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performed by them that are dead in trespasses and fins; nor can he glory but in dead works. And, if he be a professor of the gospel, even one of the first magnitude, it alters not the case; for, if he be in a fate of nature, he loves death, and nothing else; for man is alienated from the life of God, Ephef. įv. 18. He hates, divine life, he shuns it, it is a strange thing to him, and he is averse to it; his appetite is vitiated, and he cannot favour the things of God, but those that be of men. Ho bates God, and loves death: no preaching fuits him but legal discourses upon the law, which is the ministration of death; or, if his head be at all enlightened and evangelized, yet not the spirit, but the letter, does he love. No professors are dear to him but those that have a name to live wbile dead; no ambassadors charm him but the sons of death, who are ministers of the letter; nor is he in his element but when in the congregation of the dead, Prov. xxi. 16. If this be the love of fallen man, and death the object of it, where is that morality to be found which is fo, much cried up in the present day?.
Adam by his fall lost the Holy Spirit, that formed bis soul and quickened him; he lost the love of God, which is God's image; and he lost the life of God, which always goes with love: nor Thall man find the life of God again until the heart be circumcised to love God with all the heart and all the foul, Deut, XXX, 6. It was
when the Spirit left him that he became carnal, fold under sin ; when love left him bis carnal mind became enmity to God, and could no more be subject to the law, because it requires love; and when divine life departed from him death seized him, and every thing that he loves hath death in it; “ All they that hate me love death." This is our morality; this is our obedience to the spiritual law of God; and this is all the obedience that our corrupt nature has to boast of enmity and hatred to God; “ They have seen and hated both me and my Father," says Chrift; and they are “ hateful, and hating one another," says Paul, Titus iii. 3.
From the fall of Adam our corruption takes its title, the old man, being derived to us from the first man, and to distinguish it from the grace of Christ, which we receive from the fulness of the last Adam, the Lord from heaven. His incarnation being called a new thing, Jerem. xxxi. 29; and his covenant a new covenant; so his grace is called the new man; though in one sense the new man is much older than the old one, for the mercy of God displayed in our regeneration “ is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him," Psalm ciii. 17. But, in order of time, sin is the old man, for we were the servants of fin before we were made partakers of grace.
Corrupt affections, and nothing else, compose this law in Paul's members, which warred against the law of his mind. “Put off the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts," Ephef. iv. 22. Here is this corrupt love, affecting, craving, defiring, and lusting; filling the carnal mind with imaginaryentertainments, much pleasure and satisfaction in fin, and promising the utmost security and secresy; and all as deceitful as the devil himself, exposing souls to God's sore displeasure, te nakedness, shame, disgrace and contempt.
These corrupt affections led some of Paul's friends to covet wealth, promising much happiness and honour therein, till they erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows, i Tim. vi. 10. These deceitful lufts prompted David to imagine that sending for Uriah, and making him drunk, would be an inducement to him to go and sleep with his wife, and that would cover both the fin and the shame of David; but thefe deceitful lufts deceived him. The devil is the artful fowler, and our corrupt affections are his snares, traps, nets and lines; “ But they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and Justs," Gal. v. 24. This is the law in the members--fleshly affections, affecting, loving, admiring, and being charmed and enamoured with fleshly gratifications; and then lufting, craving, and defiring, the enjoyment of them; which are what Paul calls the affections and lufts of the flesh. Vari, ous and innumerable are the objects of man's corrupt affections; but this I know, that they feldom ran in a right channel; but when kept within bounds they are called natural affections, which is the best name they bear. And, if God was to manifest even these to men, they might see that they themselves are beasts, Ecclef. iii. 18, for the same appears in the brute creation. And even natural affections often prove a snare, as in Lot's wise, who looked after her children behind till the lost herfeif; and this was the case of one man invited to the gospel feast, who had married a wife and could not come, and so failed of the marriage supper.
Sometimes these corrupt affections exceed the bounds of all the brute creation, as was the case dimny inhabiting the cities of the plain, and many others, as Paul relates; “ For this cause God gave them up to vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature; and likewise also the men," &c. &c. Rom. i. 26, 27.
Many are the objects on which corrupt affections dote, but death is sure to be in every object they admire. “ All they that hate me love death," fays God, and we know that the world loves its own.
Sometimes they affect nothing but imaginary pleasure; “ Lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God,” 2 Timn. iii. 4. Sometimes they turn a finner to self-admiration; self is the grand idol;
and fo we read; “ Men shall be lovers of their own selves,” 2Tim. üi. 2. In others they are set upon money, which such will use the baseft means to accumulate; “ The love of money is the root of all evil,” i Tim. vi. 10. The Jewish phari- . sees doted on human applause; and these men were led to act against light, knowledge, judgment, and the fullest convictions: for, although in their conscience they believed Christ to be the Messiah, they acted quite contrarily; “ Among the chief rulers also many believed on him; but, because of the pharisees, they did not confess him, left they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God,”. John xii. 42, 43. s Whosoever Thall confess me before men,” says Christ, “ him will I.confess also before the angels of God;" and the faith of fuch confeffors shall be found unto praise, and honour, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ, i Pet. i. 7. But these things have no weight with corrupt affections; they favour not the things that be of Christ, but love the praise of men more than the praise of God; yea, such love the devil himself more than God, for “ God is light,” and the devil is darkness : “ And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil,” John iii. 19. Here we see the objects on which corrupt affections dote; they love death, they love the praise of