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Sermon

z.

Ofthe

NATIVITIE.

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in Him. And now, foisHis

Fathers

name coo,

Abba, Father:

To fhcwrhe benefit equally Muker

4.

intended by Him, rothem, that call

HimAbba,

that

is,rheleiVes;

to us, that call Him

Fa-

R.omi,

6 ;

ther

rhatis

rheGcnttles.

·

·

'But y.e;,it is

inclll{ive

ofnonc,but rhofe that includethemfdves;

that be!eeve,and

th~re-

;Rotn.J.>'

fore fay

'l{pbis, totts He uborne, to m He ugwcn.

Wluch excludes all rhofe, thanndude

not

thc~felves.

Saint

Ambrofe

f.1itb well:

Facit mu!tomm injidelitdf, ttt non omnib11s nafce-

retur

tpti

omnibrts nat11s eft :

Want of

fatth

makes, that He, that

IS

borne to

all,

IS

not borne

toall;hou<>b. TheT11rkes,

and

I

elVes

can fay,

Prter natru eft:

The

Devil/

can fay,

Filius n.<-

tll5tjl

to;: But neither fay,

~bis;

but,

f!!!jd nobis

&

tibi?

They have not to doe with

Hitn;and forlacke ofit, ofthis, neither

Childe

~or

Sonne, birth

nor

gift

do:h availethem:

we mull: make much of tlus word, and bold lt fat1; for, thereby, our

ten~re

and

rntereft

aroweth. Which interell: groweth by

a

doublenghr, (and rherefo;e

IS

Nobtstwtce

repea-

~ed:)

'Theone,ofHisbirth,

Natu;:

>the other, by

a

dad

of

gift, Datm.

Ofwhich, the

.

one (his

Birth)

referrerh to

Him(elfe:

the other(rhe

gift)ro

His

Father ..

To fhew rhejoynt

~J:~~f;~·

confent and concurrence, in both, For our good.

So chrift lovtd11s, that He

IV.~;

given: So

IohnJ·'"

Godlovedus,that Hegave His Sonne.

By His very

birth,

there groweth to

us

an

intereft

in Him,rhcrehy partaker ofour

nat11re,

ourflejb,

andourblor~d.

That which is

de nobis,

He

tookeofus,

is ours:

jlefo

and

blONd

is our

owne; and, to that is our owne, we have good right.

.

His

humanitie

iscleerelyours; good right to thar. But, no rig_ht to His

Deitie.

Therc-

forehis

Father,

(who hath bet1 right to difpofe of Him,) hnh pafledoverrhat by a

dted of

tloh.p6

gift•

So that, what by

participation of or,y Natrm,

what by

,good conveyance;

both are

GaLH.

ours. Whether a

childe,

He is ours : or whether a

Sonne,

He 1s ours.

We

gave Him the

one; His

Father

gaveustheother. So, both ours: and He ours, fo farre as both thefe can

make Him. Thus, Go

o,

willing

moreabormdantly

to

fl;lew

to the

heires ofpromife the

fla-

Hcb.G.

17 ;

blene!Je

ofHis Counfell, tooke both courfes; rh.1r, by two t1rong rides, which it is

impojfzble

jhould bee defeated,

wee

might have ffrong confolation,

and ride (as it were) at a double

~~

'

I

want time, to tell ofthe benefit which the Prophet

(Ver(e

III.) calleth the

h.:rveft,

or

bootieofHis Nativitie.

This it is in a word: Ifthe

tree

be ours, the fruit

is:

IfHe be ours,

Heb.u:

His

Birth

is ours; His

Life

is ours; His

Death

is ours; His

Satisfa8fion,

His

c.Merit,

all He

!oh"

J.l

~

Did,

all He

Srt(feredis

ours. Further, all that the

Father hath ts His, He is Heireofall;

then, Mc.>ul

all that is ours too.

SaintPartl

bath cat1 up our account:

Havinggiven Him·, there

u

nothing,

'

~:,~

1 •

but He1ViUgive llfiVith Him:

So that,byrhis

Deed,

we have title roall, that His

Father,

or

R.om.~.p

He

is worth.

·'

And now,fhall webring forth nothing for Him that was thus

borne?

No

.f(gid retri-

Om·'D11~

buam,

no giving backe, for Him that

gave

Him us

~

Yes, thankes to the

Father,

for

ti<.

. .

His

great bounty in giving.

Sure, fo

go•d a giving,

[o

per(e[} a gift

there

never came

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;:•

downe.from the Father of lights.

And ro the

Sonm,

for being willing fo to bee

bornt,

,

4

,tf.

and fq to bee

burthened

as Hee was.

For Him to condefcend robe

borne

as

Children

Col.•.u.

are borne, To become a

Chi/de;

great humility: Great,

ttt

verbum, in(a;;s;

m

tonans

1"''·'·'l·

vagtens; rtt

tmmenfr~s,

par-r:ul11s :

that the

Word,

not be able to

JPeake a IVord;

He; rhat

thundercthm

Heaven

cne

m a

Cradle;

Hee, that

[ogreat andfohigh,

fhouldbecomefo

ltttle

as a

Cbtlde,

and fo low as a

.Manger. Nottoabhorrt t!Je Virginswombe,

not

to

ab–

horrethe

Beaffs .Manger,

not rodifdainerobe

fedtvith butter andhoney;

All,grear

humi-

lrty.

All great, and very great: Bur, that is greater, is behinde.

Puer natus,

gJuch;

Prin–

«psoneratres,

much more: That, which He

bareforus,

more; than that He was

borne

for

~~:

For, greater 1s

Mors

crr~cis,

than

T{•tivitM pr.efepts:

Worfe to

drinke vineger andgall,

Phil.z!s•

. anto

eat b11tter.ndhoney;

worfe, to endure an

infamorudeAth,

tllln robe content, with an

mglortous bzrth.

h

b}~us

therefore fing to the Father.Cwirh

Zacharie) Benediflus:

and to the

Sonne

(with Luke •.as

t e

1

~ed

Vzrgm) .Magniji,·at:

and (withal! the

Angels) Gloria in Exceljis,

To the

Prince

4 6 •

Wltl

tsgovernmentonhisjh.ulders

'·'t·.

P

Nothing burthankcs

~Yes;

by ;,ayofd1"e too

1

to render, unto the

childe,

confidence;

tiereft, nerncttiM:

To the

Sonnerevmn~e;

FilirJS eft, neJPernlff

To the

Prince,

obedience;

C

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Princeps