The monument of matrones conteining seuen seuerall lamps of virginitie, or distinct treatises; whereof the first fiue concerne praier and meditation: the other two last, precepts and examples, as the woorthie works partlie of men, partlie of women; compiled for the necessarie vse of both sexes out of the sacred Scriptures, and other approoued authors, by Thomas Bentley of Graies Inne student.
Bentley, Thomas, student of Gray's Inn., Abergavenny, Frances Nevill, Lady, d. 1576., Marguerite, Queen, consort of Henry II, King of Navarre, 1492-1549. Miroir de l'âme pécheresse. English & French., Catharine Parr, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, 1512-1548. Lamentacion of a sinner., Tyrwhit, Elizabeth, Morning and evening prayers., Catharine Parr, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, 1512-1548. Prayers or meditacions.
Of Obedience.
Mother.

WHat is the third point of Christian adoration, and seruice of God?

C

It is to obeie the lawe of God, in true charitie, Page  238 out of a pure hart, and out of a pure conscience, and of faith vnfained.

M

What is this charitie here required?

C

It is to loue God with all our hart, soule, vnder∣standing and power: and our neighbour as our selfe.

M

This true obedience and charitie, proceedeth it not of faith?

C

Yea, & all the good works here commanded, which God hath prepared that wee should walke in them.

M

Faith then, it is not an opinion vaine and flesh∣lie, to entise vs to sinne more boldlie, and to liue in all carnall libertie.

C

No. For if we by faith be trulie graffed in Iesus Christ, and call vpon God to saluation, we will no more bring foorth the works of the flesh, but the fruits of the spirit.

M

Which are the works of the flesh?

C

Adulterie, fornication, filthinesse, outragiousnes, idolatrie, enimitie, strife, emulation, anger, altercati∣on, sedition, sects, enuie, murther, dronkennesse, glutto∣nie, and things like vnto the same.

M

And which are the fruits of the spirit?

C

Loue, ioie, peace, patience, benignitie, goodnesse, faith, caurtesie, temperance.

M

Seeing we are all carnall, euill, and seruants of sinne, haue we power of our selues to doo good, and to keepe vs from euill?

C

No, not so much as to thinke anie good thing. For it is God that worketh in vs both the will and the deed, according to his good will.

M

We must not then doo euerie one of vs, what see∣meth vnto him good and right; what good nature, in∣clination, or free will soeuer he alledge.

C

No. For of vs can come nothing but perdition; but ail our goodnes, aid & saluation comneth of God onlie.

M

Our reason, wisdome, and intent, can the same be Page  239 the rule to knowe and discerne of our works, whether they be good or euill?

C

No. For we haue all but one Lawe-giuer, who hath giuen vs the true and perfect rule out of the ten commandements of the lawe.

M

What conteine the foure commandements of the first table?

C

How God declareth himselfe to be our God, and therefore by good right he requireth of vs faith, ho∣mage, adoration, obedience and dutie.

M

And the six commandements in the second table, what doo they conteine?

C

Our office and dutie towards our neighbour; which is to doo vnto him, as we would be done vnto our selues: and not to doo vnto him that, which wee would not to be done vnto our selues.

M

Go to, recite now this holie lawe.

C

Harken, O Israel; I am the Lord thy God, which haue brought thee out of the land of Aegypt, &c. as Exodus. 20.

M

And how is it, that Iesus Christ accomplished in vs this lawe so perfectlie?

C

In giuing vs his holie spirit, who ingendreth in vs a continuall desire and mind, to doo all that the lawe commandeth vs, as neere as we can.

M

And this obedience so vnperfect, doth it please God?

C

Yea, by this, that our imperfection is not impu∣ted vnto vs, bicause of Iesus Christ, whose iustice and perfect obedience is ours through faith.

M

Alas, who shall giue vs the hart and the power to doo the will of God, which he here hath declared vnto vs by his holie ordinances?

C

It shall be euen he himselfe by his spirit, in the name of Iesus Christ his sonne, whom he hath giuen vnto the death, to deliuer vs from the condemnation Page  240 of the lawe, and from the bondage of sinne, that is to saie from eternall death.