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CHAPTER 26 - Of the Communion of the Saints
I. All saints
that are united to Jesus Christ their head, by his Spirit and by faith, have fellowship with him in his graces, sufferings
, and glory
: and, being united to one another in love, they have communion
in each other's gifts and graces, and are obliged to the performance of such duties, public and private, as to conduce to their mutual good, both in the inward and outward man.
II. Saints by profession
, are bound to maintain an holy fellowship and communion in the worship
of God, and in performing such other spiritual
services as tend to their mutual edification; as also in relieving each other in outward things, according to their several abilities and necesities. Which communion
, as God offereth opportunity, is to be extended unto all those who, in every place, call upno the name of the Lord Jesus.
III. This communion which the saints have with Christ, doth not make them in any wise partakers of the substance of the Godhead
, or to be equal with Christ in any respect: either of which to affirm, is impious and blasphemous
. Nor doth their communion one with another as saints, take away or infringe the title or property
which each man hath in his goods and possessions.
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