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0/REP ENT AN C E,

Sermon

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vVhether good or whcrhcrevill, itpertainethto us. For, tousofrhe

Gentiles

hath Sairit

Parsl

~mailed

wlmloever well or ill befeU the dilfolved Church of the

/ewes:

Thefe,

all thefe cameimtothemfor example,

~ndare

enrolled, to tvarneruthal

grow neerer andneerer to the ends of the tvorld.

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lloth pcrtaine unto us; the Scripture hath both: And,in it, dr1weth out

ourdu~

tie to us, in both; in good a!ld evill Reports; as it were, in white w.or,ke, and blacke

worke. Arid we to have ule ofboth: Yet, not ofboth reports alike, bptdivcrpy, as

our inflruchons uponthem are divcrfe. For we are not fo much

Eo

regard ri-le bare

ll.eport,

as the inflruccion ofit. For which caufe,

Afaph

harh entitled this

Pfalme,

not

A(aph's report,

but

A[aph's in.ftruclion•

.

Now, we have here our

report :

May we lindc,

wha..tourin.ftrufliffl

is

tou~hing

h!'Wetmy.

Afapliexpreay

hathfetirdowneat the V

IIt.ver(e

before. That

this,and other errors ofth,eirs arehere ilpon the

File, Nefantjic11t Pams eomm,

That

we fhould not be like our

forefathm, a

cr~/{e

andcrookedgmeration.

Not like them,

in other

i~dignities

: and among other in this

Cum

uccideret,

&•.

Neverco feeke

Go n but'whenHeki/lsus.

In which foule indigniry,our Age is (certainly) as deepe, as ever was that: And

we need

Afaph's'inflrttC!ion,

no lelfe thanthey.

For, as ifthere were no ule of Religion, but onely

C~tmoccldertt,

fo fpendwe

allo~n·wholetime,

in thefearch of othcrrhings. Noccaringtqaske, orfeeke, or

conferre about the flare ofour foules, even

tilleccitk~tt

come. And then (peradven.

ture) fending for

v!faph,

and hearing him/peake _a few words a!5out

lr,

wliich wee

would faine have called

feeking

•f

G on.

I

can fay little to it :

I

pray G o n, it

prove {o: but fure

(I

feare) it will be found

Minm habens,

farreflJOrt of it.

Which is fo ulually' received, that, take-a ft1rvey, not one ef

an

hundred ever

thinke ofir, before. So fecurely praf.tifed, as

if

we had lome

Stiperfedet«

lying by

us, not to doe it till

then : As

if there were no {uch Scripture as this upon record

t

which

turned to

their d1f.mtlion,

and muft

needs

lye heavie·J•pon

us,

when we fhall

re·

pemb~ti\',

Ctlm

omJeret,

&c.

Now fure, this courfe

muft

needs-be prejudicial! ro our foules: and

a tuunbo•

pe.'

rifh in it daily befolc our eyes. Yet wee lit

fiill,

and fufl'er this cl!ftome to grow and

gather head. Neither delivering their foules, or (at leaft)our owne,

\iy

telling them

ferioufly, this 'isnot the time: and, then,

tofeeke,

is not

rhefeeking;

Gon will ailow•.

That this is a

Ne

ftant,[uch

athing, asihould not be-done in Ifraef. ( That iris upon

~ecord, ~'

<.t'&•Ju!, to their difgrace and

d'.f/m(lion :

.And it cannot be

to

our

Cillfu

fort

ox

l¥\li!l!lendation, .to

do~

rhe like.

Out of which their

dei1ruJ.lion, v!(aph

frametl1

an

inffmefionfor

us: and(as it is well £1id,andfitly

ro

this day)cx

cinerc

I

rid£.

orum

lixivzumChrijlianorum,

ofthe Uwcsafhes maketh alee for

ChYifliaiis,to'dean[e

us from

thi~

foule indigni\Y.

rt,

"!ide'!tes cadentes,

vi~ea_nt necada!!~ that,_~~d_tng

their

f:tll,

we take heed we fall not: that

is,(eeke,

not as they fought, lctfwe perilh,

by like example of

f eeking

too late.

Therefore, that wee fet our [elves to

feeke,

before this

Cum

come: that is (in a

word)feeke

Go n,as by repentance and the fruits; fo by undelayed repem:mce, and

the timely fruits ofit: and be not likethe

Apojlle Iude's

/i,.t;~

ea,,.....,,,.,

our

feeking

:tll Summer,

tvithered

and dric, and beginningto lhoor out a little, about Michael·

ma!fe fpring: Ofwhich kindeoffhooting, fruit can never come. This

is

the fumme.

7beDivijiow:

Thewords conlill: oftwo parts. Two parts: but, thefe two evill.matched, or

(as

Saint

Paul)

uneqr~afly

yokedrogerher.

For, where our chiefe actions (ofwhich

I

take it,

otrrfceking

of G on is one) {11ould have the chiefeihime; Here, is the fide

and bell of ouractions foned, with the !aft and worfr plrt ofour rime :

f!.:!,£rebant

~Car,6

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Eum,wirhCumocdderet.

_

_

.

And, not onely milfe-forted, but milfe-placed. For, """'.

ccctdmt,

His

Wling.

lhndeth before our

feeking :

whereas our

feeking

fhould be firfi,and

His.

killins

come

~~~r. !hisw~s~~ver

GoP_s

!!•nt.!.

!heymuftbavea.Nejiallf!

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