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246

Cloud

and

Fire,

types

of

C1rt11.

.Anfw.

In five

refpeets;

T.

as

a

Pillar,

;ofcloud,3.of

fire,4.ofcloud

and fire,5.in the

Life

of

it.

I.

As

a

Pillar

it

fignified

Chrifl:

;

who

as a

Pillar

is

firme,

{table,

flraight,

firong,

and

as

a

Pillar able

to

fup-

port

his

Church,and

to

beare

up

all

the living

Hones

layd

on

this

foundation.

II.

Asa

Pillar

of

cloud,

t.

as

the

cloud naturally

engendreth

fruitful(

raines

and

['bowers

:

fo

Chrift

pro-

perly,

by

the

influence

and

raine

ofgrace,

makes

the

field

of

the Church frefh,fruitfull,

flourishing;

z.as

the

cloud

mitigates the

heat

of the

Sunne

:

fo

jefus

Chrift

quen-

cheth

and allayeth

the

parching heat

of

his

Fathers

wrath,

and

is

the

covering

of

his

Church

in

this

dry

and

parched

wildernes;

So

as

when

the

foule

of

a

man

is

dry

-

ed up and

fainteth

within

him

through

heat

of

his finne,

then

hee

refrefheth it with the fweet

and

comfortable

doetrine

of

the Gofpell

(as

with

a

fweet

raine) the di-

hreffed

confcience.

He it

is,

that

fpeaketh

a

word

to the

weary

in

due

feafon.

3.

as

the

cloud

covered

Ifrael

from

the /Egyptians

fbry

:(o

jefus

Chrift

defends

his

Church,

/.from

the

fiery

darts

and

affaults

of

Satans

temptations;

2.

from the

furious

rage

of

our

owne

lufl:s

, and

inflam-

mation

of

fanne

:

3.

fhelters

it from

the heat

of

the

Sun

of

perfecution,

and

from

all

bodily

foes

that they

can-

not

doe what they

will,but

what

he

permits.

III.

Chrift

was

fignified by

the

fiery

part

of

the

Pillar. For

i

.

as

fire

hath

a

quickning

heat

in

it:

fo

bath

jefus

Chrift;

who

is

the

life

of

the world;

but

efpecially

of

his

Church

and

cleft:

2.as

fire

bath light

:

Co

Chria

is

the true light

of

the

world

;

whom whotbever

belee-

veth,he

needs

no

other

light

nor

knowledg

to

salvation,

no

more

then

Ifrael

needed

any

light

in

the night but

this.

All

Gods

people

walke

by

this

fiery Pillar and by

no

other,

3. as

fire

purgeth

and

purifieth

metals

from

droffe

:

fo

doth

lefus Chrift

purge

his

people from

all

their

firmes

;

partly

by

the

fire

of

his

fpirit

within,

Met.