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70

Vfc.

t

.

Enter

upon no

office

without

afifLance

of

the

Spirit.

A

note

of

it.

Rorn.8.g<

David

a

type

of

chrill.

fmnelsa

favour

of

reft.

I.

As

the

fpirit

of

God

came

on

David

after his

anoynting,

r.Sana.tb.

i

3: So

did it

on our true

David

after

his baptizing

:

to

fir

them to

their

weighty

offices.

Learne

r.

That

he

that

is

not

fitted

and

furnifhed with

gifts

ofthe

fpirit

in

fore

meafure,

and

attempteth

any

office

in

the

Church

or

commonwealth,

is

not

called by

God; whole

wiftiome

will not

fend

a

blind

man for

a

feer,

nor

a

dumb

man

on

his

meffage

or errand.

Would

a

man

know

whether

bee

have

received

of

this

fpirit

for his

office?

A

note

is,

when God

ftirres

up

his

will

in

that

office

to

performs

all

the

define

ofGod.1/4.44.,

8,

he

faith

to

Cyrus

:

Thou

art

my

fhepheard, thou

!halt

performs

all

my

defrre.

The

Magif}rate

is

a

fhepheard;

he

muft

doe

in

judgement what

God

himfelfe would doe

in

repref-

fing

vice, and cherifhing

religion,

elfe

the

fpirit

(who

is

not contrary to himfelfe)

leads

him

not.

The

Minifter is

a

fhepheard

;

hee

mutt

fpeake

nothing

but

what God

would

fpeake

for the

incouraging

ofgrace,

and difgrace

of

finne and

timers.

God

(peaks peace

to

his

people

and

feeds the

impenitent

with

judgement,

and he

that

in

his rninifl

ery

doth

fpeake f'weetly

to wicked

men, and

broaeheth

a veffell

ofgall

and

wormewood

for godly

men

to drinke,

is

not

tent by

God

on

that

errand

:

hee

croffeth

the

fpirit which bee

pretendeth.

z.

Art

thou

a

private Chriftian,

fee

that the

fame

fpirit

ref}

on

thee,

and

that thou

haft

received

of

the fame anoynting.

For

.

he that bath

not the fpirit,

is none

of

Chrifis

:

and

2.

what

is

it to

us

that the

fpirit

reft

and

light

upon

Chrif},

ifhe

fhould determine

all

his

fruits and

graces

upon

him

?But

in that the fweete oyntment and

Balfame

poured

upon

the

head

ofour

high

Prieft manes

downe

to the

skirt of

his

garment, that

is,

to

the

loweft

member

of

his

Church,

'fa,

i

3

3.2,

hence

are

we aveetly

and ad-

mirably

refrefhed. Findeft thou

em.ptinetfe

or

want

of

grace?fiy

to

this

fulneffe,but obferve

the

diverfe

manner.

To