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196

Of

REP~

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TAN

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Sermon~,

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ThereisSinn,,

afa!l :

men fall againfirheirwills !that; is finneof

injirmitie,

There is

Sinne, an Errour:

men erre from the way, of ignorance:rhar, is finneof

ignorance.

The o_rie, for wanrof power; The other, for lacke ofskill. But

"bel!

lion :

the third kinde (that hateful! finneof

rebellion)

can neitherpretend

ignorance

rior plead

i'njirmitie;

for, wittingly they revolt from their lmowneallegiance,

and

wilfully fet rhemfdves againfl: their

lawful/ Sov eraigne:

That is the finne of

maliCe,

Take all together.

Sirme,

a

fall, anerroter, arehdlivn: (Wefee,jinneahoun.

1

leth: willyou[ee;howgraceover-.cboundethi)

Yet,norfuch

afall,

out we may

be

raf[edi

nor fuch a

depart11re,

but there is place left ro

returne;

no, nor fuel\

arebel–

liim,

but (ifitfuefor) may

hopelorapardon.

For behold : Hee, evenHee, that

Go n, from whomwee rhus

fall,

deparr, revolt, reacheth His hand ro them that

fall

;

·_turncrh nor away from them, that turne to Him; is readie eo receive, to

grace them; everi them, that

rebelled

againfl: Him.

It

is

fo : for Hee fpeaketll

to them, treateth with them, asketh of them, why they will not

rife, r_etire, {ttb •.

mit

themfdves.

.

Which is more yet.

Ifye marke, Hedoth not complaine and challenge them;

for any ofall thpfethree; for

fa!ling,ftraying,

or for

rebelling :

Thepoint He pref–

feth, i,s not,

ourfitllipg;

but, our lying full: rior_our departing, but our

not retttrning;

nor our

hreaking

off, but our

holdmg out;

It 1s not: why

fall, orftray, or revolu

Bur, why

rife

yee nm;

Retttrne

yeenot

~

Sttbmityee

nor yourfelves

~

Thus might

\

Hee have framed H1s mterrogatones : Shall they

fall

and

not.ftand?

Hee dot!) not;

but, thus; Jhall they

fa//

and not

r!ji1 i

Shall they

turnefromthe

right and not

keepe

it~

No:But,lliallrheyturnefr.lmlt, and

nott11rne

t9lt~

Asmuchtofayas;

Beit

you have

fallen,

yet lye not fiill;

erred,

yet goenoton; Sinned, yet continue not in

finne, and neither your

fall, errour,

nor

{tnne, ertmt vobis infcandalttm,

Jhal! be yow:

c!efl:ruCl:ion, or doe you hurt.

- · Nay,

whi~(I

isfarther, and

tha~bey?n~

all. It is not thef;:, neither; (though

thil

be wrong enough, yet upon the pomt,th15IS not the very matter.) Neither our

lying

}till,

nor our

going

on,rlot fianding out,fo they.have an.end,they·al!;and every ofthem

may havehope.

Perpetual/

is dieword, and

PerpetJJall

is the thlng. Not, why

d!efe,

any ofthefe, or all ofthefe; bur, wby thefe

perpetual!?_

To doe thus; todoeir arld

never leavedoing

ir; To make no end offinne, but our owne end; To make a

perpe–

tuiti£

offin?e; Neverto

rife, returne, repent,

(for

Repentan•e

i~

oppofite, not to

jinne,

butt6thee"onrinuance

ofit: )thatis thepoint.

'

Injinnearethele:

1

T.hefal/, •Therelapfe,

'3

The

wallow:

it

is none of theCe.'

It is not

falling;

nor, though it be

recidiva pe'Cati,

often relapfing.

It is not

lying

}lilt;

not, though it be

V9luntabr}•mpec•at.£,

rhe

wallow:

It is nor;te of all tbefe: It is

..l.:,.,.7""""'a,, the never ceafing, the

perpettlitie,

the

impenitencie

of fin. Tofpeake

of

fin,

that'is theJinne out of mea["" finfidl;

that, is the offence, that not onely maketft

trelpable,

but leaveth

inexcrt[able.

That fall, is nor;

Adam's,

but

Laci(ersfall

;

not to

rrre,

but

toperifhfrom the right way;

not

Sbe111ei's

rebellion, but the very

Apoflajie

and

gain-Jaying of Coreh.

_Thisthen, to adde fin tofin, to multiply fin by fin,to makeit infinite, to eternize

. it as much asin

~slyethi

thar,isit, to which GoD crieth,

oqteare? whypoe

you

fo

~

Why

perpetual/i

Why

perpetual/?

Indeed,

why~

For,it would pofe the bell: ofus to finde out the

'!2J!are?

a true caufe or reafon for our doing-:

Bcfore,Jhew bur an

example :

Now here, Jhew but a

reafon,

and carry it.

Buf

they can Jhew noreafon, why they will not. It weri: to be wifhed, we would

rcp'en~

or Jhew good caufe to the contrary.

'

But as (before) we violate our owne

mffrmre;

fo (here) we abandon

reafon;

we

throw them both to the ground(order,and reafon)andfl:ampe uponthem both,whe11

we make

perpettdties.

Veri!y,true caufe, orgood reafon there is none. Being called

to Jhew caufewhy

1

They tell not :we fee; th!=yl!andll)ute; they cannot tell,,why:

-~

o .';· Himfclfe is

fain~

to tell

the~.

Why)

aH

~he

caufe that

i~.

is ih

t~ela~erP~