foldier and servant unto his lifes end. Amen.
Tben foall the Prief say,
are regenerate, and grafted into the body of Christs Church, let us give thanks unto Almighty God for these benefits, and with one accord make our prayers unto him, that they may lead the rest of their life according to this beginning
Then shall be said the Lords Prayer, all knoeling.
earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread.
, And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that tres, pass against us. And lead us not into temptation ; but deliver us from evil. Amen,
E yield thee humble thanks, O heavenly Father,
that thou haft vouchsafed to call us to the knowledge of thy grace, and faith in thee ; Increase this know. ledge, and confirm this faith in us evermore.
Give thy Holy Spirit to these Perfons ; that being now born again, and made heirs of everlasting salvation, through our Lord Jesus Christ, they may continue thy fervants, and atrain thy promises, through the same Lord Jesus Christ thy Son, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the same holy Spirit everlastingly. Amen. Tben all fanding up, the Prief shall use this Exbertation follawing; speak
ing to obe Godfat bers and Godmothers forff: Orasmuch as these Persons bave promised in your pre
fence, to renounce the devil and all his works, to believe in God, and to ferve him; ye must remember that it is your part and duty to put them in mind what a folemn vow, promise, and profession they bave now made before this congregation, and especially before you their chosen witnesses. And ye are also to call upon them to use all diligence to be rightly instructed in Gods holy Word, that so they may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord Jelus Chrift; and live godly, righteously, and soberly in this present world. (And then speaking to the new baptized Perfors, behall proceed and say,) ND as for you, who have now by baptism put on
, Chrift, it is your part and duty alfo, being made the children of God, and of the light by faith in Jesus Christ
, to walk answerably to your Christian calling, and as becometh the children of light: remembering always that Baptism representeth unto us our profesion; which is, to follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made Jike unto him ; that as he died, and rose again for us ;
10 should wę, who are baptized, die from fin, and rise again