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Sermon4.

Ofthe

NATIVITIE.

vide this

solemnitie

berweene them.

Six day

a

a peece,

to

Either; as the feverall moiries of

this

fielnej[e of time.

Thts day,

Verb"m caro

fac1t~m, Th~

Word made l!eih: That day,

Iohn '·'.'–

Him that kmw noSimu, Bee mad1 Smne,

(that

IS)

made Htm undertake

to

be handled as a

'Cor.p!

Sinner

to be

1111

der the Larv,

and to endure ;what the Law could lay upon Him. And fo

now, the thing fent is

ftr!!: andfidly fcnt, becau[emade:

and

fit!ly made,

becaufemade

once

and

twice over:

fully made

orers,

becaufe fully

tmttedto

us.

Vl4ade ofawom,m

as well as we:

:Made Mder

the

Law

asdeepeaswe:

Bothexmt~liere,andfubLege.

So of our n:tture

(of

awoman,)

that of our condition alfo

(under the Law:)

So, fully unitedtousinnattere,

and

condition

both•

And

[

0

wee are come to the

fidl meafr<re ofHisfmding.

And; that we are come totlie

full

ydhall plainly fee,bytheoverjlowing,bythatwhich we receive frorri this (ttfnej{e;which

VcrCc

r:

isthelatter part ofthe ve&, and is our

fulnejfe,

~ven

the

fnl!'effe

of

all

that we

c~n

delire.

...

For ifwe come now to aske, For whom,

!S

all thrs adoe,

ThtsSend:ng,

Thts

makmg,

over

and~ver

againe

~It

is

form.

So is the conclufion,

111

nos;

that

we

might from

thisfulnejfe,

receive

the•(ufl

ofour wiih. Forin thefc two behinde, .'

Redemption,arid

Adoption;

to be

rtdeemed,

and to be

adopted,

are

thi:-fidl

ofall, we can wtih our fdves.

The tranfcendent Divifion,of

Good

and

Evil/,

is it,that comprehendeth

all.

And here ic

is. Our defire can extend it fdfe no further than to be rid of all

evil!;

and to atraine all that

good

is. By thefe two, (being

redeemed,

and being

adop_ttd)

we are made parukers ofthem

hoth:

To he mleemedfom render the

Law,

IS

to beqmt ot all

Evtfl. Torecetve the Adoption of

children,is

to be {l:ated in all

th~t

is

Goo~.For,al

Evifl

is,in being

smder the Law

,from whence

we are

redeemed;

and,all

Good,

m

berng mvefied,rn the

he~venly

Inheritance, whereunto we

are

adopted.

Thusfiood the cafe with us:

Aliens we wereftom

God,

Hi> Covenant,

and His

Eph.d~;

Kingdome: More than that,

Frifoners

we were, fafi layed up

under the Law.

From this latter

we are

Fmd:

ofthe former we are

feazed :

And what would we

more~

Only,this you fuall obferve,that in the

Idiom

ofthe

Scripttires

it is ufuall; two points

be.:

ing fet down,when they are refumed againe, to begin with thclater,(lnd fo end with the

for~

mer.So is it here,At rhe

fi.rfi,made ofawoman,madwnder the Law.At

the refuming,he begins:

with the

later,made under the Law,That he might redmm them, that were tmder the Law.

And

then comes to the

formcr,made ofawoman,

made the Son of

man,that we by adoption might he

made the

s~ns

of

Go o. But,this we are to marke,it is He that is at all

theco§1

and

paine:and

we,that have thebenift by it. Atthe

redeeming

it

is,Vt !!le:

At the

receiving

it is,n

Nos.

Briefly ofeither:And firfi,ofour

Redmning.Redeeminr;(

as the word giv.erh it) is a fecond

6

buying, or buying backc of

a

thing,

beforealiened

or

fold.

Ever, aformer

J.ile

is prefuppofed

Th" Hell

before it. And fuch athing there had gone before.A kinde of

alienation

had forrricrly beene,

;·ghr ""

whereby we had

made away

our felve,,' for,afale I cannot call ir,it was for fuch a tril!e:)Our

.t~~:::'thac

Nature aliened

i11

Adam,

for the

forbidden frtlit;

a matter ofno moment. Our

Perfons

like-,.,,.

un–

wife; daily we

ciut

[d

ves

alien

them, for fome

triflingpleafrtre,

or

profit

;

matters

dot

much

~~~.~~··

more worth• And;when we have thus paffed our fclves away,by this

Selling ourfelves under

Rom.f.t~

jin!the La:vfeazeth on us,and under ir we

are'"""'"""'~';,,

(Chap.

Ill.

v.2

3.)

even

locktup_,

-

.astt were,

ma

Dungeon,ttedfaft wtth

thecordsofot~r

fins, (!'rov.V.v.22.) Thefentenco

paf-

fed onus,andwcwairing but forexecurion.What evil is there not,in this drate,and on

every

foule that is in

it~Well

then,the firfi

Vt,

the fi.rfi

end

is,

Toget

us

rid

from underrhis efiate.

He did it: Not by way ofentreaty,'fiepinandbeg our pardon: That would not ferve;·

Sold

we

wer~,

and

bought

we muft be, A

price

mufi belaid downc for us. To get us from

un..

derthe Law,

tnyas not :).matter of

Intercefion,

tofue for it,

and

have it; No, Hemufi

PHr–

cha(ert,

and

pay

for it. It was a matter of

Redemption•

~And,

in

Redemptio"

or a

P11rcha[e,

we looketothe

Price.

For ifit beat any eafierate',

it

15

bomuch the better, But with a high

price,

He

Pttrchafedus;

it cofiHim

deareto

bring it

a out.

Non atero,nec drgentiJ;

Neither ofthem would ferve. At an higher rate it was, even

Pret"(ofan$uine.

His preciousbloud was the

price

we frood Him in.Which He payed;when '

Pet.

r

_,g;

HegaveHtSiifearan(omeformany;

'9·

It ftood thus betweene

Him

and

lu,

in this point of

Redemption.

Here ate cerraine

Mlt.>o.•~

f»Ale(Aflm Hndertb: Law,

to fuffer, robe executed: VV'har fay you

to

them~

Why,

I

will

D

3

become