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A

SERMON P

R:,~,E~

PARED TO BE PREACHED

ontheXth, ofFebruary,

d. V.

MncXXIV.

being

AS H.WE D NE S DAY.

MAT

T H. Chap; III. Ver: VIiJ.

Proferte Fructus igitur dignos Pocnitencire.

'Bring

forth Fruits, therefore, "'Porthj· amendment

of

life

(or~

Repentance.)

·

Text,three points

we have

gonethr~ugh

; thefe three,'

'Proferte, Bring fqrth,be

not alwayes

carrying in :

' Prpfer~

teftllctm,Bring forth fruit ;Leaves

will nor ferve:

3

Profer–

tefm8& igitur, Bring forth fmits therefore:

Wherefore ~

that fo you may

efcape the wrath to come.

There isnoway to

efcape ir,bur that. Now we goeon.

Bring forth

frt~it.r

therefore. Whatfmits? Fruits

of

re·

;

fruits

growing on a

tree

called

Retentance :

For,

ftuirs

evercorrie m

to thetreerhat carries them. Ifwe

.

brought forth :·_If brought forth

itmufi

be,therem~tfi

bee a

That

tree

is

Repentance.

.

Sr.

Johnin

his whole Sermon runsall upon this metaphor of

tree

249

·'

and

(rutts,

and

root;

that he, brings in

Repentance

as a

tree,

I have touched

formerly. It feemesto refer us (this

tree)

ro anorher,rhe

forbidden tree.

That

tree

had

Gen.•.•r:

frmt'

Thistrrero havefo too.

Tree fortree,fruit

for

fmit.

The

worthy fruits ofRe-

phntance,

for the

umvorthyfmitsof difobedien,;e.

The

fruit of that tree

was our

bane;

fi

t

efrmto~

thts to

beourmcdicim.

The

frttitof

that madeira

vcntur•tocome;

The

rntt

of thts wtllturnc it away.

firil \

15

true; the

frt<its

of this

tree

of

Repentance,

they were not

prim.e iiiUntionil;

1

f

Prtnctpally intended. There was another a more excellent planr,called the

fi

reeo

Inbnocence;

the

fruit

whereof

was,Nepeccetis,

nottojin at all. There were no

·

rutttot

·r ·

h

t

h

at,t tt were to be had. But,wherefh'all we fi!ld that

~

Where growcs t e

;ee

t atbeares

thatfimit ?

Who is there

thatjinneth not?.Thefiorbiddcnfruit

was no

Rom.

J•

•i'

100nertak

b

·

-

- -

t•

fi

enN, ut, that

tree withered

and

dyed.

~:ould

never be got ro !iirow in ourna•

• lre

mce

otalking of that,

'

·

-

.

J"h~~