§. 19. Of Christ a sufficient Sauiour.
In laying forth the goodnesse of Christ three things are noted.
- 1. The Kinde of goodnesse, which is Saluation (the Sauiour)
- 2. The person that performeth it (he himselfe.)
- 3. The parties for whom he performeth it (the body.)
1. The Greeke word translated *Sauiour is so emphaticall that other tongues can hardly finde a fit word to expresse the emphasis thereof: it being attributed to Christ, implieth that
Christ is a most absolute and perfect Sauiour, he is euery way a sufficient Sauiour: *able perfectly to saue euen to the very vttermost. He saueth Soule and Body: he saueth from all manner of miserie: which is intimated by that particular from * which he saueth, namely sinne: he shall saue his people from their sinnes. Sinne is the greatest, and most grieuous euill; yea, the cause of all miserie: they who are saued from it, are saued from all euill: for there is nothing hurtfull to man, but that which is caused by sinne, or poisoned by it.
Before sinne seazed on man he was most happie, free from all miserie: and so shall he be after the contagion, guilt, punish∣ment, dominion, and remainder of sinne is remoued. But he that remaineth in the bondage of sinne is in a most wofull plight. In that Christ saueth from sinne, he saueth from the wrath of God, the curse of the law, the venome of all outward Page 36 crosses, the tyranie of Satan, the sting of Death, the power of the graue, the torments of hell, and what not?
The puritie of Christs nature, and excellencie of his person * is it that maketh him so sufficient a Sauiour: which reason the Apostle himselfe noteth: for where he saith that Christ is able to saue to the vttermost, he addeth, for proofe thereof, that he * is Holy, harmlesse, vndefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher then the heauens.
Great matter of reioycing, and of confidence doth this mini∣ster * vnto vs. When the Angell first brought this newes, To you is borne a Sauiour, he saith, Behold I bring you good tidings of great ioy. This made the Virgin Mary say, My spirit hath re∣ioyced in God my Sauiour, and for this did Zacharias blesse God that redeemed his people, and raised vp an horne of saluation.* When the eies of old Simeon had seene this Saluation, he de∣sired no longer to liue, but said, Lord now lettest thou thy ser∣uant*depart in peace.
They who beleeue in this Sauiour will be of like minde: and as they reioyce in him, so they will trust vnto him, and say with the Apostle, we are more then conquerors through him*that loued vs, &c.
This being so, to what end serueth the supposed treasure of*the Church, wherein are said to be stored vp indulgences, par∣dons, merits, workes of supererogation, and I know not what trash, to adde to the satisfaction of this Sauiour? either Christ is not a sufficient Sauiour, or these are (to speake the least) vaine. But vaine they are: & an emptie, filthie, detestable trea∣sure that is, which God will destroy with all that trust therein.