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He secures us from going back, of our own ace cord, to their Bondage and Dominion, by ruling us : Micah v. 2. But thou, Bethlehem Ephra


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tah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee fall he come forth

unto me, that is to be ruler in Israel. vers. An ****And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the

Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord ! his God, and they shall abide.' He so rules us, in the Capacity of Head of the Church, Eph. V. 23. Hof. i. ult. Then shall the children of Judah, and

*. the children of Israel. be gathered together, and * appoint themselves one head, and they shall

I come up out of the land. The Church is the Society of us whom he hath called unto himself, out of the World, wherein Sin, Death, and the Deyil reign : Acts xv. 14. ' Simeon hath declared • how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to

take out of them a people for his name. And the Supremacy, and Headship over the Church, is competent to no Man nor Angel, but Chrift himself alone : Çok. i. 18. And he [the Son of Ood]

is the head of the body, the church: who is the « beginning the first-born from the dead ; that in

all thiags he might have the pre-eminence.' Ephe. iv. 5. "There is one Lord' I Cor. viii. 6. ' TO ' us there is but one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom

are all things, and we by him. He rules us, as hc. is Head of the Church, both externally and internally. He rules us, as Head of the Church, externally, giving us Laws, and Ordinances, and Officers to fee to our observing of them. His Laws are the Laws of the Ten Commands : If xxxiii. 22. "The Lord is our lawgiver,' &c. Compared with Exod. xx. 2. 3.-17. I am the

Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of

the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. • Thou, falt have no other gods before me. &c.'

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