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a

Chriflians

Growth.

3

3.

He

inculcates

into them the

fenfe

of

their

owne

inability

to

doe

any

thing without him,

ver.

5.

4.

Therefore

to

abide in

him,

and

fuck

from

him,

ver.

5.

5.

And

to

let

his

Word abide

in

them, by

which

himfelfe

fball

alfo abide in

them,

and

by

which

they may

(till

be

purged,

and fo

be fruitful!.

The motives

are,

i.

If

not,

they

know

their doome,

to

the

fire with them,

ver.

6.

2.

If

they

doe, their prayers (hall

be

granted,

ver.

7.

3.

Hereby

his

Father

is

glorified,

ver.

8.

4.

They (hail (hew themfelves

his

Difciples, ver.

8.

5.

They fhall

continue

in his

love,

who

loves

them

as

dearly

as

his

father doth

him,

ver.

9,

to.

And

fo

you

have

the fumme

of

all

this Parable.

The

principal!

fubjea

I

aime

at

in

this

Scripture,

is

this

maine

cafe

of

Confcíence, which ufeth

to

be

the

exercife,

and

inquifi-

tion

of

many

good

fouls,

How

a

Chriflian

may difcerne his

growth,

both

in

purging

out corruptions,

and increafe

of

grace,

and the fruits

of

it.

Therefore

what

ever

other

fpreading fruitful' obfervations

grow

upon this flock,

(and

this

Vine affords many) wee

will

but

fhortly,

and

as

men

in

hafle,

view

and take notice

of, but

as

in

our

way

to

that

other

which

I

principally

intend,

and onely

fo

far

flay

upon the obfervation

of

them,

as

the bare opening

this

firnilitude here ufed,

loth

give fap

and vigour

to

them.

The

firft

obfervation,

how

Chrift

is a

Vine,

and

onely

the

true Vine.

Firft, Chrill

,

he is

a

Vine.

To

explaine this

firft.

Adam

indeed

was

a

Vine, planted

in

Paradife,

to

beare

all

Mankinde upon,

but

he

turned

a

wild

one,

he

proved

not

the

true

Vine.

God

planted

him

(to

allude

to that,

fer.

2.

21.)

A

noble Vine,

a

holy

and

right

feed,

but

he

degenerated,

and fo have

all

engraffed

on him, and

fo

bring

forth

nothing

but grapes of

Sodome, as

Ifaiah fpeakes,

But

2.

God

the Father

having many bran

hes

of

chofen

ones,

that

grew

by

nature

on

this cuffed

flock,

of

Adam,

whom

yet,

as,

z.