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ed for his own. And he hath declared his Will 'concerning the limitation of it ; Six daies shalt thou labour, &c. But the seventh is the Sabbach,

so that one in a week he must have. If this Come mandement enjoyn no particular and set time un

der toe Gospel, then are chere but nine Commandements, Why should che Sabbath be put among

the moral Lawes of the Decalogue, if it were on- ly ceremonial ? And wherein does the defignation

or limitation of one day in a week, for Gods ser- vice seen ceremonial? It being a memorial of

Gods creating the world in six daies, and resting the seventh, this being a benefit wherein all man

kind intercommon, the fewes can claim no property cherein several to themselves.

2. If we look upon the Sabbath of the fourth Commandement, we shall find it stript of all le: gal observances : For those things which are ur

ged as ceremonial, and several of the Fewes touching the Sabbath, are all post-scripts and by-laws, not one emergent from the fourth precept. As no fire to be kindled, Exod.16.23. No meat to be drejsed, Exod. 17.5. These were peculiar to the Fews: We must distinguish therefore between those precepts of the Sabbath that occur ellewhere & the fourth Commandement: What is ceremonial touching the Sabbath, we must apply to them, what is moral, we must restrain to this. See Mr. Lestrang's learned Treatise of che Sabı bach,


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Thus we have seen how God had from the Creation, to the Law, from the Law, to Chrift

, a day appointed, and chae by kimself, to his own Worship. And hach he leffe reason co require it under the Gospel? Surely no.

III. From Christs resurrection, on the first day of the week very early in the morning (Luke 24 1. Fohn 20.1.) The Sabbath was changed co that day in honour of our Saviour, who that day rising from che dead, finished the work of our Redemption.

The Fewish Sabbath slepo its last in the grave with our Saviour, chough ics shadow indeed walked a while after ; but it felf, the old Sabbath expired chen, and immediatly encred the Lords day. From the resurrection of Christ im. medialy, when Christ himself was buc newly up, from that very day whereon he arose, doch Auguftine derive the beginning of the Evangelical Sabbath: The Lords day faith he, by the resurrection of Christ was declared to be the Christi

. ans day; and from that very time (of Christs resurrection) it began to be celebrated as the Christian mans Festival, Jan. 19.0.13. This was the first day of our Saviours appearing to his Disciples, and the forft Chriftian Sabbath he honoured with his beatifical présence, Foh.20.19, 22, 26. The next was the eighth day after.

V. Well, our Saviour is afcended. Let us now see what honour the holy Ghaft (whom he promi.


sed to send his Apostles) hath conferred on this day. The holy Gaolt descendeth ; But on what day? Why the firft day of the week. It was when Pentecost arrived, and that fell that year on that day. On this day the Apostles were solemnly, though closely affembled in prayer and holy duties, and che holy Ghost descended upon them Atto 2.

VI.The next mention of Apostolical observation of this day occurreb, Afts 20.0.7. The first of the week the Disciples being come together to break bread, i.e. The Sacramental or Euchariftical bread) Paul preached to them. That for his praEtise: Now his precept for the day is plainly implied, 1 Cor. 16 1. As I have ordained in the Churches of Galatia, fo do ge. V.2. Upon the first day of the week, let every one of you lay by hima in store as God haib prospered him, that there be no gathering when I come. He ordains their colleti. ons for the poor Saints, and oblations should be on that day : And why should that day be the Almes day or Colle&tion day, rather than any other, had it not been obferved holy in thuse times, and that the Congregation did use on that day to aßemble > The Collection therefore being enjoyned on that day, the Lords day was consequently enjoyned.

VII. About fixcy years after, (as Calvlfius out of Irenaus compures) we meet with this day apparrelled in a Christian Name, not fild


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the first day, but the Lords day; which probably, was then current among the Christians, elle the holy Ghost would not have used it, Rev. I. 10. St. John faies he was in the Spirit on the Lords day, i.e. in spiritual exercises and Meditations, and by ineanes thereof in spiritual raptures, and clevations of soul.

Vill. The Church facceeding the Apostles heid her seif obliged to the same observation. Foreven in times of persecution, before any, eicher Imperial Edict, or Cenon of Council enjoyned ir, the observation of this day was so caken notice of by the Heathen, that it became a constant in. terrogatory to the Christians in cheir examining, Have you kept the Lords day? To which their answer was ever ready, I cannot intermit it, for I am a Christian, and the law of God prompts me to it, Baron. 30.3. Memb. 5.

Now if any man fhill enquire how the Sabbath came to be translated into the Lords day. I answer, Christ in the fourty daies he stried up in the earth after his resurrection did sundry times appear to his Disciples, teaching them the things appertaining to the Kingdome of God, Acts 1.3. Therefore 'cis probable che Apostles were inStructed by Chrift concerning the change of the day (from the seventh, to the eighth) and had fpecial order immédiatły from himself, concerningit. 'Tis evident Christ is Lord of the Sabbach, Mark 2,27. And therefore had power

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not only to abrogate the old Sabbath, but to furrogate and substicute the new in its room. But whether this day were instituted immediatly by Christ himself, or by his Apostles, guided and infallibly inspired by his holy Spirit, after his afcention, still the day will be of Divine Institution. And this Act of theirs will appear but the execuition of a particular Command from the Spirit of Christ to that purpose.

For consider how Christ senc chefe Apostles; As my Father sent me, fo fend 1 you, John 20.21, He that beareth



Luke 10. 16. Go, Mat.28.19. There is their mission. Teach all Nations, There is their Commission. What? Why, What things I command you: and co affist and help you, Lo, i am with you alwaies, to the end of the world; noc in corporal presence, but by my Spirit, the Comforter whom I will send you, John 15.26. And he shall bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you,

John 14.26. This Spirit of Tristh fhill not ff eak - of himself, but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall

he speak: He shall receive of mine, and jew it you.

Thus we see the Apostles were undoubtedly infpired by the Spirit of Christ, who revealed bis will unto them. And that they were thus acted by the holy Ghost, they themselves restifie in their first Council; It seemed goed to the holy Ghost and to us, Acts 15.28.


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