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~P·~·''

pojlte

tds us (in the VI.

Chap~

er

before)

wee Jlrive to htecarried

{orwar~·

~n,

all wee may. Elfe, all

ou~

cognofcimtu imperfiflum,

will frand us'

k'{'llt.

~~

~

.

Why, isthere any

per..fettion

in this

life~

There is : Elfe, how lhould the

A

flies

exhortation there, or h1s bleffing (here) take place. I wor well,

LAb[olutt

po.

pleat, confummate

perfec1to~J,in

this IJfe,there is none : I.t is agreed of all hands,'

N~•·

i!'hll·P J~

may bee out of lt.

~n

puto me comprehendijfe

(fa1th Saint

Paul) lcomptnot

ne

felfe

to have attained:

No more mufr

we,

not

attamed.

What then

r

But

•h~

1

7

1

(faith

bee,

and fo mufr wee;)

I

forget that whtch

iJ

behinde, and

e~tdevo./

my

/tlf/

tmdmake fbrnlarlftiU, to that wh1ch

is

before.

Which is the

perfeflm•

of

Travellt

1 '

of ;vay-faring men :the further

~>R;':'ard

on

thei~

jclurne):',

~be nearertbeirjo~;:

~ey

send, the more

perfefl:

whtchtstheperfechonofthtshfe: For, this lifcisa

]DIIrney.

Now, good workes are, as fo. manyJlepsonward. The<..Apqftlecalsthemfo·

thefteps of the faith

of

our Father<..Ahraham,

whowem that way, and wee to folio;

him in it; And the more of them wedoe, the

morejleps

doe wemake, thefUJthet

ftill

lhall we findeour felves to depart from

iniq11ity,

the nearer frill to approachun.

to Go

o

in the L4nd of the living:

whithcrto:maine,isthetotall,orCon[NIIIIII..

Xa.1ap'TCC~r,

'rlrnattft.tor

!~t.!l·

1/lm

ejl

of our

perfeCiion.

·

l3ut not.to krepe from you thetruth, as it is : The nature

?f

tb~Af~lesword

[ K•7.,&C"']

1S

rather to make

fit,

than to

makeperfeff.

Wberem, th1shefeemesto

fay. That, to the doing of

g~od

workes,

there isfirfr requilite a

Jitmffero

doe them,

before we can doe them :

K•7•fTiC..,,

and

"""C"'

are both in the Text.

Fit,to

doe them

yer we can doe them. We may not thinke to doe them hand over head, atthdira

dafh. In an unfit andindifpofcdfubjed, no Agent can worke: Not

GoD

Him{dfe

but by miracle.

Fit

then we mufrbe.

:K•7~PT,.iC•

1

Now ?four felves, as of our [elves, weearenotjit

fomuch~tothinkeAgootl

l)Je;

13 J'l 11

'

thought,

It

IS

II

Cor.

Ill. V.

Not fo much as

t~

wiU:

For, it is Go

n,

tbat

worktth

in

"'to will(Phi!,

II. XIII.)

If not thefe two,

1

Neither

thi»ke,

nor

wiH;

then,

not to

worke.

No more weare: Neithcrto

begin (Phi!.

I.

VI.) nor having begun, to

goe

forward,

and bring it to

an

end.

Fit,

to none of tbefe. Then,

mAdejitwemul!

be. And, who to reduce us to

.Jitmjfe,

but this G o

o

of

peJtce,

here,

tbatbro~~g!t

11gaine

C

H R

r s

T

from the dead.

.

. Now, if I lhall tell you, what manner of

Jitwejfe

it is,the

Apqjlles

word

K<l'friC•

(here) doth import: It is (properly)

the.Jitnejfe,

wbic.h

is,

in [erring that in,

whic~

-lvasourofjoynt: indoitigthepartof a good

Bone-(etter.

This istheveryrrueand

native fenfe of the word;

Setyou

in

joynt,

t~

doegoodworkes.

Forthe

Apofle(

Epii.Jr,

Ephcr.

4

.i&.

and

Colof.II.)

tels us,that the

church

and things

Spirit11all

goe

by

joyntsand

ja1wlf 1

~~L!·!I.·

whereof they are compact, and by which they have their action and motion. And,

where there are joyms, theremay be(and other-whiles,there is)a

dtfjoymingor

dif·

location :

no lelfe in things Spiritual!, than in the naturall body. And that is, when

things are mif-foned,or put out of their right places.

Now; th:tr our Nature is not right in joyat, isfo evident, that the very Heathen

tnen have feene and confelfed it.

.

,

And, by

a

f~/1,

things come out of joynt : and (indeed) fo they did :

~.

da!IJ's

fall

wee call it, and wee call it right. Sinne, which beforebrokethe

peace;

which made the

toi~tg

.from

or departure, which needed the

bringing

batke?

the

fame linne, here now agaiue; put all out of

Joynt,

And, things out of Joynt

are never quiet, never at peace and refr, till they bee iet rightagaine. But

11:hen

all

is

inftame,all

is in

peace :

And fo, ir rderres well, to the GoD

ofpeace,whoJsto

doeit..

'

,

l

And marke againe.

The putting

in joynt,

is nothing, but a

!Jrjnging

4 '

1

~tgaine

to the right place, whence it llipt :That frill there is good coherence

with that which

y.rem

before: The

peace-m4ker,

tlie

hringe~-bao!u,

the

bone-{etllf,

11re

all

one~

'fiJ~

~

~