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Sermon3.

thejlefo•.

0 rharHe might be! and fo He was. _Nor onelf

manife.fl,

at all ;(that, is

great:)

but

manifejlmtk

Jl.tjh;

(tha_usgre.ater.) For, tf gold mtxed, though it be with fJ..lver, is

abafedby tt; whanftt bemtxedwtth the rull: oflronordroffe ofLeade

~

This mull: needs

be great, in

itfdf~:

But greater, with us : With_ us cfpecially, that makefuch adoe at any,

though never fo little

dtfparage~ent;

and that, tfany, (thougb not much our inferiour)

be

r~nked

wtth us, take our felves mtghnly wronged•. We camliJt choofe, but hold this

Myjle.

rtefor

Great,and

fay wtth S.

Aug:ljlme,) Deus: qrudglortojitu.? Caro: quidvi!i&

1

Detu in

carne :_guidmirabilim.?

God: what more

glorious~

jlejh:

what more bafe

(

Then, GoD

in thejtcfb :

what more

marvellous~

M~nife-

But,I aske

~urrher

:

manifejledin the

flejh;what

jlejb

.?

0

r,how

manifejled?

In

JVhatjlefh l

lled~d

What,

m

the pndeand beauty ofour Nature< No: but,

m

the moll: difgracefull ell:areofit

;g..

mi-

that might be. And, how

manifejled.? Algloriam,

for His credit orgloric

~

No: bur

ad

Ilia:.·

a

ignominiam,

to

His great contempt and

fhai~e.

So to have beene manifell:ed, as in the

holy

Chi/Je

Mount

,(

Hts

face, as the

Stm,H

ts

garments

as

ltghtnzng

;

hetll'tene Mofes

and

Elias

,in all glorie

lllat.•;.

,:

and glorious manner:) This had not beencfo great an impeachment.Was that the manner;

No: But

how~

In

clottts,

in

ajlab!e,

in a

manger-

The

G

0

D

'· whom the

heavens, andthe

.E«.

''·4

heaven ofheavens fannot containe,

in a little

childs

flefh not a fpannelong: and that flel11 ofa

As~·,~~:

Childe not very well conditioned, as youmay readeinthe

XVI.

of

Ezekiel.

Jemntd

So, to day: but after, much wotfe. To day,

in

the

flefh

of a poore

Babe

cryioo- in the

perfon.

~ratch,

in medio animalium :

After,

~n

the re!lt and tome

jlejl>

ofa

condemned

perfon~

hang-

thgontheCro.JTe,

inmedzo latronum,

mthemtdfl: ofother manner perfons, than

Mofes and

Eli,u;

That, men even

hidthe!rfaces

at Him; not, for the

brightneJ!e ofHisglorie,

but for

&.b.

1

o.•o

fo~row

and

jhame.

Call you thts

mamfejlmg.?

Nay, well doth the

Apojlle

call it,

thevei!e of

hrsjlefo;

as whereby He was rather

ob[cured,

than any way

Jet forth;

yea,

ecltp(ed,

tn all the

dar,kell: points ofit. Verily, the

condition

ofthe

jlejh

was more thanthe

jlefo

it felfe: and the

manner ofthemanifejlation,

farre more, than the

mani(ejlation

it felfe was. Both ll:ill make

,_

theMyjleriegreaterand

greater.

,

The

And now, to weigh the word

manife~cd,

another while; becaufe, that may fceme

Manner

to bee

termint~~

diminuens,

a qualified terme, rather abating than any way tendino- to

~

th;{..

make

grw

the

c.Myjlerie;

In that,

a

thing may bee

manifejled,

and not bee that,"for

ft

a~"

whi'ch it is manifelted; be

manifejled

for one thing, andbeanother. Would to G

0 0

Atson.

wee

had not too plaine examplesofthefe, even in that we are

about,ingod/ineff'eirfelfe~

~

Tim H

Thattherewerenot, rhatmanifell:ed themfelves

''~"'F~··

.,, in the

vizor,

or

maskeofgodli–

neff'e,

but be nothing leffe. Well, this, how or wherefoever it may be with men, with

GoD it is nor : Hee is not like to us: And howfoever, not herein this. For firfl:, it

i5 not in the

fbaddoi~,

fbew,

or

foape

of

jlejb :

but, in very

fief/>

it felfe.

Then, it is noc

(faith the

Greeke Scholiajl)

~4,~~,, but,~"''1"a,;,,~_,o,l,,

whichimportethbut an

apparition,

tranfitory, for a fcafon, and then vani!11eth againe;

•><v.r•o•,, a

manifeJfation;

fuch, as is

(fay they)permanenr, which paffethnot, but)all:eth forever. And to put all out ofque–

ll:ion, (that here is

nihilper{Qnatum,

but

evenpe~a,)

He that here is [aid robe Go

o

ma-

lo!m rj4;

nifeJ!edin the.flefo,

is, in anether _place, [aid to be

Verbum

~aro

facrum,

r!1e

Word madejlefo.

So

manifejled,

that

made: [o

taking our narure,as Hts, and lt arc growne

m

to

one

pcrfon,

ne–

ver to bee fevered, or takenin funderanymore. And,infignerhereof, rhatjlef/J wherein

He is

manifejled,

(in the beginning ofthe

Verfc;

in the end ofthe

Verfe,)

inthevery fame

j!efb,

He is

received up intoglorie;

And in the fame, l11all appeare againe,at His fecond

ma–

,

nifejlation•

. And yet,to go further

1

I fay,that_this wo:d [

mani(efted,]

is

Co

farre from being

Tmnimu

a1minuens,

that 1t doth greatly amphate and mlarge the

Myjlerte

yet ll:tll. To be, and, tobe

m•nifefted;Eife,aAd videri;Dici de_,andejfe in,

are_rwo things. And,as,infome cafes,it is more

to

be,

than to be

mallifefted; [o,

m

fomeother, lt ts more robe

manifejled

than to

he:

And

namcly,inthishere. More,for Go

o,

to

bemanifefled,

than

to

heintheflefh.

ltiswe!l

lmowne, when a great high Perfon_doth fall into

lowdr~te,

he careth

notfon:u~h

for

being

fo,as for

appearing

[u~h :

Manifejl

htm not, and yeu doe hml a pieafure. M

or~

lt 1s,for Hun,

tobe

made

knonme,than to

be,

that, He is.

0

it is naturally given us, to hiae our abafing,

what

we can. Our

miferic

muft

be kept

iQ

aMJfterie,andthat

Myfterie

is

not

manifefiedin

~nv.

wtfe~