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Deliverance from that Destruction which Haman had plotted against them.'

When Abraham was withheld from ofsering his Son Isaac in Sacrifice, he called the Place Jehovah .jireh, that is, The LORD will provide to perpetuate the Memory, of that preventing Mercy. .

And Moses, upon the Deseat of the Amalekttes, built an Altar with this Inscription, Jehovah-nijfi, that is, The LORD is my Banner; thenige Bethel took it's Name, which signifies the House of GOD, because of GOD's Appearance to Jacob in that Place; and that Well of Water where Hagar was so seasonably refreshed was called Beer-lahai-roi, The Well of him that liveth and looketh on me. Aaron'sKod that budded was laid up in the Tabernacle, and commanded to Bekcpras a Token against'the Rebels for their Schism, That they should make it known to their Children, that the Generation to come might know, even, the Children that should be born, who should arise and declare the fame to their Children, that f hey might set their Hope in GOD, and not forget the Works of GOD, but keep his Commandments. , In like manner Samuel set up a Stone in that Place where he' discomfited the Philistines, and called it Eben-ezer^ faying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped w. Neither would David let that Place, (which like a Partition Wall, or Shield, guarded' him from Saul's Army when he was pursuing him) pass without some Memorial of this Kind, calling it Selah-bay&wah-lekotb, that is, The Rock of Divisions, i Sam. 23. 28*

To this End likewise the Israelites were enjoined fo'.wear their Phylacteries of blue Ribbands on the Borders of their Garments throughout their Generations, wherein the Law was written, that .they might look on them, and remember all the Commandments of the LORD, to do them. Neither doth Christ condemn the Use of these Signs and Memorials, but only their Abuse and hypocritical enlarging of them to Ostentation by the Scribes and Pharisees. What are Sacraments but Memorials of 'Christ's Death, as the weekly Sabbath is of his Resurrection?' 9fe\;. . , . Yea

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Yea upon this very Account., the LORD is pleased to assume: unto himself new Titles, as, 27;e GOD that brought Abraham:: from Ur of the Caldees; And again, The LORD that brought the Children of Israel out of Egypt; And again, The LORD! that gathered them out of theNprth Countries, to mind his People; by these arid the like Designations of some special Providences, lie had wrought for them in these Places, and in those Times:

So that to. despite,.:or not to observe the like Memorials it?' their appointed Seasons, novy under the Gospel,, when we have", greater Mercies' and Manifestations)of his Love(to Mankind," "would demonstrate great Vanity, oPride and. Self-conceitednels-^ and that one is very loose, and little regards either the Methods; of Divine'Providence, or the Wisdom and Piety of the Ancients .. in such Reviews: Besides, we .may. see. by fad Experience" how Christianity it self is wounded, .and Atheism.abounds, since the Sacraments been denied by some^and the Festivals, by others; these publick Standards of our Profession, which have been handed down to ns by the Fore-fathers of our Faith, . are but sew in Number; and such as becomes Pilgrims travelling to the New Jerusalem above, where every Day is Holy Day, Numerofitas Test ivar um Gives decet, non Exules ; :[ Many Festivals are fitter for Heaven than Earth, therefore fays a learned Divine, To celebrate these religions and sacred Days WfiH, is to spend the flower of our Time happily, they are th.e Splendor and outward Dignity of our Religion, farcib'le, fitnesses of ancient Truths, Provocations to the. Exercises of all Piety,,.Shadows of our: endless Felicity in Heaven, on Earth everlasting Records and Memorials, wherein they that cannot be drawn to hearken what we Teach, way only by looking on what, we do, may in a manner read whatsoever we> Believe. '0 5K.;, ".'..'.' *

But if these Considerations cannot prevail with some to comply with such innocent Ceremonies and Citicumstances of Religion, yet the Mysteries which we commemorate on the'se. Days, are the chief Articles of our Belief, the Sum of Saving: Kuowledge( and the greatest Mercies that ever were bestowed. . . • on

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Now caneetning this Mystery of the Incarnation, as the judicious Authof t)f the EnhftafticJt Polity well observes, Thfcfe.frfeibut i^ur things' which concur to make complete the

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Whole Sttte of our LoresJesus CbHsty His Derfy, his Manhood the ConjunctiOii of both, and the Distinction Of the one from the other, being joined in one: Four principal Heresies there tfre^ which have in, "those dungs .withstood the Truth* Asians cbending • them&lves against the peity' .of.0irist: Apfo. linarians maiming and misinterpreting that Wriicjt belOngetff to; riif Humane Nature.: Nestor tans by renting Christ asunder, and dividing him. into two Persons. The.Followers of Eutiche? by confoutiding inhis Person those Matures which' they should iftstingfctfh/• 'Agslqft these 'thfere^' .'fce'ct)'fataf' nfbff famous General Councils i;'Ttse. Coiihcil 6f 'MV to define ^gainstthe Arians: .'^tfthst. ^folhttriwh .thfc;" OourtcftbtXhhfiimihtyle: The Council of Efheftu against the Nejtorfans::. .Against the Eatichikns thbCbasietton Council, in four. Words* Truly, Pitfittij, lndmfiMy, Distinctly '. The first applied to his being G.Od* • and the second tahis beingManA the. tturtf tobis beir


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• V With these Sermons on our 'Solemn Holy Days," we have publifhedorie Upon the Glorious Trinity in great .Simplicity of 'Speec^ii very plainly arid very succinctly, for none.can'speak .well and .much oh so great .a Mystery, which'requires pure and calm Spirits, profound, and yet sober Judgments, not to ireacli beyond what is written for our Instruction. . Concerning "this MysWy of tire Glorious Trinity, many Niceties and needQuestibfls have been started by vain Meri; .as.first, That .the latter Part of the Text is nor/in some Copies: But this Argument fays little or nothing, when the Text is found in fthe first Editions, cited like wiser by 'the .ancient "Fathers, and A^^the Doctrine clearly confirmed.ifi other Scriptures j Bat if our - B sGofpe!

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of them thai believe-not^ hst the . Light, of ..the glor'.'us Gofa Christ, who is tfe jmqge of ^ouUj^»0^^k(. rLoblf/n?7 1 Again," thqy, [fjow, *liese; Tiqr^/ar^.t^^bepisQiniWng' ;.; like this, That.'onc^najiEt three, and yet t|iese threa bgst one .er*, "We may created Beings^ and in nuHelyes,' eveny^dji vidual Man and Woman, consi(jLig. of Souj, Body and Spirits according to the Prayer of the Apoftle^ •• Thatfjod[would prefer y$t

. our whole Spirit, And Soul, andjfroily. blameless, itnto« thti, p^ifig qfi our Lord Hefm Christ'j thess. < j); ^ ».' ii:'rn ••«.;u'\wAV

But indeecf This is a. Question more Curious than.Edifjripgrf - and not possible for Mortals fully to resolve. ••'jSivib h*iR

, .v Canst thou,.by fetching find out God? Canst'thatt fafc out,thf. Almighty unto'.Perfetfion? It .is as high ,ts Heaven, tybat $apj{, thou do? deeper than Hell, what canst thou-know f r7$? *nf*spz$ thereof is longer than the Earth, and broader than thf Sea. v. • ^ How many, subtile Wits, searching curioufly intp this great Mystery, have not. only made it,' .nipre mysterious with Words, and weak Examples of .Man's. In, ven$ion», but .lifewifi? havejfallen into; damnable Errors, and Shipwracked frj&r Fajfh 'and eternal Happiness. j To whom will you liken God? or what

. Likeness will you compare unto him, faith the LORD. And a.gain, To whom will you liken me? Or shall I be equal, .faith the Holy One?*'. Who is ,sufficient for jhese things?. O die depth, thf depth, the depth, a Drop to the Ocqan, a Grain to the Earth, an Atom to the Universe, so little or nothing isour Knowledge

, to.comprehend the great Depth, which therefore we must not dispute with Boldness, nor gaze into with Curiosity, but learp with Sobriety, .believe with Piety, and adore with Humility; never to speak. of God but with that profound Reverence, "as [if we were speaking to God in our solemn Devotions and Worship, ...: - .. ;r

This shows likewise the Folly of those idle and impertinent Questions, ;What .God. should be doing, or what were his


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