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244

Of

REP

E N TA N

c

&,

Sermon

7 :

Mat. 9-44·

.6.

gnawing,

and neve,

d;ing

..

So dqrh our

SA

V

IOljll

defcribe it:

!}jlapa~

an,dnevcrgomgqtlt,

ng

Efay JP+

.

N?w willlbur askethe

Prophet

Efay'squeftion,(Chap.33)whoofus~andwel!'

GQ,Pfi_•mmg

fire

l

That>

IS

ottr fire,

which as it

con(imm,

fo willit be

conf.,meditfc!f.

1

~

B~.~t

then, he comes over againe, Bur

who

if

able to Abide in everlaflil'g burnings

l

n:~

carr none doe:

Proferte

ftr~e1tu

igitur,.

This(loe) is the

mratp,

t.he very

dregs

of tl

wrath to come.,Bur whoregard,eth thepower ofthu wrath?

Th;y (I feare me) leaft,

rb~~

fl1all feele it moft.

, I have purpofely fiood uporr>his a little, For that, as upon this

d.:y

they were

Wonr,

py

the

ceremonie

of giving

a/bes,

to_put men in minde of

~hisfre,

For

iljbiS

We[e not given

\0

put men

i~ rni~de

of their

mortalitie :.dtlj/

had beenemore

p~oper

t~Jiave

done that

.0

ur

mortalztze

IS

grounded upon

Pulv_r;

es

&

inpulverern.

Bur,a)lw,

they come nonyjrhourfre: where they

areJir~rnufi

have beene lid!. And, fo they

mofimeer to reprefenrfreand make us thmke of1t. The ajhes,rhey be blowen away;

bur, not the

memorze

of the,m(I hope.? Whatfoever becomes of the

ceremonie,

the

fHbftan,·e

wpulq not be

hlowen away

af,t~r

lt. Spr,e,thefe

a/bes

laid wdl·to the

root

ofthe

tree,

it harh bee11e thought, will

mak~it

hear._e the.fooner.

The

prefent feare

of

f

11

t

11

r

1

wrath

for fins pall:_.wil putfome force mro tlus

Igztur:

If th1s will not, nothing will,

This

or

nothing make the fap

to

afcend : This,or nothing

bring

them

forth,; .

Thecomfort

Scientes igitur terrorem hrmc :

you have feene the

terro11r:

Shall I open

you~

ofvtnlHra,lt

b

doore ofhopeinrhi':

valley of

Achor.?

All is not

terror

in

ventura:

there

is,fome~com.,

may be

flea

forr, that it is bur to

come

(this

wrath;

)it is yet to come. So,while it is yet

to

come

~':cor.

! . "·

there is time given us to take order for it,

bef~re

it come : That

th~ftuit

may

corn~

b~~c.,.

'·'

before the

wrath,

and not the

wrath

before rheftuit

:

forthen we are gonefor ever. ·

There is an?ther cpmfort: That though

cheaxe

and

thef".nne

lhallcome upol

all; and none fty from either of

them,~o

lhall nor

w_rath.

Thatlhall

n<?t'c~me

Njon.

~!/;but

all

may,

~nd

fome 0Jalljly from It.

Fly

f:om1t(l fay) for, rhere1s no

meetinz

!t,nodbzdmgof

It \yhen _1t comes: No

Ua~du~

lt our,

butjly

from lt wemufi (fairiJ

the Text;) and

jly

from It

)'IC

may.There 1s a nghr way,1f wemay be fl1ewcd it; and

there is no rightway,but one, and who willlhew us

chat~

That will St.Iohnreach

us. He

prepares

it,and he is beft able; and he knowes no way bur by

Proferte igitur.

Jjy

PYD[trtt.

Bur ifthere

beajlight,

there is no

flying

it, not with the

wings

of an

Eagle;

not

with, the fix wings of a

Seraphin:

onlyrhe wings of

repent.cnce,will

fly

from it. But,

there is no

flight

entended:

Proferte igitur

will ferve: only fund and

he

are

thu

frurt,

and it lhall be a

SuperfedetUtoall wrath to mne.

You need nor

fly;

you need not fiirre,

no more than a

tree;

but keep your fianding,and

be.:reyonr

fmit,and it lhall nor come

_lixod.u,, 3 .

neere you,but fly over you,as did the

dejlroying

Angefl,their houfes in

'&gypt.To comf

it is(this

wrath: )jly

from it we may: This,rheway to doe it.

Tca,this is

one way:

bur,is there no way but

this~

It fee.nes,therc was fome bo·

die lhewing fome other way belides,that St.

Iohn

was a little fiirred,and asked,Wh1

hath jhewedyou it, who.?

Whofoever he was,he had lhewed them a wrong way. So

rhar,even rhen, even in CHR r sT s time and Sr.

Iohns,

fomerherewere thattookea

pbanfic,rhey had found a neerer way ro cut betwecn,ro

jly

this

wrath,

and ycrlertrte

Verfc ,.

and

fmit

alone, and care for neither. And (as it followes) by a

dicentts intr.tfe,Caid

.wirhin rhemfclves (fomewhat firange things men will fay there)

fruits

arc for rhelll)

that have not

Abrahamfor their father,bur we have himfor our Father :

and forooke

themfelves privjleged from

fruit-bearing,

by char.

chrifl

Jbewesrhem their folly;

Ioh.!.l9·

Have you fo,have you

Ahraham

to your

Father.?chen doe the works

1[

AbrAham:

that

is,

hri»gfmh thefruits

that he did.

For,AbrahAm

himfelfebroughtforth thefe

frusts;

went no other way butthis,by

Proferte igitur.

The fame may befaid

roanotherDi<entesintra feof

fomeof us. WehaveA–

IJr11ham to our Father,

So they :

We hawe

CHars T

to

ourS

A

v r o u R,fo wee : and

make a iliorr cur and fieppe to CH

J.

r s T ..ftraight, and lay hold on Him

~y

jAitlt,

without any more adoe : Thrull: by Satnt

Mm

Bapti.ft;

Hzrn,

and

Ills

Rcpm–

tAnce,

Both. lndeed, fo fome goe (but withmorchall:e thangood fpeed) that vain·

.

ly