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Of the

NATIVIT

IE.

zThef.,. 7

and

fignijies;

but,

rvorkes

nothing: A

Myflerie

doth both. Belide that it

jignijiet!t,

it hat6

his

operatioi'J;

and, rvorkcitdoth;

dfe,Myfterieis

it none. You may fee it, by the

MJflerie

ofiniquity;

Thardothoperari ;wasabvorkeinrhe

v1pofllesrime;

And it is no way to be

admitted, but that the

Myfferie ofgodlineffe

lhould have like

operative force.

. Ifyou aske,whatit is,to

worke?

It

is to doe,asall other Agents;

rt

ajimtdetfthipaffi•m,

to make that, it workes 011, likeit felfe; to bring forth in it the very fame quality. This, the

rather, for that, this day being

a

Birthday,

and the

Myflerie

ofit,a

Birth,

or generation; in

that,,(we know) the narurall .and moll proper worke is

Suiftmile procreare,

to beget and

Vcrfe

7.

bring forth the very like to it felfe. And what lhould the

Myflerie ofgodlimjfe

beget in us,

but,~odlinejfe?

What, the

Myflerieofgodlinejfc

(in this

Chapter,)

but the

Exercifeofgodli–

neffe(in

the

next~ )

Tolhew, we mull: make

SaimBaji/s

M•"1""

of it: For, his

An•O"-·~

and

Within

l

Saint

Patdsrv'""""~'

I

take to be all one.

.theNJfi<-

Fitll:,

wiihin,

(after the mlnner ofa

Myflerie,)

by enrring into our fdves, and C.tyina

~'i•ec.p

1

(with Saint

Peter,) Seeing then,

Go

o

bath fo dealt with us, whatmamzerofper{onsought

hlTI.

2

7

-we to be, in all holy converfatiOII andgodtinejfe

?

How ought we to cilecmeHim, that fo eilee-

med

us~

How to ell:ecme 0urfelves, whom Hehath fo ell:eemcd

~

How, without foile, or

jfot

to

keepe

that

jle(h,

wherein Go

o

bath

manifeJJedHimfelfe,

That nothing come from

it but fuch astm.y become

t!mjlcjh,

which is now all one with

thcftejh

ofthe SoN N• of

Goo.

Wllhour,

Provided,that

it

be not all

Within:

For, we dealenotwith a

Myjl:erie<J.lonc,

but with a

the Mani-

ManifeJ!ation

too. That therefore our

godlineffe

be not oncly

myfficallbut manifeJt,

a~

fiJI.eton.

G

0 0

was. As the

UUyfferie,

fo the

Godlineffeofit; Great,

and confpicuousboth. For,

Gal.

p

9 .

that is the complaint; that, in our

godlinef!e,

now adayes, we goe very

m'yflica!ly

to worke

lam.••

8 •

indeed;

\VC

keepeit under a

veile;

and

nothing manifeJ!,

but

oftra CarniJ.

Which maketh

'~~:·:·,.Saint

J&mes

crie,

oflende mihi, ]hew "it me:

and Saint

Paul

tels us, that the life of I • sus

mull: not onely behad in our

(fir#, butmanifefl

!n ourflejh. For,

Codlineffi

is not only

Faith,

which refcrreth to the

011yjl:me

(as we have tt dtreetly, at theiX.

Verfe,

the

011yflcrie

of

, Ioh.

~-

Faith :)

But, it is

Love

too; which referreth to the

Manife(lation.

For,

in hoc cognofcimus

'\ •·'l·

(faith

Saintlohn,) By thio, we

know,ourfdves; and,

in hoc cogno(centomnes

(faith

CH

R 1

n,)

Io

·'l·li

By thisjhallallmen know,

that we are

Ht!.

And, if

Faith

worke by

Love,

the

Myilerie

will be

[o

manifefl

in us, as we !hall need no

profpefliveglajfes,

orother

optiqree

inll:rumems, to make

*By

the it vifible ; all men !hall take notice ofit.

,

].,,,.,;..

And yet rcmaineth there one poitlt; than which, there is not one more peculiar to a

ofusmto

Myflerie.

That which the Apoll:le

(Heh.

X.

verfeXX.)

calleth

Initiating:

whereby we

grow into the

felloiVjhip

of this, .and what

Myjleries

focver. For,this we arc to underl!:and,

.• Cor.41

chatMyfleries

goe not a!J, by hcar

1

ng; No, they

bedifpenfedalfo:

And men are ro

e.ftem"

o(us

(faith

he)not oncly,

as of

the Vnfolders,bttt, a< ofthe Stewards

(or

Difpencers)

of

the MJ–

jleries

of

Go o.

operari My.fterijs,is

a phrafe well knowne,to the very

Heat!Jenrhem[clves:

That,

Myfleries,

as they

worke,

fothey arc to be

wrought.

That they are to be handled; and

that our handsare to be cleancwalhed,

yer

we offerro touch them.

By which, I underHand the

Myflerie

of

gudlinejfe,

or

Exercife ofgodlinejfe

(call it whe–

ther ye waJ,) which we call the

Sacrament: the Greek

hath no other word for ir,hur

M•<>lf'"')

whereby the

church

offcreth to

initiate

us, into the

fellowjhip

ofthisdayes

Myflerie.

No–

thing forteth better thanthefetwo.My.fleries one with the other; the

Dijjtenfation ofaMyfle–

rie,

with the

011y.fterieofDifpenf•tion.

lt doth manifel!:lyrcprefent; itdoth myl!:ically im–

part, what it repre[enreth. There is in it, even by the very inll:imtion, both a

M•nifeflation,

and that vifibly to fer before us this

jlejh;

and :rmyll:icall

Communication,

to

inf~offe

us in

it,

ormake us partakers ofit. For the

Elements:

What can be more properly fir, to reprefent

unto us the union with our Nature, than things, that doe unite themfelves to our

Nature~

And, ifwe be to difpence the

Myfleries

in due feafon; what feafon more due rhan that His

flefh

and

bloud

be [et before us, that time, that Hee was

1/Janifefled injlejh andbloud

for us.

Thus we lhall be initiate.

l<po:io.7

You looke to heare ofa

Con{ttmm•tion

ofit too ; And con!ummate it!hall bc,but not yet:

Not, tiU.the daycs ofthe"voiceofthe

Seventhv111gell.

Then &all the

011yflerieof

Go o

be finilhed. So we finde it directly, but not before. When, He that was, this day

mani–

fe.fled