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31

Brazen Serpent,

a

type

of

Chrí.

3.

The

laving

effeEt.

By Chrift

farte

mare

excellent.

jefus Chrift,

is

the

eye

of

faith,

which

is

the

eye

of

the

foule.

So

our

Saviour

Chrift

himfèlfe

expoundeth it

(L

h.3

.)

As

the brafen Serpent was

lift

up;

fo/hall thefon

of

?nail,

that

whofoever

beleeveth

in

him

&c. That

which

(

'[ofes

call's

looking on the

type,

Chrift

calls

beleeving

in himfelfe

the truth.

Which

if

the

Lord had not pur-

poled

to

expreffe,

he

could

as

eafily

have remooved

the

Serpents,

as

appointed

the

making

of

another

;

and

as

eafily

have

healed them

by his

word,as

by

this figne: but

hereby affords

them

a

double mercy and

cure,

or

e

of'the

body

by

the

figne,

another

of

their

foules by

the

thing

and

truth

thereby

fionify

ed.

II

F.

From

this

application followes afaving

effe

The Ifraelite

by

looking lived,

and

received

prefent

cafe,

with

freedome

from paine

and

p

eyfon

:

So

the

beleever

looking

on

Chrifi

by

the

eye

offaith,

hath

an

heavenly

life

reftored;

prefent eafe from the

paine

ofa

guilty

and

accufing

canfcìence

;

freedome from

the poyfon offinne

both

the guilt

and ffaine

of

it.

But

herein

the

truth

is

advanced above the

type.

.

That

brazen

Serpent

had

not

power

in

it

feu

e

to

cure;

this bath power

in it

felfe..

2.

Whereas

they

were cured

to

dye againe;beleevers attaine

a

found

cure,

never

to

dye

more,

¡oh.

j

[.26.

3.

Whereas

that did not alwaies

re-

tain

e

the

verrue

of

curing,

our

brazen

Serpent

dull

ever

reraine

power

and

verme for the falvation ofbeleevers,

looking towards

him,to

the

end

of

the

world.

4.Wher

-.

as

this

brafen Serpent,

now

a

remedy

againft poyfon,

was

after

turned

to

poyfon

the

Ifraelires

in

Hezekiahs

time

;

which

made him

ftampe

it to powder:our

brazen

Serpent ever rernaineth

the foveráigne

and

healing

God;

as

unchangeable

in his goodneffe,

as

hee

is

in his

moft

holy

and

divine nature. s. That remained

a

great

while,

about

feaven

hundred

and

threefcore yearis,

be

t

af'rer

was

defaced and

def}r&

yed

:

Our brazen Serpent

can

never

bee

defaced or

def}royed,

but abides the

Sa-

,viour