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Brazen

Serpent,es

type

of

Chrl

healed.

Hence

it

is, that

the

Lord will

never 'have

this

Brazen

Serpent taken downe

as

the

other

was

altera

(port

time,

but bath appointed the Miniftery

to lift

him

up,

and

hold him

perpetually before

our

eyes

fo long

as

wee

are

here

below,

and

enjoyned

us

the

confrant

nfe

of

it

all

the

while wee

are

in

this

wildernefle,

which

were

needleffe

if

we

had

once attained

our

perfec4

cure.

This

is

a

ftrong

motive

to hold

our

eyes

fart

faxed

upon Jefus

Chrift,

till

we

come

to

enjoy him

as

he

is

;

when

all

Mi-

niftery

thall

ceafe,

and

the

Lamb (hall be

all

in

all.

Sell. Y

I

1

I.

From

this fo excellent

a

figure

arifeth

a

bright

Sunne

of

light

and

comfort for

all

the faithfull.

z

.

The

Ifraelite

that

could

looke

to the

ferpent,

if

his

eye

were

never

Co

tender,weake,or dimme,

yet was

cured.

Thou that art

theweakeft

beleever,

bee

comfor-

ted,

thy weake

faith (hall fave

thee, thy

fmoking

flake

(hall

not

be

quenched, but

cleared

to farther

brightneffe.

Thy

weake

hand (hall bee able

to

receive

and

hold

the

gift ofrighteoufneffe

and

eternall life.

It

is

not

thegreat-

nefJe

of

thy

faith

that

faves

thee,

but the

truth

of

it.

Yet

with

this caution.

If

it

be

true

it

will ftrive

to

encreafe.

And,

if

there

bee

fo

much

comfort

in

weake faith,

how

much

is

there

in [bong

?

z. The

Ifraelite

flung never

fo

often

if'

fo

often bee

did

locke

on

the

ferpenr,

fo

often hee was

cured. Oh

fingular

comfort

1

Thou that

renew&

thy

fiones

every

day,

and every day

goeft over the

fame frailties,

renew

alto

thy

faith daily,

and thy

repentance,

and

thou

art

fafe.

That

brazen ferpent loft his

vertue

of

healing,

but

our

Brazen Serpent

never

lofeth his.

1

f

thou

finneft

feventy

times

feven

times,

and fo many

times returnelt

by faith

in

Chrift,

and

fay,

It

repents

mee

:by this looking

upon

the

brazen

ferpent

all

thofe

woundg

hall

be cured.

Yet

z

with

Vfe

of

comfort,

in

g.particulars.