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Sermon

1.

Of the

N

AT 1

v

1

T

1

E.

~

;meth the

r(almijis

queftion;

Nrmquidin vanum;&crW/Jat hailthou made

.tl

mmfor n0t1ght!

p(,_a

7•41

.Thlt cannot be: Sogre;zt

wi{-dome

cannot doe fdgreat a worke,

mvAme.

But

tn

vame

lt

had

beene,if

God

had nor/hewed mercy; And, therefore was mans cafe rather; ofthe twame,

atterof commiferanon. (This 1s

Leo.)

,m And rhus havnhey travelled, and thefe have

th~y

found, why He did

a_pprihend

us,

ra~

3

h

than them.

It may be, nor amilfc. Bur, we will conrenrour felves, for

ourundenobu

ho~r?

when.:c commet:h this to us, with the anfwer ofthe Scriptures

:\V

hence, _but from

L"<.qt.

h

t

ndfY

mercies ofour God, whereby_thtS day /;ath vijitedm? zelus Domtm

(fa1th

Ef•y,) The

EL•y

9 . 1 •

t

~e

of

the LerdofHojls )hallbring

it

topa(Je: propter nimiam charitatem

(faith the Apofile)

Eph.q ;

;:,

~cu;

dtlexit

(faith He, He Himfdfe;) And we (taught by Him)fay,Evcn

fo Lord;fJr, [o

~:

•.

!~~~;

it was thy good pleafure thus to doe.

·

. All thiswhilearcwc abouttakingthe

Sud:

theSwlingencrall.

But

now, why

Abra-

Ill;

h411's Seed?

Since it is

<Angels,

[n thdir(l: parr,why nor

Men

m

the fecond, but

Seed?

Or;1f

The

S(ed,

to

exprelfe

ournatrm;

why notthe

Seed of the woman,

but

thd~ed

of .Abraham_?

It Choice.

mzy

be thought, becaufe he wrote to the

Hcbrerves,

he rather ufed this terme of

AbrahamJ ;;;;;.:,–

feea,becaufe,[othey

were, and fo loved ro bdhlcd, and he would pleafe them.

Bur,

I find,

s"d.

the ancient

F

•thm

goe further; and, out of1t, ra1fe matter, both ot

comfort,and

of

dtrec1son:

and that, for us too.

r.

Of

COttifort,

firf't; with reference to our

S4viour,who

taking on Him

<.Abrahamsfad,

!

muf'twithall take on Him

thejignattm of Abrahams Sctd,

and

be,

as He was,

circrw;ci(ed.

F'"{."'

1hereis agreat matterdependeth evrn on that. For,

beirlgcircumcifed,

He

became a debtor,

o7t.~'.'i.

to keepe the whole law

of

God:

which bond

we

had broken, and forfeited, andincurred rh.e

eurfe

annexed,and were ready to be

apprehended,

and

comm~tted

for it. That fo,

H~,keeping

the Law, might recoverbackc the

chzrographtem

c~ntra

nos,

the

hand.wntmgthatrv.u a:

Cota.t 4 ,

gllinftm

;and fo,fet us free ofthe debt. TillS Bondd1dnot relate,

to

the

Seedofthe Woman;

it pertained (properly) to

thefeed ofAbraham

:therefore, that terme fir1_eth us better.W1th·

out faile, two difiinct benefits they are:

'Fa[/us homo,

and

>

Faelus freb lege

;and, fo doth

Saint

P-<~,ul

recount them.

<.Made man;

that is, the

S~ed

ofthe Woman:

and,

made underthe

G•l.ti· ,

Law;

rhatJs the

SeedofAbraham.

To lmle purpote, He fi1ould have taken the one, 1f He

.had not alfo undertaken the other, and, as the

Seed ofAbraham,

emred bond for us, and t:!-

our

debt

upon Him. This firfr.

2.

And, belides this, there is yet another; referring it to the Nation, or Peopl<.>, whom

He

tookeupon

Him.

It is fure, thev were, ofall other people, the

mo(bmtorvard;

both, of

the

hardeft hearts,

and of the

f!iffofl

neckes; and(asthcHeathen

mannoteththem)ofthc

worfrmmres. Go

n

Himfelfetdleththemfo; it was, fornovertueoftheirs, or for any

pure naturals in them, that He rooke them to Him, forthey were,that way, the worfr ofrhc

Deur. 9.f.

wholeearth. And fo then, the taking

of...Abrahams feed

amounreth roas much, as that of

Saint

Pare!,

(nolelfetme, than

worthy ofall men tu be received;)

tlilar He

came into the world, to,

Tim.•.•S

fave

jilmers;

and that,

chiefeJinners,

as (itis cerraine) they were; even the

Seed ofAbrdham,

ofallthe

Seedofv1dam.

'

But, not for comfort ondy, but for

dire[/i6n

too, doth He ufe

v1brahams

name here.

2

Even, to cntailc the benefit comming by it,

to

hisS

eed;

that is, to fuch as he

was.

For, for

For ?ur

Ji–

hi<fake,were all 'l{•tions blejfed.

And Chrijl,though He

rook

the

feed ofthe WOman,

yet doth

Z~~~:~

..

~

notb~nefit

any,bm

thefeedofv1braham;

even thofethatfollow the fieps of-His

faith.

For,

by

bth,Abraham

tooke

~o)d

ofH1m,by whom,He was in mercy taken holq of:

Et

ttt

mitte

G:n.'"''

fritm

&

tent~ijlz_(fatth

Samt

Augreftme..)

That faith ofhis, to Him, was

acco4ntedfor righte-

Rom. 4 . 3

.

..f,e(!e.

To him was, and to us fi1all be (fmh the

Apojlle,)

ifwe be inlike{orr

appY'hen(ive

hfH,m.

Either, as

A~raham;

or, as the true

SeedofAbraham (Iacob)

was, that

took~fuch

holdonHtm, as he fatd plamdy,

Non dcmittam te, niji bcmdixeris mihi.

wirhour a blefling

G•·n.p.•~

llwouldnotlet Him goe. Surely,nottheHebrewes alone. nay

north~

Hebtenies

at all fo;

Rom.~.t.

a

their carnal! propagation: they ondy are

Abrahams

fe~d,

that lay hold ofthe wo;d of

f::~~e.

And,

theGalatians [o

do[ng, though they were meere

heathen men,

(as

we

be;) yet

G>!. 3

.d.

Be eththem, they are

Abrahamsfeed,

and fhall be blelfcd togctherw[th him.

:

ur,thatls not all; there goeth more to

the

making us

Abrahamsfeed;(

as

ChrijlHim[elfe;

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