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as Christ is, then the Saints who are in Union with this Head, must be golden Members also, as in Rev. I. The seven Churches are called seven golden Candlesticks; which respect the Saints in those sevenChurches. Christ being such a glorious Head, puts a Glory upon his whole (mystical) Body. Thus we fee then that the Head hath an Eminency above all other Parts, as the Fountain and Seat of Wisdom-, and thus is Christ in a way of Eminency the Head of all Principalities and Powers. Unto him it is that we stiould go for Wisdom, Strength, Comfort, and every Thing that we need.

Secondly, What is meant by the Hair? The Hair is ornamental to the Head, and so may very fitly set forth the Beauty, Glory, and Excellency of» Jesus Christ. A true Believer, when in the Exercise of Faith, cannot look upon any Thing in Christ but what- iS lovely •, as it is in the last Verse of the 5th Chapter of Solomon; His Mouth is most sweet; yea, he is altogether lovely, from the Head to the Feet -, in every Part of Christ there is a Beauty and a Loveliness, in the Eye of a gracious Soul. Moses saw such a Beauty, Glory, and Excellency in the Reproaches of Christ, as he could not fee in Pharaoh"* Court. Heb. xi. v. 26. Oh how beautiful is the Hair then upon Christ's Head, as pure Wool, or as white as Snow. If so be that Christ takes Notice of our Hair, yea, such Notice as to number them, with a Promise that not one of them shall be lost, which sets forth the Providence of God in the Preservation of the Saints: What Cause have we then, much more to take Notice of the Hair of Chris s Head? Yea, the Spouse did take Notice of this in the 5th of Soloruon's Song, when she had been a setting forth the Glory and Excellency of

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her Beloved in every Part, beginning at his Head until she comes to his Feet * she doth not pass by the Observation of his Hair, but sets forth the Excellency of it, though under a different Colour j which I shall endeavour to explain in the third Particular. May we therefore, in the mean time, be viewing with an Eye of Faith, and meditating upon the Beauty and Excellency of Christ's glorious Person, which will afford Comfort, Satisfaction, and Delight unto our Souls,

Thirdly, Why this Hair is compar'd unto pure Wool i And that may be considered in these three Particulars: First, in its Whiteness. Secondly, in its Fineness. Thirdly, in its Usefulness.

First, then it is compared unto Wool, in respect of its Whiteness. The Nature of Wool is generally white, and that of an excellent Whiteness too, especially when it is washed and cleaned from the Soil, it doth appear of a beautiful Whiteness, and so sets forth two Things: First, the Whiteness of the Hair sets forth the Ancientness of the Person, upon whose Head it grows; and being here applied to Christ, sets forth the Ancientness or Eternity of Christ; avi so denotes his Wisdom, Knowledge, Prudence, and Gravity. Secondly, it denotes his Holiness, Purity, and spotless Nature; the Spirit of God being pleased to make use of such Similitudes as are suited to our Capacity of Understanding. Now as this hath a Reference unto us, it may denote the free Pardon of all our Sins, or the spotless Purity of the Saints may be shadowed out by it as they stand in Union unto Christ, and are compleat in him. We read of a white Stone, Rev. ii. v. ij. that st)aU be given by Christ, to them that overcome;

He He JliaUeat of the hidden Mama, and I will give him a white Stone, and in the Stone a new Name, &q Which respecteth the Innocency and Purity of the Person who receives it, or the free Pardon, Acquittance, and Discharge from all their Sins, by the Lord Jesus Christ, that is represented here as a Judge sitting upon a Throne and therefore {hews that it cannot but must go well with all those who are interested in this Head because he that is to be their Judge, is, and will also be their Advocate. To this agree those Words in Isaiah i. ver. id.Come 9tow and let its reason together, faith the Lord: though yovr Sins be as Scarlet, they stall be as white as Snow; though they be red like Crimson, they stall be asV ool.

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Secondly; His Hair is lilcened unto pure Wool, in respect of its Fineness. Wool, such Wool as this Hair takes its Comparison from, is fine as well as white. The Beauty and Excellency of Wool consisteth not onljr of a white but of a fine Nature 5 all which agrees to this one Thing, (express'd before) in setting forth the Beauty, Glory, and Excellency of Jesus Christ unto the Soul. This Hair upon Christ's Head is not only of a white but of a fine soft beautifying Excellency. O what a Sight had the Old Testament Saints of this, when the Spouse compared Christ's Head to fine Gold! She faith, his Locks or his Hair are bushy, and black as a Raven •, his Locks are bushy or curled: This Curling of the Locks sheweth that the Hair :s of a fine soft Nature; which, as some say, argueth in a natural Body, one that is of an affable, loving, and gentle Disposition. Sure I am that this Hair may well signify so upon Christ's Head: Oh! what a sweet, loving, meek and gentle Nature, ture, Carriage, and Disposition is Christ of unto unto his People > Again, it is not only curled, but it is black as a Raven: Now, as some inform us, a curled and black Hair doth denote Heat and Strength, or it is a Sign of a quick, ready, and spirituous Brain, and argues in Nature, Quickness, and Dexterity of Wit, Strength and Courage in him upon whom it groweth: How ever this may be in Nature, certainly it is true in Christ, as for Strength, he hath all Power in his Hands, and all Readiness in his Heart, to do what he pleaseth both in Earth and Heaven ^ what Strength and Courage, as well as Grace and Love, did Christ shew in his going through that gi'eat Work of our Redemption? And as for Wisdom, he is the Fountain of it, Wisdom in the very Abstract, called the Wisdom of God Who os God is wade unto us. Wisdom, Righteousness, Sanclification, and Redemption $ 1 Cor. i. v. xxx. which Wisdom, as well as Power, was, is, and will eternally be employed for the good of the Saints. Again, black as the Raven, shews that it is not an artificial, but a natural Blackness which undoubtedly setteth forth the greater Excellency of it. But then. here may be an Objection arise, how Christ's Hair, which for its Beauty was likened to pure Wool, white as Snow; should here be said, to be black as a Raven, they being two Contrarieties: The Answef is, that black as welt as white, are both beautiful in Christ: Or as one opens it thus, He is white, in RespeB of his Evangelical Mercy to Bejievcrs; avd black in Respect os his legal Judgment unto Unbelievers. But f rather understand the Reason to be, from the two different Administrations that the Saints and PeopV of

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