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againft you ; ye Children of Ifrael^ fight not againft Ver. 12.
the Lord God of your Fathers^ for ye floall not profper.



O o 2



THE



SECOND SERMON.



Epift. JuDE, Ver. 17, 18, 19, 20, 21.

But ye, beloved, remember the words which

werefpoken before of the Apojlles of our Lord

Jefus Chriji.
How that they told you, that there fiould be

Mockers in the lajl time, which Jhould walk

after their owti ungodly lufts.
"Thefe are makers of SeBs, flefily, having not

the Spirit.
But ye, beloved, edify yourfelves in your mojl holy

Faith, praying in the Holy Ghoji.
Jnd keep yourfelves in the love of God, looking

for the mercy of our Lord Jefus Chriji unto

eternal life.

HAVING otherwhere fpoken of the words of
St. Jude, going next before, concerning
Mockers which Ihould come in the laft time,
and BackQiders which even then ftiould fall away
from the Faith of our Lord and Saviour Jefus
Chrift ; I am now by the aid of Almighty God, and
through the affiftance of his good Spirit, to lay be-
fore ycm the words of exhortation which I have read,
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568 TWO SERMONS

they he 7iot defiroyed in the punijhment of the cityi Tht
Angels having fpoken again and again. Lot for all
this lingereth out the time flilij till at the length
they were forced to take both him, his Wife^ and his
Daughters by the arms^ (the Lord being merciful unto
him) and to carry them forth ^ and fet them without the
city,

5. Was there ever any father thus careful to fave
his child from the flame ? A Man would think,
that now being fpoken unto to efcape for his life,
and not to look behind him, nor to tarry in the plain,
but to haflen to the mountain, and there to fave
himfelf, he fhould do it gladly. Yet behold, now
he is fo far off from a chearful and willing heart to
do whatfoever is commanded him for his own weal,
that he beginneth to reafon the matter, as if God
had miftaken one place for another, fending him to
the hill, when falvation was in the city. Not fo, my
Lord, I befeech thee\ behold thy Jervant hath found
grace in thy fight, and thou kaji magnified thy mercy,
which thou hafi fJoewed unto me in faving my life, I
cannot efcape in the mountain^ leftfome evU take me, and
I die. Here is a city hard by, a fmall thing ; O, let me
efcape thither, (is it not a fmall thing ? ) and my foul

fhall live. Well, God is contented to yield to any
conditions : Behold, I have received thy requejl con'
cerning this thing a Ifo, Iwill fpare this city for which
thou hafi fpoken ', hafte thee, fave thee there-, for I can
do nothing till thou come thither.

6. He could do nothing ! Not becaufe of the
"weaknefs of his ftrength (for who is like unto the
Lord in power }) but becaufe of the greatnefs of his
mercy, which would not fufftr him to lift up his arm
againft that city, nor to pour out his wrath upon that
place, where his righteous Servant had a fancy to re-
main, and a defire to dwell. O the depth of the riches
of the mercy and love of God ! God is afraid to offend
us, which are not afraid to difpleaie him, God can do
nothing till he have laved us, which can find in our
hearts rather to do any thing than to ferve him. It

contenteth



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contenteth him not to exempt us, when the pit is
digged for the wicked *, to comfort us at every men-
tion which is made of reprobates and godlefs Men;
to fave us as the apple of his own eye, when fire
Cometh down from Heaven to confume the Inhabi-
tants of the Earth; except every Prophet, and
every Apoftle, and every Servant whom he fendeth
forth do come loaden with thefe or the like exhorta-
tions, O beloved, edify yourfehes in your moft holy Faith -^
give yourfehes to prayer in the Spirit ; keep yourfehes
tn the love of God \ look for the mercy of our Lord Jefus
Chrifl unto eternal life,

7. Edify yourfehes. The fpeech is borrowed from
material builders, and mud be fpiritually underftood.
It appears in the fixth of St. John's Gofpel by the
Jews, that their mouths did water too m>uch for
bodily food : Our Fathers^ fay they, did eat Manna
in the defert^ as it it written,, he gave them bread from
Heaven to eat ; Lord^ evermore give us of this bread.
Our Saviour, to turn their appetite another way,
maketh them this anfwer, I am the bread of life-, he
that cometh to me fhall not hunger-, and he that believetb
in me fhall never thirji.

8. An ufual pradice it is of Satan to caft heaps
of worldly baggage in our way, that whilft we defire
to heap up gold as dud, we may be brought at

the length to erteem vilely that fpiritual blifs. Chrift,Matt. vi.
to corred; this evil affcdion, putteth us in mind to
lay up treafure for ourfclves in Heaven. The Apoftle, i Tim.
mifliking the vanity of thofe Women which attired '^^i'* "*
themfelves more coftly than befeemeth the heavenly
calling of fuch as profelTed the fear of God, willeth
them to clothe themfelves with fhamefacednefs and
modefty, and to put on the apparel of good works.
Taliter pigment at ^y Beum habebitis am at or em, faith Ter-
tullian. Put on righteoufnefs as a garment; initead
of civet, have faith which may caufe a fiwour of life to
iffue from you, and God Ihall be enamoured, he (hall
be ravifhcd with your beauty. Thefe are the orna-
ments* .



570 TWO SERMONS

ments, bracelets, and jewels which inflame the love
of Chrift, and let his heart on fire upon his fpoufe.
We fee how he breaketh out in the Canticles at the
beholding of this attire : How fair art thou^ and how
pleafant art thou^ O my Love, in theje pkafures I

9. And perhaps Si. Jude exhorteth us here not to

build our houfes, but ourfelves, forefeeing by the

Spirit of the Almighty which was with him, that

there fhould be Men in the laft days like to thofe

in the firfl:, which lliould encourage and ftir up each

other to make brick, and to burn it in the fire, to

build houfes huge as cities, and towns as high as

Heaven, thereby to get them a name upon earth ;

Men that fhould turn out the Poor, and the Father-

lefs, and the Widow, to build places of reft for dogs

and fwine in their rooms ♦, Men that (hould lay houfes

of prayer even with the ground, and make them

ftables where God's people have worfhipped before

the Lord. Surely this is a vanity of all vanities, and

it is much amongft Men ; and a fpecial fickncfs

of this age. What it fliould mean I know not,

except God hath fet them on work to provide fuel

againft that day when the Lord Jefus fhall (hew

himfelf from Heaven with his mighty Angels in

flaming fire. What good cometh unto the owners of

thefe things, faith §olomon, but only the beholding

thereof with their eyes ? Martha, Martha^ thou hufieft

thyjelf about many things ; one thing is necejfary. Ye

are too bufy, my Brethren, with timber and brick ;

they have chofen the better part, they have taken a

better courfe, that build themfelves. Te are the Tern-

pies of the living God, as God hath faid, Lwill dwell in

them, and will walk in them -, and they fhall he my Peo^

pie, and I will he their God.

10. Which of you will gladly remain or abide in
a mifhapen, or a ruinous, or a broken houfe ? and
fliall we fuffer fln and vanity to drop in at our eyes,
and at our ears, and at every corner of our bodies,
and of our fouls, knowing that we are the Temples

of



UPON PART OF ST. JUDE. 571

of the Holy Ghoft ? Which of you receiveth a guefl
whom he honoureth, or whom he lovech, and doth .
not fweep his chamber againft his coming? and fhall
we fuffer the chambers of our hearts and confciences
to lie full of vomiting, full of filth, full of garbage,
knowing that Chrift hath faid, I and my Father will
come and dwell with you ? Is it meet for your oxen to
lie in parlors, and yourfelves to lodge in cribs ? Or
is it feemly for yourfelves to dwell in your ceiled
houfes, and the Houfe of the Almighty to lie wafte,
whofe houfe ye are yourfelves ? Do not our eyes be-
hold, how God every day overtaketh the wicked m
their journeys ? how fuddenly they pop down into
the pit ? how God's judgments for their crimes
come fo fwiftly upon them, that they have not the
leifure to cry, Alas ! How their life is cut off like a
thread in a moment ? how they pafs like a fhadow ?
how they open their mouths to fpeak, and God
taketh them even in the midft of a vain or an idle
word ? And dare we for all this lie down, take our
reft, eat our meat fecurely and carelefsly in the midfl
of fo great and fo many ruins ? BlefTed and praifed
for ever and ever be his Name, who perceiving of
Jiow fenfelefs and heavy metal we are made, hath
inftituted in his CHURCH a Spiritual Supper, andxheSacn-
an Holy Communion to be celebrated often, that l^^j fsup.
we might thereby be occafioned often to examine per.
thefe buildings of ours, in what cafe they ftand. For
fith God doth not dwell in Temples which are un-
clean, fith a (brine cannot be a fanctuary unto him •,
and this Supper is received as a feal unto us,
that we are his Houfe, and his Sanfluary •, that his
Chrift is as truly united to me, and I to him, as my
arm is united and knit unto my fhoulder •, that he
dwelleth in me as verily as the elements of bread and
wine abide within me-, which perfuafion, by receiv-
ing thefe dreadful myfteries, we profefs ourfelves to
have; a due comfort, if truly ; and if in hypocrify,
then wo worth us : therefore ere we put forth our

hands



572 TWO SERMONS

hands to take this blefled Sacrament, we are charged
to examine and try our hearts whether God be in us
, of a truth or no : and if by Faith and Love unfeign-
ed we be found the Temples of the Holy Ghofl,
then to judge whether we have had fuch regard
every one to our building, that the Spirit which
dwelleth in us hath no way been vexed, molefted
and grieved : or if it had, as no doubt fometimes
it hath by incredulity, fometimes by breach of cha-
rity, fometimes by want of zeal, fometimes by fpots
of life, even in the bed and moft perfed amongft
us ; (for who can fay his heart is clean ?) O then to
fly unto God by unfeigned repentance, to fall down
before him in the humility of our fouls, begging of
him v^'hatfoever is needful to repair our decays, be-
fore we fall into that defolation, whereof the Pro-
Lam. n. 13. phet fpeaketh, faying, 'Thy breach is great like thejea-y
who can heal thee ?

ir. Receiving the Sacrament of the Supper of
the Lord after this fort (you that are fpiritual judge
what I fpeak), is not all other wine like the water of
Marah, being compared to the cup which we blefs ?
is not Manna like to gall, and our bread like to
Manna ? is there not a tafte, a tafte of Chrift Jefus
in the heart of him that eateth ? doth not he which
drinketh behold plainly in this cup, that his foul is
bathed in the blood of the Lamb? O beloved in
our Lord and Saviour Jefus Chrift, if ye will tafte
how fweet the Lord is, if ye will receive the King of
Glory, build your f elves.

12. Toung Men, I fpeak this to you, for ye are
his Houfe, becaufe by Faith ye are conquerors over
Satan, and have overcome that evil. Fathers^ I fpeak
it alfo to you, ye are his Houfe, becaufe ye have
known him, who is from the beginning. Sweet
Babes^ I fpeak it even to you alfo, ye are his Houfe,
becaufe your Sins are forgiven you for his Name
fake. Matrons and Sifters^ 1 may not hold it from
you, ye are alfo the Lord's buildings and as St.

Peter



UPON PART OF ST. JUDE. 573

Peter fpeaketh. Heirs of the grace of life as well as we.
Though it be forbidden you to open your mouths
in publick aflemblies, yet ye muil be inquifjtive in
things concerning this building which is of God,
with your Huibands and Friends at home ; not as
Dalilah with Sampfon, but as Sarah with i^braham ;
whofe daughters ye are, whilft ye do well, and build
yourfelves.

13. Having fpoken thus far of the exhortation,
whereby we are called upon to edify and build
ourfelves ; it remaineth now, that we confider the
things prefcribed, namely, wherein we muft be built.
This prefcription ftandeth alfo upon two points, the
thing prefcribed, and the adjund of the thing : and
that is, our moft pure and holy Faith,

14. The thing prefcribed is Faith. For, as in a
chain which is made of many links, if you pull the
firft, you draw the reft -, and as in a ladder of many
ftaves, if you take away the loweft, all hope of af-
cending to the highelt will be removed : fo, becaufe
all the precepts and promifes in the Law and in the
Gofpel do hang upon this. Believe ; and becaufe the
lad of the graces of God doth fo follow the firft,
that he glorifieth none, but whom he hath juftified,
nor juftifieth any, but whom he hath called to a
true, effeftual, and lively Faith in Chrift Jefus ;
therefore St. Jude exhorting us to build ourfelves^
mentioneth here exprefsly only Faith, as the thing
wherein we muft be edified ; for that Faith is the
ground and the glory of all the welfare of this
building.

15. Te are not Strangers and Foreigners, but Citizens'Ephd.n
with the Saints^ and of the Houfhold of God^ (faith the '9'
Apoftle) and are built upon the foundation of the Pro-
phets and Apofiles^ Jefus Chrift himfelf being the chief
corner 'ftone^ in whom all the Building being coupled toge-
ther groweth unto an holy 'Temple in the Lord, in whom
ye alfo are built together to be the habitation of God by the
Spirit, And we are the habitation of God by the

Spirit,



574 TWO SERMONS

Spirit, if we believe; for it is written, Whojoever
confejfeth that Jefus is the Son of Gody in him God
dwellethy and he in God. The llrength of this habi-
tation is great, it prevaileth againft Satan, it con-
querc-th Sin, it hath Death in derifion ; neither Prin-
cipalities nor Powers can throw it down ; it leadeth
the World captive, and bringeth every enemy that
rifeth up againft it to confufion and fhame, and all

ijohnv.4. by Faith ; for this is the vi5fory that overcometh the
Worlds even our Faith. Who is it that overcometh the
World, hut he which believe th that Jefus is the Son of God ?
16. The ftrength of every building which is of
God, ftandeth not in any Man's arms or legs •, it is
only in our Faith, as the valour of Sampfon lay only
in his hair. This is the reafon why we are lb ear-
neftiy called upon to edify ourfehes in Faith. Not as
if this bare action of our minds, whereby we believe
the Gofpei of Chrift, were able in itfelf, as of itfelf,
to make us unconquerable, and invincible, like
ftones, which abide in building for ever, and fall
not out. No, it is not the worthinefs of our be-
lieving, it is the virtue of him in whcrni we believe,
by which we ftand fure, as Floules that are builded
upon a rock. He is a wife Man which hath builded
his huufe upon a rock ; for he hath chofen a good
foundation, and no doubt his houfe will ftand-, but

Matth.vii. how Ihall it ftand? Verily, by the ftrength of the
rock which beareth ir, and by nothing elfe. Our
Fathers, whom God delivered out of the land of
Egypt, were a People that had no peers amongft the
Nations of the Earth, becaufe they were built by
Faith upon the rock, which Rock is Chrift. And the
rock (faith the Apoftle in the firft to the Corinthians,
the tenth chapter j did follow them. Whereby we learn
not only this, that being built by Faith on Chrift as
on a rock, and grafted into him as into an olive, we
receive all our ftrength and fatnefs from him ; but
alfo, that this ftrength and fatnefs of ours ought to
be no caufe, why we fhould be high-minded, and

not



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not work out our falvation with a reverend trembling,
and holy fear. For if thou boafteft thyfelf of thy
Faith, know this, that Chrift chofe his Apoftles, his
Apoftles chofe not him ; that Ifrael followed not the
rock, but the rock followed Ifrael ; and that thou Rom. xi.
beared not the root, but the root thee. So that
every heart muft thus think, and every tongue mud
thus fpeak. Not unto us^ O Lord^ not unto us^ nor
unto any thing which is within us, but unto thy
Name only, only to thy Name belongeth all the
praife of all the treafures and riches of every Tem-
ple which is of God. I'his excludeth all boafting
and vaunting of our Faith.

17. But this muft not make us carelefs to edify
ourfelves in Faith. It is the Lord that delivereth
Men's fouls from death, but not except they put
their truft in his mercy. It is God that hath given
us eternal life, but no otherwife than thus, if we be-
lieve in the name of the Son of God; for he that i John y.
hath not the Son of God, hath not life. It was
the Spirit of the Lord which came upon Sampfon,
and made him ftrong to tear a lion, as a Man would
rend a kid; but his ftrength forfook him, and he
became like other Men, when the razor had touched
his head. It is the power of God whereby the Faith-
ful have fubdued kingdoms, wrought righteoufnefs, oh^
tained the promifes, fiopped the mouths of lions , quenched
the violence of fire^ efcaped the edge of the fword : but
take away their Faith, and doth not their ftrength
forfake them ? are they not like unto other Men ?

iS. If ye defire yet further to know how neceflary
and needful it is that we edify and build up our-
felves in Faith, mark the words of the blelTed
Apoftle, Without Faith it is impojfihle to pleafe God.
If I offer to God all the ftieep and oxen that are in
the World ; if all the temples that were builded
fmce the days of Adam till this hour, were of my
foundation ♦, if I break my very heart with calling
upon God, and wear out my tongue with preaching;

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576 TWO SERMONS

if I facrifice my body and foul nnto him, and have
No picafing no FdUhy all this availeth nothing. Without Faith it
^J.?^'^ is hnpoffihle to fleaje God. Our Lord and Saviour
Faith. therefore being afked in the fixth of St. John's Gof-

pel, What flj all we do that we might voork the works of

God P maketh anfwer, This is the work of God, that ys

believe in him whom he hathjent,

19. That no work of ours, no building of our-
felves in any thing can be available or profitable
unto us, except v/e be edified and built in Faith,
what need we to leek about for long proof? Look
upon Ifrael, once the very chofen and peculiar of
God, to whom the adoption of the Faithful, and
the glory of Cherubim, and the Covenants of
mercy, and the Law of Mofes, and the fervice of
God, and the Promifes of Chrili, were made impro-
priate, who not only v;ere the Offspring of Abra-
ham, Father unto all them which do believe, but
Chriil their offspring, which is God to be bleffed for
evermore.

20. Confider this People, and learn what it is to
build yourf elves in Faith. They were the Lord's vine :
He brought it out of Egypt., he threw cut the Heathen
from their places, that it niight he planted'^ he made
room for it., and caufed it to take root, till it had filled
the earth \ the mountains were covered with the fljadow
of it^ and the boughs thereof were as the goodly cedars^
fhe ftretched out her branches to the fea^ and her boughs
unto the river. Bur, when God having lent both his
Servants and his Son to vifit this vine, they neither
fpared the one, nor received the other, but (toned
the Prophets, and crucified the Lord of Glory which
came unto them ; then began the curfe of God to
come upon them, even the curfe whereof the Pro-

pw. ixix. phet David haih fpoken, faying. Let their table be

Kwm. XI. n:ade a fnare, and a net, and a ftumbling-block, even for a

recompCKce unto them : Let their eyes be darkened, that

they do net fee, low down their backs for ever, keep them

down. And fithence the hour that the meafure of

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UPON PART OF ST. JUDE. 577

their Infidelity was firft made up they have been
fpoiled with wars, eaten up with plagues, fpent with
hunger and famine, they wander from place to place,
and are become the moft bafc and contemptible peo-
ple that are under the fun. Ephraim, which before
was a terror unto Nations, and they trembled at his
voice, is now by infidelity fo vile, that he feemeth
as a thing caft out to be trampled under Men's feet.
In the midft of thefe defolations they cry, Return^ wepfA. i^xx,
hejeech thee^ O God of Hojis^ look down from Heaven ^ h«
behold and vifit this vine: But their very prayers are
turned into fin, and their cries are no better than
the lowing of beads before him. IVelk faith the Rom. xu
Apollle, by their unbelief they are broken off^ and thou^'^'
doji flandby thy Faith, Behold therefore the bountiful-
nefs^ and feverity of God ; towards them feverity^ be-
caufe they have fallen^ bomitifulnefs towards thee, if thou Verfe zz,
continue in his bountifulnefs^ or elfe thou floalt be cut off.
If they forfake their unbelief and be grafted in
again, and we at any time for the hardnefs of our
hearts be broken off, it will be fuch a judgment as
will amaze all the Powers and Principalities which
are above. Who hath fearched the counfel of God
concerning this fecret ? And who doth not fee, that
infidelity doth threaten Lo-ammi unto the Gentiles, asHcfea f. 9,
as it hath brought Lo-ruchama upon the Jews ? It^^^^^j^y
may be that theTe words feem dark unto you: but Verfe*6, not
the words of the Apoftle, in the eleventh to the^^^j"'"§
Romans, are plain enough, If God hath not [pared
the natural branches^ take heed, take heed lejl he fpare
not thee: build thyfelf in Faith. Thus much of the
thing which is prefcribed, and wherein we are exhort-
ed to edify ourfelves. Now confider the conditions
and properties which are in this place annexed unto
Faith. The former of them (for there are but two)
is this, Edify y ourfelves in your Faith,

21. A (Irange, and a flrong delufion it is where-
with the Man of Sin hath bewitched the World ; a
forciblefpirit of error it mult needs be, which hath

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578 TWO SERMONS

brought Men to fuch a fenfelefs and unreafonable per-
iliafion as this is, not only that Men clothed with mor-
tality and fin, as we ourfelves are, can do God fo much
fervice, as fhall be able to make a full and perfect
fatisfadion before the tribunal feat of God for our
own fins, yea, a great deal more than is fufEcient for
themfelves ; but alfo, that a Man at the hands of a
Bifhop or a Pope, for fuch or fuch a price, may
buy the overplus of other Men's merits, purchafe
the fruits of other Men's labours, and build his
foul by another Man's Faith. Is not this Man
drowned in the gall of bitternefs ? is his heart right
in the fight of God ? Can he have any part or fel-
lowfliip with Peter, and with the SuccefTors of
Peter, which thinketh fo vilely of building the pre-
cious Temples of the Holy Ghofl ? Let his money
perifh with him, and he with it, becaufe he judgeth
that the gift of God may be fold for money.

2 2. But, beloved in the Lord, deceive not your-
felves, neither fuffer yc yourfelves to be deceived :
Ye can receive no more eafe nor comfort for your
fouls by another Man's Faith, than warmth for your
bodies by another Man's clothes, or fuilenance by
the bread which another Man doth eat. The Juft
fhall live by his own Faith. Let a Saints yea a Mar^
tyr^ content himfelf that he hath cleanjed himfelf of his
ownfins^ faith Tertullian : no Saint or Martyr can
cleanfe himfelf of his own fins. But if fo be a Saint
or a Martyr can cleanfe himfelf of his own fins, it is
fufficient that he can do it for himfelf. Did ever
any Man by his death deliver another Man from
death, except only the Son of God ? He indeed was
able to fafe-condud a Thief from the crofs to Para-
dife: for to this end he came, that being himfelf
pure from fin, he might obey for finners. Thou
which thinkeft to do the like, and fuppofeft that thou
canft juftify another by thy righteoufnefs, if thou be
without fin, then lay down thy life for thy brother;
die for mc. But if thou be a finner, even as I am a

finner.



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finner, how can the oil of thy lamp be fufficient both
for thee and for me ? Virgins that are wife, get ye
oil, while ye have day, into your own lamps : for out
of all peradventure, others, though they would, can
neither give nor fell. Edify yourfelves in your own
mod holy Faith. And let this be obferved for the firft
property of that v/herein we ought to edify ourfelves.

23. Our Faith being fuch, is that indeed which St.
Jude doth here term Faith ; namely, a thing moft
holy. The reafon is this, we arejuftified by Faith:
for Abraham believed, and this was imputed unto him
for righteoufnefs. Being juftiBed, all our iniquities are
covered; God beholdeth us in the righteoufnefs
which is imputed, and not in the fins which we have
committed.

24. It is true, we are full of fin, both original
and ^clual-, whofoever denieth it is a double finner,



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