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·r Cor.:.z.

Ephel.3 .t8,

l'llil.j 8.

Jt.Pet.r.u;

'

Book. I.

L1okingunto :Jefus.

Chap.

z.Sett.

I;

k._now any thing among you

(faith

p

IIU!)

[ave refu.r Chriflllnd him

crucified:

he refolved with himfelf before he preached among

the

Curinthians

,

that this iliould be the only point of know–

ledge that he would profeffe himfelfto have skill in, and that in

the courfe of his Minifiry he would labour to bring them to :

this he made

the bredth, and lefi'gth, and depth, and height ofhi.r

knowledge; yea doubtlejfe

(faith he)

and I count all things

but

loffe (or

the excellency ofthe knowledge of Chrift [efus my Lord:

In this knowledge ofChrift there is

an excellency

above all other

knowledge in the world; there

is

:nothing more pleafing and

comfortable, more animating and enlivening, more ravithing

and foul-contenting; -Vnly Chrift is the fumme and center ofall

divine revealed truths, wecan preach nothing elfe as the object

ofour faith , as the neceft1ry element of our foules fa! vation ,.

which doth not fome way or other either meet in Chrift, or re–

ferre to Chrift; only Chrift is the whole of mans happineffe; the

Sun to illighten him, the

Ph~fician

to healehim, the Wall offire

to defend him; the Friend

·tO

comfort him, the Pearle to enrich

him, the Arke to fupport hitn. the

Rock

to fufiain him under

the heavieft preffures;

As

a~

hiding placefrom the wind, 11nd

a

covertfrom the Temple, .rs river.s

if

WMer.r in a.dry place, and

as

thefhadow of agreat rcckJn aweary land.

Only Chrifi is that lad–

der betwixt'earth and heaven, the Mediatour betwixt God and

man, a myfiery which

th.e Angels of

hea-r:en

defire to pry,and peep,

and look)nto.

Here's a bleffed fubje8: 1ndeed, who wou'd not .

be glad to pry into it, to be acquainted with it?

Thi'J i.r life

e–

.fernlt! to

~now

God, and [efu.r Chrijf whom he hath fent:

Come

then, let us

look_en

this

Sun of righteoufneffe;

we cannot receive

harme , but good

by

fuch

a look.;

indeed by

luoklng

long on the

. natural Sun we may ban our eyes dazled, and our faces black–

ned; but by

loo~ing

unto fefu! Chrirt,

we !hall have our eyes

dearer, and our faces fairer; if

the light ofthe eye rejoyce

the

heart,

how much more wben we have fuch a bleffed object

to look_upon?

As Chrift is

more~xcellent

then all the world, fo this fight tranf–

cends all other fights; it is the Epitome ofa Chriftians happi–

neffe, the quinteffeuce of evangelical' duties ,

Lookjng unto

{efm.

.

In

the text we have the act and objed:; the act in the Origi–

nal

is

~ery

emphatical ,

«?~f~r7es

tt'>;

~~e

Engliili

~oth

not fulty

e.xpre~~-