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316

Brazen Serpent,a

type

of

Chrif.

to

him no

other

things then

Mofes and

the

Prophets had

foretold

of

thefefufferings,death,and

refirrrec4ion,Feffus

tells

him,too

much learning

had

made him

mad,

4E7.26.

24.

Ioh.9.6,Chrifl

to

cure

a

blinde

man

tempered

clay

4nd

fpittle

together,

and

applyed

it

to

his eyes,

and bids

I

him goe

to

Siloe

:

A

remedie

likelier to

put

out

a

mans

1

eyes

then to recover

fight.

There

was

no

reason

in

the

Ì

earth

ofthe

remedy,but

onely

to

try whether

the blinde

'

man

did

conflantly beleeve.

Yet ifthe

blinde man

had

not

wholly refigned himfelfe to

Chrifl, and

fhut

up

his

ovine

reafòn

;

had

not

he

acknowledged

Chrift

able

to

do what

hee

would

by

what

hee

would

;

and

to

bee

the

fame

God

who

at firfl

put

all fences

into

a

piece

of

clay,

and

now

by

a

piece

of

clay

would recover

his fence,

he had

never

feene,

but

remained blinde

till.

So

every

naturali

man

,

borne

as

blinde

as

he in fpi-

rituall

things,till

he

wholly

fubmit

himfelfe, and fubdue

his

reafon

to the

meanes

appointed, (hall never

fee

any

thing

to falvation, but

abide

in

naturali blindneffe

fill.

What

hope

bath

he

tobe

taught

by

the

fpirit, that

muff

give

lawes

to

the

Spirit

of

God

?

or what

a

short

met

-

wand

is

naturali

reafon

to

measure

divine things by,

i

Cer.I.2

r,

& I

Cor.z.14

?

Why

elfe

did

thefe

jewes

efleeme

the

do

rive

ofthe

Gofpell

fcandall

,

but

that,

reafon

of

flesh

would

not

nor

could

behold

life

and

glo-

ry

in

filch

a

bale

life

and

ignominious death

as

Chrills

was

:

nor could

hold

him

the

Mefïiah

who

was

made

a

curie

upon

the

Croffe,

as

if

hee had

beene crucified

through

infirmity?and this

vaile

(as

to them)

rernaineth

at this

day

unremooved.

And

why

was

Chrift

foolish-

neffe

to the Grxcian

, Mt

that

reafon

would

not

yeeld,

that

life

should

be

fetched out

of death,

or

falvation

to

be

fought

in curie and maledic4ion.

z.Fairh:

as

in

t.

Hee

that

(huts not

the

eye

of

reafon

can

never at-

fìxparticulars.

taine faith.

There

bee fixe things

which

a

man

cannot

Ibelceve, fo

long

as

he flicks

to

naturali reafon.

..

Firfl,