Background Image
Table of Contents Table of Contents
Previous Page  338 / 1254 Next Page
Information
Show Menu
Previous Page 338 / 1254 Next Page
Page Background

4

I

3

IohnJ,f6.

{

The fifth

S

E

R M

o

N

}

'

-

are in this

verfe.:

So

hiscxpenw,

in the XIX. So much in

purple,

and

linnen;

So

much,

In

feaffmg.

·

Neither was it, becaufe receiving plenty,

~e

tooke his portion ofthat, he recei.

ved, in

apparell

or

diet.

For,

Numfotu.ftult/6 apes mellijicant

(fatth the

Philofopher)

doe

Be~s.make

honry, or

Worme~

fpmne filke for the wtcked or reprobate

ondy~

(Howbett, lt cannot be excufed, that bemg but

Homoq~~tdam,

he went bke a Prince:

for,purplewas Princes

weare.) Or,thathe feaflcd,an:J that not mcanely, but

'"~'P•r,

in all

furr~ptuous

manner; and that, not at fome fet nmes, but

,s·;,l'.:l'fl.'•

day-by

day:

(for, this portion was beyond all proportion.)

None of thefeit was. Yet we hold full; fomedangerrhere is; there is fome:

and this

Recordare

is notidle or needleffe.

What \Yas it then, that brought him thither,or (as Saint

Bernard

calleth it)what

was his

Scala inferni,

the ladder by which bee went downe to hdl

~

that wee

may

know,what is the difference betweene

Abra/Jam's reuipt

and his: and when

Recepiffi

fhall conclude with

Crt~ciAru.

,

Saint

chryfoftome

doth lay the weight on the word

RecepiHi,

in his natural!

or

proper fenfe. For, it is one thing (faith he)'"-''" (that is,

accipere)

to

rtceive

or

take;

another

,.,,.:c~v(that

is,

recipere}

to

rece1ve

zt,as

1t

were

m

fu!ldifc!Jarge

and

finall

fa.

tisfactidn. (And, the fame diflinchon dorh

CH

1t

1

s

T

Himfelfe obfervein<:«>•anc/

«~v,in

the V

I.

chapterofSaint·Matthew.)

Both

have,

and both

receive:

But,rhey

that doe,.:,,.,, receive them, as a

pledge

ofGo o's further f.wour: Butthey that doe

"'"""''"• receive them, as a full and cornpleat

reward,

and have no more to receive

but mull thereupon releafe, and quite claime all demands, in whatfoever elfe.

Tan:

quam arrham,

and

tanquam merudem,

is the diflinction in

Schooles.

·

With GoD verily it is a righteous thing, to let every manreceive,foranykinde

of good, he bath done here. Yea, even the Heathen, fortheirmorall verrues(as

Saint

Azegzeffine

holdeth ofthe

Romans,

and the victories they received.)

But, righteous it is alfo,that the

Reubenites,

which ,choofe their lot iH

Gifead

on

this fide of

Jordan,

and there feat themfelves, fhould not after claime their parttoo,

in the

Land

of

Promife.

Even fo, that they that will

have,

and have their

receiving

time, here, lhould not have it here, and elfe-where alfo.

,

Then, all is in the

choice,

where we will lay our

Recepini:

whether here or there,

in this or that life: In

purple,

and

Ji!ke,

and the delights of the world: or, in rhe

reil

and

,·omfort

of

Abraham's bofome.

Whether we will fay:

L

o

R

o, if I may fo

recezve,

that I may be

received:

If

l

may receive fo.the good ofthis life,that

I

be noc barred

the other to come;

tanquam arrham,

as the earnefi ot a betterinheritance,

Ecce me.

,

But ifmy receiving here, !hall he my lafi receipt : If I !hall receive them

tanq11am

mercedem,

as my portion for ever; I renounce them, Put me out ofthisrrceipt, and

referve my part in flore

for the Landofthe living.

And, ofevill: If it mull come

here, or there (with Saint

Auguffine) Domine, Me 11re, htcfeea; Ibiparce:

Let

my

· Jeering andfmart

be here; there let me be fpared: And, from

Cmciaru,

the

torment

to come,

Liberame Domine.

To very good purpofe f.1id the Ancient Father:

f!0if#t

dives,quifftpat~per,Neml

dives,nemo pauper : ,;!nimsu omniafacit.

It

is fornewhat,to be rich,or poore; it is

no–

thing, to be rich,or poore;

It

is, as theminde is: The minde maketh

all.

Now(faidt

Saint

ChryfoJlome)

what mindehecarried, is gathered out of

Abraham's

doubling,

and trebling,

T11,

tua,

and

tu

a:

Recepiffi tu, bona t11a,

in

vita tua :

which words arc

working wordf

(as lfetaketh them) and comaine in them great

Emphajis.

Vnderllan·

ding (by

t11a)

not fo much that,he had in poffellion ;as that, he made (peciall recko–

ning of: For, that,ismofi properly termed ours:

Animru omniafacit.

. .

This life is called

!JiJ life;

not,becaufe he lived in it,but becaufe hefolived intt,

as ifthere had beene no other li_fe but it. .And in his accompt, there was no other;

Ale~~~

r3

'"I'"E>'• ,,;.,,

olt-rlivetov.

Gtve htm thts

lif~;let

this day be his day;taketo

morrow

who will.

This did not

Almham:

Fo~,

l:e

[4w

a

day,

and that

afterthtslife,

that

reJoycedhim

more than

all

the dayes of Ius hfe.

,

Tlus