OESJD IV.2; Sermon Notes on Colos. 1.24

[fol. 75r] Dr Dun: Coll:1.24. who now reioyce in my sufferings for you &c

death is entred into or windows.  that is into or eyes we have seene if not tasted mortalitye.  Let vs 2d god & seeing god hath endured mortality, Let vs begin mortification, suppling & melding or selus for god wch cannot be sufficiently treated of, as the law of god not sufficiently practisd.

In this first obserue the newness of the passage In a new creatione all things are become new new philosophye, strange effects amidst contrary causes.  he hath light in darkness the beames of fauour amidst the obscurest & {sloest} cross.  fire in water that is the hot {tongues} of the spirit in baptism.  Life in death & hence ioye in suffering.

2d the reaso[n] in the subsequent wordes. so yt here is a p[ro]po[s]io[n] & a reason. In the first whereof the perso[n] paul: the tyme now, the affectio[n] ioye wch on earth is the clearest gloss of heauen the roote of it: suffring. the qualificat[ion] ioy: the sufferings of christ are no[n] imperfect but imperfected but I must be supplied by the sufferings of saints.

1 pt The postle paul though an apostle to the corinthians not soe  p[er]ticularly to the Colossians, but Epaphras paul for his gifts was loud by all . beeing the Gentils apostle was thus writeing to them. whence, though a second applicatio[n] to me[n]s humours be vnworthye gods messenger, yet a careless neglect of his auditoryes disposed, or his preaching roote with mere shallowness in his hearers.

2d the tyme. wch is eythe nunc {illi} that in wt case the writer was, & nunc illis in what case the receauer[es] were. for the first.  paul was in priso[n] yet not speaking for his enlargment but their aedificatio[n] might be the wellcommer to them.

[fol. 75v] a bold reproofe is not alwayes an argument of a rectified zeale but some tymes an abouse of the ordinaunce by indiscretion. but zealously to maintayne or doctrines preachd is commendable.


nunc illis is when Paul had bin enformd of their state & uisitation of Epaphras, when they had had some former Rudiment[es]

Catechisms were much in vse in antiquity.  Bishops tooke sermons & preachd them ouer againe at solem[n] tymes. {true} the interpretatio[n] by Opta: of pauls plantyng & apolloes watering, is of a pagan a Catech: & of a Catech: a baptisd Christia[n]

but now we haue noe need of this in a copious ministrye although we alsoe are fallen into an errour by this that as by intricate & curious search of abstruse matters like as he that vnder a wood pile, should take the highest stick first, before the vnder matters be examind

There will more come to heaue[n] wth Catechismes in their hand then bookes of Controuersies

Hence is it that our diueng spirits are euer {hearpeng} in pr[e]destinatio[n] wch they will haue to be wth out any reference to christ, antiquitye was content to saye god created man, & some of them wch he saw would fall he redeem[e]d by his mercye, not sayeing that any man was reprobated before or that god made any ma[n] to damne him & therefore necessitated him to sin.


3d affectio[n]. Ioye.

Ioye is p[ro]per to a true christian, the haeretick & scismatick hath no true ioye of a rectified conchience. he shall haue noe ioye in heaue[n] that hath it not before on earth wch increaseth the ioyes of heauen & that ioie nothing but an expansio[n] of his ioye.

Christ when thou comst to heau[en] will consider wt stock of Ioye thou brought wth thee fro[m] the earth we must learne the language of heau[en] before we come there

[fol. 76r] as trauelers into a farr countrye.

14 Rom: againe I say reioyce, that is if reioyceng sometyme whe[n] thou art alone & haue to hand wth god thou canst reioyce that thou doest reioyce then thy ioye may be true.

No sadness coms into heauen, the sadness here on earth is but to purge & refine or ioye.

It must not be sorrw taken vp by a by occasio[n].

Sorrow is perfact only for sinns & there is ioye in the bottome of this sorrow. ioye in a religious reaso[n] gets hope out of suffering[es].

There is a 3fold ioye, the morall ioye com[m]o[n] to pagans wch may be cald only indolency.

The Christian ioye com[m]o[n] wch he cald true ioye.

The consum[m]ate ioye wch is of those yt are sanctified.

This ioye though neue[r] so much depressd shall swell me vp towards heaun & {eminett} me faster to god.


My suffring: it must be myne not for me not the works of sup[er]errogatio[n] wch are anothers.

Meu[m] no[n] est cuius nulla sup[er] est actio

we are all as clay in the potters hand. If God breake vs wth the hand of ages &c we must be content.

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Transcription notes

Transcription by Peter McCullough and Mary Morrissey.

Transcription coded by Sebastiaan Verweij.

The Manuscript

Institution: Trinity College Dublin, Dublin
Shelfmark: MS 419
OESJD siglum: T

Manuscript Content

Item no: 1
Locus: ff. 72v-74v
Title: dr Duns notes ye 16th of October 1625 on the 6th psa v 5. or 6.
Incipit: Returne o Lord. deliuer my soule, oh saue mee for thy
Explicit: apprehension of mercy & fauour in Christ.
Bibliography: OESJD [...]; P&S Vol. V.18-19

Item no: 2
Locus: ff. 75r-76r
Title: Dr Dun: Coll:1.24.who now reioyce in my sufferings for you &c
Incipit: death is entred into or windows.  that is into or eyes we have
Explicit: wth the hand of ages &c we must be content.
Bibliography: OESJD Vol. IV.2; P&S Vol. III.16

Physical Description

Material: Paper, quarto, 185 leaves. 190 X 140 mm.
Foliation: The manuscript is foliated throughout.
Collation: Collation t.b.c.
Condition: Condition t.b.c.

Hand(s) description

John Burley writes a rapid secretary hand, with some italic letter forms. The sermon notes seem written in some haste, and the hand is often difficult to decipher. Fairly frequent but common use of abbreviations. The top and left margins of the page are ruled, and short horizontal pen strokes divide one item from the next.

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