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Sermon

2•

ofregumation,

and ofour

ren~wing

by the bgly Spirit

;

where we are made and confc.

crate

Prtmttt£.

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But,asweneedberefloredtolife, fo (Idoubt) hadweneedtob,rdloredror!

1-lob.... r.

Spirit,

too•. We areatmany loffes of it, by this finne that

cleaveth

fofifl

ro us

1

doubt, it is with us,as with the

fields,

that we need a feall: of

jir.ftfmits,a

day of

c~

fecration,every ycere. By fomcthing or orher, we grow

lln-hafloiVed,

and

need tob:

confecrate anew,to re-feize us ofthe

jirftfruits

ofthe

Spirit

againc. Arleafl,ro awak'

it in us, as

Primiti£ dormientirtm,atleall:.

That which was given us,and

by

the fra

~

ofour enemy,or our owne negligcnce,or borh,taken from us,and/oft,wc need to.

hat~

• TI>ei

r.rg.

reffored,

that which we have

q~mched,

to be

light

anew: that which

we

havecafii~

Epher.f.Jf.

to

a

deadjleepe, awaked

up from

it.

Iffuch a new confecrating we need, what better timerhan the fcafl of

firfl

frrrits/

the

f~cring.

timeunderrhc

Lan>

;

and in the

Goffell,

the day oft::

H "

r

s

,.

s rifing,

ourfirftfrutts,by

whomwe are thus cor.fecrate. The day wherem He was Him{tlfc

rell:orcd to the perfedion

ofHis.::piritnallli(e

(the

life

of

glory )is

the bell: for us rob.:

rell:ored in, to

thefirft fruits

ofthat fpirituaHiife, the

life ofGrace,

'

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V:

And, ifwe askc, what !hall be_our mean'es ofthis confecraring

~

The

u

1,

1

1fe

rei.

The applica-

Icth us(Heb.ro.J

o.Jw~arc

fandtfied,by the

olilatto_no(the body of

I n , us ;Thar,is

t>on ofthcs•-

the bell: meanes to rell:oreus

to

that

life.

He bath fa1d It, and fl1ewed it Himfdfe·He

<r•ment.

that weth tMe,jhalllive by

c..:Me.

The words fpoken concerning that, are bothSpi,l

lob.6.f 1 .

11

ndLife;

whether we feeke fortheSpmt, orfeeke for

Lt(e.

Such was

themeane~of

~

our death, by eating

thef8rhiddenfruit,thefirftfruits

of

death:

and fuch is themeaoes

ofourlife,by

eating theftejh o(C

H R

r s T,.the

jirftfmits oflife.

And herein, we !hall very fully fit, not the time only and the mcanes, butalfo the

manner. For, as by partakingthdklh and bloud, the fubll:ance ofthe fir.fl

L.AdJJ/1

we came ro our death ;fo,to life we cannot come,unleffe we doe participate with rh;

flefhandbloudofthe(econdyf'dam, that is C"'

RI

s T. Wedrewdeathfromrhe

firll:, by partaking the

{tthffance :

and fo mull: we draw life rrom the

fecondby

the

fame. This is the way ; become branches of the

rine,

and partakers ofHis nature,

and fo of His life and verdure both.

So, the

time,the meanes.,

the

manner

agree. What letteth then, but that

lVC,

arth~

time,

by this

meanes,

and m this

manner,

make our felves ofthat

confferflon,

whereof

C

H R

r s

T

isour

firft jr11its:

by thefe meanes, obtaining the.fir.ft

fmits

of His

Spiril,

ofthat

quickening Spirit,

which being obtained, and ll:ill kept, orin default thereof,

flill recovered, fhall here begin to initiate in us, the

fir{!fmits

ofour

reflitution

in rhis

life, whereof

thefulnefTe

we !hall alfo be

reffored

unto, inthe life to come :

As

Saint

M.

J.

~,;

Peter

calleth that time, the

time of there!firing of allthings.

Then fhall the

f•l~effi

be reftored us too,when G o o !hall be

allin a/1;

not fome in one,and fome in another,

but

all

in

all.

..Atq; hie

eft

vit" finis, pervenire ad vifamcujm non

eft

finis :This

is

the end ofthe Text, and ofourlife, to come to a life, whereofthere is no end. To

which,&c.

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