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a

Cbriftians

Growth.

S

onely

all

the

excellencies

in

him

in

the true

reali nature

of

all

things

to

which

he

is

compared.

So in like

manner

he

is

Paid

to

be Bread

indeed, 7ohn

6. 55.

and ver.

3

a.

The

true

bread

front

heaven.

Manna, and all

other

meat,

and

all

that

fweetneffe

which

is in

meat,

is

and was but

a

(hadow

to that

which he

affords.

He

excells

and exceeds all

things

he

is

compared

to,

in

what

they

have,

and they

are

bolt

fhadowes

to

him,

Het,.

io.

r.

Firfi

therefore,

never

any

Vine

fo

fruitfull.

All

our

fruit

u`

found in

bim,

Hof i

z.

Ifyou

abide

in me,

you

'hall

bring

forth

much

fruit.

He

hath

juice

to

fapply

you with

every grace,

to

tifl

yore

with

all

the

fruits

of

righteoufneffe,

which

if

the branches

want,

it

is

for want

of

faith

in

themfelves,

to

draw from

him,

not

want

of

fap

in

him.

Secondly, this

he

is

at

all times,

hath

been in all ages,

thus flour

tithing

;

this

root

never

withers

;

is

never

dry or empty

of

fap,

it

is

never

winter

with

Chriff.

Every

branch,

faith

the

fecond

verfe,

that

is,

every

one

that hath born fruit

in

any age,

beareth

all

its

fruit

in him

:

branches

in

him

fear

no

drought,

per.

17.8.

Thirdly,

for

largeneffe

of

fpreading, no

fuch

Vine

as

this

:

He

(as

the

Pfalmifc fayes,

Pfal.

So.

a

r,

a

z.)

fends

out

his boughes

unto

the

fea,

and

his

branches

to

the

rivers

:

all

the earth

is,

or hath

been,

or

(hall

be

filled

with

them.

Is

to

perfwaded

us

to

take

Chriff

alone, and

make

him

our

All

in

all, becaufe in him all excellencies

are fupereminently

found.

All

creatures are

not

enough

to

ferve

for

companions

to

fet

him

forth,

and when they

doe

in

part, for

fome

particu-

lar

thing

tkat

is

the

excellenteff

in

them, yet therein they

arc

but

/Wolves,

Heb. ao.

i.

He

onely

is

the

truth,

he

is

the

true

light,

7ohn a.

The

Baptift, Mofes, and all lights

elfe

were

but

as

twilight,

but

a

(hadow

:

So he

is

the

true

bread,

the

true

Vine,

he

hath really

the

fweetneffe,

the

comfort,

the

excellencies

of

them

all.

The

like may

be faid

of

all

thofe

relations he hath

taken on

him

;

fo he

onely

is

a

true Father,

and Husband, &c.

and

the

love

and

fweetneffe

in

all

other

Fathers and Husbands

are

but

a

fhadow

to

what

is

in

him.

Obf

r.

2.

How the

Father

is

the

Husbandman.

As

Ca

R

z s

a

is

thus

a Vine,

fo

his

Father

is

the

Husband-

man?

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