The teachings of Christ in the soule. Opened in a sermon before the Right Honble House of Peers, in Covent-garden-Church, upon the solemne day of their monthly fast, March 29. 1648.
Sterry, Peter, 1613-1672.

THE TEXT.

THese words, with those foregoing them are to be opened by a two-fold Distinction:

1. Distinction, between Naturall, and Spirituall things. Page  4 These Cautions concern the Latter of these; but reach not to the First. The Heaven, even the Heavens (the true Heaven of Spirituall things) are the Lord's: but the Earth (all things of Nature) hath he given to the Children of Men, Ps. 115. 16.

Naturall things are shadows of Spirituall. The Naturall man is an Image of God, and no more. An Image may raigne, as Father, and Master among shadows. But in Spi∣rituall things, which are substantiall, God himself, who is the only substance, and truth, will be, and appear All alone.

2. Distinction. The second Distinction is a two-fold Con∣sideration of man: one, as he is in God; the other, as he is in himself. As man is in God, so he may be owned, and ac∣knowledged for a Father, or Master in Spirituall things themselves. Saint Paul attributes so much to himself; but marke, how he doth it. For though you have ten thousand Instructers in Christ, yet have you not many Fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you thorow the Gospell, 1 Cor. 4. 15. Saint Paul hedgeth in his expression on both Sides, with Christ, and the Gospell; that the Glory might be all given to God.. In Jesus Christ I have begotten you thorow the Gospell. I, as I am, not in my self, but comprehended in one Spirit with Christ, in one Mysticall Person, which is Christ: thorow the Gospell, that is, thorow the presence, power, and ap∣pearance of Christ Jesus in me. Paul is ever carefull to speak with abundance of caution in things of this nature. Now I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, Gal. 1. 20. I wrought more abundantly, then they all: Yet not I, but the Grace of God, which was with me, 1 Cor. 15. 10. So here, I have begotten you; yet not I, but a man in Jesus Christ; yet not I, but the Gospel, the power of Christ, which was in me.

Man in this sence is but the Garment, and God is the Per∣son, that comes cloth'd with this garment.

While we call any man Master, or Father in this sence, we Page  5 do, as Thomas; who put his hand upon the fraile, the hu∣mane part of Christ, his wounds; and cried, My Lord, and my God; his eye being on the Divinity, while his hand was upon the Humanity.

But he, that attributes any thing in Spirituall things to man in the other consideration, as he is in himselfe: he makes him a member of that man of sin, who sets himself up in the Temple of God, shewing himself: 2 Thess. 2. 4.

The Text being thus opened is easily divided into two parts: a Rule; Be not ye called Masters: the reason of the Rule: for ye have one Master, even Christ.