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because tbou didft is. Job 1.21. And said, naked came I out of my mo
thers womb, and naked shall I return thither, the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away ;
Blessed be the name of the Lord. Pfal.97.1. The Lord reigneth, Let the earth re
joyce, Let the multitude of ifles be glad
thereof. Jam.1.13. Let no mar (ay when he is tempted, 1
am tempted of God, for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth be any man. V.14. But every man is tempted when be is drawn amay of his own luft and enticed.
Oncerning Man we are to know and under:
stand these three things. i !. The happy Condition in which he was made. 2. His Fall. 3. The way of his Recovery by Christ.
1. The Holy and happy estate in which God created min at first, Namely, after his own Image, in Knowledge, Holineffe, and Righteousnesse, wish Dominion over the Creatures here below, writing his Law on mans ticart, requiring perfect obedience from him and giving him power to perform it, promising the continuance of bim in that happy eftace if he on beyed, and threatning him with death if he disobeyed ; which is called the Covenant of works.
Pfal.8.4. What is man that thou art mindful of
him, and the Son of man that thou visiteft him? V.3. For thou hast made him little lower than
the Angels, and haft crowned him with Giory
and Honour. V.6. Thou madest him to have dominion over the
works of thy hands, thou hast put all things. un
der his feet. Geo.1,26. And God said, let us make man in our
Image, after our likenesse; and let them have dominion over the fish of the Sea; and over the fonole of the aire, and over the Cattle, and over all the earth, and over every Creeping thing
that Creepeth upon the Earth. V 27. So God Created man in his own Image, in
tbe. Image of God Created he him, male and fee
male Created he them. V.28. And God blessed them, and God said una
ta thema, be fruitful and multiply, andreplenish the earth, and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the Sea, and over the forl of the aire, and over every living thing that moveth Ecclef.7.29. Lo this only have I found, that God
hath made man upright, but they have fought
upon the earth.
out many inventions. Col.3.10. And bave put on the new man which
is renewed in knowledge, after the Image of him
that Created him. Eph.4.24. And that ye put on the new man which after God is Created, in righteousnese and true
holinesc. Gen.2.7. And the Lord God formed man of the
dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living foub. V.16. And the Lord God Commanded the man, Saying, of every tree of the Garden thon maiji freely eat, V.17. But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it, for in the day that
thon eatest thereof thou shalt jurely die. Gal. 3.12. And the Law is not of faith, but the
man that doth them shall live in them. Rom. 10.5. For Moses describeth the righteousnesse
which is of the Law, that the man which doth
those things shall live by them. Rom.3.14. For when the Gentiles which have not
the Law do by nature the things contained in the Law, these having not the Law, are a Lam
unto themselves. V.15. Which shew the work of the Law written in their bearts, their consciences also bearing witness, and their thoughts the mean while accusing or else excusing one another.
The miserable Condition into which man firew himself by fin: Our first Parents (by che ciuspracion of Sathan) disobeyed God, broko his righteous Law and Commandement; and chereby cast themselves out of the Favour of God, became che Slaves of Sacan, and liable to the curse of the Law, and brought a great de pravation of soul and body upon themselves ; And such as our first Parents were, such must their pofterity needs be : For who can bring a clean ibing out of an unclean, says Fob, Chap. 14.4.
They having loft chę Image of God them. selves, the holinesle, and happinesse in which they were made;" could not conveigh ic to their postericy. So that the nacure of man is now become corrupt, prone to evil, backward to good. And this miserable condition is derived to us from Adam by our immediate Parents ; and as men coine co be born in several Ages, and generacions, so they actually participate of the tap that coines from the first root ; we being therefore all of us in fo bad a Condicion by nature, and by caftome and practice in sin having made oor selves much worse, and more abominable in the light of God, more guilty and liable to his wrath;
we are to know and consider that this wosul ftace of fin and misery is by no means to be rested in ; But seeing we are fallen into fo lamentable a condicion, we must speedi
ly endeavour to get out of it. And therefore let us remember that without Conversion chere is no hope of Salvation ; Except a man be born again, and made a new Creature, he cannot enter into the Kingdome of God, Joh.3.3. Gen. 3. 6. And when the woman saw that the
tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wife, she tooke of the fruit thereof, and did eate, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eate. V. 7. And the eyes of them both were opened, and they knew that they were naked, and they fewed fig leaves together, and made themselves
aprons. V.8. And they heard the voyce of the Lord God walking in the Garden in the coole of the day. And adam and his wife bid themselves from the presence of the Lord Ged, amongst the trees of the Garden. V. 13. And the Lord God said unto the woman,
what is this that thou haft done? And the woman said, the Serpent beguiled me, and I did eate. V. 16. Unto the woman he faid, I will greatly multiply thy forrow, and thy conception: in sorrow fhalt thou bring forth children and thy desire shal be to thy husband and he shall rule over thee. V. 17. And unto Adam be said, because thou haft
bearkened to the voice of ihy wife, and haft la.