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3.

Obedience

which

God

will

accept.

Brazen Serpent,a

type

of

Chrill.

Fourthly,

he cannot

beleeve

the

miracles

of

Scripture

for

confirmation

of

Gods truth

and our

faith.

Naturall

reafon cannot

beleeve

that

the

Sunne

ever flood

ííi1!,

as

in

Gibeah,mueh

1e8ß

went

back

ten degrees,as

in

Heze-

k

ahs

time,

z.

Kìxg.zO

i

I.

Or

that6ire fhould defcend

which naturally afcendeth,

and

feed

upon water

contra

ty

to

nature,

as

at

Elrod.

prayer,

i

.

King.'

8.39.

Or that

fire

fhould

raine

do`,vne

(

as

on

Sodome

)

which

is

pro-

per to

water.

Or that

fire

fhould not burne

the three

children

:

Or that

water

fhould

(land

as

a

wall

(

as

in

the

Red

fea,

and

in

the

river Jordan

)

whofe property

is

to

be fluid.

Fiftly,

he

cannot beleeve the

worke

of

creation,

Ole

will

beleeve

reafon; the

univerfall confent

of

which

is,

That

of

nothing,

nothing

can

beemade

;

and not

any

thing

( much

leffe

all

things

)

out

of

nothing. To

reafon

therefore it

will

be

incredible

that

there

fhould

be

light

before

the

Sunne,or

fruits before

any

raine,as

in

the Crea-

tion.

Heb.

a

1,

3.

By

f

aïth

wee know

(

not

by

reafon

)

that the worlds

were

framed

by

the word

of

God,

fo

that things

which

are

feene

were

not made

of

things

which

doe

appeere.

Sixtly,he

cannot

beleeve

the

great

work

ofRedemp-

tion.

For,naturall reafón thinks

it

unreafonable,that

the

life

of

the

Church

can

bee

fetched out

of

the

death

of

Chrift

That

a

man can

be

¡unified

by

the

imputed righ-

teoufneffe

ofanother,and

yet

there dwell

fo many finnes

in

him. Reafon

will not

beleeve

that

one man can reco-

ver

life

by

anothers death

:

no more then

one man can

live by

anothers

foule,

or

be

wife

by

anothers

learning,

or

be cured

and

brought

to

health by

anothers difeafe.

3.

So

long

as

the eye

of

reaí'on

is

open,

a

man (hall

never

attaine

found obedience

unto

God.

For

much

of

that

obedience required at

our

hands

is

cleane

againft

cor-

rupt

nature

: As

the whole

doctrine

of

repentance,

of

mortification,

or

watchful!

and

carefuil

converfation,

of

reftraining