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A67829 A sermon preached at Lambeth January the 25th at the consecration of the Right Reverend Father in God, Thomas Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells / by Edward Young ... Young, Edward, 1641 or 2-1705. 1685 (1685) Wing Y68; ESTC R34114 12,744 33

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A SERMON Preached at LAMBETH Ianuary the 25 th At the Consecration of the Right Reverend Father in GOD THOMAS Lord Bishop of Bath and Wells By EDWARD YOUNG Fellow of Winchester College LONDON Printed for William Grantham at the Crown and Pearl over against Exeter-Change in the Strand 1685. TO THE Most Reverend Father in GOD WILLIAM Lord Arch-Bishop of Canterbury AND Primate of All ENGLAND May it please your GRACE THE Commands of Your Grace as well as of Those other Honourable Assistants at the Consecration having encouraged this Sermon to appear in publick I have presumed farther to set Your Venerable name before it in order to give it Countenance and Commendation to all Good Men. The world will judge what abatements the Argument may have possibly received from the weakness of the Manager but abstracting from these I am sure that Religion has no Subject wherein the Interests of Piety are more nearly concerned than they are in that here treated of And therefore I cannot doubt but that Your Grace will be easie to forgive the Confidence of the Address in contemplation of that advantage the Argument may thereby get to serve those ends of Piety to which it is designed And yet I have one end more in this Address and that is That it may withal testifie to the World the just veneration I have for those mighty Accomplishments both of Nature and Grace wherewith God hath Blessed You in order to bless his Church with the fruits and benefits of them London Feb. 2. 1685. Your GRACE's Most humbly Devoted in all Duty and Obedience EDWARD YOUNG A SERMON ON 2 Tim. 1. 6. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the Gift of God which is in thee by the laying on of my hands THEY are the words of St. Paul the Apostle for whose Doctrine and Example we this day peculiarly give God thanks They are his words to Timothy whom after he had planted the Church of Ephesus he did by the Laying on of his Hands Consecrate and appoint Bishop of that Church Of which St. Paul Theodoret tells us That he likewise planted this Church of Ours And if so Most Reverend Fathers You bear a Relation to the very Hands in the Text from which through a long and venerable Succession you derive your Authority However you bear an equal Relation to the Advice of the Text and Favour me therefore I beseech you while I make some Reflections upon it with an Humility as great as is my Unworthiness for such an Undertaking The words do 1. Offer to our Consideration The Solemnity of Laying on of Hands that Ancient Rite of Blessing by Prayer and thence accommodated by Divine Authority to the Designing of Men to any peculiar Charge in the Service of God 2. They offer to our Consideration the Charge or Office confer'd by this Solemnity and that is the Office Episcopal St. Paul Consecrating a Bishop and Investing Him with such Rights and Powers as we never find committed to a Simple Priest 3. The Person on whom hands were layd Timothy whose Character is given in the foregoing Verse That He was a Man of unfeigned Faith But these are Heads I shall not insist on I shall only take occasion from them to bless God for the great Happiness and Glory of our Church in the Legitimate Mission of Her Clergy The Due Distinction of Her Orders and the Virtue and Worthiness of Her Governours And in that which under Providence is the great occasion of all this the Pious care of Her Sovereign Guardian the King Whose eyes are upon such as are Faithful Who as God made choice of Ioshuah to lead the Israelites into Canaan because he had dar'd against the wishes of the People to give a True Report of that Good Land So He by whom Providence has designed to make us Happy if we will be Happy chooseth such to lead us as by Their ardent Love and Zealous Contention towards Heaven have given a True Report of the Desirableness of that Good Land A Truth which were it not for some few such Reports the World lies always under a propension to distrust I shall pass over these several Heads and insist only on the remaining matter of the words and that is the Gift confer'd on Timothy at his Consecration Stir up the Gift of God that is in thee by the laying on of my Hands The word here render'd Gift does in its General sense signifie any thing that God does graciously bestow upon Men But in this place it signifies that which we more peculiarly call Grace i. e. the Sanctifying Gift of God and so the Fathers interpret it or rather so our Apostle interprets himself in the following words where he specifies the Gift he means to be The Spirit of Might o● Love and of a sound Mind Grace then is the Subject concerning which I propose these Three things 1. To shew the Importance of it to Christian Practice 2. It s Distribution to Men and the Measures thereof And 3. Mans Relative Duty towards it in stirring of it up I begin with the Importance of Grace to Christian Practice All that I shall say thereon being designed to confirm this Proposition viz. That the Grace of God is absolutely necessary towards the discharge of every mans Christian Duty That there is a Sanctifying Principle communicated from Christ unto Believers preparing and assisting them to the fruits of Holiness and therefore called the seed of God That this Principle is mo●e than all Natural Endowments or any Improvements of Nature that are meerly Human and therefore called the Gift That it is more than the Objective Influence of all Revealed Truths or of all the outward Actings of Providence and therefore called the Gift within Us That this Principle is wrought in us by the Operation of the Holy Spirit and therefore all Virtues are called the Works of the Spirit and Christians the Temples of the Holy Ghost are Truths that will appear to any indifferent Enquirer as evident as any that are written in the Book of God And it being the manner of the Holy Spirit in the Scriptures to bring down sublime Truths to our Understanding by familiar resemblances and to convey them more strongly to our minds by the Images of sensible things Our Apostle has in Two several places of his Epistles represented this Communication from Christ to Believers by the resemblance of those Spirits and Animal Iuyces that are communicated from the the Head to the several Members of our natural Body from which Spirits every Member derives its vigour and sensation and power to execute those functions which are due to the common service insomuch that if this influence from the head to any Member be casually obstructed that Member must necessarily languish and grow useless and retain no more than the Figure of a part And thus it is in the Mystical body of Christ the Visible Church There is a like variety and subordination