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Eph. i 18.
Epli, . 5.
his own, but for our sakes; nor is the advantage his, but ourse 1 John ili. 1 Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon
us, that we should be called the sons of God; that we, the sons of disobedient and condemned Adam by natural generation, should be translated into the glorious liberty of the sons
of God by adoption; that we, who were aliens, strangers, and Eph. ili 14,15. enemies, should be assumed unto the Father of our Lord
Jesus Christ, of whom the whole familyin heaven and earth
by Jesus Christ to himself, hath thereby another kind of Rom. viil 15. paternal relation, and so we receive the Spirit of adoption,
whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The necessity of this faith in God as in our Father apGud as Salaaipeareth, first, in that it is the ground of all our filial fear, hoEph. vi. 1, 2 nour, and obedience due unto him upon this relation. Honour
thy father is the first commandment with promise, written in tables of stone with the finger of God; and, Children, obey your parents in the Lord, is an evangelical precept, but founded upon principles of reason and justice; for this is right, saith St Paul. And if there be such a rational and legal obligation of honour and obedience to the fathers of our flesh, how much more must we think ourselves obliged to him whom we believe to be our heavenly and everlasting Father ? A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master. If then I be a father, where is my honour ? and if I be a master, where is my fear ? saith the Lord of hosts. If we be heirs, we must be co-heirs with Christ; if sons, we must be brethren to the only begotten: but being he came not to do his own will, but the will of Him that sent him, he acknow
95 anche in Fachu a
Eph, vi 1
Mal. i. 6.
1 'In alienam familiam transitus,' is the description in A. Gellius, v. 19. “Quum in alienam familiam inque liberorum locum extranei sumuntur, aut per prætorem fit, aut per populum: quod per prætorem fit, adoptio dicitur; quod per populum, arrogatio,' Ibid.
2 As appears out of the form of Rogation yet extant in this manner : "Velitis, jubeatis, Quirites, uti Lucius Valerius Lucio Titio, tam jure legeque filius sibi siet, quam si ex eo patre matreque familias ejus natus esset, utique ei vitæ necisque in eo potestas siet, uti patri endo filio est?' Ibid.
ledgeth no fraternity but with such as do the same; as he
Failo da The same relation in the object of our faith is the life of Jalte libertine our devotions, the expectation of all our petitions. Christ, who taught his disciples, and us in them, how to pray, propounded not the knowledge of God, though without that he could not hear us; neither represented he his power, though without that he cannot help us; but comprehended all in this relation, When ye pray, say, Our Father. This prevents all vain Luke xi 2 repetitions of our most earnest desires, and gives us full security to cut off all tautology, for Our Father knoweth what Matt. vi. 8. things we have need of before we ask him. This creates a clear assurance of a grant without mistake of our petition : What man is there of us, who if his son ask bread, will give Matt vil 9-him a stone ? or if he ask fish, will give him a serpent ? If we then who are evil know how to give good gifts unto our children; how much more shall our Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him" ?
Again, this paternity is the proper foundation of our fler Vaccui alizi Christian patience, sweetening all afflictions with the name oatītun and nature of fatherly corrections. We have had fathers of tleb xii. 9, 10. our flesh, which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits, and live? especially considering, that they chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness*; they, as an argument of their authority; he, as an assurance of his love: they, that we might acknowledge them to be our parents; he, that he
1 'Aντί πέρκης σκορπίον" παροιμία επί των τα χείρω αιρουμένων αντί βελ. TŁórwy. Zenob. [Cent. I. n. 88. Diog. (Cent. I. n. 76) and Suidas (Cent. II. n. 94) have twv B.]
"Ο δ' αντί πιπούς σκορπίον λαιμό ondoas. Lycophron. Cassand. ver. 476.
9 Quodsi & Domino nonnulla
credimus incuti, cui magis patientiam
Ileb. xii. 6.
may persuade us that we are his sons : for whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth. And what greater incitement unto the exercise of patience is imaginable unto a suffering soul, than to see in every stroke the hand of a Father, in every affliction a demonstration of
his love? Or how canst thou repine, or be guilty of the least Deut. vii. 5. degree of impatiency, even in the sharpest corrections, if thou
shalt know with thine heart, that as a man chasteneth his son, so the Lord thy God chasteneth thee? How canst thou not be comforted, and even rejoice in the midst of thy greatest suffer
ings, when thou knowest that he which striketh pitieth, he Psal. ciii. 13. which afflicteth is as it were afflicted with it? For like as a
father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.
Lastly, the same relation strongly inferreth an absolute 30 fun'in necessity of our imitation; it being clearly vain to assume the
title of son without any similitude of the father. What is the general notion of generation but the production of the like; nature, ambitious of perpetuity, striving to preserve the species in the multiplication and succession of individuals ? And this similitude consisteth partly in essentials, or the likeness of nature; partly in accidentals, or the likeness in figure”, or affections. Adam begat a son in his own likeness, after his image: and can we imagine those the sons of God which are no way like him? A similitude of nature we must not, of figure we cannot pretend unto: it remains then only that we bear some likeness in our actions and affections. Be
therefore followers (saith the apostle), or, rather* imitators of God, as dear children'. What he hath revealed of himself, that we
must express within ourselves. Thus God spake unto the Lev. xi. 14;, children of Israel, whom he styled his sons, Ye shall be holy, 1 Pet. i. 16. for I am holy. And the apostle upon the same ground
speaketh unto us, as to obedient children: As he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation. It is part of the general beneficence and universal goodness of
Gen. y. 3.
Lph. v, 1.
1 Πάν το γεννών όμοιον εαυτώ γεννά. S. Epiphan. Hær. lxxvi. $ 6. [Vol. I. p. 918 d.)
2 Το όμοια γίγνεσθαι τα έκγονα τους gevvňoaoi edoyov. Aristot. de Generat. Animal. 1. i. c. 19. & 5.
34 Fortes creanturfortibus et bonis: Est in juvencis, est in equis patrum
Virtus; nec imbellem feroces
Hor, Carm. iv. 4. 29. 4 μιμηταί.
5 Filii hominum sunt quando male faciunt; quando bene, filii mei (sc. Dei).' S. August. Psal. lii. (8 6. Vol. 1v. p. 489 6.]
our God, that he maketh the sun to rise on the evil and on the Matt. v. 44,
So necessary is this faith in God, as in our Father, both
Piccleanli principal or most proper explication of God's paternity. For
Esime te as we find one person in a more peculiar manner the Son of God, so must we look upon God as in a more peculiar manner the Father of that Son. I ascend unto my Father and your John Ix. 17. Father?, saith our Saviour; the same of both, but in a different manner, denoted by the article prefixed before the one, and not the other: which distinction in the original we may preserve by this translation, I ascend unto the Father of me, and Father of you; first of me, and then of you: not therefore his, because ours; but therefore ours, because his. So far we are the sons of God, as we are like unto him; and
i Vide S. August, in Psal. c. $ 1. [Vol. iv. p. 1081 D.]
3.Similitudinem patris actus indicent sobolis; similitudo operis similitudinem indicet generis: aetus nomen confirmet, ut nomen genus demon. stret.' S. August. de Temp. Serm. 76. [312. & 2. Vol. v. Append. p. 524 g.]
3 'Αναβαίνω προς τον πατέρα μου, και πατέρα υμών. Had πατέρα in both places had its article, there would have seemed two Fathers: had the article been prefixed to marépa tuw he would have seemed first ours, then Christ's: but being prefixed to πατέρα μου, it shews God to be principally and originally Christ's, and by our reference unto him, our Father. Iarépa μου μέν κατά φύσιν εν τη θεότητι, και πατέρα υμών διά χάριν δι' εμέ έν τή υιο
Deglą. S. Epiphan. Hæres. lxix. & 55.
Heb. i. 2
Gal. iv. 7.
Heb. ii 11.
Heb. i 10.
our similitude unto God consisteth in our conformity to the Rom. viil 29. likeness of his Son. For whom he did foreknow, he also did
predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the first-born among many brethren. He the first
born, and we sons, as brethren unto him: he appointed heir Rom. vii. 17. of all things, and we heirs of God, as joint-heirs with him. Gal. iv. +46. Thus God sent forth his Son, that we might receive the adoption of sons.
And because we are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father'. By his mission are we adopted, and by his Spirit call we God our Father. So we are no longer servants, but now sons; 31 and if sons, then heirs of God, but still through Christ. It is true, indeed, that both he that sanctifieth, that is, Christ, and they who are sanctified, that is, faithful Christians, are all of one, the same father, the same God; for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren : yet are they not? all of him after the same manner, not the many sons like the Captain of their salvation : but Christ the beloved, the firstborn, the only-begotten, the Son after a more peculiar and
more excellent manner; the rest with relation unto, and deIsai . viii, 18. pendence on, his Sonship; as given unto him, Behold I, and
the children which God hath given me; as being so by faith in him, For we are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus; as receiving the right of Sonship from him, For as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God. Among all the sons of God there is none like to that one Son of God. And if there be so great a disparity in the filiation, we must make as great a difference in the correspondent relation. There is one degree of sonship founded on creation, and that is the lowest, as belonging unto all, both good and bad: another degree above that there is grounded upon regeneration, or adoption, belonging only to the truly
1.Hoc facit Deus, ex filiis homi. p. 114.] num filios Dei, quia ex Filio Dei fecit 3 'Ergo nemo in filiis Dei similis filium hominis.' S. August. in Psal. erit filio Dei. Et ipse dictus est filius lii. [8 6. Vol. iv. p. 489 G.]
Dei, et nos dicti sumus filii Dei: sed 2 Dicimur et filii Dei, sed ille quis similis erit Domino in filiis Dei? aliter Filius Dei.' S. August. in Psal. Ille unicus, nos multi. Ille unus, nos lxxxviii. (Serm. i. § 7. Vol. iv. p. in illo unum. Ille natus, nos adoptati. 939 F.] "Έστι τοίνυν ο θεός πολλών Ille ab æterno filius genitus per natuμεν καταχρηστικώς πατήρ, ενός δε μόνου ram, nos a tempore facti per gratiam.' φύσει και αληθεία του μονογενούς υιού. . S. August. in Psal. lxxxviii. (Serm. I. S. Cyril. Hieros. Catech. 7. [c. 5. 8 7. Vol. iv. p. 939 E.]
lieb. ii. 13.
Gal. iii. 26.
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