Imatges de pÓgina

Lerinenfis, do all confefse what we teach of the sufficiency of
Scripture, as the learned Deane of Glocefter, Dr. Field I. z. de
Ecclef,c.2. hath fairly cited them.

And Dr. white in his way of the Church, addeth Tho. Aquinas, Antoninus Arch-bishop of Florence, Durandns Alliaco a Cardinal, Conradus Clingius.

Perefius Divinity Reader at Barcilena in Spain, and Cardia nal Bellarmine : Of whom Possevinus writeth, that he is one of the two that have won the Garland. De verbo Deil. 1.6.2.

Sacra Scriptura regule credendi certiffima con tutiffima est : Per corporales literas quas cerneremus legeremus, erudire nos voluit Deus,

Writing against Swenck field and the Libertines; chis is a legal witnesse. Pro Orthodoxo hrretici teftimonium valeat.

I know to whom I speak, and therefore I forbear the Polemi. cal bands of arguments to and fro upon this question, which in print and in English is so fully and learnedly debated.

Our lesson is, feeing Gods care of his Church, for the instruction thereof is here expreft, in commanding his revealed will

to be written, that Dot.

God would have his Church to be caught his ways d all the Real... 1. Because the ways of God, and the faving kalth of God

cannot be parted; none can have the saving heala of God without the knowledge of his ways, no ignorant aan can be saved :

it is said of Christ, Ifa. 5 3. 11. "By his knowledge shall my righteous serrant juftifie many, per

fcientiam, qua fcitur.

Therefore Davids Prayer is, Tha thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among alinations.

2. Because the promise of God doth run in femine, in the seed;

I will be thy God, and the God of thy feed. Our children are tbe

Lords inheritance : his care extendeth fo farre. Deut.5.33 That yee may live, and that it may be well with you, and that

you may prolong your duys. But that is not all, Verf, 19.' That it may be well with them and their children for ever.

3. For his own fake;that his Wifdome, Power and Iuftice may be known to men, that they may be able to plead che cause of

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God against such as either ignorantly through unbelief, or ma-
liciously and blasphemously shall dispute and argue against God,
for therefore God doth condescend to this Apology of himself,
that he may instruct his Church how to plead the cause of his lu-
stice against all strife of tongues, that the name of God be not
evil-spoken of.
To make profit of this point.

Ofe, że 1, Herein let us consider what the Lord hach done for our fouls; for he hath given us two means to communicate to us his holy will, hearing and reading; and he hach used to chis purpole both the voice and the pen of holy nicn; for he spake by the mouth of all the holy Prophets since the world began, and hóly men wrote as his spirit directed them,

Let him that hath ears to heare, heare quid Spiritus, and feek yee Pf. 34.16. out the book of the Lord and read: but then adde this caution; Mal.34. who fo readeth let him understand. It was Philips question,sed in- Iso telligis quod legis?

Seeing God hath written to us, and the whole body of holy Use 2. Scripture may well be called Gods Epistle or Letter to his Church, let us bestow the reading of Gods letter.St. Augustine faith,

Qne de illa Civitate unde peregrinamur' venerunt nobis literæ,, ipsa [unt Scripture.

In Ps.90.2 It was St. Gregories complaing of Theodorns, that he was so o ver-buried with secular cares,

Regift. 4. Et quotidie legere negligit verba redemptoris fui;quid est autem Scriptura fucra,nifi quedam epistola Omnipotentis dei, ad venturam fuam.

It is a question in our times whether printing hath done more hurt or good; for Sacan finding this a means to keep things alive in the world, hath employed the Presse in all sorts of here. fres, in all sorts of idle and lafcivious, false and dicterious, llanderous and biasphemous books.

The remedy is to refrain such readings, and as Dr. Reynold tels Hart his adversary, chat 'he bath no book allowed him to read but the Bible.

It is likely then that he is perfect in chat book, and that Phylitians do well when they find their Patient furfeited with coo




much variety of meat: to confine him to some one wholesome dyet.

So shall we do well to limit our selves to the reading of Gods letter, and know his mind; for he is wifest, and che wisedome that we shall gather from thence is wisedome from above, it is

able to make us wise unto salvation, as the Apostle faith. use. 3.

3. Seeing God teacherh us by Scripture, we must learne to carry a reverent opinion of Gods written Word, and to esteem it as Gods great love to his Church, and as the means ordained by by him to bring us all to him. Therefore David faith in one


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In God will I praise bis Word, vers. to. twice. He had reason for ič : For thy Word hath quickened me.

This word is now written;and wbatsoever things are written, 50. A they are written for our learning, that we through patience and

3 Rom. 15.4 comfort of the Scriptures, might have hope.

It was Christs shield by which he bore off the firy darts of Sa i 3otan discharged against him in the wildernesse, Scriptum eft, it is bela

written; they that know not the Scriptures know not the Power of God: this is a fure word, because it is upon record from the Spirit of God, the charter of our heavenly inheritance.

2. It must be wriccen plain, so that not only he chat comes of purpote may read it, but even he chat comes along by iç may i read it as he goes.

When we come to examine this writing, we fhall finde it to contain the summe and abridgment of the whole Bible, and all that is written may be referred to it.

From this no man may be excluded, none forbidden to read it,

it must be set forth to publike view,& put into the common eye. DOEL

This sheweth as that are the Ministers of the Word what our work is, to write the Word of God in a faire and legible hand, in great characters, that is, to open to the Church of God the whole counsel of God.

1. Because this is the Lanchorne to mens feet, and faith comReal, 1.

eth by hearing and understanding this; and this is the office of
our ministry; none can be saved but by our Miniftry; for this we
have the great title of Saviours given us in holy Scripture:
And seeing the Apostle.saith, God.would have all men to be sa-

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ved, and come to the knowledge of his truth; that is, faved by coma ing to that knowledge: we must be faithful, we must hide none of this light from men.

Chrift gave a full Commission to his Apostles, -go ye into all the world, preach ye to every creature. i'l.

Saint Paul iaith, woe is me if I preach not:'". 2. Because there is a natural blindnelle in man, and the god of Reas. 2 this world by outward temptations, & our own inward cotruptions do cast fo thick a mist of darkneffe before our understandings, that the natural man doth-not well discerne chose things which are of God; therefore as décaied sight is helped by a faire and great letter;

fo by our eafie and familiar handling of the holy Scriptures, we must labour to help the weak understandings of the ignorant.

3. We must consider the true end why God gave his word, Real.z. both spoken and written in Scriptures. · The word was given to profit with all

, for so saith God; as the

11. 55, 106 raine cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth, and. bud, C.

So shall my word be that goeth forth from my mouth, it Poall not Verl. II. returne unto me void.

It doth no good on stony ground, where it is not received in, nor where it is kept off from falling upon any ground.

It must be our care to see that the feed be good, and fit for che ground where it is sown, that it may come up again in fruit.

And because some have weak eyes, we must write very plaine characters; and because some have runing and gadding wits, we must write so as they that run may read. Thisteachech the minister to have a special regard of his audi

ufe. 1.. ence that they may profit by his ministry; for we are Emballadours from God to man, let us deliver our reliage fo-as man may know what the good and perfect will of God is.

& Words thus spoken do more good as the Apostle faith in the Church then 100 spoken in strange tongues.

Saint Bernard faich, that it is better apta chen alta sapere. Christ our Mafter that sét us awork,and whole ouvepgai we are told kals Disciples Multa habeo vobis dicere, sed nunc non potestis porta-lob,16.13

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Gen. 43.

Ezech. 47 re, I have many things to say, but you cannot bear them now. It 3, 4. &c. must be our discretion co let our preachings run like the waters

in Ezekiel, which were at first going into them up to che ancles, then to che knees,then chey rose up to the loynes, then they grew fit only for good swimmers.

And it must be your discretion that are hearers of our preachings, to remember your own measure, and Christs rule, qui poteft capere capiat; let no man sa eppegrey be over-wise, nor exercise himself in things too high for him; ler not such as be meer wadersadventure to swim in deeps, but content themselves in chole Tholes where they may have lure footing, till God che giver of wild omc do reveale more to them. They preach most profitably to a mixt audicory consisting offseveral scantings of understanding, who serve them all as Josephs brethren were served in Pharaohs house,

The eldest according to his age, and the youngest according to his 33•

That the weakest understanding may gain some light, the weak
understanding may gain more light; the good understanding
may better it felf, and the best may not think the time loft. To
make rough things plaine, and to write in a full band and a legi- i

ble character. 114.48.17 This is Gods owo manner of teaching, as he faith, I am the

It Lord thy God, which teacbeth eher to profit, which leadeth thee by the way that thou Shouldest go. And Saint Paul faith, This I speak

unto you for your own profit, use. 2.

2. seeing God would have his word so fair written, that he that runneth might read, we are taught the power and efficacie of the word plainly delivered; they that run and have something elfe to do and think on, yet cannot escape the power of this word; they shall read this writing alchoughic be in tranfitu, ia passing by.

Belshazzar was a runner, for being amongst his cups, and drinking in the vessels of Gods house amongt his Princes and Concubines, and praising bis own Idol.gods, he saw an handwricing upon the wall, it was so fairly written, that he could not

but read it ; and it was so full of terror, that thongh he bad all Pan, s. 6 the means to move delight before him, yet The King's counte

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