Fenner - Houston-Packer Collection BX5133.A1 F37 1657

...-:YC..ear. .a'.rf-it:v+,Y...hs-r-r.94,.:...«4.n4°iq+eNy,f±.r..+y..+..+,r.%.'se*_ .,...e reattie ofthe 24 err-t rm. b =fit :pis àIo-xspi ir,zc. He thought it was eafie for himto makehim afha- ine l of all filthincile, and delighted in goodneffe, and fearfull to do evil. I arnnot of his miede, but this I am, though he hathan exceedinggood ad- vantage todo it. If á. man have (pent his affe(SYions upon fin and eaten out the heart of his affelions upon vanity g or if a man have no affections at`" á1i,' as torn have bur few, a man'WasToone workon a be4i asfuch a man. Nay if grace should come in into fuch a man, alas ! he fhall never be able to come tomuch good ; if beft come to thebelt, he fhall have infiniteadoe to do any duty without wofull dulncffe and feufelefueffe 7, it is an admirable tiding that God gives unto men, to give themaffeaions, and therefore theStoicks, are infinitely to blame to cry out of the affections, as if they were eviii in themfelves. To (peak truly and rightly of the Stoicks,Ido nor thinke the Stoicks were ever fo tot tifhas to meane fo;but their intent as (aufin fates) of them, was to pareoff the affeaions that are evil', and to rule the aftectï- ons that are naturali: and therefore it Was that they deçlaim'd fo bitterly againft the affections. You fee now by this Text I havechofen, that the affe&ions are great gifts of the Lord, fur how could the Apoltlecommand usw fet ouraffe&ions upon God, if the affections were evil' in themfelves ? Nay it followesfrom hence, that it is a great blefling of God that we have any affe Lions at all, that we may fet them upon God. 411-241101e +effi 1420913tre The V. SERMON. COLOS.3.2. Setyour af feítions on things thatare abone, &c. H E Chriftians of the Primitive Church had learnt this lef ol`i very well , to fet their affect=ions on Gods Kingdome , they were often thinking of it, often fp:aking of it , in the companies they came in, they wouldbe difcourfingof it, infomuch that the foolifh hea= then hearing them talking fo oftei}of a Kingdome, tooke them for affecters of Kingdomes, and accufed them of at- Apo!, b. pro Tiringtobe Kings, " i V TBS Ca x.ráv aejo-J'owárrac a',0gui. Chriftian.Rd arrrov ni ar ñ ásaaí arE f Antonin. y , ayes ,uffine Martyr. Ye hear,[ayes he, that we expect for a Kingdome. Ye imagine we look after humane Kingdomes. No, no, Cayes he, we mean the Kingdome with God and with thrift Heaven above. Their affections weremuch there ; Ye have heard belt).- ved,the neceffty of thisduty, that-we muff fet our affeaions upon Godand his Kingdome, and grace. Ye have heard the reafonswhywe muff do CO; for the ufe of the point, yehave heard a confutationoftheStoick, , that teach a vacuity ofaffe&ions,and fay the affections areall evil' in themfelves. They cannot beevils in themfelves, becaufe we mnft fet them upon Gods were theyevil' iiì themfelves, it were unlawfull to let themupon God. Bur it is not orrelynot unlawfull, but alto it is very neceffary to let our affections upon God. O this is ahard duty toour corrupt flefh, and fo ye fhallfinde it to let your affections on God. Therebe many lets that hinder us from fo doing; Firft