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be contentious, and to them that will not be obedient unto the truth, but will obey unrighteousness, shall come indignation, wrath, and afssiction, &c. Therefore, to conclude, considering the insinite benesits of God, shewed and given unto us mercifully without our deserts, who hath not only created us of nothing, and from a piece of vile clay, of his insinite goodness hath exalted us, as touching our foul, unto his own similitude and likeness; but also, whereas we were condemned to hell, and death everlasting, hath given his own natural Son, being God eternal, immortal, and equal unto himself in power and glory, to be incarnated, and to take our mortal nature upon him, with the insirmities of the fame, and in the fame nature to suffer most shameful and painful death for our offences, to the intent to justify us, and to restore us to lise everlasting: so making us also his dear children, brethren untoliis only Son our Saviour Christ, and inheritors for ever with him of his eternal kingdom of heaven.
These great and merciful benesits of God, if they be well considered, do neither minister unto us occasion to be idle, and to live without doing any good works, neither yet stir us up by any means to do evil things; but contrariwis e, if we be not desperate persons, and our hearts harder than stones, they move us to render ourselves unto God wholly, with all our will, hearts, might, and power to serve him in all good deeds, obeying his commandments during our lives, to seek in all things his glory and honour, not our sensual pleasures and vain-glory; evermore dreading willingly to offend such a merciful God and loving Redeemer, in word, thought, or deed. And the faid benesits of God, deeply considered, move us for his fake also to be ever ready to give ourselves to our neighbours, and, as much as lieth in us, to study with all our endeavour to do good to every man. Thele be the fruits of true faith, to do good as much as lieth in us to every man, and, above all things, and in all things, to advance the glory of God, of whom only we have our fan cti si cation, justisication, falvation, and redemption: to whom be ever glory, praise, and honour, world without end. Amen.
True, Lively, and Christian Faith.
THE sirst coming unto God, good Christian people, is Faiih. through faith, whereby (as it is declared in the last Sermon) we be justisied besore God. And lest any man ihould be deceived, for lack of right understanding thereof, it is diligently to be noted, that faith is taken in the Scripture two manner of ways. There is one faith, which A dead in Scripture is called a dead faith, which bringeth forthsa'ih" no good works; but is idle, barren, and unfruitful. And this faith, by the holy Apostle St. James, is compared to xhefaitb of devils, which believe God to be true and just, James u. and tremble for sear; yet they do nothing well, but all evil. And fuch a manner of faith have the wicked and naughty Christian people, which confess God, as St. Paul faith, tnTiius vi. their mouths, but deny him in their deeds, heing ahominable, and without the right faith, and to all good works reprovable. And this faith is a persuasion and belief in man's heart, whereby he knoweth that there is a God, and agreeth unto all truths of God's most holy word, contained in the holy Scripture. So that it consisteth only in believing in the word of God, that it is true. And this is not properly called faith. But as he that readeth Cæfar's Commentary, believing the fame to be true, hath thereby a knowledge of Cæfar s lise and notable acts, because he believeth the history of Cæfar: yet it is not properly faid, that he believeth in Cæfar, of whom he looketh for no help nor benesit. Even so, he that believeth all that is spoken of God in the Bible is true, and yet liveth so ungodlily, that he cannot look to enjoy the promises and benessits of God j although it may be faid that fuch a man
hath a faith and belief to the words of God; yet it is not properly faid that he helieveth in God, or hath such Sl faith and trust in God, whereby he may surely look foxgrace, mercy, and everlasting lise at Goa's hand, but rather for indignation and punishment, according to the merits of his wicked lise. For as it is written in a book, intituled to be of Didymus Alexandrinus, Forasmuch as faith without works is dead, it is not now faith, as a dead man is not a man. This dead faith therefore is not that sure and substantial faith which faveth sinners. Another faith there is in Scripture, which is not, as the forefaid Alivety faith, idle, unfruitful, and dead, but worhetb by charity 9 "P" (as St. Paul declareth, Gal. v.) which as the other vain faith is called a dead faith, so may this be called a quick or lively faith. And this is not only the common belieF of the Articles of our faith, but it is also a true trust and considence of the mercy of God through our Lord Jefus Christ, and a stedfast hope of all good things to be received at God's hand: and that although we, through insirmity, or temptation of our ghostly enemy, do fall from him by sin ; yet if we return again unto him by true re
Esntance, that he will forgive and forget our ofsences for is Son's fake, our Saviour Jesus Christ, and will make us inheritors with him of his everlasting kingdom; and that in the mean time, until that kingdom come, he will be our protector and desender in all perils and dangers, whatsoever do chance: and that though sometime he doth send us sharp adversity, yet that evermore he will be a loving Father unto us, correcting us for our sin, but not withdrawing his mercy sinally from us, if we trust in him, and commit ourselves wholly unto him, hang only upon him, and call upon him, ready to obey and serve him. This is the true, lively, and unseigned Christian faith, and is not in the mouth and outward prosession only, but it liveth, and stirreth inwardly in the heart. And this faith is not without hope and trust in God, nor without the love of God and of our neighbours, nor without the sear of God, nor without the desire to hear God's word, and to follow the fame in eschewing evil, and doing gladly all good works.
Heb. xii. Thus faith, as St. Paul describeth it, is the sure ground and foundation o f the henefits which we ought to loot for, and trust to receive of God, a certisicate and sure looking for them, although they yet sensibly appear not unto us. And after he faith, He that cometb to God mujl helieve, hoth that he is, and that he is a merciful rewarder of well-.
dors. And nothing commendeth good men unto God so jsuch as this affured faith and trust in him. Of this faith
things are specially to be noted. First, that this faith doth not lie dead in the heart, but Three is lively and fruitful in bringing forth good works. ^e-jjj'JJI* *re condly, that without it can no good works be done, that 0f shall be acceptable and pleafant to God. Thirdly, what manner of good works they be that this faith doth bring forth.
For the sirst, that as the light cannot be hid, but will Faiih is ihew forth itself at one place or other; so a true faith can-fuU 6°<* not be kept secret; but when occasion is offered, it will break out, and shew itself by good works. And as the living body of a man ever exerciseth such things as belong to a natural and living body, for nourishment and preservation of the fame, as it hath need, opportunity, and occasion ; even so the soul that hath a lively faith in it will be doing alway some good work, which shall declare that it is living, and will not be unoccupied. Therefore, when men hear in the Scripture so high commendations of faith, that it maketh us to please God, to live with God, and to be the children of God; if then they fancy that they be set at liberty from doing all good works, and may live as they list, they trisle with God, and deceive themselves. And it is a manisest token that they be far from having the true and lively faith, and also far from knowledge what true faith meaneth. For the very sure and livesy Christian faith is, not only to believe all things of God which are contained in holy Scripture, but also is an earnest trust and considence in God, that he doth regard us, and that he is careful over us, as the father is over the child whom he doth love, and that he will be merciful unto us for his only Son's fake, and that we have our Saviour Christ our perpetual Advocate, and Priest, in whose only merits, oblation, and suffering we do trust that our offences be continually washed and purged, whensoever we, repenting truly, do return to him with our whole heart, stedfastly determining with Ourselves, through his grace, to obey and serve him in keeping his commandments, and never to turn back again to sin. Such is the true faith that the Scripture doth so much commend, the which, when it seeth and considereth what God hath done for us, is also moved, through continual aslistance of the Spirit of God, to serve and please him, to keep his favour, to sear his displeasure, to continue his obedient children, shewing thankfulness again by observing
sen'ing or keeping his commandments, and that freely, for true love chiesly, and not for dread of punishment, or love of temporal reward, considering how clearly, without deservings, we have received his mercy and pardon freely. This true faith will shew forth itself, and cannot long
Habtk. ii. be idle: for as it is written, Thejujl man dotb live by bis faitb. He never sleepeth, nor is idle, when he would wake, and be well occupied. And God by his Prophet Jeremy
Jcr. xvii. faith, that he is a happy and blessed man, which batb faitb and confidence in God. For he is like a tree set by the water-side, and spreadeth his roots abroad towards the moisture, and seareth not heat when it cometh; his leaf will be green, and will not cease to bring forth his fruit: even so, faithful men, putting away all rear of adversity, will shew forth the fruit of their good works, as occasion is offered to do them.
The Second Part of the Sermon of Faith.
YE have heard in the sirst part of this Sermon, that there be two kinds of faith, a dead and an unfruitful faith, and a faith lively, that worketh by charity: the sirst to be unprositable; the second, neceffary for the obtaining of our falvation: the which faith hath charity always joined unto it, and is fruitful, and bringeth forth all good works. Now as concerning the fame matter, Eccks. you shall hear what followeth. The Wise Man faith, He xxxi. that helievetb in God will hedtken unto bis commandments. For if we do not shew ourselves faithful in our converfation, the faith which we pretend to have is but a seigned faith: because the true Christian faith is manisestly shewed by good living, and not by words only, as St. Augustine faith, Good living cannot be separated from tree faith, Libro de which worketh by love. And St Chrysostom faith, Faith Fide ei of itself is full of good works: as soon as a man doth be°^r&eUrmo15eve, he shall be garnished with them. How plentiful de Lege ei this faith is of good works, and how it maketh the work fide. of one man more acceptable to God than of another, St. Paul teacheth at large in the eleventh chapter to the Heb. xi. Hebrews, faying, that faitb made the oblation ofAhel hetter G^J- |T" than the oblation of Cain. This made Noah to build the Ecct. xiiv. <*r^- This made Abraham to forsake bis country and all Gen xi. bis friends, and go into a far country, there to dwell among strangers. So did also Ifaac aiid Jacob, depending or hanging only on the help and trust that they had ift