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Brazen Serpent,a

type

of

Chrifl.

317

Fiiíf,

he cannot beleeve

the

word

ofGod, nor

depend

upon but

(

corne

the ordinances

of

God

in

the

word

preached,

and Sacraments

admìnifred,

which

is

the

vi=

fable

word.

Reafon

unrenewed

cares

not for

this

foal

lt,/.hne

ffe

of

preaching,

r

.Cor

i

.z

1

And

to

a

carnall

man

the

threatnings

of

God

are like

Lots

warning

to

his

kinfinen

;

he

was

as

one

that

mocked

or

jelled.

A

pro-

mile to

a

carnall

heart,

is

as

tafleleffe as

the

white

of

an

egge.

The wirer

men are,

the further off

they

are

from

beleeving in

a

crucified

God,

or

conceiving

that

by

the

foolifhneffe

of

preaching

God

will

fave fuch

as

beleeve.

Flefh

and

blood

reveileth

nothing.

Secondly, bee

cannot

beleeve

the maine

promifes

of

God,

which

cannot

bee

comprehended but

by

the eye

of

faith, and

not

by

that

till the

eye

of

reafon

bee fhut

up.

God

hath

prom

ifed his

prefence,

favour

and love

with

his

children

:

how

can

reafon conceive

the truth

of

this

promife,

feeing

them

in

hunger,

thirf},

wants

;

hearing

them

reviled,

fiandered,

difgraced;

obferving

them

calf

out

of

companies

,

and focieties

as

refüfe and

out-

fweepiñg; that

were their

hopes

here onely,

they

were

of

all

men moll

miferable

?

Reafon

will not

be

per-

fwaded

that

God

can

fend

us

by hell

to

heaven,

yet

that

is

his

promife.

Humane reafon

will never

pray,

ttiry

Matt.*

46,

God

a

.A

hm

hvehbelee

ed

h

e

b

prornilè

ofa

bone

by

So

rah,

had

he

looked to

liaturall reafon

?

Thirdly,he

cannot beleeve the

maine Articles

of

faith,

that

hath

not refîgned

up

his reafon. Example. Reafon

will not

beleeve

an

happy

refurreaion,

feeing

the body

raked

up

in

duff

and

corruption,

but

denies

this

Article.

Reafon cannot

conceive

or

beleeve

an

eternall

life, be-

caufe

it

fees

it not

given but

to

dead

men.

It

cannot ap-

prehend

how the

Sonne

of

God

fhould

become the

fon

of

man,

or

that this

Sonne

of

man was borne

of

a

virgin

without

man.

And

Co.

of

the

.ref

t.

Fourthly,