2. July. 1693
1 Cor. 11. 24.
This do in Remembrance of Me. In Christs instituting of his Supper (1) He did somthing viz: He took Bread, Blessed, Broke, & Gave it to his Disciples (2) Christ said somthing (1) He gave a command concerning the manner of using the Element of Bread, in those words Take, Eat. (2) He gave a word of Promise concerning the sealing of the Benefits represented thereby, in these words. This is my Body wch is broken for you. Thus far we have gone
- (3) Last: Now we come to speak of the End of the Lords Supper, & so of our duty in Attendance on this Ordinance, in the words now read. This do in Remembrance of me. Hince then we may draw this conclusion.
- Note: That communicants are to eat the Bread (for we are speaking as yet only to the first part of the institution) in Remembrance of Christ. Or rather, that the sacrament of the Lords Supper is to be attended as a Memorial of Christ. This do: Or do this: The article THIS notes the whole sacramental action of Taking, Blessing, Breaking, & Eating this holy Bread. All this is to be done in Remembrance of Christ, who is represented hereby. In the handling of this point
- 1. We shall consider what is to be Remembred
- 2. With what remembranc.
- 3. Conclude the whole with application.
- 1. Then: What is to be Remembred? This do in Remembrance of Me. So that here we see what is to be Rem̄bred, or who is to be Remembred. Why it is Christ.
- 1. We are to Remember Christs Person. That he is true God, & true Man; the Son of God & the son of Man. 2. Philip. 5. 6. 7. 8. Man that he might dye for us, & God that he might conquer Death & the Devil for us.
- 2. We are to Remember Christs Actions & sufferings. What he has done for us, & what he has suffered for us. And particularly (to be brief) we are to Remember Christs Incarnation, & Death, & the benefits that flow from these.
- 1. We are to Remember Christs Incarnation 2. Heb. 16. He took not on him the nature of Angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham. 2. Phillip. 8. He was made in the likeness of Man. 4. Gal. 4. God sent forth his Son made of a Woman. 8. Ro. 3 What the Law could not do, in that it was weak thrô the Flesh, God sending his own son, in the likeness of sinfull Flesh &c.
- 2. We are to Remember Christs Death. And this is the thing that Christ particularly in the text intends. Do this in Remembrance of Me: viz. in Remembrance of my bitter & bloody Death that I have undergone for you. 53. Isa. 5. He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities &c.
- 3. Last: We are to Remember the benefits that flow from these.
- 1. We are to Remember the Benefits that flow from Christs Incarnation. The Lord Jesus was Incarnated; he was made Flesh. Well, grant it; what is that to us? What are we the
- 1. better? Why (1) Hereby Christ was able to dye, & so by death to break the power of the Devil. 2. Heb. 14. Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of Flesh & blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same: that thrô death he might destroy him that had the power of death,
- 2. that is, the Devil. And then (2) Hereby Christ became like unto us. We are Flesh, & that Christ might Redeem us, he became Flesh. 2. Heb. 16. And hince arise two bene-
- 1. fits more (1) By this means we have a compassionate high-Priest. 2. Heb. 17. 18. In all things it behoved him to be made like unto his Brethren, that he might be a Mercifull, & Faithful high-Priest, in things pertaining to God, to make Reconciliation for the sins of the People: For in that he himself hath suffered, being tempted he is able to succour them that are tempted. 4. Chap. 15. We have not an high-Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 53. Isa 3. A man of Sorrows, & acquainted with grief. And so he knows the better how to commiserate & compasionate those that are in sorrow
- 2. &c. And (2) By this means, we become the Sons of God by Adoption. Christ the Son of God becomes the Son of Man, that so we the Sons of Men, & by nature the Sons of wrath, might thrô Christ by Adoption become the Sons of God. 1. Joh. 12. 3. Gall. 26. Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 1 Eph 6.
- 2. We are to Remember the Benefits of Christs Death. His death was a torn, broken, & greivous death, as is represented by the broken bread, & poured forth Wine: We are to Remember that, & also the Benefits of it. As for instance in a few of the many Benefits of Christs Death,
- 1. which we are to Remember at the Lords Supper (1) To bear the punishment due to our sins, & to satisfy divine justice, in making expiation for them. 4. Ro. ult. He was delivered for our offences. 1. Cor. 15. 3. Christ died for our sins viz. to make satisfaction for them. 53. Isa. 5. 6. The
- 2. Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all (2) To Ratify & confirm the Covenant of Grace. 9. Heb. 15. 16 .17. God has after we have broken the first Covenant, the Covenant of works, entred into a New Covenant, to deliver us out of the State of sin, & death, & wrath, by our breach of that covenant, & to bring us into a State of life, & peace thrô a Redeemer, & now God confirms this Covenant by the Death of his Son. But I must add no more
- II. The Second thing proposed is With what Remembrance, are we to Remember these things?
- 1. An: Negatively. Not with a bare speculative or historical Remembrance: For so the very Devils beleive these things
- 2. An: Affirmatively in a few words.
- 1. With an affectionate Rem̄brance. Our eye should affect our hearts, 3. Lam. 51 Our Love, desire, & delight, should
- 2. be drawn out to Christ. (2) With a sorrowfull Rembrance. We should Remember our Apostacy & mourn that it hath cost Christ so dear. 12. Zech. 10. They shall look upon me whom they have pierced & mourn: So we should Remem-
- 3. ber how we have wounded Christ & mourn. (3) With a joyfull & thankfull Rembrance. That we perish not in our sins: That God has broken his Son: That Christ hath given himself for us, here is matter of joy & praise. 1. Luke. 68. 69. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, for he hath visited & Redeemed his People, & hath raised up an horn of Salvation for us. O blessed news; O happy tydings 2. Luke. 10. 11. Behold, I bring you good tydings of great joy, which shall be to you All People. For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Saviour, which is Christ
- 4. the Lord. (4) With a fiducial Remembrance. So we are to Remember Christ as to trust in him, Rely upon the grace of God thrô him, casting the eternal concernment of your immortal Souls upon him, as a sure, only, & sufficient Saviour. Now we are to put forth the Faith of Simeon. 2. Luke. 28. 29. 30. Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word. For mine eyes have
- 5. seen thy Salvation. Again (5) with a Sin-Loathing Remembrance. The Rembrance of Christs bitter death, & Gods hatred to sin manifested hereby, should fill us with loathing to sin. 6. Ezek. 9 & 20. 43. & 36.31. What Child would not loth the bloody knife, by which his Father was
- 6. murdered &c (6. Last) With an adversary-silencing Rem̄brance. Conscience will accuse us, Men will accuse us, Devils will accuse us. And who shall answere for us? Why let us have this Remembrance of Christ which may Silence all: as the Apostle. 8. Ro. 33. 34—Who is he that condemneth? it is Christ that died &c
- 1. Use. Hince learn that we have feeble & Slippery memories, as to the greatest matters. We can Remember our worldly business, our carnal interests, but we are ready to let Slip, the things of spiritual concernment. 2. Heb. 1. Yea we are ready to forget our Jesus, our Saviour, He that hath been made flesh for us; & he that hath died on the Cross for us; Shed his Blood, & trod the wine-press of his Fathers wrath alone for us. This is plain from our text. Here is a Sacrament for our Memorial of Christ, which were a needless thing if we were sufficiently mindfull of him, & retained him in Memory enough without it.
- 2. Use. This serves to Reprove (1) those who neglect this Ordinance, saying they can Remember Christ without it. They do not need such a Memorial, they pray to Christ, & hear, & read often of Christ: & they need not this help of Memory. O what is this language, but such as carries along with it a Reproach of divine wisdom. Dos Christ say, my friends, you need a memorial of me; Lo here is an Ordinance to help your slippery & treacherous Memory. Do this in Remembrance of Me. And will you say, no my Lord who ever forgets thee, yet I will never forget thee. Thou art engraven upon mine heart, & I need no such memorial to keep thee in memory. Is not this I say to charge Christ foolishly? 2. They fall under Reproach who thô they do this, yet do Remember Christ.
- 3. Use. Last: Exhort: To all Christians to attend this Ordinance: And that in Remembrance of Christ. Remember his Incarnation: Remember his Death & passion: And Remember the benefits of both. And all this with an affectionate Remembrance; with a sorrowfull Remembrance; with a joyful & thankfull Remembrance: with a fiducial Remembrance: with a sin-loathing Remembrance; & with an adversary-silencing Remembrance. Thus Remember Christ: And this do in such a Remembrancing of him.