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The Church of England does not exprefly declare an
Episcopal Commission necesary in her Articles, be-
cause she had done it before in her Ordinal, $ 3.
Therefore the Church of England not chargeable with
any Defe&t on this Head. Tet because some who have been ordained according to her Ordinal, and given their Asent and Consent to it, have publickly maintained that Episcopacy is not necesary, it is thought convenient to prove that it is so, both from the Scriptures, and the Do&trine of the Primitive
Church, Ø 5. Three or of Ministers, tho' under different Names from those now used, to be proved from the Scriptures, $ 6.
p. 13 Whilf Christ was on Earth, there was he himself
chief Priest or Bishop, and under him Twelve ApoAles and Seventy Disciples, $ 7.
p. 14 After his Ascension the Apostles, who were then increased to more than Twelve, and were also called Angels, had under them Bishops or Presbyters, and Deacons, 8.
The Order of Apoftles, now called Bishops, instituted
to be perpetually continued in the Church, Ø 9. The Orders of Presbyters and Deacons also instituted
to be perpetual, 10. Only those of the chief Order could ordain and send
others, proved from the Scripture, 11. Why the chief Order called by the Name of Bishops
tho' vested with Apostolical Power, S 12.
Bishops Successors to Christ, as he was chief Gover
nour of the Church whilft he continued upon Earth. And to the Apostles, as chief Governours after his Afcenfion, proved from St. Ignatius, 13. p. 27
From Firmilian, 5 20.
p. 45 From the Council of Carthage held by St. Cyprian, $ 21.
From the Apostolical Canons, $ 22.
p. 46 From the Councils in general, which preceded the
Council of Nice, \ 23.
p. 54 An Episcopal Commission necessary to the valid Administration of Sacraments, proved from Scripture,
P. 56 Tho' others are not exprefly prohibited to administer
Sacraments, yet such Prohibition is implied in the Commission, V 26.
Plea of Neceflity not sufficient to authorize Lay-men
to baptizes 27. Particular Cases considered. The Case of an Heatheni
defiring Baptifm in a Ship,and in Danger of Death, where no Clergyman can be had, Ø 28.
Cases put by King Henry VIII. concerning what á
Christian Prince should do if he coæquered an Heathen Nation, and had no Christian Priests with him? Or if all the Bishops and Priests in his Couns
try should die? With the Answers then given, S 29. These Answers considered. The Answer which said a
Christian Prince might in such Cases make Bishops and Priests, shewn to be contrary to Scripture, 30.
P. 70 The other Answer, that they might instruct the Peo
ple, as one private Person may inftru£t another, in the Knowledge of Christianity : But might neither preach authoritatively, nor minifter the Sacraments, ROY do any thing peculiar to the Priest's Office, or authorize any Persons to perform those Offices : But must wait with Patience till they can procuré Bishops and Priests regularly ordained, proved agreeable to the Scriptures, \ 31.
The difference between instructing as a private Person,
and preaching authoritatively as a Priest, D 32. Two Instances in ancient History of Nations converted
by Lay-men, and what was done in thofe Cases;
$ 33, 34. These Instances parallel to one of King Henry the VIIIch's Cages, D.35.
p. 9o Our first Reformers reje&ted the former Answer, and adhered to the latter, $ 36.
p.gr The Necessity of an Episcopal Commission to the valid
Administration of the Sacraments further proved from the Scriptures, 37, 38, 39, 40. P. 95