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-Brazen

Serpent,a

type

off

Chrift,

with

this-caution.

That

as

he

had been

á

madd Ifraelite,

who,

becaufe

there was

a

ferpent

Pet

up

to

cure

hirer,

would

thereotfe

renne

of

purpofe

among

ferpents

to

be

flung

by

them

:

So

is

bee

no

leffe

wide

&

a

Chriflian,

who

therefore

willingly

makes

his fïnne

abourd,becaufe

grace

bath

abounded..

A

maid

man he

is

that

will there-

fore breake his head,

or wound

his

members,

becaufe

he

bath

a

foveraiga.e ptaifler

by

him.

3. The

Ifraelites flung

never

fo

deadly,

never

fodef-

perately, never

long

wounded,

yet

looking

on the

fer-

pent were

cured.

If

thy

finnes bee as

redd

as

(carter,

and

never

fo

great:

if

in

thy

fenfe

fotne one

of

them

deferve

a

thoufaud

hells,

and the

guilt

ofit

or

them

rings continu-

ally

in

the

cares

of

thy confcience,

frighred

with

feares

of

hell

and death

;

if

thy

finnes

bee

fettered

and

of

long

continuance

:

Now

come to

the

Brazen Serpent.

Never

was

any Ifraelite

that

could

Tooke

on

the

ferpent,

Pent

away uncured

:

But

there

is

ten thoufand

times

more

vertue

in

Jefus

Chrifl, then

in

ren

millions

of

brazen

fer-

pents

;

onely

locke

on

this Serpent

by

the

eye

of

faith,.

turne

from

all

thy

finnes, and

be Paved.

4. The

Ifraelites

looking

on

the ferpent brought pre

-

fent cure

and cafe, and

they

went

away

rejoycing.

If

thou

beleevefl in jeftrs

Chriif, thou art

pettedly

cured.

As

Chri

i

was

wont

to

fay

to

his

patients,

fo

I

fay

ro

thee,

Goe

in

peace,

Thy

faith

hath

made

thee whole.

Onely

this

grace

can

quiet the

heart

diftreuled,

and

can

.

keepe

it

from

finking

as

once

it

did

Peter,Mene

i

4.29. In

this

is

the

beginning

and

accomplifhment

of'

thy happi.

netfe.

The

converted Gaoler

went

away

rejoycirg

that

he

h

is

hortfebeleevcd

,AR.Y6.34..Novwif one fight

offaith

in

this

our

abfence

from

Chrìff

bee

fo

joyfull

a

thing

:

what

Il:all the

Eght

of

fruition doe in

his prefence

?

s.

The Ifraelites

having once the brazen ferpent,

ca-

red

not

for

the

fiery

ferpents.

They

might

fting

them

now,

but

not

much hurt them

;

they might

now

poifon

them