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come in, and Elias and Enoch shall appear; but all this is nothing at all; and this opinion was engendered in the minds of men by that evil spirit, Jaoplanus, that they might believe, that all the world should in the end become Christian. And he tried to bring men into this persuasion, that the true doctrine being obscured, no one might be able to attain unto it. Wherefore, I charge thee to beware of this imposture. For this scripture was verified and fulfilled immediately upon the ascension of Christ, and is still going on to be fulfilled at this day. When the Gospel was first promulgated, it was preached to the Jews, and that people then became part of this fold. And where he here says, "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold, them also I must bring, and they shall be one fold ;" he here shews that the Gospel must be preached to the Gentiles also, that they also might believe in Christ, that the Jews and Gentiles might become one church. Which thing Christ afterwards wrought by the apostles, who preached the Gospel to the Gentiles, and won them over to the faith. So that now, there is one body, one church, one faith, one hope, one love, one baptism, &c. And the same work is going on also to this day in power, and will still go on unto the last day. Wherefore, entertain not a persuasion, that all the world and all men will become holy members of Christ's church. The cross, as a certain external sign, attends Christians: and therefore, there must be the greatest part of the world of that body who persecute the disciples of Christ. But the Gospel must still go on to be preached without intermission, that some may be continually won over to Christianity. For Christ's kingdom is not yet perfectly accomplished, but will be fully perfected in the life to come.—This is a compendious explanation of this Gospel!

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SERMON III.

ÇONCERNING THE SEVEN LOAVES.

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HOPE, my dearest friends, that the meaning of this Gospel is by no means unknown to you: for your understanding has taken root in these mysteries sufficiently deep, to make it easy for you to comprehend what knowledge you may derive from this Gospel, and what is therein set forth unto us. Namely, the true principle and nature of faith! And this is the end for which Christ is set forth unto us by all the evangelists, as being so full of all tenderness. For although the various circumstances and events are described by them with some variation, yet the simplicity of faith which they all set forth, is every where the same. And this Gospel sets forth Christ unto us, in his own colours, with so descriptive a pencil, that each one of us may with certainty know, what he may promise to himself from him : namely these things. That he is merciful, kind, presenting himself unto us, setting himself before us, and easy of access unto all who will fee unto him. And this is the view of him that faith should ever have before itself. The scripture sets before us two objects of contemplation. The one, full of fear: which sets before our eyes the terrible wrath of God, in the sight of whom no one can stand : under which contemplation, all of necessity despair, unless they be supported by faith. But, opposed to this is another object : that is, of grace: which object,

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come in, and Elias and Enoch shall appear; but all this is nothing at all; and this opinion was engendered in the minds of men by that evil spirit, Jaoplanus, that they might believe, that all the world should in the end become Christian. And he tried to bring men into this persuasion, that the true doctrine being obscured, no one might be able to attain unto it. Wherefore, I charge thee to beware of this imposture. For this scripture was

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SERMON III.

CONCERNING THE SEVEN LOAVES.

Mark viii.

In those days, the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him; and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, (N.

I Hope, my dearest friends, that the meaning of this Gospel is by no means unknown to you : for your understanding has taken root in these mysteries sufficiently deep, to make it easy for you to comprehend what knowledge you may derive from this Gospel, and what is therein set forth unto us. Namely, the true principle and nature of faith! And this is the end for which Christ is set forth unto us by all the evangelists, as being so full of all tenderness. For although the various circumstances and events are described by them with some variation, yet the simplicity of faith which they all set forth, is every where the same. And this Gospel sets forth Christ unto us, in his own colours, with so descriptive a pencil, that each one of us may with certainty know, what he may promise to himself from him: namely these things.—That he is merciful, kind, presenting himself unto us, setting himself before us, and easy of access unto all who will flee unto him. And this is the view of him that faith should ever have before itself. The scripture sets before us two objects of contemplation. The one, full of fear: which sets before our eyes the terrible wrath of God, in the sight of whom no one can stand: under which contemplation, all of necessity despair, unless they be supported by faith. But, opposed to this is another object: that is, of grace: which object, faith may behold with full and steady contemplation, may draw from it sources of consolation under all distresses, and conceive from it a confidence in the goodwill of God. Under which hope, a man may not only dare to promise to himseif all good from God, but may believe, that there is in him an infinite treasure more of help, which he may readily have in every time of need.

You have often heard already, that there are* two kinds of good things, spiritual and temporal. This Gospel teaches us little children how to believe for these very precarious and corporal things; and it is set before the weak, as though represented in a picture. Whence we may learn this goodness of God :—namely, how bountiful he is in bestowing his riches upon us. And hence, as soon as we have learnt how willing God . is to take care of our bodies, we hereupon begin to think with ourselves, that he can also supply us with spiritual food and raiment for our souls. But if I cannot commit my body to him to be fed, how much less shall I be able to commit my soul unto him to be preserved for ever? Or, if I cannot be brought to believe that he will give me one pound, how, I pray you, shall I hope to have from him ten pounds? If I cannot with confidence promise to myself from a person a piece of bread, much less will my mind by any means be brought to believe, that he will leave me a farm or a whole estate. He therefore that cannot apprehend this tender, and, as it were, suckling faith, to him it will certainly be a most difficult matter to believe, that God will pardon his sins, and eternally save his soul. For we are persuaded, that the soul is of a thousand-fold more value than the belly; towards which, however, he shews mercy, as the Gospel of this day teaches.

Wherefore the. apostle Peter, 1 Epist. ii. properly gives this admonition, "Beloved brethren, as newborn babes desire the milk, (not of the body, but of the soul, which is sincere and uncorrupt,) that ye may grow thereby." For it is not enough that the infant be put to the breast and suck, but'he must grow in size and gain strength; that he may afterwards be able to feed

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