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Word of God, to trick terrour in the cauterized consciences of the most stupid miscreants, and allo to force divine consolations upon the woonded fpicits of those who bave long refufed to be comforted, the glancings of this sword will dart light into the understanding, and the shakings thereol make the Routeft bearts to tremble, specially when guided by the hand of God, Heb.4. 12. The Word of God is quick and powerful, and forper than any two edged jord, &c and we find this weapon fo fic & framed for use and service, that none has been more intrumental in great exploits & feats,cherefore the great Captain of Salvation (who knew very well how to wail His Weapons ) made ordinary use of it, in His Combatings with Satan and other enemies, Matth. 4, It is written, it is written, says Cbrift. See then that ye follow your Captain, in making daily use of the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.

s. Ye bave need of the Shoe of the preparation of the Gospel of Peace ; if ye be pot well shadd, ye will never be able to travel, specially in fonie places, chrough which che Christian-fooldier may sometimes be forced to make a marcb, so that this kind of fence is moft necessary;therefore wisely prepareyour selves far fach trials, & wbat better preparation can there possibly be than to bave the Peace of God planted in the Soul; wbich is such a piece of Gospel-furniture az will make us (trong in weakness, and bold in the mida of Deaths.

6. Ye bave need of the Shield of Faith, the fore. named pieces were all for particular use, adapted Otted for the goard of the leveral parts of the

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one for the head, and one for the breast &c. but this Thield of faith is of more general use, for tbey wbo Can dextrously handle a Sbield or Target, may mas nage it so as to hide their whole Bodies under che scence and prote&tion of it. Faith can quench all the fiery darts of Satan, whether directed at the fate or the feet. Hence Eph. 6. 16. above all take the fhield of faith, which is of so great ole, not only because it is a general piece of armour as said is, but because

M. it is as it were the band that skilfully wields & mas nages all the rest of our Weapons, and becaute it is

go only fighting in Faith, and the good fight of Fairbtbal will make us vi&orious, or again because it is only Faith that engages the Captain of Salvation to fight all our Batcles in us and for us, Heb. II. ye may lec the mighty Feats of Faith,

SECTION XII.

Some Motives to come and buy Armour from Chrif 1. Mot. O Christians, ye have no Weapons and

Armour of your own, there is pone bora with a Helmet on his head with a Sword by his fide, or a Shield in his hand, ye come into the world naka ed every way, I say ye are born without Faith, withe out Love, without Hope, &c. Eph. 2. 12.

2. Mit. O Chriftians, ye are surrounded wiebe nemies, both open declared enemies, and also with candeline voderhand ones, and your enemies are nment, subtile, cruel and unmercifull, and very suci hence Satan a main adversary, that great

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9 Dragon, that old Serpent, is laid to deceive the whole world, Rev.12. 9.Oh if ye knew your bazard, you would never think your selves fate or secure out of your armour and a postare of defence; and above all enemies have ye not the worft within, that perhaps ye are leaft in fear of, even the evil beart of unbelief, tbat like a Traitor within the Calile is ready to throw the Keys over the Walls.

3. Moi. Ye are ordinarly feeble and faints heart. ed in your selves ; and no doubt this pabllanimitie will grow upon you, to see a formidable armed es Demie come against you naked & uoprovided. wban can more animate you to a due contittency of courage and manliness, than that ye put on your Arne mour, that ye pot on the Lord Jelus Cbrin, and have the several Graces of His Spirit in vigourous exercise as a ready fore of martial Helps ; tben ins deed might ye fight with the enemie in the gate, Pfal. 27. 13. "Si

4. Mor. O Christians, are ye faint-bearted, have ye many Enemies, are ye without Weapons, come co our Lord Jesus, and from Him ye may have a compleat Suit of Armour, that will fence and cover you Copiazpe; bere ye may have Armour of Proof, even the best and mof excellent of Armoor, theres fore called the Armour of God, i, e. Armour of Gods making, or Armour that God will pals His Word for; and this Armoor ye may have very cheap, even at the same rate with the reft of Chritts Wares, only to come and take it, éph 6.13. Take into you the whole Armour of God.

The seventh sort of Chrifts Wares, what v

buy : will ye buy Medicaments, Salmes Ointments for healing your fpiritual Diseases, for curing the dangerous Wounds ye bave got in your Condias with Sin and Satan; Cbrif in the Physician of Souls, and can core all manner diseases, Mattb. 4.23.0 Christian, balt thou no conscience aikings, halt thon no hearts wounds: balt chouco soul-diltempers & maladies arely choo art not without some fpiritaal plagues, wherber chou fexIthem or not, aod the less thou art (enlible, the more dangerously ill thou art, like thir Laodiceans, who knew not that they were blind and miserable co now as in the Con. text we have difeares spoken of, fo in our Text we have a cure propofed and are exprefly called to buy Eye salve, one species of Medicaments being put Synecdocbically for many more.

Metbinks there is no body will refuse, but they Þave Soul fores and sickness, and consequentlie need Chrilt the great Physician, for none can deny tbey have gn, which were a fin to deny, and fin fare: ly is our greatest sickness, and tbat a hereditarie dif eare, chat runs down from Adam through all his Pofterity ; it is so Epidemical that every Man and Woman (Chrift only excepted) is therewith tmitten and inte&ed, and thereupon the whole world may jolly be dergned one Hospital of Lame, Blind Pfal. 5. 5. Eccl. 7,20, and this Sin-lickness is a most dangerous 6ckness, a fickoels unto deatli, both fpi. ritual and eternal, which none is capable to core but Cbrift alone, and therefore it Gands you in band, co me under His hand, as His Patient for cure & re.

'; and for your perswation and encourage. ment to give Him Employmene, would ye know what an excellent Pbylician Chrift is.

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Chrif is an autborized approven Phyficism, ap. pointed and anointed at His Perber for this purpote', that He may beal the Nations. He is not a Quack or Einpyrıck that tries the Trade at his own baud, Luke 4. 18. He is an able and expert Physician, univerfally knowing in all manner Diseases, & He cores the molt desperate sicknesses, which others gives over as bopelele; there are some diseases called opprobria medicorum because they can neither know them nor core ében, but it is not so with Him, never was there a Malady chat none-pinbed Him, yea never was there one thac died under His hand, whom He yndertook to cure: And be is molt bumble and condeScending, Beggars are as welcome to Him as Kings, the Poor as much as the Rich, and ordinarly che for: mer fort give him more employment than the latter; and bow

loatblom soever thy diseases are, be tbey wounds, brojses, patrifying fores, he will not dif. dain or hand to handle them, and that with his owu bands, not leaving it to fervants for states fake ; yea and even his enemies who bave affronted him, and wounded his glory, will be condescend to heal: and as be is bumble, so is be kind, he will visit you often, be will admit yop to lean on his bosom, and express a great deal of tender sympathie with you, and all this grosis or freely, looking for none other fee or reward, but to be content to be cured by him, and to thank bid for his care and kindness: and further be cures moft perfely, for he beals the heart, the fountain of all spiritual plagues, Hos. 14.4.but mor

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