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Ch.4. Repentance makes sinners amiable. pafsion of Christ was a sacrifice of a sweet smelling favour to God, and therefore the place thereof is fitly called the Mountaip of Myrrh,and Hill of Frankincense; though otherwise the mountain of Myrrh may well be mount Calvary, or Golgotha, the place of his death; and the hill of Frankincense mount Oliver, in regard of his Ascension into Heaven , yea, even Heaven it selfe, whither he ascended, may be well called the hill of Frankincense for sweetnesse.

This first doth teach us that a Church use 1. may be beautifull in Gods fight , though consisting,

First, of meane persons.

Secondly, of such as were sometimes notorious offendeis, as Publicans and Harlots: and from hence,

First, poore people.

Secondly,finners, yea, ugly sinners are to be exhorted to repentance and seeking after Christ: It makes them truly amiablo in Christs eyes, though otherwise in themselves never so meanç and foule.

From herice also poore sinners may take comfort; though loaden with the sense of their deformities, they in

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How Ministers fbould behave themselves. Ch.4.
Christs eyes are very beautifull.

From hence also the Separatists may learne, that notwithstanding many abu

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Church, as the Scribes and Pharisees whom the people were to heare, yet the Church may

be denominated from the better part very faire , as a heape of whcat, though covered over with abundance of chaffe.

Secondly, this may teach Ministers

how to frame themselves to be amiable ::in Gods fight, viz.

Firft , by carrying themselves evenly with their brethren.

Secondly, by cleanfing their hearts and lives by the power of Baprisme.

Thirdly, by fruitfulneffe, and faithfulnefse in their Ministery.

Fourthly, by not affecting carnall eloquence, but gracious and deep-dyed powerfull urterance ; for swelling words of humarie wisdome make mens preaching seem to Christ (as it were) a blubberlipt Ministery.

Fifthly, by restraining abuses and of. fences amongst the people, and Arengthning and comforting the focble minded.

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Ch.4. The office of Ecclefiafticall Governours.

113 Sixthly, by feeding their people with * sincere milke , and not being drie * 1 Pet. 2. nurses.

Seventhly, by taking most delight in conversing among lillies, their well-affected people though seeking also to winne all, and therefore sometimes conversing with them as the Physicians among the ficke. This may

teach Ecclesiasticall Gover use 3. nours their office in the former vertues of the Pomegranate, to represfe the heat of Verse 3. abuses,the looseness and distemperednesse of the people, to comfort the feeble, and binde up the weake, &c.

Fourthly, this may teach the people how to approve themselves to Christ, in looking after Christ in knowledge, simplicity, chastity of spirit, loathing superstitions, and places of bad refort.

Afpicis ut veniunt ad candida teita columba.

Thou seest how Pigeons take their Aight,

To houses that be faire and white.

For, what should Christians doe in filthy Tavernes, Ale-houses, Stews, &c. in strength of faith rooting and buil

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The state of the Primitive Church. Ch.4. ding themselves upon Christ.

: Thou art all fáire my love, there is no pot in thee.] In these words wee have a description of the estate of the Church foon after Christs afcenfion, gathered and built up by the Ministery of the Apostles, which they call the Apostolick or primitive Church.

This Church is here set forth,

First, by her compleat beauty, her full fairenesse, vers:7.

Secondly, by Christs calling her to behold the calling of the Gentiles, ver.8.

Thirdly, by the ravishing beauty of a fifter Church at that time:

1. In one of her eyes.
2. One chaine of her necke,
Fourthly, by her love, which is set
1. By the faireneffe of it.

2. By the sweetnesse of it a- verf.10. bove wine.

Fifthly, by the flowingnesse,sweetnesse, and wholsomneffe of her doctrine, v. II.

Sixthly, by the smell of her garments, like that of Lebanon, veriit.

Thou art faire. ] 'The fairenesse of the Church was acknowledged before, but

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Ch.4. The beauty of the Primitive Churches.

115 never till now the perfect fairenesse. All compleat fairenesse or beauty standeth in these three things:

First;in the integrity of all the parts and members of the body; for if any be wanring; it is a maimed, a blemished body.

Secondly, in the Symmetry, or fit proportion of all the members one to another.

Thirdly, in the good complexion, or colour of them all. Look what parts are requisite for the compleat integrity of a faire Church, they are all found in the Apoftolick Church in comely proportion

for look, First, ar their doctrine, and it was,

1. Free from all errour, so farre as it was dispensed by the Apostles, Prophets, Evangelists of that time *, who

*AA.28. likewise suffered no weeds of false do- | 22,2%. Etrine to grow under them *

2. Their doctrine was compleat, even the whole counsell of Godt.

| AA.20. 3. It was dispersed in powerfull fim: | 27. plicity*.

Secondly, look at their worship, and 4 you may fee, 1. The purity of Gods ordinances,

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