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Sermon+·

Ojthe

NATIVITIE.

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and then declincth :tg.tinc, till we gr01v to the l01ver end of

ourilayes.

But bow–

[.'~vet~~~11ay

be (as it oft tils out) the defcent is fudden, we goe downe head-long with·

o~t

degrees, goe away in

a

moment; yet ever tlus holdeth; to

ourftelnelfe

we come not,but

by

de"rees.

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- Nowthirdly,thiscommmg J:lt

Jc--!!,an ovemt,atune,w1enttcommet

tuther~

Asa

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tl

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·s aarcat whilc,when we may

l;~y,

'l'{.pndumvemt hora;the

ttmets not yet come

~·ndo

ume 1cre

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mear,<re

isyetbutm

11tng:

o.tt eat,, amnetoo, t

atw~maytay,

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11 e ne

v

h-

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fi

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Tl

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l

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h

.

a toh.7,o.

hora

the rime is now

come,

w

en

t

1e

mea ure

ts

u :

1J.t IS,

a

ttrne

t

1.er~

ts,

~v en~ttliJt

eo

m~

b

lolm u

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1

rhefull.

Asintheday,whentheSunnecommcthrotheMmdwzLtne: mthe

m'a-

•l·

me~

.

~en

it commeth to the point of

oppojition

with the

Moone:in

the

yeare,

when ro the

Sol.

;:~/vin

man,

when he con:meth

ro

his

fill!

yeares: for that is the

fi•ll~ef!e

oftimeche Apojlle

alleageth in three verfes bdore.

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. And when is that when;that

ttme

thus

comrneth

to

IllS

fi•lnejfe? .fl.!!ando mijit

Detu,whctt

G

0 0

fends it : for

Time

receives his

jilting

froni Go

o.

Ofit felte,

time

is butanemjtie

meaftere,

bath nothmg mtt:

<.Many

dayes and moneths runne over our heads,

Dtes manes,

(faith the

Pfalmift:) c.Mcnfes vacl!l,

([1tth

Job:) Emptte dayes, Pfal.LXXVIII.

Ver.33.

yoidemoneths,

withoutanythingto fill them,

lob Vll.verfe

.

. _ .

. ..

That which

jilleth ttme,

1s fome memorable thmg of

Gods

pownngmto tt, or (as tt!S

1t1

~!a.;

the Text) of

Hisfending,

toftiltt wtthall.

Mijit Det#

ts tt: and fo commeth Tumtobcmore

orldfefid/;thereafter as that is, which

God(endstojilt

it.

Now,many memorable

mifions

did

God

make before this

h~re

; whereby in fome mea-·

fure

He

filled

up cmainetimes oftheyeare under

Mofes,

and the

Prophets:

all which, may

well

be termed,

The implements oftime.

..

.

But for all them,

themeAji~rewas

not yet

full: filled

perhaps to a cerraine

degree,

bue

not full

rothebrimme: fit!!

it was not Cfeeing it might be

il:il!ftdkr)

till

GodfentThat,

than

which a more

full

could not

befent.

.

.

And That

He

fent, when

He fent

Hit

Sonne,

a

fuller

than whom

He

could not

fend,

nor

Time

could not

receive.

Therefore, with the

fending Hiw,

wheo tliat ,was,

Time

was at rhe

top that was the

fl!!;ando venit,

then it

was,plenitudo tempgru,_indeed.

,

And, well might that

time,

be called the

frdnef!eofiime.

For

whenH~

wasfent into the

I

world, in whom

thejjdneffi ofthe God-head_dtvelt bodily :

In whom

the Spirit

WM.

not by mea.

Co\.•·9-

fure

.:

Inwhomwas

thefitlnef!e ofgrace andtrmh:

Of

tvhofe fidnejfe we allrereive

.-

When~~~~~--~;

Hewasfent,thatwasthusfi•ll,_rhenwastimeatthefitl/.

,

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.

.

.

Io!lllu6:

And wellalfo might it be called

thefulneffe oftime,

in ands.her regard. Fortill then,

all

z

was but

inpromi(e, inP1admves,

and

jigt~res,

and

prophecies

only, which

jilt

not, God .kntnves.,

:But when the

Performanceoftho[epromifes,

the

hod,y

ofthofe

jbadowes,

th~f•tNiance

ofvhofe

.figures,

the

fulfilling orfillingft•ll

ofall thofe

propl;ecies

came; then

camt:

the

fMnef!c oftimej_

. trulyfocalled. Tillthenitcamenor:thenitcame.

.

.

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And well might it be called

the fit!neffe oftime,

in

a

third

re[peer. For tben,theHeit:e,'

3

(that is,rhe

World)

was come t9 his

full age:

and fo that

th~

littefi

tinte

for Him to

lx

[e'll

Eo.r:

to that, compareth the Apo!llctheirdbte then; that

th~

former times u,nder

Mofos .a.od

the-.

Prophets were asthe Nonage ofthe world

;{ttb P,edagogo,

in the

III.

Ohapter, rer.XXJIII•

.,:,;,;,xii.t,-

at their

A. B.

c.

or

r~diments,

(as in the very lafl: words befm:etbefe;) T-heir. '

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efiate then, as of

children

in their minority,

little dijferi'!gfrom fervants:

Fo'l; all thinvbile,-

nondum venit

,the

firlncjfe

of

time

was not

yct'Come.

But a

til'!e

thernvas as for

man,

'fo for

ma11kind

to come to his.

full

ye:ues: Tha,t

time came

with

C

H

Jt.

1

s~r_

•s

comming,

;md

.C"

R I

s

T

s

com'('ii1g

with it, and nevertill then was

the fielpef!t

oftimr;;.bat.thep in

vas,

And let thts be enough for thts point; m<ir<:then; is

119r

ill

the

T~:r:t.

,By!';

ifany lhaflfur.,

· ther

as1c, why then, atthat age oftl1e World, theWorldwa-s nv Ius

full

age,

jull:_rheq,

and

netthet fooner nor

late{~

I

knQW many head:;,!uve beene

fitl~,qf

)levices, so fansfie

nteas

"\

cunoGry

m

that potot., But

I

l)ol,<,l_i,t fafell: ro.re():, withJhc; f\pp,file (in

>he

fcco~

ver(e) on.

~

0

"s

""~"~i·. I;~

thar

com~nt

us. Then-,was the till\

Cl

for that was

1

'fe"!<ptu.pr.t.Jimt;•m·

'!

Patre,thwmeappoinredoftheFather.

f!)r;

even amQ,Dg_wen, though(,tpe

Fat4er-!>~-

in~

dead) the Law fct,tet\1 a titl)CJ for

~he

Sozme

to cotl)C

J~

,f\is .herirageJ:

_y~,t~e_./l4(hr

lVIllg,

no

tune can

b~

pr>fixcd, ):>ut

om~ly

vthei,nt hketb Htm

to

appoint,; and

me

Father

D

here