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wine and both elements were delivered in a spoon. See Edwards, on Qualifications for Full Communion, in Works, 1:81.

Secondly , Baptism.

In proof that baptism is a prerequisite to the Lord?s Supper, we urge the following considerations:

(a) The ordinance of baptism was instituted and administered long before the Supper.

<402125> Matthew 21:25 ? ?The baptism of John, whence was it? from heaven or from men?? Here Christ intimates that even before his own, God had instituted John?s baptism.

(b) The apostles who first celebrated it had, in all probability, been baptized.

<440121> Acts 1:21, 22 ? ?Of the men therefore that have accompanied with us all the time that the Lord Jesus went in and went out among us, beginning from the baptism of John...of these must one become a witness with us of his resurrection?:19:4 ? ?John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Jesus.?

Several of the apostles were certainly disciples of John. If Christ was baptized, much more his disciples were. Jesus recognized John?s baptism as obligatory and it is not probable that he would take his apostles from among those who had not submitted to it. John the Baptist himself, the first administrator of baptism must have been himself not baptized. But the twelve could fitly administer it, because they had themselves received it at John?s hands. See Arnold, Terms of Communion, 17.

(c) The command of Christ fixes the place of baptism as first in order after discipleship.

<402819> Matthew 28:19, 20 ? ?Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you.? Here, the first duty is to make disciples, the second to baptize, and the third to instruct in right Christian living. Is it said that there is no formal command to admit only baptized persons to the Lord?s Supper? We reply that there is no formal command to admit only regenerate persons to baptism. In both cases, the practice of the apostles

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