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Ex Ædibus Lambeth.

Maii 31. 1686.

IMPRIMATUR,

Jo. Battely RRmo Patri

ac Dră Dră Wilhelmo Archiepisc. Cantuar. a Sacris Domesticis.

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PARAPHRASE

WITH

Notes, and a Preface,

Upon the
Sixth Chapter of St. JO H N.

SHE WING,
That there is neither good Reason, nor sufficient

Authority, to suppose that the Eucharift is dil.
coursed of in that Chapter, much less to infer
the Doctrine

of Transubstantiation from it.

Verily verily I say unto you, Except ye eat the Fless of the

Son of Man, and drink his Blood, ye have no Life in
you. Verf. 53.

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By Dr Llagett.

LONDON
Printed by 7. D. for 7. Robinson at the Golden Lion,

and T. Newborough at the Star in St. Paul's Church
Yard, M.DC.LXXXVI.

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SIR,

1S not for nothing that we are desired to read
the Sixth Chapter of St. John every day. I

have engaged my Thoughts with what attention
I can, upon those Passages between the 51 and 61 Verses;
and the more I consider them, the more favourably they
seem to me to look upon that Opinion, that the very Flesh
of Christ is eaten in the Sacrament. I know not what to
Jay to this, that though the Jews understood Christ's
Words, of eating his very Flesh, and he saw plainly enough
that they did fo ; yet he went on in the same strain of Ex-
pressions, Verily verily 1.say unto you, Except ye
eat the Flesh of the Son of Man, and drink his
Blood, ye have no Life in you. I know you told
me, that these Passages are not to be interpreted of the
,
Sacrament; and that there is no mention in them of any
outward and visible Signs; which are necessary to a Sacra-
ment.' But I have heard that the Church always thouglst
these words to be spoken of the Sacrament. Ånd besides,
though there be no mention of a Sacrament, yet if Christ's

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words enfore this, that the natural substance of his Flesh must be properly eaten by us, it will follow that it must be thus eaten in the Sacrament of his Body and Blood, unles we could tell how or where else it is to be done. I would be glad to see such a Paraphrase upon this Chapter, as you Jpeak of, which would help to make all appear plain. And it were well if others might see it too, and tbereby see this at least, that you are so well satisfied with your own Reafons, that you are not afraid to let those judg of them that are otherwise persuaded.

I am, &c.

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ŞIR,

OU are desired to read the 6th Chapter of St. John's Gospel every day, and this I doubt not, for the sake ;

, of that part of it between V. si, and V.61; which seems

, ; to require eating the Flesh, and drinking the Blood of Christ in the proper senfe. And here I'make no question your Thoughts were closey engaged. But perhaps you have not applied that attention to the rest of the Chapter, which you gave to that part where the difficulty lies, and then no wonder that the difficulty still remains. For I beg leave to put you in mind, once more, that the true sense of those difficult Passages, as you count them, is to be gained by observing their connexion with all the rest. And therefore to that Request, that you would often read the 6th Chapter of St. John, which I acknowledg to be a reasonable Request, I must add another as reasonable as. that, which is, that you would not only often read, but

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