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26

OftheNATIVITIE.

Sermon4.

Ails 1.7.

herelivech ;. and therefore let this "Vi"l''•fia)' us.

The Times And Sea(ons He hathptttin Hi<

owntpower,zt u not

fort~&

to know them.

This IS for us to know, that wuh His appointment,

we mull: come

to

a full point. So doth the

<..ApoJ!le,

and fo let us, and not bulie ourfelves

muchwith

ir,time

is bur the

meafr~re

or caske, that wherewith it is

jilfed,doth

more coneerne

us. Totharrherefore !erus come.

I

2.

(Jod[tnt.

I

The

degrees

arefeven (as Ifaid.) To take them as they rife.

tMijit Dem, Godfent.

That ll:andeth firll:

~

and at it, let our firll: ll:ay be. That will fall out to make the

ftrft

de–

gree. For,eventhts,that Go o fentatall,

IpJI"~mittercDei,

this veryfendingitfelfe,is

a degree. Itts fo; and fo we would reckon of It, tfwe knew the

Sender,

and who

He is

;the

M

Ajejfie

ofHis prefence how great it is, and howglorious, how farre furpalling all we can

fee on earth.

For

Him,

for fuch an one as

He,

to condefcend,buttofend;is fure a degree. For enouoh

it had beene.,and more than enough for

llim,ro befent to;

and not to

fcndHimfe!fe.To

ha~e

fit Hill, and beene contenr, that we might

fend

to

Him,and

haveour mclfage and petition ad–

mitted,and not

Htfend

to us. That had beene as much as we could looke for,and well,ifwe

might have beene vouchfafed but that. But it wasl/ethatfent: not

nie

to

Him

firfi, nay,

not wetol/tmatall, but

lie

to

m.

·

He

to

us?

And what were

we, thatllttoru? Vs,

(as elfe-where He rermeth

us)meere

Eph.•.

n.

Aliens from Him,

and

His llot<}/,oldc

Not that onely, but

Vs,

in cafe ofmen,whom the Law

had palfed upon. (So is our ellate defcribed in the end oftheText.)For Him, to

{end to11s.,

[ ogreat

as

He,ro fuch

as

we;

to thinke

ru, tanti,

fo much wonh, as to make any

mifion,

or

motion, orro difeafeany about

us;

This may well bethejirft. Be it then fo; thattb

ru,

or

for"',

or

concerning

ttS,

Go o would trouble

H~rnfe!fe

to make any

fending

..

A

fielnef!e

there

is in this.

Frdl He

was;

afulne)Je

there wasmHtm,

(eventhefrelneffiofcornpafioninHis

bowels over ourell:ate)dfc fuch a

Sender

would never once have

(ent.

·

2

Go o

fen.t

Sent, and.fent His

SoN N

•:

That, (I make no quell:ion,)will beare a

Husmt.flcond. others

He might have·fem; and

who{oever

it had beene He had fenc, it might well

hav.eferved our tl)rnes. Iffenc

by.~he

hand of

a~y

His

Servants,

any

Patriarch, Prophet,

any

ordinary meJ!enger,

it·had beene enough• So, httherto had beene his

Sending.

So, and no

ocherwife, evertill now.

· ,

.

. .

Then)'ifte

fend

by

Any

may feeme fufficienr, to

fend His

SoN N•, mull needs feeme

:.

·

.fr~U.

For ever the moree,.<Jellenc

thePerfonfertt,

the more honourable the

fending:

the

t,:o!.>.g.

grtater He,

thefieH~r

it.

Now,grtater

there is not than

His Sonne,

His

ftrjl,

His

onely begottm

Sonne,

in

whom ihefrilnej{e oftile'God.headdwelt;

In fending

Him,

He fent the greateft, the

beft, the

frt!lejf

thing He had. ·

_, Toheape the

meafureup

yet more, with the

car{e ofHisfending,

in the word

·~.,.;,..,

...

'lpwas'

voluntary

.•·

He fenc Him not for need

:

buc for meere love to us, acd nothing elfe.

There was no

ahJ!.lttte nmfity

that He lhould have fent

Him.

He might have done what He

i;lrenlled, bytf!e meanes and minill:ery offomebelides. Go o could have enabled a

Crea–

tllre"1

a

Creature

enabled by Go o,

andthepOJverofEiis might,

could foone have

troddowne

8Aial1

under

or~rfeet'

·But ifit had beene any

other

He had feur, His love and regard eo us had

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ft•ll. '

'lt had

beene,:oftendit Deus charitatem,

but not,

Ec.ce quantam charitA-

' lob. 3·

1 •

t'emojlendit De

ut.

Whomfoever He had fent bclides, His love had nm beene

fi•O:

at leafi,

not

{o

ftdl

as it QJould have beene, ifHe had fent His

Sonne.

That therefore it might be

full,

and fo appeareto us for

fidl, Mijit Dms

ftlir~m

frcum.

Enough it was, in compaffion ofour

efiat!l, to have relecved us by

any :

Men chat are in need eo be releeved, care not who they be

that doe it. Enough then for

compafion:

but notenough

to

manifefi

tht fulnt([e

ofHis love,

unlerfe toreleeveus,

Hefent His owne Sonne.

3

This is

full.

one 'would t)1ii\ke: Yet, the

tMAnner

of His

f~nding

Him, is

{11/ltr

Jli!l.

Made.

tMijit Filium; Filium faCium.

'S~nt

His

Sonne;

His

Sonne mAde.

Senc Him, and fent

Him

madt:

This is a

third.

rFor if He would have fenr Him, Helhould not have fent

him-made :

but as He was,

neither made nor created,

but like Himfelfe in His owne efiate,'

as was meet for the

Sonne oj'Gbd,

to

be fent.

To

11Jakt Him

any thing, is to

marre

Him ,be'it

what it will be.

''fbjJndl!im made,

is to

{end Him marred,

and no better. There–

fore! make no doitbt,

C'l'i' J\'i :s' r s

fending

is one degree,

Hismakingis3n~her:

So

to

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