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ZHE

PREFACE.

LIiftorical

part

of

Learning

; fo

that

what

one

of

his

School-

mafters

fore-

told

of

him

that hewould

be literiirum lumen, was verified

in

thofe

Col-

ledge

Exercifes,

wherein this

Light

began

to

íhine betimes, and

to

café

his

Rayes

both

far

and neer

;,

and

what

a

Reverend Prelate

Paid

of

himin

his

Funeral Sermon, maq

vifibly

appear

to

any

Eye, in

this

great Herculean

Labour,

that

thofe

things which

feldome

meet

in oneMan,

were in

him

in

ahigh

degree, Scientia magna, Memoria major, yudicinm maximum,

at

Induftria

infinita

-,

His knowledge was

great,

his Memory

greatter, his

Judgement

exceeded

both, but

his

Labour and Induftry was

infinite,

and

went

beyond

them

all.

For the

Subject,

it

is

the Decalogue, or

thofe

Ten Words,

in

which

God

himfelf hath epitomized the whole duty

of

Man,

which

have

this

Priviledge

above

all

other

parts

of

Scripture,

that

whereas

all

the

reft

were

divinely infpired,

but

God made ule

of

Prophets

and Apoftles, as

his

Exod

32.

(5.

Pen -men, here

God was

his

own

Scribe, or Amanuenfis, here was Digit

&

31,

ult.

Dei, for

the writingwas the

writing

of

God. Thefe

are

the

Pandeets

of

the

Laws

of Nature,

the

Fountains from

all

humane Laws ought to be

derived

:

the

Rule and Guide

of

all

our

AEtions,

whatfoever Duties are

varioufly difperfed

through the

whole

Book

of

God,

are

here

collated

into

a brief

Sum

;

whatfoever

is

needful for us

to do

in Order

to

Salvation, may

be reduced

hither

;

for

this is

tótum

Hominis,

the

Conclufion or

ti

fhot

ofall

Ecciel 12.13.

(faith

solomon)

to

fear God

andkeep

his

Commandments

;

and

the

Apoftle

tells us,

to the

fame purpofe,

that

Circumcifion, ávaileth

nothing,

nor Un-

circumcifion,

but the

keeping

of

the Commandments

of

God,

And there-

fore,as faith,Philo

that thejews

ufed

to

refer all

that

they found in

the Law

of

Mofes

to thefe

ten Heads,

(as

the

Philofophers reduced

all

things

to

the

ten

predicaments,) not

that

they were

all

literally

comprized

there, but

becaufe

for memories fake,

they might

be reduced

thither

;

fo

hath

the

Chriftian Church

reduced

all

the

duties

of

a

Chriftian to the

fame

Heads,

which

the

bath

enlarged,

and made more comprehenfi ve,

as

partaking

of

a

greater

meafure

of

the

Spirit than they had, and aiming

at

a

higher

de-

gree

of

perfeetion in all

Chriftian Vertues.

There

is

inded

a

generation

of

men fprung up,

fuch

as

St.

alugaftine

wrote againft long

fine,

in his Book

contra

advert

arium

lets

¿¢

propheta-

rum,

that

under colour

of

affecting

Cods free Grace in mans

Saltation,

and

er

s

affecting

Chriftianliberty, would abrogate the whole

moral

Law,

as

if

it

J

3

3.

were

worthy

of

no

better entertainment among Chriftians, than

7ehoiakim

See

the

fourth

gave to

7eremies prophecies,

pieces,

when

he cut the roll in

and

threw it

eedditiouOnere-

dua4144,58.

into

the

fire.

And how

far

the

tenets and principles

of

fome others

(who

would

feem

to

abhor

fuch

opinions)

have promoted thefe

pernicious

do

Crines,

I

(hall

not

need

to

fliew ;

fure I

am,

that

while

fome

teach:

that

the

Gofpel confifts properly

of

promifes only,

that the

moral

Law

is

no

part of

the condition

of

the

fecond

Covenant,

nor

the

obfervation

of

it

(

though

qualified

in

the

Gofpel)

required

now in order to Salvation,

that

the

promifes

of the

Gofpel are

abfolute, and

that

Faith

is

nothing

elfe

but

an

abfoluteapplication

of them,

or

an abfolute relying

upon

Chrift

for

the

attaining

of

them,

without the

conditions

of

repentance

and

new

obedi-

ence

;

that

Chrift

came only

to

redeem,

not

to give

any Laws

to

the

world

that

after aman

is

in

Chrift, though

he

fall

into

the

groffeft fins,

which

are

Rom. z.

i,

z.

damnable

in aman unregenerate,yethe

is

ftill,quoad

prafentemftatum,inthe

Rate

of

Salvation, andthough he

may lore

the

fenfe

and feeling,

yet hecan

never