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I

CH

AP.

I.

Einfile

to

the Theffadonians,

V

ER.

Z.

Zianerxm

h

ereticorurn prafumptionem perniciemgteedefendi.

Patres

allege,

ron tangtezm principium probandi dogmata

Ecelefia,

nec

tanyuamIudices;

fsd vt tef

es

duntaxat

confers

fui

in doilrinoi

interpretation

Script

air

arum

:

vtft

ex

~is

verbiaq:sodfentio

dice,

quij

iam

non

afequatur,exPatrum

verbis

enteNigett.

The

perlons to whom

the

Epiflle

is

direfl;ed,

are

next

intimated

and

defcribed,

To

the Church of the Thetfa-

Ionians.

The

City, whence

the

inhabitants haue their

name,

is

famoufy knowne to

haue

beene the

Metropolis

or

Mother-City ofMacedonia,anciently

called

Thermz,

new-built

by Philip

King

of Macedonie,

after his

con-

vet}

of Thelialie;

for

Monument

of

which

Vic`1ory,

it

was

fo

reedified

ánd

enlarged,

and

obtained that

name

:

Euen

now

a

famous Emporie for

Indian

Merchandi

fe

,but

Maginua

ii

fubieft

to

the Dominion and Idolatry of

Turkel,

known

Geogaph.

by the

name

ofSaloniki.

In

this

Citie,God

was

pleafed

by

the

Miniftery

ofPaul

and

SihaA,to

collet}

a

Church;

the

Hi

brie

fee

,Alf.

17.

noting

the Tumults

railed

agaínf}

them by the

'ewes:

I

fuch,that

Patel was

forced,

for

fafetie

of

his

perron,

to

flye

tom

Bel

æa;

and

the

Saints

that

game

him entertain-

rn

Alls

17.

Xe.

ment,

efpecially

n

Iafon,

frarce found fecurity

in

their

n

Verses.

owne houles; yet there God

pleated

to colleft

him

a'

Church,

So

true

is

it,

That

where

God

will

gather

him

a

Church,

'

Obieer.

no oppofition

of

Men,

er Dewills,can hinder

it

:

Yea,oft

Ex-

perience

hash

Mewed;

where

haue

beetle moll

violent

Oppofrions,Gods Word hath

moll

mightily grown

and

'

preuailed.

At

E

helirs,

what Tumults

were rayfed

by

°

Demetrius

,

and

the Crafts -men?

yet

a

more worthy

0/tai

19;

23,

Church

wee

fearce

finde amongí}

them

of

Afla.

The

24,15,

eac.

Apoille

mentioning

it by occafion,fayth, There

mu

ope-

ned

P

a

great

Doore,

and

etfetfnall;

great

occafion

of do.

pi

ter.16.9.

ing

much

good,

brat

many

aduerfaries.

Like read

*ee

of

q

Corinth,

Yea, in

the Court of

Nero,

vnder

the

note

of

g4as

18.16.

B

3

that

1

Potan.

Prsfat,

in

Bolen'''.