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;al death; a governing temper of foul, -which
: bespeaks it dead to all true goodness. '(2.) Spiritual-Tuisidedness is lise; because a man of this disposition is sitted for the enjoyments and happiness of the spiritual lise. The foul has peculiar pleasures of its own, independent on the body ; and they are the molt sublime, and excellent, and fatisfying of all others, of which we are capable. These pleasures of the foul result from the sense of God's favour.) from the apprehension of the pardon of sin, and the hope of immortal blessedness; from a consciousness of the regularity of its own actings, and of victory gained - over diforderly appetites, affections and passions ; from the approbation of his own mind upon serious examination and. reflection; from the pleasure of doing good, of honouring God, and of serving a man's generation; from the joysul sense of the light of God's countenance, and of communion with-him in holy meditation and in ;the various exercises of religion. Such things as these are the jullest entertainments of the foul z and he who is spiritually minded, seeks chiesly aster these ^ and has a principal relish and delight in these, when he can perceive them: and in proportion to the degree of his renovation, he is sitted for them, and has his share in them at present. This is lise indeed. A good man-is thus satisfied from himself, Prov. xiv. 14. while a Jlranger intermeddles not -with his joy, ver. Iq.
But a .man under the power of a carnal mind, is incapable of that peace and pleasure "which.are fo.relishing to a spiritual mind. Vol. I. L He He is but ill-difpofed to discern and take in that which is sit to administer the highest delight to the foul. Such a mind has scarce any room for spiritual joys to enter; and no in.clination to persorm thofe acts by which communion with God is maintained, and the foretastes of heaven are received. The frame of his mind is set quite otherwise. He want* such a principle of lively faith, as gives that realizing view of spiritual objects, which sills with joy unspeakable, I. Pet. i. 8. Nor is he acquainted with that lise and servour in religious exercises, or that purity of heart, which are necessary .to prepare for God's gracious .manisestations to the foul.
•Or suppofe he should be able to discern the grounds of spiritual pleasure,yet he is no way dispofed to relish them, or to be made happy by them. Instead of delighting himself in God, "he.sa.ys unto God, depart from me, I desire not the knowledge of thy ways. What is the Almighty, that I should serve him? and whatprosit should I have, isl pray unto him?" Job xxi. 14, 15. He tastes not the sweetness of a pardon; he values not the dignity of bejng a child of God. A Saviour has no form or comeliness in his eye, that he should desire him; nor are all the glad tidings .of the Gofpel fo welcome to him, as it would be to hear .of an estate fallen to him, of a successsul bari gain, or any other present gratisication which his heart is set upon. The very vision and enjoyment of the blessed God in heaven, would be an insipid thing to a man, the turn ',of whofe soul is wholly to earth. Carnal
xainds tiinds account it no better than folly in other people, when they express a delight in God's ordinances, or speak of such a thing as "hungering and thirsting aster righteousness." The reason is, that either matters of a spiritual nature are in their account merely imaginary, without substance and reality; or fome present good is much more suitable to their taste and inclination; Thus lt folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom^" Prov. xv. 21.
In the nature of the thing then, and at present, what the apostle says evidently holds true.
2. This is farther true in-respect: of God's sentence and constitution. To be carnally minded is death; or the way to death, to everlasting wrath and misery : but to be spiritually minded, is life and peace; or the way to eternal lise and happiness.
(1.) The carnal mind must issue in ever-lasting death; Not that the suture punishment will be an extinction of being; happy would it be in comparifon for the men of this world, is that was the case: but while they continue in being and fense, their condition will justly deserve the character of death, the second death. I*i the suture state their spiritual death will be sixed and consummated. The enmity against God, which is now the prevailing character of a- carnal mind, will then rise to its utmost height.- All the remains of virtuous inclination, or of good nature, as we call it, which might seem to be in men here, will be totally extinguished, when they leave the world in their sins; and " he that was silthy, will be filthy still." There will be an inure end of all J' that that looks like selicity :. For they . will be strip* ped of all the sensual enjoyments, in which* they placed their happiness on earth; not fa much as a drop of water to cool the tongue wilL be found there,.Luke xvi. 24. And for the true happiness of the heavenly state, they neither will be admitted to a share in.it, nor will have any taste for it, is it was. within their reach. And besides this, all which can make misery consummate, will be inflicted. The wrath.of a living God,. the sire of hell. the worm of an accusing conscience, and the foc:» ty of devils and wicked men, then ungratesul enough, (hall concur to their everlasting des* truction. The Scripture uses many phrases and emblems to describe that misery in its.horrible nature ;. and, among the rest, this of death in particular, as the most- formidable thing to nature.. "Sin, when it is sinished, bringeth forth death," Jam. i. 15. "The end of these things is death," Rom. vi. 21. "The wages of sin is death," ver. 23. So here,.. ** to be carnally minded is death," that is,
Without, repentance, and. a change before they seave the world,. men of this character are doomed to eternal death by God the judge of all. If ye live after the flej/i, fays the apostle in this chapter, ver. 13. ye shall die. This is the sentence which God has published against all such j which he will never reverse, and none else can.
Such indeed, by their present temper, are sit for no.other issue of things than this. They are "vessels of wrath, sitted for destruction:" In no sitness to take delight in.a better world,
is. if they should be allowed a place there, where all is holy and heavenly; but of a temper already prepared for the miserable world: For they breathe a difafsection to God, which in the height of it is the very temper of the devils.
And fometimes men of this make have the beginnings of this second death, even while they continue in the body. This is evidently the case of fome, when they are given up to' flrong delusions, to their own hearti lusts. And fometimes they are made to seel the lively forerunners of divine wrath in their consciences, and leave the world with the blackest prefages of approaching misery.' Gn the other hand,
(2.} The spiritual mind shall issue in everlasting lise and peace; that which deserves indeed to be.stiled life. The spiritual lise is to be persected. There is a perfeB day, to which the path ofthe-jufl, like-the Jhining light, is tending more. and more, Prov. iv. 18. What the" author of a good work had begun, will then be performed, Phil.' i. 6., All tears-shall be wiped away from faints, and every uneasiness cease, for they shall enter into reft; and be admitted to fulness of joy in God's presence, and to pleasures for evermore-at his right hand, Pfal. xvi.Hi This is to be the end of a spiritual mind; and therefore it may justly be faid to be life and peacc,.
By the tenor of the gofpel-covenant, all of this character are entitled to this lise. "There is no condemnation to such as walk aster the Spirit," ver. i> "If ye by the Spirit mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live," v. 13.
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