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Tie

Z.

Honor Chrift

as

the

firft

born

ofGod,

and

how.

FirPt

born,

types

of Chrift.

are fo

many

w

ne

cords

to

draw

and

faf}erl

us

to God

and

duty.

Is

it

not reafon,'that the more

it pleafeth

the

Lord to

become ours,

the

more

we

fheuld

become

his

?

Ought

not

great

benefits

become great

binders

?

And

(

hould

not great love

bee

a

great

load(tone

of

love?

Should

not

thong

cords

ofGods

love

draw

us

firongly

to

love our

God

?

Examine the encreafe

of

Gods

mercies

on

thee

in

all

kindes, and

whether

they

have

had this

fruit,

to

make thee

more.dutifull. Hath

God

multipli-

ed bleììtag

on

thy head

that thou

thouldeft

bleffe

thy

felfe

in

wickedneffe

?

Hath

God

continued mercy

that

thou thouldefi

continue

finne

.?

Art thou the

Lords by

Creation, providence,redemption, ftored

with

all

per

-

fonall kindneffes pertaining

to

life and

godlineffe,to

con-

tinue

a

have

to

finne

and

Satan

?

Remember

good

Io-

fephs conclufion,

Gen.

3

9. 8,9. My mailer

bath dealt

thus

and

thus

with

me, advanced me from nothing

to

this

a

-

ftate, committed

all

to

my

trust, kept nothing

from me

but thee,

How than

can

I

doe

this

great

vick,edneffe,

and

finne

agrainft

God

?

2.

IfChrift

be the true

firf

borne,

of

whom

all

they

are

but types; we

mutt give him

the

honor

of

his

birth-

right.

The

whole

Church,and

all

the

formes

of'

thatmo-

ther

muff

honour

him

; all

the

(heaves

of

the brethren

mutt vaile

and

bowe

to

his

(heave. Let

not

the bafeneffe

of

his

birth,

the

humility

of

his

life,

the

ignominy

of

his

death,

the

fhame

of

his

craft,

the poverty

of

his

profeí

fors,

the

weakneffe

and

frailty of' his

followers, draw

J

our

eyes

afide

from

him (as

the

ews

at this day)

but

ac-

knowledge him

the

first

borne,

e

[teeming

him

(as doth

the

Church) the

chiefe

of

ten

thoufand;

and

with

the A-

pof}le

ef}eeme

to

know

nothing

but

Chrift

and

him

cru-

cified.

,aft.

How

(hall

we

honour

Chrift

as

the

first

born?

Sod.

i

.

If

we

honour

him

with

the

fame

honor

that

is

due

to the

Father,

John

5.z

3.

2.

Advance

his

Mare

i

above