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Cleane

perfons,

typet

of

Chrifi.

169

be truely

humbled

and

prepared

for

Chrif},

nor

can

ex-

pert

a

good

ef}ate

in

him, whofe

daily

corrupt

iflues

from

an

overflowing

fountaine

make him

not

feeme

marvelous

filthy

and

uncleane

in

his

owne

eyes.

I.

What

is

the

reafon

that

fo

many

do

Pharifaically

pride themfelves,

ifnot

in

the gpodneffe

of

their per

-

fons,

yet

in

forme

blinde hopes

and prefumptions

that

they

be

not

fo

bad

as

they

are,

or

as

fome

others

be

but

becaufe they

never

faw themfelves in this

glaffe;

which

onely

lets

a

man fee

himfelfe

a

maffe

offinne,

a

lump

of

unclemneffe

and

that no

good

thing

is in

his nature,

which

in

no

part

is

free

from the running

iffues

of

that

feftred

and inbred

finne

?

z.

Why

do

many

doat up-

on

their owne

works

and

Tightly

aftions; either to Po-

pifh.confidence

in

them

as

meritorious,

or

at

leaf}

(with

many

l'roteftants)

to

ref}

in the civility

and

morality

of

them;

without

farther purfuit

of

the

power

of

religion:

but

that

they

fee

not

that

fo

evill

trees cannot

fend

forth

any

good fruit, nor

fo

bitter

fcuntaines

any

fweet

wa-

ter

?which could they

but difcerne, they would

be

wea-

ry

of

the

belt

of

their

righteoufiìeffe ,

and cart

it

away

(with

Paul)

as

dung; and conclude that when

Aloes

and

wormewood

yeeld

a

fweet rafle,

then

might their

fruits

be

fweet

and

taf}efiull

to

God

and

themfelves.

3.

Why

do

fo

many thoufands conteft

against

grace,

fland

upon

their honefty,good neighbourhood,hofpitality,

charity;.

they thanke

God

they are

no

blafphemers,

no

drun-

kards, adulterers,

murderers

;

they

wafii

the

outfide,

come

to

Church,

heare fermons,

are outwardly

cleane

and formali

;

no

man can

challenge

them,

no nor they

themf

elves?

but

becaufe

they

never

law

the

infection

of

their

Coates

,

nor

the

inordinacy

of

their inner man,

which

is

a

fountaine

ever overflowing

all

the

bankes

:

rnoft dangerous,

molt

feeret

:

hardeft

to

find

our, and

hardeft to cure,

and

this

deceives

thoufands

in

their

reckonings. 4.

Why

is

the

righteoufneffe

of

faith

in

the