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A

SERM .ON

PREACH .ED

before the K

r

N G

s

M

A I

EsT

I

E,

at

White~HaU,

on

Thurfday,

rheXXV.

of'December,

A. D.

MD

cv

11.

being

CHRISTMAS

day.

------------------------~

I TIM. Chap.

Ili.

Ver.XVI.

And Tvithout "contrdwrjie, great

u

the Myfterie ofGodlineffi,

which is, Go o

u

maniferteiin the flefh, justified in the Spirit, fe.eneof.Angels, preached unto the

Gentiles, beleewd on

i11

t/Je Tvorld, and recerved tlp mglone.

HE

Myjlerie

(here mentioned) is the

"'yJferie

ofthisFeajJ; Aad

this

Feajl,

the

Feajl ofthjsMyjlerie:

for, as at this

Feaft,

Godw.u

11JttnifeJted in the jlej!J.

In that it is a

great Myjlerie,it

maketh the

Feajlgreat.

In that it is

aMyjlerieofGodtinejfe,

it

fhouldmakei~

likewifea

Feajl ofGodtinejfe. Great,

we grant, and

godly

roo, we

trufr: Would Go o, as

godly,

as great; .and no

11JOre controver(le

ofone, than ofthe other.

The manifejlation ofGodin thejlrj!J,

the

EvangeliJfs

let downe

by way of an

Hiftorie :

the

Apoftle

goeth further, and findeth a

deepe

Myjlerie

in it; and for

aMyJferie,

commends it unto us. Now there is difference be–

tweene thc[e two; Many: This, for one; that a man may hearea

Story,

and never

w~Jhhii

hands;

but a

Myfterie

requircth both the hands and heart to be cleane,that !hall dealc with

it.

S

Peakingofitthen,as a

0Ylyjlerie,

the

r...Apojlle

cloth here propound two things:

1

Firll:,

The Di•

thatitisone:Withot~tcontroverfie,&c.

'Then, what it is:

Godmanifejled,&c.

3

And,

vifion.

out ofthefe, a third will grow necelfarily ;(Becaufe Myfreries will admit a frllowfhip,)how

I.

to ordcrthe matter, that we

m~y

haveour/e!towjbip

in this

Myjlerie.

Eph+9·

In the firfrpm, fourcthingsheaffirmeth:

1

That it is a

MJfterie:

i

A Myjicric ofGod-

linejfe:

l

That it is

agrea:

one:

4

A

great

one,

1vithout controverfie.

Thendoth Hc(as ic were) rend

theveiteinfrender,

andlhew us,what it is:

I

Go o,

mtt-

II.

nifejled:

Manifefred,

in the

jlejh.

Which

Myjlerie,

how it may conccrne us,will be our third,and lal!conlideration. And

Ill.

thlt two wayes:. 'by the

operation

ofir, in us: • by the

Initiation

ofus, into ir.

. A

Myfterte

lt!S:

prcfe~ted

to us il1 thattcrme, by the

r...Apoffle,

to frirre up our attcrt.

r.

!Ion.

Omnes homtnes nat11raJctredefiderant,

All men even by nature love to be knowmg:

A

MJ–

The

Phito[opher

hath made it his grmmd, and [et it in

~hefront

ofhis

M

etaphyfickes.

So faith

ft§rk

it

is

Philo(ophie.

·

And, even:to this day (faith

Divinitie,)

doth the

Tree ofkn

01

vledge

ihll workein the

fonnes of

Eve;

we fr1ll reckon the attatmng

ofkno

1

vledge,

4

thing to bee dejired,

and, bee1t

Gcn.;.6,

~ood,orevt!l,

we love to be

knowmg,all

rhe fort ofus.

.Knewing:

but,

what~

Not, fuch

nmgs

as every 0r1e knoweth, thatgoeth by the w;.y- vulaar and trivia!l. Tufh, thole

arc nothing. But,

Metaphyfickes,

that arethe

v1rcana

~f

Phitoloohie

·

Myjleries,

that arethe

Secretsofn····

r

1

r

blid

~·r{i'b

1

h'

d"

k

.

rvznrttepucJ,

as rew e

1

es are admi•:tedto: Tho e ctlet mgswc eure

.

!F

now. Wcfec it, in the

Bethjhemites;

they lonar:d to be

prying

into the

Arkeof

Go o :

1

Slm.~.

hey were

Heathen,

We fee it in the

People of

Go

':'

0

roo: they prdfed too nearc

the

.Mount:

Exo.•

,~~

C

3

.R.!Iiles