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cait off your oli ragged filthie cloths it would be very unleenilie to wear a tioe new Coat above an old greelie cattered Coat, the meaning is, ye mua put off your old

conversation, with the lofts there! ot, and put on the new man,& lead a bolie changed renewed life.ye mutt forsake your old ways, youreld companions your old lufts & lovers, 2ccb. 3.Joshua filtby gavinents were taken from him, before be fair Mitre was set on bis bead, and ere be was cloatbed

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2. Condir, if ye would have one the garments of grace & godliness, then yé muft resolve & also ens deavour to keep your cloachs clean, the bonour of your Mafter requires this that ye should look as like Him, and His, as may be, Matth.5 48. B: ge tberefore pertè å even as your father which is in Hiaven is per: Ja i Pet, l. 15. Asbe which bath called you is ho by jo be ye boly in all manner of inverfation; and fee. ing it is wbite raiment that Cbrift cloaths us with, che verie propertie thereof feems to say, 'chat we should have a special care least we fullie chem; bot on the contrare, we should hate the garments sportid with the flesh, Jude 23. O Sirs the Lords piercing eye is upon us all. aod He narrowlie noticech who walk worthy of Him.uoco all well pleasing, & wbo in their walk Pain and defle themselves, Rev, 3.2, 4. I have not found the works perfe&before God, yet chere are some even in Saidis that have not defiled their garments, and they shall walk with Me in white for They are wortby.

Condit. That you keep a good grip of your

garments least any plock them from you; the Devil is drawing, the world is drawing, perfecuters are draw ing&thy deceitful heart is too ready to quite grips, therefore withi fear& trembling improve what gras cious abilities you bave, & implore the alliance of Chrik, that ye maybe able ro keep falt hold, Rev 16. Is.Blefledis be that réatcherb and kes peab bus germicnis, leajt bewolk naked, and tbey see his shame.

4. Condit, Stand falt by your Mafer, ket p closs by the backing of His Livriemen, and engage to do Him all the service ye can, if ye break His bread & wear His wool, if He find you in meat and cloaib, is is just and reasonable ye should employ your felves to your outmost power in your sphere for promov. ing His honour and interests, Rom, 11.36 For of Him to througb Him and to Hiru are all things, to Whom be Glory for ever, Amen.

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A fb fort of Christ. Wores exposed to Sale, Fiftbly, What will ye bay? will ybuy Ornaments?

bere ye may have them; i say not only raiment for covering your nakedness, but white raiment for setting you off as comclie & beautious in the eyes of your Lord, Psal. 45.11,13,14. The Rings daughter is al glorious within, ber closrbing is of vreugbt gold, Sbe Mal be brought to the King in rament of meedlo work, Sofrall the King greatly desire thy beauty. Read Ez-k. 16. ver. 1. to 15. when'thon was a loathsom persen saith the Lord, I spread My skilt over thee for

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I cloathed thee with broidered work, I decked tbee allo wich ornainents, ro chat chou became renowned for thy beauty &c. In the Songs likewise be Spouse is said to be paucified with a great made excellent ornaments, all which speak out the plentie & varis etie of Graces whicb Cbrift communicats co poor, needie, vile tinners. We will glance at a few pieces of Ornaments,

1. Ornam. The wbite rairaent of Gospel poritie and Holiwrf, which mightilie aderns a Believer; the essencial beautie of God Himselflyes in spotless Holiness, and how much nearer in degrees of bolir.es a gracious Soul comes to Gods Immense. boliness, the more excellent and illustrious is such a rare per son, and the more to be loved and liked, because bereia le far che liker God, who is Glorious in Hos linefs. Exod. Is u.

2. Ornam. The homelie dress of Huinilitie, which is a piece of beautie so lovable in Gods eyes, tbat,co faylo, He cannot but bow the Heavens to come down and dwell with the humble soul, and ay che more bumble ehat a Chriftian is in his own eyes,cbe inore exalted & precious is he in Gods eyes though He be the High and Loftie One that inhabitetb Es ternitie, f.57.15. This Ornament well becomes the Ele&t of God, who bave nothing in themselves to be proud off; but muft bottom all their boafting on free eternal love, i Cap. 5.'5. Be ye cloatbed with bumiiity, for God refiftech cbe proud, and giveth grace to the humble, put on as the Eled of God bumbleness of mind, Color ; 12.

}; Ornars. The comelie garment of Meckwfs; 0

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what beautifull resemblance does a meek soul cartie to the meek Lamb ot God; who says, learn of Me for I am meck and bowly in beart, Malih, 11.29 Lec your adorning not be that outward adornag of placing the bair, and of wearing of gold, or of puts ting on of apparel, but let it be the hidden' mau of the beart, even tbe ornament of a nick and quiet Spiris, wbicb in the light of God is of great price, i Pit.} 3 4

4. Ornam. Tbe goodlie garb.of Scöruty, which we fhould wear everie day;

I mean the moderation of our turbulent pallions, the continencie of our ios ordinat affe&ions and the regulation of our extra vagant appetites, with respect to eating, drinking, sleeping, apparel, recreations &c. all which in their own room make very much for polishing professors, who if they be carried to excess in anie of these, wbat a discredit and reproacb are they to the most boly Fairl, which suffers through their scandalous mis. carriages, therefore the Apofile exhorts that we men adoro chemselves, not with broidered hair, or collie array, but in modeft apparel, with famefalls mess and fobriety as becometh women profesling gods liness, 1 Ting, 2. giio.

s. Ornam. The indispensible attire of Chriftian Charity, chat makes as much for the adorning of Re. ligion as anie other cbriftian vertue or perfe&ion: bow shall Infirmities be covered: how mall Friends be keeped, and Enemies gained: how shal! Religic on be propagated bow can Piety flourishi yea how can we come at Heaven if there be net Charity? and anoreover, how shall Peace be preserved : how tha!! Union be continuedi or how can Christian, con

I cleathed ibee with et aider: work I deck.d 18 alio with STRERSEIS, so that tbon became renow to thy draut, &c. In the Sorgs likewise tbe Spa is iac to be pobed wrh a great mao e excell arna.nent; all wbicb ipeat out the plentie & v etie of Graces wbicb Chrift communicats co pe neediz, rüc tinnsts. We will glance at a few pic OF OTRIMEIS,

1. Ornam. The white raiment of Gospel. po and Belie-fy wbich mightilie aderos a Believer; effential beautie of God Himlelt lyes in spotless liness, and how mocb pearer in degrees of boli a gracious Sool comes to Gods Immense. bolit the more excellent and illoftrieus is loch a rare fon, and the more to be loved and liked, bec berein lo far the liker God, who is Glorious in lixrfo Exod. 15 u.

2. Ornam. Tb: hemelie dress of Humilitie, wl is a piece of beautie to lovable in Gods eyes,tba layio, He cannot but bow the Heavens co a down and dwell with the humble soul, and ay more bumble ebat a Chriftian is in his own eyes, inore exalued & precious is he in Gods eyes cho De be the High and Loftie One that inbabitett ternicie, 16.12.15. This Ornament well beco ebe Elea of God, who bave nothing in themsel to be proud off; but must bottom all their boafi on free eternal love, 1 Cap. 5. 5. Be ye cloai with duminity, for Godrefiftech ebe proud and giv grace to che humble, pine on as the Eled of G

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