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The Difference between the Renewing in effectu.!
the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. Compared with i Cor. v. 6. 'Know ye not that a little leaven • leaveneth the whole lump? Heb. viii. 10. 11. 12. .6 For this is the covenant that I will make with
the house of Israel after those days, faith the !. Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and I write them in their hearts : and I will be to
them a God, and they shall be to me a people. . And they shall not teach every man his neigh
bour, and every man his brother, saying, Know
the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least
unrighteousness, and their fins and their iniqui-
and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.'
are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed
to call them brethren. Compared with John iii. 6. "That which is born of the Spirit, is fpirit.' And J. liii. 10. When thou-fhalt make his ' foul an offering for sin, he shall see his feed.'
But though, in Sanctification, we are renewed in the whole Man, yet we are not renewed in any Part: but there are Remains of Corruption still indwelling in every Part: Rom. vii. 18. "For I know, • that in me (that is, in my flesh) dwelleth no • good thing: for to will is prefent with me, but
how to perform that which is good, I find not.' verf. 23. 24. 'I see another law in my members,
warring against the law of my mind, and bring' ing me into captivity to the law of sin, which is (in my members. O wretched man that I am, (who shall deliver me from the body of this death! Eph. iv. 22. 'Put off concerning the former con'versation, the old man which is corrupt accord• ing to the deceitful lufts.' That is to say, there are Remains of Corruption still in the Mind, Will, and Affections, and in the Body. by way of Communion with the unrenewed Part: I Cor. xiii. 9. "We know in part. Gal. v. 17. 'The flesh luft(eth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the ( flesh : and these are contrary the one to the o' the other; so that ye cannot do the things that 'ye would. Rom. vii. 14. 'I am carnal, fold un• der fin. Phil. ii. 21. The Lord Jesus Christ • shall change our vile body, that it may be falhionred like unto his glorious body."
What ensues on these two contrary Principles of Grace and Corruption, being together in every Part of the renewed Man, is, the continual Combat between the Flesh and the Spirit, Gal. v. 17.
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forecited. The Difference betwixt that Combat, and the Struggle against Sin, sometime found in the Unregenerate, lies here, that in the former, the Conflict is between the Flesh and the Spirit in one and the same Part; in the latter, it is between the Flesh in one part, lusting, and the Flesh in an. other Part, fearing: Rom. vii. 15. 16. “That which "I do, I allow not: for what I would, that do I
not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do 'that which I would not, I consent unto the law,
that it is good.' 2 Pet. ii. 15. Which have for 'saken the right way, and are gone astray, fol.
lowing the way of Balaam the son of Bofor, who
loved the wages of unrighteousness.' Compared with Num. xxi. 18. “And Balaam answered and ' said unto the servants of Balak, If Balak would
give me his house-full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, 'to do less or more. The immediate Issue of the Combat between the Flesh and the Spirit, is, that neither the one Principle, nor the other, carries the Action to the Perfection it tends unto, Gal. v. 17. forecited. And in that Combat, the remaining Corruption may prevail for a Time, Rom. vii, 23. forecited. But the renewed Part overcomes : Rom. vi. 14. Sin shall not have dominion over
you : for ye are not under the law, but under 'grace. I John v. 4. Whatsoever is born of 'God, overcometh the world: and this is the
victory that overcometh the world, even our ' faith."
The State we are in, with respect to Sin and, Righteousness, by means of the Renewing in Sanctification, is, a State of Death unto - Sin, and of Life unto Righteousness.