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cverse 15. the second ; and lawfullPreaching the very first.
But here it ought to bee considered, That Preaching is not only That, which in these innovating times hath swallowed up the word Preaching. Nor are Sermons only those which spend themselves and expire with the fugitive breath of him that speaks them; and being publiquely uttered no more then once, doe either vanish, as meere words, into the soft Aire; or else are, as water commonly fpile upon the Ground. We know that
Preaching is a generall word, which properly sig, * Luk. 8. 39. nifies to divulge ork publish; And though we cila
ally restraine it to the manifestation of God's owne
the Græcians, that even in some of their owne B Tòzaq uamuil writings the very fudgement to come was Preach restore these ed to them; and particularly in Plato's, the Re-... regne med en furrection of the Body. The fame Father tells i every us that Orpheus" preached to his fonne Musæus, many opods En concerning the unity of the only true God. The
1.** publique Homilies of the Church are an exa& 10 kinde of Preaching, and that in the judgement of auf Master Hooker, as well as of King James, and
the Councell of Vaux. 'The holy-Ghoft's Amaper te nuenses did even Preach to the Eyes and Under:
αναςάσεως λόγω śmisblos. Fuft. Mart. in na
Plato in Rep.
πιο ενός και μόνο
să umpu 776. Fustın. Mait. ibid. p. 13. k Hooker Eccl. Polit. I. s. $.9.
1. 12. 13.
18. 19. 27.
ftandings of all the World, by transmitting what they had written from hand to hand, as well as when they conveyed it by word of mouth. The Word of God doth Preach it selfe to every man living who will but reade it. The publique Reading of the Scriptures is the best kinde of Preaching to all that heare it ; And so the Councell of Toledo was pleased to cat it. The Reading of the Law was laid by Moses as the foundation, whereon to build in mens spirits the feare of God: Upon the bare ' Deus. zi. Reading of which Law King Josiah was so moved, "*. and wrought upon, that he mhumbled himfelfe, * 2 Chron. 34 and wept , and rent his cloaches, and made a 31. *% Covenant before the Lord, to keepe his Commandements and his Statutes, and perform the words of the Covenant which were written in ::: that booke; Nor is it unworthy to be ruminated :o upon; That though Mofes was Théopneust, their Friend and Favorite of God ( as well as Abraham) and sure as able to speake, without booke, the mind and Tenour of the Law, as any man that ever lived before or after, yet he thought it as effectual to the saving of Soules, to take the booke of the Cove." mant, which he bad first transcribed from God's owne Preaching upon the Mountaine, and pubs liquely to reade it in the audience of the People. Exod. 24.
Nom the Reason of this is very evident, and 5: 2.4 deserves to be considered by that sort of Hearers, who are wont to preferre the words of men, when gracefully spoken out of the Pulpit, before the plaine word of God, when meerely read out of the Pew,
(3 : not
not at all considering, T hat the Sun of Righteouf. nesse in the Scripture, like the Sun of Nature in the Firmament, shines much the brighter for being Naked. It is not the Language, Fancy; VVit and Learning (which are eminently seene in one sort of Preachers.)much lesse the Memory, the Lungs and the Gesticulations which are daily observable in another sort of Preachers ) isay it is
not any of these things, nor all together, that is ef... 649? fectually powerfull to the conversion of Soules ; 51Nay it is not the Spirits going along with the
Preacher,that doth alone doe the workCfor the Spia rit of God did goe along with the Apostles when they were cast out of the Cities, and along with our Sa
viour in the fulnesse of his God-head,when yet he * Quia mpiracould not doe many Miracles in his own Coundiventar meli "trev meerly because of their unbeliefe) but'tis his Mod working.a docility in the heads and hearts of such as enimoperare; hear, that they receive with meeknesse the ingrafgehienellquilar, ted P word, which is alone able to save their Souls, adventures a This doth open to us a reason why the very same mama vincere, Sermon bath such variety of effects in them that van Theod. Be hear it, and why.a Jonah may preach to the meltP Fam. 1.21. ing of fome, whileft a Jeremy may doe it to the
hardning of others. Ifwc egoe to Christs Schole * Alar. 10. as * little-Children (that is) with humble, atten 158 ! tive, and teachable Dispositions, wee shall be great
proficients and wise enough unto salvation, by hea. 16.01.7.23
ring those Sermons diftinétly read, which our * only Mafter his Messengers are incessantly preach ing throughout the Scriptures ; whereas without that
mlis Fides: er
tos quafi Dio
ne ipfis opem fe
za in locum.
ev 21. Which
temper and preparednesse of minde, we shall (int . utramq; aurem dormiré) only sleepe with our Eyes open, and where Gods omne word, through our wretchlesnelse, is not sufficient to awake us from that Lethargie of fin wherein our Soules lye steept, and fwallowed up. Certainly nothing that is humane will raise us out of our seriselesnefse and carnall security ; All the vehemence and Invention, allthe noyses and Declamations, all the Grimaces and gestures of all the. Lectares in the world will but amuse our Eares, and lull our Fancies, and be num our Apprehensions, and ( like so much Lam danum make us snore in our sins so much the lowder. I was by the foolishnesse of God (to use the 91 Cor.1.25 Apostles Catachresis) and by the foolishnesse of company preaching (as the worldly-wise then thought it) verf.18. by which it pleased God to save them that be leeve, that is to say, by the plainnesse and simplicity of the Gospell, without ibe artifice and colours of skilfull men, the world was carned upfide downe, as the envious ? Jewes were pleased to · 18.104.22.168 phrase it. By that word, and that spirit which the learned Greeks so much despised, Saint Peter preached to the conversion of three thousand Souls : AE. 2. 41 ; at one fhort Sermon, and of five thoufand at a- - A&t. 4.4... nother.
Far be this which I have spoken from being spoken to the disparagement of those judicious and pious Sermons, which have beene usefully preached by a blemen. Had I not beene a true lover of all good preaching, and even of all such Lectures, as were
regularly founded and authorised, not to factious but pious ends, I should not now bave gratified the importunity of friends Chowever many and urgent on this occasion) by helping to usher into the world, (and by commending to the perusall of every Reader, wbocan bee glad to grow wiser then now he is)
The very learned, wise and sacred Reliques of this Great Author who lies before us. I am not now to
be taught, That though the best way to knowledge, is - Joh. 5.39. to search the Scriptures, as those that testifie of him -7ob 6.68. pho hath the words of weternal life, and that as faith
çõmeth by hearing, so hearing commeth by the word * Rom.10.17 of God (not by the glofies, or conjectures,or dex. ..terities of men) yet there are many Kopurusa pretious and
hidden treasures of knowledge which God was
pleased to lock up in Tropes and Figures, of which y 2 Pet. 3.26 the unstable and the unlearned are not entrusted ? Luk 11.52 with the Key. The Priests a lipps should keep
? knowledge, and they should seek the Law at his *Ayato, mouth, as being the * Angell or Messenger of the
Lord of Hofts, and the Steward of those Myster
ries which God hath committed to bis keeping. The A#: 8.27. famous Eunuch of Ethiopia was able to read the 22.214.171.124 Prophet Efay, and had so good an understanding
as to discern how little he understood it and there
fore Š Philip was joyned to him for his Guide. :. 02 Pet.3.16 There were some 'hard things in S Pauls Epistles,
mhich many did wrest to their own destruction, of which S Peter doch give us no other reason, then
their want of learning, as well as of stability. Those c1f2.55. 1. waters of life are not every where fordable, no not
a Mal. 2.7.