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Sermon

17.

Ofthe

N

AT I

v

1 T 1 E.

The words feeme

ro~eefpoken

to one perfon only: but (as

lams

of

grace

u[~

ro

be) are ro

receivcamphan~n,and

to

be exre_nded,to rhe rrwfi benefit.

.

.

.

Dixit

d

me.

Said Helt to

l{tm,

and fa1d He1r, to

Htm

alone, and fatd he it to

no

other, but

wHim l

No :for,Hee_gaveirHimin

char~eropreach

it;

and

ropreachit,,

is

to

fay it

roothers.

~hereforc

lt 1s,

Dt:<zt adme,ttt

aaalm,

per me :

1t waslo fJtd to

Him

as that by

Him,

It

mtghrbef:ud

to

others.

Pr,edzcaho

makes lt

pia

me.

Pr,edica6o.

When

CHRtsr

dorh

preach,

He is not to beunderfrood to

preach

to

Mimfelfe:nomandoth fo at any rime; burro orhers more orlelfe, that may be, or

fhould bee the better for His

treaching.

For, what needed tt

be~prMched,

ifit con··

ceme none, but Him

~

ifnone

to

have

be(lefir,bur

He~

if

they,that heare ir

pr~ached

1]

1all receive no·benefit by ir

~

Sofay'we,of

Legem.

This

law

was 11orrilade for

CH

R

r

sT:

it needed not for

Him

(any

law.)Hc

was

Filim mtm t11

~,;.,,,ij ·,,~~'·needed

no

lmv

to mJke Him that,which

by

nature

He was. The

law

was for orhers,which, byrhis/mv,werero bemade rhar,

which, by nature,they were not(rhar

1s)

rhe

S~ns

of.God.

. .

Take thevery words. Youfee,Hts Tel<ttsnotm the

firft.perfon ,Ftltm tumego:

His Text

is,Filim

me

m t11.

Awl,who is rhar,T11

?

It cannot be

CH RI s

T

Himfelfe

by

common inrendment. The FatherfaithtoHim,

Thou art my Sm:

But, to whom is

it, rhat

C

H

a r s

T

faith,

Thou art my Son

?

For

,Filius mem

t~<,

is His Text ; thar,He

mufr

preach

on :He may notgoefrom the words, or

cha~ge

the tenour of His Text.

Who is then, that

Sonne ?

To whom applierh He His

Text~

To fame other cer-

I

3

4

tainely.

The

Apoftle

faith,

He.wa[et

and

Jent, that He might bfing many Sons 11nto God,

to

He&.•·•~:

whom Goaalfo might fay,

Pilitu'"'"' t11.

And Himlelfe likewife faith of Himfelfe

.

iirtlieProphet: Beh,ld, hereaml,andthecbildrenwhich Codhatkgivenme.

Efoy.S.,~

.

And whobethofe

Children?

Thofc,whom He

lhall

regenerate,and beget anew

The

Birth.

by His

Pr.tdicabo Legem,

the

immortal/ Seed:

For,

of HisownegoQdwillhegat He us,by

;.~~;_';;_l;

th~Word

of truth, that We might be thejir(lfi'uits of Hr5 creatures.

Thefe arc the

chil-

dren,that are here meanr. Of whom ir fhall be

faid,q~<oa',

perjilium,jilii,

that in and

by this

Son,

rheyfhall be

HisS~m,

aH. An'd, wharwas [aid ro

cbrift,

ll!all

b~faid

to

them, and every of them,

FilitH meus tu.

OfSionfaith the

LXXXVII. Pfalme, Jt {hall

be

(aid,He

1vas

borne in her.

And that

rru.&7-4,

is ·true, for fo Hewas. But he goes on further, and faith,

He didrm;ember Himfelfe of

Raha6,

a.~d

Bahy!on, the Pltiliftims, and the c.Morians land, for, loe, there He

JVM

borne.

Borne

there~

How canthat be<' Yes,

borne

there,and"here,and every where; where,

by this

Pr.tdicaho Legem,

He

hegets children to God.

The power,and verrue of His

'lJirth

reacheth even thither. Every place that receiverh His

law (

where ever it bee)

eventhere He is

borne.

This for His

Birth.

To·this

Birth

there belongs,a

Birth-right.

T'l1ey talke mu eh ofthe

law

,as of

a

The

Birlb.

Birth-right:

but (loe) this here, is a

Birtb-rlght,

indeed ;and thar,

veri nominu;

and

amounts to more,than

a

Childs part.

And itgrowes out ofthe d<;>uble title,or inrercfi,

whtch

HI!

hath ro

all

that is given Him. For,as He is twice aSon,twice

begotten,• An·

te

l~t_cifemm,.'and

•·Hodie:

fo hath He

a

double right gro1ves toHim,exptecfed in tw.o

diihuclwords{inthe next verfe) ' one of

inlmitance,

·•

the other of

Poffifion,

or

pt~r-

ehafe_;

for,

Ahazza

is true

Hebrew

for a

p~trchafe.

Of which two,

0

ne contents Him

:

mn~

litsntle,as Heire. Tbe other

He

tranfcribes

and

fets over rdus which is that of His

purchafe,as Hodiegenitm.

'

'

'

·

.

'

;:~t wenc~uotfomuch

as to gotothcne"t vcrfefor

ir.."Filifu nieru

ltewill-[crvq

·

·.

~~chwasfaidtmcecoHtm.' Once1t HJsBaptifme, HicejfFilit~<.VIem.

Andfott

MJt.p 7 ;.

15

h)(ewt(e at ours; to us; for,

therein

we

are made members cf Chrift,

and

the chttdren

fGud,

And againe,Hic

elfFilius me!"

;ar his

Transfiguration

in rhe

Mot<nt.

And we

MlC.t 7

.s.

._eeptng the

larl?

of our

Bapti{me,

rhe fatne lh

1ll be

faid to us likewife, the fecond

~~e

;dand whentime comes,we

!hall

be

transjig11redinro thegloriotw 1mage of the Soh

l'hil.p•~

0

J

Gc

11

~n.dthis is,•Lexfa{/~rHm

on his part: th.is

ll1all

be done for us by fiim. Thi's

we ea e ..

the

Go.Jfell

of

this

LAw.

·

·

And