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The Form for the Administration of the Lord's Supper testifies of this internal self-examination of misery, deliverance, and thankfulness in the three pans printed in the box below:

"The true examination of ourselves consists of these three parts:"

Misery (or Repentance)

Deliverance (or Faith)

Thankfulness (or Obedience)

First. That everyone consider by himself, his sins and the curse due to him for them, to the end that he may abhor and humble himself before God: considering that the wrath of God against sin is so great, that (rather than it should go unpunished) He hath punished the same in His beloved Son Jesus Christ, with the bitter and shameful death on the cross. om this meat (which Christ hath ordained only for the faithful), lest their judgment and condemnation be made the heavier.

Secondly. That everyone examine his own heart, whether he doth believe this faithful promise of God, that all his sins are forgiven him only for the sake of the passion and death of Jesus Christ, and that the perfect righteousness of Christ is imputed and freely given him as his own, yea, so perfectly, as if he had satisfied in his own person for all his sins, and fulfilled all righteousness.

Thirdly. That everyone examine his own conscience, whether he purposeth henceforth to show true thankfulness to God in his whole life, and to walk uprightly before Him; as also, whether he hath laid aside unfeignedly all enmity, hatred, and envy, and doth firmly resolve henceforward to walk in true love and peace with his neighbor.

This self-examination must be personal, internal, and experiential. The difference between factual and experiential knowledge is illustrated in the example below:

    Dr. Harding had devoted several years of study and practice to investigating cancer and treating various cancer patients. He knew a great deal about the disease, its effects, and its treatments.

    However, one day Dr. Harding discovered that he had cancer. As the conviction of this truth became reality in his

How are factual and experiential knowledge different?

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