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he will not have thee unpunished. Because thy fins tire forgiven thee, he tiot without fear to heap fin upon fin. Saj not neither, The mercy of God is great, he will forgive my manifold fins. For mercy and wrath come jrom him, and his indignation cometh upon unrepentant finners. As if ye should sav, Art thou jlrong and mighty? Art thou lujly and young? Hajl thou the wealth and riches of the world? Or when thou hajl Jinned, hajl thou received no punishment for it? Let none of all these things make thee to be the slower to repent, and to return with speed unto the Lord: for in the day of punishment and of his sudden vengeance, they shall not be able to help thee. And specially when thou art either by the preaching of God's word, or by some inward motion of his holy Spirit, or else by some other means called unto repentance, neglect not the good occasion that is ministered unto thee, lest, when thou wouldsl repent, thou hast not the grace for to do it. For to repent is a good gift of God, which he will never grant unto them, who, living in carnal securitv, do make a mock of his threaten'mgs, or seek to rule his spirit as they list, as though his working and gifts were tied unto their will.

Fifthly, the avoiding of the plagues of God, and the utter destruction that by his righteous judgment doth hang over the heads of them all that will in no wise ret

Jer. xx!v. turn unto the Lord: J will, faith the Lord, give them for a terrible plague to all the kingdoms of the earth, and for a reproach, and for a proverb, and for a curj'e in all plact where I shall cajl them, and will jend the j'word of famine, and the pejiilence among them, till they he consumed out of tbi land. And wherefore is this? Because they hardened their hearts, and would in no wise return from their evil ways, nor yet forfake the wickedness that was in their own hands, that the sierceness of the Lord's fury might

Rom. ii. depart from them. But yet this is nothing in comparison of the intolerable and endless torments of hell-sire, which they shall be fain to luffer, who after their hardness of heart, that cannot repent, do heap unto themselves wrath against the day of anger, and of the declaration of the just judgment of God: whereas if we will repent, and be earnestly sorry for our sin,.and with a full purpose and amendment of lise slee unto the mercy of our God, and taking sure hold thereupon through faith in our Saviour Jesus Christ, do bring forth fruits worthy of repentance, he will not only pour his manifold bleilings upon us here in this world, but also at the last, after the painful travails of this lise, reward us with the inheritance of his children, which is the kingdom of heaven, purchased unto us with the death of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord. To whom with the Father and the Holy Ghost be all praise, glory, and honour, world without end. Amen,




Disobedience and wilful Rebellion.


AS God the Creator and Lord of all things appointed his angels and heavenly creatures in all obedience to serve and to honour his Majesty; so was it his will that man, his chief creature upon the earth, should liv* under the obedience of his Creator and Lord: and for that cause, God, as soon as he had created man, gave unto him a certain precept and law, which he (being yet in the state of innocency, and remaining in Paradise) should observe as a pledge and token of his due and boundeii obedience, with denunciation of death, if he did transgress and break the faid law and commandment. And as God would have man to be his obedient subject, so did he make all earthly creatures subject unto man, who kept their due obedience unto man, so long as man remained in his obedience unto God: in the which obedience it man had continued still, there had been no poverty, no diseases, no sickness, no death, nor other miseries, wherewith mankind is now insinitely and most miserably afflicted and oppreffed. So here appeareth the original kingdom of God over angels and man, and univerfally over all things, and of man over earthly creatures which God had made subject unto him, and withal the selicity and blessed state, which angels, man, and all creatures hart remained in, had they continued in due obedience unto God their King, For as long as in this sirst kingdom thf subjects continued in due obedience to God their Kingi so long did God embrace all his subjects with his love, favour, and grace, which to enjoy is persect selicity; whereby it is evident, that obedience is the principal virtue of all virtues, and indeed the very root of all virtues, aud the cause of all selicity. But as all selicity and blef- Mau.iv.9. fcdnefs should have continued with the continuance of au'"v' obedience; so with the breach of obedience, and breaking John viii. in of rebellion, all vices and miseries did withal break in, 44and overwhelm the world. The sirst author of which rebcllion, the root of all vices, and mother of all mis-Apoe. xii. chiefs, was Luciser, sirst God's most excellent creature, 7and most bounden subject, who, by rebelling against the^""'"' Majesty of God, of the brightest and most glorious angel, wfsd. ii. is become the blackest and most foul siend and devil ; 24. and from the height of heaven is fallen into the pit and 9en' I?'' bottom or hell. ,7i 2Ji ^

Here you may see the sirst author and founder of rebellion, and the reward thereof; here you may see the grand captain and father of rebels; who persuading the following of his rebellion against God their Creator and Lord, unto our sirst parents Adam and Eve, brought them in high displeasure with God, wrought their exile and banishment out of Paradise, a place of pleasure and goodness, into this wretched earth and vale of misery; procured unto them sorrows of their minds, mischiefs, sickness, diseases, death of their bodies; and, which is far more horrible than all worldly and bodily mischiefs, he had wrought thereby Rom. T." their eternal and everlasting death and damnation, had iii'9' not God by the obedience ot his Son Jesus Christ repaired that, which man by disobedience and rebellion had destroyed, and so of his mercy had pardoned and forgiven him: of which all and singular the premises the holy Scrii■turcs do bear record in sundry places.

Thus do you see, that neither Heaven nor Paradise could sufser any rebellion in them, neither be places for any rebels to remain in. Thus became rebellion, as you see, both the sirst and the greatest, and the very root of all other sins, and the sirst and principal cause both of all worldly and bodily miseries, sorrows, diseases, sickneffes, and deaths, and, which is insinitely worse than all these, as is faid, the very cause of death raid damnation eternal also. After this breach of obedience to God, and rebellion against his Majesty, all mischiefs and miseries breaking in therewith, and overslowing the world, lest all things fliould come unto confusion and utter ruin, God forth-Gen. iii. withi by laws given unto mankind, repaired again the '7

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rule and order of obedience thus by rebellion overthrown; and, besides the obedience due unto his Majesty, he not only ordained, that, in families and households, the wife Grn. iii. should he obedient unto her busband, the children unto their paJob xxxiv ren*si ^e servants unto their majiers; but also, when mania. & 'kind increased, and spread itself more largely over the xxxvi. 7. world, he by his holy Word did constitute and ordain xC& xV"6 m c't'es an<^ countr'ies several and special governors and ,'7) J0' 'rulers, unto whom the residue of his people should be Psti. xviii. obedient.

50, xx. 6. As m reading of the holy Scriptures we shall sind in Piot. Vui. verv many and almost insinite places, as well of the Old Testament as of the New, that kings and princes. as well the evil as the good, do reign by God's ordinance, and that subjects are bounden to obey them; that God doth

g've princes wisdom, great power, and authority; that od desendeth them against their enemies, and destroyeth their enemies horribly; that the anger and displeasure of the prince is as the roaring of a lion, and the very messenger os death 3 and the subject, that provoketh him to displeasure, sinneth against his own loul: with many other things concermng both the authority of princes and the duty of subjects. But here let us rehearse two special places out of the New Testament, which may stand in stead of all other. The sirst out of St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans, and the thirteenth chapter, where Rom. xiii. he writeth thus unto all subjects: Let every foul he fubjrtl i.,.**• unto the higher powers, for there is no powi"r but of God, and the powers that he are ordained of God. IVho/oevcr theresore r,ststeth the power rcfistetb the ordinance of God; and th,y that refijl Jball receive to themselves damnation. For princes are not to he feared for good works, but for evil. JVilt thou then he without fear of the power? Do well,ft shalt thou have praise of the fame ; for he is the minjler of God for thy wealth: but if thou do evil, fear : for he hear' ctb not the sword for nought, for he is the minijler of God, to take vengeance upon him that dotb evil. Wheresore ye mujl he fubjeit, not hecause of wrath only, but also for confc'unce jake: for this cause ye pay also. tribute, for they au God's minjlers, serving for the fame purpofe. Give to every man therefore bis due; tribute to whom tribute helon^ctb; cujlom to whom cujlom is due; fear to whom fear helongetb; honour to whom ye owe honour. Thus far are St. Paul's words. The second place is in St. Peter's Epistle, and the second chapter, whose words are these: r Pei. ii. Submit yourselves unto all manner of ordinances of man for 'j.&e. J J J the

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