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Sermon

1.

Of the

NATIV1TIE.

.

9 .

arc vouchfafed

[o

extraordinary a favour. Somewhat more, than common, would come

from us, ifit were bm forthJs

Dayes

fake.

.

.

.

.

.

' To conclude, not onely thus to fran;e medttatwns and rcfoluuons, but even fome pra-

'For

Pr~lllct.

Ctice too out of this

act

of

apprehenjion.

It is very agreeable

to

reafon, (faith the

Apojlte)

P:" 1

·l·"·

that we -gndevour and make a proffer, tf\Vee m:iy by any

m~·anes

to

apprehend Him, in

His,

b,y whom

we

are thus,_ iri our

'i'f..ature? apprehended,

or (as He termeth it

)~omprehended,

even

·chrift

Ie{tH;

and be umted

tO

Htm, th1s day, as Be was to us,

tl11S

day, by

a

mutual! and re-

ciprocall

apprehenfo;4.

Wee may fo,and

we

are bound fo:

vere dignum e!7 jrtjlrem

eft.

And

.

ve doe fo,fo oft, as we doe (wHh

Satnt l•mes)

by hold of,

apprehend,

orreceive

injitum ver-

Iamcu.u.

l,,,

rhe

IVOrd

whic~

;,

d,tily grafted into"'·

For, the

Word

He is, and, in the

Word,

Hee is

received by us. Bur, that is not the proper ofthis day, imlelfe there beanorher joyned umo

ir. This day,

verbttm caro faCium eft_;

and fo mull be

apprehended,

in both. But fpecially,

Iohn s.q.•

inHis.flefh,as this day gtveth 1t, as tl115 day would have us. No

w,the breadiVhich tve breake,

t1

it notthqartttktllg

of

the body, ofthejlejh,of IESVS CHRIST?

Itis_furcly; and by tr, (and

tCor.to.t5.

by nothing more,) are we made part3kersof th1s bleffed umon. A lmle before, He fa id;

Ee-

eattj;

the children were partakers ofjlej!J and blor.d, Hcalfo tvottldtake part with them;

May not

~"·'•··

we fay the [ame

~

Becaufe He hath fo done, taken ours of

us,

we al[o en[umg Hts fieps, will

panicipate with him, and with His

flefh

which He bath taken of us.

It

is mofikindely

zo

take part with Him, in that, which He took part in,with us; and thatto no other end, bu;

that He might make the receiving ofit by us a meanes, whereby He might

diVe!fin

m,

and

we

inllim.

He

taking our

Jl~fh,

and

we

meiving Hisj,birit;

by

Hisflejh,

which He tookeof

us,re-

cciving HisJPirit,

which

H~imparteth

to us; That, as He, by ours, betame

confors h11ma11.e

·

n•tttr«;

[o.we, by Hts, rrttght become

confortes di'Vm" natur£,

partakers of rhe Divine na-

Pct.x.f;

· turc.Verily, iris the moll fiwght and perfech•king

hold

that is. No union fo knittcrb

· as it. Not

confdnguinity

;

Brethrenfall out :

Nor

mariage;

M

an andwife

are

fevered,

'

· :Uur, that which is nourifhed, :md the nouri{hmenr, wherewith, rbey never are

· never c:in be

fevmd;

but remaiue one for ever. Wirh this

Ace

thenofmu-

~

~ualltaking,

raking

ofHisj!efh,

as Heharh taken ollrs, let us feale our

-

.

'

'

,,

·

dmietoHim,rhisday, for taking

not<-dngels,

butthefle4,

of

A

B R A H A M.

Almighty

'-G

o

».

·

grant, &c•

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