HOMILY ON THE NATIVITY

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<bkdv3 n="13886"><f t="rl">AN HOMILIE OR SER{\-}<f t="r">
<bkdv3 n="13887">mon concerning the Natiuity and birth of our
<bkdv3 n="13888">Sauiour <name t="ps">Iesus Christ</name>.<f t="bk">
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<p>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;1"><bkdv3 n="13889">A<f" t="bl">Mong all the creatures that <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;2"><bkdv3 n="13890">made in" the beginning of the world most
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;3"><bkdv3 n="13891">excellent and wonderfull in" their kinde,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;4"><bkdv3 n="13892">there was none (as" the Scripture bea{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;5"><bkdv3 n="13893">reth witnesse)" to bee compared almost in
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;6"><bkdv3 n="13894">any point vnto man, who aswell in body
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;7"><bkdv3 n="13895">and soule exceeded all other no lesse," then
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;8"><bkdv3 n="13896">the Sunne in <app>brightuesse <rdg resp="IL">brightnesse</rdg></app> and light ex{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;9"><bkdv3 n="13897">ceedeth euery small and little star in" the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;10"><bkdv3 n="13898">firmament. Hee was made according" to
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;11"><bkdv3 n="13899">the image and similitude of <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, hee
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;12"><bkdv3 n="13900">was indued with all kinde of heauenly
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;13"><bkdv3 n="13901">gifts, hee had no spot of vncleannesse in
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;14"><bkdv3 n="13902">him, he was found and perfect in all parts, both outwardly and inward{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;15"><bkdv3 n="13903">ly, his reason was vncorrupt, his vnderstanding was pure and good, his
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;16"><bkdv3 n="13904">will was obedient and godly, he was made altogether like vnto <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;17"><bkdv3 n="13905">in righteousnesse, in holinesse, in wisedome, in" trueth, to bee short in all
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;18"><bkdv3 n="13906">kinde of perfection.
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<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;19"><bkdv3 n="13907">When he was" thus created and made, Almighty <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, in token of his
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;20"><bkdv3 n="13908">great loue" towards him, chose out a speciall place of the earth for him,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;21"><bkdv3 n="13909">namely Paradise, where he liued in all" tranquility and pleasure, hauing
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;22"><bkdv3 n="13910">great abundance of worldly goodes, and lacking nothing" that he might
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;23"><bkdv3 n="13911">iustly require or desire" to haue. For as it is sayde, <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> made him
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;24"><bkdv3 n="13912">Lord and ruler ouer all" the workes of his handes, that he should haue vn{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;25"><bkdv3 n="13913">der his feete all sheepe and oxen, all beastes of" the fielde, all soules of the

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<bkdv3 n="13914"><cit work="OT. Psalms 8.6-8"><f t="r">Psal.2.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;26"><bkdv3 n="13915">ayre, all fishes of" the sea, and vse them alwayes at his owne pleasure, ac{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;27"><bkdv3 n="13916">cording as he should haue neede. Was not" this a mirrour of perfection?
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;28"><bkdv3 n="13917">Was not" this a full perfect and blessed estate? Could any thing else bee
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;29"><bkdv3 n="13918">well added hereunto, or greater felicity desired in" this world? But as the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;30"><bkdv3 n="13919">common nature of all men is, in" time of prosperity and wealth, to for{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;31"><bkdv3 n="13920">get not onely" themselues, but also <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">: Euen so did this first man
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;32"><bkdv3 n="13921"><f" t="r"><name t="ps">Adam</name><f t="bl">, who hauing but one commandement at <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> hand, namely
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;33"><bkdv3 n="13922">that hee should not eate of" the fruite of knowledge of good and ill, did
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;34"><bkdv3 n="13923">notwithstanding, most vnmindefully, or rather most wilfully breake it,

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<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;35"><bkdv3 n="13926">in forgetting" the straite charge of his maker, and giuing eare to the craf{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;36"><bkdv3 n="13927">tie suggestion of" that wicked serpent the deuill. Whereby it came to passe,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;37"><bkdv3 n="13928">that as before he was blessed, so now he was accursed, as before hee was
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;38"><bkdv3 n="13929">loued, so now hee was abhorred, as before hee was most beautifull and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;39"><bkdv3 n="13930">pretious, so now hee was most vile and wretched in" the sight of his Lord
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;40"><bkdv3 n="13931">and maker. In stead of" the Image of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, he was now become the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;41"><bkdv3 n="13932">Image of" the deuill. In steade of the citizen of heauen, he was become the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;42"><bkdv3 n="13933">bond-slaue of hell, hauing in himselfe no one part of his former purity
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;43"><bkdv3 n="13934">and cleannesse, but being altogether spotted and defiled, insomuch" that
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;44"><bkdv3 n="13935">now hee seemed" to bee nothing else but a lumpe of sinne, and therefore by
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;45"><bkdv3 n="13936">the iust iudgement of <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, was condemned to euerlasting death. This
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;46"><bkdv3 n="13937">so great and miserable a plague, if it had onely rested on <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Adam</name><f t="bl">, who first
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;47"><bkdv3 n="13938">offended, it had beene so much" the easier, and might the better haue beene
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;48"><bkdv3 n="13939">borne. But it fell not onely on him, but also on his posterity and children
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;49"><bkdv3 n="13940">for euer, so" that the whole broode of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Adams</name><f t="bl"> flesh should sustaine the selfe
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;50"><bkdv3 n="13941">same fall and punishment, which" their forefather by his offence most iust{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;51"><bkdv3 n="13942">ly had deserued. Saint <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> in the fift Chapter to the Romanes sayth,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;52"><bkdv3 n="13943">By" the offence of onely <f t="r"><name t="ps">Adam</name><f t="bl">, the fault came vpon all men to condemnati{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;53"><bkdv3 n="13944">on, and by one mans disobedience many were made sinners. By which
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;54"><bkdv3 n="13945">wordes wee are" taught, that as in <f t="r"><name t="ps">Adam</name><f t="bl"> all men vniuersally sinned: so
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;55"><bkdv3 n="13946">in <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Adam</name><f t="bl"> all men vniuersally receiued the reward of sinne, that is to say,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;56"><bkdv3 n="13947">became mortall, and subiect vnto death, hauing in" themselues nothing
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;57"><bkdv3 n="13948">but euerlasting damnation both of body and soule. They became (as
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;58"><bkdv3 n="13949"><f" t="r"><name t="ps">Dauid</name><f t="bl"> sayth) corrupt and abominable, they went all out of the way,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;59"><bkdv3 n="13950">there was none" that did good, no not one. O what a miserable and wo{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;60"><bkdv3 n="13951">full state was" this, that the sinne of one man should destroy and condemne
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;61"><bkdv3 n="13952">all men," that nothing in all the world might bee looked for, but onely
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;62"><bkdv3 n="13953">panges of death, and paines of hell? Had it beene any maruaile if man{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;63"><bkdv3 n="13954">kinde had beene vtterly driuen" to desparation, being thus fallen from life
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;64"><bkdv3 n="13955">to death, from saluation" to destruction, from heauen to hell? But behold
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;65"><bkdv3 n="13956">the great goodnesse and" tender mercy of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> in his behalfe: albeit
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;66"><bkdv3 n="13957">mans wickednesse and sinfull behauiour was such," that it deserued not
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;67"><bkdv3 n="13958">in any part" to be forgiuen, yet to the intent he might not bee cleane desti{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;68"><bkdv3 n="13959">tute of all hope and comfort in" time to come, hee ordained a new Coue{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;69"><bkdv3 n="13960">nant, and made a sure promise" thereof, namely, that hee would send a
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;70"><bkdv3 n="13961">Messias or Mediatour into" the world, which should make intercession,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;71"><bkdv3 n="13962">and put himselfe as a stay betweene both parties," to pacifie the wrath and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;72"><bkdv3 n="13963">indignation conceiued against sinne, and" to deliuer man out of the mise{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;73"><bkdv3 n="13964">rable curse and cursed misery, whereinto he was fallen headlong by diso{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;74"><bkdv3 n="13965">beying" the will and commandement of the onely Lord and maker. This
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;75"><bkdv3 n="13966">couenant and promise was first made vnto <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Adam</name><f t="bl"> himselfe immediatly af{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II.12:1;76"><bkdv3 n="13967">ter his fall, as wee reade in <cit work=""Genesis 3">the 3. of Genesis</cit>, where <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> said to the ser{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;77"><bkdv3 n="13968">pent on" this wise: I will put enmity betweene thee and the woman, be{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;78"><bkdv3 n="13969">tweene" thy seed and her seede. He shall breake thine head, and thou shalt
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;79"><bkdv3 n="13970">bruise his heele.

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<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;80"><bkdv3 n="13973">Afterward," the selfe same couenant was also more amply and plainely

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<bkdv3 n="13974"><cit work="OT. Genesis 12.3, 22.18"><f t="r">Gen.12.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;81"><bkdv3 n="13975">renewed vnto <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Abraham</name><f t="bl">, where <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> promised him, that in his seede
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;82"><bkdv3 n="13976">all Nations and families of" the earth should be blessed. Againe, it was

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<bkdv3 n="13977"><cit work="OT. Genesis 26.4"><f t="r">Gen.26.<f t="bl"></cit>
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<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;83"><bkdv3 n="13978">continued and confirmed vnto <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Isahac</name><f t="bl">, in the same fourme of wordes, as it
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;84"><bkdv3 n="13979">was before vnto his father. And" to the intent that mankinde might not
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;85"><bkdv3 n="13980">despayre, but alwayes liue in hope, Almighty <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> neuer ceased to pub{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;86"><bkdv3 n="13981">lish, repeate, confirme, and continue" the same, by diuers and sundry testi{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;87"><bkdv3 n="13982">monies of his Prophets, who for" the better perswasion of the thing, pro{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;88"><bkdv3 n="13983">phesied" the time, the place, the manner and circumstance of his birth, the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;89"><bkdv3 n="13984">affliction of his life," the kinde of his death, the glory of his resurrection,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;90"><bkdv3 n="13985">the receiuing of his kingdome," the deliuerance of his people, with all other
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;91"><bkdv3 n="13986">circumstances belonging" thereunto. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Esaias</name><f t="bl"> prophesied that he should be
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;92"><bkdv3 n="13987">borne of a virgine, and called <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Emanuel</name><f t="bl">. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Micheas</name><f t="bl"> prophesied that he should
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;93"><bkdv3 n="13988">bee borne in <f" t="r"><name t="pl">Bethlehem</name><f t="bl">, a place of Iurie. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Ezechiel</name><f t="bl"> prophesied that he
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;94"><bkdv3 n="13989">should come of" the stocke and linage of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Dauid</name><f t="bl">. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Daniel</name><f t="bl"> prophesied that
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;95"><bkdv3 n="13990">all Nations and languages should serue him. <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Zacharie</name><f t="bl"> prophesied that
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;96"><bkdv3 n="13991">hee should come in pouertie, riding vpon an Asse. <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Malachie</name><f t="bl"> prophesi{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;97"><bkdv3 n="13992">ed" that hee should send <f t="r"><name t="ps">Elias</name><f t="bl"> before him, which was <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iohn</name><f t="bl"> the Baptist.
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;98"><bkdv3 n="13993"><f" t="r"><name t="ps">Ieremie</name><f t="bl"> prophesied that he should bee solde for thirtie pieces of siluer |&|c.
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;99"><bkdv3 n="13994">And all" this was done, that the promise and couenant of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;100"><bkdv3 n="13995">made vnto <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Abraham</name><f t="bl"> and his posteritie concerning the redemption of the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;101"><bkdv3 n="13996">worlde, might bee credited and fully beleeued. Now as" the Apostle
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;102"><bkdv3 n="13997"><f" t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> saith, when the fulnesse of time was come, that is, the perfection and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;103"><bkdv3 n="13998">course of yeeres, appoynted from" the beginning, then <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> according
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;104"><bkdv3 n="13999">to his former couenant and promise, sent a Messias, otherwise called a
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;105"><bkdv3 n="14000">Mediatour, vnto" the world, not such a one as <f t="r"><name t="ps">Moses</name><f t="bl"> was, not such a
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;106"><bkdv3 n="14001">one as <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Iosua</name><f t="bl">, <f t="r"><name t="ps">Saul</name><f t="bl">, or <f t="r"><name t="ps">Dauid</name><f t="bl"> was: but such a one as should deliuer man{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;107"><bkdv3 n="14002">kinde from" the bitter curse of the Law, and make perfect satisfaction by
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;108"><bkdv3 n="14003">his death, for" the sinnes of all people, namely he sent his deare and onely
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;109"><bkdv3 n="14004">Sonne <name" t="ps">Iesus Christ</name>, borne (as the Apostle saith) of a woman, and made
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;110"><bkdv3 n="14005">vnder" the Law, that he might redeeme them that were in bondage of the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;111"><bkdv3 n="14006">law, and make" them the children of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> by adoption. Was not this a
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;112"><bkdv3 n="14007">wonderfull great loue" towards vs that were his professed and open ene{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;113"><bkdv3 n="14008">mies," towards vs that were by nature the children of wrath, and fire{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;114"><bkdv3 n="14009">brands of hell fire? In" this (saith Saint <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iohn</name><f t="bl">) appeared the great loue of
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;115"><bkdv3 n="14010"><f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, that he sent his onely begotten Sonne into the world to saue vs,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;116"><bkdv3 n="14011">when we were his extreme enemies. Herein is loue, not" that we loued
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;117"><bkdv3 n="14012">him, but" that he loued vs, and sent his Sonne to be a reconciliation for
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;118"><bkdv3 n="14013">our sinnes. S. <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> also saith, <name t="ps">Christ</name>, when we were yet of no strength,

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<bkdv3 n="14014"><f t="r">Rom 5.6-7<f t="bl">
<bkdv3 n="14015"><cit work="NT. Romans 5">
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<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;119"><bkdv3 n="14016">dyed for vs being vngodly. Doubtlesse a man wil scarse dye for a righte{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;120"><bkdv3 n="14017">ous man. Peraduenture some one durst dye for him of whom" they haue
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;121"><bkdv3 n="14018">receiued good But <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> setteth out his loue towards vs, in that he sent
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;122"><bkdv3 n="14019"><name" t="ps">Christ</name> to die for vs, when we were yet void of all goodnesse. This and such
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;123"><bkdv3 n="14020">other comparisons doeth" the Apostle vse, to amplifie and set forth the ten{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;124"><bkdv3 n="14021">der mercy and great goodnesse of <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, declared towards mankinde, in
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;125"><bkdv3 n="14022">sending downe a Sauiour from heauen, euen <name" t="ps">Christ</name> the Lord. Which
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;126"><bkdv3 n="14023">one benefite among all other is so great and wonderfull," that neither

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<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;127"><bkdv3 n="14026">tongue can well expresse it, neither heart" thinke it, much lesse giue suffici{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;128"><bkdv3 n="14027">ent" thanks to <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> for it. But here is a great controuersie betweene vs
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;129"><bkdv3 n="14028">and" the Iewes, whether the same Iesus which was borne of the virgine
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;130"><bkdv3 n="14029"><f" t="r"><name t="ps">Mary</name><f t="bl">, be the true Messias, and true Sauiour of the world, so long promi{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;131"><bkdv3 n="14030">sed and prophesied of before. They, as" they are, and haue bene alwayes
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;132"><bkdv3 n="14031">proud and stiffe necked, would neuer acknowledge him vntill" this day,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;133"><bkdv3 n="14032">but haue looked and waited for another" to come. They haue this fond
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;134"><bkdv3 n="14033">imagination in" their heads, that |&|the; Messias shall come, not as <name t="ps">Christ</name> did,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;135"><bkdv3 n="14034">like a poore pilgrime |&| meeke soule riding vpon an Asse: but like a valiant
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;136"><bkdv3 n="14035">and mighty King in great royalty and honour. Not as <name" t="ps">Christ</name> did, with a
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;137"><bkdv3 n="14036">few fishermen, and men of small estimation in" the world: but with a great
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;138"><bkdv3 n="14037">army of strong men, with a great" traine of wise |&| noble men, as Knights,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;139"><bkdv3 n="14038">Lords, Earles, Dukes, Princes and so forth. Neither doe" they thinke that
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;140"><bkdv3 n="14039">their Messias shall slanderously suffer death, as <name" t="ps">Christ</name> did: but that he shal
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;141"><bkdv3 n="14040">stoutly conquer and manfully subdue all his enemies, and finally obteine
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;142"><bkdv3 n="14041">such a kingdome on earth, as neuer was seene from" the beginning. While
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;143"><bkdv3 n="14042">they faine vnto" themselues after this sorte a Messias of their owne
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;144"><bkdv3 n="14043">brayne," they deceiue themselues, and account <name t="ps">Christ</name> as an abiect and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;145"><bkdv3 n="14044">scorne of" the world. Therefore <name t="ps">Christ</name> crucified (as S. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> saith) is vn{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;146"><bkdv3 n="14045">to" the Iewes a stumbling blocke, and to the Gentiles foolishnes, because
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;147"><bkdv3 n="14046">they" thinke it an absurd thing, and contrary to all reason, that a redeemer
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;148"><bkdv3 n="14047">and Sauiour of" the whole world, should be handled after such a sort as
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;149"><bkdv3 n="14048">he was, namely scorned, reuiled, scourged, condemned, and last of all cru{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;150"><bkdv3 n="14049">elly hanged. This, I say, seemed in" their eyes strange, and most absurd,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;151"><bkdv3 n="14050">and" therefore neither they would at that time, neither will they as yet,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;152"><bkdv3 n="14051">acknowledge <name" t="ps">Christ</name> to be their Messias and Sauiour. But we (dearely
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;153"><bkdv3 n="14052">beloued)" that hope and looke to be saued, must both stedfastly beleeue, and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;154"><bkdv3 n="14053">also boldly confesse," that the same Iesus, which was borne of the virgin
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;155"><bkdv3 n="14054"><f" t="r"><name t="ps">Mary</name><f t="bl">, was the true Messias and Mediatiour betweene <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and man,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;156"><bkdv3 n="14055">promised |&| prophesied of so long before. For as" the Apostle writeth: With

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="14056"><f t="r">Rom.10.10-11<f t="bl">
<bkdv3 n="14057"><cit work="NT. Romans 10">
</note>

<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;157"><bkdv3 n="14058">the heart man beleeueth vnto righteousnesse, and with" the mouth confes{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;158"><bkdv3 n="14059">sion is made vnto saluation. Againe in" the same place: Whosoeuer be{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;159"><bkdv3 n="14060">leeueth in him, shall neuer be ashamed nor confounded. Whereto agree{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;160"><bkdv3 n="14061">eth also" the testimony of S. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iohn</name><f t="bl">, written in the fourth Chapter of his first
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;161"><bkdv3 n="14062">generall Epistle, on" this wise: Whosoeuer confesseth that Iesus is the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;162"><bkdv3 n="14063">Sonne of <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, he dwelleth in <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> in him.
<p>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;163"><bkdv3 n="14064">There is no doubt, but in" this poynt all Christian men are fully and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;164"><bkdv3 n="14065">perfectly perswaded. Yet shall it not be a lost labour" to instruct and fur{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;165"><bkdv3 n="14066">nish you with a few places concerning" this matter, that ye may be able
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;166"><bkdv3 n="14067">to stoppe" the blasphemous mouthes of all them, that most Iewishly, or
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;167"><bkdv3 n="14068">rather deuilishly, shall at any" time goe about to teach or maintaine the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;168"><bkdv3 n="14069">contrary. First, ye haue" the witnesse and testimony of the Angel <f t="r"><name t="ps">Gabriel</name><f t="bl">,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;169"><bkdv3 n="14070">declared aswell" to <f t="r"><name t="ps">Zacharie</name><f t="bl"> the high Priest, as also to the blessed virgin.
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;170"><bkdv3 n="14071">Secondly, ye haue" the witnesse and testimony of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Iohn</name><f t="bl"> the Baptist, poyn{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;171"><bkdv3 n="14072">ting vnto <name" t="ps">Christ</name>, and saying, Behold the Lambe of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> that taketh
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;172"><bkdv3 n="14073">away" the sinnes of the world. Thirdly, ye haue the witnesse and testimo{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;173"><bkdv3 n="14074">nie of <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> the Father, who thundred from heauen, and said, This is my

<bkdv3 n="14075"><fw t="catch">dearely</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="171" sig="Pp2r" side="outer" forme="2">

<bkdv3 n="14076"><f t="r"><fw t="header"><f t="r">of the Natiuity.</fw><fw t=page>171</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;174"><bkdv3 n="14077">dearely beloued Sonne, in whom I am well pleased, heare him. Fourth{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;175"><bkdv3 n="14078">ly, yee haue" the witnesse and testimony of the holy Ghost, which came
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;176"><bkdv3 n="14079">downe from heauen in manner of a doue, and lighted vpon him in" time
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;177"><bkdv3 n="14080">of his Baptisme. To" these might bee added a great number more, namely
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;178"><bkdv3 n="14081">the witnesse and" testimony of the wise men that came to <f t="r"><name t="ps">Herod</name><f t="bl">, the wit{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;179"><bkdv3 n="14082">nesse and" testimony of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Simeon</name><f t="bl"> and <f t="r"><name t="ps">Anna</name><f t="bl">, the witnesse and testimonie of
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;180"><bkdv3 n="14083"><f" t="r"><name t="ps">Andrew</name><f t="bl"> and <f t="r"><name t="ps">Philip</name>, <name t="ps">Nathanael</name><f t="bl">, and <f t="r"><name t="ps">Peter</name><f t="bl">,
<f t="r"><name t="ps">Nicodemus</name><f t="bl">, and <f t="r"><n t=ps>Martha</name><f t="bl">, with
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;181"><bkdv3 n="14084">diuers other: But it were" too long to repeate all, and a few places are
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;182"><bkdv3 n="14085">sufficient in so plaine a matter, specially among" them that are alrea{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;183"><bkdv3 n="14086">dy perswaded. Therefore if" the priuy impes of Antichrist, and craftie
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;184"><bkdv3 n="14087">instruments of" the deuill, shall attempt or goe about to withdraw you
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;185"><bkdv3 n="14088">from" this true Messias, and perswade you to looke for another that is not
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;186"><bkdv3 n="14089">yet come: let" them not in any case seduce you, but confirme your selues
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;187"><bkdv3 n="14090">with" these and such other testimonies of holy Scripture, which are so
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;188"><bkdv3 n="14091">sure and certaine," that all the deuils in hell shall neuer be able to with{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;189"><bkdv3 n="14092">stand" them. For as truely as <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> liueth, so truely was <name t="ps">Iesus Christ</name>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;190"><bkdv3 n="14093">the" true Messias and Sauiour of the world, euen the same Iesus which
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;191"><bkdv3 n="14094">as" this day was borne of the Virgine <f t="r"><name t="ps">Mary</name><f t="bl">, without all helpe of man,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;192"><bkdv3 n="14095">only by" the power and operation of the holy Ghost.
<p>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;193"><bkdv3 n="14096">Concerning whose nature and substance, because diuers and sun{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;194"><bkdv3 n="14097">dry heresies are risen in" these our dayes, through the motion and sug{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;195"><bkdv3 n="14098">gestion of Satan:" therefore it shall bee needefull and profitable for your
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;196"><bkdv3 n="14099">instruction," to speake a word or two also of this part. We are euidently
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;197"><bkdv3 n="14100">taught in" the Scripture, that our Lord and Sauiour <name t="ps">Christ</name> consisteth
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;198"><bkdv3 n="14101">of" two seuerall natures, of his manhood, being thereby perfect man, and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;199"><bkdv3 n="14102">of his Godhead, being" thereby perfect <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. It is written, The word,

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="14103"><f t=r"><cit work="NT. John 1.14>Iohn 1.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14104"><cit work="NT. Romans 8.3-4">Rom.8.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;200"><bkdv3 n="14105">that is" to say, the second Person in Trinity, became flesh. <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> sending
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;201"><bkdv3 n="14106">his owne Sonne in" the similitude of sinfull flesh, fulfilled those things
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;202"><bkdv3 n="14107">which" the law could not. Christ being in forme of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, tooke on him

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="14108"><cit work="NT. Philippians 2.6-8">
<bkdv3 n="14109"><f t="r">Philip.2.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;203"><bkdv3 n="14110">the forme of a seruant, and was made like vnto man, being found in
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;204"><bkdv3 n="14111">shape as a man. <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> was shewed in flesh, iustified in spirit, seene of An{\-}

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="14112"><cit work="NT. 1 Timothy 3.16">
<bkdv3 n="14113"><f t="r">1.Tim.3.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;205"><bkdv3 n="14114">gels, preached" to the Gentiles, beleeued on in the world, and receiued vp
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;206"><bkdv3 n="14115">in glory. Also in another place: There is one <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and one mediatour
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;207"><bkdv3 n="14116">betweene <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> and man, euen the man Iesus Christ. These be plaine
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;208"><bkdv3 n="14117">places for" the proofe and declaration of both natures, vnited and knitte
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;209"><bkdv3 n="14118">together, in one Christ. Let vs diligently consider and waigh" the workes
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;210"><bkdv3 n="14119">that hee did whiles he liued on earth, and wee shall" thereby also perceiue
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;211"><bkdv3 n="14120">the selfe same" thing to bee most true. In that hee did hunger and thirst,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;212"><bkdv3 n="14121">eate and drinke, sleepe and wake, in" that hee preached his Gospel to
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;213"><bkdv3 n="14122">the people, in" that he wept and sorrowed for <name t="pl">Ierusalem</name>, in that he payed
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;214"><bkdv3 n="14123">tribute for himselfe and <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Peter</name><f t="bl">, in that hee died and suffered death, what
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;215"><bkdv3 n="14124">other" thing did he else declare, but only this, that he was perfect man as
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;216"><bkdv3 n="14125">wee are? For which cause hee is called in holy Scripture, sometime" the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;217"><bkdv3 n="14126">sonne of <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Dauid</name><f t="bl">, sometime the sonne of man, sometime the sonne of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Mary</name><f t="bl">,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;218"><bkdv3 n="14127">sometime" the sonne of <f t="r"><name t="ps">Ioseph</name><f t="bl">, and so foorth. Now in that hee forgaue
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;219"><bkdv3 n="14128">sinnes, in" that hee wrought miracles, in that he did cast out deuils, in
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;220"><bkdv3 n="14129">that he healed men with his onely word, in" that hee knew the thoughts

<bkdv3 n="14130"><fw t="sig">Pp 2</fw> <fw t="catch">of</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="172" sig="Pp2v" side="inner" forme="2">

<bkdv3 n="14131"><f t="r"><fw t=page>172</fw><fw t="header">The Sermon of</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;221"><bkdv3 n="14132">of mens heartes, in" that hee had the Seas at his commandement, in
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;222"><bkdv3 n="14133">that hee walked on" the water, in that hee rose from death to life, in that
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;223"><bkdv3 n="14134">he ascended into heauen, and so forth: What other" thing did he shew ther{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;224"><bkdv3 n="14135">in, but onely" that hee was perfect <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, coequall with the Father as
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;225"><bkdv3 n="14136">touching his deitie? Therefore hee sayth, The Father and I are all one,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;226"><bkdv3 n="14137">which is" to bee vnderstood of his Godhead. For as touching his man{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;227"><bkdv3 n="14138">hood, he sayth, The Father is greater" then I am. Where are now those
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;228"><bkdv3 n="14139"><f" t="r"><name t="ps">Marcionites</name><f t="bl">, that denie Christ to haue beene borne in the flesh, or to haue
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;229"><bkdv3 n="14140">bin perfect man? Where are now" those <f t="r"><name t="ps">Arians</name><f t="bl">, which deny Christ to haue
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;230"><bkdv3 n="14141">beene perfect <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, of equall substance with the Father? If there bee
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;231"><bkdv3 n="14142">any such, we may easily reprooue" them with these testimonies of <f t="bll">GODS<f t="bl">
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;232"><bkdv3 n="14143">word, and such other. Whereunto, I am most sure," they shall neuer bee
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;233"><bkdv3 n="14144">able" to answere. For the necessity of our saluation did require such a me{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;234"><bkdv3 n="14145">diatour |&| Sauiour, as vnder one person should be a partaker of both na{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;235"><bkdv3 n="14146">tures: It was requisite he should be man, it was also requisit he should be
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;236"><bkdv3 n="14147"><f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. For as the transgression came by man, so was it meete the satis{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;237"><bkdv3 n="14148">faction should bee made by man. And because death, according" to S. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl">,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;238"><bkdv3 n="14149">is" the iust stipende and reward of sinne, therefore to appease the wrath
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;239"><bkdv3 n="14150">of <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, and to satisfie his Iustice, it was expedient that our Medi{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;240"><bkdv3 n="14151">atour should be such a one, as might" take vpon him the sins of mankinde
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;241"><bkdv3 n="14152">and sustaine" the due punishment thereof, namely death. Moreouer, hee
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;242"><bkdv3 n="14153">came in flesh, and in" the selfe same flesh ascended into heauen, to declare
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;243"><bkdv3 n="14154">and" testifie vnto vs, that all faithfull people which stedfastly beleeue in
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;244"><bkdv3 n="14155">him, shall likewise come vnto" the same mansion place, whereunto he be{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;245"><bkdv3 n="14156">ing our chiefe captaine, is gone before. Last of all, he became man," that
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;246"><bkdv3 n="14157">wee" thereby might receiue the greater comfort, aswell in our prayers, as
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;247"><bkdv3 n="14158">also in our aduersity, considering with our selues," that we haue a Media{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;248"><bkdv3 n="14159">tour" that is true man as we are, who also is touched with our infirmities
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;249"><bkdv3 n="14160">and was" tempted euen in like sort as we are. For these and sundry other
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;250"><bkdv3 n="14161">causes, it was most needfull he should come, as he did, in" the flesh.
<p>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;251"><bkdv3 n="14162">But because no creature, in" that he is onely a creature, hath or may
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;252"><bkdv3 n="14163">haue power" to destroy death, and giue life, to ouercome hell, and purchase
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;253"><bkdv3 n="14164">heauen," to remit sins, and giue righteousnesse: therefore it was needfull,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;254"><bkdv3 n="14165">that our Messias, whose proper duety and office" that was, should bee not
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;255"><bkdv3 n="14166">onely full and perfect man, but also full and perfect <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, to the intent
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;256"><bkdv3 n="14167">he might more fully and perfectly make satisfaction for mankinde. <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">

<note place="lmargin">
<bkdv3 n="14168"><cit work="NT. Matthew 3.17">
<bkdv3 n="14169"><f t="r">Matth.3<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;257"><bkdv3 n="14170">sayth, This is my welbeloued Sonne in whom I am well pleased. By
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;258"><bkdv3 n="14171">which place we learne," that Christ appeased and quenched the wrath of
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;259"><bkdv3 n="14172">his Father, not in" that he was onely the sonne of man: But much more
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;260"><bkdv3 n="14173">in" that he was the Sonne of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">.
<p>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;261"><bkdv3 n="14174">Thus ye haue heard declared out of" the Scriptures, that Iesus Christ
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;262"><bkdv3 n="14175">was" the true Messias |&| Sauiour of the world, that he was by nature |&|
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;263"><bkdv3 n="14176">substance perfect <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, |&| perfect man, |&| for what cause it was expedient
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;264"><bkdv3 n="14177">he should be so. Now" that wee may bee the more mindfull and thankefull
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;265"><bkdv3 n="14178">vnto <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> in this behalfe, let vs briefly consider, and call to minde,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;266"><bkdv3 n="14179">the manifold and great benefits" that wee haue receiued by the Natiuitie
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;267"><bkdv3 n="14180">and birth of" this our Messias and Sauiour.

<bkdv3 n="14181"><fw t="catch">Before</fw>

<bkdv2 type="page" n="173" sig="Pp3r" side="outer" forme="3">

<bkdv3 n="14182"><f t="r"><fw t="header"><f t="r">of the Natiuity.</fw><fw t=page>173</fw><f t="bl">

<p>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;268"><bkdv3 n="14183">Before Christes comming into" the worlde, all men vniuersally in
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;269"><bkdv3 n="14184"><f" t="r"><name t="ps">Adam</name><f t="bl">, were nothing else but a wicked and crooked generation, rotten
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;270"><bkdv3 n="14185">and corrupt" trees, stony ground, full of brambles and bryers, lost sheepe,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;271"><bkdv3 n="14186">prodigall sonnes, naughty vnprofitable seruantes, vnrighteous stew{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;272"><bkdv3 n="14187">ardes, workers of iniquity," the broode of Adders, blinde guides, sit{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;273"><bkdv3 n="14188">ting in darkenesse and in" the shadow of death: to bee short nothing
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;274"><bkdv3 n="14189">else but children of perdition, and inheritours of hell fire. To" this doeth
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;275"><bkdv3 n="14190">Saint <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> beare witnesse in diuers places of his Epistle, and Christ
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;276"><bkdv3 n="14191">also himselfe in sundry places of his Gospel. But after hee was once
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;277"><bkdv3 n="14192">come downe from heauen, and had" taken our frayle nature vpon him, he
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;278"><bkdv3 n="14193">made all" them that would receiue him truely, and beleeue his word,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;279"><bkdv3 n="14194">good" trees, and good ground, fruitfull and pleasant branches, children
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;280"><bkdv3 n="14195">of light, citizens of heauen, sheepe of his folde, members of his body,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;281"><bkdv3 n="14196">heyres of his Kingdome, his" true friendes and brethren, sweet and liue{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;282"><bkdv3 n="14197">ly bread," the elect and chosen people of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. For as S. <f t="r"><name t="ps">Peter</name><f t="bl"> sayeth
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;283"><bkdv3 n="14198">in his first Epistle and second Chapter: Hee bare our sinnes in his body
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;284"><bkdv3 n="14199">vpon" the Crosse, hee healed vs, and made vs whole by his stripes: and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;285"><bkdv3 n="14200">whereas before we were sheepe going astray, he by his comming brought
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;286"><bkdv3 n="14201">vs home againe" to the true <app>Sepheard <rdg resp="IL">Shepheard</rdg></app> and Bishop of our soules, making
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;287"><bkdv3 n="14202">vs a chosen generation, a royall Priesthood, an holy Nation, a particular
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;288"><bkdv3 n="14203">people of <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, in that he died for our offences, and rose for our iusti{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;289"><bkdv3 n="14204">fication. Saint <f" t="r"><name t="ps">Paul</name><f t="bl"> to <f t="r"><name t="ps">Timothie</name><f t="bl"> the third Chapter: Wee were (sayth
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;290"><bkdv3 n="14205">he) in" times past, vnwise, disobedient, deceiued, seruing diuers lustes
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;291"><bkdv3 n="14206">and pleasures, liuing in hatred, enuie, malitiousnesse, and so foorth.
<p>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;292"><bkdv3 n="14207">But after" the louing kindnesse of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> our Sauiour appeared to{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;293"><bkdv3 n="14208">wardes mankinde, not according" to the righteousnesse that we had done,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;294"><bkdv3 n="14209">but according" to his great mercy, hee saued vs by the fountaine of the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;295"><bkdv3 n="14210">newe birth, and by" the renewing of the holy Ghost, which he powred
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;296"><bkdv3 n="14211">vpon vs abundantly," through Iesus Christ our Sauiour, that wee
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;297"><bkdv3 n="14212">being once iustified by his grace, should bee heires of eternall life," through
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;298"><bkdv3 n="14213">hope and faith in his blood.
<p>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;299"><bkdv3 n="14214">In" these and such other places, is set out before our eyes, as it were
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;300"><bkdv3 n="14215">in a glasse," the abundant grace of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, receiued in Christ Iesu, which
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;301"><bkdv3 n="14216">is so much" the more wonderfull, because it came not of any desert of ours,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;302"><bkdv3 n="14217">but of his meere and" tender mercy, euen then when wee were his ex{\-}

<note place="rmargin">
<bkdv3 n="14218"><cit work="Matthew 1.21"><f t="r">Matth.2.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14219"><cit work="Matthew 5.17">Matth.5.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14220"><cit work="John 18.37">Iohn 18.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14221"><cit work="Luke 4.18-19">Luke 4.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14222"><cit work="John 8.12">Iohn 8.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14223"><cit work="Matthew 9.13">Matth.9.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14224"><cit work="Matthew 11.28">Matth.11.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14225"><cit work="John 12.31">Iohn 12.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14226"><cit work="Colossians 1.21-22">Colos.1.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14227"><cit work="Hebrews 10">Heb.10.</cit>
<bkdv3 n="14228"><cit work="Romans 3.25">Rom.3.<f t="bl"></cit>
</note>

<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;303"><bkdv3 n="14229">treme enemies: But for" the better vnderstanding and consideration of
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;304"><bkdv3 n="14230">this" thing, let vs behold the end of his comming, so shall wee perceiue
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;305"><bkdv3 n="14231">what great commodity and profit his Natiuity hath brought vnto vs mi{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;306"><bkdv3 n="14232">serable and sinfull creatures. The end of his comming, was" to saue and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;307"><bkdv3 n="14233">deliuer his people," to fulfill the Law for vs, to beare witnesse vnto the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;308"><bkdv3 n="14234">trueth," to teach and preach the wordes of his Father, to giue light vnto
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;309"><bkdv3 n="14235">the world," to call sinners to repentance, to refresh them that labour and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;310"><bkdv3 n="14236">bee heauie laden," to cast out the prince of this world, to reconcile vs in
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;311"><bkdv3 n="14237">the body of his flesh," to dissolue the workes of the deuill, last of all, to be{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;312"><bkdv3 n="14238">come a propitiation for our sinnes, and not for ours onely, but also for" the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;313"><bkdv3 n="14239">sinnes of" the whole world.
<p>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;314"><bkdv3 n="14240">These were" the chiefe ends wherefore Christ became man, not for

<bkdv3 n="14241"><fw t="sig">Pp 3</fw><fw t="catch">any</fw>

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<bkdv3 n="14242"><f t="r"><fw t=page>174</fw><fw t="header">The Sermon of |&|c.</fw><f t="bl">

<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;315"><bkdv3 n="14243">any profit" that should come to himselfe thereby, but onely for our sakes,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;316"><bkdv3 n="14244">that we might vnderstand" the will of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, be pertakers of his hea{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;317"><bkdv3 n="14245">uenly light, be deliuered out of" the deuils clawes: released from the burden
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;318"><bkdv3 n="14246">of sinne, iustified" through faith in his blood, and finally, receiued vp into
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;319"><bkdv3 n="14247">euerlasting glory," there to raigne with him for euer. Was not this a great
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;320"><bkdv3 n="14248">and singular loue of Christ" towards mankind, that being the expresse and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;321"><bkdv3 n="14249">liuely image of <f" t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, he would notwithstanding humble himselfe, and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;322"><bkdv3 n="14250">take vpon him" the forme of a seruant, and that onely to saue and redeeme
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;323"><bkdv3 n="14251">vs? O how much are wee bound" to the goodnesse of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl"> in this be{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;324"><bkdv3 n="14252">halfe? how many" thankes and praises doe wee owe vnto him for this our
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;325"><bkdv3 n="14253">saluation wrought by his deare and onely Sonne Christ? who became a
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;326"><bkdv3 n="14254">pilgrime in earth" to make vs citizens in heauen, who became the sonne
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;327"><bkdv3 n="14255">of man," to make vs the sonnes of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">, who became obedient to the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;328"><bkdv3 n="14256">Law," to deliuer vs from the curse of the Law, who became poore, to
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;329"><bkdv3 n="14257">make vs rich; vile," to make vs pretious; subiect to death, to make vs liue
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;330"><bkdv3 n="14258">for euer. What greater loue could we seely creatures desire or wish" to haue
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;331"><bkdv3 n="14259">at <f" t="bll">GODS<f t="bl"> hands?
<p>
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;332"><bkdv3 n="14260">Therefore dearely beloued, let vs not forget" this exceeding loue of our
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;333"><bkdv3 n="14261">Lord and Sauiour, let vs not shew our selues vnmindfull or vnthankfull
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;334"><bkdv3 n="14262">toward him: but let vs loue him, feare him, obey him, and serue him.
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;335"><bkdv3 n="14263">Let vs confesse him with our mouthes, prayse him with our" tongues, be{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;336"><bkdv3 n="14264">leeue on him with our hearts, and glorifie him with our good workes.
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;337"><bkdv3 n="14265">Christ is" the light, let vs receiue the light. Christ is the trueth, let vs
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;338"><bkdv3 n="14266">beleeue" the trueth. Christ is the way, let vs follow the way. And because
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;339"><bkdv3 n="14267">he is our onely master, our onely" teacher, our onely shepheard and chiefe
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;340"><bkdv3 n="14268">captaine:" therefore let vs become his seruants, his schollers, his sheepe,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;341"><bkdv3 n="14269">and his souldiers. As for sinne," the flesh, the world, and the Diuel, whose
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;342"><bkdv3 n="14270">seruants and bondslaues, we were before Christs comming, let vs vtter{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;343"><bkdv3 n="14271">ly cast" them off, and defie them, as the chiefe and onely enemies of our
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;344"><bkdv3 n="14272">soule. And seeing wee are once deliuered from" their cruell tyranny by
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;345"><bkdv3 n="14273">Christ, let vs neuer fall into" their hands againe, lest we chance to be in a
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;346"><bkdv3 n="14274">worse case" then euer we were before. Happy are they, sayth the Scrip{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;347"><bkdv3 n="14275">ture," that continue to the end. Be faythfull (sayth <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">) vntill death,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;348"><bkdv3 n="14276">and I will giue" thee a crowne of life. Againe he sayth in another place,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;349"><bkdv3 n="14277">He" that putteth his hand vnto the plough, and looketh backe, is not meet
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;350"><bkdv3 n="14278">for" the kingdome of <f t="bll">GOD<f t="bl">. Therefore let vs be strong, stedfast, and vn{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;351"><bkdv3 n="14279">mooueable, abounding alwayes in" the workes of the Lord. Let vs re{\-}
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;352"><bkdv3 n="14280">ceiue Christ, not for a" time, but for euer, let vs beleeue his word, not for a
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;353"><bkdv3 n="14281">time, but for euer, let vs become his seruants, not for a" time, but for euer,
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;354"><bkdv3 n="14282">in consideration" that he hath redeemed and saued vs, not for a time, but
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;355"><bkdv3 n="14283">for euer, and will receiue vs into his heauenly kingdome," there to raigne
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;356"><bkdv3 n="14284">with him, not for a" time, but for euer. To him therefore with the
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;357"><bkdv3 n="14285">Father and" the holy Ghost, be all honour, prayse, and
<ttdv3 n="II:12:1;358"><bkdv3 n="14286">glory, for euer and euer, Amen.<f" t="r">

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