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Of the

poverty

ofi1rtft,

Lit

hell

, of

Angels they became

Dive's;

but

Chrift

was

God,

not by ufurpation,

and

rob

-

bery againfl

Gods will

,

but

he

was

God by

na-

ture,

hee was

rich

by

nature,

he

thought

it

no

I

robbery,

no

difparagment,

nor ufurpation

to

be

1,

equal'

with

God

, hee

did

God

no wrong

in

it.

Therefore when

he became

man,

hee

wasnot'

call

into

thefe inferiour parts

of

the world,

to

punilh

him,

as

if

hee

had

beene

an

ufurper ;

but

it was

a

voluntary

taking

of

our nature on

him,

being

rich

he became poorc,

and

being

in the

formic

of

God ,

he

made

himfëlfe

of

no

reputation

;

If

hre

had

ufurped

his

Divinity

,

his

abatement had

beene

violent

again

ft his

will; you

fee

then

that

Ghrili

.

was

rich,

as

God.

Therefore

before

hee

tooke

our nature

upon

him,

hee was

Mediator from the

begiinning,hee

was

yefierday,to

day,

and

to morrow,

and

the

jams

for

ever,

as

the

Apoftle faith,

flee

was

,and is,and

it

to

come

hee was

the

Lambe

flaìne from

the

begin-

ning

of

the

world:

For

howfoever

hee woke

our

nature

upon

him,

and

paid the debt, yet

hee

un=

dertooke the payment before the

beginning

of

the

world.

A

man

may

let

a

prifoner

look

now,

upon

a

prom

ire

to

pay the debt

a

yeare

af-

ter

:

fo

Chrift

undertooke

to

take

our

nature

and

to

pay our debt

in

the

fulnefle

of

time

;

by

vertue

therefore

of

his future

incarnation

,

bee

was

an effeeauall

Mediator

from the

begin-ling

of

the world

.

As

we have

now the

fruit

of

his

mediation

though

his death

bee

pall,

thegì

is

pall,

but the

fruit

remains:

fo

that

hee

wasa

Media

-or

Cbrill

a

Medi-

ator

from the

beginning.

.Sim

ile.