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Funerall Sermon.

n:br.

XI.YI..fign.ifies onely, Go o is well

pleafe~,

when it isfpoken offaith. For ,

w1rhqut faith 1t

IS

1mpoflible to

pleafe

Go o,

''""~'"""':but

here,<.v"''"'""' mullbe

p

'

m_eriti,

as

ifwork'es

were more meritorious than

f~ith:

when all the merits of

wor~o~

proceed from

grAce

and

faith,

as the goodnelfe ofthe fruit is from the root

andr~,

fappe thereof. And fo, Go o may be both pacified and pleafed, and yec'no

meri~

in m,

but

acceptation in

Go o: for the bel!

workes andfMrijices

and

righteoufmJJe ·

man, are fo farre from true

merit,

out ofany

dignitie,

or

condignitie

ofthe

werke

th~~

t!

1

ey cannot {bnd before Go o without

merc7

and

grA~e.

!he bell: and mol\ l;udu'

ble life ofthe bell: man, hath a

V

4,

or

Woe,

lymg upon1t,

St

fine mi{<ricordi!i difcutia,.

tur,

ifit come

to

be difculfed without

mercy :

and in the dill:riCl: judgement of G

0 0

no man,no not theman

After

Goo 's

own.e

hl:a~t

dare enrer;?ut prayes again!!

it,Ne

in~

tres in judicium

mm

fervotuo,

Enter notmto judgement With thy fervant 0 L

0 R 0

(

Pfalme

C XL I

y.

II I.) and

why~

For,

noflejhi<righteou!inthyjight: noj!ejh,

no

man

righteous oqull:1fied, thenfurely no true

mmt.

.

Brajfe

or

copper money

may be made currant by the Kings Proclamation but !!ill

it isbuc

braf!eandcopper,

andwants of the truf value of

gold and

0

Jilv_er :

a~d

good

workes, and

todoegoodand diftrzbute,

may go,dorcurrant, by Go os promife and

receive a

reward

out of jull:ice,but Iufiice with

mercy :

for,there is

Iuj!itia in redltendo

Iu!!ice in giving theCrowneaccordingto.his promife:

butthereisMi{ericordiai;

promittmdo;Mercy

that

triumpheth overjstjlice,

in promifingto give and

infinite re·

ward,

to a

finite worke,

as

heaven

fora

Cup of

c~ldw.1ter;or

bread, or drinke,orclorhes

and thelike: and betweene the

kingdome of heaven,

and the

crowne

of

glory,

and

eter–

naU life,

which is infinite, and a few

crummes,

or

drops,

or

rags,

which arefcant fo

much as finite, there is no equalitie.

InterJinittsm

&

,

injinitttm mtlla elf proportio:

there is no

proportioiJ

betweene that which is

finite,

and that which is

infinite.

So that

as much asinfinitedoth exceed that which is finite, fo much doe Go o's

in.finitere.

wards,

exceed the

beJIfinite workes,

ofthe bell: man. And the Rule ofthe Schoole in

this is true: Go o punifhes

citra condignum,

lelfe than we deferve; fo there is mercy

ia Go o·s Iufiice and punifhments: and Go n rewards

ultra meritum,

beyond our

merit or defert; and fo eternall life is the

grace

and

fee gift of

Go o.

Infomuchthat we may thusrefolve:

Firfr,Nontenetur Dem:

Go o is not bound

to give us any

reward

for any

dignity

or

worthine.J!e

of

~11r

worku.

Secondly,

J'{£n

<..Meremt'Y nos,

we deferve nothing, but

aretmprojitable [trvants,

and our bell: workes

are unperfect, and fall fhorr of that perfection that Law and lull:ice doe require.

And third!y,

'1\gn deerit tamen Dem :

though Go o be not

botmd,

and man

merits

not, yet G o o never failed any man, that did doe any good worke, but he was fure

of his

reward.

For, though we be bound to good workes

exdebito,

ofduty: Go o

commands them, and requires an account ofrhem: yet Go o is not bound to re–

ward them

ex debito,

out ofany debt owing to us forthem; but onely

ex

patk,

out

of His promife, and agreement. For,

eternal/life

is not a reward which manmay

exact and require in

luHiceat

Go·o's hands, for his

labour

and

hire;

but it is

Hi<

free

gift:

and therefore He callethit

nottHttm,

thine,but

Metlm,

mine owne,

May

I

mt due

what

I

liff with mine owne?

Whatis the reafon the Prophet faith (P/a!.LXXI.XVI.

)o

Lard,Men:orabur

Ju."

fliti4 tN4folim,

I will remember

thy righteoufnefTe only,

but becaufe there 1s no

.oth~r

righteoufnelfe worththe remembring, but onefy

thy rigbteoufnejfe only:

that nghre–

oufnelfe that is

a

Domino,

inherent in us by

fJnEiijication

ofthegifts

an~

graces ofthe.

L o

R

o, is not worththe remembrance,for it is a

defiledcloth,and dung

m

lt

felf~

;and ·

were it never fo good,G o o bath no need ofit; nay,beingoffredto

Go

o,He

IS

no–

thingincreafcd by it.Ifthou do all good

works,Deru memes,

&

hnomm

me~mm no~

ind~~es

'

Thou art my G o o(faith

David,P{al.XVII.II.

)my

goods

,andtherem are h1s

goodworkes

alfo, are nothing ro thee: Go o is not increafed or inriched by them. If

thou doe commit all

m~nner

of

fins

with all manner

ofgreedineffe~th?~

can!l not

d~file

God,

nor take any thmg from hi.m;thy evill cannot decreafe ord1m1mfhh1m• But 1t,

is

1Njlitia in

]j_~tn~no, Righteoufnelfci~ '"~

:f-urd(thatis)

ch~ift's righteoll/n:fu~i~~~d

.· .'

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