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Ch.7. The duty of good Magistrates. haire; whether it be the common Christians of the Church chai hang upon Chrift, or the Officers or Servants that hang upon the Magistrates of that Church, they are like purple.
First, not onely died in crimson blood Ifa 33.24 of Christ.
and 03. 1 Secondly, but also of a royall hue, as purple is a princely dye; all of them as Cant 7.1. Princes.
The Officers and Exafters shall be Revel.16 Peace and Righteousnesse.
These Officers shall not basely sharke | ani 18. for bribes, norexact for fees, nor oppresle for filthy lucre, nor picke holes in mens estates to trouble the people and enrich themselves ; but like purple cloathed Princes, be like their Ministers, and honour both their Ministers and themselves with Peace and Righteousnesse.
The King is held in the Rafters.] For so the word is turned before, where the Rafters were understood partly of the
Temple. Held, is alwaies (to my remembrance) used for holding by constraint, bound as a Prisoner. The meaning may be then, That the King, or chiefe Magistrate is bound to be presenc
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at the Ordinánces of God in the Temple. Ezek.46.
The Prince is commanded to goe in with 10.
them, when they goe out, hee shall goe out with them together; hee shall come in with the first, and go out with the last: Or what if it imply that their greateft Magistrates shall submit themselves to be bound with the Cenfures of the
Church, according to that where the Pfal.149. Psalmist telleth of binding of Kings 6,8,&9.V. with the Ordinances of God in the Isa.49.22. Church. And Ifaiah foretelleth that
Kings and Queenes shall bow downe their faces towards the earth unto the Church, and licke the dust of their feet; both their Interpretations stand well together.
First, this doth shew us how to come and appeare beautifull in the cyes of the Lord Jesus : which is when we curne our feet from the estate and wayes, and bondage of finne and Satan, and come out of the captivity into the liberty of his children, when we claime our Inheritance of the Kingdome of heaven, seeking after it above all earthly blessings, and walking towards it ; when we walke confidently in a Christian course, then Chrit admi
Ch.7. Feare of report should not discourage. 213 reth our beauty. How beautifull are thy goings with shooes, o Princes Daughter! Yea, Christ then esteemeth us as Princes children: what matter then if foolish-men account us Peasants, and our going with shooes as straight in the instep? But wee stand not,nor fall not to their judgements, but to his who shall judge us to eternall happinesse, or misery at the last day. His Mac.so19. word must not stand when heaven and earth shall fall : If he account us vessels of honour, wee are so indeed, who is it chat ver.zi. dishonoureth us: If men should cast a vesfell of gold or silver into the mire, and trample upon it, yet the vessell is still a vessell of honour, good, and rich, and precious; the mire may easily be washed off from such vessels. Be not discouraged then from Christian courses by foolish, feares of reproach: The truth is, if wee goe on in sinne, Christ esteemeth of us as base peasants, as ugly and abominable in his sight, naked, bare, deformed, and defiled , yea, he esteemeth our goings as going bare-foot, which either, first,brawneth our feet with a thick skin, that thereby we grow insensible and feele nothing: or secondly, pricketh us with unne
is nabaptifts confuted.
Ch.7. cessary scruples and feares. Secondly, we may
from hence observe to whom the praise of the conversion of the forwardeft Christians is due; to wit, to the hands of a cunning workman, the God of
power and peace. We might be also called as often to retutné, as the Sheslamite in the laft verse of the former Chapter: and yet unlesse this cunning workman put the bones of our thighes into joynt, we shall not returne to him.
Further, fee here the use of Baptisme, even to infants. The Anabaptists object, that Infants can receive no benefit by it; because they yer receive no understand ing, no benefit by the Word : As if Infants cannot receive nourishment by the Navell, though they can neither take,nor chew, nor sucke mear with hand or mouth : Baptisme is the Navell by which Infants are nourished in the Church.
Fourthly, from this Navell, never wanting liquor ; obferve, there doth never want juft matter of instruction and comfort to be fetched from our Baptisme against all temptations. Doth Satan detaine thee from obeying thine effectuall calling : Remember in Baptisme from
Ch.7. Comforts from Baptisme.
215 thine Infancy thou wast admitted into che family of Christ; doth hee trouble thee with feares and doubts, that thy finnes are not pardoned? Behold thy Baprisme is full of liquor of Christs blood, to justifie thee from all thy finnes : Doch Satan tempt thee to defile thy selfe with any
sin. Behold thou art washed solemnly in Baptisme from all finne, and wilt thou defile thy. felfe against thy Baprifme:
Fifthly, in the Lords Supper, fee what use s. plenty of excellent, found, and fweet nourishment is offered to us, even an heap.
John 6. of wheat : Christs flesh is meat indeed, and his blood is drink indeed. There is al-fufficient nourishment for an hungry foule ; this serveth to quicken our appetite to this heavenly banquet.
Sixthly, observe what manner of per- use 6. fons should be admitted to the Lords Table, and how wee should prepare our felves thereto. This heap of wheat is not to be set about with stinking weeds, but with faire lilies : Cléanse our selves then from all scandalous finnes , -yea, and from all secret finnes, to our best endeavours so shall wee be: fet about