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I

2,

ÑoaïJpe

©f

Chri.

without

against

the

waters

:

So

doth

Chrift

make

choice

of

trees

of

righteoufneffe

,

the

planting

of

the

Lord

,

and

compatis

them

together

by

the bond

of

the

Spirit, glewes and

fattens

them

together

by

the

glew

of

Chriftian

love,

and

pitcheth them within

and

without,

fortifies and ftrengthens them

againa

the

waters

of

of

fliaion,temptation,

perfecution,

that

none (hall

drowne

or overwhelme them.

;.

As

Noah

prepared divers

roomes

in

the

Arke

for divers creatures

:

So

Chrift

in

his

Arke appoints

divers

places

and

funftions for

belee-

vers

here,

and prepares in his

Fathers

houle

mar

man-

flow for

them hereafter,

Ioh.14,

z.

And

as

Noah

receives

into the

Arke

cleane

and

unclean

e

creatures

and

perlons,

a

Sem,

and

a

Cham

:

So

the Lord Chrift

into his

militant

Church,

all

forts

of

Nations,

fexes,

perfons,

conditions;

,ewes,

Gentiles

;

men,

women

,

noble, ignoble

;

belee-

vers,

and unbeleevers

;

hypocrites,

and found

Chrifti-

ans.

On this floore

is

wheat

and

chaffe.

4.

As

Noah

made

a

window

into

his

Arke,

to

give light

to

the crea-

tures

within

:

So

Chrift,

by

the Gofpel

preached

in

the

Church, enlighteneth the

mindes

of

thofe

that

are

with-

in

;

without which

light

let

in,

they

flaeuld

fit in ever-

'ailing

darkeneffe.

S.

As

Nods

by

the

fame

direaion

makes

a

doore

to

enter

into

the

Arke

,

and

but one

doore

for

fo

very

great

a

building

:

So

there

is

but one

doore

to

the

great building

of

the

Church

difperfed farre

and

wide,

and

this

is

Chris

himfelfe, Iob.

1

3.7,9.

6.

As

Noah the

Matter

of

the

Arke

enters

into

it,

and

re-

ceaves

and

faxes

all

that

enter

in

with

him

;

for

which

purpofe bee

is

contented to

bee toffed

up

and

downe

by

.

thofe molt raging

waters,

and

had

no

more freedome

1

from

feare

and

danger

then

others

in

the

Arke

:

So

Chrift

the

Matter

of

his

Church,

to

fave his

Church,

himfelfe

enters into

it, and

is

admitted

into

it

by

the

wa-

ters

of

Baptifme

;

and

was

contented for the

laving

of

others to

bee

tolled

with

waves

and

billowes

of

af-

fli

aion,