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t8

Of the

NATIV

r

Tu.

SermDn3.

R~iles

wercfaineto be fer, to

~eepethem

backe. It is,

~ecaufe

it is helda point of adeepe

Gen.4'.

wa, to fearch

outfecrcts:

as; m

lofeph.

At leaft offpenal! favour, to be received fofarre

as

45·

robis dat11m

eft,

no!Te Myfleritt.

All defire to be in credit. The mention of

LMyfteries

w'i!t

~'t~r

8

;';,

make us !land attentive: why then, ifour nature like fo well of

Myjleries, Ecce ojlmdo vobi&

51

Myflerir1m,

Behold I

fhewyouaUJtyfterie

(faiththeApeftle.)

z

A Myfierie of

G~dlinejfe

•.

The world harh

!~er

011y.fteries

in all Arts;

arid

Trades, (yea;

~~y~e: ~echamca/t,

pmammg to this ltfe;) whKh are Imparted to none, bur fuch as are

jilij fcien–

l,'!J.

d

n..

,apprcnnces to

~hem.

Thefe have their

Myftems :

have them, nay, are nothing but

My.

jlerm.

Sothey delight to firle themfelves by the name of fuch and fuch a

011yflerie.

Now

VcrfeB.

Pieta. ejlqtt.tjfru, (Chap.Y_I. Ver[e

6.)

and (in the next

Cha!'.) ad

omniat~tili<,

a

Trade

of

good

retttrne;

to be

m

requefi With us; whether welooke

to thu lifeprefent

(faith

he)or to tiMt to

come.

Therefore to be allowed her

My(feries:

at leafi, as all other Trades are. The rather

• The!!'.>.

for that there is

011yfterit~m

iniqttitati&:

And, it were fomewhat hard, that there lhould no;

7

"

be

011yfterium pietati5,to

encounter and to march it: That

Baby/on

fhould bee allowed rhe

llpo.t

7

.

5

·

name ofa

MJflerie,

and

Sion,

nor.

Ir

were an evident

N

M

fequitltr,

thatthere lhould

bepro·

>->i·

f!md" Satan&, deepe things ofSatans;

and thereihould nor be

deep~

and

proformd things ofGod

and Godlinejfe,

for the

Spirit

to fearch out.

Bur,

fuch there be;

Myfteries

of

godli,;eJJe.

And

we will

(I

trufr) fiand affected, as in all other Trades,fo in this, to be acquainted with thefe;

'Cor.•.

and (as the

Apoftll

fpeaketh) to pierce

adinteriora Velaminis

,to that which is

w#hinthe veile·

Heb.6.~;:

to the very

Myjlerie

of

Godlinefle.

3

... ·

Iris nor oncly

a

.011yf!erie

of

Godlinejfe;

bur a

Grwone. The

Apeft!e,

(where he f.1irh;

·A~reat

*If

I

/mew all

Myftmes~ giv~th

usro underfia_nd, there be more than one; there 1s

a

plurality

c...M:Jff.rJ

ofrhem. And, (here,

m

th1s place) rellerh

us~

they be not all of one fcanrling

l

there is

1

Cor·

magi; andminru

in them:

fomelittle, fomegreat.

'Some

great

;(if you will)accordino to

Eph.;,

3

J

ail

~he di~enfio'n?,length

and

breadth, &c.

:Or,

Great, Virtute,. npn mole,

.ofgreater value,

~P<'·'+·m.oreprecwusrhanorher:

l

Or,

Great,

athird way, that

ls~gravtdaMyJierzi5;

one

Myflerie,

t

bm hath many

Myjleries

with it. That fuchrhere are,andthatrhishereisoneofthem:

-Great.

Now, that which leadeth us to make

accotmt

of

Myfteries,

willlikewifdead us ro

.make

Great account,

of

Great 011J.fleries;

fuch, as this is.

z

Yet have we not all,onepoinr further.

It is

agreat one;

a great one, Without

contro-·

A

great

'tlerjie.

For, evenofthofe

~fteries,

that are

great,

all are

notg:reat

alike. Many

great

th~re

one,

are

5

yet is not the

greatnejje

ofall generally acknowledged,

tn confejfo.

Doubts are made,

11>itbout

qudlions arife about rhem: all are QOt

manifeJfe magna.

We fee, in our dayes, how meA

co•tro-

languilh about fome points, which they would have rhoughrro be

great; andgre4t

comro~

ver.fie.

verfles

there bee,'and great

bookes ofcontroverjies

abourthe11!1. Well, howfoever it is with

other it is not fo with this. This is;,'"""-'"'"''"''

takenproconftjfo, Great;

Great

without con–

troveif,e: the manifeftinguf.

Go

o

ill

thejlejb,

is

a

Myfterie manifeftlygreat.

Bein~

then one

of-the

011yfteries

of

Religion;

a

great

one among them ; fo

great,

as though quelbons grow

aboutthegreatneffe

ofothers, none may about this: I hope there

;~ill

be no more <jUeilion,

or

controverfie

ofour

ucotmt,

and our

great acco11nt

of1r, than there

IS

ofrhe

Myjlem

It felfe,

and rhe

Greatne!Te

ofit.

.

Bur, before wee goe any"further, to remove the

veile,

and ihewwhar it is, !et us paufe

here a while till we haverendred thankes

to

God, and fa1d With

'10lzranzen,

x•

1 ,

rrJ

f'"".!JP;9'

eEn, &c.N

~w

yer, blclfcd be G o o, that

am~ng

diverfe other

Myfteries.,about

which rhere .

are fo many

mifls

and clouds of

controverjies

ra1fed

mall

Ages, and even m this of.ours,harh

yet left us fome cleare, and

witho11t controverjie; manifeft,

an~.

yet

great;

andagame,great,

and yet

manifejl.

So

Great,

as

noexcepttonto

be taken: fo mamfefi,as no

q11efizon

to

be made

about them.

Wirhall,roreformeourjudgementsinthis point. For, a fJlfe conceit is crept into

themindes ofmen, To thinke, the points of Religion, that be

manifeft,

to

becerrame per–

tie points, fcarceworth the hearing: Thofe,yea, thofebe

great,

and none but thofe, that

ha~egreat Di{putes

about them.

Iris notf?:

Td.p.•'vdv.-y,fi<,&c.

Thofe that are

nccef–

{a~te

He hath

madeplaitte:

thofe, that

notplame,

not

.n~cejfam.

What better proofe, rban

, tlus

here~

This here, a

Myfterie,

a

Great

one, (ReiiPion hath no

greater~)yet

011anifeJf,

;tlld

m

conf~,

with

all

Chriftians.Zacharies

PropheCIC,and prom1fe,touchmg

C

u a r s

T,

-

where.