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C

it

A

P.

I.

Epiftle

to the

Thef

alotriares.

V

ER.

I.

1

the

Father

in vs,wa

in him;the fruit

fhewes

it, mentio-

ned

by

meter,

that

wee are made partakers ofthe

diuine

Nature

:

after

a

fort Deifïed,fay fame

Ancients,

harfhly;

their hyperbole

thus mollifie;

Gads

nature wee

partake

analogically,

not

vnivocè.

Ir

teacheth

vs,

Grft,in to

purge our

felues,

from

allfilthi,

nefeof

flelh

and tpirir,

that

we

may

prefcrue

our

fubfì-

ftence

in

God.

Secondly,

Ton

feparate from

all

focietie

with

Idola-

ters, and

other

profane perlons,

of the

World,

that

jeth

in

that

wicked

one.

The

fv;dt

or

greeting

followes;

wherein

are,firft,

the

bleffings wifhed,

Grace

and

peace.

Secondly,the Authour

orFounraine,

God

the

Father.

Thirdly, the

Mediatour,

the

Lord

Iefiss

Chrifl,

The

explication and

vfe

of

this

claufe,

fee

in

the

Annotations

adR

nean.eap.z.

Grace,in

Scripture

liignifïes

either the

fauour of

God,

or

the

free

gifts

itluing

therefrom

:

Peace,

O

fometirnes

reconciliati-

on with God

:

vfually, after

the

phrafe

ofthe

old

Tefta-

ment,

profperitie. Grace,here

vnderftand Gods fauour;

peace,

happinetie, and profperity; diftinguithed by S.

John

into

profperity

of the outward

eftate,

and

profpe-

rity of the

foule,

as thy

foule proffiereth.

The

Apoftic prayes

nor

the

Gift

donation,but

rhe,Erft,

continuance. Secondly,

q

multiplication.

Thirdly,fitller

manifeftation

of

Gods fauour

to this

people.

By degrees

god

manifefis hts

fauour

to his

children, and

by

drops, as

it

were,

inffills

the feeling

of

his loue. Lc

t

not

Chrittianswonder

at ir,

when

as

of Chrift

it

is

laid,

hee

grew,

asin ftature,and wiredome,fò in fauourwith

God.

Shall we

fay

dfusnci

c

onely? and

oft

enjiuè?

in

Mature

we

arefure

real

ly,why not

alto

in

wifedome and

fauor

with

God

?as

S.

flmbrofe, F'ulgentitas,

and

other

Ancients,

long agoe

interpreted, limiting themléluesto

his

huma-

nity,

and

that

flare

of humiliation and penalty,

which

for

our

fakes

he

underwent. Neither

fec

I

how

it

thould

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