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Sermon

8.

~nd

FAsTING.

magnanimity

that was in the

FAthers

ofour

faith

; (The

ApoJJ!e

beares themwimelfe,

that

to theirp01vers,

nay, and

beyond thetrpowerschey

fhewed themfdves willmg;) any ,

cor.l.

j;

never fo poore

fmit

would not content us. But we, neither to our power,nor a great

dealc fl

10

rc ofit, cndevour our fdves : any never fo lleight, and llender will fcrve us

\vell enough.

.

.

.

. •·

Iwonderwhatwcthinke~

Doewethmhtopoll: GoD offw1thany, 1tsk1lsnot

\vhat

fmit?

with

rvind-fals,

with

worme-.eatenjfrejft?

E

s

AY_

n

s

fowre grapes?

Is

R •·

l!fay.p;

" 1 ES

rotten figges?

Nodung

c~mesarmlfe

..H0ld

weHmJ

m

fo vtle account, as any

!O<em.,...,;

is good enough for

Him;

it is well WlthHtm, 1fHe get any

~.

t.Malachnells

us

othe~-

Mal.r.B.

wle,Thathe holdsit ingreatfcorne:

b1ds

usgoe offer frech frzuts

t~o11r

Prmce:

and fee1f

He willtake it well. Zachary

tells us fo ltkew.fe:

Agoodly prtce(Calth

he)

they value mee

zoe. u.

7

j';

at. Goodly fmit,

is it not, thcyprefent me

with~

Nay (Cure) we mull:

havedignostoo.

-

SiJtJJe worth

there would be.

. Is' there any other way

eo

take our

dignos

by? Compared with

thelt1Jice

o~

Go

o;

·

Notfo:

NorwiththegreatHer~esofournature;

Notfone1ther. Nor

(md<:!cd)

aretheyfaid

worthy,

ofeither ofthefe; bur

how~

Only!

fmits tvorthy ofrepentance:

that is,fuch as may well befeeme perfons,as be truly

pemtent.

Referred notto ought,

but

to

repentance

it felfe. Laying by

ftn,as

it is an

averjion

from an

injimt~g_ood:

(For,

foit is

infinite

; admitS no

meafrere

or

degree;)

but,-

con~dermg

lt, as1t

IS

a

conver.

wnrothecre<tterc,

and that more or lelfe: fo, it falls within compaffe ofmore or lelfc:

worthy.

Say I this

of

my felfe

~

Saith not GoDs

Law

the lame

fectend#m mcnJNram

.t:fli-

Leviq.

,~;

mationemque delifli,

and

pro menJurapeccati

i

Is it not·

a

claufe there, repeated more

than

once

Ifthere be a

meafrtre

ofthe one, fo is there

ofrhc~ther

: Ifan

analogic

of~::~~:~.

faith, ofrepentanceroo,

why

not~

And,co that,we to applyourfclves,mthe

magii

or

· · –

mimls dignos

ofour

fruits.

This is once :

Repent~tnce

may be

too much,

one may goe

toof.me in it: That, will be granted

(I

know.) And, iftoo much,' then

too little

;and

we may fall

too

j1

1

erttheotherway _(that, I am Cure of.) Which part we 1hould offend

on(tochoofe)

iy••

m

<i)"vd•1"'"Wlllfoonetea~hus,

thatuwouldbeehom6.· rather,

with the

more

then with

theleff'e.

In the

Corinthian's

cafe there it was

too much;

hee

>Cor.

i,:;;

was in dangerto

befwallowed

"P

with{orrow. In Miriam'sca[e

againe, it

wasJoolitt!e:

N -

Fov,

though fl1ewerenght

p1mtent

for her

folly

committed, yet becaufe the

qua!tt;

of

um.~~·'f·

her

offence

required a large and more

worthy repentance,

1hewas

Jbut out oftlie hojt

yet

fevcn dayes longer,and rhen,and not before, received to pardon.

Ifthere be

anultro~

and a

cztra,rhen

IS

there a

temu:

[f

too m11ch

and

too little,

then is there

a

frefftcit

,enough. ,

And, that, is the

dignos

we feeke for.

. ,

Bur who fl1all tell us, this tenunvhat it-is

~

Who {hall fay

S~efficit

?

I thinkeJt

is

·:

~

not bdho f.1y Jt to om felves ;

~t

is not Cafe, that, We are like enough to give eare

.

to

propztuu cflotzbz,

to fpareand favom our felves, and to thinke_that

worthy,

that

~s

Mat, ,

1 , ,

3 ;

nor ·to d1fm1lfe the matter With

a

doe no morefo,

never to follow Jt to fenterace. Or,1f

, ,· ·

we

doe, torepnvc

our felvcs, and ll:ay the

·execution.

lt

hatb been held no way·fafe ,,

.

for us, to make our owne

a/Jelfwent :

and as

fafe

a wa)7 as could bee, would

ever

~ce r~kcnfor

thefoule.

Bmer,fome other

body

doe it: and, who fhaU that'other

bo~

ybee~

.

.

,,

,

h

In the

Law,every

man was not tefrto himfelfe.

Theoffiringforfln

(~vhich

wasto

~-em

a

frrmof repentance)lt

was rated cvcr,ever taxed,:l"ly:J by the Priell:. AccoiF-

.

.

10 gtohisordering, fo invent: he made theefiimate, -how much was enough, \vhar

twt.pf,

would ferve. And here now, in Saint

John's

time (whichwas the

interval!

or palfage

as~twere,

between the

Law

and the

Gojjell;)

atthe

ba'p·tifmeof John

they knew not

w

at to doe,rhey were not fowell skilled;

to

Saint

Iohn,they

come with their

qt~idfa·

Pcm:'

1

"'?

What lhall

we

do~

And what fl1all we

doe~

All-three

on~

after another, the

Lulq.t~: ,~·

reo team

rh

s

Id"

-

O

[

'

e

ou

ters'

the

Common fort

; and they·had all their anfwers

feverally :

••·

~e ~\wereferved

not all:

Several!kinds offin

require feverall forts of

fruit.

And,

~het

t

elGofPell,

there (wef.Ce)fonheCO>·inthian,SaintPaulfaid

Sllfjicitvirohuic:

- c

".

"'

mt~e>"

enough,

thisfl1all ferve : bis"confciencemay be

qui~t,

I rell:ore him to

~

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the