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Brazen

Serpnt,,a

type

cfChru/L

1

333

ledge

of

his

merits

can

fave,

unleffe

they

be

received

bg

faith.

A

potion

never

fo

vertuous,

is

fruitleffe

if

not

ta-

ken.

As

meat

uneaten

; fo

is

Chrift not

digefted

and ap-

f

plied

by

faith.

2.

Faith cannot

cure,

confidered

fimply

in

it

felfe

as

a

quality,

or

s

ertue, or

gift,

or

habit

;

but

confidered

re-

latively

with

his

objeet, which

is

jeftisChriff, the Lord

our ri.bteou(neffe

;

for faith

is

the eye

of

the

foule. But

I

as

it

was

not

the eye

of

the

Ifraelite, but

the eye

fèt

up-

on the

brazen

lerpent

that

cured him

:

fo

here, faith

up-

on

his

object

cureth,

becaufe

onely

faith

draweth

vertue

from

Chrift,

as in

the

Syrophcenicran

who touched

Chrift

and was

cured

;

but not

by

toriehing, but by

be-

1

leeving. More

plainely

in

this comparifon.

As

a

jewel

included

in

a

ring enrieheth

a

man

or

healeth

him

;

it

is

not

the

ring

doth

it

but the jewell

»and

yet

none have

the

jewell

without

the ring

:

So

jefiis

Chrift

is

the

onely

jewell and

antidote

agrnft

the deadly

poison

of

finne.

This jewell

is

included

in

the

ring

of

faith.

Now

it

is

apparently

Chrift

the

jewel'

that

juftifieth, enricheth,

1

cureth

;

but wee

cannot have him

without

the

ring

of

ifaith

which

includeth

him.

So

as

faith faveth

and

jufti-

fieth

us

onely

as a

meaner, fuppofe

the

hand

of

the

íbule

to

convey

Chrift to

as

for juftification, which no other

grace

can

doe.

So

not faith, but

Chrift

applied

by

faith,

1

that

faveth

and

cureth

us.

3.

As

no

Ifraelite

could

bee

cured

but

by

his

owne

fight

of

the Serpent

;

and

no man

could bee

cured

by an-

other

mans

looking

or

feeing

it

:

So

muff every

jai

man

live

by

his

ozone

frith

HH6.2.4.

No

man

can

be faxed by

Ìanthers

faith,

or

the

faith

of

the

Church,

but

by

his

owne

fpeciall

faith, beleeving

in

particular

upon

affured

(rounds the

rerniffion

of

his

©wne

finnes.

I

I.

My

what

marks may

I

knOW

that

I

have

looked

on

this brazen ferpent for cute.

Anfw.

By

futre

marks.

2.

Marks

of

one

cured by

loo-

k:ng

to Clirift.