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Th1t/r11itis

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Sermon

8.

of bringing forth

ji

uit, downe

with it (faith the Lord

ofth~

foile) why troubles itfh

gronnd any longer

I

And then comes

lra

vent11ra

with his

axe,layes

it to the

root,

an~

aowne it goes,

and into the.ftreit is cafl: and fceing it will not fervefor

ftt~it,make

it

ferve for

jewel/;

the end of all

tmftnitfi•lltrees•.

~a:ke

it well, this.

It

is.the

fruit of

repentance

;

not

reeentancettfelje,

but the

ftuzl!os,

IS

fought for. That,

IS

all in all.

So, not only a

hearing,buta fmit-bearing repentance.

And, good reafon. For

,if

the one

tree

(finne) if that have brought forth

fruit

fo

mufirepcntance

(the other

tree)

doe hkewife. It is true,in finne, the

fenfe(

andfo'

thefotde)

is firfi in

fault.

In at thatg•teit firfi comes, and out at that, it

mu.ft

fi11

zoe:

But,

finn~

hath her

fruit

in the

body

,'

So, is

repentance

to

have

hers too. RepeH.

tanca

is to bee

.inc~rporate,

arid

bring forth her fruits in the body.

The foule alone

not to bcputto

penance;

alllayd upon it : The

body

tolhare, as in

thepleafure,foi~

thepaine.

·

Perhaps, in the finne, that !yes !inoothering in the thought within, never

comes

in at1um,

there may bee fome queflion, whether

Repentance

alone may not

ferve. But, if it have brought forth the

forbidden fruit

(the

body;)

the

body

mull

have her

fruit

in

Repentance

alfo. To both,faydit is,fayd it mufl bee,

ProfmeigietiY

frut1m.

And what bee thefe

fruits?

To let goe the

rnetaphore,

if you would know

in

plaine termes what

frttits

meane, Saint

p.,e/

will tell you without any figure.

Hee

[aith(.At1.z6.zo.)

he preached;

Men fhouldturneto God,a,.ddoe workes worthy of

re–

pentance.

Looke yee : Saint

John's fruits

(Saint

Paul

being his

Commenttr)

are no–

thing

~but

workes•.

Both meanethefamething : Saint

Paul's workes

are Saint

John's

fmits: fruits

.and

workes

are all one.

In omni opere bono frurlijicAntes

(It is the

<..Apo·

files, Cot,,.Io.) Every

goodw~rke

IS

a

good[r111t. Todoeaworkethenof Repenta!tct,is

to

bring forth the

Jr~titr

of

Repentance.

There is no

vertue

at all but bath her

proper a.t1

or

workt:

but not any vertue of

then! all, fo proper as

rtptntan,·e.

For, of.

repentance

it is faid,

agerepamitentiam:

So,

it is not,of any belides. That in a

workt,it

may feeme to claimc a

propertie,abov.e

and

before all the refl. And that it farequires an All',as,no

Ac1,no Repentance.

Now

becaufcwe have taken up a diflinC!ion, that an

At1is

but

athingtranjient,

butaptff,

that is

permanent.

Therefore (to make all fure) befides

pamitentiam agere,

you have

tpt.e

frut1ttm nonfecerit.

So,both

agere

and

facere, At1

and

Fafl

both. And the

fAC1,

that is thefruit,that, hath fome

reality

in it. So fome

fruit

is to come; Something

to

be done: Not,

thought

or

fayd; butdone,aflu.dly done.

Otherwife,fi'ngitur

non agitur

pteAitentia

(It is

Augujline)

we doe but dally,allis but counterfeit. No ferious

Repm·

lance,

if fornewhat be not

done.

For, that fomewhat is to be done, is fo fure, as ye lhall not find any man in the

tn'tn(t'Or way

toretent,

but (ever) his firfi queflion is,

what mujl

I

dot?

And thlt,

even by the very

injlinc1 of rea[on. Lord what wilt tho11have me to dve

i

(Saint

Paul'

I

firfl word's, when he began: )

.!!l!!jdoportet me fa,cere?

The

G.ulorrfir

{I

words

(being

now a

Convert)

to St.

Paul,

when he began. As much as

to

fay: Somewhat lam

to

doe,ifl knew what. Thrice together you have this queflion here immediately afrer.

~d

fMitmm?

Say the

Puhtic:tns: Whatfhallwedoe?

Say

theSot<ldim: Whatjh•il

we doe?

SayallthepeopletoSt.

John,

when they came to the

baptifme of repentana.

All agreeing in this,all implying,fomewhat there was to be done,whatfoever it was:

thatthe

fnlit

of

rtpmtance

is in the

JVorke.

And,whatis

thatworke ?I

will anfwer firfi in general!. In

morallDivinitie(ifwe

goethat way) the proper

workeof lttf/ice,

is. to

giveto each his

du~

.

of

correc1ivelfl·

jlice,

to

doe jujlice,

to mf\JCI

correc1101•,where

1t 1s due: And

to

fimtls due. Theddfc·

rence only is :

Corrtt1ion

(forthemofl part)

IS

done upon

others :

10

repmtance,

Jt

rc–

llecrs,andis

doneupono11r,Je~ves..

~

.

.

.

If

you

willput more hfe mto tt,and utter

ltTr;ore

pathetmtlly,

goe by the way ot

affrrltm