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born,

types

of

chrp.

and

inhabitants

of

it

are

his,

P/al.

24:

r.

.

By

common

grace.

So all

the

people

of

theJews

by

reafon

of

com-

mon

grace

were

his,

with whom

God

had

plighted

his

gracious

covenant,

which

was

made

to

Abraham

and

all

his feed,

wherefoever

they

were

borne;

of

whom

hee

made choice

as

his

peculiar,though

all

the

earth was

his.

F.xod.

4.22.

Ifraelismy

firf

borne,

that

is,

not

only

the

firft

people

and nation

that

tuft

profeffed

the

true

wor-

íhip

ofGod,

and

had

priority

of

the

Gentiles

who

were

yonger brethren;

but the

firft

borne by

a

fpeciall

ele

on and

choice

of

that

from

all

other

people

;

whom

hee

wculd

accept

as

his

beloved

in

the

Meffiah

the

firft born

of

all

creatures,

and among

whom

he

would

ftabli

II,

his

covenant, and

raite up his

worfhip,

thus

hee dealt

not

with other

nations.

3

By

Q

f

eciall

right. The

firf}

borne

of

Ifrael

were Gods

by

a

fingular

right

as

no

other

childré

of

any

other familywere,nar

ely by

right

of

that

fingular deliverance

of

all

the

firf}

borne

when

he

de-

f

}rayed

all

the

fiat

borne

of

/Egypt.

And

therefore

pre

-

fently

after that

dearuaion

he

makes

challenge

of

them,

Exod

r

3.

2.

Thus

is

Jefits

Chrifi

the Lords

firft

borne

by

a

fingular

right,

not common

to

man

or

A

ngell,

whe-

ther

we

refpect

his

nature or

office.

r.

In

hi,

nature he

is

fief}

born,

as

forme of

God,

the /irfi begotten

of

all

crea-

tures,

Col.

i

.

t

S.

begot

before

all

Creation.

And thus

he

in

not

onely

the

firft

begotten,before whom

there

was none

;

but

the

onely

begotten

after

whom

is none.

John

r.

14.

the

onely

begotten Sonne

of

the

Father

;

the

firft

borne

wi

h-

our

a

fecond or

brother.

2.

In

his office

hee was

firft

borne

by

fpeciall

prerogative.

r

.

for

the

kinde.

2.

for

the undertaking.

3.

for the

accomplifhing.

i

.

For the

kinde,

in

that

he

was

Mediator,

God

and man

in

unity

of

perfon,

and

the

only

redeemer ofhis Church. In this

regard,

Rom. 8.2

9.

he

is

called

thefirft

borne

among

ma-

ny

brethren.

Which

phrafe

noteth quality,

not

equality

with

him, fame fimilitude but

no

parity betweene

him

and

s

93

Corrataunis

natasr,e.

CornrrratniS

gratise

.

hois

ftn-

gularis.

Prinnogcnitus,

ante

.grsë

na-IlMi.

Vngenitut,

ró,q

quer

nvllasa.