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C6-4E77:27'-17: Ixp (elan upon the Book of ,f cl B. Verf, 3. For we are hr's work'nanjlsip ; we are fonot only &rft in our na- tural( capacity, as we are men, and secondly inour civili capa- city as fuchor fuch men, high or low, rich or Poore, but alto ( which is the thing intended by the Apoftie) in our fpirituall capacity as Saints. Thus we are the workmanfhip of God, created in Chrif# 7efus untogoodwarkr, which God hob before or dairted that wefhuld walke in them. The fame Apoffle faith a- gaine, He that heath wrought asrfor this felfe fame thing is clod, (z Cor. 5.5 ) Is it poffible that God fhould have no plea- fure in his own worker ? We read in the &rIt of genets , that when he hadmade the world, theLord lam all that hehadmade, and behold it was very good. God bath an All. feeinp eye, he al., waves beholdech all things, but when 'cis laid, he lawall that he had made, this imports a fpeciall at ofGod, after the man- ner ofmen, whoftrìaly view and behold what they have done, delighting in it; Thus the Lord law all that he had made, he (as is were) came to viewhis own worke, he law asad behold it was very good, he took: pleafure in it. Now if God Cooke pleafure in that ftrustureand fabricke of the world, the firft cre- ation, howmuch more pleafure Both he take in that holinefr which he bath wrought in the hearts of his people, which is a fecondcreation ? and that's a morecurious and noble ftru&- ure then this vifible world is, Thenew Creation ie moreex- cellent then theOld, Therefore the Lord cannot but delight in a righteous perfon for he is his workmanfhip. What 7-ob (Ch.. 14. 15. ) affúres himfelfe of, is moll true in this refpeet. Thou wilt have a delre to the werke of thinehinds lob fpeaks thereof his outward man : my body (he meanes) was made by thee, 'tis the work of thy handsand thou wilt fetch it back again, thou wilt redeeme it from the du& Whatfoever bath the workman- fhip ofGod upon it, he path pleafure in it as it is his work,and a; fpeciall pleafure in that, which ( as any worke of Grace is) is his fpeciall worke. Thirdly, this Confideration !hews that the Lord mutt take pleafure in a righteous perfon, becaufe he bears the forme of his will revealed in his world. Holinefle is our conformity to thewill ofGod : Now the Lord cannot but take pleafure in thofe whoconformeto his will. Samuel tels Saul ( i Sam. z y.. zz. and there he ufeth this word,in the Teat) Haub the Lord ae