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Concerning the Fourth Commandment

M. Let us now see how far this command has reference to us.

S. In regard to the ceremony [the resting one day in seven], I hold that it was abolished, as the reality existed in Christ.

M. How?

S. Because, by virtue of his death, our old man is crucified, and we are raised up to newness of life.

M. What of the commandment then remains for us?

S. Not to neglect the holy ordinances which contribute to the spiritual polity of the Church; especially to frequent sacred assemblies, to hear the word of God, to celebrate the sacraments, and engage in the regular prayers, as enjoined.

M. But does the figure give us nothing more?

S. Yes, indeed. We must give heed to the thing meant by it; namely, that being engrafted into the body of Christ, and made his members, we cease from our own works, and so resign ourselves to the government of God.

Calvin’s Catechism for the Church atGeneva. – on the Fourth Commandment

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