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320

Brazen Serpent,a

type

ofChrifl.

(hall

we

be

ready

to reject

holy

doarine

(

as

absurd and

impafïible

)

as

Nichodemus

did

the

doftrine

of

regene-

ration.

Why

elfe

doe molt men live no

other

then

a

na-

tural!

life,

in

the

midit

of

fo many

fupernaturall

and

di-

vine

means,

but

that their

reafon

refifts

the

Spirits

per-

fwaGons

?

Why

are many

wholesome do6trines daily

di11afted

and quarelled

against by

our

witty

men

;

but

that

they

think

they

have

better

reafon

to

do

as

they

do,

then

any

that

we

can bring

out

of

Gods

booke

?

Why

else

doe fo

many

fall

back

to

Popery

and idolatry,

but

becaufe

they

cast

off

the

teaching

of

the

Spirit,

and

give

themfelves to

another teacher

agreeing

with

naturali

corruption

and reafon

?

If

a

man

were to

bee led onely

by

reafon,

and

it were

lawful!

to

can

off religion,

t

would

choofe

to

bee.a Papiff, by

which

doftrine

it

is

lawfull

to

be

every thing but

a

found

Chriftian. There

-

fore though

fome Apoftats are

gone

from us,

wee

need

not

care

how

many

fuch turns

Papists

;

for

such

were

and

are their

gracelefl'e and

lawleffe courses,

that

it

were

pity

they

should

bee of'

any

other

religion

then

that

which

yeelds

men

fo

much liberty.

I

I.

Pray for

that

eyefalve

wherewith to

anoint our

eyes

that

wee

may fee, Revel.

3

.1

8.

This

eyefalve

is

no-

thing

but the

/ira

of

illumination,

working

found and

Paving

knowledge

in

the mind,

by

which

their

naturali

darkneffe

is

enlightned,

as

eyefalve

sharpens

and

cleares

the

dim

fight. This

is

proper to

the

regenerate,

that

they have

receivedthe anointing,

which

teacheth them

all

things,

that

is,

al

needful!

things.

I

II.

See

what

need

we

have

to

captivate our

owne

wifedome and

reafon,

being

one

of

the

highest

turrets

and

holds in us

exalted againfi

God,

2.

Cor.

i

o.

5

l

f

this

be

not

brought

into

fubjeetion

unto

God,we

can

never be-

come

his fervants.

The

Apoítle in the

fame

verfe

fhew-

etla

what

mutt

be cast

downe

and

captivated

;

his

words

are,

Calling

downe

reasonings,

and

bringing into captivity

,(

every,!

¡Te.

z.

Pray for

eye

-

Calve;

and what

it

is.

fTe.

3.

Captivate thy

ownereafon

&

wifdome.