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!f>e

"'"'le.

J,.:fit.zj.lO,

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Ofthe

REsuRREcTION.

Bur, that :which is more; The

jirft fruits

is nor every parr; but futh apan

repre(enteth the whole,

and harh an operative force over rhe

whole.

For the bette; as

derJbnding whereof,

~e

are to have recourfe to rhe Law, to the very inftiturio:n–

firll: beginning of them,

Levit.33.1o.

(Ever, rhe

Legall ceremony

is agood key

tot~t

EvangeticA!t myflery.)

Thereby we!hall fee, why Sr.

Paul

made choice of the wo:d

ftft

ftuits,to

expre!fe himfelfe by: that he uferh

verbrem vtgzlans,a

wordthat is awak

(as Sr.

Areguftinefaith)

or

(as

Salomon) awordupon his owne whedc.

The

Hed,orrb~

root

would haveferved: for, if the headbca\>overhewater, rhereishopeforrb•

whole body

:and if rhe

Root

liave life,rhe

branches

!hall nor long be without: yet,

he~

refuferh rhefe, and others that offered rhemfelves, aac! chooferh rather the termeof

firft fruits.

And why fo

~

Thisveryday(Eaflerday)thedayofCH a Is TS

r;fing,

accordingrothH"''

is the day orfeaftofthe

firjffrttits:

the very

Feaftcarrieth

him torheword

; norh~

could be more fit or feafonable for the time. The day ofthe

Pafion

,is thedayof

the

P'!/Jtover;

and C HR 1sT

u

ou~

Paffeover:

the day ofthe

Refurre8ion,is

rhedayo[

thcfirftfruits;

and C HR'

s

T1s our

firft

frutth.

And this terme thus chofen,youOul fee,there !Sa very apt and properrefemblance

betweene the

re{tmei!iQn

and

it.

The rite and manner ofthe

fir.ft fmits,rhusir was.

Vnder rue

Law,

they might not ear of the

fruits

ofthe earth, fo longastheywere

prophane.

Prophane they were, unrill they

werefacred:

And, on this wife wererbey

facred. All thelheaves in afield (for examples fake) were unholy. One!heafeis

taken out ofall the relr,which fheafe we call rhe

firfl fruits.

That,in the

nameofth~

refr,is

lift up aloft

andj/Jalcm

~o

and fro,before the L oR

o,

and fo

cunfecrated.

That

donelnot onely rhejluafe fo hfred up, was

holy

(though, that alone was

liftt~p)buuU

thejheavcs

in the field wereho.ty,no le!fe than it: The rule

is,Ram.

u.x6.

Jfthefofl

frt<its be holy, allthe lttmpe

u

fo

too.

And rhus (for all the world)fareth it in

theRifurref1ion. We were

aU

dead(faiththi

u!lpo11le; )deadjheaves,

all.

one,

(and thatis CH

1t

r s

T) this day, rhedayofjrfl

fr~~its,

was(in mannerofa

jheafe

)taken out ofthe number ofthe

dead,

and inthe

nam:

.ofrhe reil:,

lift up

from the grave (and in

Hisr!ftng, Hejhooke;

foreherewasagreaz

Earth-quake:)

By vertue whereof, the

jirf/fmits

being rell:ored to life,

all

rhe reftof

the dead, are in Him

entirl~d

to the fame

hope;

in that, He was notfo./ift

u;

for

Him,

felfe alone, but, for us and mour names : Ancl

{o

the fubll:ance ofth1s

F

eaft

fullilltd

in C

H R I

s

T

s

Rcfttrreflion.

Nor; o/rh•

Now, upon this

lifting up;

·there enCueth

a

very great

alteration~

ifyou pkafe

io

·~···~"'·J!f.

tnarkeit. Ir was even now, CHar s,T

isriflnfromthedead,:thejirftfi'ttits

(irfrlould

~~7 ~:;,,

"P·

be,~f

the dead,

too; for, from thence He rofe ; it is not fo, but,

the jirft fruitJ)

oftlmn

thatjleepe:

that, you may fee,

theconfecration

hath wrought a

change.

A change,and

a great change(certain!y)to change

"'4'';

into

"'"'~"'~'-t"''a

burial/

place,imoa

c~mlft1J,

thatis,a

grearDortor: Graves,

into

beds; Death,

into

fleepe; Dead

men,

inromen

laiJ

~~ ~!~· d~wne

to take their reil:; a refr, of

hope;

of hope, to

rifeagaine.

1

f they

'""",""""-·

doe well.

And, (that, whichlyethopenin theword)

Dormientium,

the very

(m>eie enloJ;

ded, in the word

jirftfmits :

Either word alfordeth comfort. For,

jirftjr11its

im~ly

fmits:

And fo we, as the

frrdts

ofthe earth, falling, as doethe graines or kernellslll·

to the

grou~d,

and there lying to all mens feeming, putrified, and pafr hope,yet

011 1

.fudden, agamft thegreat Feaft of

firft {ruits,fhooting

forth ofthe groundagame. The

other of

Dormientium,

the

vfpoffle

letteth goe, and fall:ens on this of

fruits~

and fol•

.loweth it hard, thorow the reil: ofthe

chapter :

!hewing, that the

ri(tngagame

ofrhe

:V~!• J~:

fruitJ

fowen, wouldbenole!feincredible, than the

Rejierreilion,

but that, wefwrfo,

every yeare.

h

Thefe twowords of •

jlceping

and •

(dwingwould

bclaid up well. Thar, whic

~s

{

Vf!tn,

rifeth up,

in

thejfring:

,th~r,

which

jleepeth,

in the

morning.

So