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~I

··<fo the ·Reader..

.

iiblerichesofChri{f,Eph.; .8.

Minifters ought in 'duty morea–

bundant,y

~~preach

Jefus Chriil Dr.

Sibbs

is dea.re,that

rhe fPe•

!>&iat

office ofthe rmniftry of (hrift is to lay opm

c

hrift,

to hold up tiJe

tn,piftry, and to unfold the hidden myfteries ofChrift:

and therefore

· he exhorts 'that

we jhould labour to be alwayesfpeakjng Jomewhat a- •

.

bout Chriff,or tending·that

rMJ;

when we

jpudz.of

the law, let

it

drive us to Chrift, whe;z of moral d-uryes, let them teach us to walk.

.

worthy ofChrift: Chrifr, orf cmewhat WJding to Chrift

fh~uld

be

our

' theame, and mtdeto apneat.

:. tb~

Cantic..p.428. And

1

may

feelingly fay, !t is the fwe, teft fubjeB: that ever was preached

· on; is it not

Man

oyntmerJt postrcd

ferth,whofe lmet.l is fo fragrant,

and whofe favour is fo fweet, that

therefore aH. the Yirgins love

him?

-is it not comprehenGve of all glory, beauty, excellency

whether of things in heaven, or of things on earth

?

is it

not~

myftery fweet and deep

?

furclyvolumes are writ ofJefusCbrif't,

there is line upon line,Sermonupon Sermon,book upon book and

:Tome upon Tome, and yet fuch is the myftery (as one

fp~aks

p1ainly}that we are ali but asyet at the

~rft

fide of the Gngle ca–

techifme ofJc:fus Chrift

:yea,S

olomon

was but at

what

u

hi.r

.N

amr?

and

I

feare many ofus know neither Name nor thing.

It

'is a wor–

thy ftudy to make further and further difcoverye• of this bleffed

myftery, and it were to be wifhed that all the Minifters of Chrift

would fpend themfelves in the fpd!ing, & reading,& underftand–

ing of it. Look as fome great poynt doth require the abilities of

many scholars (and all little enough-when joyned

co

gether) .to

.motke a good difcovery thereof ; fuch is this high poynt,this holy

facred, glorious myftery; w€lrthy ofthe paines ofall the learned:

and if they would all bring their notes togethe.r, &adde all their

f\:udyes together (which

l

have in tome meafure endeavoured in

the following treatife) they fhould finde

{li\l

but

a

little ofthis

myftery known, in

~omparifon

ofwhat remaines and is unknown·

only this they (hou\o\ know,

quod difficili inte!Mlu, di/eEtabil;

inquifitu

(as

Bern4rd

faid)

that which

u

hnrd toundcrjldna, i.r

d~lightful to be divtd into

;

and fo

I

found it.

2.

For the act of

look:

i ~g

unro 'fefus,

as it is comprehenGve of

k_no1J'ing, defiri.ng, hoping,

be/reving, loving,

fo alfo of

joying;how

then fhould

I

but

be

filled r

with joy unfpeakable and glorious,whil'i\

I

was ft udying,writing

and efpecially acting my foul in the exercife of this

looking

?

If

there be any duty on earth refembling the duty of the Saintsin

heaven,l dare iay,this

is

it.

Mr.R~ttherfwa

in

his

Epil.Ue to Chrift

'

dying,