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Sermon

I.

Of the

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know,

aJ!i•mpjit,

and

tpprebendit,

both,

tl!ke;

but

apprebendit,

with farre nidreferV"Ouran<f

zeale, than the other.

Aj[umpjit,

any common ordmary dung;

apprehend1t,

a thmg ofpncc,

which we hold deere

1

and much_eil:eeme of.

.

Now :to the former companfon, ofwhat.thcy, and what we, (but fpec1ally, V'1hat we,)

addethis;hree-foldconlideration:

I.

That He denied itthe

Angels,

·o,

denied

itperen-Jr–

torily

J

·dvJ\1=;

Neither

looked;

nor

Cdlled, norfe;lt, nonvent

afterthem :.Neither

tooke bold of

. them, norfulfered them to take hold ofH1m, or any prom1fe from H1m: Demed lt them,

and denied it them thus.

2.

But,granted

lt us; and granted Jt, how

~

fhat He

followed

us firil:;

andthar,withpaine:

Andfeaz.ed

on us, afrer; and that with greatdejire · We

flying,

and not

worth rhe following: andJ;ing, and not worth the taking up.

'That He gave

n~t

leave for

ustocometo Him: or,Cate fiill;artd fulfered us to rerurne,and take hold: (yet, th1s He d1d.)

.>That He did not

lookeafter

us,

nortall

after us, nor

(end

after us onely :(yct,all this Hedicf;

too.)

l

But,

Himfelfe rofeom

ofHis place;and

ctme

after us; and with hand and foot,

made

afi:erus:

Followed

us, with His

feet

;and

fe~d

on us,with His

bands;

and

tl:iat,pcl'Viam,nott

ajfit~npti,miJ,fed

apprebe1JfioniS,

(the manner, more than the thingic fdfe.) All thefe,ifwelay

rogerhcr,and, when we have done; \Vetgh them well,

1t

is ablcroworke wuh us. Surely, it

mull: needs demonfiratc to us,the

care,

the

love,

the

ajfeEIIon,

He had to us,

\VC

know no aaufe

why; being but(as

Abraham

was)

.dr<If,

and, (as

Abrahams (ud (Ia_cob)

faith )lefq and not

Gen.,S.if.

worthy of any one of thefe: No, riot ofthe

meaneft ofhiJ merctes,

EfpeClally, when the

3>,1<~

.fame thing fogracioully granted us, was denied to no leffc perfons', than the

Angus,

farre

morewonhy than we. Sure,He would nor have done it for us, and not forthem;ifHe had

notefieemed ofus, made more account ofus,than ofthem.

And yet,behold a farre greater than all thefe: Which

is,apprebendit{emm.

He took not

i!

theperfon, but He tooke the

feed,

(that is) the

N•turc

ofman. Many there be, that can bee

In

ap~~

content to take upon them the

petfons,

and to reprefent them, whofe

natures,

nothing could

h·~d<t

.

hire them once to take upon them•But, the

feed

is the

Nature

;,yea,(as the Philofopher faith)

Semell.

nat1

1

r" intimum,

the very

internal/ejfence

of nature is the

feed.

The

Apoftle

lheweth,what his

meaning is, ofthis

taking tbefeed,

when (the

'Verfe

next afore, faveone) he faith, that

For-

a[

m11ch

.u

the ,·hildrm werepartakers of]lejh and

bl~ud,

H

u al(o wculdtakepart witb them, by

ft.-

Verfe

1

:s:

kingtbe(ame.

I'o

taketheftejhandblclld,

Hemufl: needs take the

feed·

for, from the.feed,

the

jlejb

and

hlo11d

cfoth proceed: which is nothing elfe but the bleffed

apprebenfion

ofour

N

tt-

tnre,

by

thisday

er

'l{g.ti'Vitie.

Whereby, He, :;nd we, become not only

oneftefh;

(as

man

and

wife

doe, by

conjugatlllfl.ivn:)

but, even one

blottdroo,

(~s

bretbrenJ

by

nat<trall11nion:) Per

Eph.ps;

~mma

Jimtlu

(!a1th the

Apdile,m

the next verfeafter agame)

fin onlyJet afide: Aftke

and futa-

•J>·

bleto us

in allthings

:ftefh,

and

blo11d,

and

nat11re

and all. So taking the

feed

of

Abrabam,

as

VciCe

17 •

that He became (Himfelfe) the

feed

of

<..Abrabam:

So was, and fo is truely termed; in the

- - - '

Scriptures.

Which is it, thlt cloth confummate, and knit up all this point, and is the head o£

·all_. Fo;,inall other

apprehenfions,

we may

l~t

goe, and lay downe, when we will

;but,this~

th1s

takmg on the(eed,

the

nat1we

ofn1ln, can never be put off. It is an

afnmption,

without a

depofition.

oneweare,He and we, and [owe mufi be;

One,

as this Day, fo for even

·

And, emergent, or iffuing from this, arc all thofe other

apprehendings,

or

[ea{11rts

ofthe'

perfonsofmen, (by which, Go o layeth hold onthem, and bringeth them backefrom er•

rourro truth, and from linne

to

grace,) that have beene, from the beginning, or lhall bee ro

theend ofthe world. That; of

Abraham

himfelfe, whom G oo laid hold of, and brought

from out of

V R

of

the

Cbaldeans

,and the

Idols

,he there worfl1ipped. That, ofour

<..Apojll~

Gea.•f.i,

Samt

Paul,

that was

apprehended

in the way to

Damafcus.

That, ofSaint

Peter;

that in the

t,;t~

9

;!:

very ace oflinne, was fened onwith

bitterremorfe

for it. All thofe: and all thefe, whereby

~~·61~

men daily are latd hold ofin

(fririt,

and takenfrom the by-paths of!in, and errour,aDd redu-

ced IOtothe nght way;and

!0

their perfons recovered to

God

andfeazed to His ufe.All thefc:

"f!rehenjion~,

(ofthe

branches,)

come from this

apprehenli~n

(of the

seed:)

they all have ·

}.tr begmmng and their being, from

tbio dayes taking,

even

Semen apprebendit. our recei'Ving

fi

15

Spmt,

for Hts

talangourflejb.

This

feed,

wherewith

Abraham

is made the fonne ofGod;

.

ro~h1~ed,wherewith

CnRisT

ismadethefonne

of<..Abraham.

u on

H.

>the end,

y;

hy He thus tooke upon Htm rhe

feed ofAbrabam,

was,becaufe He took

P

lm, to dchver the

feed of Abraham.

Deliver them Hee could

'hot~

except Hee

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dc!l:royed

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