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Ait

Expofltion

vpots

the

firfl

V

E

ít.r.

that bloodie

Tyrant,

in

r

C

e

s

AR

s

houfehold

was

a

Church collected.

And

generally

it bath beene obferued,

in

Places and

Times,whcre

Gods

Truth

hatkb

cene moft

oppoled

by

Pertécutions,

it

hath

tnoft preuailed, that.

the

Church

may

fay

of

it

ferle

as

lefeph,

The

Lord

bath

made

mefrseitfull,

in

the

Land

of

my

afflillion.

That

made

Ter_

tullianinfult ouer the cruelty

of Tyrants,

and

aftera

fort

exafperate

it.

f

Cruciate, torquete, damnais,

attente

nes.

--

Exquifitior

quaque crudelitas vefira,

illecebra

eft

magic

flee.

Flores eficimur,

quoties

metitnur

s

vobu.

Semen eft

fanguis Chriftianorum.

How

fhould

thisadde

courage

to

vs Minifters

in our

Funélion,

be

we encountred with neuer

fo

many Aduer-

faries

and Oppofitcs againft

the

Truth

e

What good

the

Lord

will

haue vs

doe,

wie

(hall

doe, and none

!hall

be a-

ble to

withlland it.

1fuller

afiEbion

unto

bonds,

fayd

the

Apoftle;

C

But

the Word

of

Çc4

¡e

not bound;

that

ftil

hath

palíage.

Yea,where wee

fee

ftriuing of

Aduerfaries,

and

Contradictions,

thus let

vs

thinke,

Some

good

is

in

wor-

king,Sathan now

feeles

his

Kingdotue begin

ro

totter.

its but

our weaknetle and ignorance,

if

there

things

difmayvs. Oppoutions

haue

euer

beene in

all

places,

where the

Gofpell

hath

firft

béene planted.

The Deuil!

neuer

left his

polïelúon,

without

much bickering and

op-

petition.

But

great

is

the Truth,

and

preuaileth.

Where

we find Aduerfaries,

thus thinke

we,

The

doors

is opening;

occafìon

giuen

vs

to gaine

to

the Church of

God.

Mee

thinker,

in

this

refpeEt,

the

counfell

of

Gamaliel

fhould

fway

with

Oppofires,

if

not

for Confcience, yet

in

Policie, toforbeare

their

cut

butent

Oppofrions,

left

haply they

be found

u

fighters

againfl

God.

Ifit

bee

ofGod,

they cannot overthrow

it.

Why

rage

*

the

Heathen

?

Why

band

they

theinfelues

acainf

the

Lord

and

his

(.24i-

ah

?

Yet

hash

Vet

his

Kongzpon his

holy

Hill

Sion,

Ewen by

thole

meancs aduanced

he

his

Chrit+into the Kingdoms of

his

Church,

whereby Sathan laboured to

hinder it. Our

.

bands