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Firft

born,

types

of

Chrig.

above our

owne

or

other

mens,

confeffe and profeffe his

name

though

with

Joffe

and

disfavour.

3.

Depend

upon

him,

and make him our

chiefe

refuge,

for

all

the

fa-

mily depended

oh

the

firft

borne for

protetion,

fo

doe

members

on the

head.

4.

Greeve to

offend

him

by

fin.

How

pitifully

can

men and

women

grieve

for

the

death

oftheir

firft borne

?

So

much

more

flhould

we that

our

fns

have pierced

Gods

firs}

borne,Zach.

t

2.I

O.

I

I

I. Here

is

a

ground

of

_much

confolation.

t.

In

t hat

Chrift

being

the

truth

of

the firft

borne,

from

him

the

birthright

is

derived

unto

us

belecvers

as

it

was

from

Reuben

unto ludah

,

and

wee partake

ofthe

fame

birth-

right with

our

head.

For here

is

a

difference

betweene

the

type

and

truth

of

the

fir(i

borne.

They had

all

their

priviledges for themfelves

:

but

Chrift

not for

himfelfe

but

for

us.

Whence

his

eleé

members

are called

the

Congregation

of

the

first

borne

written

in heaven,

that

is, whofe

names are

written

in

the booke

oflife.

At

farther;

the

more thofe

firft

borne

had,

the

leffe

had

the

other

brethren

:

but

the more Chrift hath,the

more have

we,

feeing

ofhis

fulneffe

we

receive grace for

grace.

If

he

be

strong, he

is

ftrong for

us,

if

rich,

he

is

fo

to

us.

If

he

be

Prince

and

Prieft

of

his family

the

Church,here-

by

we

reCover

the

dignity we

had

loft

by

finne;

and

of

(laves

and

vaffalls

of

corruption, are made

Kizer and

Priefts,that

is,the

firft

borne

to

God,

Rev.

i.6.

If

he

have

a

double

portion

of

the fpirit,

fo have

wee

by

him.

Ifa.

40.

a.

Ipeaf¿e

to

the heart

of

lerHfalem,

her iniquity

is

for-

given

;

she

bath received

double

at

the

Lords

band

For

all

her

finnes,

that

is,

a

double

portion

of

grace

and

fa-

vour.

As lofeph

made

BenjamiNs

meffe

to

be

doubled

:

fo

our

Jesus doubles

his spirit

on the elect.

If

he have

a

double

portion

of

glory, immortality, and

heavenly

inheritance;

fo

have

we

in

him, being coheires

with

him

in

the

fame

inheritance,

Rom.

S.

i7.

2.

Comfort.

Being

Gods

firft borne

through Chrift, wee

are

Beare

H

unto

97

Pte.

3.

_Threefcld

coitzfort

in

the

birthright.