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Conf

croirion

of

prìejl:,a

type

ofChri/1.

flayed

not

on e.larosr

head,

but

ranne

downe

his

beard

even

to

the

skirts

of

his

garments

:

lignifying

that

the

Spirit

of

grace

diftills

from

the

head

unto

all

the mem-

bers

of

his

mylicall

body the Catholike

Church. Pirft

the

Spirit defcends and

fits on

Chrifts head,

then

on

the

Apofiles,

in

likeneffe

of

fiery

tongues, running

downe

as

it

were

by

e

4ironi

beard

;

and

from

them upon other

inferiour

perlons beleeving

their word,as

unto

the skirts

of

hx garment.

Now

a

threefold

Application

hereof.

I.

In

the

anointing

of

the

high Prieft, the

eminen-

cy

ofjefus

Chrif}

above

all

creatures;

whole

very Name

carrieth

in

it

a

note

of

principality, being

called the

high

Prix]

of

oar

profeffion.

And

in

that

this

whole

confe-

cration

of

the

high Prieft, in

molt

folemne

and ftately

manner was

but

a

darke

fhadow

of

his

folemne inaugu-

ration into

his

Office.

And

by

this

anointing Chrift

is

di#èrenced from the moft

excellent

Priefts

and

Prophets

that

ever

were,

Aaron,

cítilofer,

Elias.

Some

of

them

hada

tnoft glorious

vocation,

as

ultof

t,

and in

the

en-

try

of

their

eallings,graced

with

moft

divine

and

power-

full

miracles :

but

never

any

had

the

fpirit fitting

on

his

head but bee. None

of

them by their

anointing

had

all

graces,

nor

any

grace in

perfection,

but

onely

begunne

and in fmall degree.

(Aloft:

a

beleever wanted faith

fometime,

as

when

he

fmote

the

Rocke which

he

fhould

havefpoken

to

;

and the meekest

man in

the world

was

fometimes

to

fe

eke

of

his

meeknefre. Aaron,

though

the oyle

was

powred

on his

head,

was weake;

as

in

murmuring

against

¡Wefts,

and inmaking the

calle

:.

But

in

our high

Prieft

all

graces and

venues were not

incho-

ate onely,

but

perfect.

In him

knowledge

of

God

was

most perfe

t,

holineffe

moft

perfect,

and

all

kinde.of

graces

in

higheft

degrees.

Grace fits

in

his

lips, not

on-

ly

to

move the mind, but

to

change

it.

None

of

them

by

anointing

could receive

graces for

others,

but

for

themfelves

Io

Pfal.133s

Note.

i.

Eminency

of

Chriít

above

all

creatures..

Heb.3.t,