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be more largely spoken to in the doctrines, and in particular, of the law which he hath and pollibly then we shall find more partia appointed and ordained, is the cause why

people are so ready to lay the blame of

their fio and misery off themselves, and on Having thus far digreffed for facilitating God and his ways; for their mistaking the our way in explicating what followeth, we

nature of the law made them lay the blame come now to our purpose. And in this

of their death upon it, and therefore the verse the apostle confirmech both these

apostle correcteth their mistake, and says, things he had spoken, verse 13. in answer

The law is fpiritual. ing of the objection there propoled. "His I. The law of God was appointed for two assertions were these, 1. That the

ne a holy and a heavenly end, io direct man Jaw is not death, nor the cause of death ; both as to the outward and inward part. and this he proveth thus, The law is fpi- i

how to walk with God in a holy, heavenritual, and for this he appealeth to them

ly, lively, and spiritual manner, in thought, selves, it being a truth so clear, that none

word, and action, and thereby at length to needed to deny it; we know, says he, it is

win to a constant and glorious life in heaa commonly known and received truth.

ven; however now by reason of our trans2. The other was, That corruption is so

greffions, it cannot reach that end, yet ftrong that it works death, even by the inis;

by the this is the nature of it; and therefore it is commandment which is good: and this he

free of the blood of all men: The law is confirmeth thus, but I am carnal, fold un

un Spiritual, and therefore is not the cause of der fin; and in this he maketh ase of his leath own experience; I am, says he. The first

III. Albeit the regenerate be not in argument runeth thus, That which is fpi. I the flella. but in the Spirit, Rom. viii. .. ritual in pointing out the way to life, is

that is, wholly and altogether carnal, and not the cause of death: But the law is fpi

nothing but that, (as to be in fin, John ix. ritual in pointing forth a heavenly and

34. 1 John v. 19. and in the gall of bitterfpirirual life, and the way how a soul may

ness, &c. Acts viii. 23. signifieth to be alattain unto the everlasting possession of

together such:) and are led by the Spirit of the life of glory; Therefore, &c. The

God, and walk not after the flesh, but after next argument may be taken up thus, If

the Spirit, Rom. viii. 4. that is, they do corruption be so strong and powerful, even

not propose the fleth, and the things of in the regenerate, who are partly spiritual,

the flesh, as their scope and end in their and do so pollets in part all the principles daily walk, and the rule according to and faculties of the soul, as mind, will and

mind; Will and which they steer their course; yet seeing affections, as they may be called carnal ;

they are but in part renewed, and no Then it cannot but work death by that fily

fuily and perfectly regenerated, but th which was good, and so become exceeding

ceeding remnants of corruption are still cleaving linful: The realgp is, because, if corrup-1 burrs unto the best for their continual en tion be so strong in the regenerate, whose

ercise, in humility, watchfulness, prase inind, will, and affcctions are renewed, and

faith, and other graces; they are in pa in part spiritual ; it will be much more

carnal, and bear that name, so that it strong in the unregenerate, who are all

still their duty to put off the old man, w Aeth, and altogether without the Spirit:

bis deceitful lufts, Eph. iv. 22. 23. 24. But the former is true; Therefore, 6c. iv. o. 10. and still will be until they con OBSERVATIONS.

| unto the unity of the faith, and unto I. The mistaking, and not right taking knowledge of the Son of God, unto a pery up of the nature of God's ways and works, man, unto i he measure of the stature of

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Hrough the rest of this chapter, the, alloweth not, willeth not, but hateth what I apostle doth at large confirm whåt he is lin. had said last, touching the condition of the II. Albeit wicked unrenewed men may regenerate, viz. how they were carbal, i have so much of a natural conscience within fold under sin, and all in his own expe- hem, as to oppose them, when their carnal rience, by sering down the sad confiiet belusts and affections are carrying them headtween the regenerate part and the unre. I long; yet they have not a party in their generaie, in some sharp firs, withal adding minds for God, ditenring upon a right some grounds of consolation for the sup-score, as owning God's interest in them: porting and comforting of the godly un- but this is peculiar unto the regenerate, der these fits of distemper. And s. There who are renewed in part in the spirit of is a discord betwixt his judgment and his their minds, to difient from, and ditallow acions. And 2. A difcord betwixt his that which the current of temptation, towill and his actions; the one confirming gether with the strength of corruption, the other, and both confirming, that he driveth them to: That which I do, I alwas fold under fin: Therefore, says he, I low not, faith Paul. that which I do I allow not; many things I III, Tho' God has promised to work in do which I approve not of, but look upon as his own, both to will and to do, and will do base and beastly, my mind is not on them, I it in his cwn time and manner; yet it bach think little good of them, I no way esteem | seemed good in his eyes, for wise and holy of them: and seeing fin prevaileth so far ends, so to order things in his holy and with me, as that I commit these actions, wife dispensations, as that often-times corwhich my mind as renewed approveth not, ruprion should so prevail, as to drive them . I am in so far fold under sin. Again he to the contrary of that which their renewconfirmeth, that he allowed not that whiched wills are for, and to hold back from he did, by adding, for what I would, that | that which their wills would be at: Theredo I not; I would obey the law of God, fore says he, what I would, that do I nct. but I am so clogged with sin, that I cannot IV. So much unrenewed corruption is get that done which I would gladly do; in the belt, that when God withdraws bis and I am so drawn away with strong cor- hand, it will drive a believer to that which ruption, that I am forced to do that which ( bis soul abhorech : .for what he hates, my renewed will lothes and abhors; and that he doth. therefore it is yet clear that I am fold un- V. In the best, they being renewed but der fin. And moreover he adds, But what in part, corruption has a strong party thro' I bate, that do I; to thew yet more how the whole man, mind, will, and affection : he is stared, when mind, will and aflectic for there can nothing be actually done, ons and all are contradicted, and he drawn but what the mind in some measure aflentagainst all these,, that are as parties for eth unto, and the will yieldeth unto, and God, to commit fin: and this is a third | the affections contribute their concurrence; discord betwixt his affections and his actions, thus doing and not doing supposeth this.

1 VI. Hence the regenerate man is ftill OBSERVATIONS.

twosome, having contrary parties, not lyI. In the regenerate, God doth so faring in distinct quarters, (so to speak) but take possession of the whole man, that in one and the same house and place of thro' the whole man there is a party for abode; which maketh their case so much him, both in the mind, in the will, and in the fadder, that in the same powers and che affections: for here the regenerate mau faculties of the soul there should be such


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