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8

Of

the ,NATI

v

1TIE.

Sermon

1.

lorui s.,9

the true

feed,

reacherh both thou and us.) Saith He;

if

ye be Abrahamsfonnes, then mrefly<t

Rom.4."

doe the.vorkes ofAbraham.

Which,the

Ap#le

wdl callerh,the

ft•ps,or

imprefiions of

Abra.

hams fatth ;

Or,

we may call.them;

the.fru#s ofthufeed,

here. So reafoneth our Saviour.

I>m

,,,.,Hoc nonfectt Abraham; Thu didnot he_;

if

ye

doe it, ·ye are nor

hisfeed: This did he;

doe

y~

GJI.5.6.

thehke,and

hufeed

ye are. So, here 1s a double

apprehenflon:

'oneofS,

Pattl;

,

the orher

of

S.I•mes;

Worke, for

bo~h

hands ro apprehend. Both, .'

Charitas,

1""

exjde;

and

:• Tim,

6.

,jdes

if""

percharttatemoperatttr.

By

which we ihall be able (f.1irh Saint

Pa1el) tolay holdof

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eternal/life;

and fo, be

Abrahamsfeed

here at the firfi · and come to

lAbrahams bofome

there

atthcl~ft.

So have we abriefe of

Semen l/lbrah£.'

'

·!P,t~e

Now, what is robe commcnded rous our ofthis Text, fo: us to

lay holdof?

Verily,'

Text.

firfi,

tO

tak~us

to our

medttatton;

the meditation, wluch the

*

Pjaltnift

bath, and which rhe

1

For-'~<-

v1p#le,

(m thiS

Chapter,)

voucherh our ofh1m (at thefixt/,

Verfe ;) When

I

confider

(faith

:itaeion.

hee)

the Heavens,

(fay we, the

<..Angels

of

Heavm,)

and fee thofe

Glorior;s Spirits

palfed by

~!'UI·

8

·4·

and

man taken,

even to ftgh with him, and fay,

Lord, what

ir

man,

(either

Adam,

or

A

bra~

ham,) that tho:tf/,ouldeft bethttsmindefrtllofhim, orrhefeed,orjonnes

ofeither,

that thonJbord–

deft mJtkethis doe

about him

1

The cafe is het:e farre orhcrwife, farre more worth our conft–

deration. There,

Thou haft made him alittle lower:

Here, thou halt made him

agreat deale

higher,than the Angels,

For they, this day firfi,and ever ftnce,dayly have, and doe adore

'

,our

Natttre,in

the perfonall Vnion with the D •

I T I

• ·

Looke you(faith

rhev1poft!e;)

Htbr.l.

6,

when Hee brought Hu onely bego;tm Sonne mto the World, thu Hee proclazmedbefore Him, Let

all the Angels worjbip Him :

and fo they did. And upon this very daycs

taking the feet!,

~· ~~,~~·

hath enfued (as the Fathers note) agreat

alrerario~'·

Be[ore, in the

old Teftament,

rhcy fuf–

Apo.;t

9 :

fered

Davtdto

fit upon h1s knees before them: Smce, (m the

.'1\.trv)

they endure nor, Saint

·

John

fl10uld

fall do.vne

ro them, but

ac~nowledge,

the cafe IS altered, now; and no more

fuperioriry, but all

fellow {ervant!.

And, even in this one part, two things prefem rhem–

felvcs unto us:

1

His

humility,

!f!.!!i

non

eff

confr•f

~«(as,

in the

eleventh Verfe,

the

v1p#!~

fpeakerh)

who wa< not confounded,thns

to

take

our

Nature.

And withall,rhe

Honour

and hap-

Luk. "·lf

pindfe of

v1brahams feed, ut dtgm haberentur,

that were counted worthy to bee taken,

[(J

neere unto him.

·

";,:'?'Re-

The next point: That, afterwe have well confidered it,we be affeCted with it; and that,'

fo~'ts6

no orherwife, than

Abraham

was.

Abraham

faw ir, even

this day,

and bur afarre off, and He

· -

rejoyctd At it:

And fo lhall we, on it, ifwe be His true

feed.

It broughtfonh a

BenediCJ'M,

and a

M

4gnijcat,from

the true

feedofAbraham;Ifir

doe not thelike,from us,cerrainly it but

fl.ores in our braines; we but warble about it : Bur, we beleeve it not, and therefore, neither

doe we rightly underfiand it. Sure I am, ifthe

Angels

had fuch a feafi to keepe, ifHe had

done thelike forrhem, they would hold .it with all joy and jubilee. They rejoyce ofour

good; bur, ifthey had one oftheir owne, they muCt needs doe it afrer another manner; farre

more effcCl:ually. Ifwe doe nor, as they would doe, (were thecafe theirs,) ir is,becaufe we

arelho1t, in conceiving the excellencie ofrhe benefit. It would have (furely) due

obferva.~

tion, if it had his due and lerious meditation.

Luk,,.;4e.

Further, we are to underfiand this: That

to whom much

ir

given, ofthem willmr;ch Gere;

quired;

and (as

Gregorie

well faith)

C11m crefcunt dona; crefcrmt

&

ratione; donomm,

As

the,

gifts

grow, fo grow.rhe

accompts

t?O:

~herefore,

that by

th1~

new

d1g~1ry

befallen

~s,

Ne<efita< tf""'dam nobts impoflta eft

(fa1rh Samt

v1uguffme,)

there IS a cerratne necefiiry la1d

upon us, ro become,infome mea[ure,

fut~ble

unto it; in that we are

one; oneftefb;

and one

bloud,

with the

Sonne ofGod.

Bemgrhusm

honor,

we ought to underCtand our efiate,and not

l'f

3 ·49· 1 l

fall intothe

Pfalmifts

reproofe,that we

become like the beafts thatperifb.

For,ifwe do (indeed)

thinkc our Nature is ennobled by this fo high a conjunCtion, we fl1all henceforth hold our

felves ;more deare, and at a higher rate,rhan to proititute our [elves

t~flnne,

for every bafe,'

trifling, and rranftrory pleafure. For tell me, men that are taken

r~

this degree, fl1all any of

them provea

Devill(as chrift

faid

ofluda<:)

or ever (as thele With us, oflate) have to doe

lohn

6. 7

o

with any

devilifb

or

Irtdafly

faCl:

'!

Shall any man,afrer

thi~ ajfitmpti~n,

be as

Horfe

or

Mt~!e."

l'bl.J• 9·

that have no underftanding;

and, ma

chriftun

profefiion, hve a

brt~tijb

hfe

{

Nay then, Samt

•1

Cor.J.J

Paulrels

us further that if we henceforrli

walke ltke men,

(ltke but even

carnalt

or

naturaU

~

---

men,) it is a fault

i~

us.

Somewha~

mull: appeare, in us, more than in

o~di!lary

men, who

·

ar~