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Sermon

Ofthe

NATI.VJTIE.

1_9..

wherewith he concludeth his

Bencdic1~~<, (~ve

hearc it every day,) !hall nbr deceive.tis, for

this

Myfterie: Hecilmc,togt<tde ottrfeetmto the way ofpeace.

A

way

ofpeacnhen,

there

!hall

Luk.~.

79

,.

be,'

whereofall parts 01;tll agree,· even

m

the mtdil: ofa world of

contriJ'IJerfies

~

That, there

need not fuch

a

doe incomplatmng, tfmendtd not de!tght, ratherco b7 rre<!dmg

ma<-es,

than

to walke in

chewayes ofpeace.

For, even il:tll,Cuch

a

way there

1S;

wlitcliliech fatre enough,

and would leade us fure enough to

[alvat10n;

1fi leavmg thofe other tough

labyrrnths,

wee

would but be

jhod with thepreparation ofthe Gofpellofpeacc.

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.

.

.

..

:

Ep!J.~-:,

5

.:

Yea

further, the

.Apojlle

doth affure us,

th~t

1f, ·whereunto we dre come, and wbemn

weal! acrrce, we would conil:antly proceed,

by the Rttle,

thofe things; wherein we are

other-

.

.

wi[emi::ded,even

them would. Go

o

.re·vealetmto

tu,

That is, Ht; makech nci

contro1nrjie,

Pha.;.x(,

but

controverfies

WSJuld teafe; tfconfc1mce were made ofthe prachce, ofthat w

h~eh

JS out of

co»lroverfie.

And I would

eo

God it were fo; and that' rlus here, and fuch other

manifeJie

• .

magna

were in account. With the

<...Apojlle

himfelfe itwasCo. He 01ewcrhplaindy, what

·"· •

reckonincr he made of this plame

Myjlme;

trt that, havmg beene

ravij!Jtm

fptttt~tp

totbe

third

hea~ws,and

there heard wonderful! highMyjleries,parimans utterance;

yec reckoned he .

...

all thole nothing, in comparifon ofchis plaine

<..Myflerie

here, nay,

efleemed himfelfe not ta

~Cor.u.>

kno1v

any thing at all,

bucrhis.

·

. .

:

.

And as he eO:eemed 1t hmtfelfe,[o would he have us. le

IS

h1s exprdfe charge;we fee,(tn

1 Cor.u

the

Verfe

next before) where he

eels his

Bi{hup Timothie,

how he would have him, his

Priefls

and

Deacons

occupie chemfelves, in his abfence: This he commends to them; wils.t{lem,

ro

be doin<> with this

Myflerie.

That you may know what to doe (faith he,)

What~

doe but

deale wit!{this point; rhroughly; deale with ic. Howfoever

it

is

manifeJJ,

it is

great:

Great

regard

to

be had to it, great painesto be beil:owed abom it. And;

cv:~n

fo then let us doc,and

fee

now another while,thisMyffcrie, what it is.

.

II.

What

Go

o

umanifeJiedin the flefh.

Being one of the

MyHeries ofgodlinejfe,

it

cannor~e,

this

My·

but

God

mull: be a part, and a chiefe part ofit. And,

Gods

being a part maketh.itgrw. For,

fhrkis,

greatmuO:that needs be, whereof

He is

a patt, of

whofe grwnejfe there is.noend.

-And marke

Godrs

firil:, that it is not

aliq11idDei,

but

Dem

;riot any thing divine, or of

God,

but Godhimfelfe:

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6

:

Dtverle .clungs, d1verfe

mvijible thmgs of God

had beene form>rly inade man,fcil::

"H

M

fl

fo

~

etemallPower, Wifdome, Provide»ce,

in, and fince the

Creatt'M.

T:;hey be no

t.Myfleries :

Bur,

'

'

c,

this is; thac, not the

things

of

God,

buc

Gods

01vne felf<l': 'not the

dmw:>-,:,•7•,

the

btames

of

G

0

1

0 ·;

Hu brzghtnej{e;

buc,

thev~ry

charac1er ofHis fubjlmce,

tlie very

1(gture

and

Perfon

of

God,

Roai.

r:

This, is a

great Myflerie.

.

.

,o.

Of

God,

the Prophet

E{ay

faith

(Chap.

XLV.

Ver.XV.) Vere Deru ab/conditm es tte:

Heb. '·l· ·

God

is, ofhimfelfe,

a

Myflerie,

and

bidden;

and

(due

which is il:range)

hidden with light

1

GoJ

,;

4

~

which

wtfl

make

any eyes paJf /Qokmg on Hzm.

Bur,

a

t11dden

God our nnure dtd noc endure.

nifrfted,

·

Wtll you heare rhemfpeake 1t plamely

~

Fac nobts Deos, Make rts Vt(ible gods, who maygoe,

Tim.6.

before res,

and we fee

eh

em.

Myjlicall,invijible Gods

we cannot skill of. This we would have;

E

Lo.

God

eo

bemanifej!ed.

Why then,

God

is

mdnifefled.

.

""t'·

ManifeJied;

.Where!(!~

Sure, if Go o will condefcendto

beinanifcjled,

there is

non~

Manif<:

butwtlltlunke,rttsmeettobe, andttwouldbe, in the moll: glorious

Creature;

chat is un-lled

in ·

der or above the Sunne: None; good enough.

Yea,

in whatthing foever, be ic never (o

ex- thefofo..

~ellenr,

for

God

to

manifej!

himfelfe in, is a difparagement too; What fay you to

Jlejh?

ts tt meet Go

D

be

manifefledcherein

~

Withollt controver(te

ic is nor. Why, ,vhat is

{lejl>

?

le

~s

no

Myf/erie

to

tell what ic is: le is

d,.Jt

(faith the

Patriarch <...Abraham.)

It

isgraf{e"

G,n.

,g. .·

(fatth the

Prophet Efay ;) FO?ntem,

graffe

c/it downe,

and

tVithering:

lt

is

corrreption,

not

EraH:.~:

cormpttble,

b;Jt

ev~n

corruption

ic felfe, (faith the

<...Apojlle Paul,)

Thrre being then

(as

1

Cor.•>.

<Abraham

fa1a to lum,

Lrtke

XVI.)

xbp"'f'iJ&,

[o

great

a

gulfe; [o

huge

afpace,

fo infinite

Ltokn

~~·

a diJ!a»cebetweenechofctwo, betweene Go

o,

andd1ejl;

G

0

ti,

andH•J; G.o

o,

and

a6

Cormption;

as no comming ofone atthe other·

jileat omm& caro

ralke not

ofjlejh.

Were

Z"h·'·'i

Jtnot

a

dd

r.

d

.fi

ll

.

{i

.

'

,

_fliprou

Cttre, an

u of pre umptton, to wiOHhinos(o remote ro come

together~

ro

Wl

that the D . .

.

h

fl·n.

b

d

,'},(I

y'

r

·a

d.

b

on '·

'

eme, m r e

~l''i

may e ma e

ma"iJ

<;•?

er we tee,w1 1e

tt was, c,n.s. l.

bY

h

e tn a place

(Cam.

VIII,) m reafonable expreffc ccrmes:

o

that

~hou.

1vert

~

my

rot er, that [ucked thebrefls of my mother!

That is, 0 rhat he lntght bee

manifejlcd

ip

.c

4

.

th,