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in the tenth Persecution under Dioclefiar. An. Reg. 19. Mense Euseb,8.2 Martio, be made an Edict for the pulling down of the Temples of the Christians,
But under Constantine, when Christian religion had the favour of Authority regal, then Concurrebant populi ad populos quafios ados.
Ecclefie qua antea impiis tyrannorum machinis destructa fuerantzrediviva, c, Then the People came together,
Euf.10.2 And ever since the Church hath continued this practise of maintaing Oratories for the meeting of the Congregations for the praise and service of God.
There is warrant enough from the example of the Church, and the Authority thereof to maintain this holy practice.
Those places be the Temples of Gods holinesle, the hou. ses of God separace from all common use to the holy service of God. :
And God who by his Omnipotency filleta all places, is in our Churches by a more special presence; for if the Glory of God filled the Temple in the time of the Law, why may we noc, believe that in the light of the Gospel, he reveileth his Presence more, because the place wherein we serve God is Gods houle, and all Civil and common use of it is resigned; to consecrate it to Gods service. : If God be present where two or three are assembled, surely, where there is a meeting of a fulCongregation he is present with a special presence.
And therefore it hath ever been esteemed a pious charity in those that have been founders, enlargers, restorers, or adorners. l
of Churches, as Saint Origen faith, quam gloriosum est fi dicatur in Tabernaculo domini. Illius fuit hoc aurum, hoc argentum, in ex. 25. Rursus quam
indecorum ut dominus veniens nihil muneris tus
, nihil a te cognoscat oblatum. Ego optarem fi fieri
poffet,esse aliquid meum in auro quo arca contegitur : Nollem esse infæcundus &c.
These houses of God are the temples of his holinesie where. the name of God is declared to the Church, wherein God by his
Ifa. 2. 2.
Spirit (peakech to the Churches in the outward ministry of the word; where the holy ones of God do speak to God by the fame Spirit in prayers in hymnes, and spiricual songs, where the facrifices of righteousnesse are oftered.
And herein is that gracious Prophecy of Isay fulfilled which
our Saviour alleadgeth in the Gospel, Ifa. 567.
For mine boufe shall be called a house of prayer for all people.
Observe: here is not only oratio, prayer, which is cultus divinus , divine worship, but here is Domus mea, my house,a place designed for the worship of God, and that for all people.
This cannot be made good in the temple of Jerusalem; nor in any one Church, but mult determine both the extent and dilata. tion of Gods worship, and the designation of fic houses for the fame.
Another like Prophecy we have before in I[ay.
It shall come to page in the last dayes that the mountains of the Lords house hall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hils, and all nations Sall flow unto it.
And many people fall go and say, come ye and let us go sáp to the top of the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, and he will teach us his ways, and we will walk in bis patbs; for axt of Sion shall go forth the Law, and the Word of the Lord from Je rufalem.
The common exposition is that after the returae of the people of Israel from the 70 years captivity in Babylons chen Religie on and Gods Worship shall be setled at lerusalem.
But observe how this exposicion fhrivetech up the promise of grace; for this is not all. He saith this shall be in some mais siuspars in che last time : and he addeth that all matianshall flow to it, and he saith, not that one mountain, but The mountains of the Lord shall be established; which must needs be understood of the Churches of the Christians to which the faithful should refort.
For further proof hereof scad Micha 4. where you shall find Verf. 1,20 this Prophecy totidem verbis, in so many words, and a commenta
ry upon it, Micah 5. wherein be prophecyeth the birth of Christ in Bethlehem
In both these Prophecies we observe, that the promise of God hath not only assured the spreading of true Religion, but the assemblies of beleivers to certain places for instruction, that they may bee caught vias Domini, the ways of the Lord.
Never was there Religion in the world, without fome places of publick.Worship, for meeting of people together ; Even in Adams time, there was a place where Adam and his children met to offer facrifice, and Cains flying from the prelence of the Lord, was his wilfull excommunication from that place,
Andin truth they chat would have no Churches, niay aswell cry down Religion, and the publique ministry of the Word, and pluck down the hedge which God hath planted about his Vine, and lay all common
Understand us rightly; we do not affix holinese to the place, nor think any speciall fan&tity inherent in it;but feeing God is by a singular right become master of the house, that is separate to his use, as the Apostle saich, judge I pray you, is it comely, that Wee pat not difference between Gods' House and our owne honfes.
Ít is observed that Christ when he purged the temple, purged only that part of the temple which was lec apart to prayer, and hearing of the Word, because that use of the Church was to continue in the time of the Gospel: and after he had cast out the oxen and the doves, which were provisions for sacrifice, then he eiteth that place and reneweth the fanction,
My house shall be called an house of prayer to all nations, which is a fanétification of all Churches to the Worship of God. That this was fo understood,
Know that before they had any Churches built for the publick exercise of Religion, they had some places of meeting which they called Ædes facras, holy houses; of which the Apostle purting difference , fayth, have ye not houses to eat and drink indi de-Cori, 11, Spile ge the Church of God?
Here be our own houses for common and natural, moral and civil ase;here is the Church of God, the place of assembling of the Congregations to the Worship and service of God.
Gen, 28. 19.2.20
No fooner is a place confecrate to this use, but it is a Temple of Gods
So when facob had set up a stone for a pillar, in the place where he dreamed and had che vision of the ladder, he called che
name of it Bethel, on n'a, Gods house. And after Gen.35.7
At his retærne he came to that place, and having first put down allibe Strang gods, he built an altar to the Lord, and called it bxnya 5x, the god of Gods house.
It is palestra in which we do meet with God to wrestle with him in our fervent prayers and supplications ; He by bis word wraftlech wiih us to overcome both our ignorance and impiery. And therefore as facob, so may we call our Church 98138, the face of God: for there God did look upon him. ;
And in the times of the Gospel chele houtes of prayer have had several circles;
£des sacre, in respect of their succession to them, and Templa in refpe&t of their succession to that atferusalem. Tectum amplum, some derive it, and welangte 1. Propter dedicationem, 2. Propter ufum. 3. Propter jus perpetuum. 4. Propter fabbatum. For there is Dominica in Dominico, thence came the word Kirke; Yet, in usein Scotland.
And Ecclefiæ, in respect of the meetings there.
When 'David could not come to the fanctuary of God, he worshipped toward it.
Hear the voyce of my fupplications, when I cry unto thee, when I PC 28, 2. lift up my hands towards thy holy temple. Dan.6.10. Daniel being farre from the temple, opened his window toward
Jerusalem, and prayed three times a day.
The Temple is a type of Heaven, where the Saints of God do meet co praise God., which is the worship that is done to
God in heaven; Rev, 21.3. And I heard a great voyce ont of heaven, saying; Behold the
tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.
This Mr. Brightman understandech of the Church of the Genciles, where God is tien.
So doth James Brocard an Italian understand ic of the Church delivered from Poperie, and Mahometry, and all hærefie.
But Master Bullinger better advised, faith, that as in the former part of this Revelation hell is described;fo in this chapter heaven is set forth;
And that as you see in the limilitude of a tabernacle; lo doth Junius and Napier well interpret this place.
I conclude then that all the Churches wherein the Christians meet to call upon God, are the temples of Gods presence, wherein God is invisibly resident both co give his spirit where he thinketh good, and to direct our service of him, and to receive our prayers and sacrifices of thanksgiving : and to communicate to his servants che ordinances of his grace, the means of their salvation,
2. As God is in these temples made with hands and declareth his presence in his house, in his Word and Sacraments, and in the folemne meetings of his children; so is he in heaven which is his highest temple, whereof these are but types and fi, gures.
We beleive in him as maker of heaven, and we pray to him Our Father which art in heaven; this place he himself calleth his habitacion,
I dwell in the bigb and holy place. 1. In heaven.
Ifa.3 7.15 Laine bim. So he is there as in the most excellent
1 Reg. 8. creation , but not comprehended there; for there he is most 27, purely worshipped; theace cometh our Sicut in Coelo.
The heachen gods are no where in heaven they are not, that is the temple of the true God; in earth they are not ; for they are no gods that have residence in earch, and have no power at
As the Apostle faich, we know that an Idol is norhing in the 1 Cor.8,4 World,
Here by the name of Idol is not meant, the material image representing their god : for that is a bodily substance to be seen and felt, and it is in the world : but he speakech it de nu
all in heaven,