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22

rfe

4.

B

y

our

Metchi-

.cdek

the

Church

abides

fir

ever.

1

Excellency

of

Chrifts

Psi.f1-

hood

above the

Levitical'.

Melchizedek

type

of

Chrill.

Ping

in

the

preaching

of

the

Gofpell

,

and

Pealing

it

to

the

hearts of

the

elea

by

the daily

efkèftuall

voyce

of

hip

fpirit

by

the

word

:

which

Melchizedekcould

not

doe.

Therefore

a

greater

then

Melchizedek

is

here,and

a

greater

bleffing

then

Abraham received from him.

Let

the world

curie,

wicked

ones rage and

revile

againfl the

Church and

members, yet

as

/Mac

faid of

Jacob,

Gen.

27.

33.1

have bleffed

him,

and therefore

he

(hall

be

bleffed;

the

fame

will Chris

not

fay

onely,

but

accornplifh to

them.

I

III.

Hence

is

the

flability

and

perpetuity

ofthe

Church

and

members.

That

Chrift

is

the true

Melchize-

dek

that is,

an eternal'

Priefl

;

the

Church

muff

be

eter-

nail.

For

a

Prieft cannot

be

without

a

Church,

nor

an

eternal'

Friel}

without

an

eternal'

Church,

but

of

Chrift

it

is

faid,

thou

art

a

Prieft for

ever. Therefore Tyrants

(hall

not waft it, time

(hall

not

outlafi

it,

death

(hall

not

hinder

the being

and

happineffe

of it,

no

more

then it

could

the

eternity

of

the Prieft

himfelfe,

who

role

glo-

riously from the dead,fo

(hall

the

members.

How

happy

a

thing

is

it

to

be

of

thishoulhold.

V. The

excellency

of

Chriis

Priel

}hood

above

the

Levitical!. This

is

the

ícope

of

the

Apoflle in

defcri-

bing

Melchizedehr

Priefthood

fo

largely.

For the

Levi-

ticall

Priefls

were

homagers

to this,

yea

to the

fhadow

of

it

in

Melchizedek while

they

were

in

Abrahams

loynes.

r.

They

were

men

onely

of

men

:

Chrift

the

Sonne of

God,true God

and

man.

2.

They

were

finful'

men,

and muff offer

firftfor

themfelves,

and

then

for

others,

Heb.

s.3. But

Chrift

was

fìnleffe,

he needed

not

offer

for

his

owne

finnes, Heb. 7. 26.

?,7.

3.

For

their

office,

they were

but

miuiflers ofholy things,

and

of

falvation

propounded

in

them

:

Chrift

becaufe

ofthis

order

was

aaithor

offalvation

t4

all

that

obey

him,

Heb.

S.

9.1

0.

4.

They

were

many,and

all

miniflers

ofa

term

porary

covenant

:

but he

is

but

one,who

bath obtained

a