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the Church it self; for then the Church had no form ; Part 2. she had no Pastors, no Priests, no Flocks, no Assemblies, no Solemn days appointed, no Sacraments, no Holy Scriptare, no Discipline, no Cenfures. Every head of a family was both Prophet and Priest of his own house. Here was an Idolatrous family; there just by was another family where God was worMhipt. It was a true Chaos; so the Iews fay well, that the Church was two thousand years) beihohoug in the Chaos, and two thousand years under the Law. The Patriarchs made their Feafts as they thought fit, on what day they pleased, and invited whom they pleased. 7. God made the distinction between the Nightand the Day. He separated the Light from the Darkness; for he is the Author of that distinction that is between the World and the Church, between the good and bad; yet ’tis not said that he made the night, because God is not the Author of Evil. 8. He made this distinction from the first day; because from the beginning of the World, and in all ages, there is a separation be tween those who are of God, and those who are of the Devil. 9. He made that separationof that Light and Darkness, of the Night and the Day, but he blesied it not; he faith not, and He saw that it was good. In like manner, God doth not bless and approve the separation of the World from the él.ch, tho he hath made that distinction, because it carries with it in respect of theWorld,curses crimes; and miseries. 10: He began with the Evening, which belongs to the Night, and is apart of it, because he drawslight out of darkness,& begins the composition of the Church by some degrees of imperfection. The Myste

In the second day God made the Firmament, or rics of the Expansum, that it might separate the waters from the fira di şhe waters. Here begins the second Period of the vilion of

the People Church,

Part 2. Church, which lasted from Abrabam untill Moses:

let it be remembered that Waters alway signify People, 'tis necessary it should be so, that the Spi. rit of God may be uniform and like unto it felf. If the Waters are People, the work of separating the Waters must signify the division of the People. 1. In the first day the Waters were mixt and confounded both among themselves , and with the Earth : so in the first Period from Adam untill Abraham, the People were confused and mixtone with another. God had not yet made choice of any certain peculiar People. Among all Nations there were some Holy; and some who were Ene: mies of God, were to be found every where. 2. But in the second day, God began the work of the separation of the Waters, i.e. that in the second Period should begin the distinction of the People. He took Abraham, drew him out of his own Country, set him apart, and gave him the seal of his Covenant. 3. But this work of the division of the waters was effected in two days, this work of the di. vision of the People is also accomplisht in two peo riods ; from Abraham unto Moses, from Mofes unto Chrift. - 4. The separation of the Waters made on the second day was but imperfect, God only separated the Waters which were above, 1.6. the Clonds, from the Waters which were beneath, j.e. the Seas. The distinction of People in t? - sea cond Period, from Abraham unto Moses, was but imperfect; for we must not imagine but that God did preserve some Elect from Abraham unto Moses, besides those in the family of the Patriarchs, to think he did not is injurious to the mercy and wifdom of God. There were then at that time some of the faithfull scattered in all places. But as the family of Iacobbecame a great People, foby little

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and little the Spirit of God withdrew from other Partă. Nations. From the time of Moses there was yet some little remainder of that Spirit among other Nations as is evident by Balaam, who was, 'tis true, a very wicked man, but yet was not a false Prophet. But when the race of Abraham became a great people, and had a Country apart to themselves, then the Spirit of God withdrew altogether from the other Nations, and then was made a perfect division of the People. S. In the separation of the Waters that was made on the second day, the Waters which were above , . . the Clouds, were nothing in comparison with those beneath, é, e, the Seas. So in the second Period, wherein was a division of the People, the superior Waters, which were the family of the Patriarchs, were nothing in comparison with the rest of mankind. And hereby we have the reason why in that great work of the Creation God would make so much accourit of so small a matter as the Clouds are in nature, even to assign a pérticular day for, their creation. 'Tis because they were the Image of the families of the Patriarchs,who were veròinconliderable for their number, but yet were to make so great a figure in the History of the Church. 6. The superior Waters were little or nothing as to their extension, but had this advantage above the waters which were beneath, that they were nearer Heaven: so the families of the Patriarch's little in number had this advantage; to be admitted to lecret and special communion with God.' He conversed with the Patriarchs, as a man with his intimate friend. 7. The Clouds are lifted up to so high a place by the rays of the Sun , and the attra

&tion of Heaven : the families of the Patriarchs i were advanc’t to that glory of being distinguisht

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whence proceed the rain, the fruitfullness and blesling ofthe Earth: God would make the Patriarchs the springs of blessing to the Church, in thy seed shall allthe, Nations of the Earth be blessed. Therefore the lewś did always in their prayers make mention of the Covenant made with Abraham, isaac, and Iacob. 9. God put the Firmament, or Expansum, between the upper

and lower Waters; 'tis that large vacui. ty of Misery and fin, which separates the World from the Church. 10. From the Clouds'tis easy to fall into the lower Waters, but the Waters which are beneath rise with difficulty to the Clouds. The fall is easy from the Church to the world and fin, but 'tis difficult to pass from the world to the Church.

In the third day was made a perfect séparation of the waters, i.e. that work of the separation of the Waters was finisht, and this is the reason why God blessed not the work of the second day. We must not look for a Mystery in that, or imagine that on that account the waters muft needs fignifýsin. God blessed not the work which he had not yet finifht. We find no Benediction in the second day, but to make amends we meet with two in the third: for those words; and God saw that it was good , are repeated twice; 'tis because in that third day we find two works, the compleating the separation of the waters is one, and the Creation of

Let the waters tbat be under the Heavens gathered together into oke place, and let the dry

, Land appear. "Tis an image of a perfect separation of People into one place, me into the World, which is a great and vast

abyss, full of darkness and impurity: into that I say, let

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the Waters run, there let the reprobate People Parts gather together. ż. And let the dry Land apa pear : the

holy People who till now had appeared mixt with the men of the World, let them aps pear seperate from all other people. 3. The World is represented by the Sea, the Church by the Earth and dry Land, so since that time in the stile of the Prophets, and of Preachers, the Sea hath always been an image of the World. The Arkof Noah,

', Emblem of the Church beaten by the waters of this world. Jesus Christ fleeping in the Ship which was tost by a Tempest; is the Image ofthe Church,

where Christ seems to be asleep while she is beaten di and afflicted by the World. 4. The Sea is the

habitation of Monsters, the world is the residence of the wicked, where we may see Monsters of covetousness, of Ambition, of Impurity, and violence. The greatest Animals upon Earthare not to be compared with those which live in the waters. There are disorders to be found in the Church, ?tis true; but they are nothing in compárison with those which are in the world. 5. The face of the Waters is barren, and produceth nothing, whereas the superficies of the Earth is fruitfull. The World doth inwardly nourish Monsters, and in its outside produceth no solid good; or true vertue. 6. The Earth is the Synagogue of the ancient Church, fhic is incompast with waters on allsides, the People and Nations of the World. 7. She is continually afflicted by them; and if we regard the violence of the waves, one would think the should be overwhelmed. 8. Nevertheless she stands her ground, and remains victorious. 9. The waters of the Sea have no setled foundation; they are always in mo, tion, but the Earth is fixt, the People of the world

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