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Cloud

and

Fire,- types

of

C%ráft,

abide

the brightnefie

of'

Chrifi,

when

a

bright

cloud fha-

dowed them

in

his

trAnrfigoration.

For

as

no man

can

endure

to

fee

the

Senn

in

his brightneífe

and

ftrength,

but in

and

through

a

cloud

hee may

:

ío

no

man

can

be-

hold

the glorious Majeftie

of

God,and

live. Hence

hath

bee

pleafed

to let

us

behold him

here

not

in

his

ovine

'glory,

but

in

his

Chrift

;

in

whom

his excellent Majefty

is vailcd and

covered

with

our

humanity. This

is his

mercy,

that

we

fee

now

as

wee

may,

as in

a

glaffe

or

mir-

rout;

preT,

aring

us

to

a

farther

mercy,

then

which

no

mercy

g:

eth

farther,

nar}ìç1y

to

fee

him

as

wee

would,

and face

to

face

when

with

our

frailty and

corruption

all

clouds

and vaïles fhall be

removed.

.7.

His

juflicc

againft

(inners; whole

milery

it

ìs,

that

w

here

is

alwaves

a

cloud bet

weene

God

and

them.

A

cloud

of

ignôrance

that

hinders

them

trotn

the knowledge

of

God

and

holy

things

;

they

fee

no

true

light

:

A

cloud

ofdarkneffe

and

mifery that

fullers

them not to

enjoy

one fpark

of

found

comfort or

confolation

:

A

thick

cloud

of

lofts and

lìns,

which binders

the

paffage

of

their

prayers.

They

may

truelÿ

ufe

that

(peach

of

the Church,

Lam.

3.44

Thou

haft

covered thy

felfe

with

a

cloud

,

that our

prayer

fhoald

not

paffe

through.

As

this

cloud

was;

mcanes

of

greaten

mercy

to

Ifrael

;

fo

was

it

of

extreme

mífery

and

deftruáion

to

the Egyptians.

V.

Is Chrift this

Pillar

of

Cloud

and

fire

?

Then

we

muff

follow Chrift our

guide.

The

Saints

in

earth

are as

Ifrael

in

their

pilgrimage marching out.of

.,Egy.pt'intq

the

promifed

land.

God

of

his mercie affords us

as

bee

did

them,

a

comfortable cloud to

lead

us

through

to Ca-

naan.

Wee

muff

depend on this Pillar:

For

light

ofin-

ftruaion

againft

the

blindneffe

of

our minds

:

For

light

of

confolation

in

forrows

and

terr-

tars

of

heart,

thatwe

may

ray

with

the Church,

t?Tic.7.

8.

When

I,{hall

fit

in

darknefle

the

Lord

is

my

light

:

For fpirituall

1-eatand

warmth

;

Peeing

this Pillar oncly can

kindle

true love

of

God,

Matt. i7.f16.

Follow

Chrift

as

:a

wide.