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Of the

NA

T 1

v

1Tu•

Sermon

I.

Vcrfc

'+·

defiroyed

death,

and the

Lordofdeath, the DiveU.

Them, He could not

deflroy,

unlelfe He

.Jitd: Die

He could nor, except He were

mortaU :

Mortal! He could not

~e,

except He

, tooke our

Natttre

on Htm, that ts, the

feed of

A •

~

A

H

A ., •

But, takmg tt, He became

mortal!,

d~ed,

deflroyed death,

delivered us; was (Himfelfe)

apprehended,

that wee migh1;

belet goe.

One thing more then, out ofthis word

A;prehendit,

The fermer toucheth His love ·

whereby Hefo laid hold ofus,as of

a

thing very precious to Him: This(now) roucheth ou:

danger; whereb>:, Hefocaughtus, as, ifHe had not,

it

had beene a great venture, but wee

had

fun~eand ~enfhed.

One, and

t~e

fame word, [

<.Apprehendit]

forteth well, to exprelfe

borh Hts affechon, whereby Hedtd lt; and our great peril!,

wh~reby

we needed

it.

vVe had

beene(before) laid hold of, and

apprehended,by

one,mentione~

in the

14.•

verfe he that lllth

porverofDeath,even

the

Dive!/:

We were in danger, to befwallowed up by

hi~.

we needed

one, to !ay hold on us fafi,andto pluckeus out of his jawes. So He did. And

I

\~ould hav~

you to marke: It is the

fam~wo~d,

that is ufed, to Saint

Peter,

in like danger,(

Mat.14.13.)

when, bemg ready to finke,'"""''''' CH

R 1sT

car<ght hzm

by

thehamJ,and

faved him. The

fame here, in theGmke ;that, in

theHebrerv,is

ufed (Gen.x9.16:)ro

Lot

and his dau<>hters

in the like danger; when,rhe

Angelt caught him,

and by firong hand plucked him oufof

So~

dome.

One delivered, from the

water;

the other, from the

fire.

And it mal:' truly be [aid, (inalinuch as, all Gods

pr~mifes,

as well touching temporail;

1

Cor.r.>o

as, eternal!

d.ehvcra~c.es;

and as well .corporall, as _fpmruall, be

(11

CH "

1

s

T

yea and

_

Amen:

Tea,

mthe gtvmg forth;

Amen,m

the performmg) that even our temporal! delivery

1

from the dangers, that daily cornpalfe us about; even from rhis

bit,

fo grcar, and fo fearful!'

as the like was never imagined before; all have

t~eir

ground, from this

Grtat

apprehenjion

.~

areftuitsofthis

Seed,

here, this blelfed

Seed,

for wl\ofe fake, and for whofe

trutht

fake

that

J.o~>~.~·'9

we (though unworthily) profelfe, we were

by

Him

cartght holdof,

andfo plucked out 'of it:

And, but for which

Seed,(afli ejfemutjicut Sodoma,We hadbemeevm

11<

Sodome,

andperifhed

in the

fire;

and the powder there laid had even blowen us up all.

Hcbr.s. 9 .

And

II_IlY

not I adde to this

[apprebendit, m_liberaret,]

the other (in the eighth Chap-

ter followmg)

4fpr<hendzt,ut mam• dr<ceret:

to thts [

oftakmg

us

by

the

hand,toddiver

us,]

that,

[oftakiPg

111

by

the hmd,

togsia'e

us:]and fo, out ofone word, prefemHim to you,

notondy, as our

Deliverer,

butasourguide,

too~

OurDeliver<r,

ro riddeus from him,

thathath

power ofdeath;

Our

Gr<ide,

to Him, that

hathpoweroflift.

To leade us, even

by

the

way

of

truth,

to the path of

life; by

the fiations of

well doing,

to the

man{ionf ofH;.

John•P

Fathers houfe.

Seeing; He hath fignilied, it isHispleafurenottoletgoeourhands., but:

Iohn '4·3

to hold us

frill,

till He have brought us, thar,

where He

is,

we may'alfobe.

This alfo is inci–

dcn: r?

apprehendit;

bur, bccaufe it is out ofthe compalfe ofthe Texr,

I

touch it onely,and

paile lt.

.

.

7he rea-

And, can we now palfe by this, but wemufi aske the quefiwn, that Saintiohn

Baptifts

Ions of

Motherfometime asked, on thelike occafion

~

*

Vnde mihi hoc.?

Cfait)l fhe:)

rndenobir hoc?

thisap·

(may we fay:) Not,

q11'odmater Domini

;but,

quodDominmipfevenit ad nos;

Whencecom•

P"hendit.

meth this unro us, that the

L

oR

D

Himfelfe, rhus came unto us,

andtooke

us, letting the

.'Luk.<·4!

-Angels

goe

~

Angel!

are better than the befiofus; and, reafon would• ever, the better lhould.

be

taken:

how then were wetaken,thatwere not the

better~

Sure, not without good ground, (fay rhe Fathers,) who have adventured to fearch out

~

the

Theologie

ofrhis poim: fuch reafons, as might ferve for inducements, toHim, that

is,prq–

nU<

4d

miferendt~m,

naturally enclined to pitty; why, upon us, Hewm1ld rarher havecom–

paflion. And, divers fuchl finde: I will touch onely one errwo ofthem.

1

Firfi,

Mans

cafe was more to be pitried, than theirs, becaufe man was

tempted,

by ano-

ther; had a

Tempter.

The

An~els

had none, None, tempted them; None, butthemfelves.

Et

levius

eft

alienJ.

mente

pecdffe,

qugm

propriJ

(faith S.

A11guf!im.)

The offence is the lelfe,

ifit grow from another, than ifit breed in our [elves: And, the lelfe the offence, the more

pardonable.

,.

Againe, ofthe

Angels,

when fome fell,otherfome fiood; and

lO,th~y

(all) did 11ot perilb;

Dur, in the fir!!

man,

all men fell; and fo, every motherschilde had died,and no fldhbeeoe

1

faved; For

,all

werein Adam;and

[o,

in,and with

ddam,a!l

h~d

come tp nought. Then c.om–

m~b