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What meant by Eyes. uri Ch.6 Church of God, and at unity also within it self, wherein the comelineffe consisted: for, as Ferusalem had been thrée Cities, Zion;Salem, Millo, and all three were knit together into one Ferusalem : so the three differences between Lusherans and Calvia nifts in doctrine and discipline at Geneva, were all compacted together in brotherly lovej in their harmony of confessions.

Terrible as an army with banners.] The Church was beautifull as Tirzah in King Henry the Eighths time, comely a Ferulalem in King Edward the Sixths time, terrible as an army with banners in Qucen Elifabeths time, when the Protestant Princes grew formidable to the Emperour, Eng land and the low Countries to the Spaniard and Pope How terrible was that overthrow which the Spaniard in 88.receiv'd:

Turn away thipecies, &c.] The eies, as *chap.4 9. above jof the Church affembled, are the

ministers; os cher members. confidered apart; asfirft, knowledge ; secondlyjfaith: In both respe&s the eies of the Church were wonderfull amiable: sochat Christ speakech affectionatly to the Church after the manner of Lovers, ravifhed with the beauty of their Spouses.? ??'

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177 Turne away thine eyes, for they have overcome me.]

What worthy Ministers did that first age of the Reformed Churches yeeld : as Luther, Calvin, Martin Bacer, Cranmer, Hooper , Ridley, Latymer , &c. What a wonderfull measure of heavenly light did they of a sudden bring into the Church? and that out of the middest of darknesse and Popery; from whence it was, that the knowledge and faith of the Faithfull then was wonderfully enlarged farre beyond the ignorance of former times.

The eyes of the Faithfull in Chrifts Chap.4.1. time lay under their lockes, as hindered from cleere sight by many errours, but the eyes of the faithfull, now seeing the truth much more plainly, are not hindered by such lockes hanging over them: How cleere was their faith, that having feene him which was invisible, Heb.sr. feared not the fiercenesle of their 17. Kings and Princes, but endured patiently fiery Perfecutions, and bloody Mafsacres ?

Thy haire is like a flocke of goats.

Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep which goe up from washing.

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As a piece of Pomgranat are thy temples within thy locks.

The estate of common Christians fet out by the haire, and of the Ministers set out by the teeth, and of the Church Governours set forth by the piece of Pomgranate, was the same in the Church reformed, as in the Primitive Church, where the description of these parts is used, and here repeated only with this difference : The teeth are not so even cut in Reformed Churches as in Christs time ; fome of them exceed their Brethren in Authority and Jurisdiction, whereas those were framed to more brotherly love in Christs time; whence the teeth they are said to be even cut, which in these teeth is here left out; yer both the Ministers of higher and lower ranke, were as sheep flocking and conforting together, washed with the Laver of Regeneration fruitfull and powerfull in their Ministery, and therefore are here described as a flock of sheep come up from the washing, whereof, evegry one beareth twinnes, and none is barren among

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Ch.6.The Church how visible before Luther. 179 different estate of the Church. Sometimes it is in a Garden ; fundry Christians gathered together into beds and knots, and growing up into good order together , delighting and refreshing both God and man with the favour of their sweetnesse: such was, and is the estate of the Church reformed. Sometimes again, the members of the Church scattered abroad in the wilde fields, seeking where they may finde Christ, as in the former Chapter

The Church is here visible, as in a Garden, in some of their eminent and principall members. If then the Papists aske, where was the Church visible before Luther? The answer is, it was Church visible, not in open Congregations in-how visideed, as it were Gardens ; but in fundry members of the Church, as sweet spices and flowers, growing here and there, whom the Popes and their Instruments, like wilde Boares sought to root out,

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dinancès : fometimes, when they can finde no such Gardens, nor him in any place openly worshipped, yet even then they feeke him here and there where they can finde him.

Secondly, the like uses are here to be made of these Gardens, of that Chapter 4. ver. 14

Thirdly, to teach us a true description of a Church : It is, as it were, a Garden, an Affeinbly of many good Christians, or Saints, as it were sweet spices, or flowers, set in order, as it were beds, or knots, amongst whom Christ walketh, they enjoying fellowship with him in his publique Ordinances, and hee with them.

Fourthly, to refute the arrogancy, Separatif. or ignorance of the Separatists, who

refuse to keep fellowship with reformed Churches, whom Christ yet keepes fellowship with ; shall man be more pure than his Maker? or the sonnes of mortàll men more holy than the sonnes of

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Fifthly, to exclude the Popish Synagogues from the number of Christs Gardens; the Gardens and Churches

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