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What graces requisite in a Minister. Ch.3. that cometh out of the wildernesse like pillars of smoake, perfumed with Myrrh and Frankincense,&c.

Thirdly, this shewes what gifts and graces are most requisite in a Minister, and doe most adorne him, even zeale in his Ministery, and fervency in prayer, and all forts of sweet graces to season

and direct all sorts of his people in their * Luke 3. feverall callings, as Fohndid * , when the 103. 14. people came and said, what shall we doe?

He answered and said, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none, &c. So Fohn was perfumed with graces for all men: for men must not come into the Ministery with judgement and learning alone, for these may come from nature; but they must come perfumed with graces, to keep themselves and others from putrefaction; yea, they must labour for those graces which will give a strong sent

to save themselves and others. Life 4.

Fourtbly, this shewes us the Manhood and Godhead of Christ, Christs humane nature is the temple, or bed wherein the Godhead refteth bodily; and the God

head made this temple or bed for bimVerle 7,9. felfe, no earthly father for him.

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Ch.3. . All things needfull in Christ.

97 Fifthly, see here the protection and uses. gardiance the Angels give to Christ, and

11, 12. in him to the Church and all his mem-Pfal.34.7. bers, ver. 7,8.

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16,17. Sixthly, wee may here fee in Christ Heb.1.14. whatfoever is behoovefull for all our Rev.s.11. falvations. In regard of his Priestly office hee is pure as filver, to cleanse our impurity, and to abide the fire : In regard of his Propheticall office hee is precious as gold, to enrich our poverty: In regard of his Royall and Kingly of fice, he is glorious as purple,and cloathed Verle 10. with it, to advance our bafeneffe : His heart, or middeft, is even paved with love of us : His heart is an hearth (for fo the word fignifieth) whereon the fire of his love towards us burneth continually ; let us then love the Lord Jesus againe, and receive the feeds and fruits of his grace, and then shall wee fee his heart flaming with love to us: and then whatsoever befalls, bloudfhed, warre, captivity, &c. all comes from love; his whole heart is paved with love.

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graces fill 'our empty soules. Eighthly, if thou beeft a daughter of Sion, thou art contracted to Christ; and know it by this, Dost thou read his letters? art thou delighted with thein: and dost thou rejoyce to spcake to him againe by prayer? If thou dost, it may be the joy of thy heart, for thy estate is good.,:

Lastly, this doth exhort us all to give up our selves as spouses to Christ and that with all gladneffe of heart, fince he is affected to us, who yet hath nothing from us but debts and beggery: and they that do give themselves up to Chrift,need not fear wanting comfort;for no spouses fhall finde such comfort as they. Shall hee be glad to have us, a company of beggers : yea, as I may say, a company of deaths ? And was it the gladness of his heart to be espoused to us, which was when his Father contracted him to us, and shall wee think it a day of deading to set our feet into Christs bed: All the merchants cannot set forth our excellency, when hee shall pay all our debts,and adorn us with all his graces therefore let us go forth, and bring him home to us, wee shall then finde him comfortable to us inthe day of epousals.

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Ebold , thou art faire my love, behold, thou art

faire, thou hast doves eyes within thy lockes : thy baire is as a flock of goats, that appeare from mount Gilead.

2 Thy teeth are like a flock of sheep that are even fhorn, which came up from the washing:whereof every one beare twins, and none is barren among them.

3 Thy lips are like a rbread of scarlet, and tby Speech is comely:thy temples are like a piece of a pomegranate witbin thy.locks.

4 Thy neck is like to the tower of David, builded for an armory, whereon there bang a thousand breklers, allfhields of mighty men.

5 Thy two breasts are like two young Roes, that are twins, which feed among the lillies.

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The Song of songs. Ch.4. 6 Untill the day breake, and the shadowes files. away ; I will get me to the mountaines of Myrrh, and to tbe bill of Frankincense.

7 Tbou art all faire, my love, there is no spot in thee.

8 Come with me from Lebanon (my Spouse) with me from Lebanon : lopke froin the top of Amana, from the top of Shenir and Hermon, from the Lions dens, from the mountaines of the Leopards.

9 Thox baft ravisbed my beart, my fifter, my Spouse ; tbou bäst ravished my beart witb one of tbine eyes, with one chaine of thy necke.

10 How faire is thy love, my fifter, my Spouse ! bow much better is thy love then wine ! and the smell of thy oyntments then all spices!

11 Tby lips, O my spouse,drop as the boney-comb: boney and milke are under thy tongue, and the smell of tby garments is like sbe smell of Lebanon.

12 Agarden inclosed is my fifter, my Spouse, a Spring sout up, 4 fountaine sealed.

13 Tby plants are an orchard of pomegranates, witb pleasant fruits, campbire, witb spikenard,

14 Spikenard and Saffron, Calamus and Cinna mon, with all trees of Frankincense, Myrrh, and Aloes, with all the chiefe Spices.

15 Afountaine of gardens, a well of living wa ters, and streames from Lebanon.

16 Awake, Nortbwind, and come thou Soutb, blogp- upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out : let my beloved come into bis garden, and eat bis pleafunt fruits.

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