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12

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Of the

NATIVITIE.

Sermon2.

Againe, when we fay

borne

;of

whom~

ofthe

Virgin

His

Mother:

when we fay

Given.

by

whom~

by Go

v

his

Father.

'

'

l!fa.7 · ''·

Efay

l'romifed, the fiane, we fhould have, fhould be from the

dupe

here

beneath

and

fhould be lrom the

height above:

both, a

child,

from

beneath;

and a

Sonne

from

above:

To

conclude: 1t1S an expofit1on decreed by the

Fathersaffembled

in the

Counce/1of Sevi/1:

who

~"'·'·'l·

upon thefe grounds, expo:and this very place fo :

The child,

to import His

Humane.

Th~

Sonne,

His

Divine 'N._gtttre.

'

All along His life, you fhall fee thefe two. At His birth.: A

Cratch

for the

Childe;

a

Star~e

forthe

Sonne:

Awmpany of

Shepheardsviewing

the

Child;

A

f2!!jreofv1ngels

cele–

branngthc

Son.

In h1s hfe:

Hungry

H1mfelfe, to fhew the natureof the

child:

yet

feeding

jive thottfand,

to fl1ew the power ofthe

Sonnt.

At His

death:

dying on the

Crojfe,

as the

Son

ofv1dam;

at the fame time difpofing of

Paradife,asthe SonneofGod.

If you aske, why both thefu Forthat; in vaine had beene the one, without the other.

Somewhat there mufl: be

borne

(by this mention of

Shoulders:)

meet it is every onefl1ould

beare his owne burd:n. The

natrm,

that finned, beare his owne finne; not,

ziba

make the

fault,

and

lMephibojheth

beare the

prmijhment.

Our nature had finned, that therefore ought

to (utfer: The reafon, why

a

childe.

But,that which our nature fl10uld, our nature could not

beare; not the weightof

Gods wrath

due to our finne: But, the

Sonne

could: the reafon, why

a

Sonne.

The one ought, but could not: the other could, but ought not. Therefore, either

alone would not (erve; they mufibe joyned,

childe

and

Sonne.

Butthat He was

a

chi!de,

He

could not have

fr1fered.

But that He was a

Sonne,

He had (unkein Hisf0"ring,andnorgone

through with it.

God

had no

Shoulders; Man

had;

bllt,

too weake., to fufteine fuch a weight.

Therefor~,

that He might be

lyable,

He was a

Chi/de;

that He might be

able,

He was the

Son:

that He might be both, He was both.

·

::: His

This, why

God.

But, why this per(on,

theSonne?

Behold,

Adam wof!ldhavc!mome

on~

Perfon.

of

tu;

the fault: Behold, one of us will become

LA

dam,

is the

fatisf;~ction.

·which ofus;

Gen,p>.

would He have

become~

Sicut Dij,Scientef,

the

ptrfon

of

knowledg<.

Hee therefore !hall

Gcn.J.5·

become

v1dam

:A

Sonne

!hall be given.

D<jirt

of

knowltdgt,

our attainder; He,in

"'hom all

Col.q.

the treafures ofknowledge,

our refl:oring.

Flefh,would

have beene the

Word,

as wife as the

Word;

lohn '· 4·

the caufe ofour ruine: meet then, the

Word becomeftefh,

thatfo, our ruine repaired. There is

a

touch given, in the name C o u

N

s •

L L

o x, to note out unto us, which perfon; as well,

the

SONNE.

3

One more; ifthefe joyned, why is nor the

Sonne

lirft, and rhentheChi!de; but,the

thilde

is lirfl:, and then the

Sonne.

The

Sonne

is farre the worthier, and therefore to have

Cha.

7

.r4·

the place. And thus too it was, in His other name

lmmanutl,

(Chap.

VII.)

It is not

Eli–

Luk.;.J~·

mam

1 ;

notDetu

Nobi{cttm

;but,

Nobifct~wDuu.

We,inHisname,fiandbeforeGod.

It

is fo

3

·inthe

Go(pell:

the

Sonnto[David,

firfl:; theSonne of

God

after. It is but this fl:ill,

zel11s Do.

~~rfe

mini Exercitrmm fecit hoc:

bur to !hew Hts

zeale,

how deare He holderh us, that He prefer–

rech;and fetteth us before Himfelfe; and,in His very name,givesus the precedence.

The

Perfpn,

briefly. The

childe,and

the

Sonne:

rhefc two tnake but one Perfon,cleerely,'

for, both thefe have but onename,Hic

namejhallbe called:

and both thefe have but one payre

offhoulders,

vpon His jbordders.

Therefore, though two

nattms,

yet but one

J'erfon,in

both.

A meet perfon, to make a

Mediator

of

God

and

lMan,

as fymbolizing with either,

God

and

~h.

'·'•·

LMan.

A meet perfon, ifthere be

divifion

betwecne them, (as there was, and

great thoughts

ofheart

for it) tomakeanunion:

Ex 11troque um1m,

feeing He was

unum ex tltroque. Nor11Jan

onely · there lacked

thejhordder ofpoJVer :

Not

God

o11ely; there lacked

thejhoulder

of

lu:ftice:

1lut,

b~th

together. And fo have ye the two Supporters ofall, '

lr'.ftice,

and •

Power•

.

A

meet

_ .

perfon,toceafe Hoftilitie,ashavingtakenpledgcs ofborh

heaven

and

earth;

thech1efe

na–

(;cn:'l·''

t11re inheaven,and

the chiefe on

earth:

To (et forward commerce berweene heaven and earth,

by

lacobs Ladder, oneendtouchinge.rrth, the other reaching toht.wen:

To

incorporat~e!therto

other: Himfclfe,by His

birth,

being become the

Sorme ofman,

by our

Newbirth

gtvmg us

a

Iobn..

1 ,,

capac~tie,

to become the

fonnes ofGod.

.

.

3· His

H1s

office: TheKingdwe onHisjhotdders.

For,Hef:tw, whentheCht!dewasborne, tt

Ofh~·

fhould fo poorely be borne, as (left weefhould conceive of Him too meanely)

H~e

tells

us,

Hce commeth

mm Principatu,

with

a

Principality

;is borne

a

Prin•e:

and

beauttlieth Hun

With