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P

R

T

H

E

E

F

A

C E.

Tie

a

great

promilk concern

Mg

the

perfon

of

Chrifl,

as

he

woos

to

be

given

onto the church,

(

for.

he

was

a

child born,

a

ton

given

unto

us,

Ifa.

ix.

a.)

that

God

would

lay him

in Zion for

a

foundation,

a

Bone, a

trycd

Bone,

a

precious corner Bone,

a fore

foundation,

whereon he that believeth,

(hall

not

make

hafte,

Ifa.

xxviii. i

p.

let

was

it

alfo

foretold

concerning

him,

that

this

precious

foundation

fhould

be

for

a Bone

of

Bumbling, and for

a

rock

of

offence,

to both

the

houfes

of

Ifraelo for

a

gin, and for

a

fnare

unto

the

inhabitants

of

jerufalern.

So

as

that

many among

them

fhould Bumble and fall, and be broken, and

be

!hared,

and

be

taken,

Ifa.

viii. t

4.

15.

According unto

this

promife

and

prediílion,

it

h

th

f

o

t

in

all

ages

of

the

church,

as the

apo

/tle

Peter declares concerning

the r

of them

Wherefore

(faith

he)

alto itwas contained

in

the

fcripture, Behold

I lay

in Zion

a

chief comer

clone,

cieli

and precious, and

he that believethon him, lhall

not

be

confounded.

Unto

you therefore

which

believe,

he

is

precious

s

but unto

them

that

are

difobedient, the

Bone

which

the

builders difallowed,

the

fame

is

made

the

head

of

the

corner, and

a Bone

of

Bumbling, and

a rock

of

offence, even

unto them that Bumble at

the

word, being difobedient, whereunto alto they

were

appointed,

t Epi/ì. Chap.ii.

6,

8.

Unto them

that

believe unto

the

/lying of

the faul,

he is, he

always

bath

beenprecious ;

the

fen,

the

rock,

the

life,

the bread

of

their

fords, every

thing

that

is good,

2

feful,

amiable,

defzrable

here or

unto eternity.

In,

from, and

by

him, is

all

their

fpiritual

and

eternal

life,

light, power,

growth,

confolati-

im

and

joy

here,

with

everlafting

falvation

hereafter. By him

alone

do

they

defere,

expea and

obtain deliverance

from

that

woful

apoflacy

from

God,

which

is

accompanied

withal,

which containeth in

it

virtually and

meritori-

oufly,

whatever

is evil,

noxious

and

deftrullive

unto

our

nature, and which

without

relief will

ii

fue

in eternal

mifery. By

him are

they brought into

the

neareft cognation, alliance

and

friend¡hip

with

God,

the

firmeft

union

unto

him,

and the

moll

holy

communionwitb him,

that

our

finite natures

are

capable

of,

and

fo

condoned

unto

the

eternal

enjoyment

of

him.

For in him

(hall all

the

feed

of Ifrael

be

juftified,

and

Beall

glory,

Ifa.

i

5.

For

Ifrael

all