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Actes and Monuments of the Church.

he saith thus: Which of you, quod he, hauinge a seruant that hath earied your land, or fedde your bestes, wil say vnto him when he cometh home out of the fild, goo thy way quickly and set downe to thy meat, and rather wil not say vnto him make ready my supper seruing me therat vntill I haue made an end therof, and afterward take your selfe meate and drinke. Thinke you that he is bound to thanke his seruant which thus shall doo this his cōmaundemēt I trow saith he, nay: euē so you saith he when you haue done all thinges to you commaunded, saie yet ye be vnprofitable seruants and haue don that which ye wer bound to do. MarginaliaMerites not to be estemed.In which wordes you may clerly see, that he would not haue vs greatly esteme our merits when we haue don that is commaunded be god, but rather recking our selfes to be but seruantes vnprofitable to God, for so much as he nedeth not of oure goode for his owne auaunsement, but only that he loueth to see vs doo wel for our owne behoue, and morouer that when we haue don his bidding, we ought not so to magnify nether our self, ne our owne fre wil, but laud him with a meake hart, thorow whose benefite we haue don (if at any time we do it) his liking and pleasure. Not so much regarding our merite, but his grace and benefite wherby only is done all that in any wise is to him acceptable, MarginaliaObseruing of Godes works worketh in vs no merite, Ergo much lesse the obseruinge of mens tradicions.and thus if we ought not to attend our merit in doing the commaundement of God, much lesse should we looke for merite for obseruing our owne inuentions or traditions of men, vnto which god is no benefit in al scripture that Paule calleth the word of truth and of faith promysed. But here may be obiect agaynste me that the rewarde is promysed in many places to them that do obserue þe precepts of godes.

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MarginaliaReward how it is promised to workes.That I affirme to be very soth, not withstanding such rewarde shall neuer be atteyned of vs, except by the grace & benefit of hī which worketh all thinges in al creatures, and this affirmeth well saint Augustin, saint Ambrose Fulgenti9, with other as you may see euery wher in ther workes and specially in the treatise caled vnio dissidentium wher he entreteth de gratia et meritis and of saint augustine I remember. ii. or. iii. right notable sentences concerning the same and they be written in the bookes called confessions Augustin. MarginaliaAug. libr. confession.One is in the. ix. booke in this fourm. Ve etiam laudabili vitæ hominum si remota misericordia discutias eam. Quia vere non exquiris delicta vehementer fidncialiter speramns aliqnem locnm apnd te innenire indnlgentiæ. Quisquis antē tibi ennmerat vera merita sua, quid tibi ennmerat nisi munera tua? O si cognoscerent se omnes etqui gloriatur in domino gloriaretur. That is to say, who so euer recounteth vnto the his merittes what other thing doth he recoūt but thy bene-fites? Againe in the fyrste booke he sayth thus vnto God. Nunquid inops es et gaudes lucris? Nonquid auarus & vsuras exigis, Superogatur tibi vt debeas, et quis habet quicquā non tuum? Reddis debita nulli debens, donas debita nihil perdens And therefore his vsuall Prayer was this Domine da quod iubes et iube quod vis. MarginaliaGoodAnd to conclude, they be Priestes owne merites and good woorkes, as saythe well nygh all aboute sainte Ambrose, that he worketh in vs, whiche he doothe rewarde and crown, and not oures, if one should looke narowlye vpon the thing, and speake properly. How be it they yet neuerthelesse are ours by him, for so much as his mercifull bountye imputeth hys goods to be oures. So that in this. I wote not howe other doo meane whiche lust to sell their mearites vnto the neighboures, that haply haue skarse inoughe for them selues. But I do wholy deame and beleue, accordinge as the Scripture with these holye Doctoures, and suche other doo teache, wishing that menne euer for good doinge shoulde not so muche (as Common people doothe) regard their merite or reward. For that is not the thinge that engendereth the loue of God in vs, but rather maketh menne to honoure God in a seruile fashion, and for loue of them selues, in doing workes for loue of rewarde, or for dreade of paine, more then because it so pleaseth GOD, and is his likinge, where as if we regarded fyrste (ye and all together) that it is oure duetye to doo wel, which is the kepinge of his commaundementes, and that so we shoulde contente hys pleasure, MarginaliaRewarde followeth good workes but yet good works be not done for reward.rewarde should vndoubtedlye ensue good dedes, all thoughe we mineded no whyt the same, as heat followeth euer with the fire vnseparate there from. And thus we shoulde serue God with hartye loue as Children, and not of mede or dreade, as vnlouinge thraldes and seruauntes.

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Concerninge free wil I meane all together, as doth S. Austine, that of our self we haue no liberty ne habilitie to doo the wyl of God, but are subiect vnto sinne, and thralds of the same conclusi sub peccatum & venundati sub eodem as witnesseth bothe Esaye, and also Paule, but by the grace of God we are rydde and set at libertye accordinge to the portion that euerye manne hath taken of the same, some more some lesse.

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MarginaliaAunswer to the. 6 article.Where as in your sixte demaunde, you doo enquire whether the Sacramente of the aultare be a Sacrament necessarye vnto the saluatyon, and whether after the consecratyon of the breade and wine done by the Priest, as by the minister of God, there is the verye bodye and bloude of Christe in likenesse of bread & wine, MarginaliaSacramēt of the body and bloude of the Lord I nother canne ne will aunswer one woorde, otherwise then I haue told, sith I was fyrste delyuered into your handes. Neither would I

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