Q Did these Primitive Christians not at all seek the things of Christ?
A. This word Not is not to be taken positively, but (as Calvin saith) comparatively. Wee must not sup∣pose * that Church-officers and Church-members did abso∣lutely throw away all care of Christ, and the Churches of Christ; but the meaning is, that they did not seek the things of Christ cordially, sincerely, zealously, and primarily. They sought them in the least place, and in the last place. They pretended to seek the things of Christ, but sought their own things, under colour of seeking the things of Christ, and therefore are said not to seek them at all.
The charge will be yet greater, if we consider,
2. The multitude of the persons offending: The text saith, All men.