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Richard Baxter on Christian Unity

August 7, 2016

 

There must be an union among all churches and Christians in these following particulars.

1. They have all but one God.

2. And one Head and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

3. And one Sanctifier, the Holy Ghost.

4. And one ultimate end and hope, even the fruition of God in heaven.

5. And one Gospel to teach them the knowledge of Christ, and contain the promise of their salvation. 6. And one kind of faith that is wrought hereby.

7. And one and the same covenant (of which baptism is the seal) in which they are engaged to God.

8. And the same instrumental founders of our faith, under Jesus Christ, even the prophets and apostles.

9. And all members of the same universal body.

10. And all have the same new nature and holy disposition, and the same holy affections, in loving God and holiness, and hating sin.

11. They all own, as to the essential parts, the same law of God, as the rule of their faith and life, even the sacred canonical Scriptures.

12. Every member hath a love to the whole, and to each other, especially to the more excellent and useful members; and an inclination to holy communion with each other.

13. They have all a propensity to the same holy means and employment, as prayer, learning the Word of God, and doing good to others.

Richard Baxter and William Orme, The Practical Works of the Rev. Richard Baxter, vol. 5 (London: James Duncan, 1830), 155.

 

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