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Water

out

of

the

Rock,

a

type

fire

out

of

a

flinty

rock it

had not been

fo

unlikely

;

but

to

dif}ill

water

out

ofa

flint

or

rock

muff

be miraculous:

Even

fo

Jefas

Chrif} was

(

for

outward

forme and

ap-

pearance

in

the

world )

men

unlikely

of

all

men

to

af-

ford

any

fuck

waters

of

grace

and faivation.

Ifai.

S

3.2

,3.

he

sae

al

Q

dry root,roithout

forme

or

beauty

;

as

an

hard,

barren,

and

defpifed

rock,

the molt abject

ofmen,

the

refute

of

the

world,

a

worme

and

no man

;

of

whom

when

the

Prophets preached,

they could

finde

none

al-

moff

that would

beleeve

their report.

2.

A

Rock for exaltation

and

advancement.

A

Rock

is

a

promontory lifted

up

above the

earth

:

Such

a

Rock

was

Chrift

advanced above the

earth,

yea

and

the

hea-

vens

;

advanced above

all

men

and creatures

:

r.

In

ho-

linefTe

and

purity

:

z.

in

power

and

authority

:

3.

In

place

and

dignity.

So

I4.3.31,

hee that

comes

from

heaven

is

above

all.

His

perfon is above

all;

for

God

bath

exalted him,and given

him

a

Name above

al

names,

Phil.

2.9.

His

worme

is

above

all

that

men

and

Angels

can

comprehend

in

power

and

merit.

His

place is

above

all;

the

head

of

the Church,

eminent above

all

men and

Angels.

3. A

Reck for

firmneffe

and

(}ability:

Hee

is

the

f}rength of

Ifrael

;

on

thrr

Rock

(

as

on

a

fore and

firme

foundation)

the

whole

Church it laid, and the gates

of

hell

¡hall

not

prevaile

againfi

it,Matt.

a

6.18.

Hence

he

is

a

Rock

of

defence and fafety

to his

chofen

;

and

every

wile

man

builds

his

houfe on

this

Rock.

4.

etí

Rock

of fcandJll

and

offence

to

wickedmen,

Rom,9.3

z.

Not

in

himfelfe

and his

nature

(

for

bee

is

a

precious

corner

none)

but

accidentally

and

paflìvely, be-

caufe

men

dafh

thecnfelves

again((

him

;

as

many,

at this

day

bark

(

like

Boggs)

again`ff

the wholefome

dotrine

of

juffification

by

Chrif}

without

the

works

of

the Law.

Many

loofe and

formal].

Gofpellers

fcorne

the

bafeneffe

and

meanneffe

of

Preachers and true profefiours

of

the

Gofpel,