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166

.,

;Of His

olflw,

Dcut.;3.Jl•

Mic~6.16.

Ofthe

NATIVITI.E.

Sermon

17.

tternilie

it felfe,as is

Hodt'e

Why

f

For, there,all isH

odie :

there,is neither

Heri,nor

Cri#; noyejlerday,

norro

morrow.

Allis,

To day,

there. Nothing pall:; norhiog to

come : all prefent. Prefent (asirwere) in one infranr, orcenrer, fo

in

the

H•dte

of

Eternitie. P4ft,'andto come,argue time;

But,if it be

eternal/,

it is neither : •1\ll there

is

Pre[ent. To day

then, fets for'th

eternitie

b~ll:

(fay they) which is frill pn!fenr;andin

being.

But,Genui

(thar,being pall:) cannot be His

etern~ll

at any h.and,butmufr needs

fiandforHistemporall.

.

,

·

But whether of thefeit be;

Genui,

His

eternal!

(asperfecr) and

Hodie'

('as nbtyet

perfe6t) His

temporal!> Or,vice verfa,Hodie

reprefcnr

eternitie

be.fr,and

Genui,time,

as

being fpemand gone: Betweene them both, one way or orher, rhey willlhew His

he,

getfipgs.

You may weave

Hodie

1vith

Genui,

or

Genui

with

Hodtc,

and betweene them

both, they will make up the two

Natures

of Him, that was

tb~

Hodie

genit~~o·

ofrhis

day.

Concerning whom,we beleeve; as fir(l,that He is one

intireperfon,

~nd

fublills

by Himfelfe;So,fecond,that He confills of

two

diilinct

Natures,i:ternall,and temporaU,

The

one,asperfee!God:

the other,as

perftc1 man.

·

N ow,for His

offices.

Them, we have likewife in the two worqs,

Pr,edic,ho,

and

Le.gem. Pr4dicabo:

l:ly that, it is plaine, He cloth

preach.

And that feemes .frrange:

for thelafr newes we heard of Him (in the verle betore) was, that He was

fct a

Kmg

in Sion. ,

And the word

legem

imports as

much:

For,

/awe's

(with us)

~re

die

Kingr

~~

.

A

Kingro Preach?

Let that aloneforrhe

Priejls.

Thar, is their

offtce; theyjhall

teach lacob Hujttdgements,andpreach to !frael Hr! larv.But.preach

He will(as He faith.)

So,

meru FilitN

will prove a

Prieft

(as it lcemes: )A Pricjt,indeed. And,·v/liich is yet

more !l:range,by vertue ofthefe very words:

Filim metN

lrl.''

Ne

words (one would

thinke) to prove Him a

Priefi

by; and wefhouhl lurdl

y

beleeve it, but that(in

Heh.).

4·)

rhcApof/lededuceth His

Prieft.hoodfrom

thefe very words:

No_man

(faithhe)ta–

keth unto him thit hmour,

that is, the honour ofi.the

Prie{l-hood) htit he, thafw,u called

,f God,

,u

w<t< Aaron.

And then he adds,

No more di'd

CHRIsT,

He t•oke not thu ho–

not~ruton

Him,t• be our high Priejl: but He, thatfaidtoHim [FilttN_Iimu tll,·hodiege-

1111i te]Hegavert

Htm.

So,t~t

by vertue of thefe words,

CHR •

STWasconfecratea

Priefl;

asby·vertue of the other[

Po{r1i te Regem]He

was feta

King

in

Sion.

And rhe place

(Sion)

fuits well with both. For

MountSion

had two

tops.

On

the one was the

Temple

built: on the other was the

Kings Palace

liruare. Theonefoc

Pr£dicabo:

the other for

Legem.

In the one (as

King)

he makes a

/,,w

.'

in the other

(as

Priejl) prmheth

it. Firll,

Pofui Rcgem;

and then

Pr£dicabo Legem.

And indeed,the

Kings

,that were his types,were mixt ofboth.

M

elchifedek;

him,

the Apollle !lands on at large,in

Heb.

And,if this

Pfalme

be

David's

(as quellion•

Jeife it is, for, .his it is avowed to be

AC!s+z5.)

why then,

h~preach'ttoo.

And for

Salomon,

it is roo evident; we have his booke of the

Prea,·her.

The like, may be laid

ofEzekiM

,and the rell by whom,this

King(h~re)

was in any fort reprefenred. And,

by verruethereof,they all had a greater care of publilhing this

law,

here,than of any

of their owne

!awes

.-

as,onthe conrrarie,

Ahah,

and his race

hadmorecAre of the ku–

ping thejiatutesof omri,

thanrhey had of the

Lawes

of Go

D.

We belecve then,for His

offices;

thar,He is both

King

,and

Prieft.

Hath a

Kint–

domt

to rule: Hath a

DiO!cefe

to

preach

in. His

Kingdome,the Heathen, to the 11ttermoft

parts of the tdrth

His

Di(Ecefe,

as

la~.

His

Auditorie,

all

States,_even

the

hightfl,

Kings,and Iud-ses:

for

Pudicabo Legem

concernes them all. And thts, for

lex ftdez .:

what it binds us to belecveof Him.

Now for

Lex fae!orum•.

Fir.ll:, what lhall be done to them, thatliveby and un–

L

/'a

-

derthis/a~.

They f'peake of

Lawes ofgract:

This is indeed,a

law

of

grace

;nay,it is,

,~~h:ch~"'"·

The Law

of

graa,

not only as itisoppofite tothe

law

of

nature;

but even, becaufeit

;;_~h

:;:,'};;:

offeret h

grace,

the greatell

grace,

that ever was. .For, what greater

graa,

or favour

can be done to any, than

to

have thefe words

[F1l1114 metN tu]

fayd

umo,hzm?

Thts

~oh.•·.••·

l~w

doth

it

:fior tDthem,that recelveit,itgivethpcwertohemadetheSDns of

Go n.

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