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Actes and Monumentes Of the Churche.

Peter do seke out more vainhelps to maintain and vphold the tirannye of Popes, rather then to make him ruler and gouernour ouer all other. For whereas in the. 8. Chapter 

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Acts 8:14.

of þe actes he is commaunded by his fellowes to go with Iohn into Samaria, he did not refuse so to doo. In somuch then as the Apostels doo send him, they declare there by that they do not counte him as their heade and superior, MarginaliaPeter hath societye with thapostles, but no rule ouer the apostles. and in that he doth obey them and taketh vpon him the office or ministery commited vnto him, he confesseth their by that he hath a society and fellowship with them, but no rule or impery ouer them, as he wryteth in his Epistle. But if none of these examples were euident or manyfeste, the only Epistell to the Galathians were sufficient to put vs out of all doubt: Where as S. Paule al most thorow out two hole chapters, MarginaliaPaule equall wyth Peter. doth nothinge ells but declare and affirm him selfe to be equall vnto Peter, in the honoure or dignitye of the Apostleshippe. For first of al he reherseth how he went vp to Ierusalem vnto Peter, not to the intent to profes any Homage and subiection vnto him, but only to witnes with a common consent and agreamēt vnto all men, the doctrine which they taught, and that Peter did require no such thinges at his hand, but gaue vnto him the right side or vpper hand of the fellowship, that they might ioyntly to gether labour in the vinyard of the Lord. More ouer that he had no les fauour and grace amongest the Gentils, then Peter had amongst the Iewes: and finally when as Peter did not faithfully execute his office and ministery, he was by him rebuked, and Peter becam obedient vnto his correction. All these thinges do evidently proue that their was equality betwene Paule and Peter, and also that Peter had no more power ouer the residewe of the Apostels then he had ouer Paul. The which thing Saint Paul euen of purpose doth intret of, lest that any man should preferre Peter or Iohn before him in the office of Apostelshipe, which were but his companions & not Lordes one ouer an other. Wherupon these places of scripture, work this effect þt I cannot acknowledge Peter to be superiour or hed ouer the other Apostells, neither the Pope ouer other Bishoppes. MarginaliaChriste the only hed of the church. But I acknowleadge and confesse christe to be thonly head of the church, the fondation and high priest therof, the which with one only oblation hath made parfit for euer more al those which are sanctified. MarginaliaVniuersall bishop spokē agaynst by Gregory And I boldly do affirme and say with saint Gregory, that who soeuer calleth him selfe or desireth to be named or called the hed or vniuersall prieste or bishop, in that his pride, he is the forerider or predicessor of Antechrist: For so much as thorow his pride he doth exalte him selfe aboue all others. Furthermore wheras they alledge out of the old law the high Priesthode and thesupreme iudgement, which god did institute & ordeine at Ierusalem: MarginaliaThe hyghe priesthode in the old lawe. dothe not proue Peter, or the popes supremacy. I aunswer therunto, that christ was that high bishoppe vnto whom the right and title of priesthode is now transported and referred. Neither is ther any man so impudent, which will take vpon him to succead in the place or degre of his honour. For so much as this priesthoode doth not cōsist only in learning, but in the propitiation and mercy of God, which Christe hath fullfilled by his deth and in the intercession, by the which he doth now intreate for vs vnto his father.

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Wheras also they doo alleadge out of the. 16. chapter of mathew 

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Matthew 16:18

, thou art Peter and vpō this rocke &c. MarginaliaThe place of Mathew thou arte Peter, & vpon thys rok Math. xvi. expounded. If they doo think that this was perticulerly spoken vnto Peter, Saint Cipriā and saint Agustinne shall sufficiently answer them that Christ did it not for this purpose to prefer one man aboue all the residew, but that therby he might cōmend and set forth th vnity of the church: For so sayth saint Cipryane, MarginaliaCypriane. in þe person of one man, god gaue vnto him al the keyes, that he might therby signify the vnity of them all. For euen as Peter was, euen the very same were all the residew, being endowed with like fellowshippe of honor and dignity. But it was conuenient that it should take his originall of one, that the church of god might be manifested to be on only. Marginaliaaustine. Saint Augustine wordes are these, if the mistery of the church wer not in Peter, The Lord would not haue said vnto him, I will geue vnto thee the keies of the kingdome of heauen. If this wer spoken vnto Peter, þe church hath thē not. If þe church haue then: Then Peter, when he receiued the keies, did figurat the whole church again whē as they were all demaunded and asked, only Peter answered. Thou art christ. Then was it said vnto him, I wil giue vnto thee the keies as though that he alone had receued the power of binding and losinge, for like as he alone spake that for them all, so he as it were bering the person of that vnity receiued the same wt them all. Therfore one for thē all bycause he is vnited vnto thē al. A nother argument they do gether vpon the words which Christ spake vnto Peter. Thou art Peter and vpon this rock wil I build my Church. The which wordes are not founde to be spokē vnto any other of þe apostles. The which argumēt shal easly be dissolued, if we did vnderstand and know why christ did giue Peter þt name, which otherwise was called Simon. In the first chapter of Ihō 
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John 1:42.

christ speaketh thus vnto him. Thou shalt be called Cephas, the which by interpretation signifieth Peter in that point hauinge respect unto the constant confession of Christ which he had made, like as god changed 
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Genesis 17:5.

the name of Abraham, who at the first was called Abram, bycause he should be a father of many nations thē euen as Abraham toke his name of þe mul-

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